Library Innovation Subcommittee Agenda

October 12, 2021, 9:00am

SCLS Headquarters/BlueJeans
Chester Room


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1.      Call to Order

a.      Introduction of guests/visitors

b.      Changes/Additions to the Agenda

c.       Requests to address the Committee


2.      Approval of previous meeting minutes: August 10, 2021


3.      Action Items: None.


4.      Reports (for Committees only)

a.      Social work intern cohort.

b.      Update on Kwik Trip coupons: SCLS Foundation has already declined the offer of drink coupons from Kwik Trip in lieu of other sponsorships (for Library Card Sign Up Month, Cornerstone Award, etc.). Libraries can approach Kwik Trip individually if desired.


5.      Discussion

a.      From Alex, 9/10/21: I'm always on the lookout for grant opportunities and lately I've been looking for a more efficient way to find grants en masse, such as through a grant database. I found this database called Instrumentl and it looks promising: nice interface, good info, easy to use.
As far as I can tell, the cost is $150 per month at a basic level, but you can share that with 5 people. I was thinking that it might be interesting for 5 Innovation Subcommittee members or at least 5 SCLS libraries to use the database for the year and to track wins and money that was taken in, and then give a short summary of the experience when the year was done. It's quite possible we'd take in more than we spent on the database. I know money that was there for the subcommittee to spend has likely already been spent, but it's something that might make for an interesting discussion at the next meeting.

                                                              i.      Jody requested a free trial with Instrumentl and received the following response: “At this time we are only working with the following: 501c3s based in the US with budgets over $90k or those regularly applying for grants grant writers with 501c3 clients in the US that have budgets exceeding $90k.”

                                                             ii.      The Grants Information Collection at UW-Madison's Memorial Library is a free resource.

1.      Within the GIC, Ellen Jacks, Grants & Public Services Librarian, is a useful contact.

2.      The leading database GIS offers for nonprofit grant seeking is the Foundation Directory Online, but it is only available on-site at Memorial Library.

3.      The Visualizing Funding for Libraries tool is a subset of the Foundation Directory, but can be accessed for free outside the library.

                                                           iii.      More grant resources.

                                                           iv.      SCLS Foundation funds for 2021 are already spent. 2022 funds will be available early in the year.

b.      Library visit project

                                                              i.      Reports on new visits.

                                                             ii.      Follow-up on what should be done with information gathered from visits

1.      Member Features, Online Update, Top 5, SCLS website.

2.      All Directors Meeting presentation and discussion.

3.      Track innovations to make them actionable at other libraries.


6.      Items from clusters for initial discussion

7.      Plan for Next meeting:  December 14, 2021

a.      Feedback on new data dashboards – are these of value (worth maintaining?):

                                                              i.      2020 Collection Usage| CIRCBR, PSTAT, Language, Collection Code

                                                             ii.      Spanish language materials July 2021


8.      Adjournment



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/Agenda/2021-10