30 April 2012
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Financial Literacy Workshop 

Sheryl Oberle and Diana McDonald will be presenting a Financial Literacy workshop on Thursday, May 24 at 9:30 for ALS librarians and staff. The workshop will be held in the computer lab at Hedberg Public Library.

This workshop is the first of three to be held in 2012. The first workshop will be an introduction to classes that will be held in your libraries for the LSTA grant "Arrowhead Library System Promotes Health, Financial & "Green" Literacy." Sheryl and Diane are developing a curriculum and handouts for these classes. Staff training is an integral part of this grant, with the intent that staff will feel comfortable assisting patrons who are searching for information on financial literacy.

You can register with Martha Aasen by e-mailing her at amartha@als.lib.wi.us or calling 758-6690.

Genealogy Club
-Click image to see the Beloit Public Library's new genealogy club logo.

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World Book Night
Edgerton Public Library participated in World Book Night and gave away 20 copies of the book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers in just 45 minutes.

Project Compass
Arrowhead Library System Director Ruth Ann Montgomery attended the National Convening of Project Compass, April 25-26, in Arlington, VA. Project Compass was launched through two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) in support of public libraries’ efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn. 

  • In the first year, the project brought state library representatives together to consider how they can support state-wide workforce recovery.
  • The follow-on grant for year two delivered training and curriculum materials to library staff on the frontlines of responding to the needs of the un- and under-employed.
  • Read the Year Two Project Report: Project Compass Lights a Path to Workforce Recovery

This work has resulted in a rich collection of resources on Workforce Services, including Project Compass Workshop Materials.

Tulip Sale
Hedberg Public Library's Friends of the Library Tulip Sale - YouTube

ISSUES & NEWS:  Return to top

Free Summer Programming Webinar with BadgerLink!

20-30 minute sessions on May 2 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Find video, audio, and other resources in BadgerLink that can help your “Dream Big, READ!” and “Own the Night” programs be a success.

Join us for a chance to win! We’ll be giving away 2012 summer reading t-shirts and books.

Please login early so that we can manage any audio or technical difficulties that may arise.
Click to join:
9 am session http://ow.ly/aBASe 
3 pm session http://ow.ly/a4R11  

Computer Audio
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Telephone Conferencing
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Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin DPI, Public Library Development, (608) 267-5077

Find http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/ys-sn.html | Like http://www.facebook.com/WisDPIpubLibDev | Follow https://twitter.com/#!/WisDPIpubLibDev 

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums is a new grant opportunity from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which will support the planning and designing of up to 30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate, in-person and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning. The application deadline is June 15, 2012. For more information and application guidelines visit the IMLS website at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=20 .
- Channel Weekly, Vol. 14, No. 30 -- April 30, 2012

The Uninvited Guest by Sadie Jones - for your Downton Abbey Patrons

Joining the Edwardian Country Club: PW Talks With Sadie Jones
In The Uninvited Guests, Sadie Jones turns a highbrow Edwardian-era upstairs-downstairs drama into something quite new—and very funny. Be sure to check out our exclusive excerpt, as well. more
-PW Tip Sheet, April 30, 2012 

Book Excerpt: 'The Uninvited Guests' by Sadie Jones
Class issues, Edwardian politics, and a big, beautiful British country house hang the balance: these are the story elements that consumed millions of Americans when the BBC television series Downton Abbey made its stateside debut. With season two done and season three just swinging into production, Sadie Jones has the fix: her twisty British country drama, The Uninvited Guests, centers on a house called Sterne and the family desperate to hold onto it. Read the first chapter here. more
-PW Tip Sheet, April 30, 2012 

May Night Skies from the MacDonald Observatory
The central event of the month, and one of the skywatching highlights of the year, takes place during the daytime: an annular eclipse of the Sun, which carves a narrow path across the western United States. An annular solar eclipse will dim the skies along a narrow path in the western United States on May 20, with a partial eclipse visible across most of the rest of the country. After dark, some of the signature star patterns of summer begin their climb to prominence, including the Summer Triangle, which rises in late evening, and sinuous Scorpius, the scorpion, which is in full view at midnight by month's end.

In addition to our May eclipse coverage, we have information on the second half of a twice-in-a-lifetime event: the June 5 transit of Venus across the Sun.

Weekly Stargazing Information

From American Libraries Direct 4/25/2012

We've had SOPA. We already know PIPA. Now meet CISPAALA urges library advocates to oppose CISPA
ALA President Molly Raphael urged several hundred library advocates April 24 to petition their elected officials to oppose H.R. 3523, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). “We cannot stand by silently and let a federal law trump all of the federal and state laws that protect personal privacy,” Raphael said. “This is especially so when a bill like H.R. 3523 allows for an excessive amount of information that could be shared between the private sector and the government.” ALA’s stance was applauded by geek culture blogger Eric Limer. You can still call or email or Tweet your support: Visit Capwiz to find elected officials by ZIP code as well as talking points for your messages. Members of the House said April 24 that they will modify the bill’s language in a nod to the American Civil Liberties Union, which has expressed strong opposition thus far....ALA Washington Office, Apr. 24; Geekosystem, Apr. 24; ALTAFF, Apr. 24; YALSA, Apr. 20; Ars Technica, Apr. 24

New ADA signage standards
Liz Humrickhouse writes: “On March 15, updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 went into effect. The new standards—known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design—focus specifically on creating wayfinding signage for the visually impaired. The good news is that libraries are already doing well in compliance from a technology standpoint. The better news is that these new standards offer more guidance in making traditional wayfinding signage more patron-friendly.”...American Libraries feature. Additional resource: Library Accessibility: What You Need to Know  from The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Which city buys the most e-readers?  Note: Madison came in as #4!
Rohin Dhar writes: “If the self-appointed ‘elite’ members of society avidly read, then the ‘elite of the elite’ must avidly e-read, right? Who are these people and where do they live? That city must surely be the most elite and cultured city in America. It turns out all of our preconceived notions about e-reader adoption was wrong. When you dig into the data about where Kindles are actually bought and sold, the most ‘cosmopolitan’ cities in America are soundly beaten by mid-sized cities in the Midwest and South.”...
The Atlantic, Apr. 18

Fantastic Friday Piñata Workshop at the New Albany–Floyd County (Ind.) Public Library, 2010Youth Matters: Make room for homeschoolers
Abby Johnson writes: “Did you know there are an estimated 2 million home-educated children in the United States? And that number is increasing by 2%–8% each year. In Floyd County, Indiana—where I work—there is a substantial homeschooling population, and many of them visit the library regularly. I knew I wanted to provide programming for the homeschooling community, but how to start?”...American Libraries column, May/June

Booklist May 1 cover
May is Mystery Month
Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. The Mystery Showcase issue is packed with more than 100 new mystery reviews and best-of lists, as well as an array of features, including: “The Year’s Best Crime Novels,” with the top 10 crime novels of the year. A mystery-themed issue of the free e-newsletter REaD ALERT mails on May 3, offering all mystery and no filler, and, just a week later, dozens of free mystery reviews will debut in Booklist Online Exclusives....

Goodreads logoGoodreads: Another fast–growing social network
Alicia Eler writes: “Goodreads is a social reading site that’s easily pushing 20 million unique visitors per month. It’s not talked about in the same way as the über-addictive social networking darling du jour, Pinterest, where users come, pin, and leave. There are other, far more intriguing reasons why Goodreads is quietly building and growing a smart, devoted host of members.”...
ReadWriteWeb, Apr. 19


No Pinterest this week. The site was not working when I need it for the Monday Memo!

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like - http://lookslikelibraryscience.com  
A website designed to challenge old, outdated librarian stereotypes. 
- Channel Weekly, Vol. 14, No. 30 -- April 30, 2012

Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Rise of E-Reading

How many people are reading e-books? How often do they read them? These are
but a few of the queries that animated this recent research study by a team of five staff members at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The 68-page report was released in April 2012, and visitors can read the document in its entirety, or peruse the overview offered here. Based on their polling, the authors found that 21% of American adults have read an e-book in the past year. Additionally, some 43% of all Americans age 16 and older say that have either read an e-book in the past year or have read other long-form content such as magazines, journals, and news articles in digital format. The full report is divided into six chapters, along with a section on methodology. [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 27, 2012

Advertising Age
- http://adage.com/
Advertising Age is one of the most well-known advertising industry
publications, and their website is an important place for those interested in the industry, whether they be new to the field or whether they have decades of experience. Along the top of the homepage, visitors will find nine different sections, including Global News, Hispanic Marketing, and Digital. Each of these sections features news updates, commentary, and opinion pieces covering their respective topics. On the right-hand side of the homepage, visitors can make their way through the "Most Read" pieces, along with the "Most Commented" and "Most Emailed. Also, visitors can make their way through special reports such as Hottest Global Brands and Agency A-List. [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 27, 2012

Virtual Laboratory
- http://virtuallaboratory.colorado.edu/
The website for the Virtual Laboratory contains a bold and direct statement:
"Conventional teaching all too often accepts memorization and pattern recognition as true learning" After reading this statement, it makes sense that the goal of this site is "to help students to recognize, confront, correct, and expand their understanding of subject or a technique." The site contains five different sets of course materials that use interactive materials, short quizzes, and embedded demonstrations to assist students and teachers alike. One set of materials that should not be missed is in the Teaching & Learning Biology area. Here visitors will find links, fact sheets, and pedagogical suggestions for teaching a college-level biology course. Moving on, the Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything section contains a new perspective on how to reform the garden-variety general chemistry course. [KMG] - The Scout Report -- April 27, 2012

Nasa Education - http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html 
This is a collection of teacher and student resources all focusing on the many scientific branches of the NASA tree.
The content is coming from NASA, so you know it’s of high quality. All of the space-related resources succeed in presenting the subject in a way that students, regardless of grade level, can digest. What is surprising, however, is the diversity of subjects covered. The teaching materials go well beyond space exploration and delve into mathematics, weather and ecology. While at first glance it appears to be a site solely for science teachers, NASA Education is equally useful for teachers of many other subjects. - Education World Reviews, Volume 11, Issue 16 April 24

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau - Submit a Complaint - http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/
The new bureau is already investigating consumer complaints about mortgages, credit cards, banking, vehicle loans, and student loans, and already has a track record of quick response. Register here with your first complaint, and then check your complaint status here. - Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

Religion News Service - http://www.religionnews.com/
Since religion - a major part of our lives and guiding philosophies - is largely ignored by the traditional news media, the Religion News Service aims to fill in that hole by providing "in-depth, non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas." Searchable and browsable by categories like Politics, Faith (Doctrine & Practice, Clergy & Congregations, Leaders & Institutions), Ethics (Death & Dying, Medical Ethics, etc.), multimedia presentations, and blogs. - Neat New Stuff I Found This Week, http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html, Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009. 

ALS CALENDAR:  Return to top

Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. at ALS offices

ALS Board of Trustee Meetings:
Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at ALS offices

CONTACT US:  Return to top
Please feel free to contact the Monday Memo editor, Martha Gammons, with comments, corrections or library news. 
Phone: 608-758-6695  Email: gammons.martha@als.lib.wi.us, 210 Dodge St., Janesville, WI 53548
Arrowhead Library System Director: Ruth Ann Montgomery, 608-758-6693, email: montgomery.ruthann@als.lib.wi.us
Website: http://als.lib.wi.us
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