The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 27 Number 10 October 2007
Click here for the Winter 2007 Bookmobile Schedule
Starting November 2007, the U. S. S. Liberty Memorial Public Library in Grafton will begin delivering library materials to residents in the Village and Town of Grafton who do not easily or normally leave home unattended. Volunteers will deliver library items with their own vehicles. The library will ensure that they have proper auto insurance coverage so there is not any liability problem with the library.
John Hanson, Director of the library, always wanted to have a homebound program for this community. Having experiencing a successful homebound program where he used to work at the Wauwatosa Library he felt it could easily be implemented here. John stated, "We are currently gathering a list of clients. The Ozaukee County Aging Department has distributed our homebound brochures to all of their Meals on Wheels recipients. I have also distributed brochures to the Ozaukee Family Services and Interfaith Caregivers. We are also working with local churches."
The library staff has devised a way to keep track of the materials a customer has had. They will start out delivering items every 2 months, so items will check out for 9 weeks. There will be no limit on the number of items. Except for magazines, they will only check out items that have a regular 28 day check out period (no DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, new books and new books on CD).
For more information contact John Hanson by email at email@example.com or call the library at 262-375-5315.
October is American Archives Month! The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating the American Record." In an effort to inform readers of local archives and special collections within Eastern Shores Library System we will be featuring a series of articles on special collections in public and private institutions. The Records and Archives Center for Bemis Manufacturing Company in Sheboygan Falls is the focus of this issue.
RAIN - Records And Information News
Librarians, Archivists and Records Managers have similar job functions but the most common is that they organize information for access. While many people have some knowledge of what a librarian or an archivist does, few people have even heard of a records manager let alone know what they do.
The profession, which began in the late 1940’s, is growing in recognition and in the number of professionals because of recent events like the collapse of ENRON and Arthur Anderson, catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and the explosive growth of electronic records. How records were managed, mismanaged, damaged or destroyed during those events caught the attention the public. Where records management may have been an after thought these events made it a topic of discussion in many boardrooms.
Bemis Manufacturing Company, which has been in business since 1901 and is one of Sheboygan County’s largest manufacturers, has been managing records for many years. Records Specialist Chris Kuitert manages the Bemis records and archives center, which is not open to the public. The records center organizes and stores thousands of boxes of records, archives and artifacts until their final disposition.
Chris tells us that many records created in the usual course of business whether paper or electronic can be destroyed when their use expires – but, their expiration should first be determined by evaluating the fiscal, legal, regulatory, administrative or historical value of the information. The longest of these determines the “retention” or the length of time the records must be retained.
Of the total records created by an organization as little as 1 – 3% may document the history of the company. Incorporation documents, photographs of company founders and employees or artifacts such as products manufactured and sold decades ago may be found in an archive. Unlike most records, archives are retained permanently.
Children's Librarians Corner
Cindy Franke, Children’s Services, Oscar Grady Library, Saukville
In celebration of Children’s Book Week, November 12-18 our library will be having a Geronimo Stilton “Whine” and Cheese Party. Since we compete with many community activities we decided to have the party on an early dismissal school day so more children are able to attend. We will read the first chapter of Geronimo Stilton’s “The Mysterious Cheese Thief”, serve cheese sticks and crackers, maybe sample some different cheeses, play “Pin the Glasses on Stilton” and hold our first time ever “Whining Contest”!
We will share a little history of the newspaper Pressman’s hat, and then the children will be making a newspaper “Pressman’s hat to take home. We will also have a variety of books related to our program available for checkout however, nothing on “whining”.
We obtained a wonderful free Geronimo Stilton Program Kit from Scholastic Inc. The kit contains pens, stickers, mouse visors, reproducible mazes and an activity guide full of other fun ideas. The free kit was one of many free offers in the brochure available from The Children’s Book Council, Inc. 12W.37th St, 2nd floor New York, NY 10018-7480 or www.cbcbooks.org.
For the first time since its inception in 1919, Children’s Book Week will be celebrating its anniversary in May starting in 2008. The 89th Children’s Book Week will be celebrated May 12-18, 2008.
Consider having a book party, the kids love them and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the fun you’ll have doing one!
The End of Life Resource Manual, compiled by Lorraine Pashley, Hospice Liason at St. Nicholas Home Hospice has been distributed to ESLS member libraries. Ms. Pashley presented workshops on hospice care in Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties as part of the 2007 LSTA Grant, ESLS=Extending the Services of Libraries to Seniors.
She prepared the manual for library patrons as well as a resource for library personnel. The manual, printed in large type format includes material dealing with the subjects of hospice services, patient medications, children surviving grief, tips for the caregiver and readings to help the bereaved.
Visit these websites for more information about hospice: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization http://www.nhpco.org/templates/1/homepage.cfm and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice http://www.nahc.org/.
Terri Wilcox, ILL Librarian, Reference and Loan
Public libraries and public library systems must remember that they may not charge patrons for any part of interlibrary loan - not even the postage to return an item received from a library that is not a participant on the delivery service or is loaned from a library located in another state. This is spelled out in the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines 2005; the pertinent section is found at: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/rll/ill_gd_pay.html . This section of the Guidelines includes the statutory provisions as well as the Wisconsin Attorney General's opinion.
Libraries can limit ILL request referrals to in-state libraries to avoid paying postage to return materials to out-of-state lenders. This is done by typing in the Special Instructions field OS:N (Out of State: No). You can even spell it out for us! Please note that requests will still go to MINITEX, as we consider them reciprocal partners in AGent and they are accessible through statewide delivery for most libraries.
I strongly encourage libraries to lend to and borrow from libraries of all types and sizes, regardless of the method the item will be delivered. The only time I would take delivery into consideration is if the patron's Need By date is such that the request needed to be expedited. If a library needs to determine whether the borrower participates in delivery before actually processing the ILL request, the cost in staff time might just offset the postage cost.
* Congratulations to two Directors from ESLS who are participating in WLA activities. David Nimmer of Port Washington is a member-at-large of the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and Linda Pierschella of Saukville is the Vice-Chair/Chair-elect of the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries.
*On Wednesday, November 7 CCBC librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman will highlight a selection of high-appeal picture books, novels, non-fiction and graphic novels for children and teens. Books that may have particular appeal for boys will be emphasized. This online programming session will be available at the ESLS offices 10:00 - 11:30 please contact Paula Siefert at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-208-4900 ext. 10 by Tuesday, November 6, 2007.
* Good news from Barb Huntington on obtaining state park passes for the 2008 Summer Reading Program. More information will be coming. "Catch the Reading Bug" is the children's theme in 2008, and "Metamorphosis @ Your Library" is the teen theme.
* The Media and Technology Section (MATS) of WLA has announced the winners of the 2007 Webbies Awards for excellence in Wisconsin web site design. The winners can be viewed at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/mats/webbies/default.asp .
* Oprah's 59th book club pick is Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 1988 novel Love in the Time of Cholera. This is the second Marquez book Oprah has chosen. The first was 100 Years of Solitude in 2004. A film adaptation of the book will be released next month.
* In Cedarburg, a public meeting on a $2.3 million environmental cleanup plan for the site of a former Mercury Marine plant took place October 9. The EPA proposes to excavate the PCBs from the site to make it safe. Mercury Marine would pay for the cleanup. If work begins this fall the project could be finished by August 2008. Some reports have stated that the site may be the quarters of a new library, but according to Mary Marquardt, Director of Cedarburg Public Library, that is speculation at this point.
*Beginning November 1, downloadable music will be available from the WPLC Digital Download Center. The Selection Committee has chosen a collection of 99 classical works available at: http://dbooks.wplc.info. The loan period will be seven days. The total number of items per card is six. Digital audio books and downloadable videos are also available from the collection.
* The annual Children's Fall (winter) Workshop will be on Friday, December 7 at the ESLS offices. We will discuss past and future SLP info and Karin Menzer will share information about online programming resources and the ALA Gaming Symposium she attended.
*Daylight savings time begins next week. Fall back November fourth and get and extra hour to read.
* Ever wonder how to manage problem behavior in your library, you may want to access the online version of Safe Harbor: Problems and Policies for a Safe Library at :http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/safeharbor/.
Monday Memo, Arrowhead Library System
* What Native American tribes were living in Wisconsin when it became a state? Where can I find good information on both sides of an issue? Where could I look for an article in Spanish on a Spanish-speaking country? The answers to these questions can be found on Badgerlink. A set of student scavenger hunt cards pose the kinds of questions students may need to research for school; the reverse side of the cards provides step-by-step instructions on finding the answers using online sources in BadgerLink. - http://www.badgerlink.net/toolkit-parents.html
The parent set of cards pose questions that parents may have about using BadgerLink. The reverse side of the cards provides step-by-step instructions on finding the answers using BadgerLink resources. - http://www.badgerlink.net/toolkit-parents.html