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Volume 2, Issue 2
February 2014
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Director's Note
WCFLS & Member Libraries Highlighted in Brochure Distributed on Library Legislative Day
Wisconsin Library Association's legislative day has come and gone for another year. This year a group of librarians and trustees from WCFLS attended the event and visited many of our Waukesha County legislators. At our visits, we shared our library story by distributing several handouts that helped document our specific data.  You can see the handouts here. A big thank you to staffer, Angela Meyers, for preparing these promotional pieces. If you are interested in reading more about how to tell your library's story, you might want to check out this website, chock full of good information and includes sample scripts-perfect for helping to craft your very own library elevator speech!
WCFLS has set up an email address to notify us of your closings. An email sent to closings@wcfls.lib.wi.us goes to all WCFLS staff allowing us to efficiently do our part on your behalf. Thanks for sending all future closing notifications to this email address.     
Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day

Waukesha County Executive, Daniel P. Vrakas has proclaimed March 5, 2014 Early Childhood Learning and Literacy Day in the County of Waukesha. 

The proclamation recognizes the outstanding programs and resources the 16 public libraries in Waukesha County offer to encourage parents and caregivers to read to very young children. 

Kids' Corner
Mock Awards: How We Stacked Up 
The WCFLS mock award event is a collection development activity that focuses on reading and discussing a selection of the best children's and young adult books of the year. While the purpose is not to predict the winners at the ALA Youth Media Awards, it is nice to have our choices validated by the official committee. The youth services staff nailed it with the Newbery for both the medal and honor books. Read more


Kids' Choice Celebrates its 12th Year 
The 12th Annual Kids' Choice Award goes to Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The honor books include: Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Pie by Sarah Weeks, and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.


The Kids' Choice Awards were held at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove. Youth Services Librarian, Sue Daniels, from Elm Grove Public Library and Sue Benson, Library Media Specialist, from St. Mary's Visitation coordinated a fun and interactive awards ceremony on Feb. 11 in the school gymnasium. View a one-minute photo slideshow and read more about this year's award program. 

St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove (click image for slideshow)
1000 Books before Kindergarten and Kids' Choice: Next Steps 
The WCFLS team is focusing on defining the System services that are most important and valuable to our member libraries. Your input is crucial! We encourage every library to send a representative to the meeting on Wednesday, March 5 from 1-3pm at New Berlin Public Library to talk about what's next for 1000 Books and Kids' Choice. Registration  for the meeting is requested, but not required. 
Continuing Education


Summer Library Programs for Adults Meeting 

Feb. 26 at 1:00pm Pewaukee Public Library. Are you looking for some ideas for your summer library reading program for adults? Do you any ideas you'd like to share?  Come to this meeting and talk with your fellow colleagues. Registration requested, but not required. 


WISCAT Moving to New Resource Sharing System 

While Wiscat is moving to a new resource sharing system, the interlibrary loan functionality for staff will remain essentially the same. The discovery (searching) side will be new. RLL has set web training sessions for WCFLS and Lakeshores Library Systems. The webinars will be recorded for staff members who are unable to attend. Registration info coming soon.

  • March 13 - 10am-11am (Discovery/searching)  All staff that use WISCAT. 
  • March 14 - 10am-11am (ILL Admin)  ILL staff or anyone who creates or manages ILL requests. 
Customer Service with Bob Orvis from Comedy Sportz 
Mar. 20, 9am-12pm New Berlin Public Library. Registration info coming soon! 

MCFLS/WCFLS Joint Adult Services Meeting 

May 19, 2pm Franklin Public Library. Need ideas for library programs for adults?  MCFLS Adult Services/Reference Committee will host a meeting for MCFLS and WCFLS adult services staffs to share ideas on public programs for adults.  


Summer Library Program Workshop a Success

Nearly 50 youth services librarians from SE WI gathered at Pewaukee Public Library on Jan. 31 to get inspired to offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) elements into their summer programming. This portion of the program was presented by library youth services staff: Jenny Wegener & Sandy George (Pewaukee) and Betsy Bromley (Oconomowoc). There was also time for sharing programming, decorating and promotion ideas.  


Check the WCFLS Continuing Education page for upcoming programs or archived sessions.  

CAF� Tips

Customization of the Portal Page in PowerPac 

It is now possible to put web links to your library website, city website, etc. on your portal page of PowerPac. See Muskego and Sussex for examples. If you are interested in customizing your portal page, please provide the following information to Shawn or Mellanie: title for the dashboard, what you want the link to say, the hyperlink to the website/page, and then where you want the new dashboard to appear (top of the list, bottom, etc.). You also have the option of having all those dashboards open or closed. In other words, either everything is open or everything is closed.

FeatureIt! (Promotions)


Promoting Transparent Language Online in the Catalog

One of WCFLS' goals is to help libraries promote the paid databases. A new feature we have in Community Profiles through Polaris is called FeatureIt! We can add keywords that bring up search results specific to an event, resource or other item. Search the Alice Baker Library catalog for a language and you will see Transparent Language Online come up on the left navigation panel. If you do not have FeatureIt! turned on yet, ask Mellanie or Shawn for assistance. Mellanie has also created a FeatureIt! for Auto Repair Reference Center and others are in the queue.   


Community Records "Go Live" Date Set 

Caf� Council accepted the recommendation made by the Community Profiles subcommittee to start using the Community Records portion of Community Profiles. A "go live" date in the PAC is set for April 1. Each library can begin by creating a community record and event records for library events that are scheduled to occur April 1 and later. The committee will continue to meet and work on guidelines for community organizations with a goal of adding organizations Sept. 1. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn or Mellanie. 

Marketing Your Library


Big Library Read 

Overdrive is once again offering a Big Library Read now through March 5. As part of the Big Library Read program, your digital library will be featuring "Keys to the Kitchen" by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp. During this reading period, this title will be available for every patron that wishes to read it-no holds, no wait lists. By participating in the Big Library Read, you can join a global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the availability of eBooks and audiobooks at your local library.


Wisconsin Digital Library Updates 

eReading Room
  • Effective immediately, users with expired library cards will not be able to download materials from Wisconsin's Digital Library/Overdrive.  
  • Starting March 10, Waukesha County library card holders will be prompted to enter their PIN number on Wisconsin's Digital Library. WCFLS Overdrive/Wisconsin's Digital Librarybrochures will be updated and member libraries will be notified when they are available for download. 
  • New eReading Room launched, a digital library created especially for kids & teens at dbooks.wplc.info/youth 
Promoting Databases 
Angela Meyers of the WCFLS staff would like to express her thanks to the libraries who have already started promoting databases in their newsletters, web sites, social media and within their libraries. More info and tips on promoting specific databases can be found on the Database Toolkits page through the WCFLS site. 

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10 Facts About Americans and Public Libraries 

Technology is changing Americans' reading habits but what hasn't changed is Americans' love for books. American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities. Read more

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Relay Operator


Wisconsin Relay Service 

Wisconsin Relay is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. You can use Wisconsin Relay to make calls to anyone who has a telephone in the United States and around the world. Persons who are speech or hearing impaired just dial 7-1-1 to reach a Relay Operator. The free 7-1-1 access number is available anywhere, anytime. More info



Planning Ahead 
Book Displays = Book Discovery  Try a "You LIKED the movie. You'll LOVE the book" display. People are often surprised to learn some of their favorite movies are based on books! Want to see a display deplete before your eyes? Try the "Did you miss these titles?" display and include titles that were on the New York Times Bestsellers list in recent years. These fly off the shelve so keep a stash for refilling! 
Source: marthastewart.com
Money Smart Week (April 5-12) With Money Smart Week (MSW) just around the corner, we wanted to give you a couple of program ideas you could still pull together. Please register your MSW program online to help with nationwide and local promotion of the program. 
  • Design a Dollar Bill contest for the little ones
  • Money Smart Storytime
  • Craft a piggy bank out of an empty water bottle
  • Job Search Basics (ReferenceUSA Jobs Module demo)
  • Basic Excel
  • Savvy Shopper (Consumer Reports Online demo)
Celebrate National Library Week (Apr 13-19) with food for fines, guess how many books are in the library contest, offer behind the scenes library tours, offer something free (food, totes, pens/pencils, bookmarks). Search "national library week" in Pinterest or Google for ideas or view ALA's programming ideas page.
In the Spotlight


Delafield Public Library Employee Has Book Published

Congratulations to Jennifer Rude Klett, employee of Delafield Public Library, on publishing a new book titled Alamo Doughboy: Marching Into the Heart of Kaiser's Germany During World War IThe book is a true story about Jennifer's grandfather, his two brothers and two cousins, and their experiences in World War I.  

Mark Your Calendar
Continuing Education Opportunities 
  • Marketing with Ben Bizzle. Sept. 16 9am-12pm New Berlin Public Library
  • Leadership with Felton Thomas and Dr. Rachel Rubin. Oct. 6 afternoon, Franklin Public Library 
  • Book 'Em: find it, read it, talk about it. Dec. 3 Franklin Public Library
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