The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 32 Number 2 February 2012
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David Weinhold, Director of ESLS
The Eastern Shores Library System is established as a federation of
public libraries and member counties which has as its mission: to
improve library materials and services for Library System residents, to
promote and implement resource sharing among its member public libraries,
to extend library services to residents of its member counties who do not
have a local public library, and to promote uniformity and excellence in
library service at the Library System's public libraries. The
former mission statement read: The
Eastern Shores Library System is established as a federation of public
libraries which has as its mission: to improve and extend public library
service to all residents of the library system.
ESLS is sponsoring a
series of webinars on e-books presented by NISO.
NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, a non-profit
association accredited by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards
to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment.
NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full
range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing,
storage, metadata, and preservation.
The webinars are
interactive web-based sessions presented in the Tolzman Community Room at
the F.L. Weyenberg library in Mequon. (http://www.flwlib.org/about-library.cfm?id=21
are welcome to bring your lunch while participating in this group session.
If you are interested in
attending either one or both of these sessions, please send a message to
David Weinhold, Director of ESLS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Directors can
earn 1.5 contact hours for each part of the webinar.
The first session of this
series is a two part webinar on:
The first session of this
series is a two part webinar on:
Understanding Critical Elements of E-books: Standards for Formatting and
About the Webinar
A critical element of the
e-book marketplace is a common file structure that is agreed upon between
content creators and the supply chain, and works with multiple reader
technologies. The newly released EPUB 3 specification offers a number of
major innovations over the previous version, including support for rich
media, interactivity, global language support), and styling and layout
enhancements. EPUB 3 is also tightly integrated to web standards. This
includes HTML 5, which is still in draft. Yet HTML 5 is already in use for
app development on the iPad and other mobile devices. This webinar will
provide a discussion of both of these standards and their use for creating
rich, cross-platform e-books.
EPUB 3 Overview, Evolution, and Benefits
Adding Interactivity to Ebooks with HTML5
Part 2: Find That E-book –– or Not: How Metadata Matters
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30
About the Webinar
2011 will likely be seen
as the tipping point year for e-books. With more and more publications
being issued in electronic format, how do users find what is available?
How are identifiers such as the International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
and the new International Standard Text Code (ISTC) being applied to
e-books and used in the supply chain? What metadata is crucial for making
e-books discoverable? Without quality metadata, e-books will be invisible
online. This webinar will discuss the key standards in the metadata supply
chain and describe what can be done to ensure the discovery and delivery
of the titles users will want to buy and read.
Metadata: Without You I'm Nothing (Metadata Quality and its Importance
in E-Book Discovery)
Pointing readers to the correct book: ISTC, ISBN and E-book Assignment
ONIX for E-books
Children's Librarians Corner
Cindy Beyer, Children's Services, W. J. Niederkorn Library of Port Washington
In 1949, Ole Kirk Christiansen’s company created a
plastic toy in a factory in Denmark.
I bet that he never dreamed that this simple toy would become so
popular that by 2012 it could be found in the majority of American homes. Nowadays they can even be found in public libraries.
These colorful plastic bricks have a way of bringing people together. People of all ages; girls, boys, the very young, the not-so- young folks, shy ones and rambunctious ones all love Legos. Put a box of Legos in front of a person and within minutes they will start creating. Therefore, Legos are the perfect tool for bringing patrons into a Library.
We began doing Lego Clubs several years ago.
Our first club we called The Junior Lego Club and it is geared for
children ages 4 through 7. We use three large plastic buckets filled with a vast array
of Legos. These Legos
were donated, purchased from rummage sales and then supplemented through
money from our Friends. At
the beginning of the session, I read a picture book that sets the theme
for the day. The children
then build creations for the next 20 minutes.
Afterward, we gather in a circle and discuss our creations.
Even the shyest kid comes out of their shell when they are
describing their creations. It
is so fun to listen to the children’s stories about their creations. Their imaginations have no limits.
Our second Lego Club is geared for children in 1st
through 5th grades. We
purchased many Creator sets for this group.
Creator Sets have instructions that can be used to make 2-3
different creations. These
kits can be pricey and many patrons may not be able to obtain them.
Having them available at the library opens the doors for many
families. We also have
several of the Lego games. The
older children have many different options to choose from during the club
meetings. We have a number of regulars who share information about Lego
destinations, stores and new products.
They almost always bring new friends each time they come.
The only disadvantage to Lego clubs would be the upfront cost of purchasing the Legos. Legos are expensive, but they last forever. Once you have the supplies, the club meetings are easy to schedule and staff. Having Lego Clubs at our library has brought in many new patrons. And once they come in, they have found all the other things that the library has to offer. Legos always go over big, give them a try.
Paula Siefert, Administrative Assistant
Superintendent, Tony Evers, informed the Eastern Shores Library System
staff that the three Library Services and Technology Act grant applications
they applied for have been approved.
first grant, Accessibility in
Public Libraries written by Connie Meyer and Susan Potter was under the competitive Special
Needs category. The purpose of
the grant is to promote and demonstrate the role public libraries play in
meeting the mobility, hearing, or vision limitation needs of people with
funds requested and received were $11,068.
Five libraries within Eastern Shores Library System will
participate in this grant. The Cedar Grove Public Library and Elkhart Lake
Public Library will receive an induction loop assistive listening system
for use in their meeting rooms. The Mead Public Library will be installing
a new sound system in their meeting room and with this grant will
integrate an assistive listening system. All three libraries noted they
need to improve services to older adults and any individual with hearing
loss. Participants attending library programs are unable to hear in their
meeting rooms even when microphones are used.
Oostburg Public Library is in need of a desktop magnifier/reader. Many
magazines, newspapers, and books do not come in a large print format. This
will enable any patron with a vision impairment to read materials in the
library. The Frank L.
Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville will also receive equipment for
patrons with a vision impairment. They are in need of another 19-inch
monitor for the adult department. They currently have one 19-inch monitor
which is heavily used. The Weyenberg Library will also receive a walker
with a seat. This will enable the elderly library users to push the walker
to the book shelf and sit while selecting items.
second and third grants received were noncompetitive for public library
Library System Technology Project category, Eastern Shores received
$11,300 to assist the library system in meeting the technology needs of
the system and member libraries. Funds are appropriated using a formula
based on system area and population. ESLS uses the funds to provide wide
area network access to its member public libraries. Paul Onufrak is the
grant project coordinator.
Licensing category, Eastern Shores received $9,426. The purpose is to support the expanded statewide cooperative
purchasing of e-books and other e-content through the Wisconsin Public
Library Consortium. David Weinhold is the grant project coordinator.
Alison Ross, Cataloging Librarian and Paul Onufrak, Automation
Librarian, finished a project to add audience codes to all
bibliographic records in EasiCat. Only a small percentage previously had
an audience designation, especially for adult material. All records,
unless they are very new and haven't been processed in cataloging, yet,
should have a target audience code of either General (for adult material),
Juvenile, or Adolescent. Target audience is an option available for
limiting in the staff client as well as in EasiCat in the Search Options
window. It also appears as a limit option provided in the left hand
dashboard after a keyword search in EasiCat.
Alison began attending a class through the UW-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Education Services called, Digitization Projects for Libraries. The goal is to help facilitate additional digitization projects at member libraries that have expressed interest after the work done through last year's LSTA local digitization grant. According to Alison, " My work with the LSTA grant illustrated some of the many components that should be considered when working on a digitization project. Based on the class description, it would offer a thorough overview of many of those parts with the goal of a digitization project plan by the end of the course."
Alison hopes to have a better understanding of the entire process,
especially assessing collections, developing a plan, dealing with hardware
and software or at least determining a content management solution, and
creating and providing consistent metadata and access. Alison noted
that, "the class will hopefully help me get a better handle on
project planning, start to finish, and from there I hope to help save time
and effort for the libraries. Other library systems in the in the state help facilitate digital
projects at their member libraries and this seems a good extension of the
goal of sharing resources and knowledge to improve service
Paul Onufrak, Automation Librarian for ESLS has scheduled a Polaris upgrade for Tuesday, August 14. Polaris is the software that powers EasiCat. According to Paul, this is a medium upgrade and the staff pack and EasiCat will not be available for use until late that day.
March 1912 Cedarburg had its first Library Board
meeting made up of residents appointed by the City Council.
On February 27 the Cedarburg Common Council made a decision about a new library, they have decided to rebuild on the current site. The Board will be looking for a temporary facility to house the library while the construction is underway, no timeline has been established for the project. Read more about it in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article by clicking here or check the Ozaukee/Washington section of the paper.
The Friends of Mead Public Library will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. In recognition, 40 books be purchased and be given book plates honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Friends of Mead Public Library. The books should be displayed at the Friends annual meeting in April.
The five 2012 furlough days for Mead Public Library employees have been decided. The proposed furlough day of August 14 (the Polaris upgrade date) conflicted with a voting day. The dates of March 23, May 18, June 28, August 17 and September 21 have been designated as 2012 Furlough days. The library will not be open on these dates.
Do we have an outstanding library or librarian in our area? Perhaps you have an exemplary trustee? Then perhaps you should consider making a recommendation to WLA for one of their awards. Check out the applications & award criteria by clicking here. In 2009, UW- Sheboygan University Library was the Library of the Year and Darla Jean Kraus was awarded the Muriel Fuller Award, could this happen again in 2012? Nominations are due June 1, 2012.
* It's here, it's here! After decades of work, the Dictionary of American Regional English is finished. Volume V has finally been published and is available. For more information check out the story from the Wisconsin State Journal and take the quiz . Click here to go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison DARE website.
* Betty McCartney, the Director of the Elkhart Lake Public Library is the new PLAC representative for the Eastern Shores Library System Board of Trustee Meetings.
The Wakanheza Project® Training Workshop
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
To learn more about The
Wakanheza Project®, simply click on the link. For more
information about the workshop, contact Claudia Backus, Waukesha County
Federated Library System (email: email@example.com
or phone: 262-896-8087).