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2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals

The American Library Association's Library & Research Center is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship."

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need; be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and be capable of completion within one year.

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 11, 2019.

For details, follow the link at

Was your library affected by the recent floods? Did your library help another library to mitigate damages that would have happened without your help?

We are gathering stories from flood-affected libraries, to get some idea of the scope of damages that Wisconsin public libraries experienced. If you have anything to share, please send your story to Please include estimates of costs involved in your cleanup efforts, materials losses, and damage to carpet, walls, shelving, etc. Feel free to share this message with any library you believe was impacted.

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WebJunction has another great webinar tomorrow:

Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding

Wednesday, August 22, 3:00 ET / 12:00 PT

Library leaders have been trained to "do more with less" for so long that it's become a virtue. Though talking about budgets is a challenge, library staff need better funding to provide the public with needed services and expertise. If your budget is stuck, and your board, staff and stakeholders are having a hard time talking about new taxes or levies, this webinar can help. Please join us for real-world, practical, actionable advice on how to overcome local political problems, negative feelings, and unmotivated stakeholders, to move your library toward a more financially secure future.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and EveryLibrary.

Presented by: John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary; Lee Hallberg, Executive Director, Mancos Public Library, CO; and James Ochsner, Director of Library Services, Sutter County Library, CA

Click on the title below for more information and registration.

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The latest Project Outcome newsletter came out today, which features a very interesting webinar:

Free Webinar on Alternative Data Collection Methods

With a vast number of ways to collect outcomes, it may be overwhelming to identify which data collection methods to use. PLA’s upcoming webinar, Beyond Surveys: How to Measure Outcomes Using Alternative Data Collection Methods, will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 1:00-2:00 PM Central, and is designed to help libraries learn what data collection methods are available to them, and the benefits and challenges to each. This webinar will highlight several methods, with an emphasis on focus groups. Register for free today!

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

Know what Project Outcome’s Outcome Measurement Guidelines are and how they help support libraries’ data collection efforts;
Understand various types of outcome data collection methods, including pre-post measurement, skills tests, behavior observation, interviews, and focus groups; and
Be able to apply what they learned to conduct their own focus group in their library.
This webinar is the third in a series featuring Project Outcome’s Outcome Measurement Guidelines, designed to help guide and provide additional support for outcome-focused data collection. Past archives of this series, How to Develop Outcome Measures & Design Effective Surveys, presented on April 11, 2018, and Working with Partners: How to Plan for Collaborative Outcome Measurement, presented on January 31, 2018, are available for viewing.


Emily Plagman, Manager, Impact & Advocacy, Public Library Association

Holt Zaugg, Assessment Librarian, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

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Mark your calendars for these two upcoming webinars. Registration and more information:

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards
Thursday, May 24, 3:00 ET / 12:00 PT

Libraries that cultivate a culture of learning encourage their staff to participate in continuing education. But shouldn't this learning culture also extend to library boards? At the State Library of Iowa, we say yes! Trustees can and should play a key role in fostering a culture of learning at their libraries-beginning with themselves. When library boards embrace a learning culture, they become more receptive to supporting continuing education, in policy, planning, and budgeting. This webinar presents ideas for growing board learning into a blossoming culture that motivates board members to see education and training as a natural part of their trusteeship.

This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District


Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level
Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 ET / 12:00 PT

Community partnerships have the power to meet your library's strategic goals, expand your reach and amplify what's great in your community. You already pursue partnerships, but you can take them to the next level, or beyond! Help your community achieve its aspirations by creating partnerships built on solid relationships, mutual respect and SMART goals. Learn from the successes, failures and lessons of real-world examples. You will forge stronger community-led libraries where goals and values are aligned, and collaboration leads to innovation.

Presented by: Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager, King County Library System

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April 11 at 1pm: How to Develop Outcome Measures & Design Effective Surveys

Outcome measurement is a way for libraries to assess their impact on the people they serve and helps libraries answer the question, “What good did we do?” Libraries may need to measure outcomes for a variety of reasons—from measuring and improving impact, to better managing services and resources, to demonstrating a need for funding or other support. This webinar will help libraries develop their own outcome measures based on program goals and implement those measures through effective survey design.

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More great webinar opportunities from Project Outcome!

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas
December 7, 1:00-2:00 PM Central

The panelists on this webinar have prioritized outcome measurement in their libraries and integrated Project Outcome into their strategic planning. Participants in this webinar will learn how other libraries are aligning their outcome measurement with strategic priorities, measuring their success in priority program areas, and the changes libraries are able to make using outcome data to improve programming and better meet community needs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.

The panelists will also be presenting on Tuesday, March 20, at the PLA 2018 preconference, "Project Outcome Training Workshop: Tools for Measuring Patron Outcomes."

This webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information:

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Check out this great webinar opportunity!

Using Data to Understand Your Community & Measure Impact
November 30, 1:00-2:00 PM Central

The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present this webinar on using data to understand your community needs and measure impact. The results of community assessment can aid in the planning and implementation of relevant library services. Learn how various data can inform library decisions and how PLA’s Project Outcome can help measure the impact your programs and services are having on those you serve.

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and ask questions.

This webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information:

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The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently posted its final Equalized Values Report, so municipalities with public libraries can begin the calculating their ability to exempt from the county library tax as provided under Wis. Stats. 43.64.

In order to exempt from the tax a municipality must appropriate and expend for the library fund an amount at least equal to the county library tax. Not all municipalities meet that criterion, so this calculation is an important step in finalizing a municipality's library appropriation.

Please keep in mind that the municipality-- not the public library-- submits the exemption from the county library tax. However, we know that public library directors and public library boards are often involved in an advisory role during this process.

Step-by-step instructions on calculating the qualification for exemption from the county library tax for 2018 can be found on the DPI website at

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The Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology is once again pleased to offer the New Wisconsin Public Library Director Boot Camp!

This immersive training event will take place from Wednesday evening, August 16, through Friday afternoon, August 18, at the Hotel Marshfield. The Boot Camp will acclimate participants to state laws and requirements, provide valuable connections to important agencies and other new directors, and offer advice on dealing with current challenges faced by public libraries. Developed and presented by library leaders throughout the state, directors will leave the Boot Camp with a “toolkit” to assist them in creating policies and procedures, managing staff, developing budgets, planning for the future, reporting mandatory data, and much more. We think that this would be valuable information for you, and would love to see you there.

The Boot Camp is made possible through a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant awarded to the DPI by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. As a result, the DPI will cover fees, lodging, and meals—attendees will only be responsible for travel expenses and incidentals. However, space is limited at this popular event, so registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

New public library directors, please follow the google forms link below to either request or deny attendance, no later than August 1!

We will confirm reservations for those requesting attendance in a subsequent email.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this distinctive training opportunity. While attendance may affect staffing at your library, the benefits will far outweigh the inconvenience. In addition, those with “regular” status who attend the Boot Camp are eligible to receive up to ten (10) contact hours toward their Wisconsin public librarian certification.
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