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Monthly Memo Newsletter | December 2018


New Year’s Resolution Awareness Campaign Concludes

ALS just concluded a month-long awareness campaign highlighting specific library services that can help patrons achieve success with 2018’s most popular New Year’s resolutions. Pieces were displayed in-library, on Facebook, and on library websites. Announcements also ran on WCLO radio.

Policy Change: Blocked Patrons Retain Access to OverDrive/Libby

At the December meeting of the ALS Library Directors, a motion was passed to restore OverDrive/Libby access to patrons blocked due to fines and fees. Previous system policy revoked digital collections privileges from blocked patrons until the account was restored to good standing. ALS libraries voted unanimously to match other SHARE Consortium libraries, thereby maintaining a more consistent patron experience, by keeping OverDrive/Libby access available to patrons not in good standing.

Early Deadline for Spring and Summer Library Program Material Requests


ALS’s Public Information Coordinator is expected to be on leave most of March and April. 

Please submit all program guide requests (for February-May), PR needs, and as much Summer Library Program information as you can by February 1, 2019. Any SLP material needed in early May should be submitted by this deadline.

If ALS does not create your library’s materials, please disregard this message.

A rocket cardboard stand-up (with 2 optional cutouts for faces)  is available to ALS Libraries for checkout. Please reserve it for only  week at a time so all libraries have a chance to use it. Reservation form and image available here on page 3 of the gallery.

Job Openings at Member Libraries

Technical Services / Outreach Coordinator

Milton Public Library
Deadline: January 4, 2019

More info & application

Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in November 2018

  • 102,187 Traditional Circulations 90% 90%
  • 9,425 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 8% 8%
  • 2,640 Hoopla Digital Circulations 2% 2%


Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Various Times
Thursday, January 24, 2019 – Various Times

Now in its seventh year, the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin–including Arrowhead Library System.

Any and all staff from libraries in the Arrowhead Library System are welcome to participate in the web conference at no cost. Each webinar is 1-hour long and falls in one of four topic tracks: Library Leadership, Youth Services, Marketing, or Small & Mighty. Choose from 14 great webinars.

Register online today!

Other Training & Development Opportunities

2019 Power Up Conference

March 28-19, 2019
at the iSchool @ UW-Madison

Information & Registration

BiblioBoard Trainings for Staff or Patrons

Create. Share. Discover. Staff Intro/Refresher
• Personal Training Webinars
• Author Workshops for Patrons

Information & Request Form

WLA Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 8:30-3:30
Please register by January 28

Rough Outline of the Legislative Day:
(Final agenda not yet available) 

  • 8:30-9 Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9-10:30 Briefing Session & Recognition)
  • 11-noon Morning Appointments
  • Noon-11:30 Lunch-on-your-own
  • 1:30-3:30 Afternoon Appointments

Registeration and hotel information here!

Nervous? Here’s what’s provided:

  • Briefing of issues and official talking points
  • Provided folder with talking points and leave-behind information
  • Participants are divided into groups based on voting districts and will attend appointments together
  • Appointments are scheduled for you
  • Your main role is to cover the talking points and share a powerful library story
  • WLA offers resources online to help prepare you to meet with officials


What’s happening right now?

  • Visit the PLSR Updates Page for the latest news on the process, milestones, and next steps.


 Contact the Tovah with comments, corrections, or library news.

Email: Tovah Anderson
Public Information Coordinator

Email: Steve Platteter
Arrowhead Library System Director

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Milton, WI 53563 


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tues., January 8, 11:00 a.m. at Matheson Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wed., January 9, 6:00 p.m. at Arrowhead Library System (MPL)

Librarians Meeting:
Wed., January 16, 9:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Library System (MPL), Chair Mary Bieber

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