- Public Libraries & Workforce Development: Partnerships to serve job seekers
- 2017 Cornerstone Award nominees sought
- Member/Staff News
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- Encourage library users to ‘Speak Up’
- iSchool at UW-Madison 2017 Alumni Webinar Series
- National ‘Money Smart Week’ campaign offers free financial education
- Continuing Education Calendar
Public Libraries & Workforce Development: Partnerships to serve job seekers
Public libraries provide access to information for all community members, especially those who are seeking employment and looking for career advancement opportunities. Public library staff members are invited to attend these planning sessions to meet with local agencies that serve job seekers to learn more about the resources and programs they offer and to identify ways to work together to meet the job seeking needs of all community members.
Each session is for libraries in specific counties, since there are different Workforce Development Boards for different areas of the state. Planning session locations (and counties served), dates, times and registration link are as follows:
- Sun Prairie Public Library (Columbia, Dane & Sauk Counties), Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1- 3 p.m. (register)
- Monroe Public Library (Green County), Friday, March 31, 2017, 1-3 p.m. (register)
- McMillan Memorial Library (Adams, Portage & Wood Counties), Wisconsin Rapids, Friday, April 21, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (register)
For more information about these meetings, or other issues related to serving customers with employment-related needs, contact Shawn Brommer.
Each year the SCLS Foundation presents the Cornerstone Award to an individual or individuals who have had a significant and long-term impact on enhancing public libraries in South Central Wisconsin and represent the values and mission of the SCLS Foundation.
Help us recognize deserving individuals by submitting names for 2017. If you know of someone worthy of this recognition, take a few minutes to complete the nomination form.
Nominations should be submitted by April 13, 2017.
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- Social Media Optimization by Doralyn Rossmann and Scott W. H. Young
- Reviews are In: Read, Write, and Expand Your Career by Henrietta Verma
- Go Get that Grant! A Practical Guide for Libraries and Nonprofit Organizations, 2nd By Gail M. Staines
- Find the Information You Need! Resources and Techniques for Making Decisions, Solving Problems, and Answering Questions by Cheryl Knott
- Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction edited by Jessica E. Moyer
- Maker Literacy: A New Approach to Literacy Programming for Libraries by Lynn Pawloski & Cindy Wall
- Foundations of Library Services: An Introduction for Support Staff by Hali R. Keeler
- Small Libraries, Big Impact: How to Better Serve Your Community in the Digital Age by Yunfei Du
- Crash Course in Library Budgeting and Finance by Glen E. Holt & Leslie Edmonds Holt
- Crash Course in eBooks by Michele McGraw & Gail Mueller Schultz
- Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice by Debra J. Knoll
- Library Improvement through Data Analytics by Lesley S. J. Farmer & Alan M. Safer
- Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement by Julie Dietzel-Glair
- Creating Inclusive Library Environments A Planning Guide for Serving Patrons with Disabilities by Michelle Kowalsky & John Woodruff
- Effective Difficult Conversations: A Step-by-Step Guide by Catherine B. Soehner & Ann Darling
- Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, 3rd By Michael Cart
- Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year by Amy J. Alessio & Heather Booth
- More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan & Christine Kirker
- Digitizing Your Community’s History: The Innovative Librarian’s Guide by Alex Hoffman
- The Internet of Things: Mobile Technology and Location Services in Libraries by Jim Hahn
- Foundations in Wisconsin: A Directory by the Funding Information Center
As we move further into 2017 and start to think about another budget cycle, now is the perfect time to make a renewed push to encourage residents who value the public library to speak up.
We know you don't have the time to manage such an email list on your own, so that’s why we’ll do it for you. All you have to do is distribute and collect the South Central Library System’s “Speak Up for Your Library” card, and we’ll take care of managing the database of email addresses for you. You’ve already done the hard part of getting your customers to value the services and resources you provide, and the “speak up” card is the tool you can use to reach out to your supporters and call them to action.
Just collect the completed cards and send them to Mark Ibach at the South Central Library System, and he’ll take care of entering the email addresses into the database. Or, you can promote our online sign-up form at www.scls.info/pr/speak_up. Either way, this is a no-cost program that will allow you to reach out to your library’s supporters. To get a list of those customers who are willing to speak up for your library, contact Mark Ibach.
Distribution of the cards in your library, or promotion of the online signup option, also allows SCLS to create a base of support for system-wide and state-wide advocacy efforts.
The speak up cards and posters are free (they do not count against your annual print allocation), and you can request copies anytime by contacting Mark Ibach.
The iSchool at UW-Madison (SLIS) recently announced its 2017 Alumni Webinar Series, which is open to anyone. Webinars are free. Speakers are SLIS alum or faculty who are sharing their expertise with the wider library and information community.
All webinars will take place on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. Read full descriptions at https://slis.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/JXpbHWBGLRgq0m9i1.
The webinar schedule is:
- April 4 at 12 p.m. -- Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming with Emily Wichman (’02), Manager, Williamsburg Branch, Clermont County (OH) Public Library.
- April 18 at 12 p.m. -- Weary of helping: Public libraries, Health Information, and the Affordable Care Act with Catherine Arnott Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, UW-Madison iSchool.
- April 25 at 12 p.m. -- More than Storytime: Outreach to Childcare Centers and Preschools with Amy Commers (’08), Youth Services Librarian at the City of South St. Paul (MN) Public Library.
- May 9 at 12 p.m. -- Find it Fast! Local History at Your Fingertips with Sue Braden (’94) and Diana McDonald (’81), Reference Librarians, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI.
Thousands of free financial education classes and seminars for consumers will be held throughout the U.S. during Money Smart Week, April 22-29, 2017.
Classes are open to people of all ages at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, community organizations and government agencies throughout the country. They cover a wide variety of money-management topics including saving for college, buying a house, using credit wisely, managing student debt and financing retirement.
The educational events will be carried out by local and regional partnering organizations. In addition, there are several national partners, including the American Library Association, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension.
“Money Smart Week is an incredible opportunity for consumers to access free advice on all areas of personal finance,” said Heather Greenwell, Outreach Program Lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which coordinates the campaign. “We hope individuals and families will take advantage of these educational offerings and ultimately improve or enhance their financial success.”
Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive financial education program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life.
According to exit surveys, most participants indicate they’re likely to change the way they manage their money after attending a Money Smart Week Class.
Consumers who are interested in finding out about classes in their area during Money Smart Week can visit www.moneysmartweek.org/events.
Libraries can find informational and promotional materials, including logos, a national infographic, postcard, bookmark, promotional flyer, and more on the Money Smart Week website.
Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. Partnering organizations will host their events April 22 - 29, 2017.