Scholarship applications available for the 2019 IUG Conference

Scholarships Available for 2019 IUG Conference
Once again, WILIUG is able to offer two $325 scholarships to help members defray some of the costs of attending the IUG national conference.

The scholarships are available to a library staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Currently employed in a WILIUG member library/consortium
  • Willing to participate in a future WILIUG conference to share knowledge gained
  • Provides proof of registration for this year’s national IUG Conference
  • Has not been a WILIUG scholarship winner in in the past 2 years

For more information and to view the form click here.


Discovery and Metadata Librarian – Marquette University


Discovery and Metadata Librarian
The Discovery and Metadata Librarian supports metadata creation, analysis, enrichment and maintenance to enhance discovery and access to the Libraries’ collections, which include the institutional repository, special collections, print, serials, audio/visual, electronic resources, and digital scholarship projects. This position reports to the Coordinator of Acquisition and Discovery Services and the Coordinator of Digital Access and Metadata Services.


  • Develop, implement, assess and refine cataloging workflows, policies, and procedures, in collaboration with the Coordinator of Acquisition and Discovery Services
  • Prepare record sets and perform the batch loading of MARC and non-MARC records
  • Provide and maintain ongoing access to e-book collections
  • Review, test and resolve problems with description, retrieval and display of bibliographic records in the catalog and discovery service interfaces in consultation with Library Information Technology, Resource Management and Research and Instructional Services Departments
  • Perform automated and manual catalog maintenance projects including global editing, record enhancement, and batch deleting of records
  • Perform original and copy cataloging of materials in all formats, in accordance with appropriate national and local standards
  • Participates in metadata creation, harvesting, manipulation, and enrichment projects for digital content
  • Participate in training staff and preparing effective training materials
  • Contribute to and learn from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations, presentations and publications

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Minimum 2 years recent related experience
  • Experience with integrated library system (e.g. Sierra) cataloging module functions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, LCSH and LC classification, authority control, and MARC and non-MARC metadata formats and standards (Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work with colleagues in collaborative and team environments, as well as independently
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Commitment to professional development

 Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of data manipulation tools such as MARCedit
  • Experience with XML and XSLT
  • Working knowledge of a Western European language

Marquette University is an independent, Catholic, Jesuit doctoral-granting institution with an enrollment of 12,000 located near downtown Milwaukee. Two adjacent and connected library buildings seat 2,150 and house a 1.7 million volume collection, 500 networked resources, and over 22,000 electronic journals. 

Marquette offers an outstanding benefits package including competitive health and other insurance policies, 4 weeks of vacation and tuition remission for employees, their spouses and dependents.

For full consideration, submit application online by December 14, 2018 to the University’s application site:

Fall Meeting – Friday, November 16, 2018 – Gateway Technical College – Racine Campus, WI

Registration is now open for the WILIUG Fall Meeting – Friday, November 16, 2018 – Gateway Technical College, Racine, WI.  Click here to register!


WILIUG’s Fall meeting will be held Friday, November 16th, in the Michigan Room at the Racine Campus of Gateway Technical College at 1001 S. Main Street, Racine, WI 53403.

This is a half-day program with an optional lunch afterwards. The half-day program is included in your library’s WILIUG membership; there is no individual registration cost.

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
9:45 – 10:35 AM Innovative Roadmap (Dennis Carter, Michael Macenas)
10:50 – 11:40 AM George Quaye from Shoutbomb, LLC

Join me to talk about how we can enhance your literacy program using text messaging in partnership with colleagues from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. I will introduce Voice4Library to enhance another channel to your patrons with telephone circulation notices. Let us show you how to grow your reach to patrons with text messaging outside of the circulation notice with Text4Library.

Links to George’s presentations:

11:40 – 12:30 PM Jeremy Andrykowski from Unique

Unique Patron Service Solutions – At Unique we provide fully-managed and branded call center and live chat support services designed specifically for libraries. Working seamlessly with Sierra and Millennium, we provide efficiency through our work with progressive libraries and with Unique’s unmatched quality assurance. In this program we will discuss the virtual services and evaluate time, cost, and quality of service customized for your library.

Link to Jeremy’s presentation:
WILIUG – Presentation Share -JA – Nov2018

12:30 – 1 PM Library tour
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Optional Birds of a Feather lunch at Blue Bear Eats.  Attendees will place orders in advance as part of registration, which will permit optimal service and payment processes by the restaurant.


Plenty of free parking.

Click here for larger map and directions

Building map: We are are in the Michigan room of the Racine Building

Not a member yet? Join here.

2018 Conference Presentations

Presentation information uploaded here as it is received from the presenters.

Certifiable Catalogers
Certifiable Catalogers (PDF)
Catalog Certification Retreat (DOCX)
Cataloging Exercise (PDF)

Polaris Forum

Moving to Hosted
Moving to hosted 2018 (PPTX)
Post Event Checklist (DOCX)

Changing the Rules: from owning library to lending library
Changing the Rules (PDF)

Personalizing Polaris Notification Emails
Polaris email notices (PDF)

Global Update
Global Update (PPTX)

Polaris SQL Hacks
What Makes up an SQL Query (PDF)

Sierra Forum
Sierra Forum recap (DOCX)

This Call May Be Monitored for Quality Assurance…
This Call May be Monitored for Quality Assurance…(PDF)

Spring conference June 15, 2018 – Poplar Creek Public Library, Streamwood, IL


Registration is now open!  Register here.


Friday, June 15, 2018 – 9 am – 3:30 pm

The full schedule with times is available at: WILIUG Spring Conference Agenda 2018 Preliminary schedule of programs sessions is here. 

Poplar Creek Public Library
1405 S. Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107

Map link

Plentiful parking in lot


$40 – conference (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
$45 conference
$20 – conference

Online Advanced Create Lists Workshop

WILIUG is pleased to offer an online workshop presented by Innovative:

Advanced Create Lists in Sierra/Millennium

Friday, April 6th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 PM CST.

As a benefit of WILIUG membership, the registration fee for members has been discounted. If your library would like to join WILIUG to take advantage of this discount, use the membership form here and then register for this program.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

– How Create Lists works
– Identifying data & specifying search criteria
– Creating review files using library-defined indexes, the Advanced (Keyword) index, and existing review file lists
– Mixing record types
– Using basic and advanced Boolean conditions
– Searching special fields (MARC leader, 008, etc.)
– Nesting Boolean strategies
– Appending records to existing files
– Copying other files (including system-generated files)
– Merging review files
– And more!

If you have any particular Create Lists topics you would like included, please use the comment area on the registration form to provide suggestions and specific examples.  If you think of anything else after you have completed the form, email Rachel Rohlf.

The registration fee is per library so you may have multiple attendees from your library participating in this workshop!

Registration Fee (WILIUG Members) – $100 per library
Registration Fee (Non-Member) – $200 per library

To register, please fill out the form below by March 30th, 2018.

Login information for the workshop will be provided in a separate email prior to the workshop.

Register here!

Birds of a Feather Lunch at IUG

Are you going to the IUG 2018 Conference in Orlando?  If so, why not attend the WILIUG member “Birds of a Feather” lunch for good food and great company?

Tradewinds Restaurant at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Noon to 1:15 pm

The restaurant is inside the hotel and is one of the only lunch options within walking distance. (We’re not counting CVS!)  We have reserved seating so no waiting in line with other hungry attendees!  Lunch will be a buffet and while we don’t yet have a menu we’ve been assured that there will be both vegetarian and gluten-free options.  Cost for the buffet will be around $17.00, you will get an individual bill and pay at the restaurant.

Please respond to our poll by April 10th if you are attending so we can reserve the correct number of seats.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Skittino

Looking forward to seeing you there . . .

–The WILIUG Steering Committee