Volume 8, Number 1 February 2009 A newsletter of the Support Staff Section of the Wisconsin Library Association Chair Catherine Phan A GRATEFUL FISH University of Wisconsin-Madison I am filled with gratitude as I the May 2008 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org reflect back on my year as Chair of conference, to Chair Elect the WLA Support Staff Section. get to chat a bit Jane Roisum I’m thankful for the wonderful with some of Fox Valley Technical College e-mail: email@example.com folks I got to know and collaborate you, and to see with, for the chance to grow as a your feedback Past Chair professional, and for the about the Danika Laine Morphew-Tarbuck Teaching Books challenges that helped me to conference on the evaluations. I e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org develop and grow as a person and only received a few email responses a leader. during my time as Vice Chair and Secretary/Newsletter Editor Renee Miller Chair, so I would like to encourage Winnefox Library System When I volunteered to join the SSS members to speak up and e-mail: email@example.com Support Staff Section, I was brand email, write or call the SSS Director at Large (Academic) new to the field of library science, leadership. Make a suggestion, Mary Hayden in my first semester of library volunteer some time, share your UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library school, and mostly unaware of the thoughts, etc. I hope you’ll initiate Email: firstname.lastname@example.org complexities of our field. I am also these types of communication with Director at Large (Public) an extremely shy person. So, Catherine Phan, the 2009 Support Jennifer Williams joining the Support Staff Section Staff Chair. Whitefish Bay Public Library e-mail: email@example.com as Vice Chair and then Chair was definitely something that scared I don’t want to push the fish out of WLA Liaison me, a lot! Many times I felt like a water metaphor too far, but I have Cynthia Wallace Winnefox Library System fish out of water. to say, I’m one thankful fish. And e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org now, I feel that I’m immersed and Lucky for me, there was an successfully swimming with the amazingly fantastic, patient and other fantastic people in the Inside: hardworking board (composed of library field – so much of this is 2008 WLA Conference brilliant and creative women) who due to my time as Chair of the Highlights........................... page 2 were ready to help me learn the Support Staff Section. As I ropes. I am hugely grateful to this continued through library school, 2009 WLS-SSS Annual group! there were lots of conversations Conference......................... page 3 about those with vs. those without Tough Times....................... page 4 I’m also thankful for the an MLS degree. Degree or no wonderful support staff members. Library Workers’ Day......... page 5 It was a pleasure to see you all at (continued on page 2) (continued from on page 1) 2008 WLA Annual Conference: degree, we are all in this field together and it is Building a Better Tomorrow imperative that we continue The 2008 annual WLA The Support Staff Section was to explore how we define conference brought over a proud to sponsor a local author our profession and our roles thousand WLA members and for the event. Erika Janik, within it. I believe it is friends to the Marriott Madison writer and editor at the essential that opportunities West Hotel in Middleton last Wisconsin Historical Society, tailored to support staff, November. gave a humorous and such as the annual SSS entertaining talk pulled from professional development Keynote speaker Dr. John J. her book, Odd Wisconsin, on the conference, continue to Magnuson, strange stories that make up exist. Zoology and Wisconsin history. Janik was a Limnology rousing success. Unfortunately, If you agree, I encourage you Emeritus the room was not large enough to get more involved with Professor of to fit all of the conference the Support Staff Section. the attendees who wanted to hear There are big and little ways University her speak. There were people you can contribute and great of sitting on the floor along the people to work with along Wisconsin- sides of the room as well as the way. Madison, flowing out the door. The room began the roared with laughter throughout You are essential to keeping event with a presentation Janik’s entertaining anecdotes. this section active and alive. addressing global and local Maybe you’re shy like me, climate change and his work on The conference ended in maybe you don’t know the Nobel Peace Prize-winning entertaining fashion. The much about the profession, Intergovernmental Panel on Baraboo Bookers from Baraboo maybe you have years of Climate Change. The Public Library took first place in experience, or maybe you’re conference offered a battle against UW-Madison busy and can only volunteer presentations by featured SLIS students in the WLA’s a few hours of time to help speakers such as Youth Services inaugural Book Cart Drill Team assemble the treats sent out Section Luncheon guest Competition. Finally, writers for National Library Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum Worker’s Day… reference wiz Marie L. Radford treated guests at the President’s and Dr. Toni Samek, recipient Luncheon to a light-hearted This year, please jump, dive of the 2007 Library Journal presentation on their library or wade into new Teaching Award. In addition, comic strip, Unshelved. involvement with the WLA over 70 exhibitors exchanged Support Staff Section. information on library products –Catherine Phan Contact me for ideas at and services in the exhibit hall, Danika@teachingbooks.net. gamers showcased their prowess I hope to hear from you and in the WLA Foundation’s thank you again for allowing Fundraiser, Wee? Wii? Que? ... me to serve as Chair of this Gaming! fantastic group. –DanikaMorphew-Tarbuck 2009 SSS Annual Professional SSS Chair Development Conference Recognized The WLA Support Staff Section is pleased to announce this year’s Catherine Phan, SSS Chair, support staff one-day professional development conference: Growth, and two of her classmates, Change and Renewal. Chelsea Couillard and Christina Johnson, were The conference, co-sponsored by the recognized for their work MATC Libraries, will be held on with the Red Cliff Tribe in Wednesday, May 20, at the MATC the fall 2008 issue of the Truax Campus in Madison. The UW-Madison’s School of board has put planning into high gear Library and Information to bring you another creative and Studies newsletter, Jottings informative event. Come hear and Digressions. A nice keynote speaker Rachel Singer photo of the group Gordon discuss the Cross- accompanied the picture. Generational Workforce: What The students worked to defines a generation? What is essential identify community priorities to succeed in today’s multi-generational work environment? How to and find ways that the overcome differences and recruit, retain and mentor the next dormant library could be generation of librarians. revived to address these needs. The group planned to Also on tap: learn more about ALA-APA’s follow up with information Library Support Staff Certification Program, get about funding sources. your Web 2.0 fix with an introduction by Joy The students, along with Schwarz, Web Librarian at Winnefox Library Professor Louise Robbins, System, and more! presented an overview of their project at last November’s WLA Look for more news and your registration brochure to come in the conference. next few months. Mark your calendars now for a day of learning, developing, energizing and celebrating of Wisconsin’s library support To read the article, go to: staff! www.slis.wisc.edu/ –Catherine Phan community/alumni/ slis_newsletter_1008.pdf. GROWTH, CHANGE AND RENEWAL –Teresa Grimm WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 WHERE: Madison Area Technical College Truax Campus 3550 Anderson Street, Madison, WI 53704 COST: $45 WLA members, $60 non-members, $28 library student rate Additional information online at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/sss/ Certification Tough Times Update Funding shortfalls, shrinking budgets, and layoffs, “Oh my!” It’s a scary time for everyone with a library job as well as those seeking At the ALA mid-year employment in any sector. If you are employed, no matter what your conference in Denver, level of satisfaction, you may have been hoping to ride it out until LSSRT solicited feedback retirement, find a better job or somehow change your work life. This from members about the downturn in the economy may be the right time for you to take a new Library Support Staff serious look at what you really want to do, and use this time to work Certification Program. To toward what comes next. help members learn more about the program an Dream about your ideal job--where are you working in this dream, overview was posted at and what are you doing? Who are your co-workers and what are they www.ala-apa.org/lsscp/ doing? Does your dream scenario include a staff of associates or customers, or are you in a room by yourself? Are you energized by This information is still projects and deadlines or do you see yourself on a beach when the available if you are creative ideas hit? Knowing yourself and what you really need to be a interested in learning more happy and productive worker can help you find the right job. about the development of the program and the Look around; find people doing what you want to be doing when the competencies. time is right to change jobs. Ask people about the rewards and challenges of their jobs. Interview them about the education and The December 4, 2008, training you would need if you had a similar job. (Hint--don’t make Library Journal reported them feel like you are out to actually get their job.) that the certification program will launch in early You may need to stay in your current position until the economy 2010, a year earlier than improves, but now is the time to lay the groundwork for a career planned. change. You may decide you like your current position, but a change in job duties would be even better. Ask around at work to see what –Teresa Grimm training or workshops may be available. Find out if your library sends people to training or is willing to cross-train people. They may offer tuition reimbursement. Look in your community for opportunities to get the kind of skills you will need for your dream job. Start small, perhaps with a one-hour intergenerational workshop, a one-day Photoshop class, then, try a 6-week evening session on management skills or whatever works for you. The economy may be stagnating, but you can be ready for the opportunities that will eventually return. Use these hard times to prepare for the rest of your work life. –Mary Hayden Bubble Room Take a look at a great new resource available for discussing Plan to marketing issues for libraries as well as marketing trends—Bubble Room. This Library Journal blog launched on December 8. Attend! Alison Circle oversees the blog, sharing her ideas, answering your questions and soliciting your input. What a great way to pick up Library DIY: marketing tips and share what you’re doing. Create, www.libraryjournal.com/blog/820000682.html Collaborate, Recent posts have included: Innovate •I Saw the Number 5 in Red •Marketing Trend #6: Open Brand Annual Conference of the •More Bang for the Book Wisconsin Association of •Marketing Trend #5: Authenticity Academic Librarians •Marketing? What U Say? a division of Wisconsin Library Association •Marketing Trend #4: Transparency •Jumping The Shark •Marketing Trend #3: Cell 2.0 •Library Branding 101 April 21-24, 2009 •Marketing Trend #2: Responding to the Economy Heidel House Resort Green Lake –Teresa Grimm Registration deadline: April 10 For more information, go to http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/ Library waal/conferences/2009/ Workers’ Day In 2009, Library Workers’ Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14. Take a minute to thank a co-worker. For ideas on how other libraries have observed the day in the past, go to: http://www.ala-apa.org/ about/ideas.html. –Teresa Grimm Published three times a year in February, June and September by the Support Staff Section of the Wisconsin Library Association. Editor: Renee Miller Contributors: Catherine Phan Mary Hayden Teresa Grimm Danika Morphew-Tarbuck Send articles for submission to: Renee Miller Winnefox Library System 106 Washington Avenue Oshkosh, WI 54901 email@example.com Mark your calendar for the 2009 WAPL Conference Support Lines is published three times a year by the “Saving Our Stories” Support Staff Section of the Wisconsin Library Association to provide news May 6th-May 9th for and about its members. Glacier Canyon Lodge Wisconsin Dells Deadline for next issue: Registration for the 2009 WAPL Conference is now open! Go to http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/wapl/conferences/2009/index.htm May 29, 2009 to download a registration form. You also have the option of registering online. The conference web page also contains daily and Send articles for submission to: “at-a-glance” schedules. Renee Miller Winnefox Library System This year’s keynote speaker is Emily Sheketoff, Executive 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh, Director of the ALA office in Washington, D.C. Emily will be Wisconsin 54901 addressing library initiatives in Washington, focusing on the economic stimulus, Intellectual Freedom and library advocacy. 920-236-5224 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This year, “Saving Our Stories: A Reader’s Advisory Post-Conference” will also be offered.
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