- Kevin King to discuss organizational health on Sept. 26
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- TechBits post makes formatting Excel charts easier
- Member/Staff News
- Public Library Directory now available
- Games and Learning Society presents playful learning game night
- WPLC to participate in Big Library Read project
- Fundamentals in Fundraising hosted by AFP Greater Madison
- Continuing Education Calendar
Kevin King to discuss organizational health on Sept. 26
During his program “Finding Lost Libraries," Kevin King, head of patron services at Kalamazoo Public Library, will share his insights about organizational health and why it’s so important to the success of your library. The program will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 26.
According to King, a healthy organization is the single most potent instrument a library can possess to face decreasing funds, increasing service needs, a stressed out staff, and needy patrons. “We are losing our way in the mad rush to address today’s demands without planning or acknowledging organizational health,” King said. “How do we continue to operate a great library under these conditions? Where do we find the resources to innovate in a changing economic climate? How do we inspire each other to engage in finding solutions?”
In this interactive, inspirational and informative presentation participants will learn how to:
- Strengthen healthy teams
- Rebuild struggling teams
- Devise an internal and external customer service plan that inspires
- Develop methods to recognize staff and find happiness
Participants will also learn the most important word in organizational health and why it is the key to every library's survival. Staff at all levels will discover how these methods have worked at the Kalamazoo Public Library and how they can apply them to their institution.
King’s program will be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison. More information and a link for registration are available on the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar. There is no cost to attend the program, but there is a $12 charge if you want lunch provided (vegetarian options available).
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- Serving Teens in Libraries, Library Video Network (DVD)
- Changing Times, Changing Libraries, Library Video Network (DVD)
- DEMCO Collection Care DVD, DEMCO
- DEMCO Collection Care Guide: Your Step-by-Step Instructions for Book & Magazine Protection & Repair, DEMCO
- Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library, edited by Joseph Janes
- The Whole Library Handbook, 5th edition, edited by George M. Eberhart
- iPads in the Library: using Tablet Technology to Enhance Programs for All Ages, by Joel A. Nichols
- Survey of Public Library Use of Tablet Computers, Smartphones & eBook Readers, by Primary Research Group
- Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices & Case Studies, by Kyle M.L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington
- Making Libraries Accessible: Adaptive Design and Assistive Technology, edited by Char Booth
- Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website, by David Lee King
- Library Linked Data: Research and Adoption by Erik T. Mitchell
In this Sept. 4, 2013, post, Greg Barniskis, SCLS Computer Systems Integrator, describes how to make the design characteristics of a finished Excel chart a default for future charts.
There are also a number of other recent TechBits posts -- like OverDrive: Nex Generation Basics, that highlights recent changes and the release of an updated app -- that may make your life easier, so check them out today.
The September issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1309.html.
The 2013 Wisconsin Public Library Directory is now available online from Public Library Development in PDF and Excel formats from the DPI website. The directory is based on data compiled from the 2012 Public Library Annual Report and subsequent, ongoing updates. Library directors are asked to please review the information for their libraries and send any corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PDF version contains a single combined "Directory of Public Libraries and Their Branches" listed by city, followed by an alphabetical index of library and branch names. The document also includes system and resource library directory information.
The Excel file has three sheets containing information for all 384 public libraries and services, 82 branches, and the state's 17 regional library systems. This Excel file is useful as a merge source for mailing labels or form letters.
UW-Madison’s Games and Learning Society will host an educator focused Playful Learning Game Night 3.0 on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Games and Learning Society headquarters, 1401 University Avenue, 2nd floor, Madison.
Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk about game-based learning with area educators and talk to leaders in the field of game research and development.
The evening will feature games from the Tenacity series, including the original Tenacity, a game designed to promote mindfulness through breath counting, and Crystals of Kaydor, designed to improve the ability to read emotions in other people (http://www.gameslearningsociety.org/games.php).
Game Night 3 will also have:
- Game-Based Learning Professional Development
- Play testing of unreleased games
- Mindfulness Activities
- Game-Based Learning give away
- Stipend for your time!
Educators and other interested people can register at http://gamenight3-eorg.eventbrite.com/.
-- from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 40 – Aug. 29, 2013)
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) is participating in the Big Library Read project that OverDrive is hosting. The Big Read will begin Sept. 16 and run through Sept. 30. Following are project details:
- Title: Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor (published April 2012)
- Formats: eBook (Kindle [US only], OverDrive Read, EPUB) | Audiobook (MP3, WMA)
- Lending model: Both the eBook and audiobook will be available for simultaneous use. Note: During this program only, checkouts for the eBook will not count against licenses purchased by your library if you already have this title in your digital collection.
- How does the program work? The title will be featured in a prominent location on the WPLC’s OverDrive-powered website at no cost. All card holders can borrow the title at any time during the program to participate in the Big Library Read (simultaneous use, no wait lists). The title will expire at the end of the lending period and not at the end of the program.
A marketing kit is available to help libraries spread the word to their communities and invite them to participate in the Big Library Read. Contents include a press release template, poster, bookmark, and web graphic. OverDrive will promote Big Library Read on the WPLC website via a graphic and a link on the title details pages for more information about Big Library Read. SCLS has these promotional materials available and will print them at no cost to member libraries.
If you’d like copies of any of the materials, please contact Mark Ibach.
Fundamentals in Fundraising, which is designed for professionals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience, is composed of seven modules that were designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This 16-hour program includes case studies and exercises for groups and individuals to make the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable.
Fundamentals in Fundraising offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques. Topics include:
- Overview of Fundraising
- Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
- Marketing for Ongoing Success
- Building and Sustaining Relationships
- Securing the Gift
- Volunteers – Partners in Fundraising
- Management and Accountability
Chapter members Marcy Heim and Boris Frank are the featured presenters. Both are seasoned fundraising professionals who share their knowledge with enthusiasm and humor. The cost is $390 for AFP members and $490 for non-members. The cost includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks.