• Sierra maintenance updates Our vendor is applying fairly frequent "maintenance updates" to our system, the most recent one being overnigh Wednesday to Thursday (April 19-20). If you notice a message about an update at the bottom of your Sierra session when you open it, please try to open Sierra on one computer at a time at your library. These udpates should not take long to complete. -Lori 04/20/2017 - 12:16pm
  • Serials and "Verifier Error" There is a problem with editing and deleting some serials (magazine) records in Sierra: users get a "Verifier Error - Field group does not have pattern field(s)" message. This problem is expected to be fixed next week. I'll post an updade when the fix is in place. -Lori 04/19/2017 - 3:01pm
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IFLS Performer Evaluation form (fill this out to share your impressions)
IFLS Spreadsheet of Performer Evaluation Responses
The Wisconsin Folk Arts Directory is maintained by the Wisconsin Arts Board and includes information on 70 artists from around Wisconsin, with specific information about craft, food, music, dance, and regional specialities
 
The Directory of Minnesota Artists is a listing of artists and art groups based in our neighbor state.  You can limit the search to performing artists.
 
MELSA (the metro area library system in Minnesota) performer list (downloadable Excel document with list and contact information for 30 performers)
SELCO (southeast MN) short list of "vetted performers"
 
The Minnesota History Center's History Players

The Wisconsin Performer Directory was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology, but is no longer being supported or updated, as of 2014.

was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group. To find performers who will work best for their programs, libraries and organizations should carefully check references before hiring anyone. - See more at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_performers#sthash.0xdxxAFy.dpuf
This Directory was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group. To find performers who will work best for their programs, libraries and organizations should carefully check references before hiring anyone. - See more at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_performers#sthash.0xdxxAFy.dpuf
This Directory was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group. To find performers who will work best for their programs, libraries and organizations should carefully check references before hiring anyone. - See more at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_performers#sthash.0xdxxAFy.dpuf
This Directory was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group. To find performers who will work best for their programs, libraries and organizations should carefully check references before hiring anyone. - See more at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_performers#sthash.0xdxxAFy.dpuf
This Directory was created by the Division for Libraries and Technology to help public libraries and other organizations identify and contact quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group. To find performers who will work best for their programs, libraries and organizations should carefully check references before hiring anyone. - See more at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_performers#sthash.0xdxxAFy.dpuf    

The Cooperative Children's Book Center maintains a searchable database of Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are willing to make appearances at schools and libraries.

Directory of Minnesota Authors and Illustrators of books for children and young adults who present programs in libraries, schools, and other venues. 

Please contact Leah if you need help tracking down performers not on these lists.

Sharing Performers

 It's a great idea to share performers--saves on travel costs and often performers give a special break if they can have several gigs in one or two days.  If you want to suggest sharing a performer to all youth services librarians in the system, send a note to the youth services list.

Children laughing at a performer in New Richmond