- Alice Oakey to receive 2018 Cornerstone Award at Oct. 18 reception
- LaValle Public Library seeks new director
- Nominate your library for 2018 SCLS Foundation awards
- Member/Staff News
- Serving homeless patrons will be the focus of August workshops
- Ergonomic kit available
- Registration still open for ‘Trustee Training Week’ -- Aug. 13-17, 2018
- Tech Days workshop registration now open
- Continuing Education Calendar
Alice Oakey to receive 2018 Cornerstone Award at Oct. 18 reception
Now in its 10th year, the SCLS Foundation Board has selected Alice Oakey (right) as the recipient of the 2018 Cornerstone Award. Alice is the former supervisor of Madison Public Library’s Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Road.
This year’s Cornerstone Award Fundraising Reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Babe's Grill & Bar, 5614 Schroeder Road in Madison. Bibliotheca, First Business Bank and Hausmann-Johnson Insurance are the corporate sponsors for the awards reception.
“The SCLS Foundation Board is excited to honor a librarian like Alice Oakey who has such a passion and commitment for community service,” said Janet Pugh, SCLS Foundation Board President. “She epitomizes the Cornerstone Award, which is given annually to an individual or individuals who have had a significant and long-term impact on enhancing public libraries in South Central Wisconsin. Alice truly represents the values and mission of the South Central Library System Foundation.”
In her written support of Alice’s nomination for the Cornerstone Award,Sarah Lawton, supervisor of Madison Public Library’s Monroe Street and Pinney Libraries, said,“Alice has dedicated her career to building community through library service. She has become a huge force for positive transformation to residents of the Meadowood neighborhood.” Lawton said Alice has touched the lives of many neighborhood residents in meaningful ways.
“She has supported community dinners and built bridges between the library, the schools and the community centers so that people feel connected within their community,” Lawton added. “She is someone that I admire greatly and she will be deeply missed on the library management team and in the community.”
Alice received her BS in Agricultural Journalism from the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Science in 1991, and was a full-time stay-at-home mom until she began working as a page at Madison Public Library at the Sequoya Library in October of 1995. She was promoted to clerk and later began taking courses toward her MLS at UW-Madison SLIS, graduating in June of 2004.
In 2006 Alice moved to the Central Library to the Youth Services Department where she was a library assistant, and in April 2009 she became the supervisor of the Meadowridge Library.
“Meadowridge is a vibrant, welcoming, very active library,” Alice said, “that is very much embedded in its neighborhood. At Meadowridge our priority was to serve our patrons in whatever capacity they needed.” Because the renovated library featured a full kitchen, Alice said she and her staff introduced classes for youth and community programs centered around healthy eating and food sustainability. “We hosted monthly community suppers and provided sack lunches every day for children in need of a meal,” Alice explained.
As part of her efforts while at Meadowridge, she also worked to create a partnership with the West Madison Senior Coalition to provide lunches for seniors three times per week at the library.
“While at Meadowridge, Sheray Wallace and I also created the Meadowood Health Partnership to provide information and connect our neighbors with the health care resources to help lead healthy lives,” Alice said. “We partner with community health providers to augment what services we could provide in the library. Sheray conducts office hours two days each week at the Meadowridge Library.”
With support from the Madison Public Library Foundation, Meadowridge staff also conducted a successful drive to obtain personal hygiene items for patrons, especially teen-aged girls.
In fall 2017, the library was able to provide transportation and adult supervision by staff members to send some of the children in their neighborhood to hear Charlotte Zolotow Award speaker Jason Reynolds read from his book. Each child received a signed copy of Jason’s book
Alice retired from Meadowridge in May 2018.
“I am very proud of the innovative work we accomplished while I was there,” Alice said. “I believe neighborhood libraries need to reflect the needs, desires and dreams of their neighborhood residents. I believe in hiring from the neighborhood, providing programming of interest to the neighbors, and making sure the collection reflects the interests of the neighborhood. I also believe it is an honor for a library to be situated in a neighborhood and an honor to be a resource for that neighborhood.”
The Cornerstone Award Reception is open to everyone, it is free of charge, and there is no need to register. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this annual celebration of libraries, and the people who make them great!
Applications are being accepted for Library Director for the LaValle Public Library. Duties include managing an active, small public library, developing and following a budget, planning library services and programs, developing library policy and advising governing board. Approximately twenty hours per week, including some Saturday mornings.
Knowledge and use of computers and software is required, and library work experience is preferred. Candidates must be eligible for Grade 3 Wisconsin Public Library Certification, requiring 54 semester credits. Complete of the public library management courses are required after hiring, and additional library courses and continuing education are required to maintain certification.
LaValle Public Library is located in the village of LaValle, population about 360, and is part of the South Central Library System and its LINK System. Applications are available through the library’s website (www.lavallelibrary.org), at the village clerk’s office at 101 West Main Street, LaValle, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 608-985-8383 between 8 a.m. and noon.
The position will remain open until filled.
To help celebrate the innovative and important work public libraries do every day, the South Central Library System (SCLS) Foundation will again present four library awards as part of the 2018 Cornerstone Award fundraising reception.
This year's award recipient is Alice Oakey, who recently retired as the supervisor of Madison Public Library's Meadowridge Library (see article above). The Cornerstone Award Reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Babe's Grill & Bar, 5614 Schroeder Road in Madison. First Business Bank and Hausmann-Johnson Insurance have already committed to be corporate sponsors for the awards reception.
There is no cost to attend the reception, there is no need to register, and there will be a cash bar and free refreshments. The 2017 event raised about $11,000.
Library staff members, trustees, friends, or residents can nominate their 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, Aug. 31, 2018.
- Super Awesome Library Award -- For the library that was overall awesome in 2018. 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.
Emily Goad (pictured at right with her dog Henny Penny) is the new director of Portage Public Library, having started her duties several weeks ago. She graduated from UW Madison SLIS in 2009, and has worked in libraries since 2007. Emily is from the Madison area, and worked within the South Central System for 8 years (doing everything from cataloging to tech services to reference to programing) before becoming the Regional Manager of three libraries in the Delta County District of Colorado. She moved back to Wisconsin in 2015 and became the Director of the Kewaskum Public Library before joining the team at Portage. For her undergraduate education, Emily attended Northland College in Ashland, WI, where she got degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing.
A few months ago, Becky Powers at Sauk City Public Library asked through scls-announce for old compact discs and DVDs to be donated for a project she was working on. Several people asked for a follow up, which was shared this week. The project is finished, and the 13-foot fish sculpture will be installed as part of Art on the Pec, an art tour by boat, happening August 4-5 (information here and here). This is a free public event taking place on the Pecatonica River between Blanchardville (Thunder Bridge) and Argyle. After that, the sculpture will be installed temporarily in front of the Sauk City Library.
On Aug. 22 and 23, Ryan Dowd will visit the South Central Library System for two programs on the topic of Practical Tips for Difficult Homeless Patrons.
Each one-day interactive training workshop is part “how to understand your homeless patrons” and part “how to work with difficult patrons.” Each workshop focuses on very practical tools you can use every day to resolve problems and prevent conflict (e.g. how to stand, what to say, what not to say, etc.). There is a special focus on patrons with mental health and substance abuse issues.
In addition to the in-person workshops in Madison and Marshfield, Ryan has an online training program called “Practical Tips for Difficult Homeless Patrons,” which covers much of the same content in a video format. SCLS has purchased access to this training for 2018.
The training is hosted on Niche Academy, and when you access our Academy, select the How to Enroll in the Homelessness Training. Most library staff will be able to create an account and start the tutorials. A few libraries and their staff, Albany, Arpin, Monticello, Pittsville, Vesper, Verona, and Fitchburg, received individual email invitations with a temporary password. If you are interested and aren’t able to create an account, please contact Jean Anderson at 608-246-5613 or email@example.com.
For library directors, completing this training, including the Completion Quiz, will count as three (3) hours of CE credit.
If you have any trouble accessing the training, please contact Jean.
SCLS is now offering an Ergonomic Kit, which contains several types of mice, keyboards, gel pads and other devices, like a back rest and a foot rest. The idea is that you can “try before you buy” a piece of ergonomic equipment.
If you’ve been wanting to try a new mouse, but can’t decide if you want a vertical mouse or a joystick style mouse, you can try them out and see which one works best for you. If the vertical mouse is your preference, then is there an advantage to the $100 mouse over the $40 mouse? You will be able to answer that question because this kit has both of them!
All the electronics in the kit are plug and play, meaning you don’t have to install any drivers or software to make them work.
Registration is now open for Wisconsin Trustee Training Week, which will be held Aug. 13-17, 2018. There will be one webinar each day from noon-1 p.m. on a topic that’s relevant to public library boards, friends, and trustees. Webinars are available free of charge, and open to anyone.
- Monday, Aug. 13 -- Orientation for New Library Board Trustees will feature Krista Ross, Executive Director of SELCO, Rochester, MN, who will simplify the process of orientating new trustees. A few basic principles to know and understand will enable new trustees to hit the ground running, be effective early, and set the tone for continuous learning of all the information they need to know to represent their library or system in an efficient manner. (register)
- Tuesday, Aug. 14 -- Effective Boards Have Effective Meetings! will feature Christine Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library Division Councilor, United for Libraries. Meetings may sound boring to some but in fact, they are the best place to discuss your library's policies, how busy the library is, and how well the library is meeting its goals. Surprisingly, many boards do not function well. There may be a bully on board, someone might dominate the conversations, or there might just be plain personality clashes. Christine will show you how to resolve any issues you may have and how to prevent them from happening in the first place. (register)
- Wednesday, Aug. 15 -- From Advocate to Activist will feature Patrick "PC" Sweeney, Political Director for EveryLibrary and a Lecturer for San Jose State University iSchool. He will challenge the traditional model of advocacy for libraries and instead look at how we create activists for libraries to build the public support we need to survive. He’ll look at how our current advocacy model is failing libraries and causing massive defunding and closures and we’ll explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support from networks of change through community organizing and political action. He will also emphasize the resources and skills that librarians and library staff need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding. (register)
- Thursday, Aug. 16 -- Wisconsin Public Library Standards, 6th Edition for Trustees will feature Shannon Schultz, Public Library Administration Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. After an exhaustive two-year process, the DPI's Public Library Development Team has released the 6th edition of the WI Public Library Standards. Utilizing a work group of more than 30 library directors, trustees, and system staff from all regions of the state, the team has radically changed the layout and structure of the Standards, including a new approach to the quantitative values. Shannon will explore and explain the challenges, including those pertaining specifically to public library trustees. (register)
- Friday, Aug. 17 -- Crafting Your Library's Story with Data will feature Jody Hoesly, Data Services Consultant, South Central Library System. Libraries collect and generate a lot of data. How do we use that data along with data from other sources like the U.S. Census to tell our library’s stories? In this webinar, Jody will help you learn to craft questions that can be supported by data to support library services or initiatives, identify and access relevant datasets, and recognize available visualization tools. The heart of the presentation will focus on stories and how you can combine questions with visual data to craft your library’s story. (register)
You must register for each webinar individually at www.wistrusteetraining.com/. More information is also available at that link, and you can also access recordings from the 2015-17 webinars.
Trustee Training Week is sponsored by the South Central Library System, with financial support from other Wisconsin Public Library Systems, plus the Division for Libraries and Technology and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Recordings of SCLS Continuing Education webinars are available on the SCLS website at https://scls.typepad.com/programs/.
You have three opportunities to attend a workshop in the Tech Days East series:
- Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Fitchburg Public Library (register)
- Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Appleton at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (register)
- Thursday, September 27, 2018, Franklin Public Library (register)
Each day will begin with a presentation on preparing for the future by guest presenter Jason Griffey, a Library JournalMover & Shaker who has written and spoken internationally on the future of technology and libraries. In the afternoon, choose from four concurrent sessions and hands-on learning activities on topics like STEM career mentorship for youth, virtual reality program ideas, tech to engage teens in summer learning, ransomware & data breaches, coding for tweens & teens, makerspaces, WordPress, online book clubs using Facebook Live, recharge your devices with a stationary bicycle, and Starling wearables for early literacy.
Comments from previous attendees of Tech Days:
- "This session was AWESOME! Mostly because it was a real sharing session and many of the attendees shared their ideas as well as the ones that were shared. This is the kind of program that I like. I came away with a ton of great programs that I know we can easily implement at my library."
- “I've been wanting to have something similar for my own library for a while, and the presenters made the whole process seem more manageable and doable than I had thought. “
- “The presenter definitely knew her stuff, in terms of presenting the material and answering questions, and I came away feeling very excited and inspired.”
Library directors' will earn six technology related continuing education contact hours for the full day workshop.
The Tech Days East series of workshops is sponsored and coordinated by Winnefox Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, South Central Library System, and the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems – Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Monarch Library System – and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Public Library Development Team, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
If these dates or locations don’t work for you, you may instead attend any of the Tech Days West series of workshops on Sept. 18-20 in Rice Lake, Wausau, and Black River Falls.