Libraries collect and generate a lot of data. How do we use that data along with data from other sources like the U.S. Census to tell our library’s stories? In this webinar, you’ll learn to craft questions that can be supported by data to support library services or initiatives, identify and access relevant datasets, and recognize available visualization tools. The heart of the presentation will focus on stories and how you can combine questions with visual data to craft your library’s story.
Archive of Past Presentations
Crafting Your Library's Story with Data
Friday, August 17, 2018
Presenter: Jody Hoesly, Data Services Consultant, South Central Library System
Wisconsin Public Library Standards, 6th Edition for Trustees
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Presenter: Shannon Schultz, Public Library Administration Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
After an exhaustive two-year process, the DPI's Public Library Development Team has released the 6th edition of the WI Public Library Standards. Utilizing a work group of more than 30 library directors, trustees, and system staff from all regions of the state, the team has radically changed the layout and structure of the Standards, including a new approach to the quantitative values. This session will explore and explain the challenges, including those pertaining specifically to public library trustees.
Wisconsin Public Library Standards, 6th Edition (March 2018)
From Advocate to Activist
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Presenter: Patrick "PC" Sweeney, Political Director for EveryLibrary Lecturer for San Jose State University iSchool
In this session, we will challenge the traditional model of advocacy for libraries and instead look at how we create activists for libraries to build the public support we need to survive. We’ll look at how our current advocacy model is failing libraries and causing massive defunding and closures and we’ll explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support from networks of change through community organizing and political action. We will emphasize the resources and skills that librarians and library staff need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding.
- From Awareness to Funding (2008): A Study of Library Support in America
- From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libaries in 2018
- 10 Tips for Effective Direct Mail Campaigns for Libraries
- Sign up to support libraries: http://action.everylibrary.org/
- Winning Elections and Influencing Polticians for Library Funding by Patrick Sweeney, John Chrastka, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Effective Boards Have Effective Meetings!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Presenter: Christine Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library Division Councilor, United for Libraries
Meetings may sound boring to some but in fact, they are the best place to discuss your library's policies, how busy the library is, and how well the library is meeting its goals. Surprisingly, many boards do not function well. There may be a bully on board, someone might dominate the conversations, or there might just be plain personality clashes. This program will show you how to resolve any issues you may have and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
- Open Meetings Law and Library Board Closed Sessions
- Sample Wisconsin Public Library Board of Trustees Bylaws
- Robert's Rules of Order
- Wisconsin Open Meetings Law Compliance Guide
- Contents of Notice, page 15
- Agenda Items, page 17
- League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Open Meeting FAQ
- Comment from an attendee: regarding agenda items versus action items - for school districts and other public bodies, the notice of board meeting is the agenda - and the board cannot act on any item that is not on the agenda. Adding agenda items at the start of the meeting and acting on new items may not be a problem for Friends - since they are not city or county entities.
- Comment from an attendee: The Agenda must have all topics to be covered, on the posted agenda. Any thing new can't be covered until next meeting.
- ALA Code of Ethics
Orientation for New Library Board Trustees
Monday, August 13, 2018
Presenter: Krista Ross, Executive Director, SELCO, Rochester Minnesota
Becoming a new trustee can be an intimidating experience. There’s that huge DPI Trustee Manual, there are all those acronyms to learn and the decisions you have to make can affect people in your area for years. Krista will simplify the process of orientating new trustees. A few basic principles to know and understand will enable new trustees to hit the ground running, be effective early, and set the tone for continuous learning of all the information they need to know to represent their library or system in an efficient manner.