Pioneer’s Progress - MPLA/NLA/NSLA Tri-Conference
10/25/2012 02:16:00 PM | Author: Christa
Friday, October 19, 2012
Pat Leach, Director, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE

A few years ago conversation began in Nebraska about using open source ILS for whole state. A lot of libraries could join, take advantage of software, save on cost of ownership, work together.

Began to migrate to Koha. Lincoln – May 2011. Libraries as small as towns of 100, Lincoln is 270,000.

Share software. Contract with PTFS LibLime – they do training, developing. Preparing for extraction/migration into the system.

Consortium great opportunity to work together, problem solve together, make product the best it can be working together.

Tami Teasley, Lincoln City Libraries – demo

Each library page, totally customized for them, users don’t even know you're in a consortium.

Default search is Keyword. Think Google. Can switch to others, if you as a librarian, are more comfortable with author, title, etc.

Book cover images come from Amazon, free service.

Patrons can make purchase suggestions thru their accounts – library will reply – yes, we’ll buy it. No we won’t, please try ILL. Suggestions come into acquisitions for libraries to accept/reject.

Patrons can create lists.

Staff side of Koha:

Can see all consortium info/holdings.

Advanced search – limit to branch/library.

Steve Fosselman, Grand Island Public Library
Membership chair of consortium

To join:

Contact Steve – send letter of interest. Public library – accredited, other libraries also accepted (WNCC first non-public!), have a web based catalog, able to accept MARC and willing to have web based catalog.

Complete application.

Pay $400 membership fee.

Clean up your library's holdings, patron data, weed collection as needed.

Quote for migration will be sent by Koha/PTFS.

Then you work with technical committee and PTFS to migrate.

Membership costs:
Initial fee $400
Setup fee from PTFS – depends on size of your database, max is $1500
15 cents per bib record
$200 assessment fee for first year maintenance. Then maintenance fee based on your legal service area, operating revenues, collection size, and circulation. Minimum $400.

Charges are determined by the consortium members, not vendor.

Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission:

Library improvement grants – federal money. LSTA from IMLS. We don’t know yet what our federal allocation of LSTA funds are – after election and federal budget is known.

NLC is very supportive of this effort, it’s important for the state. Vendors are also realizing that open source is the way to go.

Some technical issues at beginning for some libraries. Consortium now has a dedicated tech person (Andrew "Sherm" Sherman) who will go to any library and work with them on any problems.

Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library:

Recognition/celebration of progress made so far. Balloons, certificates, ribbons!
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17 Things to Soak Up - MPLA/NLA/NSLA Tri-Conference
10/25/2012 01:55:00 PM | Author: Christa
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Carrie Turner – Westside High School, Omaha, NE

Went to AASL Conf. – saw presentation by Alicia Duell, Riverside Brookfield High School – they branded their program - t-shirts and mugs made for it.

Brought 23 Things down to 17 so teachers not so overwhelmed.

“Thanks Web 2.0 Fairy!” video – YouTube. To introduce program to principal/tech person.

Why was this appealing?

1-1 high school

Web 2.0, 3.0 and beyond is important to teaching

Who were the players?

Principal and district technology coordinator – approval for idea, time to introduce to staff, $ for prizes, incentive is important.

All HS teachers invited to participate – over 160 teachers.

In spring – round 2 – will open up to aides too. Spring 2012 first time, trying it out with just teachers first.

Wanted to use a web 2.0 tool to introduce program to teachers – used Xtranormal. Showed during staff meeting. Used names of common web 2.0 tools in conversation. Nice :)

Gave them a survey to see how much interest there was. Are they familiar with tool? 80 responses out of 163 teachers. Feedback was positive, had backing of principal and tech person.

Told teachers they would be eligible for lots of prizes. $50 gift card to Nebraska Furniture Mart – biggest prize.

Typical 23 things format. 1 thing each week, called them ’missions’, wrote on a blog they created. Give links to other places to learn more, or other tools/resources so they knew there are other things out there, not just the one tool in the program.

Locked down, not public. On a school server.

Week 1 - Create their blog.
Week 2 - Photos & images – places to post, mashups
Week 3 - YouTube, TeacherTube, screen recording – teachers have access to YouTube, students don’t. so, for teachers personal learning, not anything they can use in the classroom.
Week 4 - RSS & newsreaders
Week 5 - Play week
Week 6 - Tagging, Social bookmarking & Technorati – students get tagging, many teachers don’t know what they are.
Week 7 - Wikis
Week 8 - Summarize thoughts on the program. Would they do it again?

Questions -

Any in person meetings? No, all independent, so they could do it whenever they had time. At home, during class when students are working.

8 weeks good amount of time? Would have made it shorter. Never stretch it longer. Almost like pulling teeth each week to get them to do that week’s thing.

23 things – NLC? Yes, she borrowed from that. :) Other suggestions – missions about databases.

Prizes – cheap, fun things off of Amazon and Etsy.
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Friday March 23, 2012

Lindsay Sarin, Andrea Snyder & Julie Strange

Presentation Slides and Resources at

Marketing isn’t scary.


Marketing is like building a house – build it from the ground up. Good foundation, renovate when needed.

Good Foundation

Step 1 - Assessment – start with your staff – must be willing to have an honest conversation though, and be willing to listen; look at your numbers – who’s coming, what’s being asked, what resources are they looking for that you don’t have; ask the user! Gather feedback – doesn’t have to be formal, just ask them.

Sometimes the truth will hurt – must be willing to be honest and actually look at what the problems are.

Figure out what you need to assess.

Step 2 – Create a Blueprint - clear goals – visualize where you want to end up.

Step 3 – Clear the Decks – choose what is essential and eliminate everything else. It will be hard, but needs to be done. Examine things you like from others and replicate it.

Step 4 - Create Your Message – what do you want to convey? Keep the message simple. Think about where it will be – can you read it on your website? Colors are important. Collect ideas – from outside the library world, too. Cut 60% of the words from what you start with.

Step 5 - Reduce Pain – keep current customers happy while you’re making changes. Ask them what’s bothering them. Use your library like a customer – look for the little things you can change that will make a big change in someone’s day.


Step 6 - Be Brave –new programs to reach new audiences and promote the library. Stuffed animal sleep over. Order groceries at your library. Look for a need in your community and address it. Go to where your users are – leave the library!

Step 7 - Give people something to do – tell them why what you offer is applicable to them. Get their input as you’re building new programs/services. Active message.

Step 8 - Steal Ideas – steal ideas from other libraries and outside libraries. DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL! (Personal note: one of my fave mottos!) Immerse yourself in outside events, how can you bring that into your library?

Step 9 - Get into the Community – go to local events. Represent the library. Constantly suggest the library to help people. Elevator speeches– you will need different speeches for different programs and audiences. Keep your librarian brain on at all times.

BONUS TIP: if this then that -


Step 10 - Asses the Results – will depend on what you were trying to accomplish. Debrief after everything. Talk to your patrons and staff. What went well? what didn’t? what should we never do again? Learn from it.

Step 11 - Build a Toolkit. Capture all ideas. Successes and failures. Templates.

Share your ideas at:
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Friday March 23, 2012

DianaFriend, Director, Communications & Marketing, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
They hired CIVICTechnologies to create Community Connect – Mark Futterman.
Cross GIS information with patron information.
Find out what your market segments are to focus services.
GIS=Graphical Information Systems Data
Perception vs. Reality – get the data, don’t just assume you know what your community situation is. TSCPL learned they were very wrong about many of their perceptions of their patrons and community.
Used market segmentation to create topic neighborhoods – group books by what users really want – example: phrase books in the travel neighborhood (section).
(Personal Note: For TSCPL librarians who couldn’t attend CiL, they did a video of their part of the presentation. Nice touch! Would Skype also work?)
Community Connect identified the services, collections and programs that match the different geographic areas’ interests, using the Market Segmentation data.
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It's that time again! Time to actually use this blog for something - sharing my conference notes! It seems like the only time I post anything here is after I've attended some conference sessions, or presented at a conference, and get the urge to share what I've learned. And, I'm OK with that.

Oh, sometimes I'll throw something else in for fun, like a Nebraska Learns 2.0 lesson. But not as often as I'd like to.

But, I still do love my blog site for it's perfect ability to gather into one place all of the other places I wander online. They're over there to the right -->

So first off, here is the presentation I did last month at Computers in Libraries 2012 with Louise Alcorn from the West Des Moines (IA) Public Library. We were very pleased to have a good crowd who stayed to the very end of our session, even though the exhibitor's reception (with free food and booze!) was coming up right after us.

Related links are on my Delicious. Louise and I plan on adding more links as we find relevant articles, blog posts, etc.

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