- ALA Conference Bus
- SCLS develops library editorials/columns for local use
- Member/Staff News
- SCLS Board Member Biography
- Multitype library meeting scheduled May 21
- Continuing Education Calendar
ALA Conference Bus
Based on replies to the ALA Bus Survey, SCLS will charter a bus to ALA in Chicago on Saturday, June 29. (register) Join us for a one-day excursion to the McCormick Place in Chicago for the exhibits of the American Library Association Annual Conference.
The bus will leave at 6:30 a.m. from East Towne Mall in Madison. The exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and exhibit passes cost $35 (attendees are responsible for obtaining their own exhibit passes). DEMCO is offering free ALA Exhibits passes through its website. We will leave McCormick Place at 5:30 p.m. for our return trip.
The cost for the bus transportation is $30, and checks should be made payable to SCLS and sent to Heidi Moe at SCLS. If you prefer for your library to be billed, please let Jean Anderson know.
SCLS has developed seven editorials/columns that SCLS member libraries can use locally. These editorials/columns are in Microsoft Word, so you can easily edit for your local use. Credit to SCLS is neither required nor expected.
In addition, SCLS will draft additional editorials/columns based on suggestions from member libraries. If you have a topic idea, contact Mark Ibach.
The new editorials/columns are on the following topics.
- Business Support
- Death of Libraries
- Early Literacy
- Internet & Computer Access
- Job Training and Skills Development
- Third Place
Jane Martinson served on the New Glarus Public Library Board of Trustees for more than four decades before retiring on April 1, 2013. Jane gave generously of her time, energy and knowledge and helped advocate for expanded facilities and to make library services available to all. She also served as the library's unofficial Historian and held the position of Secretary for many years. Jane was honored by the South Central Library System and awarded “Trustee of the Year” in 1987, and she was also recognized, along with the entire Library Board and Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, with “The Community Award” during the New Glarus Gift of Community Asset Awards on Feb. 23, 2013.
The photo at right is of Paul Morrison and woodworkers for The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin. They created the display for Oregon Public Library, while library staff member Cheryl Adams added the ceramic tiles on the end panels.
The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1305.html.
This is a new regular feature of Online Update to help acquaint member libraries with members of the SCLS Board of Trustees.
Gary Poulson -- I was born in the last century in Racine, WI. Racine is known for its kringles because of Danish settlers, and I am about 25% Danish (more like 25% kringle). I attended Catholic schools through college. Racine has one public library and it is located near Lake Michigan with great views especially in the fall when the smelt are running and they end up on the beaches, adding to the ambiance.
My mom was a stay at home mom with no car. I am one of four children: one older sister and three brothers (all three boys were a year apart, I was the oldest -- my mom should have acquired sainthood for that alone). So with no transport, we were so lucky to have the bookmobile stop about two blocks from home. There I was introduced to new worlds of adventure, science fiction and mystery. I loved to read. Next to my mom, the bookmobile librarian was the most important woman in my life. Of course, during the teen years others of the female gender held my attention. I don’t recall my mom reading to me as a youth. In fact, I don’t recall seeing my mom after supper much at all (three boys one year apart, probably played a role in that).
I moved to Madison in 1970 a week after the Sterling Hall bombing and lived in Eagle Heights, a virtual United Nations of families seeking advanced degrees. My pursuit was a law degree. I graduated in 1973 and took a job with the state Legislature in a small Legislative service agency called the Revisor of Statutes Bureau. Needless to say, careful reading was the most important activity of my career. I retired from the State in 2008.
During my stint with the State I became interested in local politics and government. I was persuaded by my alderperson at the time, Sue Bauman, to run for her alder seat since she was attempting to run for Mayor. She won and I won. This was 1997 and I would stay for six years (there were times were it felt like 60). My first request for a committee appointment was to the Library Board. However, there was an incumbent that also requested staying on the Board. I reminded the Mayor that: a) she asked me to run and b) that I now was her alderperson and that my vote on matters near and dear to her might be important. I was appointed. During my six years I was proud to be selected Council President in 2000-01.
After I left the Council I wanted to stay involved with local government. I have appointments to Madison’s Transit and Parking Commission (current chair), Joint TIF Review Board (current chair) and South Central Library System Board of Trustees (SCLS). I was appointed to SCLS by County Executive Kathleen Falk in 2003. My other interests include music, specifically jazz. I have been a board member of most the jazz-related boards in the city.
I still enjoy reading. Last year I read 22 books, 19 of which were fiction. My top five reads of 2012 were: 5. Lower River by Paul Theroux; 4. 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell; 3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; 2. Canada by Richard Price; and 1. Swamplandia by Karen Russel.
Registration is now open for this year's Multitype Library Meeting, which will be held at Globe University West on May 21 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The topic for this year's meeting is Building Meaningful Relationships and Collaborations. The agenda is as follows.
- 1-1:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
- 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Beyond Networking: Building Meaningful Relationships & Collaborations with Stef Morrill, WiLS and Jean Anderson, SCLS -- You go to the conference. You meet interesting people in the line at the taco bar. You chat. You exchange info. You join their network on LinkedIn. That's all great...now how do you develop meaningful relationships & collaborations from these beginnings? Jean & Stef will share tips, ideas, success stories from others, and more ideas to help you build authentic & successful relationships & collaborations.
- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Follow-up Discussion with Shawn Brommer, SCLS; Trent Miller, Madison Public Library; Anne Moser, Wisconsin's Water Library
- 3:30 - 4 p.m. Tour of Globe University Library with Amy O'Shea