Welcome June! Welcome Summer!!

June means the beginning of summer.  Schools are ending their year and public libraries are beginning their summer programs.  Before you get too wrapped up in activities, be sure to check the opportunities that are available to you this month.  Find all of them in the SEWI Libraries Learning Opportunities page. Here are two upcoming in-person opportunities:

  • Government Information Day
    WLA Government Information Round Table (GIRT)
    Friday, June 2, 2017
    UW-Stevens Point
    Info & Registration
  • ALA Chicago Bus Trip         
    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Info & Registration

****Check out FREE CE WEBINARS available to you on the Learning Opportunities page. Wisconsin webinars are listed in red.

From DPI's Blog: Some Words on Inclusive Services

Inclusive Services: A Statement from the Division of Libraries & Technology

For the past year or so, I have made a few posts about inclusive services in Wisconsin public libraries. These posts include: Inclusive library service is an evolving theory and practice. Many elements are not new; e.g., public libraries as a free and democratic institution, while other elements are more contemporary; e.g., gender identity options on library card applications.

Emotional Intelligence: Awareness, Adaptability and Empathy for 21st Century Leadership

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Presenter:  Bill Marklein, Employ Humanity
Location:  New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI53151 [map & directions]
Info & Registration: https://sewilibraries.org/event/emotional-intelligence/

This workshop is for library supervisors, managers, and directors. 

What is emotional intelligence? Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to effectively manage our own emotions and the emotions around us and it is quickly becoming the #1 competency for workplace leadership in the 21st Century. Associates, customers and all of humanity crave for a workplace culture that values and is committed to Emotional Intelligence. Everybody is looking for a better human connection experience. With the rapid acceleration of technology, distractions, change, and stress—Emotional Intelligence is even more crucial for building healthy, trusting relationships both personally and professionally. Most importantly, building a healthy relationship with yourself…You can never pour from an empty cup. Learn about Emotional Intelligence and how to use self and social awareness, adaptability and empathy daily for 21st Century leadership. Participants will discover how Emotional Intelligence can be integrated into their workplace culture to improve communication, purpose and morale and all participants will take an Emotional Intelligence self-assessment.

This program is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.

ALA Exhibits Bus Trip!

Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) ALA Bus
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cost: $20 per person
To register: 
https://sewilibraries.org/event/ala-bus-trip-2017
Registration deadline:  Friday, June 16, 2017
 

Ride in comfort to the Exhibits at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago.  We will arrive at McCormick Place about 9:30 am and leave at 4:00 pm for our return.  This is open to library staffs, trustees, and library Friends groups. Seating is limited, so register early.

Saturday Morning Departure:  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.  Click on the Park & Ride links for maps and directions. 

Departure Time                      Park & Ride Lot

6:30 am                                   Goerke’s Corners Park & Ride  (Brookfield, Waukesha County)
7:00 am                                  
State Fair Park & Ride (West Allis, Milwaukee)
8:00 am                                  
Ives Grove Park & Ride (Ives Grove, Racine County)
9:30 am (est. arrival)              McCormick Place in Chicago –
ALA Exhibits Info

In the afternoon, the bus will begin to load at 3:45 pm and leave McCormick Place at 4:00 pm sharp.  Approximate drop-off times are as follows:  5:30 pm (Ives Grove), 6:30 pm (State Fair Park), and 7:00 pm (Goerke’s Corners). 

 

Exhibit Passes:  Attendees are responsible for obtaining their own Exhibits pass.  Cost is $75 through ALA and can be purchased ahead or onsite.  More information is available on the 2017 ALA Annual Conference Registration.  Please check with your library or Library System for any additional information regarding passes.  Exhibits Hall information is available here.


This bus trip is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.

It's raining workshops and webinars!

Well, almost.  Check out the Learning Opportunities web page for what's available this month and beyond.


In-Person Opportunities

  • Communication in a Positive Workplace
    Tuesday, April 4: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Germantown Community Library
    Info & Registration
    or
    Wednesday, April 5: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Mukwonago Community Library
    Info & Registration

 

  • WAPL Conference
    April 26-28, 2017
    Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point
    Info & Registration

Wisconsin Webinars (free)

CE: Opportunities: 5-Part Collection Development Webinar Series

Sponsored by IFLS, MCLS, NFLS, NWLS, OWLS, SCLS, SEWI, SWLS, WLS, WRLS, WVLS
Register for one, all five, or anything in between!  All sessions will be recorded. 

Click here for a one-page flyer about the series.  The webinars are also listed on the SEWI Libraries Learning Opportunities web page.

April 19, 10:00-11:00 am:  Making Your Collection Count
Presented by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly.  Make your collection count! We will discuss collection development policies that balance popular with well-rounded content, reflect diversity and inclusion, and provide methods for dealing with (and avoiding) challenges. This session talks about how to measure a collection's quality. This includes the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities. Register here.


May 12, 1:00-2:00 pm:  Adult Selection Tools
Presented by Sarah Statz Cords, Michael Nitz, and Elizabeth Timmins.  Learn some tips and tools for keeping on top of selection, including a focus on nonfiction, non-traditional resources, and how to make things work in a small library.  Register here.


September 7, 1:00 -2:00 pm:  Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth
Presented by Sue Abrahamson and Shelly Collins Fuerbringer.  How do you keep on top of the avalanche of materials being produced for kids and teens? How can you make sure you are finding the best materials for your collection and your community? Collection budgets are rarely as big as we want them to be, so how can you make the best use of resources? And what about the salespeople? Join Shelly Collins Fuerbringer (Eau Claire) and Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca) for a lively discussion of the tips and tools they recommend.  Register here.


October 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am:  Data Informed Collection Development
Presented by Shanneon Grant.  Do you like language and stories far more than numbers and statistics? Do your feel like data is dull and uninspiring? Get ready to change your thinking and begin uncovering the clues that data can reveal for you! Join us for an exploration of Data-Informed Collection Development. (It is so much more exciting than it sounds…) It’s NOT about fancy data collection tools, it IS about using the basic data you have access to help you make informed decisions when developing and maintaining your collection. It’s about interpreting your data, rather than just blindly following the numbers. It’s about discovering correlations and connections that drive planning and decision making.  Register here.

November 3, 10:00 – 11:30 am:  Promoting Your Collection:  Merchandizing and More
Presented by Kathy Dempsey.  Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This final webinar of your series will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters. You’ll hear about using book talks and shelf-talkers, and will learn ways to publicize your collections outside of your buildings. This webinar will focus most on merchandising—what it really is, and how to do it effectively enough to boost your circulation. It will feature many colorful photos of great signage and merchandising from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.  Register here.

PLSR Update Message (From Feb. 9, 2017)

Update from the 1/20 PLSR Leadership meeting

Just a few weeks ago, the next phase of the PLSR project kicked off with a meeting of workgroup leads, facilitators, liaisons from DPI, and Steering Committee members. The group reviewed proposed workplans and timelines, thinking carefully about what will need to be completed to successfully offer plans for new models of collaborative services to the Steering Committee.

A new feature of the PLSR process are Topic Teams, which will meet for a short, defined period to make decisions about topics that cross many of the workgroups. The teams are made up of members of existing workgroups and the topics are as follows: Regions, Resource Sharing, Help Center, and Refining and Defining Continuing Education and Consulting. These are big topics and the teams will be asking for community feedback, via the Survey Panel, which you are encouraged to sign up for.  Findings and decisions from the Topic Teams will be ready to share with the broader community at WAPL in April.

There will be big decisions to make and a lot of work to be done in this phase. The complete timeline and workplans will be shared on the PLSR site when all workgroups and the Steering Committee have met to finalize their plans.

We also want to acknowledge that this phase will bring along with it more concerns from the community.  Some of this will be a little unnerving or let’s be honest, scary. But, please know that you will have many, many opportunities to offer feedback and to help shape the outcome and that changes that result from this process will be made carefully and incrementally.