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Monthly Memo Newsletter | January 2020


Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in December 2019

  • 85,309 Traditional Circulations 86.30% 86.30%
  • 10,232 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 10.35% 10.35%
  • 3,307 Hoopla Digital Circulations 3.35% 3.35%

Author Visit to Help Kick-Off Reading Program

Pat Zietlow-Miller, Children's Author

Pat Zietlow-Miller, children’s author

Eager Free Public Library in Evansville will host a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration this Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 AM. Curious families and current participants are invited to their 2020 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off which combines their Hands-on Fun program with an author visit from Pat Zietlow Miller. Expect fun activities and great stories!

Pat Zietlow-Miller is author of Remarkably YouWhen You Are BraveLoretta’s GiftBe KindSophie’s Squash, and many more.

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Jobs Around the System

Beloit Public Library

Library Service Specialist I – Customer Experience
Salary: $13.29 Hourly
Location: Beloit, WI
Job Type: Part-Time (20 hours per week)
Department: Beloit Public Library
Job Number: 201900071
Closing: 1/26/2020
Beloit Public Library seeks to hire a Library Service Specialist I – Customer Experience for part-time employment to provide excellence in customer experiences at the Service Points and the detailed work in Service Workroom.
Employees in this position embody the Library’s code of service by creating an atmosphere where customers and coworkers feel invited, informed, impressed, and inspired. They greet customers and coworkers with a welcoming smile, and they enthusiastically provide knowledgeable and meaningful assistance and use of Library resources. We will train the right person who possesses a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Immediate need for evenings and weekends but may include other times. Beloit Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For consideration, please complete an online application at Applications will be accepted through Sunday, January 26, 2020, or until the job is filled.
1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Ability to speak, read, and write English.
3. Ability to perform moderately heavy physical work.
4. Minimum of one year of experience in a customer-service related field is required.

Beloit Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For consideration for a position, please click here to apply.

Mark Your Calendars: CE Opportunities

WEBINAR: An Introduction to Creating a Library Marketing Plan

Jamie Matczak, Wisconsin Valley Library Service and Mark Ibach, South Central Library System

When: Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Register: prior to the webinar 
Register Here
CE Hours: 1

A marketing plan provides focus to a library’s marketing efforts and ensures that limited resources are used effectively and efficiently. It helps keep you and your staff focused on the big picture of what you do—your vision and mission. The marketing plan is the guide that provides order to your messaging and efforts. 

A state-wide public library system marketing cohort has drafted a marketing plan template that any library of any size can model and adapt. Based on Kathy Dempsey’s “Cycle of True Marketing,” Jamie Matczak and Mark Ibach will walk through the marketing plan template that has been developed, answer questions, and seek feedback before the plan is officially presented to Wisconsin libraries. 

This webinar will share: 

  •  A customizable marketing framework that can be adapted to suit a library’s unique needs and community

  •  Sample marketing plan, budget, and calendar guides

  • Links to resources that expand on the information presented

In-Person: Guiding Family Media Use: Every Family & Community is Different

Rebekah Willett & Nate Wheeler from the iSchool at UW-Madison

When: Thursday, March 12 from 8-9am
Where: Eager Free Public Library (39 W. Main Street Evansville, WI)
Cost: Free
RSVP: To Alison O’Brien at by March 1
CE Hours: 1

Although most people recognize that all families are different, we still hear a lot of ‘one-size-fits all’ suggestions for family media practices, such as limiting children’s media use to two hours per day, regardless of the type of media or the contexts in which they are used. This training presents data that show how differences in family contexts such as socio-economics, ethnicities, (dis)abilities, location, parents’ work schedules, and religious beliefs impact family decisions connected with media use. The training presents three common media guidance models and provides questions for discussion and critique. The aim of the training is to empower librarians and professionals by providing ways to support parents in their individual decision making as they guide their children’s use of digital media.

In-Person: Homeless Librarian Training

Joe Dutra from the Homeless Librarian

When: Friday, March 6: Choose one session  9am-noon OR 1-4pm
Where: Beloit Public Library’s Community Room (605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit)
Cost: Free
Register: By February 28 online at
CE Hours: 3

This interactive training is one part “how to understand your homeless patrons” and one part “how to work with difficult patrons”. It focuses on very practical tools you can use every day to resolve problems and prevent conflict. There is a special focus on patrons with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Breakfast and lunch options are available for purchase at The Blender Cafe inside BPL and at these Downtown Beloit restaurants.


Catalog Update

An upgrade to the SHARE catalog was performed Sunday, January 19. One of the most noticeable improvements the catalog’s responsiveness to screen size making it mobile-friendly. It’s now easier than ever to search the catalog and manage your account from your favorite smartphone or tablet.

Another new feature is an expanded summary tab for some movie content. You may see an “Explore Summary, Movie And Music” tab for some items instead of the standard “Summary” tab.

Browse the SHARE catalog.

Mobile Screenshot: shows illustrating new responsive design

Screenshot: displayed on a smartphone with new responsive interface.

Screenshot: showing the new

Screenshot: showing the new “Explore Summary, Movie And Music” tab

PC Group Purchase

Don’t forget to place your 2020 PC Group Purchase orders by Friday, February 28.


Wild Wisconsin Webinar: Slides and Recordings Available

Catch up on all the great webinars from the 2020 Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference in one place, for free.

View slides and recordings.

Join the WLA Mentorship Program!

Wisconsin Library association is seeking applications for members interested in participating as a mentor or mentee in the WLA Mentorship Program’s pilot year.

WLA has a mission to engage, inspire, and advocate for library workers and supporters to improve and promote library services for the people of Wisconsin. In line with that mission, the WLA Mentorship Program is designed to provide encouragement, support, and guidance to library staff seeking professional growth through connections with experienced colleagues within a structured mentoring program. Mentees gain experience from knowledgeable library colleagues while becoming further involved in the statewide professional association. Mentors gain opportunities to give back to the profession, model volunteerism, and help influence the future of librarianship.

Any WLA member may apply to the year-long program. There is no additional cost to participate. Each mentor/mentee pair will work with a Leadership Committee liaison to set goals and develop a productive, professional relationship. Applications are due March 2. In this inaugural year, WLA is enrolling a limited number of partnerships. For more information about the WLA Mentorship Program and to see the program outline application, visit the website.

Learn more. Apply today.

2020 Increase in IMLS Funding Approved

On December 20, 2019, the federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget passed Congress, and it included an increase of $10 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with $6.2 million of that increase going to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program. The total for the Grants to States program – the single largest component of the IMLS budget – rose to a total of $166,803,000. This investment in public libraries from the federal IMLS to state and territory libraries is granted based on their population.

Read more.


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tuesday, February 4, 9:30 a.m.
at Matheson Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 p.m.
at Arrowhead Library System

Librarians Meeting:
Wednesday, February 19,
9:30 a.m.
at Milton Public Library


Steve Platteter

System Director

Tovah Anderson

Public Information Coordinator

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