- Still time to submit nominations for 2017 SCLS Foundation Awards
- Big Wheel: a new blog for youth services librarians
- Foundation opens membership to libraries statewide
- Explore Job Center of Wisconsin
- Continuing Education Calendar
Still time to submit nominations for 2017 SCLS Foundation Awards
There is still time to submit nominations for the 2017 SCLS Foundation Awards, which are a great way to celebrate the innovative and important work public libraries do every day.
Each year the South Central Library System (SCLS) Foundation presents four library awards as part of the Cornerstone Award fundraising reception.
This year’s Cornerstone Award recipient is Larry J. Martin (right), Executive Director of the 25,000-member State Bar of Wisconsin and Director of its charitable arm, the Wisconsin Law Foundation. He is the State Bar’s chief executive officer and recommends and participates with elected leadership in formulating its policies and programs and is responsible for their implementation. As Executive Director, he oversees the management of the State Bar operations, finances and its human and capital resources, including the development of staff leadership, diversity, training, and building capacity within the organization to meet member needs.
“Larry is very deserving of this recognition,” said Janet Pugh, President of the SCLS Foundation Board. “He has been a long-time supporter of libraries, and was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation.”
You can read more about Larry in Online Update.
This year’s Cornerstone Award Reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the 5100 Bar and Grill in McFarland. There is no cost to attend the reception, and there will be a cash bar and free refreshments. The 2016 event raised about $12,000.
Library staff members, trustees, friends, or residents can nominate their library (or another library) for any of the awards, which are described below.
To make an online nomination for one of the four library awards, simply click on the award name. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
- Super Awesome Library Award -- For the library that was overall awesome in 2017. Maybe they handled a tough situation with grace. Or took a new approach. Or found a lot of money under a rock and did something really cool with it. Or got a lot of local support and kudos because they play well with others. Or are just plain super awesome every day.
- Program Wizard Award -- For a super creative, innovative and fun library program created by library staff. In the library or out. For babies or seniors or anyone in between. A one-off or a regular series. If Dumbledore thinks it's worthy of Wizard status, nominate it!
- Giddy Up Partner Award -- For those strong community partnerships that add value to the library and the community as a whole. It takes two, baby! Or three... or four. Nominate the library and its partner(s) and describe the amazing stuff they’re doing together.
- Outstanding Library Volunteer Award -- To recognize that outstanding volunteer who is instrumental in making your library what it is. This new award is presented annually to an individual who through their contributions has had a significant impact on library service in a single community.
SCLS has a new blog for youth services librarians. Big Wheel is for public library staff in the South Central Library System who serve youth and families or for those who are interested in youth services, books for children and teens, and youth services programming. The first blog posts are now public and the blog will be updated weekly.
Do you have ideas to share about youth services in public libraries? Programming ideas? Booklists? Anecdotes about serving youth and families? If so, please feel free to contact Shawn Brommer who will help you publish posts to the blog.
Special thanks to the South Central Library System's very own Craig Ellefson for giving permission to use his photograph of a Ferris Wheel at night for the blog's banner photo. His photo illuminates our blog and adds a personal and perfect touch.
Please direct questions about this blog and other youth services topics to Shawn Brommer.
The South Central Library System (SCLS) Foundation Board voted at its July meeting to extend membership in the Foundation to public libraries, and groups that support public libraries, outside of the SCLS boundaries of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties.
SCLS Director Martha Van Pelt reported that a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney both reviewed the plan and said it doesn’t create any conflict with the Foundation’s IRS 501(c)(3) status.
The member agreement has been updated to reflect this change, and efforts will be undertaken in the next few months to promote this new service to public libraries statewide.
“This is an excellent way for us to support libraries statewide,” said Janet Pugh, Foundation Board President. “It will also help defray the costs of managing the Foundation for member libraries.
For more information, please contact Martha Van Pelt, SCLS Director, at (608) 246-7975 or by email at email@example.com.
Job Center of Wisconsin (https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/) is primarily known as a place to apply for jobs. But the Job Center website has a lot of additional resources for job seekers. Explore the website to fully use and recommend information sources to people looking for employment.
- Create or Update a Resume -- Once you create a free account with the Job Center of Wisconsin website, you can build and revise your resume and electronically submit it to employers.
- Workforce Events -- Find job fairs, career expos, recruitment sessions, and other events to help job seekers make connections with employers.
- Labor Market Information -- Read reports, projections, and trends in Wisconsin's job market.
- Training and Education -- Find information about apprenticeships, training programs, Wisconsin colleges and universities, financial aid, and more.
- Skill Explorer -- Connect to employment opportunities based on your skills rather than on job titles.
- Job Seeker Resources -- Search the services offered in Wisconsin Job Center locations around the state. Or, choose from one of the five topic headings listed. To begin or complete a job search, return to the secure logon page.
- Featured Industries -- Research Wisconsin's diverse industries, and find information on wages, trends, and other subjects.
- Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Links -- Find links to the Job Center of Wisconsin website and the DWD website on Job Seeker, the collection of free skill building and job resources, recommended by Wisconsin public libraries. Go to Job Seeker at https://dpi.wi.gov/job-seeker and then select DWD Links from the left menu.
--reprinted from WILibraries for Everyone from the Division for Libraries and Technology