Spring Conference CANCELLED; call for officers; membership extended.

To all our WILIUG members:

Today the WILIUG Steering Committee met and made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Conference originally scheduled for May 28-29, 2020. Given the situation we are all living in right now, with the uncertainty of the next several months, we want to put the health and safety of all our members first.

Not knowing what the immediate future will bring we will wait until summer to talk about our fall meeting. Hopefully the world will have righted itself by then and we can once again gather to share information. I look forward to that day.

In the meantime there is WILIUG business that must carry on. We will be holding Steering Committee elections via email. The ballot will go out May 29th. We are still looking for nominations for Chair-Elect, Treasurer (preference is a member from Wisconsin for banking and tax filing) and Members-at-Large. In particular, we are looking for representation by Polaris users.  If you are interested please contact me at setter@ifls.lib.wi.us.

In an effort to help our members in this trying time we are extending all memberships for one full year at no cost to you. We hope this takes just a little of the burden off you as we all navigate our way forward.

Take care and stay healthy.

Sincerely,
Kathy Setter
WILIUG Chair

setter@ifls.lib.wi.us

Thank you for supporting the Wisconsin Illinois Innovative Users Group!

CANCELLED – Spring Conference May 28-29, 2020 – College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

THE SPRING CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED – more information about future WILIUG meetings will be announced at a later date.

Planning is underway for another informative and enjoyable WILIUG conference! Here’s what we want to tell you today:

SAVE THE DATE!
Preconference – Thursday, May 28th 1-4 pm

Choose one of these two preconference topics:

Google Data Studio

Grant Halter, Data Analyst at Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Have you ever wanted to build your own data dashboard or tell a story with data but wasn’t sure where to start or couldn’t afford the hefty price of fancy software? Google Data Studio may be the right tool for you! Join this workshop facilitated by Grant Halter, Data Analyst at Reaching Across Illinois Library System, where you will learn how to plan your data journey from strategic objective to data dashboard using the free Data Studio tool. Grant will provide an overview of the data analysis process he follows when approaching any data-related project (hint: all projects are data-related) and utilizes Data Studio to clean, analyze, and share data. Data Studio has a low barrier to entry and offers a flexible platform to tell your data story. The workshop is applicable to all backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Attendees should bring a laptop for hands-on learning. Sample data will be provided.

MarcEdit Workshop

Natalie Hall, Moraine Valley

In this hands-on workshop participants will be introduced to the most commonly used functions and tools in MarcEdit. We’ll have a brief overview of what MarcEdit does and how it works, as well as best practices for working with MARC data in MarcEdit. Most of the class will focus on editing MARC records in MarcEdit including adding/deleting fields, editing subfield and field data, changing indicators, building new fields, etc. We’ll also look at supplemental tools in MarcEdit to make bulk editing easier including task lists, tab delimited exports, creating records from spreadsheets and methods for finding errors in your MARC records. Participants should bring a laptop with the latest version of MarcEdit installed (currently 7.2) and will be provided with sample files to use during the workshop.

Main conference – Friday, May 29th, all day (lunch included)
Main conference – Business meeting; followed by multiple breakout sessions/tracks

Location: College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL map

CALL FOR PRESENTERS:
We invite you to submit a program proposal for the main conference on Friday, May 29th. Sessions are 50 minutes.
Is there something unique your library is doing? Are you really good at a certain aspect of using your ILS? Are you working on a special project? If you said yes to any of these, you could have an interesting presentation to share.
Other suggestions for topics are auto renewals, user experience studies, print templates, fines free experiences, or SQL queries. Sierra and Polaris topics are encouraged.
As the spring conference is being hosted by a College, we are particularly looking for a presentation or two aimed at academic libraries.

To submit your proposal, please go here: https://form.jotform.com/200284166436150
Proposals are open until March 10th.

REGISTRATION (will be opening later in 2020):
Preconference: $20 members, $30 non-members
Conference: $30 members, $40 non-members

Thank you,
Kathy Setter
WILIUG Chair

setter@ifls.lib.wi.us

Faculty librarian positions (3) – College of Lake County

We are growing!  Three full time faculty librarian positions are available.

Are you a seeking a position where your first priority is students? Do you have experience or a desire to teach and an excitement in sharing the wealth of information and discovery? Are you a seeker of new, improved, or unique services to offer the best solutions and to eliminate barriers for students? Do you excel in a collaborative, team atmosphere? Do you have a sense of humor and don’t take yourself too seriously?

If so, you may be looking for us and we may be looking for you. For additional information: https://www.clcillinois.edu/aboutclc/jobs-at-clc

The College of Lake County is committed to a new Strategic Plan and Student Success Framework and we seek to recruit and retain three faculty librarians who:

  • Value intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching strategies.
  • Value equity and inclusion to create a welcoming sense of belonging for all students
  • Demonstrate commitment to creating a culturally relevant and personalized learning experience to maximize student success.
  • Reflect the diversity of our community.

Job Summary

Provide library instruction, research and reference services to the CLC community.

Principal Expectations

  1. Understands reference as a teaching space in which to work one on one with students
  2. Guides students through critical thinking, reflection and independent learning.
  3. Participates in collection development that supports student research, curriculum, and teaching needs.
  4. Serves on and participate in CLC Library and college-wide committees and meetings.
  5. Participates in CLC Library budget planning and the formulation of goals, policies, and procedures.
  6. Maintains knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues and best practices in academic libraries.

Required Education

Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from ALA accredited institution.

Library Services Assistant – Interlibrary Loan – College of Lake County

Library Services Assistant – Interlibrary Loan

The College of Lake County is currently looking for an experienced Library Services Assistant to join the team. Under the administrative supervision of the Dean of Library, Testing and Academic Success, and the functional supervision of the Manager of Library Services, this position handles all borrowing and processing of library material requests for CLC students, staff, and faculty, and processes requests for CLC materials from other libraries. This position also provides back-up staffing for the circulation desk and other areas as necessary.

CLC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits that currently includes BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois health, Delta dental and Superior vision insurance plans, tuition support for employees and qualified family members, three retirement plans, disability, group and supplemental life insurance, health and dependent care flexible spending account plans, a four-day work week in the summer (Fridays off!), generous vacation, sick and personal time off and 13 paid holidays each year.

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college located in northeastern Illinois committed to being an innovative educational institution providing life-changing paths for our students by offering exceptional learning experiences.

The college is widely recognized for student success, business and community partnerships and for the achievements of our faculty, staff and alumni. Long-known as an employer of choice in Lake County, CLC was ranked #15 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Employers in the State of Illinois for 2019.

Required Qualifications

  1. Associate’s degree, preferably from an LTA program, or LTA Certificate.
    2. Minimum two (2) year’s work experience in library technical services or interlibrary loan.
    3. Excellent communication skills.
    4. Ability to manage and prioritize tasks and perform effectively with a fluctuating workload.
    5. Attention to detail and ability to check own work for accuracy.
    6. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and Windows.
    7. Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Experience with Sierra library system.
    2. Experience with Tipasa, OCLC.
    3. Experience working with interlibrary loan.
    4. Ability to lift 25 pounds

Closing Date: 1/12/2020

Pay Rate : $13.73/HR.

Full Time Position Monday – Friday, Hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (40 hours per week)

Software Testing Required : Excel, MS Word

Apply now for a scholarship to the 2020 IUG Conference

WILIUG is offering two $500 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 the past 2 years

Completed applications should be filled out by Friday, January 6, 2020.

Scholarship application form

Applications will be evaluated by a working group of the WILIUG Steering Committee. The recipient will be notified as soon as possible after the evaluation has been made. Funds will be disbursed to the scholarship winner after receipt of an IUG Annual Conference registration confirmation.

WILIUG Fall Meeting – October 18

The WILIUG Steering Committee invites you to register for the Fall 2019 WILIUG Meeting.

The meeting will take place on Friday, October 18th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Tippecanoe Branch, Milwaukee Public Library located at 3912 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207.

Free parking lots are available at the Tippecanoe Branch Library as well as Botanas II restaurant.

AGENDA

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
9:45 – 10:05 AM Innovative Update (Michael Macenas)

Slides (PDF)

10:05 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:00 AM What’s Instore After the Install – Jennifer Schmidt, MCFLS

In 2018, the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) began researching a replacement for its current mobile catalog app. This talk will go through the steps system staff took on behalf of its member libraries to identify candidates that would work with the Sierra ILS while offering improved app functionality. It will outline the technical information that needed to be provided to the vendor and how MCFLS included library staff to test the app as well as solicit ideas for how to publicize the app change to patrons. While it’s always hard to ask patrons to remove an app and install a new one, the end goal is to renew public faith in our mobile catalog app not just with improved search & request but also easy access to digital content and events. Information and processes applicable to all library types and systems.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Data Gone Bad – Laura Lazaraton, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Data Gone Bad Slides (PPTX)

Data errors happen and may often go unnoticed until they cause a problem. This presentation will cover the many data reports we run to find bad data and correct it as soon as possible. Most of our reports either look for item or patron data errors. Some of the errors are pushed to staff so that they can fix the data, while other errors are worked on by the ILS team. Examples of the multiple reports we have will be covered. This topic should be of interest to all audiences.

12:00 – 12:15 PM Explore the Library
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Optional group lunch at Botanas II Mexican Restaurant, 1421 E Howard Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207

Remember- there is no registration charge for the Fall Meeting for WILIUG members, so if your library has not renewed for this year, please do so! (link to membership form)

A huge thank you to the Tippecanoe Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library for hosting this event!

To register, please fill out the form below by Friday, October 11th.  https://form.jotform.com/92476308962164