The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 26 Number 10 October 2006
Click here for the Fall 2006 Bookmobile Schedule
A handout from Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA & Accessible IT Center
The following examples are provided regarding language that may be used in newspaper advertisements, brochures, or registration forms regarding the need for special accommodations. The regulations implementing the ADA do not require specific language to be used in notifying the public. The obligation under the ADA is for entities covered to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services in order to allow for individuals with disabilities to participate in the programs, activities, or services. The regulations implementing Title II of the ADA requires public notice of the entities compliance with the law.
* Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact (name) at (phone number) no later than (deadline).
* Special Needs accommodation requests should be directed to (name) at (phone number) no later than (deadline).
* Requests for special accommodations should be directed to (name) at (phone number) no later than (deadline).
* Requests for a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format should be made no later than (deadline) to (name) at (phone number).
* Individuals with disabilities requiring additional services to participate in the meeting should call (phone number) by (deadline).
Additional language may be added to state that requests for accommodations made after the advertised date will be honored to the maximum extent feasible.
All facilities where meetings and conferences are held should be readily accessible to individuals who require physical access. If a statement denoting such access is desired the following are examples of statements to be used:
* The facility is readily accessible to individuals with disabilities
* The facility is accessible under the ADA
* The meeting will be held in an accessible location.
Copies of WISCAT have been ordered for each ESLS library and the bookmobile for 2007. The annual license fee of $200 will be billed to the libraries when the invoice is received. The new and improved WISCAT is projected to be ready to "go live" by November 27, 2006.
Reference and Loan staff will be training ILL staff around the state on how to use the new AGent software product. Training for Eastern Shores and Manitowoc-Calumet staff will be held at the ESLS office on Tuesday, November 7. Both morning and afternoon sessions will be held. Prior to that date, staff at the system offices throughout the state had the opportunity to attend hands-on training sessions to become acquainted with AGent's borrowing and lending operability and clearinghouse functionality.
The new AGent software product will offer many improvements over the previous two-vendor system. You can view a detailed list of the new functionality at www.wiscat.lib.wi.us/pdf/New_features.pdf
Children's Librarians Corner
Karin Menzer, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan
Have you applied for a We The People Bookshelf grant? The grants are available to schools and public libraries in the United States. Each year a different theme and collection of books are featured. Mead Public Library has applied and received several of these grants. They are an easy way to get new copies of some classic books for your library.
The We The People Bookshelf is a joint initiative between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The goal is to encourage the reading of these classics while exploring themes in American history, culture and ideas. The current bookshelf grant is titled “Pursuit of Happiness” and includes such books as "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton, "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt and "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeleine L’Engle.
Information about submitting an application can be found at the We The People website: http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/wethepeople/wepeople.htm. The deadline for the grant application is January 31, 2007. The application and reporting process are not complicated, unlike some grants. The primary requirement for receiving a grant is to use the books in some programs featuring the theme.
Mead Public Library has received the “Courage,” “Freedom,” and “Becoming American” bookshelves. We create a book display in our youth services area for the new bookshelf books and publish a brochure including information about the grant, theme, and booklist. The majority of our programming has involved storyhours for various ages and book discussion programs for children in fourth through sixth grade. Examples of past programs are a “courage” themed family story time including two bookshelf selections: "Anansi The Spider" by Gerald McDermott and "Sylvester and The Magic Pebble" by William Steig, and a book discussion program featuring "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" from "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis, also a bookshelf title.
There are many other program ideas on the website. NEH and ALA will be granting “Pursuit of Happiness” bookshelves to 2000 libraries and schools. Why not try to obtain a collection for your library?
Channel Weekly - October 5, 2006
ALA has released a new website, The Small is Powerful Online Toolkit for Winning Support for Your Rural Library, www.ala.org/ala/olosbucket/supporttoolkit/toolkithome.htm. The toolkit includes three sections: Your Message, Your Strategy, and Use the Tools, along with message templates and examples of what rural libraries are doing to gain support. The toolkit was developed through a partnership of the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Campaign for America's Libraries.
The Making of Milwaukee is a five hour, high definition series that explores the intriguing people who came to live beside Lake Michigan: their politics, their triumphs and tragedies, their work and play. From civic saints to scoundrels, industrialists to Socialists, Potawatomi to Hmong, The Making of Milwaukee tells the story of the city.
A curriculum has been written to accompany The Making of Milwaukee. It will be available on www.themakingofmilwaukee.com beginning October 9, 2006. The curriculum, adaptable to many grade levels, includes extensive web and classroom activities.
DVD sets of The Making of Milwaukee will be available free of charge to educators and libraries beginning October 9, 2006 (one DVD set per school, please.) Educators and libraries may call MPTV Viewer Services at 414-297-7520 or email email@example.com to reserve the DVD.
Funding for curriculum and web activities is provided by The Faye McBeath Foundation.
Channel Weekly - October 5, 2006
According to a September 29 article in C-net news, the most reliable search tool could be your librarian. As an example, the article notes that if you do a Google search for "Martin Luther King," the first result is a web site created by a white supremacist group. The article says: "That's where librarians come in. While the Web is good for offering quick results from a broad range of sources, which may or may not be trustworthy, librarians can help people get access to more authoritative information and go deeper with their research."
The full article is available at: http://news.com.com/Most+reliable+search+tool+could+be+your+librarian/2100-1032_3-6120778.html?tag=st.prev
Stuart Stotts, author of Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin, is available for presentations to Friends of the Library groups, brown bag lunch talks, or historical societies’ lecture series. Mr. Stotts has a 45 minute presentation on the development and growth of the early library movement in Wisconsin, with Lutie Stearns as the woman at the center of the story. Lutie Stearns traveled Wisconsin backroads from 1895 to 1914, bringing boxes of books to rural outposts, logging camps, general stores, and factory towns. Stuart is a storyteller, songwriter, and author from DeForest, Wisconsin. For more information on presentations with Stuart, please contact Big Valley Press at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-489-3525.
YEN of Youth - the Youth E-Newsletter from the Indianhead Federated Library System - 9/25/06
The Ohio Library Council of the State Library of Ohio has created a searchable database of books dealing with various issues. The reviews are submitted by librarians, and are organized by subject and searchable by subject and keyword. Subjects include various topics in these broad areas: community, social issues, character, life events, social activity, and family. www.helpingbooks.lib.oh.us
Your customer needs the words and music for a particular song. Your library has numerous songbooks, WISCAT lists many more. Do you search through the index of each of your books? Do you call a neighboring library and ask the reference librarian to search the index of each of their songbooks? Do you request several that sound promising and hope that the song is included?
Or, do you just go to BadgerLink and scroll down to the BadgerLink Songbook Database? You can search by song title, composer, or lyricist. The database contains all of the sheet music and songbooks owned by the Reference and Loan Library. It is possible that your library or another library in your system might own one of these books also. The webpage also contains procedures for requesting the book or the sheet music from another library.
The index can make this reference question much easier and faster to answer. Your customer will be happy and you will have more time to spend answering the next reference question!