According to the Division
for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning (DLTCL) which
monitors the compliance with these requirements, "each library system
is allowed considerable flexibility in developing specific library system
service programs so that each system can best meet the needs of the
residents of its particular geographical area and the needs of its member
Library Special Needs Survey Results have been released.
Assisting the unemployed is still a major concern for most
libraries. Many accessibility issues have been addressed in the last
ten years however, as the population continues to age and health concerns
continue to rise other issues may need to be addressed. The 2011
LSTA Survey Results showed that six special needs were included
in the top twenty of importance for LSTA grants from 2007 to 2011: Job
searching and support projects, Adult and family literacy projects, Early
learning projects, Adolescent literacy initiative, Learning Express
database statewide license and People with sensory and mobility
disabilities. Therefore, the Division is looking for assistance from
you for a future position at the DLTCL.
Channel Weekly, Vol. 13, No. 39 -- July 28, 2011
The Division for
Libraries, Technology, and Community (DLTCL) is working on an updated
position description for the vacant Youth and Special Needs Consultant
position (previously held by Barb Huntington, who retired in June).
The DLTCL is conducting a survey to provide input from the statewide
library community to help the division prioritize duties in an updated
The survey asks respondents to rate the
importance of a list of the services and projects the Youth and Special
Needs Consultant worked on and possible new services and projects.
Please complete the survey at https://forms.dpi.wi.gov/se.ashx?s=56301B2D2B5640B6
Responses are due August 10.
Tina Meyer, Children's Services at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial
I have worked at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library
for over five years. Before joining the staff, I was a preschool teacher
for six years. I had been purchasing the children's books and doing story
time for the local Head Start classes before Lynn Mihm retired. I really
enjoyed purchasing all the children's books. I liked the fact that I got
to be the first person to open all the new books.
My first story time after Lynn left couldn't have
gone worse, Murphy's law. I
was doing a flannel board activity and one of the new children to join us,
stood up and started pulling my "buzzing bees" from the board.
The children were talking to each other, and moving around the room. After
the story time was done, I was almost dreading the following week. The
next week was a new topic and went much better. The following week even
better. I get a new start each week with a new topic. The moms and
grandmothers that bring the children each week have been great! They have
been very encouraging.
The summer reading program is the same concept, each
summer a new start with a new topic. We get to put up different
decorations, purchase different incentives, pick different books to read,
and hire different performers to visit.
Over the years of teaching preschool and doing story
time, I have learned a valuable lesson. Be
flexible! Tomorrow is a new day. Next week is a new topic. Next
summer is a new summer reading program. Live and learn!
Have you had an interviewing process lately?
According to the Record
Retention Schedule for Wisconsin's Public Libraries and Public Library
Systems, the library should retain the files, even for those not
hired, for four years. This includes: "applications,
correspondence, interview notes and any other material related to the
interview process" for the candidates who were not hired for the
position. If you have an open application file the forms
should be retained for 180 days.
If the library has requested or received a legal
opinion from an attorney, the files should contain all the correspondence
with the attorney. Even if the the record is superseded by a more current
opinion the file should still be retained for an additional five
Compliments/Complaints/Suggestions should be kept until acted upon and
for one additional year.
If your facility has a vehicle all records: financial, maintenance
information, insurance documents, and fuel/use records should be kept for
the life of the vehicle.
Library Newsletters should be kept while current and three
years thereafter. These publications are created to inform the
public and staff of events, policies, and other matters of interest to the
library. They may include programming calendars, updates on
electronic resources, or changes in library policies. System
newsletters are only needed until no longer needed for reference. These
items communicate new policies and procedures and relate important news to
employees and/or system members and are used to disseminate information to
promote staff/system cohesion. Due to their historical significant all
newsletters may be permanently retained.
Additional information on publicity, interlibrary
loan, employee injury records (to be keep for 30 years) and much more can
be found by clicking on the link in the first paragraph.
Michael Kohler Arts Center is looking for a Librarian/Archivist.
ideal candidate will have knowledge of current library systems and
technologies and particular knowledge of advanced digital imaging systems.
A motivated person who can work independently, with exceptional
organizational skills and a keen attention to detail is essential.
Knowledge of archival theory; experience with processing archival
collections, and knowledge of art history is a plus. For more
information click on the link above to the the Job Center of Wisconsin.
City of Cedarburg and the Village of Grafton have formed a committee to
explore consolidating the Grafton and Cedarburg library boards to
promote joint planning and operations. According to ESLS
Director David Weinhold , "There is a similar arrangement for the
Villages of Kimberly and Little Chute,
two library buildings with one library director and one library board.
If the Cedarburg and Grafton explore this arrangement, I would expect them
to appoint a joint library planning committee and address the requirements
in joint library statutes. It will require cooperation by both
communities to make sure that each community continues to receive the
library services they have come to expect from their individual libraries.
The Library System would be willing to help them with their exploration".
The Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library has a very interesting FAQ.
You can also check out the Wisconsin
State Statue 43.53 on Joint libraries.
May, the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library created a clerk position to manage its
ever increasing number of EasiCat transactions.
While patrons still browse materials collections in Sheboygan
Falls, more and more of them are turning to EasiCat to hold items for
predictable pickups or asking that materials be transferred from other
libraries for pick up in Falls.
Shannon Schuren, the new clerk, handles the daily
pull list, checks in all items as they come off the delivery van, and
makes phone calls to patrons to let them know their holds are available. According to Director Scott Gehrig, " So far its working as
planned. The rest of the
staff has gained time to attend to duties neglected because of the EasiCat
load. Shannon has become
familiar with her tasks and is beginning to fine tune our notification
system and get ready for taking on overdue notices and other duties.
And who knows, as the job evolves and the newness fades, we may be
able to come with a better name for the position".
Paul Onufrak, the Automation Librarian and Alison Ross the Cataloging
Librarian have finally worked out the details of updating and deleting
ESLS holdings in OCLC. This means that each of the ESLS member
libraries now have their individual library's holding on OCLC and they may
be contacted to interlibrary loan their material. As an example, in WorldCat
click on this DVD
owned by the Bookmobile. Alison is working on the interlibrary loan
details and contact information. The updates and deletions are up to
date and Paul has once again initiated a regular purge of deleted item
records from Polaris. He is hoping to do this on a biweekly
Due to the budget shortfall, Paul and Alison also investigated SkyRiver
as a possible alternative to OCLC as a source of cataloging records.
Several libraries and systems attended a demo by the cataloger from Racine
Public Library. Although there are some cost savings there are also
some workload concerns if this system would be used.
IFLS NewsFlashes, June 2011
Access to NetLibrary
eBooks was migrated from the NetLibrary platform to the EBSCOhost platform
in July 2011.
These are some of the
Integrated searching of eBooks
and journal articles
Enhanced eBook viewer
Improved research tools
(folder, citation exports, powerful EBSCOhost features)
Easily narrow result list by
subjects, categories, authors, and more
Enhanced notes feature
Enhanced download experience
eBook landing pages for
Greater support for Apple
devices for Audiobook downloads
When eBooks are migrated
from NetLibrary to the EBSCOhost platform, any current NetLibrary account
information; checkout/download history; current checkouts, downloads and
any information on holds placed on eBooks; and any notes that were created
will NOT be migrated to the new system, and will no longer be available.
If any of this account information has not been saved prior to July 16th
it will not be available afterward. Note: On the
EBSCOhost platform, if the title chosen to download is in use by another
patron, and if the library offers Holds capabilities, you will have the
opportunity to place a hold on the title to download when it becomes
available. The title will be
placed in the Holds area of your EBSCOhost Folder.
If users have an existing
My EBSCOhost account, they will be able to use this same account for
eBooks on the EBSCOhost platform going forward. If you do not have a
current My EBSCOhost account, you can create one within EBSCOhost.
The existing NetLibrary
Media Center and the current version of NetLibrary Download Manager will
continue to function until the migration in July. Upon release on the
EBSCOhost platform, a new and enhanced version of Download Manager will be
made available to you via the EBSCOhost interface, and the existing
NetLibrary Media Center and NetLibrary Download Manager will be retired.
ESLS Automation Librarian
Paul Onufrak is currently working on this project to get it running
smoothly. Patrons are still able to link to titles through EasiCat.
Applicants from rural Sheboygan County are being sought to fill a total
of five member-at-large positions on local library boards in the Eastern
Shores Library System.
The five public libraries are: Cedar Grove Public Library, Elkhart Lake
Public Library, Oostburg Public Library, Plymouth Public Library and
Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library.
Applicants must be from a town or village without a library. The new
member for each board would be appointed to a 3-year term that runs
through April 30, 2014. The appointments are made by County Administrator
Adam Payne and are subject to confirmation by the full County Board.
Sheboygan County reimburses public libraries in the Eastern Shores
Library System for services provided to non-libraried residents of the
county. If those payments exceed a certain amount for a library, the
county is authorized to make an appointment to the local library board.
This provides representation from the municipalities that pay the county
Interested applicants should have submitted a letter indicating
their interest County Administrator Adam Payne, by Thursday,
* Do you need some help informing your existing or
new Board members about their responsibilities or trying to motivate
community residents about serving on your Board then take a look at this
site by the Wyoming
* Looking for an old recipe, or one you just know you saw in the
newspaper? For more than 20 years, from the 1960s until the 1980s,
librarians at the Milwaukee Public Library clipped hundreds of recipes
from the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. These recipes were
heavily used at Ready Reference to answer telephone questions relating to
various recipes. Now you can peruse these recipes yourself by clicking
* The ebookreader.com
has a blog,
comparison reviews and locations of free e-books.
on e-books by the American Library Association Office for Information
Technology Policy's E-Books Task Force.
more! Doctor's orders.
* Check out You
are what you read by Scholastic.
is a series of OverDrive platform enhancements that will be
launched to simplify eBook lending and expand collections to create
win-win-win for libraries, publishers, and readers. Key priorities for
librarians include streamlined procedures for borrowing eBooks on a
variety of platforms and devices, strong publisher support for library
eBook lending programs, and additional options for digital book
collections to meet the swell in demand for eBooks from public
* If you were born in the 1900's, take
the last two digits of the year in which you were born - now add the age
you will be this year. The results will be 111 for everyone in the