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CKLS Headquarters
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch:  Potato Bar, Deadline to register for lunch 9/9/2015 for meal
Register for this event.
Handouts are available here after the event.
Keynote:  How to use circulation reports to increase your circulation by Spencer Smith, Director of Little Elm, TX Public Library
Additional Sessions:
Facebook & Library Marketing = WOW! by Patty Collins and Gail Santy, CKLS
You Can Go Anywhere On the Web by Debby Gore, Jordaan Memorial Library, Larned
Using the 3D Printer In My Library by Christine Sander, Stockton and Jocelyn Soukup, Lang Memorial Library, Wilson
LibPAS Reports and Graphs by Megan Schulz, State Library
Statewide eBook Lending by Lianne Flax, State Library
Statewide Online Resources / Databases by Lianne Flax, State Library
Be All You Can Be: An Introduction to Buildng a WordPress Website by Maribeth Shafer and Gail Santy, CKLS

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Port Library, Beloit
9:30 am to 3:00 pm Lunch will be on your own
This year’s incentive grant required libraries to submit library policies. I have noticed some librarians and boards appear to believe their libraries function well without policies. Here are several reasons policies would improve the functioning of your libraries and boards.
Library policies establish relationships and interactions between patrons, library staff, library administration, materials, and buildings. One duty of the library board is to ensure these relationships and interactions are proper, i.e., protect the rights and needs of all the entities listed above. How do library boards guide these relationships outside board meetings? Through well-written policies.
  1. Each year library boards receive two new members. How can new members be brought up to speed on how the library works? By reading up-to-date policies.
  2. How does the library board know whether or not the library director and staff are doing their jobs correctly? Comparing library work with library policy.
  3. Bad policies, poorly implemented can lose the library law suits.
This workshop is Chris Rippel’s response to the library policies submitted this year and suggestions for the bylaws to be submitted next year.
This workshop will:
  • Which policies submitted by CKLS members violate state and federal laws or are just not up-to-date?
  • What issues/questions do policies address?
  • How should policies balance patron’s rights with the library’s needs to conduct business? When patrons are kicked out of the library for misbehavior, they are being denied a First Amendment right to use the library. Determining who can and cannot speak in meeting rooms may also deny First Amendment protected free speech. In both cases, patrons can sue. If library policies are not correctly written and implemented, the library will lose the suit.
  • Comparisons between policies.
    • Personnel policies: sick leave accumulation, vacation time, leave, holidays, etc.
    • What is the relationship between overdue fines, checkout period, and amount of overdues?
    • How are library policies organized for ease of use?
    • Where and how can I find examples of other policies?
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