- Meet the SCLS Consultant Team: Deb Haeffner
- Public libraries support reading skills development
- Member/Staff News
- New Glarus Public Library seeks director
- Preliminary 2013 Wisconsin public library data released
- Follow the Growing Wisconsin Readers blog by email
- 2015 LSTA information and grant training session recordings
- IMLS releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States report
- Continuing Education Calendar
Meet the SCLS Consultant Team: Deb Haeffner
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final article re-introducing the SCLS Consultant Staff. This article features Deb Haeffner, the Building and Design Consultant at SCLS.
Deb has been working in or with libraries for 40 years. She worked for Madison Public Library through her high school & early college years as a page in the circulation department, the Administration office, and for the “Literature & Social Sciences” department. She also worked briefly for the Dane County Bookmobile. In college she began working for the South Central Library System (SCLS) as a part-time graphic artist, the first morning computer operator for the online catalog (GEAC), and a delivery driver and sorter. In 1982 she became a full-time graphic artist and is responsible for the creation of fliers, brochures, logos, stationery, and the various materials for the ever-popular summer library programs.
Deb attended the UW-Madison and received her first degree as a Landscape Architect, and a few years later her second degree as an Interior Designer. While working for SCLS and Madison Public Library, and going to school full-time, she was an intern at the Department of Natural Resources in the Resource Library where she made display models for an exhibit. She also interned with Flad & Associates in its Interiors department for two and one-half years, and worked as a drafting/design assistant with Madison Kitchens Inc. for almost two years.
For the past 20 years, Deb has also served as the SCLS Building Consultant. When the Department of Public Instruction lost its Building Consultant, it was a great opportunity for Deb to put her love of design and libraries together and add Building Consultant to her position. Over the years she has helped libraries:
- select architects;
- write building program statements;
- assist with the design of new and renovated libraries;
- replace, update or add new furniture;
- select building sites;
- select paint & carpeting;
- better utilize their spaces;
- update/improve signage; and
- occasionally with landscaping needs (like creating a WiFi patio).
Deb works with the Tech Team to assure cabling, wiring, WiFi and computer needs are met on building projects, and she also works with Shawn for youth services department evaluations and recommendations.
In addition to working with our system libraries, she has also consulted with libraries outside of our system, school libraries, the state law library, Oakwood Correctional Institute library, and UW Health clinics & American Family Children’s Hospital reading areas.
Deb is excited about the changes libraries are facing in the coming years and how she can help them meet those changing roles and demands with budgetary concerns in mind. Deb is committed to helping libraries serve their communities with welcoming and functional environments for both staff and patrons.
When not reading or helping friends redo their homes and gardens, Deb is an avid gardener and the proud “mom” to the world’s cutest dog and four cats.
Reading is one of the most important skills children acquire, determining to a large degree their success in other subject areas, and in life. As the annual Summer Library Program gets underway at libraries throughout the South Central Library System (SCLS), now is a good time to review libraries’ many programs and resources that support children and families year round.
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables “ “Public libraries put that ideal into practice through the many innovative programs and resources they offer to families and adult learners,” said Shawn Brommer, SCLS Youth Services and Outreach Consultant. Here are a few of the creative literacy programs people are currently enjoying at public libraries; 1000 Books before Kindergarten, story times, teen advisory boards, Brown Bag Book Clubs, puppet theatre – and the list goes on and on.
Acquisition of reading skills -- generally referred to as “literacy skills” -- begins when small children listen to the books their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other caregivers read. At an early age it’s not about letter recognition but gaining an appreciation and value for reading, and learning to understand the spoken word.
“All of these experiences factor into the acquisition of literacy skills, and later on the ability to recognize letters and words, and understand their meaning,” Brommer said. “Understanding that meaning is the ultimate goal of literacy, for without understanding we cannot hope to communicate our thoughts and ideas.”
A great deal of attention has been focused at the national and state levels on developing initiatives that support the development of literacy skills in children. Still others are focusing on helping adult non-readers to obtain the skills that will open the doors to new employment options and education.
For decades the public library has been working diligently to help develop these important skills. For example, consider the annual Summer Library Program. It’s a great opportunity for children to make friends and stay connected to their reading skills during the summer vacation, and it’s a great deal of fun. But it’s more than that.
Research about the educational importance of good reading skills is plentiful, and pretty obvious. However, that same research also paints a pretty grim picture for those children who are not given the tools and resources they need to become good readers. Once children fall behind, it is nearly impossible for them to catch up, which in turn negatively impacts their ability to learn other subjects like mathematics, science, and social studies. A brief video at http://youtu.be/Ahhj3wxxkdM explains how quickly children can fall far behind their peers in reading ability.
“As Wisconsin works to address these and other literacy issues through programs like ‘Read to Lead’ and ‘Growing Wisconsin Readers,’ public libraries stand ready to work as partners in support of children and families,” Brommer said. “Our mission is to act in support of the needs of the community, and developing literacy skills is at the top of our list.”
Not only do public libraries make books available in an abundant and cost-effective manner, they offer programs that help instill in children a love of reading that is necessary to be a truly good reader. Libraries also provide a support network for parents through interaction with trained librarians. By attending programs with their children, parents can learn to model different techniques and strategies to make reading a fun and valuable learning experience for their children.
Madison Public Library is featured in a Library Journal article exploring library lighting design. The article says that the result of efforts Madison employed with its Central library remodeling “…is an architecturally integrated lighting system that helps to transform a decrepit 1965 building into a state-of-the-art facility…” (read more)
Madison Public Library welcomes Devon Cook (Pinney, Page 2), Caelin Ross (Sequoya, Page 2) and Janice Scurio (Meadowridge, Teen Librarian). Also, Ruth Sias (Librarian 2) is transferring from Goodman South Madison to Sequoya Library.
Erica Loeffelholtz has been appointed by the New Glarus Public Library Board of Trustees to be the interim director. Erica has been the assistant director since August 2013 and has worked at the library since February 2013. Director Maggie Waggoner is leaving to become the Executive Director of the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, NY. (see job announcement below)
The New Glarus Public Library seeks an innovative, enthusiastic and service-oriented individual for the position of Library Director. With a major building project on the horizon, this is a very exciting time for the Library and the community.
Located in northeastern Green County -- just 20 miles from Madison -- the Village of New Glarus was originally settled by immigrants from Switzerland. Today, the New Glarus Public Library continues to celebrate that Swiss heritage as it serves a total service population of 5,668, has an annual circulation of over 78,000, and a 2014 Library budget of over $250,000.
Duties of the Library Director include overseeing all aspects of library operations, supervising six employees, budget planning, management and reporting, technology planning and implementation, collection development, grant writing, facilities management, and working with the Village staff and community. The Director reports to the Library’s seven-member Board of Trustees. See the Position Description for a complete list of responsibilities and duties.
Applicants must have an MLS from an ALA-accredited program, at least three to five years of professional/managerial experience in public libraries, and be eligible to receive a Grade 1 Wisconsin Public Librarian certification. The successful candidate will possess a strong public service orientation, commitment to the needs of the community, strong organizational and project management skills, excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, and a strong technology background. Prior experience with building and/or library expansion projects is a plus.
Hiring salary range is $43,000 to $47,000 annually, depending upon qualifications and experience. This full-time position includes health/dental insurance, paid vacation, sick time, retirement contribution, and paid holidays.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references by July 9, 2014, to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: Library Director Search. Finalists will be subject to a criminal background check.
Preliminary 2013 Wisconsin public library statistics at the public library level are now available as an Excel file at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_dm-lib-stat. These statistics are based on information submitted on the 2013 Public Library Annual Reports, and for the first time include Wireless Internet Uses. (Of 381 public libraries in Wisconsin, 378 offered wireless Internet access to their users in 2013.) Library directors are asked to review their library's data and report errors or corrections to email@example.com.
Final Wisconsin data will be made available after review and acceptance of Wisconsin's 2013 public library data submission by IMLS (probably late August); however, the preliminary data may be useful for planning and comparison purposes, as well as for preliminary budget preparation. Other preliminary spreadsheets with data compiled at the county, system, and state level, will be available in July.
Links to previous years' data can also be found on the DPI website at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_dm-lib-stat.
-- from Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 35 -- June 19, 2014)
Results from a Growing Wisconsin Readers Year 2 Survey indicated that most respondents wanted information to be shared via email and/or the Growing Wisconsin Readers blog. There’s an easy way to do both! To follow the blog by email, submit your address on the right-hand side of the blog. You will then receive an email from Blogger each time a new post is made to the blog.
If you have questions about the blog, or about the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant, Department of Public instruction, at (608) 267-5077.
The LSTA 2015 grant application training webinars took place June 18 and 19. The sessions were hosted by Department of Public Instruction Public Library Development team members Terrie Howe, LSTA Program Coordinator; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant; John DeBacher, Director of Public Library Development; and Ryan Claringbole, Technology Consultant.
Grant category descriptions are now posted in the online 2015 LSTA Information and Guidelines (http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/guide15.pdf). More LSTA information (FAQs, LSTA Framework and application guides are also available at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_lsta.
Please use the following link to view and listen to the LSTA information session through Blackboard Collaborate for public library systems on noncompetitive and competitive grant categories from June 18: http://tinyurl.com/p4rbldd.
Please use this link to view and listen to the June 19 LSTA information session for public libraries on competitive grant category requirements: http://tinyurl.com/o9gmnyj. You will need to download a Java application to your computer for the playback of the recordings.
-- from Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 35 -- June 19, 2014)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report. The report is an in-depth examination of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 survey data with important findings about the state of public library service in the United States. The Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by more than 97 percent of public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries.
For the first time, IMLS used statistical modeling to examine the relationship between investments in public libraries and use of libraries and found that in most cases when investment increases, use increases, and when investment decreases, use decreases, and that these relationships persist over time.
- Increases in investments in books and e-books, programs, public-access computers, and staffing were associated with increased levels of visitation. For example, each additional FTE (full-time equivalent) on staff corresponded with, on average, an increase of 3,371.8 in the number of library visits.
- Increases in collections and programs were related to increases in circulation. For example, for every 100 e-books available, an additional 345 items circulated, and for each additional program offered, there was an increase of 61.2 items circulated.
- Increases in the number of public-access Internet computers were related to increases in computer use and program attendance. For every additional computer, there was an increase of 474 uses and an increase in program attendance of 52.4.
- Increases in programs and staffing were related to higher levels of program attendance. Each additional staff person related to an increase of 95.2 in program attendance; every additional program corresponded to 10 additional program attendees.
The full report is online at www.imls.gov/research/public_libraries_in_the_us_fy_2011_report.aspx.
The state profile for Wisconsin Public Libraries is online at www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/PLS_FY2011_SP_Wisconsin.pdf.
-- from Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 35 -- June 19, 2014)