Thursday, April 28, 2016

E-rate and BCN Update

Here are some updates on the E-rate program and the Badgernet Converged Network (BCN):

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) logo
USAC administers the E-rate program

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) recently announced that the form 471
deadline is extended for this year's E-rate applicants. The extension is a result of the challenges many applicants faced this year with the implementation of the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the technical issues during the launch. Based on input from applicants and stakeholders, USAC announced a two-part extension.

Part one of the extension extends the window for all applicants by four weeks with a new closing date of May 26, 2016. Part two of the extension extends the window for libraries and consortia until July 21, 2016. This additional extension is due to libraries and consortia unable to complete their application until their school district finalize their discount rates in EPC. The deadline extension will not delay application review or funding decisions for applicants that completed within the initial window.

More information on this announcement can be found in USAC's News Brief.


The Department of Administration (DOA) continues to work on a new BCN contract. The current BCN contract has been extended to December 31, 2017, which covers all of the upcoming July 1, 2016 year. However, if a library is a BCN site and needs more bandwidth than the current BadgerNet circuit provides, contact TEACH (who administers the BCN). In some cases TEACH may be able to increase the current bandwidth to a sufficient level. Make sure all options are considered by sending inquiries to TEACH . Along with this, it is recommended not to sign long term contracts to allow for more flexibility in the near future when better rates are available. TEACH contact information is available here.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Countdown to the Job Seeker's Portal

Job seekers in Wisconsin will soon have access to a great new Job Seeker's portal.
Librarians across the state are working together to fine-tune recommendations on the content and design of the portal. We want to make it super easy for all Wisconsin residents and libraries to connect to information and resources that will support successful job searches.

Working together - Courtesy Pixabay
Working Together - Courtesy Pixabay
In late 2015 and early 2016, libraries were asked to share their ideas about portal contents, information on training offered by the library, the degree to which they work with Wisconsin Job Centers, and whether or not they were interested in participating in the portal development process.  More than 60 librarians responded. They generously shared links to relevant materials posted on local library websites. More than 150 resources were listed.

Now we're working together to review those links.  We're making decisions about which should be included, identifying resources we still need to locate and discussing website design. The recommended links will connect community residents to local, regional, and national job postings; Wisconsin Job Centers; online tools for writing resumes and cover letters; training on how to set up an email address and use essential computer software; statistical information on the cost of living and home mortgage rates in various parts of Wisconsin and the country and more.

The second feedback call was held yesterday, Monday, April 25.  We'd LOVE your feedback - see the list of content recommendations here: Resources for Job Seekers.  Please add comments or questions about specific resources on the "Job Seeker's Resources" page, if you have general comments or questions or recommendations about the website design and functionality, please add those to the "Parking lot" page.

If you would like to participate in an upcoming call please email me at I will be scheduling as many additional calls as needed to connect folks eager to provide feedback on the portal.

Happy Builder - Courtesy Pixabay
Happy Builder - Courtesy Pixabay
The development of the portal is in support of, but not a formal part of Wisconsin's implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. We know that some Wisconsin library leaders are connecting with the 11 Workforce Development Boards filing plans as part of Wisconsin's implementation. A smooth and easy method of allowing public libraries to receive funding to support job search and work skill building has not been clearly identified in the plans as currently filed. But we know that as the plans are put into effect, members of communities across Wisconsin will be turning to their trusted public library partners for help, and the Job Seeker's Portal should be a useful aid in that process.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and questions.

Written by:
Martha Farley Berninger
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cataloging RULES!

Cataloging is a very important but can also be confusing and frustrating. Use BadgerLearn Pro's collection of free online professional development on cataloging and discover that cataloging can be fun!

Here are a few resources from the BadgerLearn Pro collection:

RDA for Copy Catalogers: The Basics
From ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

American Libraries Live: RDA
From ALA (American Library Association)

Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers
From WebJunction

Life After MARC: Cataloging Tools of the Future
From Nebraska Library Commission

BadgerLearn Pro is a joint project under active development with help from our partners:  

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Written by:
Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Libraries as System Members: the "Same Services" Provision

Equalizing Library Services to All Wisconsin Residents

In Wisconsin, public libraries can (and all do) participate as members in their regional Public Library System. The cooperative library systems we have in Wisconsin were first established in the early 1970's as a way to help equalize public libraries services throughout Wisconsin. They resulted following changes made in the 1960's that had eliminated components of the Free Library Commission, which was decommissioned in 1965. During that transition it was acknowledged that more than 400,000 Wisconsin citizens resided in areas that were not directly served by a public library. By providing a cooperative structure for existing public libraries, including a central resource library with a large collection to share, the expectation was that participating counties would provide for public library services even to those living in rural towns that did not directly support a public library.

young boy seated in library from Pixabay

By 1979 changes were implemented to better assure that at least the "headquarters" library would provide walk-in service to anyone. A provision was added to Chapter 43 as s. 43.24(2)(d)1. that initially required the system headquarters library, by the end of the second year of the new system plan, to provide:  "Complete library service as provided at the headquarters library or at the resource library if different from the headquarters library to any resident of the system on the same terms as the service is available to residents of the headquarters community.” By the end of the third year of the plan, s. 43.24(2)(e)3. required "the honoring of valid borrowers' cards of all public libraries in the system by all public libraries in the system.”

The concept of statewide service was expanded further in the 1985 state budget when a requirement was added that all public libraries in a public library system shall honor the valid borrowers' cards of 'a public library in an adjacent public library system, other than the Milwaukee county federated library system." 

But, still, use of public library by a Wisconsin resident first required obtaining a library card from a local library. If the local library did not extend service through its county plan to residents of municipalities without a library, there was still the potential for service gaps. Following a Joint Legislative Council process in the late 1990's, 1997 Act 150 was adopted with sweeping changes to library funding, governance, and sharing, including the use of "same services" that we reference today. In that bill, 43.15(c) 4. was created, as part of system membership requirements, that each library "enters into a written agreement with the public library system provide, to any resident of the system area, the same library services, on the same terms, that are provided to the residents of the municipality or county that established the member library...."

Since the intent of "same services" was to ensure that any Wisconsin resident could go to a public library and be able to use services there, some particular issues had to be addresses. First a provision was added that allowed libraries to give preferential treatment to its own residents for group programs conducted by the library. Later, impediments arose around databases and other resources that some libraries purchased for its users. Since remote access was an attractive (and sometimes a key) feature, a provision was added as part of 2005 Act 226 to allow for "remote access to a library's electronic database only to its residents."

Further developments in digital resources, such as downloadable E-books digital media presented additional licensing issues that have been addressed in recent legislation by recently changing the reference to "electronic database" to "online resources" in 2015 Act 306. That bill provided a structure under which a tribal college library could serve as a public library for its county, and the change affords a means by which online resources licensed for its college students would not have to be made available to all residents of the library system.

That most recent change also provides a clearer mechanism for public libraries that to license online digital resources that may be remotely available only to its own residents. Library boards, directors and staff should keep in mind, however, that the "same services" provision still requires that, should a non-resident from your system area ask to use those resources while visiting your library, you must provide a means for that access that fully meets the law--the "same services, on the same terms, that are provided to the residents of the municipality...." So if a local resident can, while in the library, access and use a particular online service on their own handheld device, others from the system area must similarly be provided access. If you, as a library director or staff, are considering products offered by vendors of online resources, be sure to make careful consideration of those requirements before contracting for those services. Discuss the issue with your library board, as well as the director or staff of your regional public library system to make ensure that you do not jeopardize your library's eligibility for membership in the system.

Written by John DeBacher, Public Library Development Team

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Madison Public Library to Receive National Medal for Library Service

Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal for Library Service
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that Madison Public Library is one of ten recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities. The award will be presented June 1 at an event in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit:
IMLS Announcement
About the Medal

Written by
Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Library of the Month: Oak Creek Public Library

The Oak Creek Public Library is April’s Library of the Month! The community in Oak Creek has been enjoying a new library building since October 19, 2015, when the building opened its doors to the public. It was designed by Bray Architects and built by Corporate Contractors Incorporated. Library director Jill Lininger reports that there was no tax increase to help fund the building, as it was paid for by segregated funds.  The new library shares a building with the Oak Creek City Hall, and this building itself is called the Oak Creek Civic Center.

Oak Creek Civic Center
Oak Creek Civic Center
Photo courtesy of Jill Lininger
The new building offers nearly three times the library space of the former building, increasing from 14,800 to 41,847 square feet. The library now shares a multipurpose room with City Hall and has its own story time room, which is left open to the public when not in use for programs.  The children’s staff rotates between setting out Legos, board games, and crafts, and showing movies each day during the week.  Patrons are welcome to enjoy this passive program whenever they visit the library. The children’s department now has public internet computers, and four “tutor rooms” for students to use for group projects, homework, or quiet reading time. The adult department also has seven dedicated study rooms of varying sizes which have been extremely popular with patrons so far.  Among many other new features and highlights, a community favorite is the new quiet reading room, with its gas fireplace, comfortable seating, and windows overlooking the Oak Creek Town Square.

Quiet Reading Room
Quiet Reading Room
Photo courtesy of Jill Lininger
The Oak Creek Recreation Department is now co-located at the library, and is in the process of moving several of recreation programs into the building.  This symbiotic relationship is working very well to cross-promote the services of both the library and the recreation department. This arrangement also provides both departments with a little more staff to help out during staff shortages, as all employees are in the process of being cross trained to assist in the other department. One example of a current collaboration between the library and the recreation department is the “Gaming Room” which has a Wii and Xbox.  Patrons can check out controllers and games to play in the room, and the recreation department is already using the room for their Wii bowling league.

Children's Area
Children's Area
Photo Courtesy of Jill Lininger
While the building has been in use since October, it is not yet completely finished.  The library is waiting for a signature art piece which is currently in production for the children’s department. Funding is also currently being raised for a Makerspace/Digital Media Lab.  A room was built for the Media Lab, but funding fell short, so it is currently sitting empty.  A local Boy Scout is also working with the library on his Eagle Scout project and is in the process of raising funds to install a giant “Lite Bright” or illuminated peg board and a 65” interactive iPad for the children’s department.

View into the library from City Hall
View into the Library from City Hall
Photo Courtesy of Jill Lininger
The Oak Creek Public Library is a short drive down the interstate from the Potawatomi Hotel, location of the 2016 WLA conference.  Director Jill Lininger encourages attendees to check out the new library, saying “we’d love to have people come and visit us!” Congratulations on the new library, and all that the building and staff are doing for the community of Oak Creek!

Written by:
Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning
Jill Lininger, Director of the Oak Creek Public Library

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

BadgerLink Set-Up Guide, Make the Connection

Announcing the new BadgerLink Set-Up Guide! Written for library or school staff and covering system requirements and basic use guidelines, the doc will help navigate the ins-and-outs of making and sustaining a connection to Wisconsin's Online Library.

Available for download and listed amongst our other BadgerLink training materials on our website at
BadgerLink set-up guide image
BadgerLink Set-Up Guide

  • Read about your options for access including both automatic and login-based.
  • Find a helpful listing of vendor-specific domains and IPs for your network configuration.
  • Link directly to the resources and find recommended resource descriptions and logos.
  • Use EZProxy? See our recommended configuration stanza.
  • Learn how we can assist in third-party integration and more.
Using BadgerLink shouldn't be hard. Start here and contact us if you have any questions!

Written by:
Elizabeth Neuman, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Perspectives on Resource Sharing Costs

flying books in blue sky
Image courtesy of Pixabay
Guest Post by Joshua Steans, University of Wisconsin-Stout

For all libraries, the push of user expectations counters the pull of rising costs, budget gaps, and an aggressively shifting information technology landscape. Strategic decisions emerge from this scrum with the objective of providing as many relevant resources to as many patrons as possible, and to do so as fast, as often, and as simply as possible. 

Resource Sharing is no exception. In fact, more than perhaps any library service, Resource Sharing is remarkably transparent, with each transaction offering a microcosm of the whole library enterprise: acquisitions and metadata for holdings and discovery; reference to help patrons find and request an item; ILL to quickly, cost-effectively, and compliantly source it; lending ILL to screen, pull, update, and ship the item (plus their own Circ staff to keep it in the right place); ILL to receive it, connect loose ends of the transaction and plug the business end of it all into the Circ department; and then Circ to hand the item to the patron. Quite some effort to get one item for one patron.

And what does all that effort cost? First, one caveat: Resource Sharing is the only library service that has periodically undergone thorough cost studies. The anecdotal estimates for some other library services—$95 to add a book to the collection (after purchase); $105 for a reference question; $10 to simply store an item for one year—outpace even the highest estimates for Resource Sharing.

As for those Resource Sharing costs, another caveat: there’s no clear answer. Great variability exists between loans and articles, in-consortium and out-of-consortium transactions, lending and borrowing, academic and public, true Resource Sharing and commercial services. There are at least 10 cost categories, each with a different benchmark. Estimates range from a low of about $3-$4 per transaction to a high of $9-$17. The highest end of this spectrum comes from out of date research: ARL studies from 1993 and 2003 that were conducted at large research universities. In addition to skewing heavily toward high-budget university libraries, these studies predate modern Resource Sharing tools, workflow efficiencies, and hiring/staffing practices. More recent research, published in 2012, benchmarks the average cost of transactions at about $4-$9. For the most meaningful cost picture, each library should run its own numbers. And to that end, OCLC is developing an ILL Cost Calculator, which was inspired by a similar calculator developed by Lars Leon and Nancy Kress.

Regardless of exact numbers, there are universally accepted trends: consortium transactions and lending articles cost the least, borrowing articles are in the middle, and the undisputed heavyweight high cost champion (notwithstanding commercial document services) is out-of-network borrowing loans. But ranges trend higher and lower according staffing levels (ft/pt, librarian, assistant, clerk, page/student, etc.), policies, workflow efficiencies, and request volume at individual libraries.

Here’s one fact we can nail down: staffing is the biggest cost factor, and there’s no close second. But this is true of all library services and should come as no surprise. After staff, the other standard costs are: request systems, management tools, lender fees, shipping, equipment, and supplies. As mentioned above, the objective should be to get the most out of what you have. We know that when the number of transactions increases, the average cost declines. Implementing sustainable policies and workflows that encourage increased volume will lower the cost of each transaction and add value for users.

Written by:
Joshua Steans, University of Wisconsin - Stout

Monday, April 11, 2016

National Library Week: Libraries Transform

April 10 - 16 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” To kick off the celebration, State Superintendent Tony Evers visited the central branch of the Madison Public Library to see how libraries are evolving to serve their unique communities.
Madison Public Library staff highlighted their work helping kids become college and career ready with their Read Up program, a partnership between The United Way, Madison Metropolitan School District, and The Madison Public Library. Their arts incubator, The Bubbler, connects with the community as a hub for the local art scene as well as working with the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to engage at-risk youth in “maker” activities.

State Superintendent Evers noted that this transformation of the library as a community center is not specific to Madison, but something he sees happening in library all across Wisconsin. This National Library Week, take the time to listen and learn from your community to see what types of partnerships you can form to transform the lives of the people using your library.

Written by:
Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Recent Additions to LSTA Online Site & Advisory Committee

 Image as part of the Dr. Cameron Pamphlet Digital Collection
Image from the Dr. James Cameron Pamphlet Collection
The Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology awarded the 2016 LSTA Federal Subawards to the public libraries and public library systems. The title list of funded projects is linked on the Library Services and Technology (LSTA) page ( Posted on the page is the full 2016 list of grants by category2016 grant abstracts of the LSTA-awarded grants, links to the forms for revising a project budget and requesting grant funds.  Also linked on the page is information from the 2015 grant projects.  I could not resist linking to one of last year's projects:  Digitization of Dr. Cameron's Pamphlet Collection housed at the Milwaukee Public Library.

New Members Join the LSTA Advisory Committee

The Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Committee advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on matters pertaining to the administration of the LSTA program. In 2016 responsibilities will include establishment of the annual grant criteria, categories, grant applications, and grant awards. Beginning this year and to be completed this time next year is the evaluation of the current LSTA Plan (2013-2017). Functions also include the development of the Wisconsin  LSTA Long-Range plan (2018-2022).

Three-year terms expired in December 2015 for Marla Sepnafski, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library,Wisconsin Rapids; Jennifer Einwalter, Hartland Public Library; Gus Falkenberg, Indianhead Federated Library System.

Current LSTA Advisory Committee members whose terms end in 2016 are:
Erin Foley, Adams County Public Library; Nyama Marsh, Whitefish Bay Public Library; and Kristin Stoeger, Brown County Library. Members with terms ending in 2017 are Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Amanda Hegge, Whitehall Public Library; Omar Poler, UW Madison School of Library and Information Studies; and Cherie Sanderson, Boulder Junction Public Library.

New members joining the Committee with terms ending in 2018 include Inese Christman, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Katherine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland; Joseph Davies, Kenosha Public Library; Tanya Misselt, Appleton Public Library.

Each year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) establishes a preliminary budget for the following year based on numerous factors, one of which is anticipated allocation to the state from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Google Communities for Libraries - A Peek at the New Interface

Since the beginning of the year, Google has been working on developing a new interface for Google+. Right now, the Department of Public Instruction is still recommending the use of the classic interface, but we thought it would be helpful to give you a sneak peek into the new interface. Functionality differs between the mobile version of Google+ and the desktop version. For the purpose of this blog post, we will be concentrating on the desktop version.

Home Screen

Home Screen - New.jpg
Google Plus Home Screen

The home page is fairly straightforward. The feed shows you posts from all the communities you have joined as well as posts from any collections or people you follow. Collections are curated feeds on a topic by an individual. The menu on the left hand side of the screen allows you to navigate between various communities, collections, or people.

The circular pencil icon is always located in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and allows you to post. In this new interface, post types can be text, image with text, or a link with text. Events and polls are still not supported, although polls recently debuted in the mobile version of the new interface, leading many to believe that desktop support is forthcoming.

Community Pages

Google Community for Libraries Community Page

The community screen shows you all the posts inside a community. Google recently added the ability to search inside a community in the new interface, which was a key feature leading to the implementation of the Google+ platform. Using the search bar on the left hand side of the screen, allows you to search the full text of posts and comments to see if someone has already had the discussion you’re interested in. Below the search box, you can click on the community categories to filter discussion topics. The pencil icon remains in the lower right and will default to a post within the community.

Individual Post

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Individual Post in Google Plus

The look of an individual post has improved to display the number of +1s, comments, and shares of a post. This information is slightly hidden in the classic interface.

Try it out!

Google appears committed to improving the user experience of Google+ and will eventually retire the classic interface. We will let you know when we recommend moving to the new interface full time, but in the meantime, feel free to play around and start to familiarize yourself with the new navigation.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to join the Google Communities for Libraries that apply to your work and continue the library conversation!

Public Library Communities:

Other Library Related Communities:

Written by:
Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) reports that children under the age of 6 are the population most vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure. To learn more about the impact lead exposure has on children, visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

Additional resources are available on the DHS website for a Lead-Safe Wisconsin!

Post Written by:

Abby Swanton and Mary Hutnik, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Logo for the Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future initiative
Courtesy of the WI Dept. of Health Services

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

WISCAT Upgrade Brings New Features

The recent upgrade to SHAREit 5.0 added new features and functionality to WISCAT.

Something for everyone:

  • Increased user responsiveness 
  • Better use of space on each page
  • Modal windows scale to fit device (e.g. tablet, smartphone)
  • Bookjacket art in search results gives access to view record or ILL request form
Bookjacket turns opaque to reveal action options for user
Cursor over bookjacket for options available to user

New for staff users:

Staff Dashboard displays full administrative menus for easy access by staff.    
Staff Dashboard includes Quick Menu, ILL Admin and other admin functions

Quick Menu can also be accessed in header (blue stripe)

Quick Menu enables staff to set frequently used admin functions for faster access on the Quick Menu and as keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+). Any option in the Staff Dashboard may be selected for the Quick Menu. 

Web Link Options allow library staff to post one or more web links in a links menu for public users or only visible to their patron and/or staff users when logged into WISCAT  The menu link will appear immediately below the blue stripe on WISCAT screens or in the Resources section with the library catalogs.   

Setting a link to OverDrive to display when user selects More Resources
Staff creates web link for guest (public) and patron view
Using link opens a new window to show the library's page about OverDrive
Web link displays below blue stripe in library's WISCAT 

Even more features!

Please see the Complete list of new features included in the SHAREit 5.0 version WISCAT upgrade in March.

Written by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning team

Monday, April 4, 2016

DLT Staff Present @ WAPL

Several Division for Libraries and Technology staff will be presenting at the Wisconsin Public Library Association Conference (WAPL) in Oshkosh May 12-13, 2016.  Topics include the new law dealing with the return of library materials, trends in library data, trustee and administrative essentials, and public library standards.

Collecting What's Due: Implementing the Return of Library Materials Act
Moderator: Bill Wilson, Trustee, Milton Public Library. Panelists: Shannon Schultz, DLT/DPI, Madison, and formerly of Portage Public Library; Kathy Klager, Pauline Haass Public Library. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Logo for The Sky's the Limit, 125th Anniversary of WLA & WAPL Conference
Logo for The Sky's the Limit, 125th Anniversary of WLA & WAPL Conference
How does the new Return of Library Materials law impact your library? This session will address these and other important questions: What are the legal options under this law? How do I determine whether my library should hire a third party agency to collect materials/replacement costs? How do I select a collection agency and what kind of services should I be looking for? What type of workflow processes will I need to put into place to pursue return of materials? What are the lessons learned from libraries that have successfully used collection agencies? When do I use law enforcement and how can I get their cooperation?
Sponsors: Library Development & Legislative Committee (LD&L); Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends (WLTF); Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL)

Where the Wild Things Are: Circulation Data Revealed
Jamie McCanless and Ryan Claringbole, DLT/DPI, Madison

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

For more than 25 years, the public library annual report definition of "total circulation" has included both initial checkouts and renewals. When the Federal-State Cooperative System for Public Library Data published its Action Plan in 1988, renewals were made by library staff when a user called or visited the library. That's certainly changed! DPI will present and discuss trends found in checkouts and renewals from ILS data.
Sponsor: Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

The Essentials: TE & AE
John DeBacher and Shannon Schultz, DLT/DPI, Madison; Doug Lay, Trustee, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:15-5:00 p.m.

The DPI publications, Trustee Essentials and Administrative Essentials, provide a set of professional guidelines for library trustees and administrators. Reflective of the dynamic nature of libraries, these manuals are subject to regular revision, with Trustee Essentials updated most recently in 2015. Staff from DPI’s Public Library Development team will provide an update on recent changes, how the two manuals can complement one another and how they can be used most effectively, both individually and in tandem.
Sponsor: Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends (WLTF)

Public Library Standards: Revise or Reboot? A Forum for Discussion
John DeBacher and Shannon Schultz, DLT/DPI, Madison

Friday, May 13, 2016, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The Wisconsin Public Library Standards are due for an update, but with the various changes in library services, what should and could be done? Since the document is the basis for planning for many libraries, how can it be made more useful? Please join us to share how you have used the standards and how you might like them to change to adapt better to the current context of public libraries in their communities. The Quantitative Library Standards, as previously provided, will be updated, based on 2014 annual report information, to offer a basis for discussion of comparable measures. The Public Library Development Team staff will be on hand to solicit and react to your input.
Sponsor: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Written by
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team