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Get to know...Our new State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor (today on WisconsinEye)

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PLA offers a free webinar, How to Measure Outcome Data Over Time, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00 PM Central Time. More complete information and a link to register is provided below.

Description: 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?” In some instances, libraries may need to measure outcomes over a longer period of time to demonstrate the good they’re doing. Logic models are used to develop a sequence of steps needed to achieve a desired outcome and measure impact. This webinar will walk through the logic model process to help libraries identify short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes. This webinar will also focus on how benchmarking and longitudinal studies can be used to measure those outcomes over time.

This is the final webinar of the 2018 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, Working with Partners: How to Plan for Collaborative Outcome Measurement, presented on January 31, 2018; How to Develop Outcome Measures & Design Effective Surveys, presented on April 11, 2018; and Beyond Surveys: How to Measure Outcomes Using Alternative Data Collection Methods, presented on July 18, 2018; are available for viewing.

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The LSTA Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 18 at the DeForest Area Public Library, in the downstairs Community Room. A Public Hearing is scheduled for 10:30 am

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Your Library can help ensure that your community gets its fair share of state and federal revenue that is based on U.S. Census population.

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Input from Trustees, Friends, Foundation Members wanted by United for Libraries
United for Libraries conducting survey on ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’
BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards.
Feedback from current and past Trustees, Friends, Foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in recognizing common issues that current and past board members encounter, and in the brainstorming on how to alleviate any issues.
To fill out the survey, please visit www.ala.org/united/boardsurvey.
Any information collected will be made anonymous with all identifying information removed.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

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WebJunction Free Webinar 2-3 pm Tomorrow (Thursday):
Visualizing Funding for Libraries: You've Gathered the Data, Now What?

In this webinar, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders using the dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries.

In 2017, the Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries webinar introduced participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state and local levels. This webinar will re-familiarize you with the tool and then explore how to take the next steps with your data visualizations. Presenters will connect key data findings from the tool to national trends in philanthropic support for libraries. Using the tool to leverage networks and relationships, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders to research further in order to determine the right fit for your library. You’ll also learn the action steps to take after identifying a funding prospect that will get your proposal to the top of the pile.

Presented by: Kate Tkacik, Manager of the Funding Information Network, the Foundation Center; and Ellen Jacks, Grants and Reference Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Madison
For more information or to register for the webinar, use the link below

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Interesting, albeit depressing, visual information display overlaying public & private sources

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LSTA Advisory Committee Conference Call Agenda for 2/13/2018
The committee will "meet" briefly at 10 am this morning to receive updates on 2018 projects and funding categories. The 2018 LSTA "Grants to States" still have not been awarded, but since the Division anticipates an announcement from IMLS soon, the committee will be convened by conference call.

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LSTA Advisory Committee Conference Call Agenda for 2/13/2018
The committee will "meet" briefly at ten this morning to receive updates on 2018 projects and funding categories. The 2018 LSTA "Grants to States" still have not been awarded, but since the Division anticipates an announcement from IMLS soon, the committee will be convened by conference call.

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The February, 2018 issue of The Municipality, features Wisconsin's public libraries. It includes articles by WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace, Marathon County Public Library's director Ralph Illick, and yours truly, as well as sidebars and features on libraries in Waunakee, Portage County, Egg Harbor, the Alice Baker Library in Eagle, Park Falls, and a number of patron responses to a Tweet from @LeagueWIMunis asking how do people love their library.
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