- Save the date: Adult Programming Unconference scheduled Sept. 10
- SCLS library trustees invited to Aug. 28 program
- Webinars available for ‘Trustee Training Week’ Aug. 18-21
- Member/Staff News
- Pew Internet Center releases study on library use
- Introducing free access to library-specific courses through WebJunction
- Historical records grants available from National Archives
- Continuing Education Calendar
Save the date: Adult Programming Unconference scheduled Sept. 10
An Adult Programming Unconference will be held Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. until noon at Middleton Public Library. The Unconference, which is an opportunity to talk with peers about adult programming, is being sponsored by the SCLS Library Innovation Subcommittee.
As part of the planning for the Unconference, and the Innovation Subcommittee’s current focus on Adult Programming, SCLS has created a new Programming Resources Page that is a work in progress. In support of the Sept. 10 Unconference, we have also created a page where more information will be posted.
You can register for the Adult Programming Unconference by visiting the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar.
The South Central Library System (SCLS) Board of Trustees has scheduled a special Aug. 28 program titled “How to improve Library Visibility in Your Community.” It is open to all library trustees serving SCLS member libraries.
Public libraries bring value to our communities through educational programs, and free access to a wealth of resources including books, media computer technology, and expertise of our library staff. Libraries also provide public space for people to gather for learning, community projects, and contemplation. Yet public officials continue to ask if the public library has a future “now that everything is available on the Internet.”
Library trustees must be proactive in telling their story to those who can help keep our libraries strong and vibrant for our communities. This workshop will cover topics such as:
- Improving your visibility in the community
- Being an effective advocate for your library in your community
- Influencing your primary donors: municipal, town, and village officials who fund your library
Presenter Kathy Pletcher serves as Chair of Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends (WLTF), is President of the Brown County Library Board, is a trustee of the Nicolet Federated Library System, and is co-chair of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Library Development and Legislation (LD&L) Committee.
To register for this special program, visit the SCLS Continuing Education Calendar. There is no cost to attend, and the program will run from 2-4 p.m. at the SCLS Headquarters, 4610 S. Biltmore Lane, Madison.
Trustees fill many vital roles for public libraries, and a series of webinars during the week of Aug. 18-21 are designed to give trustees tools that will make their jobs easier.
Sponsored by the Nicolet Federated Library System, the event is called “Wisconsin Trustee Training Week” and will feature four webinars (at noon Monday through Thursday) with different topics and speakers.
Below is a brief description of each webinar:
- Assessing Library Facility Needs in the 21st Century (Aug. 18), with presenter Sarah Houghton, director of the San Rafael Public Library in San Rafael, CA—How do you plan for a new 21st Century library facility? How do you reconfigure an existing facility to meet 21st Century needs? What kinds of spaces do we need to plan for our communities, and what kinds of priorities do we set to maintain and improve our spaces? This session will provide an overview of the issues facing old and new libraries and techniques and tools for tackling both.
- The Role of Social Media in Library Advocacy (Aug. 19), with presenter Andy Woodworth, a supervising librarian at the Burlington County Library System in West Hampton, NJ—Facebook, Twitter, and other social media have given people the power to engage their communities like never before. Join librarian Andy Woodworth as he shows how trustees, boards, and friends groups can use these websites to create change. He will provide examples of library advocacy in social media as well as provide a basic primer for those who want to utilize these services.
- The Biggest, Baddest Issues Facing Public Libraries (Aug. 20) with presenter Carolyn Brewer, an academic advisor for Tarrant County College—Libraries are dealing with a lot. Budget cuts, misperceptions, circulation decreasing, staff burn out, keeping staff well trained, advocacy, you name it. Services are increasing and funding is decreasing. Carolyn will discuss the Top 10 issues facing public libraries and how trustees can help keep libraries vibrant and relevant in the 21st Century.
- Building the Future By Building Your Staff (Aug. 21), with presenter Andromedia Yelton, a self-employed librarian and software developer—Librarians who can write code are doing great things for their libraries: increasing efficiency, improving service, offering innovative programming. However, libraries don't always support their staff in learning these skills. In this presentation, you'll hear concrete examples of how librarians are using their software skills to build better futures, and what libraries can do to help.
To register for any or all of these webinars, please visit http://nicbits.blogspot.com/p/wisconsin-trustee-training-week.html. All sessions will be recorded.
Tegan Springfield is the new Electronic Services Librarian at Fitchburg Public Library. Tegan moved to Wisconsin from Burlington, IA, where she was the Technical Services Manager at Burlington Public Library. She previously worked at the Waseca-LeSueur Regional Library in Waseca, MN, as Reference and Collection Development Librarian. Tegan earned her undergraduate degree in History from UW-La Crosse and her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Madison Public Library welcomes Kelly Wilson (Maintenance Mechanic 2), Beth McIntyre (Teen Librarian, Goodman South Madison Library), Carrie Gostomski (Library Assistant, Meadowridge Library), Julian Freeman (Library Security Monitor, Goodman South Madison Library), Natasha Akulenko (Page 2, Circulation, Central Library), Jenny Ugalde Herrera (Summer Youth Corp Worker, Goodman South Madison Library) and Synovia Knox (Summer Youth Corp Worker, Goodman South Madison Library). Amy Schmidt (Library Assistant) has transferred from Alicia Ashman to Lakeview Library; Kelly Grandon has been promoted from Page 2 to Library Assistant at Goodman South Madison Library; and Krissy Wick has been promoted to YS Librarian Supervisor.
South Central Library System welcomes two new Limited Term Employees (LTEs), William Allington (left) and Jordan Rueden (right), who are working as Computer Technician Assistants. In these roles they will provide basic PC support and maintenance, and also help staff the SCLS Help Desk on a regular basis. William is currently attending Madison College where he is pursuing an Associates Degree as a Network Specialist. Jordan attended North Central College in Wausau then transferred to Madison College where he is working toward a degree in Information Technology-Networking.
The July issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1407.html.
The Pew Internet Center recently published findings from one of their many studies on library use. The study, From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers -- and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America provides insight into the profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small that the digital era has brought about. Institutions that were previously identified with printed material -- and its attendant properties of being expensive, scarce, and obscure -- are now considering how to take on new roles as purveyors of information, connections, and entertainment, using the latest formats and technologies.
The impact of digital technologies on public libraries is particularly interesting because libraries serve so many people (about half of all Americans ages 16 and older used a public library in some form in the past year, as of September 2013) and correspondingly try to meet a wide variety of needs. This is also what makes the task of public libraries -- as well as governments, news organizations, religious groups, schools, and any other institution that is trying to reach a wide swath of the American public -- so challenging: They are trying to respond to new technologies while maintaining older strategies of knowledge dissemination.
Read more about the study in the article written by Pew Internet Center research staff Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell and Lee Rainie, and view the quiz to determine how engaged you are as a library user.
-- Channel Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 36 – June 26, 2014)
Beginning on July 1, access to WebJunction’s library-specific courses is available for free to all library workers and volunteers across the nation. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S., WebJunction will continue to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere. Simply create an account at learn.webjunction.org, and then explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar that you enroll in from the catalog.
Over the next year, WebJunction will continue to grow its catalog of learning content, and will add new resources on topics of high interest on www.webjunction.org. Please be sure you are subscribed to Crossroads, the monthly e-newsletter that spotlights new learning programs and professional development opportunities. Happy learning!
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet.
Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission will not consider proposals that charge for access.
Grants are awarded for digitizing documentary source materials. Applicants may digitize a single collection or set of collections for online dissemination. Such online publications should provide basic access to collections. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged.
In addition, applicants may apply for support to undertake more complex work, such as document transcription, tagging, or geo-referencing, if these additional access points are justified by the value of the material and its expected users.
You can see more at www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digital.html.