Thursday, February 5, 2015

Library Director Resources to Love

Kermit the Frog in the Snow
Kermit the Frog in the snow (image courtesy of Pixabay)

Being a public library director is a difficult and challenging job, so our Public Library Development Team is always pleased when we can partner with our state's regional library systems to offer training on public library administration topics. Last September we presented the second in our biennial series of New Public Library Director Boot Camps. Intended as an introduction to being a public library director in Wisconsin, Boot Camp also offers important networking opportunities.  

A goal of the Boot Camp planning team has been to make the event's resources, handouts, and information widely available. To that end, the 2014 Boot Camp website was created.  It includes links to resources on working with library boards, advocacy, human resources, state statutes relating to public libraries, budgeting, open meetings law, public records, and much more. A recent addition to the website is a two-hour webinar that expands upon Mark Arend's "I'm a Boss. What Do I Do Now?" presentation.

Crucial to the success of Boot Camp has been the team of dedicated library professionals who serve on the planning team: Mark Arend (Winnefox Library System), Walter Burkhalter (formerly of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System),  John DeBacher (DPI / DLT), Terrie Howe (DPI / DLT), Mark Ibach (South Central Library System), Bruce Smith (WiLS), John Thompson (Indianhead Federated Library System), Jim Trojanowski (Northern Waters Library Service), Kris Adams Wendt (Wisconsin Valley Library Service), and Denise Anton Wright (DPI / DLT).  Many thanks to the Winnefox Library System for hosting the Boot Camp information on their website and to Joy Schwarz of the Winnefox staff for her assistance.

The 2014 Library Boot Camp project was supported by funds awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Post written by:
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development Team