The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 29 Number 7 July 2009
Click here for the Summer 2009 Bookmobile Schedule
Recently, a number of articles and editorials have been written about Mead Public Library's maintenance of effort. To participate and benefit from membership in a library system a library must meet specific statutory requirements. Maintenance of effort is one of these requirements. Maintenance of effort (MoE) is a state mandate which requires libraries be funded by their municipalities at a level at least equal to the average of the three previous years. Mead Public Library is in compliance for 2009 and participates in the Eastern Shores Library System. The type of services a library receives by participating in a system can be found at the Department of Public Instruction website.
The City of Sheboygan has projected a $2.2 million deficit for 2010. To deal with the deficit the city has developed the STARR program (Sheboygan Transition and Recovery Resolution) directing all specified department heads of the City of Sheboygan to prepare and implement a 1%-3% reduction in their current 2009 operating budgets.
The City of Sheboygan, according to Alderman James Gischia "has a balanced budget for 2009. The STARR Resolution was specifically designed to ease us into next years budget and spread the expected impact of cuts over a longer period of time rather than beginning these changes on January 1, 2010." Any savings from 2009 will be placed into the Contingency Fund, " an un-designated fund that can be used as the Council sees fit", according to Alderman Gischia.
As introduced to the Common Council on May 4 the STARR Resolution called for the Library Board to reduce 2009 expenditures by $80,000 and for the Common Council to reduce its 2009 funding for library services by the same amount. This would have taken the library below the MoE for 2009. At the May 18 meeting this was amended to a budget reduction of $20,000 which does not adversely affect the City’s ability to continue participation in Eastern Shores Library System in 2009.
However, according to the library's May Library Board Report: The Mead Public Library Board, at its May 28 meeting, approved several recommendations from the library director to decrease 2009 expenditures in line with the 3 percent($80,000) reduction required by the City of Sheboygan STARR program (Sheboygan Transition and Recovery Resolution).
The City of Sheboygan per the amended budget, is still only reducing the library's budget by $20,000 instead of the $80,000 initially proposed. The other $60,000 operating budget reductions have all been decisions made by the Mead Library Board. "Wisconsin Statutes give the library board exclusive control of the expenditure of all moneys collected, donated, or appropriated for the library fund." Those funds have not been and will not be returned to the City (which will keep the library at the MoE for 2009) but will remain within Mead Public Library resources.
As stated in the May Library Board Report, the $80,000 ($20,000 by the City of Sheboygan and $60,000 by the Library Board) budget reductions will be made as follows: "The board voted to suspend the July 1 general salary increase of 1.5 percent for library staff members." This reduced the budget by $17,000. "The board also approved a furlough for staff of one week during which time the building will be closed for public service. The furlough week is tentatively planned for the second week in August." The furlough reduced the budget by $43,000. An additional $20,000 will come from a reduction for library materials.
For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article go to: http://www.jsonline.com/news/ozwash/49986327.html .
Joann Wiesner a member of the Eastern Shores Library System Board and the Oscar Grady Public Library Board recently received the Government Achievement Award from the Saukville Chamber of Commerce. Joann is currently serving as President of Oscar Grady Public Library and is a former high school librarian. She has served on the Oscar Grady Library Board over 20 years and has been a member of the community for 33 years.
The recipient of the award is nominated by the village administrator and the board of directors and the Chamber must approve it. The recipient can be a government employee or an appointed committee/board member. Joann was "selected for her service on the library board as well as in the community."
Mead Public Library will be closed August 10 through 15 due to a staff furlough week. This includes the drive-up materials return, phone and e-mail responses. The staff furlough is part of the Library Board's STARR program reductions. While the building is closed to the public and staff, other work will be underway.
At the June 18 meeting of the Mead Public Library Board, according to the June Library Reports, the construction contract for the Myrtle and Hazel Hansen Teen Library Center on the second floor of Mead Library in the area just north of the staircase was awarded. The area is named in memory of the women whose bequest will fund the project.
The Board report states: The Library Board awarded the contract to Chappa Construction of Sheboygan Demolition work is scheduled for the week of August 10, during which time Mead Library will be closed for a staff furlough week. The demolition is related to the future installation of a stairway in the Hansen space on the second floor. It will lead to the third floor area that is designated as the future Dr. Jerome M. Maas Teen Learning Center, a project to be funded by a bequest from Dr. Maas to the Mead Public Library Foundation designated to improve library services for young people.
The board approved a second project that will take place during the furlough week: replacement of very worn carpeting in the high traffic areas of the first floor. Dulmes Decor will perform the carpet installation.
During the week of closure items that are to be returned to Mead Public Library through the delivery van service will be stored at the Eastern Shores Library System office.
Children's Librarians Corner
Debbie Krueger, Youth Services
Due to the overwhelming number of unemployed people libraries should continue to provide workshops on : interviewing skills, writing resumes and cover letters, basic computer skills and Microsoft Office skills. The Job Center may be able to recommend persons from their staff to teach classes but using other resources is preferred due to the present workload.
Providing space for individuals to build networking groups or support groups is encouraged.
Libraries are providing valuable resources for the unemployed, especially public access computers.
Libraries can present materials and/or workshops on the reality of dealing with reduced family budgets.
Let the public know that it is essential to make an appointment to use the resources of the Job Center. Libraries can put an icon on their computer or make a link to the website.
Inform the public of the need for higher education in
a changing job market. A high school diploma or even higher educational
requirements will be necessary as manufacturing jobs change and become
more specialized .
Work has started on 2010 budgets. Eastern Shores Library System will receive $622,950 in system aides in 2010, which is $23,819 less than we received in 2009. Compared to the current 2009 budget this would create a $46,115 deficit. Various scenarios have been discussed by the staff to address this situation. The other libraries have reviewed the budget for input. The ESLS Board will be meeting in regular session in August when they will address this fiscal matter.
Director David Weinhold and four librarians (representing the communities of Cedar Grove, Random Lake, Port Washington and Saukville) met with the Ozaukee County Administrative Committee on July 23. The committee asked the Library System to reduce the reimbursement to libraries to a zero levy increase. This reimbursement is for the 2008 non-libraried use at the public libraries. The next step in the official process will be for the Administrative Committee to review the request in October.
The Sheboygan County request for non-libraried use has not been reviewed by the County at this time. The proposed request shows an increase of 1.5 percent based on non-libraried usage in 2008.
(Wisconsin State Law Library), July 2009
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Is it Twitter time?
it time for you to have a Twitter account?
seems that everyone - from your neighborhood
dog to the White House -
has a Twitter account. Is it time for you to have one, too? What is
Twitter, and how can law firms and lawyers use it successfully? Here’s
information that might answer some of your questions.
What is Twitter? There are many wonderful, succinct definitions for Twitter. Most people simply call it a “microblog.” It can also be thought of as “public instant messaging.” Users send out (tweet) short messages, limited to 140 characters, which can be anything: comments, questions, announcements, referrals, etc.
Is Twitter searchable? Yes, at http://search.twitter.com/. You do not need to have a Twitter account to search Twitter.
How are lawyers using Twitter? Twitter can be used for marketing, to inform clients of new developments at your firm or new content on your webpage, and to network with other attorneys (For an example, see Foley & Lardner). Twitter can also be used to measure public chatter on a subject of interest, such as the Wisconsin State Budget, the GM Janesville plant, or e. coli outbreaks.
How do I know if a Twitter account is genuine? Twitter is experimenting with Verified Account for certain users.
How can I customize my Twitter account to protect certain information? See this helpful article from PC World, “Avoid Twitter Disasters”.
For more information, check out this excellent post and presentation by Chris Winfield, “How can Lawyers use Twitter?” See also the Twitter section of Lawyercasting.com.
Hoping to learn more about Twitter. On Tuesday, August 4 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. a WiLS Hour presentation on Twitter and Facebook will be available. Professional Uses of Facebook and Twitter with guest speaker-Andrew Burkhardt and Eric Robinson and Angela Milock of WiLS is a webinar available to ESLS library staff through WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services). Register online to view this presentation free to level one members of WiLS.
For additional information you can also read the article from Piper Mountain Webs, a company specializing in library websites.
* Libraries are not the only ones trying to keep teens reading. Publishers are using the new technology to attract them. Read the article from USA Today.
* You can join ESLS staff and learn more about the upgrades to WISCAT on Wednesday August 5 during the ILL webinar. You can participate from your own library however, if you have limited phone lines participating in a group may be more advantageous. Contact Denise Cook by e-mail or phone: 920-208-4900 ext 313 if you would like to utilize the ESLS offices.
* Weekly delivery to Kettle Moraine Correctional Institute will be made on Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 9.
* Polaris is getting an update on Tuesday, August 11!
* On Monday, August 17 BCN will be increasing the bandwidth for ESLS and Manitowoc Calumet Library System. We are currently at 10Mbs and will increase to 25Mbs between libraries and to WiscNet.
* Director Dave Weinhold participated in the Community Chalk Event on July 24th in Mequon. The even was co-sponsored by the F.L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon Thiensville and the Town Center Committee.
Weyenberg's Patron Services Manager, Jan Gerber (below) organized the event.