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