Author (#1)February 2008 Archives

Bus to PLA

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bus.gifJoin the excitement in Minneapolis for the 12th PLA National Conference, March 25-29, 2008! The biennial National Conference is the premier event for the public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, Friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This is the closest a national library conference will be for a very long time. We are planning on taking a bus to the conference on Wednesday, March 26, and returning Saturday, March 29. Sign up by March 1 to ensure a spot on a bus. Bus stops are Green Bay, Shawano and Wausau.

>> contributed by Glenice (NFLS)

Upcoming classes & workshops

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lightbulb.jpg Here's what's coming up at OWLS during the next couple of months:


  • Project Play "Come & Play"
    Thursday, February 28, 9 AM - 11 AM

  • HOLA Project Workshop
    Thursday, March 6, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Project Play "Come & Play"
    Wednesday, March 19, 9 AM - 12 PM

  • Project Play "Come & Play"
    Friday, April 4, 9 AM - 12 PM

  • Outstanding Books for Children and Young Adults (CCBC)
    Wednesday, April 23, 9 AM - 3 PM

Haven't registered for these wonderful opportunities yet? Go to the OWLSweb CE page to sign up today.

>> contributed by Beth

Economic Impact Survey

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NorthStar Economics has been retained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to study the economic impact of public libraries in Wisconsin. To gather information for the study, they are surveying library users and non-users throughout the state. They would like to receive responses from a broad range of Wisconsin residents and are requesting that the survey be widely available. Libraries, systems, and communities throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to make the link to the online survey broadly available and to distribute information about the survey link to local media.

The survey can be found on their home page: http://www.northstareconomics.com or the direct link is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qyjYazUcsULPwoJ4nWVoHw_3d_3d. The direct link can also be reached from: http://wislibsurvey.notlong.com.

Questions about the survey or the study can be directed to either Alan J. Hart, Vice President & Director of Operations or David J. Ward, President at nstar@northstareconomics.com.

Regional focus groups and data collection will be conducted throughout Wisconsin during February and early March, 2008. The results of the study will be announced at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference on May 1, 2008 in Stevens Point. Information on other state and regional studies of the economic impact and taxpayer return on investment of public libraries can be found here: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/econimpact.html.

From Channel Weekly, Vol. 10, No. 9, posted with permission.

Copyright Advisory Network

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The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) is a Web site, bulletin board, blog and wiki established to help librarians discuss copyright issues with colleagues facing similar concerns, share solutions, and learn more about copyright from trained copyright specialists. Pose your copyright query on the Network Forum, and trained copyright specialists - known as the CAN Scholars - will respond to your question within 48 hours. The Scholars will not provide legal advice but informed opinion on your topic. Anyone can join the Network by registering at http://www.librarycopyright.net. This is a free service offered by the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Contact Carrie Russell, Copyright Specialist, at crussell@alawash.org with questions or comments.

From Channel Weekly, Vol. 10, No. 20, posted with permission.

'Casting @ OWLS

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I've been busy working on our "Enhancing Library Services via Podcasts, Screencasts, and Vodcasts" LSTA grant this week. I decided to start a blog to track the progress that I make, so I don't have to reconstruct everything I've done for the 6-month and year-end grant reports. It will be a nice resource to point grant reviewers to, and I also needed a place to collect all of the information I'll be gathering to support the use of the 'Casting Kit once it's ready to go. In addition, I thought it might come in handy for other systems who might like to provide a similar service to their libraries in the future. So anyway, if you're interested in what's going on with this grant, feel free to visit the new blog 'Casting @ OWLS and let me know if you have any questions. I'll continue to post new info there as I work on the project.

Do you have ideas for podcasts, screencasts, or vodcasts your library might like to produce? Share your ideas or questions in the comments.

>> contributed by Beth

WI Oral History Day

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Curious about how to do oral history interviews or how students, educators, and others have used oral history to document past and current issues? Sign up for WI Oral History Day taking place at the Pyle Center in Madison on April 14, 2008 from 8 AM to 5 PM. The fee for the morning workshop is $40 (includes lunch) and the afternoon sessions are free. For more details about WI Oral History Day, visit http://www.slis.wisc.edu/continueed/oralhist.

Has your library completed any oral history projects or do you have ideas for projects your library could do? Share your thoughts in the comments.

>> contributed by Beth

Save your workday

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Do you leave work feeling exhausted and overwhelmed? Then you might want to take a look at Top 10 Smart and Lazy Ways to Save Your Workday from Lifehacker. My favorite tip from the article is "decide NOT to do one task on your to-do list and cross it off."

It's not always the boss who's putting pressure on us to get things done and assigning us tasks: sometimes we take on little projects and to-do's because they seem like a good idea for one reason or another. If you've got a to-do list a mile long with items that have been sitting there for weeks? Chances are there are a few you can cross off right this moment because they're not worth doing after all. A "good idea at the time" isn't always a good idea. If you've assigned yourself busywork that isn't that important, simply opt not to do it—that's the fastest and lowest-effort way to get it off your plate.

What do you do to make your workday manageable? Share your tips in the comments.

>> contributed by Beth

YouTube contest winners

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Yesterday, the InfoSoup PR Committee selected the winners of our January InfoSoup YouTube Contest. We were very happy with the results of the contest and love the 1st and 2nd place winners we selected. Here are the winning videos:

1st place goes to Megan Kugel for "InfoSoup vs. Card Catalog."

What a great advertisement for InfoSoup, huh? Embed the video on your web site and spread the word about how cool InfoSoup is!

2nd place goes to Jodi Sellhausen for "When InfoSoup Comes to Town..."

Other entries can be found on the contest page on InfoSoup. Be sure to take a look, because there are some good ones there, too! Thanks to everyone who promoted the contest for us. It was great fun, and we hope to do another one in the future.

>> contributed by Beth

New InfoSoup booklists

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A number of new booklists have been posted recently. On the Family Page we have added:

On the Teen Page:

And don't miss the February staff picks, including the teen selection Alcatraz versus the evil Librarians, a story about foster child Alcatraz Smedry who, on his thirteenth birthday, receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world.

Thanks to staff at the Appleton Public Library for continued work on the booklists and to all InfoSoup librarians for their great staff selections.

>> contributed by Evan

Upcoming CE & lab classes

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lightbulb.jpgThe continuing education workshops scheduled for February 20th, "Making Choices in a Web 2.0 World" and "Gadget Training," have been canceled. Earlier this week, notices were sent out to listservs and to anyone who had already registered. We hope to offer these workshops sometime in the future, but no definite plans have been made at this time.

The next CE workshop scheduled will take place on Tuesday, March 6th. The "HOLA Project Workshop" is intended to empower Wisconsin library staff to reach out to the Hispanic community and increase their access to technology. More information about the workshop and a registration link are available on the CE page on OWLSweb. If you have any questions about HOLA, please contact Holly.

There are several Project Play "Come & Play" dates set up over the next few months. If you'd like time to focus on your Project Play exercises with Beth on hand to help out when you need it, be sure to sign up for a session (or for all of them!) today. Dates and times are included on the Lab Classes page on OWLSweb.

And directors, be sure to sign up for "Getting It Done: Surviving State Annual Reports" in the OWLS meeting room! Rick will be on hand to help you complete your annual reports. There's only one spot left on the 19th, so sign up soon. If more of you would like to register let Rick know, so we can set up some more classes for you.

>> contributed by Beth

InfoSoup stats update

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Of all InfoSoup searches, can you guess how many searches were executed via the web (i.e. searches not executed in a library)? (Jan. 8-Feb. 6, 2008)

386,312 or 70.83% of all searches in InfoSoup were from outside a library! Do we still know who our patrons really are?

The most popular author and title searches for the same time:

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>> contributed by Holly

AskAway stuff

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vref_ask.gifWe have limited amounts of AskAway promotional materials - pencils, posters, and magnets. If you would like some for your library, please contact Evan and he'll send them out to you. There is also an AskAway PR Kit available online. Check there for ideas on how to promote this service at your library.

>> contributed by Beth

WebJunction podcasts

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Check out InfoSpeaks from WebJunction. “InfoSpeak highlights the voices of leaders in the information field, sharing their unique visions and perspectives on emerging issues in information access.” Check out what library leaders such as Michael Gorman and Joe Janes have to say about their vision of the future and emerging library issues.

>> contributed by Holly

Books, society, and libraries

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From our sardonic friends at the Onion, this article made me smile. Notice the “Public Library” sign in the background!

>> contributed by Holly

Teen Tech Week

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teentechweek.jpgTeen Tech Week is coming up on March 2-8 this year. There is still time to order posters, pens, bookmarks, etc. to help raise teens' awareness of your cutting-edge resources. The deadline to order is Monday, February 8th, and you can order online. Keep in mind that Bradd, OWLS' new graphic arts specialist, is available to design materials for Teen Tech Week, too. Give him a call!

>> contributed by Beth

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