Campaigning for Libraries
A Library Advocacy Success Story in Wisconsin
Recently a group of Wisconsin libraries developed an advocacy campaign in response to a plan to cut library reimbursements for serving county rural residents by 30%. Information and talking points were distributed to the community asking for their support, and used by library supporters to pass county funding resolutions with library and municipal boards. Several months later the county board voted unanimously to pass full funding for libraries. Read the full article in the Winnefox Trustee Tale (May 2015).
Responding to a Budget in Crisis in Texas
Watch a free webinar (50 minutes) on Responding to a Budget in Crisis with valuable tips for developing an advocacy campaign for your library. Discover creative ways to campaign, get publicity, work with the media, and more. Learn about the advocacy plan used by the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library to campaign for funding to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week, after experiencing budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. Speakers include Kate Park, executive director of the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library; Patti Clapp, advocacy chair of the Friends, and Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries. For additional resources visit Citizens Save Libraries Power Guide.
VoteLibraries: A New Advocacy Project
A new library advocacy project was recently launched to offer libraries the resources needed to build the best voter engagement campaign. VoteLibraries is a community of library campaign experts devoted to helping local ballot committees succeed in voter outreach and engagement, while also supporting effective informational communications campaigns by library staff and trustees. VoteLibraries is a project of EveryLibrary, the first national political action committee for libraries. For more information visit VoteLibraries.org
The Power of Summer Reading
Reading through the summer makes a huge difference when kids return to school. It's important to keep up the good work! For enjoyable activities with lifelong benefits, check out the summer library programs for kids of all ages, an opportunity to meet new friends and discover the fun in defeating the villainous Summer Slide with the POW!-er of reading!
WPLC Annual Meeting Open to All Members
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) 2015 Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 6 at 2:00 is an opportunity for members to provide the WPLC Board with direct feedback and input on what WPLC purchases and supports throughout the year (OverDrive is the biggest service). The meeting addresses new developments, including digital magazines and the new logo. • Recorded meeting • Meeting minutes
Join the May 6 WPLC Annual Meeting
The meeting is open to everyone and will be held in Wisconsin Rapids the afternoon before the WAPL confernce in the McMillan Library Multi-Purpose Room, across the street from the conference center hotel. The library is located at 490 East Grand Avenue. To attend the meeting with Go-To-Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/637868781
To dial into the meeting using your phone
United States (Long distance): +1 (571) 317-3131
Access Code: 637-868-781
Demo Digital Magazines May 4
The WPLC Steering Committee has approved draft 2016 Collection and Buying Pool Recommendations for the WPLC board, including the purchase of approximately 100 magazine titles with plans to evaluate the demand. A webinar demo for digital magazines has been scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. To share feedback after the demo please contact Amy Stormberg, the NWLS representative.
Broadband Quality in Public Libraries
Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries: Speed Test Highlights,” a new report released jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park as part of the Digital Inclusion Survey.
A more detailed report, Broadband Quality in Public Libraries: Speed Test Findings and Results available from iPAC examines the quality of broadband access in more than 2,200 public libraries from data collected on upload and download speeds in 49 states.
Library Systems Landscape
From Library Journal (April 7, 2015) - Selecting a library management system is never an easy decision. Vendors of integrated library systems (ILS) offer solutions tailored to public, academic, and special libraries, but even when organized by type, libraries are hardly one-size-fits-all organizations. Choosing a new vendor tends to mean a major investment, with a multi-year commitment to a solution that often will require new training, adaptation, and trade-offs among cost, features, and functionality. Still, it’s a tough choice that many libraries are facing once again. The second edition of Library Systems Landscape examines the impact of recent mergers, the continued adoption of next-generation library services platforms, the emergence of mobile-optimized staff clients, and new partnerships and feature development in the open source arena. (...Read more)
COLAND Work Group Directives
From Nita Burke, COLAND Chair - This is the first of a series of articles for those of you who are following the progress of COLAND regarding library systems and the process of Lean.
The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) Work Group completed a 9- month project, writing the Strategic Vision for Library Systems in the 21st Century. The Work Group made a few changes to the strategic directives before Work Group Chair Kathy Pletcher, COLAND Chair Nita Burke, Library System Director Krista Ross and Bruce Smith from WILS recommended the document with COLAND’s full support to Superintendent Tony Evers last month.
Of interest to most librarians, Directive 3a was changed from suggesting a statewide ILS to a statewide discovery point; this meaning that COLAND agreed to recommend moving to a single discovery layer of some type, but not to mandate a single shared catalog. Other directives in the Strategic Vision for Library Systems included recommendations about library consulting, technology support, coordination of electronic resources and a transition to a multi-hub delivery system.
The directives were partially developed by consulting key ideas from the Lean Study conducted by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Lean Study Group last year. The Strategic Vision is heavily steeped in Lean principles and supported by the group, which includes many system directors. Lean Study members wrote an accompanying Roadmap to the Vision including a timeline to move forward the strategic directives for library systems in the future. COLAND unanimously moved to support the Strategic Vision with the accompanying Roadmap. The strategic directives received full support from the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) on Friday, February 13, 2015, a few days after Superintendent Tony Evers received the COLAND recommendations.
The Lean Study Group and the COLAND Work Group are both in agreement that the Lean process is a methodical way to take a look at library services to identify efficiencies as well as inefficiencies in order to determine cost effective and value-added library service for Wisconsin patrons. The new efficiencies will allow reallocation of resources in order to deliver broader and even more new services to deal with the flat-line increases to library budget in the past year.
If you are interested in reading the Strategic Vision for Library Systems in the 21st Century as well as the Roadmap for implementation of the directives, please check out the Wisconsin Council on Library and Network Development website at COLAND.dpi.wi.gov.
The discussion will continue about the Vision and next steps at the COLAND virtual meeting this Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. A copy of the agenda is on the COLAND website also, under "Agendas and Minutes . . ." This meeting is open to the public and input is welcome.
New Public Library Survey Results
The Public Libraries in the United States Survey (Fiscal Year 2012) has recently been released by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). The report examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by more than 97 percent of public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries. The report describes shifts in funding, as well as changes in the services and programs of public libraries that reflect changes in public demand.
The report ranks Wisconsin #1 in interlibrary loans received per 1,000 population and #8 in Circulation transactions per capita. Wisconsin also ranks high in video (#5) and audio (#6) collections. The report reveals positive links between investments—particularly in staffing and collections—and public library usage. Visit IMLS to view report details.
Helping Readers Find the Perfect Read
NWLS rolled out fantastic new features for the Merlin catalog this year to help readers answer one of their most important questions, ‘what should I read next?’. The enhancements take the guess work out of finding similar titles to read or the next book in the series. Now you can discover new titles as you search in the Merlin catalog based on reader reviews, similar appeal (e.g. bleak and disturbing, or funny and offbeat), reading levels, award winners, book discussion guides, and recommendations from the NoveList information services.
Answers to questions are now showcased in the resource readers can use from their own computer – the library catalog. For fans of series, reading order is now easy to find in Merlin. Just click on a title link below the beautiful display of book jackets and request a copy! To view an example, take a look at the "The Giver" and scroll down to the links of titles. NoveList provides expert recommendations combined with reader reviews from Goodreads. Reading levels for younger readers are perfect for finding books at a skill level, regardless of age. If you’re looking at a title with a score of 700, just click to search the catalog for titles with a similar score to find just the right book.
The Merlin catalog is shared by libraries in eight northern Wisconsin counties. It offers a “borderless library” that provides equal access to over 800,000 items that can be delivered to a home library free of charge, including over 600,000 books and more than 70,000 movies.
Rural Library Funding Resources Webinar
WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries will host Rural Resources and Funding December 10 at 1:00, a webinar showcasing information and funding resources for rural public libraries provided by The Rural Information Center (RIC). The RIC was established by the USDA to promote the vitality of America's rural communities with resources for funding and information, including assistance in economic revitalization, local government planning projects, funding sources, technical assistance programs, research studies and other related issues.
An appealing, user-friendly eReading Room has been added to the OverDrive-powered website that displays content only for kids or teens. Once inside the eReading Room, all searches will show only kid or teen content. No adult content will appear in the search results. All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns. As with all eBooks in your full collection, all titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold. Parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are browsing and borrowing books that are age, grade, and reading-level appropriate. The Kids and Teens eReading Rooms can be found at:
• http://dbooks.wplc.info/kids • http://dbooks.wplc.info/teens