And the winners are…

Lori and her daughter, Ila, came in and drew entries out of a box.

  • 4th Prize, road atlas and compass: Thomas Jannusch (home library is Chippewa Falls)
  • 3rd Prize, gas gift card: Hollis Helmeci (home library is Ladysmith)
  • 2nd Prize, state trail pass: Laurabeth Pittman (home library is Hammond)
  • 1st Prize, state park pass: Jeanie Stanek (home library is Bloomer)
  • Grand Prize, state park pass, state trail pass, gas gift card, compass, road atlas, car blanket: Hazel Wicklund (Home Library is Luck)

Reb will be notifying winners tomorrow.

WLA Nominations for Annual Awards & Honors

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards and honors, including:

  • WLA Library of the Year: Presented to any type of Wisconsin library, library system or library network for distinguished achievement in service.
  • WLA/Demco Librarian of the Year: Sponsored by Demco®, this award recognizes a librarian’s outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library service.
  • Trustee of the Year: Conferred upon an outstanding Wisconsin library trustee.
  • Programming Innovation Award: Presented in recognition of programming leadership in providing
  • innovative and excellent library programming in Wisconsin libraries.
  • Citation of Merit: Conferred upon Wisconsin citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees, who
  • have made outstanding contributions to quality library services.
  • Muriel Fuller Award: Named in honor of notable librarian, educator, and long-time library advocate Muriel Fuller (1912-1978), this award is conferred upon a library professional or paraprofessional in recognition of outstanding accomplishments which have significantly improved and benefited library services.
  • Special Service Award: Presented to a group of people or an individual for noteworthy achievement as evidenced by substantial activities and exceptional service to the library profession whose influence and reputation go beyond the local community.

Nominations are due September 15, 2022. More detailed award criteria and online nomination forms are available at www.wisconsinlibraries.org/awards-honors. Award recipients of these awards and honors will be recognized in a special ceremony held during the WLA Annual Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva November 1 – 4, 2022.

New DPI library pages

Check out the revised content and layout. If you’re have trouble finding any of the library administration information, contact Shannon Schultz at DPI: Shannon.Schultz@dpi.wi.gov.

Comments on Patron E-mails and Privacy

Angela Hursch posted a library marketing blog about privacy and patron e-mails. She asserts that using patron emails for marketing library products and services is not a violation of patron privacy. She had some good points in her six-minute blog, so pop on over if you’re interested. I wanted to expand with some additional comments from John, Lori, Kris and me.

  • Use of e-mail and privacy should be a local trustee decision, and should be covered in a Library Privacy Policy that every library should have. Questions about this can go to John.
  • You can’t share e-mails with other organizations, like your Friends Group or Foundation. So an email from the library announcing a fundraising campaign would be appropriate. Sharing emails to a Friends Group to send out that email would not be appropriate. Questions about this can go to Lori.
  • People share their emails with an expectation of privacy. Don’t send any emails out that allow people to see other recipients’ email addresses. Questions about this can go to Lori.
  • On the tech end, make sure that you’re not sending out mass e-mails that might blacklist your library for sending spam. This is very hard to fix. Questions about this can go to Kris.
  • While we haven’t used collected emails this way, it would be appropriate to use your library’s email list to send out emails for things like inviting patrons to sign up for an e-letter, make announcements, or entice lapsed users to return to the library. Whether or not that’s a good idea depends on your audience and your library. Thoughtfully using those emails can be part of a good marketing plan. Questions about this can go to Reb.

Public Health Services

  • Anne can help you put information about the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Line on your website.
  • Let people know that they can cool off at the library! Here’s the 211 page that lists some cooling sites by location.

That’s it, folks! See you next week.