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IFLS Newsflashes, a newsletter for west-central Wisconsin library professionals

July 2019

In This Issue

  1. Wisconsin Trustee Training Week
  2. Calendar Your Collection Development
  3. LinkedIn Learning and Wisconsin Public Libraries
  4. We Want YOUR Input!
  5. BadgerLink Advisory Group - Call for Applicants
  6. PLSR Implementation Plans
  7. Inclusive Services Assessment Guide for Public Libraries
  8. Calendar and Continuing Education

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week

Register now for Wisconsin Trustee Training Week, which will be held Aug. 12-16, 2019. There will be one webinar each day from noon-1 p.m. on a topic that’s relevant to public library boards, friends, and trustees. Webinars are available free of charge and open to anyone.
The schedule of presentations is as follows:
  • Monday, Aug. 12 -- Governing Libraries that Inspire Investment -- A primary role of the board is to secure adequate funding for the library. Hear from Rebekkah Smith Aldrich about making the case for funding and inspiring stakeholders to invest in your library. With fierce competition for public and private funds and changing perceptions about what a library actually does, it has never been more important to talk about the essential nature of your library to those you serve to those who make funding decisions about your library. During this webinar you will receive an introduction to the basic building blocks that need to be in place to inspire investment of funding and good will into your library, and you’ll get a front row seat to some of the latest thinking in the profession on how to ensure your library's future in an uncertain world. (register)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 -- Free is Key: Ensuring Your Library is Meeting its Mission -- Join Dawn Wacek for a discussion of your library's mission and how fine policies may be working against you! Learn the ins and outs of going fine free and what library research and best practice recommendations show about the benefits of making your collection more accessible. (register)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14 -- Effective Library Advocacy -- Hear advice for effective library advocacy from Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L) Co-Chairs Connie Meyer and Kathy Pletcher. Covering everyday advocacy to decision-makers and stakeholders as well as Library Legislative Day, hear tips on who to talk to, when, and how from our presenters. (register)
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 -- What Does Inclusivity Look Like at Your Library? -- What does inclusive mean to your library and its daily operations? Is your library inclusive? Join Shauna Koszegi, Adult Services Librarian from the Sun Prairie Public Library, as she gives you an overview of the newly released Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide. This guide will help you reflect on how your library can be a place where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected. (register)
  • Friday, Aug. 16 -- Recruiting and Retaining Library Directors and Staff -- Expectations are changing when it comes to how long library directors (and other library employees) stay at one job. Join Pat Wagner to learn more about how library boards can attract and retain quality leadership and personnel in a competitive market? What is the “new normal” in terms of director recruitment? Topics include improving board-director relations, reviewing finances and job descriptions, investing in support for better salaries and benefits, setting realistic goals, and being better talent scouts for future hires. (register)
You must register for each webinar individually using the links above, or at More information is also available at that link, and you can also access recordings from the 2015-18 webinars.
Trustee Training Week is coordinated by the South Central Library System with all 16 Wisconsin Public Library Systems sponsoring. Additional financial support comes from the Division for Libraries and Technology and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

WI Libraries for Everyone, July 19, 2019

Calendar Your Collection Development

Managing your library collection can be an overwhelming job.  Selecting, ordering, cataloging, processing, maintaining, weeding; over and over again.  How far ahead are you at looking at new books? How far behind are you on weeding and replacement?  One possible way to find a rhythm for this cycle is creating a calendar for your collection development tasks using upcoming observances and events.
For example, here are a few upcoming days/months which you could include on your calendar for programming and displays as well as for selecting and weeding tasks.
August 26 is Women’s Equality Day commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment which in 1920 gave women in the U.S. full voting rights. Next year will be the 100th anniversary – is it time to refresh your women’s history materials?
September 8 is International Literacy Day and this year’s focus is “Literacy and Multilingualism”.  You may want to mark your calendar to highlight the Transparent Language database on that day, but August might be a great time to calendar a weed and replace of your literacy resources.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How up-to-date are your medical resources on cancer?
November is Native American Heritage Month.  Calendar the best time to check out these resources to discover new materials to share with your community.    For some ideas for your calendar,  and
Just as you plan for your summer reading program months in advance, setting your calendar for collection development tasks a few months ahead can help you prepare a cycle for renewing and maintaining your community’s library collection.

Maureen Welch, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Coordinator 

LinkedIn Learning and Wisconsin Public Libraries

On June 28, 2019, LinkedIn released a blog post that informed public libraries of substantial changes to its terms of service that would require patrons to create a LinkedIn profile to access LinkedIn Learning. Creation of such a profile would include provision of a library card number, full name, and an email address. The profile would be set to public by default, which would allow the individual to be searched on Google and LinkedIn.

Other states with accounts (rebranded as LinkedIn Learning) have determined that LinkedIn’s registration process not only still reveals too much of who uses library licensed resources, but also that the terms of use for those accounts provides LinkedIn and Microsoft to collect use patterns and share information with third party partners and advertisers. California State Librarian Greg Lucas recommended that libraries in his state “no longer use or provide LinkedIn Learning...”

Earlier this week the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom issued a response, urging LinkedIn Learning to reconsider the changes. In the statement, the ALA reinforces that the “Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations maintain that all library users have the right to access library resources without disclosing their personally identifiable information (PII) to third parties, and to be free from unreasonable intrusion into, or surveillance of, their lawful library use.” ALA President Wanda Kay Brown added that such disclosure may violate of some states’ library confidentiality laws.

The Division for Libraries & Technology agrees that the changes to LinkedIn Learning terms of service contradict the user confidentiality requirements detailed in Wis. Stat. sec. 43.30, as it violates the library’s obligation to keep an individual’s use of library resources private. It may also supersede the library’s authority to authenticate patrons.

The SHARE Consortium, comprised of Lakeshores and Kenosha County Federated Library Systems, has already voted to terminate their relationship with LinkedIn Learning based on the upcoming changes in terms of service; the effective date of termination is unknown at this time.

Submitted by Shannon Schultz, Public Library Development
WI Libraries for Everyone, June 25, 2019

We Want YOUR Input!

IFLS staff is evaluating our process for new library director orientation—we are hoping to make it more practical, useful, and supportive for new directors.  We’re hoping to hear from you about what has worked best, what you wished for, and what we might do to improve our process.  Join us for a discussion after Director’s Council on September 20* here at the IFLS office so we can gather your opinions.  We’ll bring in a lunch of sandwiches, salads, and treats from Panera—our treat!  Register here by September 16.
*for non-MORE library directors:  we will start at noon with lunch and conversation
 Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator

Badger Bulletin: News and updates about BadgerLink

BadgerLink Advisory Group - Call for Applicants

The BadgerLink team seeks applicants to participate in the BadgerLink Advisory Group. This group seeks to improve the ability of all Wisconsin residents to access and effectively use high-quality, licensed resources provided by BadgerLink, expand program visibility, and build stronger relationships between the program and stakeholders. By gathering the diverse opinions and expertise of Wisconsin’s learner communities, the BadgerLink team will develop strategies to adapt and grow the program as needs evolve.

We seek applicants representing diversity in race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, and professional background from libraries and schools of all types, sizes, and Wisconsin regions. Applicants from community organizations will also be considered.

Members serve staggered, two-year terms and the group meets twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. For more details, see the Participation Handbook:

Applications will close at the end of the day on August 16, 2019, with review and selection finalized on or before September 15, 2019.

Questions? Want to learn more? Please email -  July 16, 2019

PLSR Implementation Plans

On Friday, July 12, DPI staff John DeBacher and Ben Miller presented a draft implementation plan for carrying out recommendations included in the Public Library System Redesign Steering Committee Final Report to the Council on Libraries and Network Development (COLAND). The plan includes a column with dates to indicate when work on individual recommendations will begin, and when subsequent activities to carry out the recommendations are anticipated. 

A number of the individual recommendations - including many of the related activities -include "Implementation Teams" in the process. Those teams will be comprised of individuals in the library community who are identified to be stakeholders or to have relevant expertise and experience in the activity area. As those specific activities draw near, DPI staff will put out calls for nominations for each Implementation Team - please do not contact us prior to that formal call to express interest. The calls for nominations will be shared here as well as through related DPI communications channels as aspects of follow up activities unfold. Selections will be made based on considerations to foster a balance between users of the System Services (public libraries), system employees, as well as geography and size.

To repeat, please take a look at the Implementation Plan, note the timeframe for the Recommendations and their Activities, and watch this space for the Implementation Teams's calls for nominations as well as for announcements and reports of PLSR project developments.

Written by John DeBacher, Public Library Development
WI Libraries for Everyone, July 23, 2019

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Inclusive Services Assessment Guide for Public Libraries

Library services are available to everyone. It’s even in Wisconsin law that public libraries have to be accessible to people with special needs. However, predicting which special needs to accommodate in communities can be challenging. Paying special attention to the needs in your community, particularly for those who are underserved or underrecognized, can help fix procedures that stand in the way of serving everyone. Now, there is a tool to support this work called the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries.

A new video helps explain how to make library services inclusive based on support from the guide.

Inclusion is not a one-size-fits-all concept, nor a one-time challenge to be solved. The checklist and supporting resources found in the guide are meant to help individual libraries evaluate current services as well as plan for the future.

The Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide was designed by Wisconsin public library and system staff for Wisconsin public library directors, staff, and boards with the intent to foster library environments where everyone feels safe, welcomed, and respected. This resource was developed to support libraries in implementing the Inclusive Services Statement. In addition, this resource intentionally complements the 2018 Wisconsin Public Library Standards.

For more information, visit the DPI Inclusive Services web page.

Subscriber Submission: Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant

DPI ConnectEd, July 23, 2019

Calendar and Continuing Education

In the past we have included a list of upcoming events and know you are used to seeing that, but we have a better solution that will keep you up-to-date.
Here is a link to our new calendar on the IFLS website.

Go here to get more information about IFLS meetings and workshops including Trustee Training Week, Interlibrary Loan Updates, Health Literacy, and Youth Services.

You may recall in the June issue of NewsFlashes, Director Katie Schneider, went out to the public school dressed as the Cat in the Hat to promote the Summer Reading Program. Her Friends Group agreed to fund two new signs to help promote it as well. 
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