Tuesday, August 30, 2016

UPDATE. Mukwonago Community Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent Mukwonago news:
Library agrees to run village of Mukwonago parks and rec program.  (Lake Country Now, 11/2/2015)
"We are excited about the possibilities for hosting rec programs at the library, and are looking forward to getting started at the first of the year," Lininger said.
In the Meantime.  Staffing changes rattle Mukwonago Community Library.  (Lake Country Now, 11/9/2015)
When I heard the first trickle of rumors about the restructuring of the staff, I reacted with shock, like most of the comments on Facebook reflected. One comment I saw rallied for a boycott of the library because of the mistreatment of employees. As you read our front-page story, hopefully some questions are answered. However, much may remain unanswered until the process is complete.
Mukwonago Community Library holding August 12 meeting on restructure.  (Lake Country Now, 11/12/2015)
In the letter, Library Director Ann Lininger wrote that the "nature of the library is changing." She cited the incorporation of the recreation department and changes to pay structure to a "step based system of wages" as reasons for the restructure and elimination of positions. "As a consequence, you will be involuntarily terminated on Dec. 31, 2015 or when replacement employees are in place, whichever is soonest," the letter reads.
Library's restructuring plans shelved after Mukwonago village board signs off on resolution.  (Lake County Now, 11/20/2015)
This joint resolution, drafted by Village Administrator John Weidl, required the library to "delay a decision on reorganization until such time that it has conducted a strategic plan and operational and staffing analysis with Bridges Library System, or similarity qualified organization."
Editorial:  Rethinking the Mukwonago Public Library's fiasco.  (Lake Country Now, 11/25/2015)
If we were filing the latest Mukwonago controversy in the library, we would shelve it with the mysteries. With good reason, the community is outraged, staff is feeling jilted and the village board itself is flustered about recently announced plans to reorganize the library. For running an institution noted for being such a treasured repository of information, the library management, and even village officials, have done a terrible job of communicating that information during this crisis.
Village of Mukwonago could be stepping back slightly from library involvement.  (Lake Country Now, 1/12/2016)
"I think it's time the staff shut their mouth and let them (the library board) run it," said Trustee Jim Decker.
Firing of senior library staff member at Mukwonago Community Library raises questions. (Lake Country Now, 1/28/2016)
With the Mukwonago Community Library facing a $45,000 deficit, one employee was recently fired and another is set to resign within one week's time. These developments have once again raised questions and concerns over the direction of the library. These questions were brought up at a library board meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. Why fix what isn't broken, some asked? Why fire an employee when a joint resolution between the library and the village of Mukwonago was created to delay the controversial reorganization of library staff?
Embattled library director resigns from her post in Mukwonago.  (Lake Country News, 3/1/2016)
Following months of public scrutiny — including a petition to have her removed — after she proposed a restructuring plan for the Mukwonago Community Library, its director Ann Lininger has resigned from her post. Three days after her resignation, the library board accepted her resignation and release after a closed session discussion at a special meeting Monday, Feb. 29. Lininger was not at the meeting, but in an email to the Mukwonago Chief, she said she's stepping down so the library can "move forward."
Mukwonago Community Library board looking to rebuild, restaff.  (Lake Country Now, 3/25/2016)
The library board created a personnel committee in an effort to fill the vacancies in the library, library board and will do the legwork for finding an interim director in the wake of its former director resigning. The board said it is already looking into a few possible interim candidates, but the person could be on a part-time or as-needed consulting basis. 

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Verona Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (8/19/2016)
McMillan Memorial Public Library, Wisconsin Rapids. (8/20/2016)
La Crosse County Library. (8/20/2016)
Franklin Public Library.  (8/21/2016)
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha.  (8/21/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (8/22/2016)
Portage County Public Library.  (8/22/2016)
Marshfield Public Library.  (8/23/2016)
Beaver Dam Community Library.  (8/23/2016)
Fitchburg Public Library.  (8/24/2016)
Shorewood Public Library.  (8/24/2016)
New Berlin Public Library.  (8/25/2016)
Door County Library.  (8/25/2016)
Whitefish Bay Public Library.  (8/26/2016)
Menomonee Falls Public Library.  (8/26/2016)
Cudahy Family Library.  (8/27/2016)
Watertown Public Library.  (8/27/2016)
River Falls Public Library.  (8/28/2016)
Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex.  (8/28/2016)
Pewaukee Public Library.  (8/29/2016)
Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library.  (8/29/2016)


Original 9/18/2015 post starts here.




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

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Related reading:

Parents, Children, and Libraries.  (Pew Internet, 5/1/2013)

  • Part 1:  A profile of parents
    • Demographic profile of a sample of parents vs. national parameters (table)
    • Demographic profile of parents and other adults (table)
  • Part 2:  Parents and reading
    • Reading frequency for parents and other adults (table)
    • Types of books read in past 12 months differs for parents and other adults (column graph)
  • Part 3:  Parents and reading to children
    • How often parents read to children, by age of youngest child (table)
    • Characteristics of parents who read to their child every day (table)
    • Parents say reading print books is very important to their children (pie graph)
  • Part 4:  Parents and libraries
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities 
    • How important libraries are to parents
      • How important are libraries (bar graph)
      • Library use among parents and other adults (table)
      • Characteristics of parents by library patronage (table)
    • Recollection of library use by family members and experiences at libraries
      • Overall library experiences are positive for almost all Americans (bar graph)
      • Parents are more likely to have a library (bar graph)
    • Changes in library use in recent years 
      • Changes in library use (bar graph)
      • The main reasons parents' library use has increased in the past 5 years (table)
      • Frequency of library visits, parents and other adults (bar graph)
    • Activities at libraries
      • What parents do at libraries (bar graph)
      • How often people get help from library staff (bar graph)
      • How helpful was library staff (bar graph)
    • How much people know about what their library offers
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
      • How much do parents know about the different services and programs the public library offers?  (bar graph)

Library Services in the Digital Age.  (Pew Internet, 1/22/2013)

  • Part 1:  The role of libraries in people's lives and communities
    • Family members' library use from childhood
      • Did anyone else in your family use public libraries when you were growing up?  (table)
    • Americans' library use
      • Have you ever visited a library or bookmobile in person?  (table)
      • Visited a library in-person in the last year?  (table)
      • A snapshot of Americans' library use habits (table)
    • Experiences at public libraries are positive
    • How important libraries are to individuals and their communities
    • How important are libraries to you and your family?
      • How important are libraries?  (bar graph)
    • Libraries' importance to the community as a whole
      • How important are libraries? (table)
  • Part 2:  What people do at libraries and library websites
    • Activities at libraries
      • (bar graph)
      • Browse the shelves for books or media
      • Borrow print books
      • Research topics that interest them
      • Get help from a librarian
      • Sit, read and study, or watch or listen to media
      • Use a research database
      • Attend or bring a younger person to a class, program, or event designed for children or teens
      • Borrow a DVD or videotape of a movie or TV show
      • Read or check out printed magazines or newspapers
      • Attend a meeting of a group
      • Attend a class, program or lecture for adults
      • Borrow or download an audiobook
      • Borrow a music CD
    • How frequently people receive assistance from library staff
      • (bar graph)
        • by race/ethnicity
        • by household income
    • Use of library websites
      • (table)
    • Changes in library use in recent years
      • The main reasons patrons' library use has changed in recent years (table)
    • Technology users and library use
      • Tech users more likely than non-tech users to say they use the library less than they used to (bar graph)
  • Part 3:  Technology use at libraries
    • Those who have used free internet and computers in their communities (table)
    • Use of computers and the internet at libraries
      • Internet use at libraries (table)
    • How important is free internet use at libraries?
      • (table)
  • Part 4:  What people want from their libraries
    • How much people know about what their libraries offer
      • How much do you feel like you know about the different services and programs your public library offers?  (bar graph)
    • What is important for libraries to offer?
      • What people think is important for libraries to offers? (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
      • Women are more likely than men to see various library services as 'very important' (bar graph)
    • Examples
      • Librarians to help people find information they need
      • Borrowing books
      • Free access to computers and the Internet
      • Quiet study spaces for adults and children
      • Programs and classes for children and teens
      • Research resources such as free databases
      • Job, employment, and career resources
      • Free events and activities, such as classes and cultural events, for all ages
      • Free public meeting spaces
    • Public priorities for libraries
      • What services and programs ;libraries should (and should not) implement (bar graph)
      • Coordinate more closely with schools in providing resources to kids
      • Offer free early literacy programs to help young children prepare for school
      • Have completely separate locations or spaces for different services
      • Have more comfortable spaces for reading, working, and relaxing at the library
      • Offer a broader selection of e-books
      • Offer more interactive learning experiences similar to museum exhibits
      • Help users digitize materials such as family photos or historical documents
      • Have most library service online so users can access them without having to visit the library
      • Make most services automated
      • Move some print books and stacks out of the library to free up more space
    • The new services people say they would (and would not) use
      • How likely American say they would be to use various library services (bar graph)
      • Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to say they would use the following services (bar graph)
      • Examples
        • An online research service where you could post questions and get responses from librarians
        • A program that allowed people to try out the newest tech devices or applications
        • Personalized online accounts that give you customized recommendations for books and services based on your past library activity
        • A cell phone app that allows you to access and use library services from your phone and see what programs the library offers
        • Library kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself
        • A cell phone app that helps you locate material within the library by guiding you with GPS
        • E-book readers already loaded with the book you want to read
        • A digital media lab where you could create and upload new digital content like movies or your own e-books
        • Classes on how to download e-books to handheld devices
        • Classes or instruction on how to use handheld reading devices like e-book readers and tablet computers 
  • Part 5:  The present and the future of libraries
    • Libraries' strengths
    • What should be libraries' 'guiding principle'?
    • Things to change
    • Library innovations
    • Roadblocks and concerns


Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities.
 (Pew Research Center, 12/20/2012)

  • Urban/Suburban/Rural
    • Book readers
    • Device owners
    • Among e-book readers
    • Purposes for reading
    • Library activities
    • Where people get book recommendations


Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits.  (Pew Internet, 10/23/2012)

  •  General reading habits
    • Book readers by age (graph)
    • Book formats read in the past year, by age group (graph)
    • E-books beyond e-readers (graph)
    • How e-content has affected younger Americans' reading habits
  • When to borrow, when to buy
    • Thinking about the last book you read, in any format, did you... (graph)
  • Library use
    • Library use in the past year (table)
    • How important is the public library to you and your family?  (graph)
  • How library patrons' habits have changed since they began borrowing e-books
  • Library patrons' experiences with e-book borrowing
    • How they find out about e-books
    • The checkout process
  • Non e-book borrowers

Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)



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