Library Innovation Subcommittee Minutes

April 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m.



Action Items:

Recommended SCLS Foundation fund Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring and Recruitment training with August Ball and cooking maker kit.


Present: Renee Daley, ROM; Kris Houtler, REE; Pamela Lathrop-Roets, POR; Nicole Ozanich, STP; Leah Fritsche, DEE; Carol Kaufman, SUN; Angela Noel, BRD

Recorder: Jean Anderson

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


1.      Call to order time 9 a.m.

a.      Pam Lathrop-Roets, POR, will be joining the committee as Chris Baker leaves the committee

b.      Changes/Additions to the Agenda

                                                              i.      Need to end at 10 a.m.

c.       Requests to address the Committee


2.      Approval of previous meeting minutes: February 18, 2020

a.      Mark Ibach, Mark Jochem moved and seconded

b.      Approved


3.      Action items

a.      Finalize recommendation for SCLS Foundation spending. Previously discussed ideas:

                                                              i.      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring and Recruitment training with August Ball, $1600/session: Foundation could cover a session in 2020; Jean would carry over some of the CE budget to cover another session in 2021.

                                                             ii.       Cooking maker kit

1.      What would this include?

2.      Is this something patrons can borrow or libraries? Libraries for programming

3.      Do all staff (system wide) need to know how to use?

4.      Is it easy to clean, etc.?

5.      Do we need to worry about having commercial cooking certifications if we don’t already?

6.      Induction burners don’t generate heat

7.      Two separate kits – one for cooking and one for baking

8.      Cooking show/demo for countertop cooking so you’re facing the audience or camera

                                                          iii.      Mark I. will create a Google doc for us to share what could be included in these kits and other ideas

4.      Discussion items

a.      Questions for SCLS annual visits have been finalized. Library Legislative Day 2021 is planned to feature photos/video of memorable moments, so one of the questions is intended to help collect those.

                                                              i.      What has your library done since our last visit that you’re really excited about?

1.      Are there any memorable moments that stand out? (Can you provide photos or video for All Directors or Legislative Day)

2.      Was there a program or service that your community responded to (positively or negatively)?

                                                             ii.      What projects and/or challenges will you be working on in the near future?

1.      What can SCLS do to assist you?

                                                           iii.      Is there anything else you’d like to share or discuss?

b.      Serving patrons on languages other than English update: The Collection Maintenance Subcommittee is moving forward with adding Spanish language subject headings in LINKcat. The Discovery Interface Subcommittee voted to add a Spanish language interface to the list of possible (future) development project.

c.       Follow up on 2020 Census Library Outreach. (Mark J)

                                                              i.      Added a shortcut to patron computers which is going to remain for the summer. Heard that the Census operations aren’t going to restart until June 1, but people can still submit their census – new deadline is October 31, 2020. Dedicated web page for tracking the responses to the census – Wisconsin is number 2, just behind Minnesota.

d.      Information sharing – share a success, learning experience, or a challenge you are working on.

                                                              i.      SUN: Carol has been coming in to the library. Children’s librarian is doing story time via Facebook. Adult librarian has done some book club programs via Zoom. Brainstorming some ideas for the soft re-opening that is responsive to the community.

1.      Denver Public Library – we’re still here page (has anyone checked it out?)


                                                             ii.      REE: Kris – providing online access cards, promoting online resources. Highlighting this week.

                                                           iii.      ROM – Lot of cleaning done!

                                                           iv.      STP: Nicole is livestreaming story time on FB, 5 year old daughter helping with that, ran a really successful Zoom book club last week and will be moving forward with that. Excited because this book group was able to bring back members who had moved away – had 22 people total.

                                                             v.      POR: Dawn is doing an amazing job on the children’s side. Pamela is just starting with the Teen programming and learning how to do things on a video. Had been doing Adult Programming for a while so has some connections in the business community. Live FB performances, photography, etc.


5.      Plan for next meeting: June 9, 2020, SCLS Headquarters and BlueJeans

a.      Create a Google doc for cooking/baking maker kit.

b.      Put the SCLS visit reports on the meeting page.


6.      Adjournment: 9:44 a.m. adjourned.

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.

LIS Subcommittee/Minutes/04-2020