The City’s timeline for developing the 2019 budget will begin a bit later than usual this year, due to the City currently developing a Strategic Plan. The City would like departments to be able to use the Strategic Plan as we develop our budgets.
[spacer height="15px"]COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT/REFERENCE
Hope Kramer has finished a three-year process of weeding the adult collections. This has been a very large undertaking, which Hope accomplished using a systematic and thoughtful approach. Patron feedback has been outstanding. Now we shift to ongoing ‘maintenance’ weeding.
[spacer height="15px"]Bridges libraries have a new online resource for patrons: Cypress Resume. This is a very easy-to-use online tool for creating a resume and cover letter.
Enclosed in your packet is a letter from the Bridges Library Board to the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee, sent in April. More about the PLSR process is in your agenda report.
[spacer height="15px"]CONTINUED SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT/AUTOMATION
The Bridges Strategic Planning process is underway. In late April, Bridges Library Board members, Bridges library directors, and Bridges staff gathered for an all-day meeting at New Berlin Public Library. The meeting was collaborative and productive, and attendees shared a number of excellent ideas to work into the plan. It was an especially interesting process this time, due to PLSR. B. Bleck will keep you posted as the Bridges strategic plan develops.
[spacer height="15px"]The sixth edition of the Wisconsin Public Library Standards is now available at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/boards-directors/library-standards. The Standards are “a self-evaluation tool. The purpose of this voluntary program for Wisconsin public libraries and librarians is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in the state by providing public libraries with a tool to identify strengths, recognize areas for improvement, and assist libraries in gaining community support.”
[spacer height="15px"]FRIENDS OF OPL
The Friends book sale went very well.
[spacer height="15px"]The next meeting of the Friends 125th anniversary party planning committee will be Tuesday May 8 at 6 pm.
[spacer height="15px"]The next meeting of the Friends board will be Wednesday May 9 at 6:30 pm.
The library received two donations from local banks in April: Waukesha State Bank donated funds for an adult program (Jim Gibbons presented about Amelia Earhart on April 13) as part of the bank’s “Pay It Forward” program. First Bank donated puzzles to the library as part of their “Random Acts of Kindness” program in April.
The library is now closed on Sundays until October. Our summer hours will start on Saturday June 9 (we will close at 1 pm instead of 5 pm on Saturdays).
[spacer height="15px"]The library did not open on Sunday, April 15 due to the inclement weather.
[spacer height="15px"]The library will be closed on Saturday May 26 and Monday May 28 for Memorial Day.
[spacer height="15px"]PERSONNEL/CONTINUING EDUCATION
Hope Kramer and Betsy Bleck will both attend the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference at Country Springs in Pewaukee on Thursday May 3 and Friday May 4.
[spacer height="15px"]Caitlin Schaffer was asked to co-present at a statewide conference for school librarians and public library youth services librarians. The presentation will be about escape rooms and developing a diverse collection of library materials for young people.
[spacer height="15px"]The second of two new circulation staff members has started. Her name is Kirsten Sobehrad. The first new circulation staff member, Amy Shea, began work on April 5.
The City’s strategic planning process continues, with a meeting on Thursday May 3 of the planning facilitator Walter Jankowski, all department heads, Common Council members, and the Mayor.
As usual, May will be a lighter month for programming, to allow staff time to prepare for and market the summer reading program. Two exciting changes so far for summer reading: Children and teens can register in-person or online for the reading program (though they must stop by in person to pick up their reading records). The other update is that we had the brochures professionally printed this year – they look very professional and appealing, and much to the delight of the circulation staff who usually fold more than 5,000 brochures every year…the printer folded them for us! The cost is about the same as it was to print them in-house.
[spacer height="15px"]PUBLIC RELATIONS
The sales of the 125th anniversary t-shirts exceeded our expectations. We received orders for 102 shirts, while our goal was to sell 50. We will monitor feedback and gauge interest for another t-shirt sale in August.