- SCLS offers Reader’s Advisory programs in August
- New titles added to SCLS Professional Collection
- Cornerstone Award Reception is Nov. 2
- Lodi offers 'endangered resources' t-shirt
- Wyocena library the latest Lenz trust recipient
- Nominations sought for Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame
- Bridges Library System libraries seeking new directors
- Libraries invited to host Wisconsin Science Festival programs
- PEW Research Center: Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries
- Aspen Institute Action Guide 2.0 now available
- Continuing Education Calendar
SCLS offers Reader’s Advisory programs in August
Reader’s advisor Becky Spratford has been leading book clubs for over 17 years and has seen it all. All book groups go through their ups and downs, but re-energizing your group is not as hard as it may seem.
On the afternoon of Aug. 16 at E.D. Locke Public Library, Becky will walk participants through how to confidently identify and utilize the best resources for leading a book discussion, pick books that will engender the best conversations, lead a more interactive discussion even with the most jaded of groups. Let her show you how to take control, shake things up, and rediscover why you started the group in the first place.
After Becky shares her tips and tricks for building better book clubs, she will turn the focus on to you and your groups. Please bring your specific issues and concerns about your own group as Becky will facilitate a support group session for book discussion leaders where we will all help each other. Bring your favorite successes and your worst failures to the discussion and let’s all help each other recharge.
Register now for the Aug. 16 program at E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland.
Readers Advisory belongs in every library, no matter its budget. The implementation of this vital service is the responsibility of every staff member -- from pages to directors, from those behind the scenes to the ones on the front lines, and an all-day program on Aug. 17 at Sun Prairie Public Library will remove the mystery behind providing great RA service.
Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service” as a guide, Becky Spratford will use your own love of your favorite books to show you how to help any patron find their next great read. It's not as hard as you think. But more importantly, you will learn why a staff that can harness the power of sharing a great read will become a stronger team and improve service to all patrons.
The day features the following topics:
- Booktalking: Harnessing the Power of Sharing Books with Patrons -- Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with patrons each and every day at the public library. Whether we are sharing books informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and every day. It is a core service, but it is also hard to teach. Booktalking is more of an art than a skill, but with the right guidance and some practice, it can go a long way toward engaging your patrons and re-energizing your staff. Join experienced Readers’ Advisory Becky Spratford as she shares the secret behind delivering great book talks, giving you tips and tricks you can begin using right away to hone your own skills. Rediscover the power and joy that comes from sharing books with patrons.
- Working Lunch -- Get your lunch and sit at a table with people you don't know. Spend an hour eating and networking. Then at 1:30, practice booktalking the title you used in the exercise earlier in the morning, or another favorite book, to your colleagues. Becky will provide even more examples during lunch.
- RA Rethink -- You can live without a 3D printer, but without readers’ advisory, you’re not doing your job. Readers’ advisory belongs in every library, no matter your budget or size. A robust and modern program that embraces whole collection discovery is one that inspires staff, engages patrons, and builds stronger library communities. Reconnect with this core service and empower staff at all levels to connect users with your collection. RA expert Becky Spratford will offer “rethinks” that will harken back to the basics of this core service and incorporate 21st Century possibilities.
- Group Discussion of RA Services -- Becky will facilitate a discussion between all of you about how service to leisure readers is going at your library. Please bring successes and failures, comments and questions. I want to help you help each other. Let's all work together to improve service to all your area's readers.
Register now for the Aug. 17 program at Sun Prairie Public Library.
Becky is a Librarian (MLIS) in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. She is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). Becky writes content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, is a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a five-term Trustee for her local library, and am a proud Active member of The Horror Writers’ Association who honored Becky at 2017’s StokerCon as a Guest of Honor for her contributions to the genre. You can follow Becky’s exploits on her popular RA training blog RA for All, it’s evil twin RA for All: Horror, or on Twitter @RAforAll.
The following titles have been added to the SCLS Professional Collection, which is available to staff at member libraries.
- Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian by Barbara A. Alvarez
- The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, 2nd By Francisca Goldsmith
- Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families by Claudia Haines, Cen Campbell, and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers by Kathleen T. Isaacs
- The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook edited by Ellyssa Kroski
- The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A Librarian’s Guide to Working with Friends Groups by Sally Gardner Reed
- Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
- Sex, Brains, and Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians, 2nd, by Jennifer Burek Pierce
- Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources, 2nd By Cassandra J. Hartnett, Andrea L. Sevetson, and Eric J. Forte
- Winning Grants: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, 2nd By Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H. MacKellar
- Once upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Scherrer
- Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide by Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting
- Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5 by R. Lynn Baker
- Stories, Songs, and Stretches!: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement by Katie Scherrer
- How to Measure Anything: Finding the value of “intangibles” in business, 3rd, by Doublas W. Hubbard
- Crash Course in Technology Planning by Christopher D. Brown
- Creating Inclusive Library Environments by Michelle Kowalsky and John Woodruff
- The Collection All Around: Sharing our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places by Jeffrey T. Davis
- Tactical Urbanism for Librarians: Quick, Low-Cost Ways to Make Big Changes by Karen Munro
- Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 3rd, by Beth McNeil
- Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding by Patrick Sweeney and John Chrastka
- Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits by Bess G. de Farber, April Hines, and Barbara J. Hood
- Information Visualization by Hsuanwei Michelle Chen
- Podcast Literacy: Educational, Accessible, and Diverse Podcasts for Library Users by Nicole Hennig
The 2017 Cornerstone Award Reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the 5100 Bar & Grill in McFarland. This year’s honoree is Larry Martin, the former executive director of the Wisconsin Library Association and someone who was instrumental to the creation of the SCLS Foundation. Martin currently serves as the executive director of the Wisconsin Bar Association. More information, including Larry’s biography, will be available soon on the SCLS Foundation Website and in the Foundation Newsletter.
There is also still time to submit nominations for the four library awards to be presented by the SCLS Foundation at the annual awards reception. They are the Super Awesome Library Award, Program Wizard Award, Giddy Up Partner Award, and new this year the Outstanding Library Volunteer Award. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this annual celebration of libraries, and the people who make them great.
It's a subject close to your heart -- you know you want an "endangered resources" t-shirt!
The 28th annual Lodi Library Run Walk is taking place Saturday, Aug. 12, but you don't have to actually run (or even walk) to get one of these AWESOME t-shirts. Simply register (it's $20), and mark that you'd like your shirt put into SCLS delivery for your library, and Friends of the Lodi Public Library will make sure it happens.
Register online at www.FriendsoftheLodiLibrary.com.
Don’t tell Kristyn Sommers the Wyocena Public Library “only” received $900 from the Edward and June Lenz Charitable Trust.
“This really allows the library to spread the values the trust stands for,” said Sommers, the library director.
The money is from one of several grants issued by the trust this summer, gifts intended to enhance opportunities for youth and the elderly in and around Portage and Pardeeville.
“This is a great deal for us,” Sommers said, noting that Wyocena, like almost any public library, has limited money and space. The nonprofit organization Friends of the Wyocena Public Library sought the grant, which will be used for advertising library programs.
First up is “Sensational Toddlers,” a program Sommers said is designed to “engage young minds in the world around them,” to be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 5. The program is free and open to the public.
For information about programming thereafter, Sommers suggests people visit the library’s wesbite — wyocenalibrary.org — or visit the library’s Facebook page.
Read the entire article in the Portage Daily Register.
The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee is accepting nominations for individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2017. Nominations must be submitted by Friday Sept. 8, 2017 (procedures & nomination form).
Both the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center and the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame are programs of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Induction into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is granted to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the statewide improvement of library service in Wisconsin over a sustained period of time. Individuals who have worked in and/or advocated for Wisconsin libraries will be considered. Both living and deceased individuals are eligible. Final selection of inductees into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame will be made by the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee and announced this fall at the Awards & Honors reception at the WLA annual conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
To see previous Hall of Fame inductees, visit https://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/hall-of-fame. Nominations should be submitted to Paul Nelson (Chair of the WLHC Steering Committee) as email attachments to email@example.com by Sept. 8, 2017. For additional information, please contact Paul at (608) 695-1464.
Five public libraries in the Bridges Library System -- Waukesha, Muskego, Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek and Butler -- are recruiting for new directors.
You can read more and find links at https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/employment-opportunities/.
The Wisconsin Science Festival (Nov. 2-5) is inviting libraries across Wisconsin to help grow participation in 2017 by partnering to provide programs. Now in its seventh year, the Festival is a free, statewide event aimed at engaging citizens with the science, engineering, and technology all around them.
To those libraries that have already submitted an event this year (or in years past), thank you for your participation! The Festival wouldn’t happen without you.
If you have not participated before, please join us! Each year, the number of participating libraries has grown, and the goal is to extend invitations to as many libraries in Wisconsin as possible:
- Check out the list below of past Festival events organized by Wisconsin libraries
- Learn more about the Festival at: https://wiscifest.org
- Consider hosting an event: https://wiscifest.org/host
If you have any questions, the Science Festival team is also happy to have a conversation with you at any time about the Festival, how it works, and what they can do for you. Feel free to email or call them directly. Wisconsin Science Festival Statewide Program Coordinators are: Shauna Baranczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 316-4391; Wes Marner at email@example.com or (608) 316-4716; and Sam Mulrooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 316-4390
- Creepy Crawly Cuisine: Eating Insects Around the World -- Brown County Library -- Stinkbug paté, deep-fried tarantula, “pork sausage with crunchy heads”...Enjoy true facts about how people from various cultures eat bugs accidentally and on purpose, and watch a PowerPoint slideshow that may make your skin crawl. This 30- to 40-minute presentation features a variety of nonfiction books, with connections made to geography, biology and nutrition. A food prep demonstration with live mealworms will be featured. The presentation can be combined with a library tour and/or time to browse and check out library materials. Option: Ask about getting Brown County Library cards for your group before you visit.
- Juno and Curiosity: Exploring in Extreme Environments on Jupiter and Mars -- Oshkosh Public Library -- Using a program learned through training with NASA staff members, we explore the terrain of Mars and Jupiter to learn about extreme atmospheric conditions scientists must contend with when designing spacecraft that will travel to and gather information from Mars or Jupiter. Participants (in groups of 2-4) then use materials given to them to design and construct a rover, space probe, or other spacecraft to explore Mars or Jupiter. Teams also have an opportunity to share their design and its features with other program participants. Finally, projects will then be displayed in the library for several weeks
- Weather Science -- Marathon County Public Library -- Children in grades K-5 can join us at the library to learn about weather with some wacky and wild experiments! Explore how clouds work, make a hurricane, and more. This event is geared towards children K-5 and is free and open to the public.
- Banana Autopsy -- Marathon County Public Library -- Join us in learning about how forensic science learns about the time and manner of death by performing a banana autopsy. Teens will autopsy a banana "victim," record and report their findings. Participants will be using cutting and sewing tools.
- Hands on Science -- Pewaukee Public Library -- Catapults, magnets, Keva Planks, slime, and more will be available for kids and their adults to experiment with during Hands On Science at the Pewaukee Public Library. Come prepared to engage your curiosity and discover the world around you!
- Radical Reptiles and Amazing Amphibians -- Pewaukee Public Library -- Come and meet some terrific cold-blooded animals and people who know all about them at the Pewaukee Public Library. Our friends from the Madison Area Herpetological Society will be here with live animals to teach us about their unique qualities. Learn more about the intriguing creatures that share our world!
- Stargazing with the Pewaukee Astronomy Club -- Pewaukee Public Library -- Curious about the night sky? Our friends from the Pewaukee Astronomy Club will set up their telescopes outside the Library so you can take a better look at the wonders of the universe. If the weather doesn't cooperate, they will offer an informative presentation with slides taken by the telescope in the Harken Observatory located in the library building. If you've always wondered what is up there, this is a great chance to learn more! Dress warmly, we will be outside, behind the library. Parking lot lights may be turned off for better visibility.
- KidsLab: Imagine, Explore, Create! -- Pauline Haass Public Library -- Drop in to our library's KidsLab, a maker-style space for curious kids. Science-loving teen volunteers will be on hand to assist with exploring our STEAM-based activities. Try your hand at the following: snap circuits, squishy circuits, rock painting, circle art, CD weaving, cardboard construction totem poles, code-your-name beading, kinetic sand sculpture, stop-motion animation, KEVA plank building, marble run design, and more!
Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.
A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. That compares with 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation. (It is worth noting that the question wording specifically focused on use of public libraries, not on-campus academic libraries.)
All told, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months -- a share that is broadly consistent with Pew Research Center findings in recent years.
Members of the youngest adult generation are also more likely than their elders to have used library websites. About four-in-ten Millennials (41%) used a library website in the past 12 months, compared with 24% of Boomers. In all, 31% of adults used a library website in the past 12 months, which is similar to the percentage that reported using library websites in late 2015.
Read the complete article by Abigail Geiger.
The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries has released an enhanced version of the Action Guide -- Version 2.0 in response to feedback from our survey of all individuals who downloaded the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library.
Since its introduction in January 2016, the Action Guide has been downloaded thousands of times from individuals in 34 countries. It has been shared and reproduced widely and has become a valuable resource to library directors, library boards, state librarians, city/county managers and many more stakeholder groups interested in the library as a vital asset in advancing community goals.
Here’s what’s new
- A focus on three primary pathways – Learning, Leading and Implementing
- More streamlined, less resource and time intensive
- More use case examples and resources (both in the Guide and online)
- Access to a variety of templates that are easy to use
- Complementary online tools and resources
“As we worked on Version 2.0 of the Action Guide, we focused on those sections that we felt were most important for community engagement and strategic planning,” explains Amy Garmer, Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries. “This revised version is about streamlining the inquiry and planning processes, providing more resources and templates, and enhancing the Guide in response to the feedback that we have received from users of the original Guide. The result is a richer, well-organized, easy-to-use tool for libraries of any size or geography.”
No two libraries are the same, and the stories and blog posts that we are gathering and sharing at www.LibraryVision.org are testimony to the many ways the Action Guide has be useful in advancing libraries in communities across the country.
Facilitator's guide debuts
In addition to the release of Version 2.0 of the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, the Aspen Institute also has released a companion tool: Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries Facilitator’s Guide. The Facilitator’s Guide was prepared by Maureen Sullivan, library consultant, past president of the American Library Association and recipient of the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the library profession who also served as a member of the Working Group of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries.
The Facilitator’s Guide provides a ‘how-to’ framework for conducting community conversations and meetings using the framework of the Aspen Institute’s Rising to the Challenge report and the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library. The Facilitator’s Guide includes:
- Suggested Guidelines for Discussion
- Sample Talking Points
- Sample Facilitation Questions
- Sample Discussion Agendas for a Variety of Formats
- … and more
A detailed review of both the Action Guide as well as the Facilitator’s Guide will be provided in two upcoming e-newsletters.