The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 28 Number 6 June 2008
Click here for the Summer 2008 Bookmobile Schedule
The Library System Board
approved the contract with Polaris Library Systems Inc. on Monday June 9.
This contract is the first step in implementing the new hardware
and software that will operate EasiCat in 2009.
The contract is the result
of the work by library system staff and member library staff serving on an
Integrated Library System (ILS) Replacement Team and an ILS Negotiations
Team. The Replacement Team
began their work at the end of 2007.
They gathered information about library automation products and
vendors and scheduled demonstrations of those products.
They met with the vendors a number of times over the early months
of 2008. At the end of their
evaluation, the Team recommended the Polaris library automation product. Once the product was selected, then the Negotiations Team
reviewed the Polaris agreement and made sure all the equipment and
software needed to replace the Horizon software was included. Library System Board members, a member library board member,
and the Library System attorney also reviewed the contact.
Their suggestions were part of the negotiations and most became
of the contract. The Team was also able to get a 22% discount on the total
cost of the contract.
The new ILS product will
cost a little over $278,000. The
Library System has some reserves to apply to this cost and will finance
the balance with a State Trust Fund Loan through the Bureau of Public Land
Commissioners. The member
libraries are exploring methods that will distribute the cost over all
system residents, since EasiCat is a benefit to all system residents.
Paul Onufrak, ESLS Automation Librarian, has scheduled
the first test load data extraction for the first full week of July.
A three day site visit by the Polaris implementation staff will be
held at the ESLS offices on July 8-10.
New hardware installations and data testing will take place July through September. Staff training is tentatively scheduled for the first two weeks in September. The current implementation schedule has ESLS member libraries and Lakeland College discontinuing the use of Horizon on October 9 and going live with Polaris on October 16, 2008.
Libraries in ESLS will be reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury as part of Mead Public Library’s Big Read Grant. The Big Read is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts. Partners for the project include the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Several hundred copies of the book will be distributed free of charge to participating libraries. “The idea of the grant is to reverse the very alarming trend of the large downturn in readership, especially that of high caliber literature” says Kim Dalhaimer, grant administrator. The program will culminate with book discussions in September and October of this year. Mead Public Library will be having special programs connected with the Big Read.
The Big Read project was started in 2006. By 2009, approximately 400 communities in the U.S. will have hosted a Big Read since the program's 2007 national launch. More details on NEA and the Big Read project can be found at http://www.neabigread.org/ .
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
Two local libraries, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville and the Lakeview Community Library in Random Lake will be receiving Picturing America. Many area schools within Eastern Shores are also receiving the materials.
Picturing America comes with a comprehensive package of materials that includes:
Delivery of the materials is scheduled for August 2008. Over 130 schools and public libraries across Wisconsin will receive Picturing America this year. Picturing America is presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and is distributed in collaboration with the American Library Association. The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. “Our goal is eventually to have Picturing America in every school and public library in the United States,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole.
Children's Librarians Corner
Nancy Van Voorhis, Director of the Elkhart Lake Public Library
First there was Pinball, then Ms. Pac-man, Frogger and
now DDR and Guitar Hero. Gaming has always been a popular
form of entertainment. It’s great to see it come into a library setting. Instead
of losing this age group to the video arcade, as happened in my
generation, getting kids to socialize in the library is a great advantage.
I see teens returning to the library.
The goal of gaming in libraries is to make teens feel comfortable and
learn about the other resources available. Teens are the future of
libraries. They grew up with
computer games, music CDs and DVDs, now they can be introduced to books.
Our Wii machine arrived without many installation instructions
so I asked a 5th grader if he wanted to come and install it.
Word got out and ten kids came in the building that day. The machine was
hooked up within minutes and the games began.
I have learned so much from this group of kids. You can calibrate the Guitar
Hero to be faster for better scores, more controllers are better so
you don’t have to keep switching them from program to program. Board games are still popular as well as simple crafts.
We utilizing dollar stores for prizes and refreshments are a must.
Gaming is not replacing reading.
According to the teens I talked with they read and are looking
forward to some of the YA sequels coming out this fall. Eragon
& Harry Potter have been made into video games that require one to
have read the book to get better scores.
I also have adults wanting to play the Wii games. We hope to start that in the fall with the help of the teens.
Negative comments about the program involved the initial cost of
the Wii and the problem with added noise in the library.
I explained that the gaming equipment was paid for with grants and
gift money. As for the myth that libraries should be quiet, story time and
other social activities create the same level of audience participation as
gaming. An advisory committee selected the games which were rated E for
Some of the benefits of gaming in the library include building kids
self-esteem and teaching teamwork. Since most games have a history,
characters to develop and a storyline, gaming can also be used as a
teaching tool. Libraries can focus on the educational values and follow
their mission in selection of games that will introduce youth to other
choices beside the popular genres. Also
remember that a lot of the gamers are already library users.
If they promote library services to non-users through this program
we all benefit.
As always the cat helped me with this so pardon any mistakes. She is
sleeping peacefully using a corner of the laptop for a pillow. But when I
turn on the game Frogger she will be watching the screen and
David Weinhold, Director of Eastern Shores Library System
The Eastern Shores Library System Board will welcome two new members starting June 23, 2008.
Ozaukee County Board Supervisor representing the Fredonia area, has been
appointed to the Eastern Shores Library System Board to complete the term
left vacant by the retirement of William Niehaus.
Mr. Dohrwardt has served a
number of years on the County Board and is also a member of the Ozaukee
County Library Commission.
William Goehring, Sheboygan County Board Supervisor representing the Town of Sherman and Random Lake area, has been appointed to the Library System Board to complete the term left vacant by the retirement of William Jens. Mr. Goehring has a served a number of years on the County Board and recently completed two terms as County Board Chairman. He is also the Chair of the Town of Sherman Board.
Thank you to two Retiring Board members
has retired from the Eastern Shores Library System Board after serving for
eight years as the Sheboygan County Supervisor representative.
Jens also served for 3 years from 1991 to 1994 prior to his
election as County Board Chairman. During
his most recent term, Jens served as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of
the Budget Committee since 2004.
“Bill was an advocate for
county library service,” David Weinhold, Eastern Shores Library System
Director said. “He saw the
value in sharing the costs with libraried municipalities so that all
county residents could have library service.”
Jens also supported the role of the Bookmobile as it served not
only rural residents of the county, but also served residents of the
former Sheboygan County Comprehensive Health Center and now Rocky Knoll
William Niehaus, Ozaukee County Board Supervisor, retired from the Library System Board after serving 2 years. Appointed in 2006 as the representative for the Ozaukee County Board, Mr. Niehaus served on the Budget Committee for the Library System.
The System would like to thank both of them for their service and commitment.
Sharon Abel was recently
awarded the American Jail Association’s 2008 Civilian Employee of the
Year. Abel, employed by
Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) is responsible for adult inmate
education program at the Sheboygan County Detention Center and is
constantly promoting community involvement to help her students achieve
their education goals. She has worked with the Literacy Council of the county’s
Family Resource Center to provide volunteer tutors for the inmates and has
successfully acquired grants worth more than $40,000 from the Sheboygan
Country Crime Prevention Fund for library materials.
Sharon,LTC, and ESLS have partnered in a book discussion grant entitled “Fighting Hate with Literacy.” The project was made possible by an LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Sharon expects to see at least 100 inmates benefit from the grant.
This spring Abel presented “The Constant Flow: Managing the Chaos
and Classroom Strategies that Work” at the first Jail Instructor
Training Day for the Correctional Education
Association - Wisconsin (CEA-W) where she involved the audience to
illustrate techniques for establishing relationships with new students and
strategies for making the classroom chaos productive.
ALA/Scholastic Library Publishing Announces 2009 National Library Week Grant
A $3000 Scholastic Library Publishing National
Library Week Grant will be awarded to the library with the best public
awareness campaign incorporating: “Worlds connect @ your library®”,
the 2009 National Library Week theme.
The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library
Publishing and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the
American Library Association (ALA). The deadline to apply for the
grant is October 17, 2008. National
Library Week is April 12-18, 2009. Grant
proposals must use the theme, which incorporates the Campaign for
America’s Libraries’ “@ your library” brand on all promotions and
A grant application form and guidelines are available on The Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/nlwgrant . Information also is available from the ALA Public Information Office, telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 2148 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six scholarships are available to WLA members and prospective library school students for library education and continuing education. The scholarships are sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Applications are due September 15, 2008. For details and copies of the application go to: www.wla.lib.wi.us/scholarships/.
The six scholarships are: The George Bauer Continuing Education Scholarship ($800); the Gloria Hoegh Scholarship for Rural Librarians ($1,050); Library Education Scholarship ($1,300); Diversity Scholarship ($1,200); Sally Davis Scholarship ($1,250) and the Vida Cummins Stanton Scholarship ($1,400).
Frances de Usabel Outreach Services Award
Posted by: Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services