The current library automation system ESLS operates is SirsiDynix’s
Horizon system. Recently, SirsiDynix was purchased by Vista Equity Partners. Due
to this purchase our upgrade to Horizon 8, which had been planned for in
August, is no longer obtainable. The
new plan “would consolidate
development efforts into a single ILS platform based on Unicorn. That
system will be branded with a new name. Currently, this new system is
identified via the code name of “Rome,” and it will be aggressively
enhanced to include some of the best features from the Horizon 8.0
development effort. The initial release of Rome, slated for the fourth
quarter 2007, will essentially be the upcoming Unicorn GL3.2, with some
specific features added from Horizon 8.0. Additional features and
functionality from Horizon will be integrated into Rome in future
According to Marshall Breeding
of the ALA Techsource,
“The business decision to discontinue Horizon has an enormous impact on
libraries. The 1,583 libraries currently running Unicorn can expect a
smooth migration, with only a minor course correction to accommodate the
changes expected as the system evolves into Rome. The 1,597 libraries
running Horizon face an inevitable migration. Though SirsiDynix indicates
that these systems will be supported long into the future, they are clear
that no future enhancement and development will take place.”
What does this mean for ESLS?
Paul Onufrak, the System’s Automation Services Librarian will try
to answer our questions.
How long can we run on the
current Horizon system?
The current Horizon system, including software and hardware, is good
through at least the end of 2008. Beyond
that we would have to consider some hardware replacements, and we do not
know how long SirsiDynix will support the current Horizon software.
Has the company given any
idea how long they may support it?
The official response as of March 2007 was to give the customer at
least a two year warning that the current software will no longer be
We replaced the server last
year, how long will it remain functional?
The new Horizon server purchased in January 2006 should last at
least through 2009. After
that we will be beyond the current maintenance support offered by
As Horizon doesn’t execute
some of the things we were promised and there will be no new enhancements
or developments what if anything will be done about those concerns?
We are looking at possible custom programming through
third-party vendors as a quick fix for some of the missing functionality
in Horizon 7.34. The long
term fix is to move to a system that has the functionality ESLS libraries
How many other automation
systems are out there as an option for ESLS?
Several, though far fewer than when the ESLS libraries chose Dynix
nearly seven years ago. There
are several commercial venders the Shared Library Automation Committee
will review, as well as at least two open source options.
How much would a new
automation system cost?
Whatever we can afford.
In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated
May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Now
called “Older Americans
Month” celebrations are held across the country acknowledging the
contributions of older Americans. “Older
Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future” is the theme for May
For 44 years, our nation has paused to honor older
Americans during May. During
this special month, the ongoing contributions of our older citizens are
highlighted with a national proclamation issued by the President of the
United States, and activities and events planned in communities across
During the month of May libraries have an
opportunity to make libraries exciting for older Americans.
Some suggestions are to arrange for speakers and presenters at
senior sites in your areas; serve nursing homes, senior centers and adult
day-care centers by setting up “mini libraries” of reading and viewing
materials for their use; display works of art by seniors from your
community; promote a “Large Print Week” of new titles; offer computer
and internet classes for seniors; promote books-by-mail and/or homebound
service; invite seniors in to the library as volunteers; work with local
agencies to offer programs on: health, exercise, entertainment, rights and
benefits, local history, genealogy and travel.
Let’s honor older Americans with library service during May.
On A Farm
Nancy Van Voorhis, Elkhart Lake Public Library
Every year at this time my brother and I take a
vacation day to attend the Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show in
Oshkosh, where I usually find something library related.
One place we visit is the Wisconsin State Farmer
booth to talk with Susan Manzke who writes amusing stories of farm life.
Her name is on the Summer Reading Program
state performer list, http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/performers.html .
This summer Susan has agreed to come to our library and present a
“Get A Clue” program about life on a Wisconsin farm.
Farm life can be a great mystery to most children who don’t live
on a farm.
During other visits to the farm show I have found
coloring books with ideas of reproducible pictures for story time, free
things I can give as prizes for the summer reading program, memorable
stories to bring back to work and a collection of bookmarks done by
children. The Renewable Energy Council held a contest for the best picture
using farm life and renewable energy as the topic. The best pictures were
made into bookmarks and distributed at their display.
Some of my favorite picture books about farm life
include: Farm Life by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrated by Steve
Bjorkman, a perfect story time book. Every page of the book offers an
opportunity for group participation. I think making felt colored barns for
an added flannel board would work nicely.
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming; Farm
Flu by Teresa Bateman; and Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive by Karma
Wilson with re-occurring “Sakes alive!” theme for kids to repeat, are
all fun. I didn’t know so many farm animals want to travel the world like
Prancing Dancing Lily by Marsha Diane Arnold;
Mrs.Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley; Sailor Moo: Cow
at Sea by Lisa Wheeler; Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows
by Katy S. Duffield; and Something to Tell the Grandcows by
Eileen Spinelli. In the end, all these farm animals realize that home with
friends and family are what they really wanted. Farm life displays might
include the Doreen Cronin books Dooby Dooby Moo; Giggle, Giggle, Quack;
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (a Caldecott Honor book with
illustrations by Betsy Lewin) or What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow by
Carolyn Lesser. For craft,
flannel board and finger play ideas I use the web sites www.thebestkidsbooksite.com
A wonderful book I must include which is fun for a
summer reading promo is Arthur’s Tractor by Pippa Goodhart.
Arthur has an interesting adventure while plowing his fields.
As the cat helps me type this article by walking on the keyboard,
all farms must have cats, so I must include my favorite book Top Cat
by Lois Ehlert.
If you want to start a family reading night, an
after-school reading program or a weekend book club Target, can help with
the funding through their Local Store Grants program. Applications for grants, averaging between $1,000-$3,000 can
be submitted anytime before May 31, 2007.
Schools, libraries and other public agencies that want to promote
reading for children from birth through age 9 are encouraged to apply.
Programs must take place between October 1, 2007 and September 30,
2008. For more information about the grants or to apply online visit the
Target Website at: http://sites.target.com/site/en/corporate/page.jsp?contentId=PRD03-003408.
The Wisconsin Library Association is thrilled to announce that we are
recruiting a new class of future leaders and mentors. The WeLead
Program (Wisconsin Emerging Librarians Exploring and Developing) began
with its' first class of protégés in 2005. The initiative was
created to attract new WLA members, and to help cultivate and prepare
WeLead offers amazing benefits to those who are selected:
* a one-year
membership to WLA
* stipends to attend the WLA annual conference for three
* a stipend to attend one section conference during the
* an appointment to a WLA committee
* special leadership programming opportunities
* pairing with a mentor who is already a leader in the
To apply the requirements are:
must be students, paraprofessionals and professionals
in the field of library science
* Applicants should have demonstrated potential to be future
* Applicants must be willing to attend the WLA annual
three years during the three-year WeLead Initiative
* Applicants must be willing to attend one additional
WAAL or WEMA) during the three-year WeLead Initiative
* Applicants may either:
1) have never been a member of
have been a member for three years or less
We are also recruiting mentors. It's a great way for current
library leaders to share their wisdom and expertise, and to benefit from
sharing new ideas.
For mentors, the requirements are:
* Must be willing
to make a 3-year commitment to the initiative, beginning
in July 2007.
* Must be able to
attend the mentor training in July, the WLA Conference in October,
and a spring division
conference in 2007 (if applicable).
* Willing to meet and communicate with protégé on a regular
(e.g., meeting at conferences, exchanging emails,
conversations, and personal meetings when
* Have at least 5 years of experience working in the library
* Be a current WLA member and retain membership during the
For more information about the program, including the protégé and
mentor application forms, please visit:
* W. J. Niederkorn 's (Port Washington) new Children's
Librarian is Cindy Beyer and the new person in charge of the Children's
Department at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library (Mequon) is Mary Griffith.
* The Cedarburg Common Council at the end of March
approved borrowing $1.06 million toward the cost of a new library.
* Incoming freshman planning to attend the University
of Wisconsin-Sheboygan this coming fall with an interest in information
resources are encouraged to apply for an internship/scholarship offered on
the campus. All students interested in applying should contact Library
Director Jeff Ellair at 920-459-6679 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by April 20.
* Citizenship Tool Kits offered by the U.S.
Citizenship and Naturalization Office are being made available for
libraries where there are high populations of Hispanic or Southeast Asian
populations. To receive one
of the Citizen Tool Kits, ESLS system member libraries should contact Sue
Potter or Connie Meyer at Eastern Shores before April 20th
* Web addresses with the "s" after the http means it is
a secure site. An example many of us use is: https://wiscmail.wisc.edu/mailplus
,which provides on line access to our e-mail.
* If you are interested in
learning more about bloglines, wikis, open software and aggregators go to http://soaring.pbwiki.com/
and check out the "Best of the Web" resources. This information
is from the College of DuPage as part of the Soaring to
Excellence: Library 2.0 and Beyond.
Wispublib, March 29, 2007
* May 7-11, 2007 has been chosen as “AskAway Awareness
Week.” Libraries will
receive promotional material that can be used to promote Wisconsin’s
27/7 AskAway Virtual Reference Service.
For more information contact Renee Ponzio, AskAway Statewide
Publicity Committee chairperson at email@example.com.
Sarah McGowan,WindSong Farm
Communities can celebrate and explore the
literature of Wisconsin with its authors and illustrators. The Wisconsin
Center for the Book will award up to ten grants of $250 each to qualifying
organizations wishing to sponsor a Wisconsin author or illustrator at a
Wisconsin nonprofit organizations interested in books and reading are
eligible to apply. Collaboration among groups is preferred. Such groups
may include, but are not limited to, public libraries; public and private
elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools; community
organizations; and places of worship. Libraries are encouraged to look
beyond their Friends groups for partnerships. The event must be free of
admission charge and the honorarium will be paid directly to the speaker.
Applications must be received by July 1, 2007. All programs must be
scheduled between September 1, 2007 and April 30, 2008. Any author or
illustrator who has lived in Wisconsin for a significant period of time,
including someone who may no longer be living in the state is eligible for
consideration. Most authors and illustrators can be contacted through
their publishers. Among the resources you might wish to examine are the
online “CCBC Directory of Wisconsin Children’s Book Creators” http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/authors/directory.asp.
Full information is available from Sarah McGowan , WAIS 2007-08
Chair, Wisconsin Center for the Book, W13679 L Road, Brandon, WI 53919 or 920-346-2784
Or visit the website: http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/book/application.html
Speak Up for Your Library
Are you looking for a way
to tell your patrons about the value and impact of the public library in
your community? Do you wish
there was a simple method to send them information about library issues
that are being decided either locally or at the state level?
Eastern Shores Library
System is participating in the Speak
Up for Your Library program as a means of communicating with library
patrons and mobilizing them on behalf of their local library, and
libraries across the system and state.
The primary goal is to
educate patrons about the value and impact of the public library in their
community, and in turn to build a base of support that can be called up
when the need arises. Toward this end, we try to send list members one
brief email periodically with information about the importance and value
of libraries. It might be
some systemwide statistic from the annual report, or it might be a quote
about libraries. This
periodic email is important for two reasons: first, it lets us educate
list members about the value of libraries; and second, it lets us know the
condition of our list. There
is nothing worse than needing patrons to reach out, only to learn that a
good number of the emails are no longer valid.
We believe it is
important to arm these patrons with information they can use to start
talking about the library in their community, which in turn expands the
base of support. We know that
libraries have direct, positive impact on the lives of patrons, and
through this campaign we are turning that goodwill into action.
When a library
participates, the library receives Speak Up cards, posters, and
boxes to collect the cards. Each library receives one box, but we can get
more for those that want (or need) to place boxes at multiple points. The
card asks for the name, address, and email address of the patron, and also
asks for their home library name and the names of the patrons’
state senator and state representative.
ESLS will maintain the
name, addresses, and e-mail in some sort of database so that we can easily
extract them for use by the system or member libraries. By using Excel or Word, we will be able to sort the
information by different fields so we can target our advocacy efforts.
South Central Library
System (Madison) began this campaign in 2004.
Last year they asked for help as the state Biennial Budget was
unfolding and also for help on other library legislation. SCLS has anecdotal evidence from the WLA Lobbyist that their
efforts had a significant impact. We
know that elected officials listen when enough constituents contact them
on an issue.
So Speak Up for Your
Library by joining the Speak Up campaign.
Contact David Weinhold at the ESLS office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BadgerCat and WorldCat - Reference
Place: Mead Public
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Badgerlink - Ethnic Information - DPI and
Place: ESLS Offices Meeting Room; Time:
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Overdrive, NetLibrary, TumbleBook demos - Youth Services Meeting:
Place: ESLS Offices; Time: 9:30
a.m. to 12:30
Libraries: Raising Your Community’s Net Worth - WAPL Spring Conference
The Plaza, Eau Claire;
The Relevance of Libraries in the Digital Age - College of DuPage
Place: ESLS Offices Meeting
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Badgerlink - Searching Techniques - DPI and Linda Miller;
ESLS Offices Meeting Room;
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.