The PLSR Project is a community-based project to consider how to best provide public library system services in Wisconsin.

Human Resources Subcommittee

The Public Library System Redesign Steering Committee is seeking volunteers or suggestions for individuals to serve on the Human Resources subcommittee. If you are interested in volunteering or recommending someone else, please send an email with an overview of the HR background and current employment position of the nominee to John Thompson, Steering Committee Chair, at thompson@ifls.lib.wi.us with the subject line “HR Subcommittee Volunteer”.

The stated goals for this subcommittee are:

  • To identify, evaluate, and discuss the human aspects of any potential alteration to the current model of service provided by library systems in Wisconsin.
  • Serve as a collection point of human resource-related issues that are raised throughout the process.
  • To do this work in a way that does not create any bias toward a particular direction or decision.

Funding and Cost Standards Subcommittee

In addition, a Funding and Cost Standards will be created soon to assist the Steering Committee with funding scenarios as the process moves forward. The role of this will be further defined as we move forward. If you are interested in volunteering or recommending someone else, please send an email with an overview of the Fiscal Services background and current employment position of the nominee to John Thompson, Steering Committee Chair at thompson@ifls.lib.wi.us with the subject line “Fundraising Subcommittee Volunteer”.

Recommendations are encouraged from within the library community and/or outside the library community.

While we would love to include all volunteers on the subcommittees, there is a limit to the number of subcommittee members, so all volunteers may not be added. However, both subcommittees will be consulting with other HR and Funding professionals as needed as the process moves forward.

Please contact John Thompson, Steering Committee Chair, if you have any questions or concerns.

Letter from John Thompson & the PLSR Steering Committee

Addendum 4/26/2017: 

The Steering Committee will determine appointments at its May 15, 2017 meeting.  To be considered for appointment at this meeting, please volunteer or submit a recommendation by the end of the day May 5, 2017.  The committee may add others to these subcommittees later in the process if needs change and/or others are determined to be resources needed later in process.  Thus, those not appointed to a subcommittee at the May 15, 2017 PLSR Steering Committee meeting or any that submit a request to volunteer or a recommendation of someone else after May 5, 2017, may be contacted at a later point in the process by the committee with a request to serve on one of the subcommittees.

A quorum of the Steering Committee is expected to be present at a pre-event orientation session in the Expo 2 room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point from 5:10-5:30 pm to discuss member roles and event logistics.  No action by the committee will take place at this meeting.

Members of the PLSR Steering Committee will be attending PLSR Community Conversation Night at the WAPL conference on Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Expo 2 room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point.

The potential exists that a quorum of the committee membership will be present at the meeting. Members of the committee will be facilitating this event in order to offer information about the process and to hear feedback from the library community. No action by the committee will be taken at this meeting.

Members of the PLSR Steering Committee may be attending the session Public Library System Redesign Project Update & Discussion at the WAPL conference on Thursday, April 27, 10:30- 11:30 am in the Woodland room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point.

The potential exists that a quorum of the committee membership will be present at the meeting. Members of the committee will not be presenting but may be present as attendees. No action by the committee will be taken at this meeting.

Members of the PLSR Steering Committee may be attending the SRLAAW Meeting at the WAPL conference on Wednesday, April 26, 3:30-5:30 pm in the Trillium room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point.

The potential exists that a quorum of the committee membership will be present at the meeting. Members of the committee will update SRLAAW on the PLSR process.  No action by the committee will be taken at this meeting.

The PLSR Steering Committee will meet on Monday, April 17th, starting at 1 p.m. The full meeting agenda is available and the call-in information for those that would like to join the meeting remotely is on the agenda and at the end of this post.

The Steering Committee will be discussing the following documents:

Other topics on the agenda include workgroup and topic team updates and discussion of the roles for Steering Committee members in communications and events.

Public Audience Location: IFLS Office 1538 Truax Blvd. Eau Claire, WI 54703

Attend/listen via GoToMeeting:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/150196461

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 150-196-461

Things to know:

  • Join PLSR at WAPL
  • Videos explaining the PLSR process

PLSR at WAPL

The annual Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) conference is fast approaching. The conference is April 26-28, 2017 in Stevens Point and PLSR will be present in two ways.

First, join members of the Regions, Resource Sharing and the Defining the Help Center Topic Teams as they share their findings and how they went about their work. These teams (along with a fourth team that considered where lines of continuing education and consulting crossed over with other workgroups) were formed to meet to make decisions on specific needs affecting several service area workgroups.  This session is slated for 10:45 AM on Thursday and questions and feedback are welcome!

Thursday evening, from 5:30-7 PM, The Steering Committee, will lead a community conversation to gather information from the community on behalf of the workgroups, discuss the recommendations and work of the topic teams, and respond to questions from the community. You can register for the event when you register for the conference or please email plsrprojects@wils.org to let us know you are attending or if you would like to attend the conversation, but not the conference. This will help us with a headcount for the hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

PLSR Videos

In order provide more information about this phase of the PLSR process, we’ve created a few short videos that are not only intended for community members to watch, but to be shared widely, with staff and boards:

PLSR Background: An overview of the PLSR process, including background information, participants, and a general timeline.

PLSR Workgroups (March 2017- March 2018) Overview of the workgroups, with a focus on how the community can stay informed and participate in the PLSR process.

PLSR Steering Committee (Phase 3: Now – May 2018) Information about the structure and administration work being addressed by the Steering Committee, including an overview of the Committee’s timeline.

The following meeting agendas have been updated to add time for Public Comment:

Date: April 10, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Subcommittee members will attend via GoToMeeting.

 

Public Audience Location: IFLS Office 1538 Truax Blvd. Eau Claire, WI 54703

The public may also attend/listen via GoToMeeting

 

GoToMeeting Information:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/360214957
You can also dial in using your phone.
1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 360-214-957

 

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Determination of quorum
  3. Acknowledgement and welcome of public attendees
  4. Public Comment
  5. New business
    1. Selecting Chair
      • While WiLS, as project manager, can assist the subcommittee with preparation of agenda, etc., the Subcommittee should ideally have a Chair from its membership to facilitate meetings and to work with WiLS on agendas, etc. Is someone from the group willing to fill that role?
    2. Expanding the Subcommittee
      • Each of the Steering Committee subcommittees is being asked to consider the question of including non-Steering Committee members. Would the subcommittee like to include others?
    3. Q&As
      • As discussed with the Steering Committee, the virtual Q&A sessions will continue in this phase. The first one is proposed for May 16th at 12:00, with proposed topics being:
        1. What Steering Committee will be doing, changing roles
        2. Principles of process and of Steering Committee work
        3. Opportunities for feedback
      • Does this seem appropriate? Any suggestions for speakers?
    4. PLSR Day
      • The primary proposed event for early Fall information sharing/feedback is a PLSR Day. Please review the beginning outline for the day for discussion. The date should be set as soon as possible. Are there good dates/times in September for this day?
    5. Creating list of event participation opportunities for the Steering Committee
      • In order to help Steering Committee members know what help is needed with various events, WiLS can create a detailed list of what events are expected in the next few months as a Google Doc so Steering Committee members can sign up to help. Does this seem appropriate and helpful?
  6. Old business
    1. Discussion of WAPL evening event
      • Based on feedback and conversations with individual Steering Committee and Subcommittee members, a revised version of the event document has been created. In it are questions for discussion. Because this event is only a couple of weeks away, we need to come final agreement on activities so everything can be prepared.
    2. Steering Committee Summer Retreat
      • In our last meeting, we discussed dates and locations for this event. If time permits, we will begin discussing more of the details of this event: what are the expected outcomes from the event? What are the facilitation and other needs for the event?
  7. Meeting review
  8. Adjourn

 

Next meeting: May 15, 2017, Time to be confirmed

Hello!

The Defining the Help Center Topic Team met 3/30. A recording of that meeting, along with minutes, has been posted.