Library Innovation Subcommittee Notes

June 6, 2018, 9 a.m.

SCLS Headquarters

Chester Room


Action Items:

RZ will invite Angela Noel, BRD, to join the Subcommittee.


Present: Jenna Assmus, RIO; Jan Holmes, SUN (phone); Leah Fritsche, DEE.

Recorder: Jean Anderson.

SCLS staff present: Jody Hoesly, Tamara Ramski, Jean Anderson, Mark Ibach, Mark Jochem, Rose Ziech.


1.      Call to order time 9:02 a.m.

a.      Introduction of guests/visitors.

                                                              i.      Jenna Assmus, RIO; Jan Holmes, SUN; Leah Fritsche, DEE.

b.      Changes/Additions to the Agenda.

                                                              i.      No changes.

c.       Requests to address the Committee.

                                                              i.      No requests.


2.      Approval of previous meeting minutes: April 10, 2018

a.      Changes or corrections: None.

b.      Approved by consensus.


3.      Action items

a.      Nominate potential new members to reach out to and invite to join.

                                                              i.      Discussion: Shawn recommended Angela Noel, BRD.

4.      Reports (for Committees only)

a.      Digitization (Tamara).

                                                              i.      Foundation funding for new equipment.

1.      One time set-up fee for Recollection Wisconsin and 3 hard drives for about 14-15 libraries.

2.      2 more scanning kits for a total of 6 flatbed scanning kits and a cassette and VHS conversion kit.

3.      WPLC will be paying the ContentDM hosting fee to add items to.

                                                            ii.      Digital Content Workgroup sunsetting.

1.      Will be creating a Work Group with a new name. Looking for help with a new name.

2.      Will use sunset the Ebook listserv and create a new listserv for the new work group. The group will meet as needed.

b.      Annual Report data dashboard (Jody).

                                                              i.      Went from 150 variable to 75. Still complicated and not as intuitive as Jody would like. Will probably do another round of testing in the next couple of months. There’s a new Data staff person at DPI and will be consulting with him as it is DPI data.

                                                            ii.      The per capita data visualization is more popular and applicable to libraries than Jody realized. Any feedback is appreciated.

                                                          iii.      Starting a listserv for data – let Jody know if you’d like to be added.

c.       Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning (Mark J.)

                                                              i.      Has a good start on the Workforce Development Resources web page.


5.      Items from clusters (for Committees only): None.

6.      Discussion items.

a.      Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Follow-up from All Directors Meeting (Mark J).

                                                              i.      Shared the new Workforce Development website (not published yet).


                                                          iii.      Questions –

1.      Is this going to be directed to library staff or patrons? Answer – mostly to staff and is going to be a resource for staff to use with patrons.

2.      Will the site be mobile friendly? Many people do everything on their phone/device. Answer – yes, Rose will make the table (on the site) mobile friendly.

                                                          iv.      Requested that directors share with staff for input and feedback. Send feedback to Mark Jochem.

b.      Digital Content use in the library & Local history website content and in-library use (Tamara).

                                                              i.      Thinking of ways that the materials that are being digitized can be used in the library. Saw a video of a large touch screen in a library using historical photos. Thinking of a dedicated computer with links to Recollection Wisconsin, create finding aids for other materials, genealogy, options for programming around digitized collections.

1.      Jenna suggested contacting the high school teacher about projects that students could do.

2.      Library staff all know how to use and search Recollection Wisconsin as their collections go online.

3.      Standardized list of local history content that can be added to library’s websites.

4.      Archiving days or scanning events in the library.

5.      Adding a page to SCLS’s website with a list of best practices, resources, examples, types of materials that are good candidates for digitization, etc.

                                                            ii.      Consensus is that touch screens would be awesome!

c.       Wisconsin Libraries Transform website expanding to include all SCLS counties in September (Mark I.).

                                                              i.      Project that started at ALA a couple of years ago. Started with a series of Because… statements. Discussion locally about how to use that campaign and doing something system-wide. Started with Dane County pilot project.


2.      Madison Public Library created and continue to maintain the website.

3.      Includes short stories, photos, video, and audio files.

4.      Challenge is collecting the story and then sharing it.

a.      Record by phone and then type it up later.

b.      Get a photo, if possible, of the photo or of the space, book, etc. Does not have to include the individual if they don’t want.

5.      Goal is to create a central location for collecting these stories – you can link to this from your website.

6.      There’s a toolkit available with press releases, postcards, bookmarks, etc. (

7.      Simple is okay – doesn’t have to be really long.

8.      Will be rolling this out by September – for National Library Card sign up month – more information coming out soon.

d.      Deerfield won the Great American Read grant PBS series this fall. Doing programming along with the series. Fun stuff being planned for the fall. Milwaukee Public Library is the other library in the state that received the grant.

7.      Plan for next meeting: August 14, 2018, SCLS Headquarters.

8.      Adjournment:  9:53 a.m.

For more information about the Library Innovation Subcommittee, contact Rose Ziech.


SCLS staff are available to attend cluster meetings to share information and answer questions pertaining to this committee meeting and other departmental projects.

Library Innovation Subcommittee/Minutes/06-2018