September 2017 Monthly Memo

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ALS Directors Committee Approves
ALS Circulation Committee Recommendations

In August 2017 an Arrowhead Library System Circulation Committee Meeting was called to identify a set of recommendations regarding circulation policies to be submitted to the ALS Directors Committee for approval with the understanding individual library boards would need to approve changes as well. The impetus for this meeting is the coming SHARE merge–while consistency in circulation policies for SHARE is not mandatory, it is highly recommended because it creates a more consistent patron experience and is less confusing for patrons and staff.

Changes adopted include recommended:

  • Overdue fines
  • Maximum fines per items
  • Grace periods
  • Renewal maximums
  • Bill reconciliation amongst libraries and SHARE
  • Hold Limits
  • Circulation Limits

The Board of Directors also decided the Circulation Committee may want to reconvene to discuss creating a recommendation on how to handle the billing of lost items, processing fees, and how the cost/value of an items is cataloged.

Community Read Rock County Update

"Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin"
by Patty Loew

  • Brochure Deadline: October 1
    Submit you events, organization information, and any applicable logos to Kaitlin Svabek. If you plan to participate but only have a rough idea, talk to Kaitlin and she'll include you in the brochure in some way.
  • Book Discount Code expires October 31st
    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is offering a 25% discount on copies of Seventh Generation Earth ethics ordered using promo code "Loew17" by Oct. 31

    Wisconsin Historical Society Press (books are also available o)n Amazon)
  • Next Meeting
    Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Hedberg Public Library program room (main level).
  • Patty Loew Visit
    Working on dates during National Library for author Patty Loew to speak at Hedberg Public Library as a finale for CRRC

Please be sure to post your CRRC events on Facebook. Use the "co-sponsor" option to cross post them on your page and the CRRC page without having to enter them twice.

NEA Big Read Update

Featured Books

Three books are featured to accommodate all ages of readers.
  • ADULTS: The Round House a novel by Louise Erdrich - review - reader resources
  • YOUTH: The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich - review
  • CHILDREN: Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie - review

There will be an informational meeting Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at Young Auditorium in Whitewater, WI for library and community partners.

Official Calendar of Events & Banner

The deadline to be included in the official calendar of events is December 1st. The official calendar will be printed and distributed to all participating libraries, schools, and community partners; it will also be shared on the Young Auditorium website, Big Read blog, Big Read website, and in local print media (newspaper ads, press releases initiated by Young Auditorium).

To be included, fill out the appropriate portion of the sign-up form relating to the calendar of events.

If your library is hosting a Big Read event that is advertised on their official Calendar of Events, they will provide you with an official Big Read banner to hang in advance of and during the event.

Guerrilla Storytime a big hit!

Children's library staff from around southern Wisconsin gathered at Hedberg Public Library for a Guerrilla Storytime. The event was a forum for sharing ideas and activities, and for discussing questions and other topics aimed at improving early literacy programs at participating libraries.


SHARE Training for ALS Staff

Please see the schedule below for training sessions, times and locations. Then use this Google Doc to sign-up you and your staff. If the Public Service Trainings get full, Melody Clark will talk with LLS about adding more.

Note: there are only eight computers at the BPL lab, but 16 slots are listed for each session. Staff may wish to double up or bring their own laptops.

From now until the end of October it is important that each library structure "on-your-own" training. All ALS data has been pulled and is being added to the SHARE test server and will be available soon. Supervisors have the log-in credentials already.

SHARE Training Schedule
Use this Google Doc to sign-up.

On-Your-Own Training

  • September 18th - October 31st - On your own training with the SHARE test server and SirsiDynix Mentor platform

Technical Trainings

  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - ILL Training - @ Beloit Public Library Computer Lab Friday
  • December 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Copy Cataloging Training - @ Hedberg Public Library Computer Lab
  • Friday December 1, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Serials Training - @ Hedberg Public Library Computer Lab

Public Service Training

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Public Services Training - @ Beloit Public Library Computer Lab
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Public Services Training - @ Beloit Public Library Computer Lab
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Public Services Training - @ Hedberg Public Library Computer Lab
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Public Services Training - @ Hedberg Public Library Computer Lab
  • Friday, February 2, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Statistics, Lists and Other Reports - @ Hedberg Public Library Computer Lab


Cook Dinner With Your Library

ALS & HPL Participate in National Event

Janesville – September 16, 2017 – Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile hosted a “Cook Dinner with Your Library” event at the Janesville Farmer’s Market in celebration of the week-long Outside the Lines campaign. #getOTL

Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. 229 organizations across 9 countries–Australia, Brazil, Estonia, France, Ghana, Croatia, Italy, Nigeria, and U.S.A.–hosted events to reintroduce themselves to their communities.

The idea behind hosting an Outside the Lines events is to:

  • Get people thinking–and talking–about libraries in a different way.
  • Showcase the library out in the community as well as in the library.
  • Highlight how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
  • Represent your local community.
  • Be active versus passive – get people engaged.
  • Be extraordinary and unexpected.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

ALS aimed to highlight the collection of cookbooks owned by the libraries in Rock County and to encourage market-goers to use both ingredients purchased at the farmers market and a cookbook or recipe card from the library to cook dinner.

  • This event proved to be an excellent opportunity to engage with the community.
  • Recipe cards were a big hit, people were happy to see us.
  • Several cookbooks were checked out, many used the Bookmobile to find other materials.
  • Between 6-8 new HPL library cards were issued on site.
  • We answered several questions about specific books and recipes.
  • HPL was able to answer questions about the Transform Project from several visitors.
  • People engaged with us about the upcoming transition to SHARE.

All in all, the event was a success. We were able to showcase Rock County public libraries in an engaging, fun way while highlighting our collection and interacting with the community.


Four PLSR Regional Meeting Left

Join members of the PLSR Steering Committee as they offer an update on the Public Library Redesign Project. Library and System directors, staff, and trustees are all welcome to attend these meetings.

Tuesday, September 26th

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ontario Public Library (tentative)

Jessie Lee-Jones
Bridget Christenson

Thursday, September 28th

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kaukauna Public Library

Beth Carpenter
Jon Mark Bolthouse

Friday, September 29th

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Dodgeville Public Library

Jessie Lee-Jones
Bryan McCormick

Friday, September 29th

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Stephenson Public Library – Marinette County

Kristie Hauer
Kent Barnard

PLSR Workgroups to Share at WLA Conference

This year at the WLA Conference at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells, all seven workgroups will share the progress they have made in developing their recommendations and will ask for feedback from the library community. Questions and comments are welcome.

Come to one or come to all and if you can’t make it to a session or the conference, no problem. The sessions will be video recorded and shared on the PLSR website afterward and your feedback is welcome at any time.

If you are attending WLA, come by the Exhibits Hall where members of the Steering Committee will be available to answer questions, chat about the project, and listen to your feedback. There will be members at the booth Wednesday and Thursday during no-conflict times and lunch hours.

Here’s the session schedule, along with booth times for easy access.

Interested in speaking with or having a Steering Committee visit you? Send an email at and they’ll find the time!

Register Now!
Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference


October 17-20, 2017
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

WLA Conference Website


ALS Board of Trustee Meetings:
Wednesday, September 13 at
6:00 p.m. 

at Orfordville Public Library

ALS Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, September 20 at
9:30 a.m.
at Orfordville Public Library - Chair, Sarah Strunz

RESCHEDULED – ALS Librarian's Meetings:
Wednesday, October 11 at (Formerly October 18)
9:30 a.m.
at Arrowhead Library System - Chair, Lisa Brooks

Please feel free to contact the Monthly Memo editor, Tovah Anderson, with comments, corrections or library news.

Phone: 608-868-2872 
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Arrowhead Library System Director:
Steve Platteter, 608-868-2872

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