Library Service Memo
Libraries and library systems throughout
Wisconsin participate in a variety of collaborative and cooperative
projects to provide quality service to their customers and training
opportunities for their staff members.
The shared services that are offered save time and money, as well
as increase the availability of information to all residents, not just
those who live in the larger communities.
ESLS has used this form of
training to train interlibrary loan librarians from all thirteen
libraries within the past year. A May workshop on using a newspaper
database will use a similar product.
At a WisLine Web session, attendees may either gather at a common
location or may log into the session at their home library.
Use of web-based training
can save time and travel costs for both the instructor and the
Library customers at a very small library now have rapid access to as much information and availability of sophisticated services as those who use larger libraries. In addition, using a library closer to home or business will be more convenient and economical.
ESLS is looking into adding
a second high-speed data line to accommodate the large amount of traffic
library customers are generating, especially at peak hours of the day.
Technical support for the Internet service is also provided by ESLS,
which reduces the amount of staff time the member libraries must budget
for to provide Internet access.
The network created by the
library system makes the shared catalog (EasiCat) possible. All of the items owned by all of the libraries become
available to all residents through their local libraries.
Items Borrowed from Public Libraries and the Bookmobile by Customers from Municipalities without a Library – December 2002 – February 2003
Copyright 2000 Eastern Shores Library System