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Monthly Memo Newsletter | October 2019


Monthly Circulation Statistics

Total Circulations in September 2019

  • 94,468 Traditional Circulations 87% 87%
  • 10,666 OverDrive/Libby Circulations 10% 10%
  • 3,294 Hoopla Digital Circulations 3% 3%

Are you familiar with the Biblioboard products?

WPLC started a two-year pilot project to help libraries connect with and support their local writing and reading communities with a suite of offerings from Biblioboard.

Download a helpful BiblioBoard handout.


Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks.

Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows users to create professional-quality print-ready and eBook files.


With the SELF-e program, authors can submit their ebook to SELF-e to have it showcased in the Indie Wisconsin Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to their work. Readers across the state can discover their work with the potential for national exposure.

Wisconsin Author Project

Through the Wisconsin Author Project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. The winner of the 2019 contest was announced at the WLA conference and will be publicized soon!

BiblioBoard Library

Wisconsin’s Digital Library includes both the OverDrive and Libby platform and the BiblioBoard library platform.

BiblioBoard library contains local content from self-published authors, top indie ebooks and so much more.

Save the Dates

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

January 22-23, 2020
Registration will open Thanksgiving week.
Cost: Free to ALS Library, Board, & System Staff

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 (including ALS) in Wisconsin.

Library Day at the Fair!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 10 AM – 2 PM (plus setup and cleanup)

In lieu of a weeklong booth at the Rock County 4-H fair, ALS and member libraries will be hosting a four-hour library festival inside the fair on Wednesday from 10-2. The rough idea is to have stations families can visit anytime we’re there, plus a group activity like starting every half hour. Details to come this spring.


#eBooksForAll update

Shared from PLA eNews

On October 14, PLA and ALA proudly announced the achievement of an in the #eBooksForAll campaign to condemn Macmillan Publishers’ plan to restrict library access to eBooks. On that date, the number of people to broke the 100,000 mark, and has since exceeded 150,000! PLA is grateful to its members for the tremendous role they’ve played in mobilizing library staff and patrons to take action on this important issue.

On the heels of the #eBooksForAll campaign, ALA released a report . Submitted in response to an inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, the report underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers — such as abusive pricing and restrictive licensing terms for libraries — that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms. The report addresses publishers’ abusive pricing and restrictive licensing terms for libraries. (PDF, 7 pages). In addition to this legislative action, ALA is also considering legal solutions if the embargo does indeed go into effect November 1.

to stay updated on this issue.

Free live webcast on community engagement

Shared from PLA eNews

PLA is collaborating with the (NCFL) to offer a free live webcast of the NCFL session “How Programs Can Recruit & Engage Culturally Diverse Families,” Monday, Nov. 4, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern. It’s an opportunity to hear from education and library experts who work to engage diverse community groups and how those programs can inform the work of public libraries.

 Presenters will include Allison Barney, youth services manager at Denver (Colo.) Public Library; Amber Creger, Youth Department director at Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library; Zeljana Javorek, ESL program manager at Catholic Charities of Louisville (Ky.); Sophie Maier, immigrant services librarian at Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library; Homa Naficy, executive director of The American Place at Hartford (Conn.) Public Library; and PLA Deputy Director Scott Allen. .

Save the Date: PLSR Implementation Webinars

Shared from WI Libraries For Everyone

Save the Date: PLSR Implementation Webinars

The Department of Public Instruction has begun identifying activities for implementing recommendations included in the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Committee’s Recommendation Report. A preliminary timeline has been drafted at the request of COLAND and was presented to both COLAND and SRLAAW.

We will be presenting this timeline of activities at two webinars this November:

November 19, 9-10 am

Join DPI PLSR Activities through Spring 2020 Meeting 1
+1 872-703-5321 United States, Chicago (Toll)
Conference ID: 221 239 616# 

November 25, 3-4 pm

Join DPI PLR Activities through Spring 2020 Meeting 2
+1 872-703-5321 United States, Chicago (Toll)
Conference ID: 579 568 935#

The entire Wisconsin library community is invited to attend these sessions. The same material will be presented at both and each webinar will allow time for questions and comments about the proposed activities. Both webinars will be recorded and posted after they are completed.

To keep up to date on PLSR activities, be sure to watch the COLAND webpage. All materials developed and posted to the page will continue to be available but that website is no longer being updated with new information.

Written by Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


SHARE Directors’ Council:
Tuesday, November 5, 11:00 a.m.
at Matheson Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting:
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
at Milton Public Library.

Librarians Meeting:
Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.
at Milton Public Library


Steve Platteter

System Director

Tovah Anderson

Public Information Coordinator

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