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Volume 3, Issue 1
January 2015
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 Director's Note


At the start of each year, I try to be mindful of all the ways I want to improve in the new year.  Whether it's the form of a New Year's resolution or not, I try to reflect on areas calling for improvement or discover opportunities that may be available to learn something new.   We've got quite an opportunity with our Gale Courses pilot program this year.  I signed up for a business writing course and a drawing course.   I am excited about the writing course because I feel fairly comfortable writing and will look forward to learning ways to make my writing better.  I am excited about the drawing course because I can't draw a stick figure and that means, well, there's tons of potential for growth!   We've had quite a lot of change at WCFLS over the last year and we'll continue to try to be flexible and responsive to the changes needed to best support our libraries.  Change is inevitable, it comes from all directions.  I think it's important to be open to it and look for the opportunities that present themselves.   Wherever we are, we should keep our vision focused on moving along that path of improvement.  We'll have a chance to explore our options and set new directions during our strategic planning, our cataloging study, and our county planning in 2015.  It'll be an exciting year!


Connie Meyer, Director


Thank you to Long-Time Trustee, Richard Brandt!


At the WCFLS December board meeting, outgoing board president Richard Brandt was honored for his service to the library system. Richard Brandt has served on the WCFLS Board for six years, most recently as president.  WCFLS director, Connie Meyer, congratulates him for his years of dedication and service.  


Thank you for your years of support and dedication to the library system! 

Introducing the New Design for CAFE Library Cards 
After sorting through nearly 200 designs by 28 designers, we narrowed down the selection to six top designers. Surveys were sent  to library staff and posted to the WCFLS Facebook page for feedback to help the designers refine their designs. Thank you to everyone for their feedback and a special thank you to Melissa Rader (Delafield), JJ Berger (Menomonee Falls) and Beth Savagian (Pewaukee) for serving on the design committee. The new design has been selected (see below). 

Gale Courses Highlighted in the Waukesha Freeman

The new Gale Course program received some extra attention from the Waukesha Freeman, a local newspaper, this month.  Mellanie Mercier contacted Lauren Anderson, a Waukesha Freeman reporter, after reading one of her articles about how high school Juniors are required to take the ACT.  Anderson focuses a lot of her stories on education in the community and was pleased to include this great new resource in the Waukesha Freeman.  Check out the article on the WCFLS website.  Waukesha Freeman (linke expires 1/28/15)

This online conference is coordinated by the Nicolet Federated Library System and co-sponsored by the Wisconsin public library systems. Ten sessions from which to choose, Register for the ones you want, then sip a cup of hot cocoa while you sit and view them from your desk.
Janurary 21st & 22nd
Visit to learn more:
MCFLS-WCFLS Adult Services 
Public Programming Sharing Session
We will once again have a joint meeting with MCFLS librarians to talk about public programming for adults.  This year's meeting will be meeting at the New Berlin Public Library.   Bring any questions you may have, share some of your successes and challenges, and find out what other libraries are doing.  RSVP is not necessary, but always appreciated.  Laurie Freund, ljfreund@wcfls.org
We hope to see many of you there!  

2-4 pm, Monday, January 26, 2015 
New Berlin Public Library

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week´┐Ż is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Partnering Organizations host their events April 18 - 25, 2015.

To learn more visit:

Marketing Tool-Kits 


With the start of the new year we launched two new exciting services that will help that will help libraries reach new users, Flipster and Gale Courses!  Flipster is a new digital magazine service that allows people to download their favorite magazines into a tablet app or read them through web browser.  Gale Courses offers over 300 online classes in a wide variety of topics. Patrons can explore interests or further develop their careers or personal interests in a convenient and affordable way. Updated toolkits for both services are now available for your convenient marketing use.  



Please update your library Facebook banners, put out flyers, and hang posters. Marketing have been updated!  Toolkits available at:

http://www.wcfls.org/reference-resources.php?cat=347&title=Database%20Toolkits  (link expires 1/28/15)


Lake County Libraries Memory Project Set to Launch

The Lake Country Libraries Memory Project will launch with a kick off on Fri, Jan. 30, 10:30 A.M-12 P.M. at the Pewaukee Public Library.

We encourage member library staff to attend this program to learn more about how libraries are offering a value-added service at their locations. 

This informational session is free and open to anyone interested in learning what it's like to have memory loss, how memory cafes came about, and what the libraries in Waukesha County are doing to offer a new service to their communities. More info can be found on www.librarymemoryproject.org.

Know someone that may be interested in learning more? Help us spread the word. Share this flyer: http://tinyurl.com/py7l8pf

Marketing Your Library

Book Trailers, Why Not?!?

Many movies are based on best-selling books.  

In some cases the book doesn't gain much recognition until the movie trailer comes out. For the majority of books very little promotion and advertising with their release.  To combat this, we introduce book trailers! YouTubers and authors have taken it upon themselves to visually promote the stories they love.  Check out the best YouTube book trailers of 2014 or Badgerlink's resource, TeachingBooks.net. Maybe you will find something new to read!

Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library's Services

Does your library have a blog?  Blogs are great free tools that allow you to share more casually about your library.  Blogging is a form of social media but allows you to say a whole lot more! 


Top 25 Librarian Bloggers

These are great examples of what you could do with a blog and your library.  Even if you don't want to start a blog, these are some pretty good reads! 

Youth Services Corner

Develop Your Inner Superhero: Youth Services Programming Workshop 

Friday, January 23, 2015
8:30am to 12:00pm
New Berlin Public Library, 
Presenter: Marge Loch-Wouters, Youth Services Manager, LaCrosse Public Library 

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and overworked when planning and programming for kids. To remedy that, attend this workshop to...

  • Explore why we program
  • Discuss strategies for easier planning and effective scheduling
  • Get mighty suggestions on how to make your programs even more creative, kid-centered, and fun
Reserve your seat today!
Mark Your Calendar

Gale Courses Starting Soon 
New sessions starting January 21 

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 21 & 22, Online Webinar Series 

Develop Your Inner Superhero: Youth Services Programming Workshop
Friday, January 23 8:30 A.M.-12 P.M., New Berlin Public Library

Lake Country Libraries Memory Project Kick-Off 
Friday, January 30 10:30 A.M.-12 P.M., Pewaukee Public Library
RSVP to 262-691-5670 ext. 925 or pwlib@pewaukee.lib.wi.us 
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Waukesha, WI 53186

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