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NWLS Seeking Assistant Director

 

Northern Waters Library Service, an eight county federated library system headquartered in Ashland, Wisconsin is seeking a full time Assistant Director. Under supervision of the Director, the Assistant Director manages the shared automated system database and the Cooperative Cataloging program and assists the Director in system operations and functions in the Director’s absence.

 

A complete job description is available, and more information about Northern Waters, its services, and member libraries can be found on the Northern Waters website at http://nwls.wislib.org/  Applications accepted until August 4, 2017 or until a qualified applicant is found.

Submit an application, cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Sherry Machones
Northern Waters Library Service
3200 E. Lakeshore Drive
Ashland, WI 54806
(715) 682-2365
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

WI Libraries For Everyone Blog Relocates

Starting July 5th, the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog will be updated in its new home at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone. The site is active now, so go ahead and check it out! All new blog posts will be posted only to the new site, so be sure to bookmark it! If you’re currently signed up for email notifications, you’ll continue to receive those email notifications from the new blog. If you’re not signed up for email notifications but would like to be, you can do so here.

Wisconsin's Digital Library Updates

Meet libby, the OverDrive App

OverDrive app

A new OverDrive app for Wisconsin's Digital Library will be available to the public in August from the Apple Store, Google Play or Microsoft. Library staff can now preview Libby, the one tap reading app for phones or tablets, and then attend a training at 10:00 July 14. The training will cover how to get first-time users started with finding their library and logging in, finding ebooks and digital audiobooks, and reading or listening to borrowed titles.  The session includes a chat-based Q&A with OverDrive to answer the questions you might have about Libby. Register to attend the webinar or to receive the recording and PDF:    https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pkfou8cl8mb3&eom 

Recording   • Slides   • Chat Q&A 


No Wait Audio!

Wisconsin's Digital Library has recently added 25 always-available audiobook titles from Blackstone Audio. The audios immediately filled 1625 holds. In just one week, the titles have circulated 5,939 times! The titles are easily accessible through a curated collection titled "No Wait Audio!" in the Collections tab at https://wplc.overdrive.com/collection/98873 (link is external).

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading brochures are now available for libraries to download and customize with summer library hours and program information. To keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) lists reading suggestions (with descriptions) for four different age groups, almost all of which can be found in the Merlin catalog:

 

Birth - Preschool
Around the World: A Follow-the-Trail Book • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep • Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! • Canticos: Elefantitos / Canticos: Little Elephants • City Shapes • Cockatoo, Too • Cricket Song • Egg • I Hear a Pickle • The Lending Zoo • Let’s Play! • My Heart Fills with Happiness • Old MacDonald Had a Truck • Puddle • Sidewalk Flowers • Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3 • Thank You and Good Night • Tree • Twenty Yawns • The Whale in My Swimming Pool • The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk • When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

 

Grades K-2
Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! • Beastly Verse • Cookie Fiasco • Flowers Are Calling • Fly Guy Presents: Castles • Freedom in Congo Square • Get a Hit, Mo! • Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug • Ice Cream Summer • Little Elliot, Big Fun • The Night Gardener • ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville • Strictly No Elephants • Surf’s Up • They All Saw a Cat • Treat • Waiting for High Tide • We Are Growing! • We Found a Hat • What Do You Do with a Problem? • Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

 

Grades 3-5
Ape and Armadillo take over the world • The Book Itch • A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans • Fable Comics • Fort • Freedom over Me • Full of Beans • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker • Jazz Day • Juana and Lucas • The Jumbies • The Last Kids on Earth • Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Makoons • Moo • Narwhal • Nothing but Trouble • Oona Finds an Egg • Pax • Raymie Nightingale • Two Naomis • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer • Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

 

Grades 6-8
As Brave as You • Beetle Boy • Booked • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler • Dream On, Amber • Fatal Fever • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods • Fish in a Tree • The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Grounded • Hour of the Bees • The Inquisitor’s Tale • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse • Listen, Slowly • Lost in the Sun • Mark of the Thief • Masterminds • Me & Miranda Mullaly • Most Dangerous • One Last Word • Presenting Buffalo Bill • Rhythm Ride • Roller Girl • Samurai Rising • Short

How IMLS Serves Wisconsin

 

The President’s budget proposal includes eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which administers federal funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). IMLS provides Wisconsin with vital services to schools and public libraries. IMLS meets the needs of Wisconsin citizens in the following ways:

  • Statewide Technology and Resource Sharing
  • BadgerLink database resources and management (including job skills, training, and test prep)
  • Interlibrary loan (required by state statute) software, management, delivery 
  • Wisconsin digital archives system
  • Wisconsin job seeker support
  • WISELearn educational digital repository
  • Legal consultation for libraries
  • Literacy support
  • Inclusive services
  • Public library broadband and technology services
  • Data collection including annual reports (required by state statute)
  • Continuing education for library staff
  • Grant management of LSTA library program (including outreach services)
  • Coordination and support of high level library policy

For details view "IMLS Funding Supports Vital School and Public Library Services to Wisconsin Citizens" posted March 17, 2017 by Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent.

The fight for library funding is on in the Senate

 

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds for LSTA, while Sens. Reed, Grassley (R-IA) and Stabenow (D-MI) are leading the fight for IAL.

 

Senators have until May 19 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters, so there’s no time to lose. Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center (http://ala.org/takeaction) today to contact both of your Senators.

 

Many Senators will only sign if their constituents ask them to. Let them know why libraries are important to your community and ask them directly to show their support. If you’ve been trying by phone to reach your Senator and the lines are busy, try Resistbot (https://resistbot.io/) instead.

Act Now To Save Internet Privacy Rules

 

On March 23 Republicans in the Senate voted to repeal Internet privacy rules passed by the FCC last fall. The legislation will be taken up immediately on March 28. If the House also votes to repeal the rules, the bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. Congress wants to repeal these rules by also forbidding the FCC from putting any similar rules in place in the future. Unless the bill fails in the House, the nation’s strongest privacy protections will not only be eliminated, they cannot be revived by the FCC. ISPs and service providers would be allowed to invade user privacy and monetize user data while putting cybersecurity at risk.


When Americans ask their Representatives not to take away their hard-won protections, the House will listen. Color of Change, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Free Press have simple ways for you to tell your Representative what you think of the FCC’s rules and Congress’ efforts to eliminate them.

Act Now to Help Save Library Funding

 

For a limited-time-only there is an opportunity to help avoid cuts that would impact hundreds of libraries and potentially millions of patrons. The President’s proposal last week includes eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which administers federal funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). (See pdf: WI Impact of IMLS.)

 

Today’s the day to ask for Representative Sean Duffy's signature on the LSTA “Dear Appropriator” letters that must be signed no later than April 3. Please take a few minutes to call, email, tweet (or all of the above!) his friendly office staff with a message stating you are a constituent requesting he sign the FY 2018 LSTA ‘Dear Appropriator’ letter circulating now for signatures before April 3.” For more information visit The District Dispatch from the Washington office of the American Library Association.

 

ALA Call to Action - Save the IMLS!

From the ALA Office, District Dispatch - The president’s budget has made clear that his funding agenda is not ours. It’s time for library professionals and supporters to make our priorities clear to Congress.  

Timing is key to the Federal budget/appropriations process. There are several actions we can take right now:

  • Call your Members of Congress – ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. (find their contact information)
  • Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag – tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library as received, you can check the searchable database available on the IMLS website.
  • Sign up to receive ALA action alerts – ALA will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.
  • Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, D.C., or online.

More information – along with talking points and scripts – will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters.



President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

 

From ALA Office, WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

"The President's proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget just released, and with it effectively all federal funding for libraries of all kinds, is counterproductive and short-sighted. The American Library Association will mobilize its members, Congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a Congressional reality.  Libraries leverage the tiny amount of federal funds they receive through their states into an incredible range of services for virtually all Americans everywhere to produce what could well be the highest economic and social "Return On Investment" in the entire federal budget.

"America's more than 120,000 public, school, college and university and many other libraries aren't piles of archived books. They're trusted centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, veterans services, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning and free inquiry at the core of communities in every state in the country – and in every Congressional district. And they’re staffed by the original search engines: skilled and engaged librarians."