Note: This Is the last issue of Online Update for 2013. The next issue will be published on Jan. 10, 2014.
- SCLS signs contract for OverDrive Advantage
- The public library as a ‘third place’
- Youth Services iPad kit available for loan to libraries
- Member/Staff News
- Enterprise Wireless upgrade
- ILL webinar available for online viewing
- DLT offers new Affordable Care Act materials
- Early Literacy Symposium save-the-date
- Second annual Teen Video Challenge announced
- Free webinar to kick off ALA President Barbara Stripling’s 'Community Building and Makerspaces' series
- Continuing Education Calendar
SCLS signs contract for OverDrive Advantage
As a result of action taken at the Nov. 22 All Directors meeting, 34 SCLS member libraries have contributed $22,000 for the purchase of titles through the Advantage Program. SCLS recently signed a contract with OverDrive, and we will be able to begin purchasing titles soon.
Late last week, Green County library directors voted to contribute an additional $1,207.62 in unspent funds from the Green County Reads Program to the OverDrive Advantage project. This is in addition to what individual Green County libraries will contribute. The funds re-directed to use for OverDrive Advantage were provided by the Green County Board through the 2013 Green County Library Board budget.
In addition to being able to purchase more copies of popular titles, SCLS member libraries also will be able to purchase from publishers that don’t make titles available through the regular OverDrive program.
Library customers will not have to do anything different, and the Advantage titles will just show up in OverDrive for SCLS residents. There will be a note or icon on titles for which we have purchased additional copies, and these will only be available to residents of the South Central Library System (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk & Wood Counties).
Note: This is the sixth of eight library-related editorials written by the South Central Library System (SCLS) for use by its member libraries. Microsoft Word versions of these editorials are available at http://www.scls.info/pr/editorials/.
Public libraries are often referred to as a “third place,” a term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his 1990 book, The Great Good Place. That reference is to “neutral social surroundings separate from home and work/school.”
A third place is typically inexpensive or free, provides a welcoming and comfortable environment, and makes it easy to enter into conversation. In communities across Wisconsin, the public library aligns perfectly with that definition.
According to Kevin Harris, author of a book about public libraries as a third place, “all societies need places that allow informal interaction without requiring it, places that are rich in the possibility of the safe, mundane encounter...” This is definitely a possibility at the public library. Third places make people feel at home, foster friendships, and create a sense of community.
There certainly are some local venues that tend to be more “purely social” as third places, but they also tend not to be as inclusive as the public Library. People from all walks of life can meet and become acquainted with each other at the library, where there are opportunities to make connections, relax, and discuss what is happening in the community and in your own life.
There are frequent and regular examples of the public library as a third place -- mothers mingling after story times, library book discussions, children and teens coming in regularly after school, adults attending special library programs, and community groups, businesses, and residents using the available meeting rooms.
Most communities have many places where people can gather, but the public library is the only community resource that is open to everyone, without any expectation or requirement of payment for each use. The library brings people together in ways that strengthen the community, and we’re all better off because of it.
Stop in today and become more involved in the community.
South Central Library System has a new Youth Services iPad kit with seven iPads that is available for loan to SCLS member libraries. The iPads are loaded with Apps that support education and promote early literacy, and the kit is intended to serve as a tool for parents and librarians to learn how to make more positive use of the Apps available today
The equipment is for in-library use only and is intended for library programs for children, teens, parents and youth services staff. The iPads are contained in one kit and cannot be individually borrowed.
The kit includes:
- 7 iPads
- 7 AC adaptors
- 7 USB cables
- 7 iPad covers
- 1 Surge Protector
- Travel case for all equipment
A recent Capital Times article with recommendations for six great apps includes the LINKcat App. The article says the app “offers quick access to your main account (for hard covers, paperbacks and DVDs) as well as OverDrive, Wisconsin's digital library for e-books and audio books. It keeps you updated on holds and tells you which libraries participate, from Adams County to Wyocena.”
Madison Public Library welcomes Timothy McKnight (Building Cleaner, Maintenance), Thomas Archambult (Building Cleaner, Maintenance), and Bethany Wolkoff (Rehire, Alicia Ashman, Page 1). Transferring was Katie Hanson (Library Assistant) from Pinney-multisite to Central, Public Services.
The December newsletter from Recollection Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Heritage Online) is now available at http://bit.ly/1hLcBld.
The greater South Central Library System (SCLS) Community said good-bye recently to two individuals who were instrumental in helping develop library service within SCLS. Frances Wood, a founding staff member of the Madison Area Library Council (MALC), the multitype organization that was eventually folded into South Central Library System, passed away on Nov. 30, 2013. Marian Edsall, who was on the SCLS Board of Trustees in the early years of systems, passed away on Nov. 28, 2013. “She was on the board when I was first hired, and was one of the brightest and most charming people I ever met,” said Peter Hamon, former SCLS Director. “A few years later she wrote a brief play about how not to be a library trustee.”
Verona Public Library is hosting a special traveling exhibition called “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” through Jan. 24, 2014. The exhibit, which also includes special programs through January, offers a fresh perspective on Lincoln as he struggled to meet both the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. You can read more about the exhibit in the Wisconsin State Journal.
The December issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1312.html.
Jennifer Casey is the new director at Wyocena Public Library, and will begin her duties on Jan. 2, 2014. Jennifer has worked as the Youth Services Librarian at the Angie W. Cox Public Library in Pardeeville since April of this year. She holds a BSM in HR Management from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently pursuing an MSEd. from Capella University. “Libraries have always been a cornerstone in my life and I’m now pleased to share that love and appreciation with my own family and the patrons I've had the privilege of working with,” Jennifer said. “I could not be more excited to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as Director at the Wyocena Public Library and look forward to continuing to serve our community even further in this role.”
As mentioned in the SCLS Technology News blog post, "Enterprise Wireless Upgrade," the South Central Library System (SCLS) recently made some changes to the Enterprise Wireless (EW) system so EW users wouldn't be able to slow down the entire library.
These bandwidth changes have been completed for libraries on BadgerNet, and libraries on VPN through Charter will have the bandwidth changes implemented as they are cut over to Charter.
If you have any questions, please contact SCLS technology staff.
In case you missed it, the archived version of the Nov. 12 webinar with Beth Price from Madison Public Library’s OLL Clearinghouse is available on the SCLS website.
This webinar is an excellent introduction to the ILL procedures that we use within SCLS, so it will be quite useful for new staff or as a helpful reminder.
If you need more information, please contact Denise Anton Wright.
The Public Library Development Team at the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) recently posted some new documents that may help libraries answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.
New to the DLT website are:
- How Marketplace Works (pdf)
- Notice-Librarian not a Navigator (pdf)
- Library Staff/Best Practice (doc)
- Library Volunteer/Best Practice (doc)
These documents and more are available on a special Affordable Care Act web page created by the Public Library Development Team.
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium on Friday, March 21, at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn. Youth services librarians, public library directors, and early childhood advocates are invited to attend this day-long professional development opportunity. State and national experts will explore the topic of engagement by discussing how books, screens, and physical spaces encourage literacy development in relationships with young children and their caregivers. Panel presentations and a display gallery will highlight early literacy innovations from public libraries around the state.
Registration will open mid-January. There is no cost to attend the symposium and space is limited. This is a must-attend event for early literacy practitioners, so circle March 21, 2014, on your calendar and begin organizing a carpool to Stevens Point.
The Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
For more information or with questions, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant with the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 12 – Dec. 5, 2013)
This is the second year that Wisconsin will participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge. Information about the contest, including entry and release forms, can be found at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn.
For the contest, teens should create a video promoting Summer Reading at the public library, including an interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan "Spark a Reaction," to win $275 and a $125 award for the library. Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the CSLP 2014 Teen Video Challenge in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team. Each participating CSLP member state will select one winner. Additional information, including promotional resources and video creation resources, can be found at http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html.
The deadline for entries is Feb. 14, 2014. The state winner will be selected in March 2014 and national selections will be announced in April 2014.
Curious about what teens might make? Take a look at the 2013 winners for inspiration, including the winning submission from the L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire.
For more information, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, the Department of Public Instruction’s Youth and Special Services Consultant.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 12 – Dec. 5, 2013)
ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, will e held on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, from 1-2:30 p.m.
The December webinar, “Community Engagement through Making,” includes Steve Teeri, technology training associate at the Detroit Public Library and founder of the HYPE Makerspace, which allows teens to level up in abilities such as STEM and inventive thinking; Dara Schmidt, branch manager of Anythink Brighton and Matthew Hamilton, Anythink IT manager, from the Rangeview Library District; and Nate Hill, who oversees the daily operations of Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team as assistant director of the Chattanooga Public Library.
The Winter Webinar series will center on Making through innovation, community engagement and literacy, three focuses of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives initiative. The sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes and to transfer knowledge among ALA members. “Making Strategic Partnerships” will take place on Jan. 13, 2014, and “What is and What’s Next -- Making Assessment and Opportunities” will take place on Feb. 14, 2014.
These webinars are presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and Barbara Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee. For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today.
The Winter Webinar Series is part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives Webinar Series, which will explore these focuses through partnerships, literacy innovations, and more, throughout her presidential year. For information on these webinars, or for speaking opportunities, please contact Sue Considine.