Tuesday, May 31, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor Encourages Work Force Collaboration

Seal of the US Department of Labor
U.S. Dept of Labor - courtesy DOL
Helping people find good jobs and improve their work skills remains front and center in your community, on the state level and nationally. On May 4, the U.S. Department of Labor,  Employment and Training Administration, released Training and Employment Notice 35-15, titled "Encouraging Collaborations between the Workforce Investment System and Public Libraries to Meet Career and Employment Needs."

The Notice includes this statement as an Action Requested: "State and local workforce development boards, state workforce agencies, and American Job Centers are encouraged to collaborate with public libraries to complement and extend the career and employment services available through the public workforce system to job seekers and unemployed workers."

This call-to-action demonstrates an appreciation of the long-standing dedication of local librarians who work tirelessly with job-seeking residents. Through boom and bust times, people in communities large and small turn to their local public library for help building job skills and seeking new opportunities.
Cartoon of happy workers shaking hands
Happy workers - courtesy Linea Resourcing
If you aren't aware of the work being done by your regional Workforce Development Board, you can view a list of draft plans filed by Wisconsin's Workforce Development Boards here. Please note, the plans may have changed since they were filed in draft format.  Please contact your regional Workforce Development Board for additional and updated information.

The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have been encouraging recognition of the active role public libraries play in addressing work force development issues for a long time.  COSLA facilitates dialog on library-related issues of concern to all states. Their spring meeting included a presentation on the work of the National Governor's Association, Education and Workforce Committee, of which Governor Walker is a member.

The presenter, Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, Education and Workforce Committee, National Governor's Association, stressed the importance of engaging libraries along with workforce agencies at the local level.  He discussed the pathway created by the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, and the role public libraries can play.

If you would like more information on this topic, please contact your public library system or me.

Written by
Martha Farley Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
martha.berninger@dpi.wi.gov








Friday, May 27, 2016

Announcing Info Sheets & Training Survey

This spring, outreach librarian Gail Murray and training librarian Kara Ripley were busy spreading the word about BadgerLink by attending and presenting at many conferences. The feedback that we received indicated a need for more short and easy-to-digest training materials for educators, librarians, and the general public, so that they can more easily teach and use our resources.

In response to this need, we put together what we’re calling “Info Sheets” which give a quick overview of the navigation of each resource and also provide information about full-text availability, how to access a permalink, if there is an automatic citation feature, and copyright information for the resource.

The Info Sheets are now live on the BadgerLink website. You can find the Info Sheets on theTraining page and on each applicable More Information page (for example, the Access NewspaperARCHIVE More Information page which you can get to by clicking on the link on the list of resources; see image below).
On each Find Resources page, click on the link in the table under "Description & More Information"
List of Resources on the BadgerLink Website

Ultimately, we want to be sure BadgerLink’s training materials help you!


Please take this short survey to let us know what you think of some of our training changes.

Take the BadgerLink Training Materials Feedback Survey

Please Contact Us if you have any questions!

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Did you know?

Wisconsin School for the Deaf Logos

Guest Post written by:  Nell Fleming


The library at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf is not only here for the K-12 students we serve throughout the school year but is open to all who have a need or interest in materials related to deaf services, assessments, community, culture, sign language and other topics. We are located in the southeast corner of the state and we welcome visitors by appointment, but there is no need to visit us to obtain the materials you require. Our materials are available through interlibrary loan. Library staff working at each public and school library around the state are available to assist you with an interlibrary loan to obtain the materials you need. Loans are free of charge and available for loan periods ranging from 3-12 weeks.

Who can borrow from our library?                                    
WSD Library
WSD Library


The materials in the WESP-DHH Educational Resource library are intended for use by Wisconsin residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind, their families, students, and professionals. In reality, anyone living in the state of Wisconsin can borrow materials from our library. You do not need to qualify the above statement or prove your intent. If you have an interest, we are here to serve.

What can be borrowed?

Books, DVDs, Kits, Games, Puzzles, Professional Journals, Assessments, Yearbooks, and some Reference materials. We do have some archival items which are in the catalog but do not leave campus. When in doubt, contact us and we will assist you. Examples include:
  • beginning sign language practice
  • interpreter training and EIPA testing
  • story kits for parents learning to read to their children in ASL
  • history text and archives for researchers
  • deaf culture materials for instruction or self interest
  • Deaf comedians and ASL films for recreational use
  • ASL linguistics texts for the advanced ASL student
  • baby sign language instructional materials
  • youth sign language materials
  • Speech and language assessments
How do I find it?                                                                             
Student in library signing "I love you"

Visit our website at http://wsdlibrary.follettdestiny.com and browse our catalog.

Or contact the librarian, Nell Fleming, at nell.fleming@wsd.k12.wi.us or 262-825-7998 v/tty or 262394-1216 VP.


Guest Post written by:  Nell Fleming, Librarian

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Public Hearing Notice for LSTA Advisory Committee Meeting




A Public Hearing will be held at the Comfort Inn & Suites in DeForest, WI on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The address is 5025 County Hwy. V, DeForest, WI (http://bit.ly/1XtQNOw).

The LSTA Advisory Committee, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will discuss and make recommendations on grant categories and budget amounts for LSTA projects to take place between April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018. Included in the categories to be considered for funding are projects to increase access to information and resources through technology and to promote accessibility and literacy for users of public libraries. 

Image of a microphone to speak at a public hearing
Image of a microphone to speak at a public hearing
Courtesy of Pixabay.com

As part of the meeting, a public hearing will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. to allow interested persons to testify on future LSTA process and priorities for 2017. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to contribute testimony to be considered at the hearing, please email Terrie Howe  (teresa.howe@dpi.wi.gov) by 12:00 noon Wednesday, June 1, 2016  OR call (608) 266-2413.

Written by Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team

Are Public Library Uses of Downloadable Content Decreasing?

Total annual uses of downloadable content compared to previous years has not decreased, but it is definitely decelerating. The simplest way to show this is by graphing the monthly usage statistics posted by WPLC.

Total Monthly Uses of Downloadable Content 2011-2016In a graph like this, if increases are the same from year to year, all the years would be equal­ly spaced. If the percentage of increase is the same every year, each line is farther from the one before. In the graph of total uses of downloadable content, however, 2016, 2015, and 2014 are each closer than the year before; that is, growth is slowing.

20112012201320142015
Total annual uses of downloadable content514,6451,190,9182,153,2292,941,2063,578,621
% increase from prior year131.4%80.8%36.6%21.7%


Total Monthly Uses of E-books 2011-2016This trend is more visible in uses of e-books, where the January through March 2016 uses are much closer to 2015. During the year, we get some idea of trends by comparing the same range of months in different years. Total e-book uses for Jan-Mar 2016 is 6.2% more than the same period of 2015. (The Jan-Mar 2015 total was 18.7% more than Jan-Mar 2014.) Note, however, that annual increases are typically lower than com­par­i­sons part way through the year; for example, e-book uses for 2015 were 14.4% more than 2014, while the Jan-Mar 2015 increase was 18.7% more than Jan-Mar 2014 e-book uses.

20112012201320142015
Total annual uses of e-books231,644819,7261,538,1632,177,5752,490,836
% increase from prior year253.9%87.6%41.6%14.4%


Total Monthly Uses of Audiobooks 2011-2016Uses of audiobooks do buoy total uses of downloadable content. We see greater increases in audiobook use each year (each line is farther from the previous one) and deceleration in growth is substantially less than what we see in e-books.

20112012201320142015
Total annual uses of audiobooks278,082366,798542,540753,4991,029,752
% increase from prior year31.9%47.9%38.9%36.7%


To a lesser extent, annual increases in the number of people who download e-books, e-audio, and e-video are also decelerating. Altogether, both uses and users of downloadable content in Wisconsin public libraries appear to be approaching plateaus that library service planning may want to take into account.

Written by
Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Technology Days Needs Presenters

Guest Post by Laurie Freund, Bridges Library System, Waukesha
Photos by Michael Koukoullis, MakeyMakey attached to a strawberry by Amber Case, young girl working on an iPad by Devon Christopher Adams.All technology photos available through Creative Commons, Flickr
Calling all techies!  

Do you have a technology tool you use that can help make library work much easier; a technology program or service that draws adults, teens or children into your doors, or a cool application you found or created for library use? If so, think about sharing with your library colleagues at Technology Day in September! We are looking for presenters who can share gadgets, emerging trends, apps, innovative tools, social media, coding, e-content, privacy, makerspaces, Google services, and how to teach tech to patrons. Program sessions are for one (1) hour: 45 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for attendees' questions. You can do one yourself or bring together a team. You can pick September 14 at Franklin Public Library (Milwaukee County) or September 22 at Fond du Lac Public Library (Fond du Lac County) or both! Presenters will be given mileage reimbursement and lunch. Click on the link below and tell us what you'd like to show and share:

Technology Day program submission link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9L77YZP

Deadline for submissions: Friday, June 17, 2016.
Technology Day workshops are sponsored and coordinated by Winnefox Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, and the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Eastern Shores Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System and Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

Questions? Contact Joy Schwarz, Winnefox Library System by email (schwarz@winnefox.org) or phone: (920) 236-5218.

Blog Post Written by Laurie Freund, Bridges Library System, Waukesha

What's New With BadgerLearn Pro

BadgerLearn Pro provides a collection of the best continuing education resources for library professionals, sourced from within Wisconsin and across the web, by the BadgerLearn Pro team and community partners. Check out recent additions below, and visit BadgerLearn Pro today for more resources.

Archived webinar from WebJunction
When children have regular contact with nature, they learn and grow better. Children who play, build, climb, grow, splash, and read are developing their observation, visual-spatial, social, and literacy skills. Nature Explorium, a nature-based program at Middle Country Public Library (NY), encourages children to explore, discover, and connect with nature. Learn about best practices and resources that you can use at your library to create outdoor spaces, along with indoor and outdoor nature activities. It's a unique way to connect literacy, learning, and appreciation for nature as a regular part of the library visit. Presented by: Tracy LaStella, Coordinator for Youth Services, Middle Country Public Library, NY, and 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Archived webinar from Iowa Library Services
Over the last couple of years, many Iowa librarians have asked questions about what systems and software they should be using for their website. This presentation provides background on the positives and negatives of several popular content management systems including WordPress, Weebly, and Drupal. Nick Shimmin (Library Director, West Branch (IA) Public Library) takes a look behind the scenes of each application and discusses what it takes to provide information to our communities as well as the associated time and monetary commitments.

Archived webinar from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Northern Waters Library Service
Learn to take advantage of opportunities to educate the community on principles of intellectual freedom and how they influence your library services. Attendees are encouraged to review their selection policies and procedures prior to the webinar.

Check BadgerLearn Pro daily during the week for new resources, and follow us on Twitter @BadgerLearnPro!

BadgerLearn Pro is a joint project under active development.

Our Partners:

 Bridges Library System Logo  DPI Logo  Indianhead Federated Library System Logo UW SLIS logo   Milwaukee County Federated Library System    OWLS logoWiLS Logo
 Winnefox Library System LogoIMLS logo

Written by:
Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Share Your Story

How did you hear about BadgerLink? How has having access to BadgerLink empowered you? What would you do if you didn't have access to BadgerLink?

Share your story with us and help spread the word!

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We want to hear from you!

Here's what some of our fans have to say.

When our students use BadgerLink as part of their learning, they are amazed at the quality resources available to them. Our students are accessing databases within BadgerLink all the time to research, to learn, and to discover the complexities of our world. Thank you for being an integral part of our journey to discover! --Joanne, educator

The BadgerLink training was extremely informative, and I am sharing some of the info with other staff members. I had no idea that there was so much info available...literally, at my fingertips! --Marilyn, BadgerLink training attendee

My AP teachers at our high school are using LearningExpress Library to help their students prepare for the AP exams. There are so many materials available to download and share with students - not only for AP classes, but for ACT/SAT prep as well. It's an incredible resource! --Margi, library media specialist

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of BadgerLink. Contact us if you have any questions!

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Library of the Month: Brown County Library

The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team.

Last year, the Brown County Library website was #2 in referrals from a Wisconsin public library to the BadgerLink website. We were curious about what they were doing in their library and discovered that great things are happening in the Green Bay area!

Auditorium Renovation
Auditorium Renovation
Photo Courtesy of Brown County Library
The Brown County Library (BCL) has seen massive change in the last year, facility updates among the most obvious. The director, Brian Simons, and the board have put together a Facilities Master Plan which maps out building needs over the next 10 years. In April, the Southwest branch saw the completion of an expansion which included a meeting room, community living room area, computer area, and “think tanks,” glass study rooms that can be reserved for small groups. Current projects for the Central library include renovating the meeting rooms and the 300 seat auditorium, as well as a redesign of the parking lot to add 10 spaces and motorcycle parking. Additionally, all library branches will receive new furniture by the end of 2016.

Southwest Branch Study Rooms
Southwest Branch Study Rooms
Photo Courtesy of Brown County Library
BCL has nine locations and a bookmobile but there are still portions of Brown County that are “underserved,” meaning there is a lack of library service or an inability to get to library service. The Master Plan also addresses underserved populations in Brown County with discussions of several other branch expansions or renovations. And with the popularity of self-serve, staff-less, services like RedBox, BCL is interested in exploring express stations, similar to those in Milwaukee.

Another exciting step forward is a partnership with Proto, a non-profit makerspace organization in the area. The library was looking for a tenant to fill some office space in the Central library. The contract signed in April allows Proto to pay for the space with in-kind services and a percentage of their revenue as rent until they earn enough revenue to pay monetary rent in full. Proto will provide six programs throughout the year and a yearlong project of a to-scale model of downtown Green Bay.

Proto Maker Program
Proto Maker Program
Photo Courtesy of Brown County Library
When creating the model of Green Bay, Proto will instruct library users on how to use CNC router machines, 3D Printers, RFID technology, and teach programming skills with Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The yearlong project will allow patrons to learn how to use technology with practical uses in a hands-on, unintimidating environment. Once library users are comfortable with the programming, engineering, and design tools, they will create their own projects in the Proto workshop. Another exciting part of the project will bring together technology and local history. Proto will create an augmented reality tour of the city using the library’s local history collection and the Neville Public Museum which includes over 50,000 photographs of historic Green Bay.

Brown County is rapidly changing and BCL is looking to their users’ needs to plan the future. Building a strong library community is a circular process; the library invests in its users and the users support the library, allowing the library to grow and better support the users. Over the years, BCL has clearly made an investment in the community and looking forward, we are excited to see the library and the community grow.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

COLAND to meet May 20 in Mercer

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, May 20, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Mercer Public Library Community Center Conference Room, 2648W Margaret Street, Mercer. Members of the public are invited to participate either in person or by calling in to conference call bridge at 1-877-820-7831, pass code 709486. The meeting agenda is available from the COLAND web page at http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/coland/pdf/May16.pdf .

Items on the agenda include reports from the COLAND goals committees, an update on the work of the Public Library System Revision Workgroup, a presentation on WISELearn, and a discussion of the COLAND by-laws. Also on the agenda is a presentation and tour of the Mercer Public Library, a legislative update, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology.

Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin
Created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1979, COLAND advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that all state citizens have access to library and information services. Council findings are communicated as advisory recommendations to the state superintendent, governor, and Legislature. The 19-member council functions as a forum through which librarians and members of the public identify, study, and collect public testimony on issues affecting Wisconsin libraries and other information services. Members serve three-year terms. Membership includes ten professional members who represent various public and private libraries as well as library educators. The remaining nine council positions are held by public members with a demonstrated interest in libraries or other types of information services.

Several vacancies currently exist on COLAND. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Council should submit an application to the governor's office as soon as possible. The appointment application, which must be submitted online, can be found at http://walker.wi.gov/governor-office/apply-to-serve/boards-commissions/application. The vacant terms are both public and professional seats. Individuals currently working as library professionals from northern, central, and western parts of the state are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional information about COLAND can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/coland.

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : It's Time to Plant a School Garden!


A box of vegetables harvested from a garden
Courtesy of Pixabay


It's garden planting season in Wisconsin at School! The DPI School Nutrition Team highlights school gardens as "one of the best ways to educate students on nutrition and agriculture while demonstrating where food comes from."
If you're ready to starting planning a school garden, visit the DPI School Nutrition Team webpage for resources to develop a successful school garden program.


Don't forget to also visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. State agencies create many resources for teachers to support them in the classroom. Here are just a few examples of state documents to use when planning a school garden:

Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 2016 Edition of the Youth Services Showcase

The Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase has a new online submission form. The form has proven easy to use and recent submissions populate the May showcase. Submissions can be uploaded online at: https://forms.dpi.wi.gov/se/56301B2D579813FCTo submit multiple items, refresh your browser and click on the submission link again.


A sampling of Showcase items
A Sampling of Showcase Items
Check out this month's edition of the Showcase to find examples of:

  • A spring-themed drop-in activity
  • A Seuss celebration
  • An animated storytime prop, and
  • A teen/tween writing program.

View this month's Showcase here: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_showcase.

Anyone is welcome to submit content and ideas for the Showcase; e.g., librarians, library directors, proud parents, supportive colleagues, etc. Only contributions featuring Wisconsin youth services and Wisconsin public libraries will be featured on the Showcase. Collaborative projects can be submitted; however, the Showcase will focus on the public library connection; e.g., a photo of a library book talk at a 4-H meeting will emphasize public library outreach. 

Written by:


Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team

WISCAT Quick Menu and Staff Dashboard

The latest WISCAT upgrade introduced the Staff Dashboard and Quick Menu.  These new features allow library staff greater customization options to integrate WISCAT software into their own workflow

Staff Dashboard puts all the staff menus such as interlibrary loan and user administration on one screen, open for ready access.  Previously, each menu was available in a separate tab.

Quick Menu enables staff to set frequently used admin functions for faster access in the Quick Menu and use keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+).   Any option on the Staff Dashboard may be selected for the Quick Menu. The Quick Menu is accessible on the Staff Dashboard and in the header stripe across the top of WISCAT screens.

Customize Your Staff Quick Menu:


  1. Log into your library's staff WISCAT or with your individual staff user account.
  2. Quick Menu shown in Staff Dashboard and open in header stripe
  3. Open your staff account, located to the far right in the header stripe.
  4. In that menu, select Your Quick Menu.
  5. Use the trash can icon or Clear all existing options no longer wanted in the new Quick Menu.Your Quick Menu open to allow change to staff admin options
  6. Open the Select a Menu dropdown list to pick each admin menu containing the option(s) to be added to Your Quick Menu.Select a Menu list open for choosing administrative menu
  7. Select the Add associated with each option you want to be included in the new Quick Menu.Add+ displays next to option when selecting to add it to the Quick Menu
  8. When  done adding all the admin options desired, select Save.   
New Customized Quick Menu


  • Each option in the new Quick Menu is automatically assigned a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+ #).  
  • Staff Menu Dashboard is always accessible using Ctrl+B.







Questions?  Please contact WISCAT staff


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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Accessible Technology Section Added to ADA.gov

The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for ADA.gov, its
Smart phone as eBook reader
Smart phones can be eBook readers--
courtesy Pixabay
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as Web sites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices.  Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology.  The new Web pages compile in one place the Department's technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.

This information was shared by the Great Lakes ADA Center. You can sign up to receive pertinent information about ADA issues via the Great Lakes Listserv.

Shared by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LSTA Updates

This week librarians from around the country are gathering in Washington, DC to meet with legislators and share stories about the difference libraries make in the lives of people in our communities. We will have more to report later about the Wisconsin contingent's trip led by Assistant State Superintendent Kurt Kiefer and Julie Schneider, Director of the Ebling Library on the UW Madison campus. Re-authorization of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will be on the table in 2016. LSTA is the only federal funding assistance that libraries receive.
Image of the U.S. Capitol building
Image of the U.S. Capitol Building



A couple of weeks ago LSTA Coordinators from the all U.S. states met in Louisville, Kentucky (home of the Kentucky Derby) with the Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) Program Officers. 
Churchill Downs, Image of the Kentucky Derby horse race
Discussion focused on evaluations of grant projects as part of the Grants to States program within all states using the new reporting system.  The reporting system in its debut created challenges with the IMLS questions and the software mechanics. Project officers believe that there was good information in this first year’s data and are confident that the development of a user guide will greatly enhance feedback from library state agencies. Data reported next year will better convey the project responses from libraries about:
  • Who they reached out to? 
  • What they did in their community projects? 
  • What did they accomplish? 
Officers from IMLS shared that there were many recorded partnerships from the evaluations. However, the partnerships that IMLS was looking for needed “formality” for the purpose of evaluation. That meant there would need to be a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or the equivalent (a letter perhaps) with a written agreement for a partnership to exist.

The report on activities or the "what was done" portion of the evaluation should be reported if it represents at least 10% of the grant funds. Their message then was that activity reporting should be limited to no more than 10 activities.

A website shared as part of a state project funded with National Leadership LSTA dollars is called the Creative Aging Toolkit (http://creativeagingtoolkit.org ) for Public Libraries. It is a free, online resource for librarians. It offers access to information about aging and libraries, creative aging research, and best practices in the field. The toolkit contains insights, tips, tools and templates to be used when planning, implementing and sustaining successful programs. It is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant to Westchester Library System through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

There are two reports due next year to IMLS about the WI LSTA program that you will hear more about in the next several months. The Five-Year LSTA Evaluation for 2013-2017 is due in March 2017. Additionally, from feedback results of the evaluation we plan to assess trends that will inform 2018-2022 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin. So the hope is that with the help of our library community we will be able to share information about:
  •  Whether priorities in Wisconsin are shifting and why?
  •  How trends are playing out in the state/community?
  •  Which trends will have the greatest effect on the state grant program? Why?
  •  How might these priorities and trends inform the next Five-Year Plan?
Trends that IMLS notice currently and that may influence our future plans include: cultural competencies, participatory technology, early literacy, robotics, makerspaces, data creation, collection and review; digital hubs, changes in information delivery, librarians trained as facilitators, the aging population, computers and kids as volunteer trainers for older persons, partnering, budgetary cuts/travel eliminations, library workforce’s need for greater diversity.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team