- Jochem is new SCLS Workforce Development Specialist
- Member/Staff News
- Madison Mallards tickets available
- Apply for WLA Leadership Development Institute
- Open Educational Resources Innovation Grants
- United for Libraries conducting survey on ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’
- Library Journal online course targets telling the library story
- Continuing Education Calendar
Jochem is new SCLS Workforce Development Specialist
Mark Jochem, who worked at the South Central Library System in 2017 as a UW-Madison practicum student, has been hired as the Workforce Development Specialist (LTE). He began his duties on Monday, April 30.
During his practicum at SCLS, Mark developed resources for libraries to help their patrons in a variety of areas, including: immigration resources, a technology tutorial, and workforce development resources. Funding for the position comes from the additional public library system aid made available in the Wisconsin biennial budget for 2017-19.
In his new position as Workforce Development Specialist, Mark will assist member libraries with local workforce development needs, such as serving residents who are unemployed, under-employed, or who need assistance upgrading their skills and abilities. Mark will bring together libraries and other community partners, with an emphasis on training and documentation in order for libraries to become self-sufficient in providing patrons with the resources they need.
While the focus of this position is on workforce development and the needs of job seekers, this position may also address related needs that arise from joblessness or underemployment, including poverty, food insecurity, housing, family support, and transportation.
The Workforce Development Specialist will:
- Develop and manage a new web page to organize existing online and local resources to make them more accessible to public library staff.
- Work in partnership with community agencies and organizations to develop training opportunities for public library staff so they can better serve patron needs.
- Work in partnership with library staff, community agencies and organizations to develop materials and organize resources that staff can use with job seekers and others needing employment assistance, those wanting to add or enhance their technical skills, and those who need help with resume writing and interview skills.
- Travel regularly within the South Central Library System (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk & Wood Counties) to help staff at 54 member libraries develop and implement new programs and resources, to be involved in training opportunities for library staff, and to facilitate relationships with community agencies and organizations.
“When I’m not at SCLS, I serve as the Young Adult/Adult Services Librarian for New Berlin Public Library where I provide reference services and teen programming,” Mark said. “A history buff and avid audiobook listener, I enjoy learning new things as I travel and take in Wisconsin scenery.” Mark was born in Iowa, but lived and went to school in Maine. Always a Midwesterner at heart, he came back to attend library school and pursue a career.
Mark is currently working 20 hours per week, and can be reached at email@example.com or (608) 630-0270.
The Waunakee Village Board and the Waunakee Public Library will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new library on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. They wish to express appreciation to the hundreds of people in Waunakee who helped plan, design, and make generous donations so that Waunakee can have a beautiful new library for the Village and surrounding communities. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your party.
The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now available online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler. In this issue: Congratulations to New Graduates -- The Wisconsin State Law Library congratulates May graduates of Wisconsin's law schools and invites new attorneys to sign up for library cards (read more); New Flyer for Public Service Desks -- The Library is making it easier to refer people to our services with our public service desk handout (read more); New Books -- Our featured new resources this month are Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, Renters' Rights, and Gun Regulation and Legislation in America. Check our new book list for more new titles (read more); Tech Tip-- Learn how to jump to the top of the Wisconsin Legislature's website, and get general tips for skipping to the top of just about any website (read more); Library News -- Get information about a free legal clinic in the Dane County Law Library on Law Day, our new microfiche scanner, spring classes, and last month's National Library Week displays (read more); May Snapshot -- Lady Justice contemplates the National Library Week theme, The Art of Law (read more).
The Madison Mallards have again created a special group portal of 50 tickets for the South Central Library System and its member libraries. There are two separate ticket options that libraries can use to purchase tickets for the Aug. 8 game against the Kalamazoo Growlers.
The Wisconsin Library Association is committed to developing educational programs and opportunities to help shape tomorrow's leaders. This year's Leadership Development Institute will take place Aug. 8-10, 2018, at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel in Madison. The cost to attend is $300 for WLA members and $375 for non-members. The program is two and one-half days.
We invite you to apply today for a unique learning opportunity. Space is limited, so get your application in soon.
To apply, visit the WLA website.
The Department of Public Instruction is providing up to 20 grants of $10,000 each to help Wisconsin educators and libraries create and curate high quality educational materials and to share them as Open Educational Resources (OER) in WISELearn. All applicants must be Wisconsin public educational entities (schools, CESAs, libraries, etc.), though they may partner with other organizations.
OER are teaching and learning materials that have been made easier to use via licensing them (usually under Creative Commons) to be freely used, distributed without restriction, and often modified without permission.
More information is available on the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) website.
United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards. Feedback from current and past Trustees, Friends, Foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in recognizing common issues that current and past board members encounter, and in the brainstorming on how to alleviate any issues.
To fill out the survey, visit www.ala.org/united/boardsurvey. Any information collected will be made anonymous with all identifying information removed.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century.
To join United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.
Telling your library's story is a powerful way to engage your audiences and demonstrate its impact. Finding your library's voice, and profiling the voices of your patrons, can personalize your outreach and enliven your marketing strategy.
During the Library Journal Engagement Marketing online course,you’ll learn from experienced leaders how to move your library’s marketing strategy to increase awareness and engagement through live interactive sessions on Wednesdays (May 16 & 30) from 1-3 p.m. -- bridged with homework, online workshops, and discussions.
More information and a link to registration is available online.