Arrowhead Library System was established in 1974 to coordinate and expand Rock County's public library services. All Rock County residents benefit from enhanced, cost-effective library services through the continued cooperation of ALS and its member libraries.
Arrowhead transports library materials to all Rock County Public Libraries; Beloit College and Blackhawk Technical College and all public schools in Rock County, (except Clinton & Edgerton.) Arrowhead’s delivery system connects with the statewide delivery to bring materials from throughout Wisconsin to Rock County public, school, and college libraries.
Payment is received from school, college, and technical libraries, and this payment covers nearly ½ of the delivery costs for the system. To be sure we have the most cost effective delivery service, bids were let for delivery in the spring of 2001 and they ranged from $27,000 to $50,000, all higher than the cost for the Arrowhead System to own and operate its own van.
The statewide delivery system brings interlibrary loan and other library materials directly to the Arrowhead office and the items are distributed to the libraries in the Arrowhead system. This cooperative effort is just one of the many ways that the library system is working with other agencies to cut costs and improve service to citizens. Arrowhead pays the cost of the statewide delivery service.
Arrowhead provides a full-time public relations consultant to assist the seven libraries with publicity, news releases, print pieces (brochures, posters, etc.), program planning and special projects. The Arrowhead Library System also participates in the Rock County 4-H Fair, works with the Janesville and Stateline Literacy Councils, and is a member of the Wisconsin Public Library consortium which provides services such as OverDrive.
Arrowhead provides at least eight continuing education workshops for library staff. These workshops are designed to improve skills and efficiency of staff and present new concepts in library service. Several of these workshops are sponsored with other library systems, in order to reduce costs and provide quality workshop presenters. Workshops have included summer reading program preparation, genealogy, customer service, Spanish collection development, long and short-range planning, children materials collection development, storytelling, and starting and maintaining a Friends group.
Arrowhead serves as a clearing house, training center and substitute interlibrary loan assistance for member libraries. An Arrowhead staff person is available to assist member libraries with difficult interlibrary loan transactions. Training for member library interlibrary loan staff is also provided, either by an Arrowhead staff member or Reference and Loan staff. An Arrowhead library staff member can also serve as a temporary substitute for interlibrary loan staff at member libraries who are ill or on vacation.
Nursing Home and Assisted Living Collections
Arrowhead maintains a large-print collection that is rotated among more than 15 Rock County nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Because of reduced state funding we will no longer be able to add materials to this collection, but will continue to rotate the old materials. There is no other service that provides large print books to these facilities.
Jail Library Services
Working jointly with the Rock County Sheriff department, the Arrowhead Library System, with a $2,000 grant from Rock County, supplies paperback books to the Rock County jail. Rock County deputies make recommendations, pickup and deliver the books. This is another cooperative effort between Rock County agencies that saves money and staff time for jail inmate services. Member libraries also donate used paperback books for this collection.
Computer Training and Technology Support
Cooperative efforts with Rock County Public Schools, Gates Foundation grants, and Arrowhead Library System’s computer trainer, Arrowhead provides workshops for staff and the public in all seven Rock County communities.
Workshop training includes e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and the Internet. Two libraries, the Hedberg Public Library and the Beloit public library have computer labs with space for 10 – 16 students. Library staff from all Arrowhead libraries are encouraged to attend staff training sessions at these libraries. LSTA grants have also provided computer classes with a Spanish translator for Spanish speaking clients at the Janesville and Stateline Literacy Councils.
The Arrowhead Library System provides consulting services for the public libraries in Rock County. These services include ADA accessibility issues, budgeting, purchasing and expanding library collections, children’s services, programming for adults, technology maintenance and repair, and services to people with special needs.
For more information about library services and cooperative cost saving benefits for Rock County libraries and taxpayers contact Steve Platteter at email@example.com
Richard Bostwick - President - Rock County Supervisor
Nick Dimassis, Director, Beloit Public Library
The ALS board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Director - Steve Platteter, 608-868-2872 x 238
Office and ILL Manager - Anita Schultz, 608-868-2872 x 240
Public Relations Coordinator - Tovah Anderson, 608-868-2872 x 241
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