I want to start this presentation with the most important thing for you to know. We will be here, and we will still be providing services.
Let’s start by talking about what will be different…
We will be moving out of UW Madison Memorial Library, and off of the UW-Madison campus.I can’t say too much about what we’re thinking for a new location yet, but I expect to be able to soon.
We will be a smaller organization. I like to think of it as “lean and mean” and more flexible to allow for evolving service to our members. Again, I can’t say much about this yet, but expect to have more information very soon about number of positions.I’ve had some questions about existing staff, so I do want to mention tha. Because there will be fewer positions in the new WiLS, and because the organization will be different, there won’t be a one-to-one match of any position, and all staff will have to apply for the new positions.
As a beginning step in this process, we had a service review process. We had an independent person (Kathy Pletcher, retired director of the UW Green Bay Cofrin Library) work with focus groups and some survey data to look at what services we were currently providing, what was valuable to members, what was not, and what their needs might be in the future. Based on those results, some service directions were proposed to the board in November. I will not go into detail here, but more information can be found in the board notes.I did want to mention, though, that the most valued service for our members was cooperative purchasing. We will absolutely continue to provide group purchasing services and database subscription management…exactly how we provide that and what the service looks like will most likely change.So, the service directions have been morphing over the last month as we’ve been working on our business model. The way we charge for things will absolutely be changing. Unfortunately, the timing is such that I can’t share specific information quite yet. But…
After the board meeting on January 18th, there will be two webinars for members to hear about and give feedback on the proposed directions and business model. If you are interest in this level of conversation, I’d encourage you to attend. Otherwise, there will be lots of information posted to our website and Facebook as the reorganization progresses (see the last slide for more information)
The last thing that I wanted to mention that may be different is our name and branding. We’re discussing this internally and with the board and we’ll keep you posted…but just wanted to let you know so it isn’t a surprise.
That’s a lot of change…so what will be the same?
You know the saying that “the more things change, the more they stay the same…” This is true for WiLS, too. WiLShas been bringing libraries together to solve problems and to share resources for over 40 years. As we’ve been going through this reorganization, I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of WiLS and where we’re headed and I keep coming back to that same place: we bring libraries of all types together to solve problems, to make libraries stronger, to help move all of us forward to whatever is coming next. That’s exciting, and we’re looking forward to providing services to you all into the future.
So, I’m going to leave you where we started: Yes, we will still exist July 1st. I hope this gave you a better idea of where we are now and what our next steps are in this reorganization.
Wils reorganization update 2013 1-9
WiLS Reorganization Update Stef Morrill January 2013
Yes, we will still exist and provide services after June 30when we formally separate from UW-Madison