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Volume 3, Issue 5
May 2015
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Director's Note

At the recent Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) conference, I attended a session called Building Leadership on the Inside presented by two staffers from the Brown County Library in Green Bay, which has an interesting program for developing staff.  They call it Library U.  If you'd like a copy of the handouts, please let me know.  One handout describes the various classes they offer as a part of the program and the other is the application form.  The main point of their presentation was that leadership is a quality that should be cultivated and can be found at all levels of an organization.  Here's an excellent reading on leadership.  Below is the TED video they showed that I found quite thought-provoking.  

Connie Meyers


Drew Dudley
Drew Dudley "Leading with Lollipops"

Mukwonago Public Library Introduction Video
The Mukwonago Public Library has a new introduction video they are pleased to share. The video features pictures from the past and present, along with highlighting services and the benefits the library brings to the community.  

Library Director Ann Linininger was contacted by Robin and Jon Voils, of Celebrate Libraries, to see if Mukwonago Library would be interested in participating in a video project.  Partially funded by Culvers, the video only cost the library $300.  

This intro video is a great way for Muwonago Library to highlight the value of the library on their website and for other promotional outlets.  It is also a great tool to welcome new patrons to the library community.  Check it out! 
Mukwonago Public Library
Mukwonago Public Library

Waukesha County Fair 
Volunteers Needed!


I want YOU to volunteer for the Waukesha County Fair. Help spread the word about our libraries!

Join us by volunteering your time at a booth at the Waukesha County Fair.   We are still looking for volunteers.  Lots of times and days are still available. 

This is a great opportunity to promote our library services.  Let your potential patrons know about library services, like Gale Course, Flipster, Consumer Reports, and 1000 Books before Kindergarten.
The fair runs July 15th-19th. Shifts are 3 or 3.5 hours in length. As a thank you, WCFLS will pay for your admission and parking.   Click Here to sign-up.


LSTA Grants

The library system has written for and received many Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants over the years. LSTA funds are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) administers the LSTA grant process for Wisconsin public libraries. While many systems apply for LSTA grants, local libraries are also encouraged to apply for funding. This is a great opportunity to partner with a neighboring library (within your system or not) or the library system. The categories in 2015 were Technology, Special Services Populations and Library Improvement. And if you are interested, the DPI web site has a list of all of the grants funded in 2015. Perhaps you are looking to create a makerspace in your library or are wanting to improve family engagement. New in 2015 were planning grants of $1,000 to look into doing a larger project (i.e. serving the homeless population). There are so many possibilites that await your proposal. Take a peek at the 2015 LSTA Guidelines to get an idea of the grant application process. 2016 grant information will be made available to potential applications in June. The deadline to submit grant applications usually falls during the first week in September. Please let a WCFLS staff member know if you have any questions. We'd be happy to assist you. 

WordPress Users' 
Group Meeting

Tuesday June 2nd 
WCFLS Conference Room

Angela Meyers and Connie Meyer of WCFLS are hosting a WordPress Users' Group Meeting on June 2nd, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the WCFLS conference room.  If you have any questions about WordPress or are thinking about transferring your site over, this meeting is for you! 
As of April 15th, the Merck Manual is no longer being published in paper.  The two versions of the manuals are now digital and can be accessed on the web at   http://www.merckmanuals.com.   The Professional version retains its 116-year focus on health care students and practitioners, while the Consumer Version is for patients, caregivers, and everyone else who needs easy access to clear, reliable medical information.  Both professional and consumer versions will have daily news feeds, expert commentary on the news, quizzes, information on drugs, including a pill identifier and an online tool to determine the risk of drug interactions, and lots more illustrations, animations, and photos.  The Consumer Version will also provide users with easy access to information on first aid and emergencies as well as a variety of self-assessment tools and other medical calculators.  A promotion has been added to the CAFE catalog to help users find this resource.

Don't forget that BadgerLink online health resources (http://badgerlink.net/health) also has AHFS Consumer Medication Information, Consumer Health Complete, and Alt HealthWatch for finding information about prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbs.   


Kaushalya Iyengar

New WPLC Selector for Wisconsin's Digital Library 

The WI Digital Library, powered by Overdrive, is an audio and ebook collection of over 50,000 unique titles available for checkout to any patron with a WI public library card. The collection is funded by WI public libraries within 17 public library systems and is governed by members of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC).  The collection is chosen by WPLC selectors who serve a two year term with the option to continue to serve for additional terms. There are 34 selectors, two from each system with 24 focusing on adult titles and 10 focusing on children's and young adult titles. Cathy Tuttrup (Brookfield) is the adult titles selector and until recently, Betsy Bromley (Oconomowoc) for children's and young adult titles. The children's and young adult selector seat became open and WCFLS called on the youth services librarians to throw their hat in the ring. We were pleased to have several interested candidates. Kaushalya Iyengar from Waukesha Public Library was selected to fill the remainder of Betsy's term, until January 2017. WCFLS would like to thank the individuals who have stepped up to take on additional duties to help support the state's digital library. Your willingness to help does not go unnoticed. 

ADA 25:   Accessibility and Universal Design:  
What You Need to K now 

Wed. May 27th, 2015
Waukesha Public Library
Learn how to make your library or other public space accessible and incorporate universal design to benefit everyone.  

Featuring Guest Speakers:
Diana Sullivan, Disability Rights/Access Specialist,  IndependenceFirst
One out of five people have a disability.  Many people will not ask for special  assistance because they want to feel a part of the community - and not be  spotted out for their differences.  A universally designed space and  knowledgeable staff can offer people the freedom to easily use the library  and confidence that staff can accommodate their requests.

Cory Ballard, Assistive Technology Specialist & Rose
Visser, Community Education Manager, Vision Forward
Assistive technology can make the world accessible for individuals with  vision loss and help them to be independent and productive. Vision  Forward staff will discuss and demonstrate a variety of assistive  technology options, including screen reading and magnification programs, electronic magnification devices, iDevice accessibility features and more.

ADA 25 Chicago is bringing together public, private and non-profit sector leaders and organizations from throughout the Chicago region to work together to fulfill the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly in the areas of education, employment, community inclusion and technology.
ADA 25 Launch Chicago
ADA 25 Launch Chicago

Sign up at LibraryMarket.com

When Ben Bizzle created the "Library Facebook Images Dropbox" to share highly engaging social media images with the library community, he never imagined it would grow to a collection of over 1,000 images, with more than 800 librarian members. Shared Dropbox folders were never designed to be a platform for that level of collaboration. Therefore, the collection has been moved to a far more suitable web based platform, hosted and supported by Library Market. Sign up  today and make sure to bookmark the page for quick and easy access.

The old Dropbox folder will no longer be available beginning June 1, 2015 .

Community Calendar

As we approach summer, the WCFLS staff would like to remind you to add your library events to the Community calendar in CAFE. Entering your events allows users and librarians to keyword search programs in all of the libraries in one place. In the past when we've shown people how Community works at outreach events, they are wowed and can't wait to search for library events on their own. Be an advocate of Community and show your patrons how to use it. It's an easy and convenient way to find free programs to attend.



WLA Foundation Scholarships for Continuing Your Education and Professional Development 

Hoping to attend a workshop, conference or other library continuing education program within or outside Wisconsin? Going back to school for a master's degree?


The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation supports several annual scholarships for library education (approximately $900 - $1600) and continuing education (approximately $800 - $1100) for WLA members and prospective or continuing students.


Applications are due by June 15, 2015, and the eligibility requirements, forms and instructions are available here. Awards will be announced by August 1.


There is a new page added under the "Professional Development" tab on the WCFLS website.  This contains the newly revised continuing education reimbursement form and guidelines for WCFLS libraries in 2015.  Each member library is allowed to request reimbursements for professional development activities up to $312.50 this year.  

Feel free to contact Laurie Freund ( ljfreund@wcfls.org )  if you have any questions.

Planning for Strategic Planning


Tuesday, June 2, 2015 

Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, (Horicon)


Presenter:  Bruce Smith is a Community Liaison and Service Specialist with WiLS.  Bruce's main focus of work with WiLS is planning and project management services for public libraries and systems.  In addition, Bruce also provides consulting services related to library operations and workflow analysis.  As a member of the Columbus Public Library's grant team, Bruce recently has been a part of ALA's 18-month long Libraries Transforming Communities training to help libraries develop tools to engage their communities and align their resources and services to the needs and wants of their community.


Workshop Summary:  This strategic planning workshop will inform attendees of the various planning methods and tools that can be used to develop a library strategic plan.  The workshop will cover the outcomes of the planning process and how a strategic plan can be used as a tool by a library to promote its value to the community along with being an operational road map to enhance current resources, programs and services, and develop new directions for the library.

Mark Your Calendar

Accessibility and Universal Design: What you need to know
Featuring guest speakers from IndependenceFirst & Vision Forward
Wednesday, May 27, 9:00am @ Waukesha Public Library 
Co-hosted by WCFLS and Waukesha Public Library. More info.

WCFLS WordPress Meeting
Tuesday June 2nd 
WCFLS Conference Room

Planning for Strategic Planning presented by WiLS
Tuesday, June 2nd
Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System

Waukesha County Federated Library System
741 N. Grand Avenue #210
Waukesha, WI 53186

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