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Volume 3, Number 3
February 4, 2005

 

Index

Annual meeting survey now online; deadline is Feb. 14
New ILL reporting requirements in effect
Watch for RFID informational program
Certification Manual update
Ancestry Library now available
MOTOR website now available to member libraries
Middleton Public Library launches Winter Reading Club
Member/Staff News
Party for Donna Hussin to follow Feb. 10 LINK meeting
Libraries eligible for free supplies, merchandise from NAEIR
Reviewers sought for ‘We The People’ initiative
‘Many Voices, One Nation’ initiative celebrates literary diversity
Free computer classes available online
ECB Surf Report offers Black History Month links
CEs

 


Did you know…

…that in 2004, SCLS patrons/member libraries accounted for about 43 percent of all NetLibrary use in Wisconsin?


 

Annual meeting survey now online; deadline is Feb. 14

The SCLS 2005 Annual Meeting, as called for in our long-range plan, is scheduled April 21 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. In collaboration with the Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC), here’s what we have planned so far:

  • An update on the “Stand Up for Libraries” Campaign
  • Overview and update on Library District Legislation with Q and A
  • Report on the “State of the System”
  • Recognition of new directors and colleagues with long years of service
  • Keynote speaker: Jodi Cohen, the producer, writer and performer of critically acclaimed one-woman shows. Jodi has been teaching improvisation and performing since 1985, with 20 years professional experience speaking in corporate work settings.

We hope you agree this is a good start, but we need to hear from you to make sure this meeting addresses your needs and expectations. Each library or branch is asked to complete our annual survey at www.scls.info/about/annualmeeting/survey.html. Surveys should be completed by Feb. 14, 2005.

The registration form and agenda will be distributed in late March.

 

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New ILL reporting requirements in effect

Beginning this month (to report January 2005 data), SCLS will no longer collect all the monthly ILL statistics that were required in the past. Instead, only nonLink libraries will be asked to submit those statistics that are reported to the SCLS Board at its meetings. These are total:

  • circulation for the month;
  • items loaned to other libraries for their patrons during the month; and
  • items borrowed from other libraries for your patrons during the month.

For LINK libraries, SCLS will get these figures from LINK reports so you no longer are required to submit monthly ILL statistics reports.

NonLINK libraries will need to provide monthly statistics, but only those listed above. You will report these using the online form at www.scls.info/ill/statistics/illstatsnonlink.html.

Because the LINK statistics do not include items loaned to other libraries or borrowed from libraries other than LINK libraries, LINK libraries will still need to keep track of these data items for reporting in the State Annual Report. Depending on how you circulate these items to your patrons, you may be able to get these numbers from LINK annual reports.

For all libraries, you will need to keep track of any ILL activity that takes place outside of LINK and WorldCat, to be reported in your State Annual Report. We will try to make use of the statistics we can collect on your ILL activity through WorldCat, and will make that available to you.

For more information about this issue, contact Cheryl Becker, SCLS Public Library Consultant, at (608) 246-7973 or by email.

 

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Watch for RFID informational program

SCLS is planning to host an educational opportunity for member libraries about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The target is sometime in April, but a date hasn’t been selected. The tentative plan is to include demonstrations from three vendors of their RFID technology products.

RFID is a method of identifying unique items using radio waves. Typically, a reader communicates with a tag, which holds digital information in a microchip. There also are chipless forms of RFID tags that use a special material to reflect back a portion of the radio waves beamed at them.

 

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Certification Manual update

Every Wisconsin library has been sent one copy of the new Certification Manual for Library Directors, but it should be noted that some copies of the manual may have missing pages.

SCLS member libraries may have received copies that are missing pages v (Acknowledgements) and vi (blank), and page 23 (CE Activity Report Form) and 24 (blank).

If this is the case, don't despair. The acknowledgements (though it is important to give credit where credit is due) are probably not critical, and the Activity Report Form is available online at www.dpi.state.wi.us/dltcl/pld/doc/2453.doc.

If you have questions about the certification manual, contact Cheryl Becker at (608) 246-7973 or by email.

 

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Ancestry Library now available

Because of a vendor change, AncestryPlus, one of our current genealogy databases, is being replaced later this year by Ancestry Library. We'll send out information about this change in the next several months, but if you'd like a "sneak preview" of Ancestry Library it's available now at http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com.

If you're asked for a password, please contact Stef Morrill, Library Technology Coordinator, at (6089) 245-5799 or by email and she’ll provide this information.

 

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MOTOR website now available to member libraries

SCLS has purchased a new resource that can now be accessed by all member public libraries in the system. Called MOTOR (Mentioned On TV Or Radio), it monitors nationally broadcast television and radio programs and develops a comprehensive listing of books, music, magazines, videos, film, and software featured on more than 60 programs.

MOTOR has two primary components:

  • a daily email with an attached PDF list of things mentioned the previous day; and
  • an online, searchable database of resources mentioned on television or radio in the past 30 days.

SCLS member public libraries can access this service from our website at www.scls.info/pro/index.html. It is intended for public library use only and not for direct use by patrons or by other types of libraries.

Thank you to Denise Anton Wright, New Glarus, who brought this nifty resource to our attention.

 

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Middleton Public Library launches Winter Reading Club

The Middleton Public Library launched its first-ever Winter Reading Club program in January -- “Snow is Falling, Books are Calling” -- for children up to age 12. Operating on the same premise as the Summer Reading Program, children read for at least an hour a week for eight weeks, turn in a time slip, and receive a weekly prize.

On Jan. 15 the library hosted a Winter Reading Club kick-off party at which Bob Kann entertained with his juggling and comedy routine. Miss Madison Area, Kelly Jo Stauffacher (originally from Middleton), was on hand to register children for the program. After the kick-off party more than 70 children had signed up for the program. Two weeks into the program there are 197 registered, with more than 120 hours of reading recorded. The program is proving to be a huge success, and the library hopes to make it an annual event.

 

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Member/Staff News

Elissa Kelly is the new library assistant for the North Freedom Public Library.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Library (an SCLS member multitype library) is part of anew OCLC library catalog formed by bringing together resources from leading U.S. transportation libraries. The project offers a single, subject-focused group of records for finding information related to transportation. More information about the project is available on page 14 of the October/November/December issue of OCLC Newsletter (www.oclc.org/news/publications/newsletters/oclc/2004/266/default.html).

 

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Party for Donna Hussin to follow Feb. 10 LINK meeting

Immediately following the Feb. 10 LINK meeting there will be a reception for former SCLS Continuing Education Consultant Donna Hussin who retired Dec. 30 after more than eight years at SCLS. Cake, drinks, and other snacks will be provided.

 

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Libraries eligible for free supplies, merchandise from NAEIR

GRAPHIC: NAEIR LOGO.Public libraries, school libraries, and libraries from other nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive part of the more than $100 million in free supplies and merchandise available annually through the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR).

NAEIR is a nonprofit organization that collects donations of inventory from manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers then redistributes those goods to nonprofit organizations nationwide. Members pay a membership fee and nominal shipping and handling charges, but the merchandise itself is free. On average, members receive $19,000 in merchandise each year.

Materials include office supplies, toys, tools, software, janitorial supplies, sporting goods, arts and crafts, books, tapes, CDs, classroom materials, holiday and party goods, clothing, and more.

For a free supply information kit, call toll-free (800)-562-0955 (then press 7). More information also is available at www.naeir.org.

 

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Reviewers sought for ‘We The People’ initiative

The second deadline for this year's “We the People: Freedom Bookshelf” initiative is nearing, and the ALA Public Programs Office is still in need of volunteer reviewers.

Five-hundred public and school libraries will be awarded the WTP Freedom bookshelf collection under the Feb. 16, 2005. deadline. As this national initiative continues to impact so many school and public libraries, it presents an excellent opportunity for librarians to be involved in the library selection.

Reviewers will read and rate proposals online via a password-accessible National Endowment for the Humanities website. The applications are brief and should take no longer than three to five minutes per review. Each reviewer will be asked to read approximately 40-50 applications. The review period will begin Feb. 23 and all ratings must be completed by March 23. Reviewers may not be applicants to the WTP initiative under the Feb. 16 deadline.

More information on the WTP initiative can be found at www.ala.org/wethepeople. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact Mary Davis Fournier at (312) 280-5056 (mfournier@ala.org).

 

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‘Many Voices, One Nation’ initiative celebrates literary diversity

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced a new national program called "Many Voices, One Nation @ your library" that celebrates the diversity in the literature of our country and the unifying role that libraries play in building a literate nation.

As part of the initiative, ALA Chapters have been invited to contribute two annotated book selections to a Many Voices, One Nation Booklist. The titles should represent the uniqueness, diversity, and/or heritage of their state or region. One title will be for children or young adults and the second for adult readers. The books may be fiction or nonfiction, and there is no restriction on publication date. The resulting list will showcase the diverse voices that exist in our nation and its literature. The booklist will be continually updated at www.ala.org/manyvoices.

On Monday, April 11, 2005, during National Library Week, libraries are urged to host a Many Voices, One Nation, One Night @ your library program that showcases the community's literary heritage and serves as a celebration of reading. Libraries are encouraged to invite local authors, dignitaries, and residents to participate in a "read-aloud" portion that features selections from the Many Voices, One Nation booklist or other books that represent the community, state or region. Libraries also might want to invite diverse groups to read and present on a relevant topic and should consider collaborating with other libraries in their area to create a community-wide presence.

Materials are available to help libraries in their planning. They include a tip sheet, downloadable logo, sample press release and sample radio PSAs to announce the Many Voices, One Nation, One Night event locally. The logo and press materials are available in both English and Spanish. All are posted at www.ala.org/manyvoices and on The Campaign for America's Libraries website at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary. Click on the Many Voices, One Nation icon.

To let ALA know how your library is participating in the Many Voices, One Nation initiative, please send an email to Giovanni Rivas in the ALA Governance Office (grivas@ala.org).

 

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Free computer classes available online

GCF Global Learning -- www.gcflearnfree.org -- offers free, beginning computer courses in both English and Spanish. It also offers online tutorials for common software products and general internet/e-mail use, and some classes in which participants receive feedback from an instructor.

In addition to the computer classes, the site offers classes like Math Basics, Money Basics, Career Development, and Workplace Development.

 

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ECB Surf Report offers Black History Month links

If you are looking for websites to tie in with Black History Month activities in February, the Black History Surf Report from ECB is a good place to start. Existing links have been updated and new links have been added. There is also a new list of instructional television programs on related topics.

To visit the Surf Report, go to www.ecb.org/surf/blackhis.htm.

 

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Continuing Education -- www.scls.info/ce/


Upcoming CEs

February 15, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 1-4 p.m., SCLS Administration.

February 16, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 1-4 p.m., SCLS Administration.

February 17, 2005 -- Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds @ Your Library Craft Workshop with Patti Sinclair, Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds @ Your Library manual editor, 9 a.m.-noon, The Wintergreen, Wisconsin Dells (Mt. Ranier Room).

February 18, 2005 -- Library Marketing: Tips & Techniques (Library Challenges & Opportunities Teleconference Series, DuPage) with Buff Hirko, Statewide Virtual Reference Project Coordinator, Washington State Library; Howard McGinn, Dean of Libraries at Seton Hall University; and Linda Wallace, Library Communication Strategies Inc., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Downlink sites:  Marshfield Clinic; MATC Campus-Reedsburg; Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids; Monona Public Library; Pyle Center, UW-Madison; & UW-Stevens Point.

February 24, 2005 -- A Job Well Done: Recognizing It, Rewarding It (Compressed Video Broadcast), with Debra Wilcox Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consulting, Waunakee (WI), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., SCLS Administration and Portage County PL, Stevens Point (Prairie Room).

February 25 -- Literature Resource Center (LRC) (Hands-on Workshop) with Dawn Foster, Portage Public Library, 9-11:30 a.m., SCLS Training Room, Suite E, Madison.

March 2, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., SCLS Administration.

March 3, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., SCLS Administration.

March 4, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., MATC-Portage.

March 7, 2005 -- Genealogy Training -- Ancestry Library & HeritageQuest Online Databases (Hands-on Workshop) with Jean Anderson, Sun Prairie Public Library, 9:00 a.m.-noon, SCLS Training Room, Suite E, Madison.

March 11, 2005 -- Reference Tools for the Information Age (Library Teleconference, College of DuPage), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Downlink sites:Marshfield Clinic; MATC Campus-Reedsburg; Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids;  Monona Public Library; Pyle Center, UW-Madison; and UW-Stevens Point.

March 16 , 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., Mt. Horeb Public Library.

March 17, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., Mt. Horeb Public Library.

March 18, 2005 -- Library As Place; Where People Want to Be (Library Teleconference, College of DuPage), with William Miller, Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University; Douglas Zyskowski, Director of the Southfield (Michigan) Public Library, and Ed Rivenburgh, Director of Libraries at SUNY Geneseo, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Downlink sites: Marshfield Clinic; MATC Campus-Reedsburg; Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids;  Monona Public Library; Pyle Center, UW-Madison; and UW-Stevens Point.

March 22, 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., Charles & JoAnn Lester Library, Nekoosa.

March 31, 2005 -- The CCBC celebrates books for youth: outstanding new books for children and teens, with Kathleen Horning, Megan Schliesman, Merri Lindgren, Hollis Rudiger, 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., The Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells – Grand Ballroom.

April 6 , 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., MATC-Reedsburg.

April 7 , 2005 -- Windows 2000 Skill-Building Training (Hands-on Workshop) with Barbara Rowe, Madison Area Technical College, 9 a.m.-noon., SCLS Administration.

April 14, 2005 -- What Do I Read Next? (Hands-on Workshop) with Liz Amundson, Madison Public Library, 9:00-11:00 a.m., SCLS Training Room, Suite E, Madison.

 

 

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For more information about marketing and public relations, contact Mark Ibach at (608) 246-5612 or by email.