David Weinhold, Eastern Shores Library System Director
Member libraries of the Winnefox Library System,
Manitowoc Calumet Library System, and Eastern Shores Library System
located in the 4th Judicial District (Sheboygan County) are invited participate in
a workshop jointly sponsored by the Library Systems and the Wisconsin
Court System. The purpose of the workshop is to provide additional tools
and skills to assist the public in accessing current and reliable legal
information. Since the 4th
Judicial District is divided by three library systems, we will split the
workshop and hold identical program agendas on two separate days.
Participants can attend either day depending on their schedule.
2008 – Eastern Shores Library System; 8:45a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan, WI
2008 – Winnefox Library System; 8:45a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fond du Lac Public Library, Fond du Lac, WI
For the past several years the Wisconsin Supreme
Court, its staff and numerous court officials at the local level have
worked closely with the State Law Library and others to develop websites,
forms and other legal materials to enhance services to self-represented
litigants. We have witnessed
a growth in the number of people wishing to represent themselves, mainly
in family and small claims cases, and we wish to demystify the legal
process to the extent we can by providing more readily understandable
These workshops should be a valuable opportunity for
public librarians to meet personally with local judges, court
commissioners, and other court officials as well as with Jane Colwin, our
State Law Librarian, and the Supreme Court's Pro
Se Coordinator, Ann Zimmerman. Our
workshop program also contains a follow-up component where local court
staff will visit participating libraries to strengthen the legal knowledge
base and help create a relationship of cooperation between the library and
the court system.
The workshop agenda includes the following presenters
and their presentations:
Hon. Darryl Deets, Chief Judge, 4th
Rebecca Persick, Circuit Court Commissioner,
Nan Todd, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sheboygan County
Peggy Kress, Deputy Register In Probate, Sheboygan
Jerry Lang, District Court Administrator, 4th
Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, Wisconsin State Law
Ann Zimmerman, Statewide Pro
Se Coordinator, Director of State Courts Office
Libraries and the Courts – Establishing Partnerships and Providing
Opportunities for Information Sharing
of Assistance to Self-Represented Litigants in Wisconsin- Ann Zimmerman
Self-Litigation Experience in Circuit Court - Hon. Darryl Deets
to the Offices of Clerk of Circuit Court and Register In Probate - Clerk
of Court, Nan Todd; Deputy Register In Probate, Peggy Kress
Forms and Resources, Internet and Elsewhere, Including Divorce and
Instructions - Commissioner Rebecca Persick
Law Library's Legal Topics – A Librarian's Best Friend - Jane Colwin,
State Law Librarian
the Internet to Help the Public with Legal Questions
Colwin, from the Wisconsin State Law Library, will provide an overview of
Wisconsin's legal framework, focusing on how to find and use reliable
internet websites providing access to Wisconsin legal materials such as
statutes, administrative codes, case law, journal articles, forms, etc.
There will also be a discussion of the problems and pitfalls of
assisting users with legal questions, and will demonstrate websites and
other materials designed to help users help themselves.
U.S. Department of Education has made available $2,400,000 to fund the
Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities
Grant (CFDA 84.327). The purpose of this grant is to (1) Improve results for
children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration,
and use of technology; (2) support educational media services activities
designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children
with disabilities; and (3) provide support for captioning and video
description that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting.
application deadline is September 4, 2008.
For more information on the grant and to download a grant
application go to: 84.327
Technology and Media Services for Individuals With
Disabilities--Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With
to the website for more information : http://www.grants.gov/
Katie Kiekhaefer, Children's Librarian
Cedarburg Public Library
If I had a nickel for every time a child asked for a
character book i.e. a Dora the Explorer book or a Scooby Doo mystery,
I’d be a rich, rich woman. It seems that every child wants to read
all about how Diego saved the tree sloths and what happened when Magenta
got glasses. And our library has responded to the demand by filling
our shelves with picture books and easy readers featuring Bob the Builder,
Caillou, Scooby Doo, Dora and Diego, and Spiderman. There’s one
problem though: how do you organize them?
Previously, our library followed the organizational model we had in place;
picture books and easy readers are shelved alphabetically by author.
This created issues because character books have a variety of different
authors. If a parent wanted Dora books, they could look under Valdes
or Willson or Ricci and the same goes for other character books.
This system was difficult for us and even more difficult for parents and
their children. We needed a change.
Having spent quite a bit of time looking for character books in EasiCat, I
noticed that quite a few libraries in ESLS had organized their character
books by character. Instead of knowing that Christine Ricci wrote a
Diego book, I could simply look under Diego and find all of our Diego
books. After discussing this option with my director and coworkers,
we decided it was time to follow suit.
We started by brainstorming a list of characters to include in the
project, and then created a spreadsheet to list the book titles and
authors. Working with technical services, we started to go through
the list, re-cataloging, re-labeling and re-shelving. It took a few
months to work out the details and actually go through the more than 150
titles, but now when customers come in looking for Backyardigans
books, they are easy to find and all in one place. We have received
many compliments on the outcome of this project and it seems to be making
everyone’s life easier. If you are contemplating making a change
like this to your collection, go for it! It’s a great way for
different departments to work together and create a change that will
benefit you and your customers.
Established on March 19, 2008 the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC),
which is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, was
established for the following purposes:
• To promote an understanding and appreciation of the history of
libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin by the general public and the
Wisconsin library community.
• To promote the preservation of artifacts and archives which contribute
to an understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin’s library heritage.
• To promote research and publishing which contribute to an
understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin’s library heritage.
Currently an exhibit of Wisconsin library memorabilia is at the Ripon
Public Library in July and August. The exhibit will be at the
Pewaukee Public Library in September. For information and pictures
of the exhibit go to: http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/exhibits-wi.htm.
For more information on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center go to: http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/library-heritage-center-wi.htm.
Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest has announced that Emily
Ellenbecker won First place in
the second-grade category. Emily’s
book, Adventures with Sam, was chosen from more than 45,000 entries
from around the U.S. Emily
was one of the three Milwaukee area children who received national first
place awards. This years
contest drew 1,155 entries for the Milwaukee Public Television’s
Baby, Emily’s first story
about her little brother Sam won Third place nationally in the 1st
grade category. In 2006, Emily won First place in the statewide Reading Rainbow
Contest for Milo’s Day. Emily
is a student in the Campbellsport School District and visits the
bookmobile in the Town of Mitchell.
Winning stories for this years
contest will be aired on Milwaukee Public Television in early August.
Reading Rainbow airs on MPTV-36, Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. For
a full television schedule check:
The contest is public television's longest running
and most successful outreach effort. Winning stories will be posted at http://www.PBSKids.org/readingrainbow
To read the previous winners including Emily's story from 2007, Our
New Baby go to: http://pbskids.org/readingrainbow/contest/national.html
* Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The West Allis Public Library has started using RFID
(radio frequency identification) microchips in its materials. Other
libraries within the Milwaukee County Federated Library System have been
using the product or will be in the near future. For more
information on RFID go to the complete article in the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel at: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=774406
* It's time to plan for the WLA annual conference.
The conference will be held November 4 -7 in Middleton. For more
information on the Wisconsin Libraries : Building a Better Tomorrow
Conference go to: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/index.htm
* Questions on the Olympics? Go to the official
2008 Summer Olympics website at: http://en.beijing2008.cn/
or the official website of the Olympic Movement at: http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/index_uk.asp
or the website of the United States Olympic Committee at: http://www.olympic-usa.org/
. For print materials go to the article in the June 1 issue of School
Library Journal by Marilyn Taniguchi at: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6565677.html?q=going+the+distance**
is Library Card Sign-up Month.
Honorary Chair for the event is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Since 1987 thousands of public and school libraries have made a
national effort to put library cards in the hands of every child.
Free tools to help libraries promote Library Card Sign-up Month are
available at http://www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.
*Director David Weinhold's VW in the Adell parade to promote the
Summer Reading Program.
* The next meeting of the Children's Librarians
will be Tuesday, August 26 in Oostburg.
* The Statewide "I love AskAway" Youtube
video contest has been extended to August 22. Go to: http://askaway.pbwiki.com/YouTube+Contest
and follow the instructions. First prize is a $150.00 Best Buy gift
certificate and second prize is a $75.00 Best Buy gift certificate.
September 8 starts the second annual "AskAway awareness
*Jessica Fairchild, Program Associate of the Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board and the
Wisconsin Historical Society have announced the winners of the Governor's
Archives Awards for 2008. The Archival Achievement Award goes to
Marshfield Public Library. The Archival Advocacy Award goes to Kay
Demrow and the late Judith Simonsen. For more information on these
winners go to: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/whrab/winners/