Back in Circulation Again 2014
October 6-7, 2014
The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
Conference Fee: $300
(includes lunch on October 6 and daily refreshments)
Registration will open in early April.
(Sessions will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Oct 6 and 9 a.m. to Noon on Oct 7. Specific schedule of sessions TBD)
Keynote: The Power of Leading to Achieve Great Service with Dee Dee Rapp
Dee Dee’s belief is simple: libraries matter because people matter. With a simple focus on real
strategies that every leader can implement, Dee Dee helps library leaders learn how to inspire
employees to deliver great service every day. This program will help librarians to:
- Remind staff why they are “MAD”— Making a Difference — every day
- Identify and deliver their Service Brand Promise
- Communicate the service vision, goals and experience that inspire staff
- Ensure all members of their team understand their meaningful role in service
- Celebrate service success with recognition that rewards and inspires
Dee Dee Rapp has been helping organizations improve customer and employee communication since 1987. After many years working in travel, media, banking, and marketing, she has gained valuable insight and expertise on service, leadership, and life. Learn more about her here.
Making Service Great—for YOU!
Dee Dee Rapp
Who takes care of you when your job is to deliver great service? The answer is YOU! In this
humorous, tips-filled session, participants will learn how to fill their emotional reservoirs with laughter,
self-care and positive energy that makes service rewarding instead of draining. This program will help
- Remember the fulfilling “why” of service that makes the journey great
- Identify three key steps to making service fun
- Identify three key steps to creating positive energy every day
What Can RFID Tags Do for Your Library?
Stacie Pajewski, Coordinator of Materials Management, Manitowoc (WI) Public Library
Amy Eisenschink, Assistant Coordinator of Materials Management, Manitowoc (WI) Public Library
Manitowoc Public Library is now using RFID tags on all material in conjunction with an automated-material-handler return system and self-check out units. In the first 4 weeks our self-check use rose from 30% to 65%. Program will address questions like - how does this work with the ILS? How do you choose a vendor? How can RFID tags help with inventory?
Necessity is the Mother of Community
Jeff Campbell, Patron Services Specialist, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Kelly Miller-Martin, Learning Commons Manager, Rose Library, James Madison University
Elizabeth Haworth, Director of Public Services, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Stefanie Warlick, Assistant Director for Public Services, Carrier and Rose Libraries, James Madison University
James Madison University Libraries began a period of expansion and service model redesign in 2008. A number of unexpected consequences resulted from the changes, requiring both new and existing staff to re-examine roles, expectations, and how to function as a community. Rose Library, a state-of-the-art science library, opened in 2008. Although there were two small satellite libraries, opening the science library meant that there was no longer a “main” library. The opening of the new library introduced shifts in the community through large numbers of new staff and significant differences in service models across the two buildings. As a result, staff found themselves both geographically and philosophically separated. The Libraries were experiencing this fundamental disconnect while also facing growth in patron visits, reference, and circulation transactions. We were motivated by our users to maintain our excellent standard of service and by our common values to work toward a transparent user experience. Public services leadership recognized the importance of promoting common practices. Training emerged as an opportunity to collaborate, connect, and build community. Working together on student and staff training allowed colleagues to know and trust one another. Today, every department in the Libraries participates in our annual training extravaganza. Once trust was established between colleagues, the Libraries were able to develop common practices in additional areas. We began to take advantage of opportunities to streamline operations, build functional teams focused on consistency and coordination, and realign roles to think holistically about future directions.
Leading the Way to Yes: Building Good Will through Circulation Policy and Practice
Heather Jett, Access Services Librarian, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The 21st century library opens doors to information and resources, and those doors are unlocked and held open through circulation and access services. At Murphy Library, we in circulation and access services strive to be the “yes” people—yes, we can get it for you; yes, we can provide that service; yes, we can offer this space. Although libraries are clearly no longer the 19th century “guardians” of information, we must maintain our resources through policy and practice so that they can be used by the broadest constituency. That maintenance sometimes requires that we say no. It is possible, however, to say no while still saying yes, and circulation and access services staff can build good will with our constituencies through the “positive no” while leading the larger library community toward a “culture of yes” through both written and applied policy and practice. This presentation will offer ideas and tips to increase good will in your library using written and applied policies and practices to eliminate both real and perceived barriers to the access and sharing of information resources and services.
Disaster Preparation & Libraries: Are We Ready for the Worst?
Denise O’Shea, Head of Access Services and Systems, Montclair State University
Nobody likes to imagine a disaster striking their library but we all need to be prepared in case that happens. Today’s libraries are vulnerable to a wide variety of disasters, from natural events like earthquakes, hurricanes and other weather-related events to unnatural events including power failures and cyber terrorism. To prevent – or, at least, mitigate – the impact of a disaster, libraries need a comprehensive disaster plan. Circulation staff are often involved in disaster planning because our staff are generally available whenever the library is open, including during a disaster.
Creating a disaster plan is hard work, and most conventional library disaster plans tend to be narrowly focused on preserving collections. In my presentation, I will discuss a plan that focuses on the communication aspects of disaster response because I see communication as one of the most critical elements of a disaster plan. I will cover topics such as addressing the safety of library staff and patrons, dealing with communication technology failure, collaboration and team work when traditional tools are unavailable, effective use of social media, and how and when to communicate with patrons, vendors and other stakeholders throughout all phases of a disaster.
Changing the world: Increasing Circulation Periods and Eliminating Fines at the BYU Harold B Lee Library
Duane Wilson, Access Services Department Head, Brigham Young University
When the circulation committee found that the BYU Harold B Lee Library circulation periods were not sufficient and that fines were problematic, how could they make a change? Come learn how careful assessment, a variety of communication methods, and discussion with multiple stake holders can influence dramatic change and challenge long-held library beliefs. We will also discuss the difference in opinion between librarians and patrons in regards to circulation periods and fines and what the library did to solve the problem.
Patron Driven Acquisition with Kindles at the Caltech Library
David McCaslin, Head of Access and Fulfillment Services, Caltech Library
In January 2011, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Library introduced its circulating eDevice program. The highlight of the service and the focus of the presentation is the Caltech Library's Kindle PDA program. Kindles are checked out from the Sherman Fairchild Library to Caltech students and faculty for a period of 3 days. During such time, they are permitted to add up to $25 worth of titles (at the Library's cost) with no restrictions on the type of materials to add. This type of patron driven acquisitions is managed by the Caltech Library's Access & Fulfillment Services (Circulation) department and has been wildly successful with nearly 800 titles added to the Library's collection and 1500 checkouts of Library Kindles. The Library has learned a great deal from this endeavor regarding students' attitudes towards e-readers and e-reader content. This presentation will offer insight on how the program started, the initial problems encountered, the logistics of maintaining such a service, and finally, the cost involved.
An Access Services Model Responsive to Change
CJ de Jong, Access Servivces, University of Alberta Libraries
Staff is where needed, the work is done, and your patrons are happy with the services provided. Seems simple, but in an environment where change is constant, you require continual changes to staffing models and workflows, while mitigating any impacts on services. Sound familiar? The University of Alberta Libraries makes use of a centralized model for Access Services and single service points in each library. Twice in the last three years, staff was offered voluntary severance packages, resulting in large numbers of retirements. Access and ILL staff were moved together into one area. This presentation will highlight how our Access Services model has evolved, how it embraced batch discharging, self-serve reserve rooms, cross training, and student workers. It will consider the strengths and weaknesses of our model, allowing participants to gain insight into our successes and struggles, as we continue to provide same-day shelving of all materials, same-day processing of lending requests, a holds retrieval service, and many other functions of our Access Services unit.
Skill Sets for Today & Tomorrow: The Lego Approach
Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Director, La Crosse (WI) Public Library
OMG! I don’t know ANYTHING about privacy settings on Facebook!! Yikes! I cringe
when a patron asks about Overdrive! Geesh!! ANOTHER migration to yet another
different product? Yep, more and more, working in today’s libraries is demanding
an almost continual cycle of learning or refining skill sets. It can be, and often is,
exhausting, but it can also be creative, invigorating, and satisfying. This session looks
at what the essential skills for success in the modern library are and how to hire people who have them.
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