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Today at the Digital Government Summit, the Department of Administration (DOA) provided a great presentation relative to general statewide efforts, trends, data, and practices. The audience represented all levels government, education, healthcare, and vendors. The message around the collective effort is promising as well some great resource sites and blogs are referenced at the end that is a great resource for K-12 leaders.

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Are you coding curious? The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries webpage has been updated in response to the needs and interests of Wisconsin public library staff. You asked, we listened!

The updated webpages offer:
-An interest inventory-brief quiz to identify your specific coding interests
-Searchable and sort-able resource list of coding essentials
-Concrete guides for eight coding topics,including coding basics, coding events, and finding coders.

You can also sign up to join the coding email list, or simply provide feedback on what else you'd like to see.

In case you are preparing for Black Friday consumer deals, check out the Best Buys: Coding Purchasing Guide for budgets of all sizes.

Whether you are just dipping your toe in, or taking a deep dive, we hope you enjoy these new coding resources.

Do you have a planned giving program in place at your library? If so, I would love to pick your brain. Please contact me, Betsy Bleck, at or (262) 569-2193, ext. 207. Thank you!

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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 LSTA Advisory Committee advises the State Superintendent and the Division for Libraries and Technology on the development of the long-range plan for LSTA; establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories; grant applications and grant awards; and evaluation of the LSTA grant program. Members are representative of libraries and library systems of various types and sizes and from different geographic areas of the state.

As part of the November 30, 2017 meeting at the DeForest Area Public Library, the committee will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the direction, effectiveness, or impact of the LSTA program in Wisconsin.

For more information, please view the Public Notice of Open Meeting on the LSTA webpage.

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The Library of Connecticut is recruiting teams for its new EXCITE Innovation projects, and offer free tuition and a travel stipend for participating teams. While targeted to NE libraries, CT has assured us that any libraries nationally can put together a team and apply for the opportunity. Looks to be an excellent team-building, planning, and leadership experience.

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One of our small libraries is updating their insurance inventory and is looking for replacement costs for furnishings & equipment. Anyone out there have something I can give them?


I am hoping to collect some examples of municipalities' employee manuals both in cases where the library has adopted the municipalities' employee manual and also where they have not, and have a separate document for library employees.

In the past, we had simply adopted our village's manual and made note of where it doesn't apply to us in our annual budget, and in policies. However, the village has adopted a manual that doesn't include us at all and they are suggesting that we either adopt theirs or make our own.

There are enough differences between our operations and theirs that, perhaps, now is the time for us to make our own. But I have to wonder if there is a way that we could just adapt the village's manual to include the library, enumerating, somehow the differences in benefits, etc.

Any examples, especially from small communities, would be helpful!
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