The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 28 Number 12 December 2008
Click here for the January - June 2009 Bookmobile Schedule
The Eastern Shores Library System has
created an EasiCat/Polaris wiki that allows member library staff to post
tips and questions about how to use the Polaris software and functions
effective and efficiently for EasiCat.
It is a private wiki (not public) which means you have to be
invited to be part of it. Library
directors and member library staff are encourage to participate.
Please contact David Weinhold at firstname.lastname@example.org
for an invite. All staff can
view the wiki pages, but only wiki members can post tips and questions.
The invitation will be an an email from wikispaces.com asking you
join the wiki. Click on that
link, sign up and you can start posting. This wiki address is http://esls.wikispaces.com.
Jen Gerber, Patron Services Manager, at the
F.L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon Thiensville, created the wiki for the
Library System. She created one for the Weyenberg Library staff during the
implementation of Polaris. Jen
said, “We can all contribute information, ask questions, give answers
and see what others are asking. Think of it as an electronic "daily
comments book". Questions,
search tips and any other topics related to Polaris that might be
beneficial for everyone to know, should be posted to the wiki.
This is a very efficient way to communicate and share ideas.
It is important to note that this should not replace email. It's
just another way to communicate.”
A wiki is a web site that allows users (such
as us) to add and update content using their own web browser. This is made
possible by wiki software. Wikis end up being created mainly by a
collaborative effort of the site's visitors.
For those of you who are not familiar with what a wiki is or what
it can do, Jen recommends that you visit the website below for a three
minute "class". This "class" is titled Wiki's in
Plain English, and it really is very well done.
WISPUBLIB, Monday, December 22, 2008
WLA's New Members Round Table Mentor List is now live at:
ESLS librarians, Linda Bendix, Director of Frank L. Weyenberg Library
of Mequon Thiensville and David Weinhold, Director of ESLS are serving as
mentors on the site. Dave comments, "the State Mentor List
affords a good opportunity for librarians to share their wisdom with other
librarians across the state." Each category will have 2 mentors
available for advice.
Children's Librarians Corner
Carol Langkabel, Plymouth Public Library
The story time before the holidays is scheduled this week.
There is one class visit next week. Then there will be time
to get at some other projects that have been piling up. But first,
we have our annual Santa Night.
Even though Santa Night is scheduled a week later
than usual this year, I always seem to be doing everything at the last
minute. This year is no
exception. Unfortunately, a
long time faithful volunteer, who had always done a wonderful job of
planning all the craft activities for this event got a full time job.
Now, I was very happy for her, but, selfishly, not so
happy for myself. You see, I am a “craft” challenged person.
Upon sitting down with my 7 year old granddaughter to make something from
a little craft kit she brought to my house, she suggested (after about 2
minutes), that I should just spread the glue on the pieces and she would
put it together. It’s harsh when a 7 year old, however
nicely, has to inform you that you are not good enough.
Fortunately, I purchased a book about preschool crafts, and inside
that book, (which is becoming a favorite), there were instructions for one
craft that I thought I could do.
I made snowmen out of round cotton make-up removal
pads. It worked! That
was one down, two more to go. The
Internet came to my rescue. I found directions to make something out
of craft sticks. We have lots of craft sticks in our
cupboard. I faithfully followed the instructions. Suffice it
to say, it did not exactly look like the picture when I was finished with
it. So, how about a reindeer face out of craft sticks?
Even I should be able to glue 3 sticks together. Yes, another one
down. And there were directions to make Christmas trees out of paper
plates. I managed to make a sort of creditable Christmas tree out of
that one too. These ideas would work. Actually, they had
to work because time is running out. I made a list of a few things
to buy to decorate the creations.
I shopped the dollar store for those. I bought film for the camera, got out the glue sticks, stacked some trays for all the pieces for the children to assemble their creations and we were all set. Did you hear the weather report? Weather forecasters are predicting the biggest snowstorm of the season. And guess when it is scheduled to arrive?
ESLS has added two new 90 minute DVD’s to the
circulating professional collection.
Reversing the Ratchet: Basic Technology Adoption
Strategies for Library Workers is a Soaring to Excellence
presentation from the College of DuPage.
The DVD addresses pressures library workers face due to keeping up
with the latest technologies in the library world.
Steve Bell shares ideas and techniques for regaining control over
Library Challenges & Opportunities: Information Literacy for Life is a panel discussion on information literacy and the teaching of information literacy skills required to enable lifelong learning. Mary Evangeliste, Director of User Services & Outreach at Gettysburg College hosts the panel. Alex Hodges, Assistant Director of Library Instruction at American University in Washington, Niketha McKenzie, School Librarian at the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC and Roshin Mathew, a master’s student at University of Maryland’s iSchool and teacher of information literacy to older adults are panel members.
January 30, 2009 is the deadline to apply for The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Small Grants to Libraries: Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War exhibit. Libraries selected for the project will receive the traveling exhibit for a six-week loan period, educational support materials, brochures and posters and $2,500 from NEH for exhibit related expenses.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil
War" consists of separate, free-standing sections that span
approximately 75 running feet. The
entire exhibition requires approximately 1,000 square feet of space for
optimal display. Libraries
that apply are strongly encouraged to make a computer station or stations
available near the exhibition, so that viewers can access websites with
additional educational activities for all ages.
The exhibition will travel to libraries from July 2009 through
For more information visit the NEH website, http://neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SGL_Lincoln.html or contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 and email@example.com. This grant opportunity is open to public, academic, and special libraries and is a made available through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Constitution Center, and the American Library Association.
* Wisconsin’s 17 federated public library systems will share $16.8 million in state aid during 2009 to economize on shared resources and cooperative library services. Last year the state aid was $16.1 million. Eastern Shores Library System received $621,894 in 2008 and is scheduled to receive $646,769 for 2009.
* Vickie Long, WISCAT Training & Technical