- Helping your patrons find work
- Aug. 31 is deadline for 2018 Foundation Library Award nominations
- Member/Staff News
- Deadline for ALA Emerging Leaders Program is Aug. 31
- Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Library: A Guide to Helping Patrons and the Community Workshop
- Continuing Education Calendar
Helping your patrons find work
Searching and applying for work is a daunting process. Add additional strain like finding healthcare, financial supports, or education and training opportunities, and it is all the more difficult to “go it alone.” Supporting the job seekers in your community can take valuable time and staff resources.
SCLS is here to help. Workforce Development Resources are now available on the SCLS website, and resources include information to help job-seekers at every stage of the job-seeking process -- from gathering necessary application information and searching for jobs to applying for unemployment insurance and overcoming barriers to employment. A companion webpage, Additional Resources for Job Seekers includes information on digital literacy, training, and social services. Many of these resources are easily printable and shareable.
Looking for additional resources, training, or possible program partners? Contact Mark Jochem, Workforce Development Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-630-0270.
The 2018 SCLS Foundation Cornerstone Award fundraising reception is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Babe's Grill & Bar, 5614 Schroeder Road in Madison. In addition to the Cornerstone Award presentation to Alice Oakey, the 2018 Library Awards will be presented. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
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.
- 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.
Corporate sponsors for this year’s Cornerstone Award reception are Bibliotheca, First Business Bank and Hausmann-Johnson Insurance.
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.
Cambridge Community Libraryhas been serving its community for 40 years. In August of 1978 the doors opened for the first official municipal library in the Village. While being served by the Dane County Bookmobile citizens of the area worked diligently to create a movement towards opening up and having a fully functional library space. The library has made its home in three different locations -- 301 Water St. 200 Spring St. and in 2015 at 101 Spring Water Alley. The three locations never veering too far from each other over the years and each time citizens worked diligently to make all three "new" locations happen. Joan Behm is celebrating 30 years with the library this year, including 25 as the director and the first five years as a Children's/Youth/Senior, Circulation librarian. If you are ever in Cambridge please stop and visit.
McMillan Memorial Libraryin Wisconsin Rapids is the recipient of a 2018 WiLS Ideas to Action Funds grant. The library will develop Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Music kits to be made available for use by community non-profits. The Ideas to Action fund is a new project of WiLS, the purpose of which is to provide support for innovative or collaborative projects in order to help WiLS members reach their goals and have a positive impact on the Wisconsin library ecosystem.
The August issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler. In this issue: Using WisConomy to find county profiles -- Find local labor market, business, and population data for Wisconsin on the WisConomy website (read more); New Books -- Our featured new resources this month are Crafting Effective Settlement Agreements: a Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators and Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases. Check our new book list for more new titles (read more); Tech Tip -- One way to avoid seeing most ads is to install a blocker extension or add-on to your web browser (read more); Help us improve our website -- We'd like your help improving our website. Take our surveys! (read more); Library news -- Library closures. There are still seats available in our Madison location's August class, Introduction to Westlaw (read more); August Snapshot -- Waukesha features a walking tour of giant 10-foot guitars and a series of murals honoring Les Paul and the history of the city (read more). Read the full newsletter at: https://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1808.html.
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, 2018. Apply now.
The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.
An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Library: A Guide to Helping Patrons and the Community with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 1:30 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.
Many American communities are in the grips of a substance abuse crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses account for 91 deaths a day in the United States. The opioid crisis is destroying lives, and many libraries are witnessing this problem first-hand amongst their patrons, with some librarians even being trained to administer doses of anti-overdose drugs. This is a problem that few librarians anticipated and an area where even fewer have relevant training.
How can we serve our communities to deal with this crisis most effectively? What are our public health obligations? What are our legal obligations? In this workshop, former detective, security and HR expert Steve Albrecht helps you build a strategy that works. You will gain practical solutions that will help you and your staff become more engaged and proactive.
Dr. Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC,is board certified in HR, security management, and employee coaching. In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence. He holds a doctorate in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.A. in English. He worked for the San Diego Police Department from 1984 to 1999 and is the author of 15 books on business, workplace security, and criminal justice topics, including Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities (ALA Editions, 2015).