2018 Annual Trustee Appreciation Dinner

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This year’s presenter will be Melissa Mclimans. Melissa is a consultant for WiLS, a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects and services, primarily in the state of Wisconsin. Prior to WiLS, she coordinated digital projects for the University of Wisconsin. Melissa will present on innovative uses of data, and share examples of how libraries are using data dashboards and other methods to improve the library decision-making process.

Introduction to Creativity & Aging Education for Older Adults (webinar)
June 27, 2018 at 1 p.m. Thinking about attending the July 24 or 25 in-person workshops and want to know more? Ed Friedman, Executive Director, and Lindsey Francis, Program Manager, from Lifetime Arts will provide an overview of the workshops being held in July. The webinar will be recorded if you're not able to attend live.

Register for the webinar here

More information and registration for the July workshops is here.

This program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Updated info for Trustee Training Week 2018

Webinar Series
August 13-17, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch hour)

Wisconsin library systems are sponsoring this annual webcast series, developed and coordinated by South Central Library System, geared toward public library trustees but open to everyone.  There will be one online session offered each day during the lunch hour (12-1 pm) with a different topic and speaker.  This one session per day is set so it can fit into busy schedules.  These programs will be archived.  More more information and registration is available at this link: http://www.wistrusteetraining.com

Arrowhead Library System "Go Live" in SHARE Coming Soon!


On January 11th 2018, the member libraries of the Arrowhead Library System will be going live on all of the library management and patron discovery systems of the SHARE Consortium. Also on January 11th, the new LLS delivery/sorting hub (located at VIP Services Inc. in Elkhorn) will begin handling library materials passing between member libraries of all three participating regional public library systems in SHARE (Arrowhead, Kenosha, Lakeshores).

We are excited about this new chapter in library resource-sharing in our extended region! We do anticipate a period of learning and adaptation as we all go through this process, and we appreciate your patience.

If you are a library staff member, supervisor, or director, here are some resources that can help with the transition:

  • SHARE Delivery Page (featuring lots of information about the new delivery model, bin tag templates, and library-system specific delivery info);
  •  Library Staff Resources Page (featuring general training resources that you can use to get up to speed or practice your skills with the SHARE automated system -SirsiDynix Symphony.


An interesting post from the "I love my libraries" initiative of ALA...

Hurricane Harvey and Libraries

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm near Rockport the night of August 25. Although soon downgraded to a tropical storm the following afternoon, Harvey was responsible for more than 60 deaths and up to $180 billion in damage, according to the latest estimates by the governor's office.

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: 
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
    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

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.