Ideas to Make Your Library Shine

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4 Success Stories You May Have Missed in April

Here are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ The Pine River Library of Leon and Saxeville Townships celebrated their 55th anniversary with an afternoon of sharing stories & photos. It all began in 1960 when Darlene Hempel "took a little red wagon around to collect books to get the library started."

⇒ The Preschool Players Theater Group is a "three-week theater experience for kids ages 4 or 5 who are ready to be on their own and in a play" at the Menasha Public Library.  Rehearsals began in April, and include "a Gala Performance (with cast party at the end)" at the last rehearsal for parents and other family members; the play will be performed on May 19th.

⇒ Neenah Public Library threw a "Game of Thrones" party called An Evening of Fire & Ice, and used their green screen to take portraits of attendees sitting on the Iron Throne.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library is collaborating with the Time Community Theater for the Page to Screen program, "where we take a look at some of the great films based on books" playing at the movie theater. "We’ll be looking at the source material as well as diving deeper" into items related to the films.  April's movies included "Planet of the Apes" and "Psycho".  The public is invited to play the library's Page to Screen Movie Trivia for the chance to earn prizes at the theater, at the library or online.

image credit:
Neenah Public Library's Facebook photos


Money to Attend Conferences: Apply by Mid-June

ImageHoping to attend a workshop, conference or other library continuing education program within or outside Wisconsin? Going back to school for a master’s degree?

→ The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation supports several annual scholarships for library education (approximately $900 - $1600) and continuing education (approximately $800 - $1100) for WLA members and prospective or continuing students.

Application forms and eligibility requirements are at the WLA Scholarships & Grants page.

Deadlines vary, but the first are due June 15, 2015.

→ The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) is offering three conference scholarships for first-time attendees to attend the 2015 conference in Little Rock, Arkansas October 1st-3rd. The scholarships vary, but provide for conference membership, a travel stipend, and hotel accommodations. 

All are welcome to apply including students, paraprofessionals, and those with an MLS. The application form and details are at the ARSL Conference Scholarships page.

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm CST on June 19, 2015 to be considered.

Free Webinars in May

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.


7 Success Stories You May Have Missed in March

ImageHere are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ Neenah Public Library received a collection of knitting needles as a donation, and has decided to circulate them. "To promote the collection we are going to set-up a knitting display. In the future, we will shelve the needles with the knitting books; therefore I decided to use the Dewey number 746.432. Patrons can check them out for 28 days and renew the needles. Patrons from other libraries can place holds and we will send them out. We decided to title the record using the type and length of the knitting needle and then include all the sizes on one record."

⇒ The friendly rivalry known as the Penny War raised $422.67 for Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston, and $142.57 for Markesan Public Library.

⇒ Menasha Public Library held a workshop on how to scan and store old family photos. Local genealogy group Family Roots-Wisconsin gave a presentation (how to scan old photographs on a flatbed scanner, upload them to your computer, edit the photos online, and then download them to a flash drive or post on Facebook), and staff talked about free use of the library's copier/scanner equipment.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library has purchased five book sets for local clubs to check out, and plans to purchase additional sets in the future.

⇒ Winneconne Public Library is partnering with Two Men and a Truck for their Movers for Moms program that aids moms living in shelters. The library "will serve as a drop off site for creature comfort donations such as: nice soaps, hair-styling products, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, slippers, robes, etc."  "Two Men and a Truck will pick up and deliver the collected items to the House of Hope in Green Bay, Harbor House in Appleton, and Bella Medical Clinic in Oshkosh on or before Mother’s Day, May 10th."

⇒ The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library held an 18-hole mini-golf course fundraiser called the Browser Open. Each hole was "designed and built by a local organization, club or business."

⇒ The 2015 WLA / WEMTA Library Legislative Day attendance was the largest ever (205 library advocates), and Winnefox Assistant Director Mark Arend displayed a few of the Read Posters that Renee George created:

image credits:
• Read Posters: WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace, Library Legislative Day album
• pennies via Winnefox's Website Image Gallery


Free and Legal-to-Use Images for Your Website & Social Media

ImageIntroduced at our webinar last month, the Winnefox Website Image Gallery gives you free copyright-free images to use on your website, social media, newsletters, and flyers.  Jody has selected high quality images, and arranged them into ten categories:

  • animals
  • books
  • flowers
  • food
  • miscellaneous
  • objects
  • outdoors
  • people
  • places
  • seasonal

And if you missed our "Putting Your Best Face Forward: Choosing & Editing Images That Engage & Inform" webinar presented by Jody Cleveland and Renee George, you can go to the webinar's resource page to view the recording, download the free image-editing software, and get access to free fonts.

Inclusive and Accessible: Project ENABLE

ImageProject ENABLE is a free online training resource where you can learn skills to help your library be inclusive, accessible, and meet the needs of your customers.

Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere) provides  self-paced, multimedia, and interactive training on serving special populations.  The Wisconsin Division for Libraries & Technology considers special populations to be "individuals or groups whose access to the library is limited, minimized, or difficult"; this includes people who have disabilities.

A certificate of achievement is available to those who successfully complete all training modules and quizzes. This certificate may serve as evidence of completion of approximately 20 hours of professional development, which may be counted as a Category C continuing education activity.

When you create your free account, training will be customized to meet your learning needs. You'll be able to log in at any time to complete the modules, review your progress, quiz scores, and your action plan..

The site has 5 learning modules:

  1. Disability Awareness (person-first language and sensitivity, students’ perspective (videos by students with disabilities), experiencing disability (covering autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, hearing and vision impairments, physical disabilities).
  2. Disability Law & Policy (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IEPs, Americans with Disabilities Act).
  3. Creating an Accessible Library (Universal Design, evaluating your library’s accessibility, library accessibility action plan, facilities design, collection development, library policies and procedures, leadership and advocacy).
  4. Planning Inclusive Programs and Instruction (motivating diverse learners, Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction, collaboration, inclusive programs or lessons with examples, assessment).
  5. Assistive Technology in Libraries (what is assistive technology, assistive technology for every disability, implementing and evaluating assistive technology, web accessibility).

Project ENABLE is a partnership of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL), the School of Information Studies (iSchool @ Syracuse), and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Funding support for Project ENABLE was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Hat tip to Project ENABLE--Online Training for Serving People with Disabilities at the WI Libraries For Everyone blog

Free Webinars in April

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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