Calling all WVLS member library catalogers! Save the date for August 10th from 9:30am to 3pm. WVLS will host a workshop for all WVLS member library catalogers to meet each other and learn more about V-Cat cataloging processes in a hands-on environment.
Please bring a variety of items to catalog as well as your questions experiences, and tips to this workshop!
- What is cataloging?
- MARC Guidelines
- MARC Alerts vs. Z39.50
- MARC Alert Hands-on Time
- Z39.50 What’s the big deal?! Never done this before? Try it! This session will count as Z39.50 training.
Please email Chris Luebbe at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 7th.
WVLS Youth Services Information Exchange (YSIE) @10-2pm, Antigo, Meeting
The traveling Youth Services Information Exchange (YSIE – “Why? See!”) discussion group has been invited to
visit Antigo Public Library on Friday, August 25. All librarians serving youth from all library systems are invited. Check out the Youth Services Information Exchange Facebook page!
Please send RSVPs to Kris Adams Wendt at email@example.com.
Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth
Sep 7: Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth @1pm, Webinar
How do you keep on top of the avalanche of materials being produced for kids and teens? How can you make sure you are finding the best materials for your collection and your community? Collection budgets are rarely as big as we want them to be, so how can you make the best use of resources? And what about the salespeople? Join Shelly Collins Fuerbringer (Eau Claire) and Sue Abrahamson ( Waupaca) for a lively discussion of the tips and tools they recommend. Part three in a five-part Collection Development series sponsored by these Wisconsin library systems: IFLS, MCLS, NFLS, NWLS, OWLS, SCLS, SEWI, SWLS, WLS, WRLS, WVLS
Sep 26: Database Overview @1pm, Webinar
Modeled after presentations by Jean Anderson at the South Central Library System, Megan will walk attendees through databases such as LearningExpress Library, AncestryLibrary, EBSCOhost, Archive of WI Newspapers, and more!
Tally Week in October
Schedule a “Typical Week” to tally/record library use data in October to be used in completing your Public Library Annual Report.
Find more information in Channel Weekly, vol. 16, no. 43, August 21, 2014.
1. SCHEDULE A “TYPICAL WEEK” TALLY FOR OCTOBER
In the public library annual report, the Library Services section has several questions that require the library to tally counts throughout the year or, if that is not feasible, to collect data during a “typical week.” If your library does not routinely count each patron coming into the library (visits), reference question, and Internet computer use, then the library must conduct a tally during a typical week in October each year.
The questions on the annual report that might be answered with data collected during “typical week” counts are:
- Reference Transactions
- Library Visits (patron count)
- Number of Uses of Public Internet Computers
According to the definition used for national library statistics, a reference transaction is an information consultation in which library staff recommend, interpret, evaluate, and/or use information resources to help others to meet particular information needs. A reference transaction includes information and referral service as well as unscheduled individual instruction and assistance in using information sources (including web sites and computer-assisted instruction). Count Readers Advisory questions as reference transactions. Information sources include:
- Printed and non-printed material
- Machine-readable databases (including computer-assisted instruction)
- The library’s own catalogs and other holdings records
- Other libraries and institutions through communication or referral
- Persons both inside and outside the library
The request may come in person, by phone, by fax, by mail, or by e-mail or networked electronic reference service from an adult, a young adult, or a child. When a staff member uses information gained from previous use of information sources to answer a question, the transaction is reported as a reference transaction even if the source is not consulted again. If a contact includes both reference and directional services, it should be reported as one reference transaction. Duration should not be an element in determining whether a transaction is a reference transaction.
Note: Do not count directional transactions or questions of library rules or policies in the report of reference transactions. Examples of directional are “Where are the children’s books?” and “I’m looking for a book with the call number 811.2G.” An example of a question of rules or policies is “Are you open until 9:00 tonight?”
Libraries may use electronic or mechanical means of collecting the data throughout the year, such as infrared door counters, or software to manage public access to Internet workstations. But if the library does not count use throughout the year, then the library should schedule at least one week in October to collect appropriate data (for comparative purposes, the national guidelines dictate that the one week survey should be done in October).
Under no circumstances may the library estimate the numbers to be reported, or report the number submitted in prior years. For instance, libraries should not adjust their previous year’s count for reference based on circulation changes, or as a ratio of their door count numbers, or other criteria. Please note the collection for Public Internet Computers was changed last year from users to uses.
If you have questions, please email LlibraryReport@dpi.wi.gov or contact your regional library system.