Subject: Report of System activities
The following is an update of activities since our last meeting. I would be happy to provide further details at our meeting, or feel free to give me a call or send an email in advance.
This is an extremely difficult budget year. Local governments are trying to maintain services in the face of continued increases for utilities and health insurance premiums and state-imposed levy limits.
Although most counties are requesting county departments to submit reduced or no-increase budget requests the library directors in all counties decided to submit funding requests higher than last year for these reasons:
The current status is as follows:
The county library directors met
Overdrive Digital Audiobooks: The Overdrive project went ‘live’ for Winnefox libraries in mid-September. At this time it’s too early to have statistics but it has been popular in other parts of the state that were ready to circulate before we were. An article from the Oshkosh Northwestern is attached.
Library Director Changes: In my last report I related that the Oxford Public Library had hired a new
director. Two days before our board
meeting that person resigned. The
library has since hired
Celebration at North Fond du Lac Public Library
(Spillman Library): We have
another library celebrating its centennial: the Spillman Library in
Article in the
Library Construction Report: Wild Rose is expanding the library and building a community room addition. Work is moving along well and they hope to be finished just before Christmas. The Endeavor Public Library will be temporarily moving to a remodeled storefront in late October or early November. Their current home, an old school, is too expensive to heat and the village is looking for other options for housing the library and the village offices.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005
Redgranite Library raising funds...brick by brick
By Jim Wolff
Many viewers of the annual Redgranite
Labor Day parade probably came in contact with a flyer promoting a fundraiser for
the Redgranite Public Library. It's drawing attention to problems facing
libraries throughout the
area when facilities deteriorate or expenses accumulate. For Redgranite, the
slogan will be: "Buy a brick for only $5... our library
needs a new outside." The names and
numbers of bricks purchased will be listed on an honor roll inside the library
for all patrons to see. One of those
working hard to promote the library and keep it afloat is Opal Barclay who has been
on the Redgranite Library Board since 1986. Despite
living with an oxygen tank in her
'BUY A BRICK FOR ONLY $5... our library needs a
new outside'. Redgranite Library is
using this slogan to help raise funds for new siding on the building.
ago and some of the old stucco was covered with siding which now needs replacing or repair. "Bob Ruminski came up with the 'brick' idea and started the fund out with a $100 donation," she said, "and other individuals and organizations are contributing also. But we need help from all the citizens who want to see our library preserved."
Barclay says the village con tributes less than most municipalities provide for their libraries, but village president Jerry Sieg notes that the village paid for the library through the years and supported it. Current payments, he says, are established by the budget. The problem, he says, is with the Winnefox system which has contributed practically nothing through the years. "Now that we're due to get our rightful amount," he says, "they want to take it away."
Library contributions arc determined through a formula that considers
population as well as circulation. Since the correctional institute was built
there, the 750 prison population is added to the village's population total, thereby
decreasing Redgranite's per capita contribution to
about $6.89, far below
The Waushara library reimbursement is figured by dividing the total operational expenditures of each library by the total number of loans of materials to county rural residents. Of the eight Waushara libraries, four will see a budget increase next year. Redgranite is one of die remaining four that will not, receiving $10,749, or $3,338 less than last year. One of the factors for the circulation loss was the Highway 21 construction for two straight years.
In a library review, head librarian JoAnn Borchardt notes that the library has had only enough funds in the past ten years to buy best seller fiction books demanded by patrons. There has not been enough money for children's books or for updating non-fiction books. The library has received several grants as a member in the Winnefox system. "All our public Internet computers were obtained free with these grants," Borchardt writes. "Two are from a Bill Gates Foundation grant which also included a laser printer, a scanner and a year's supply of printer paper. Another Internet is from a Senior Net Grant which offers easier access and e-mail to senior citizens." Another free Internet came from Winnefox Technical Cooperative Services.
Barclay notes that the library board does not want to touch any of the donations and memorials that have been made in the name of deceased residents by using that money for operating expenses.
Last year the Redgranite Library had the lowest
contribution of any
OPAL BARCLAY, a resident of Preston Place, is a long-
time member of the Redgranite Library Board, who is
urging residents to help provide funds for a new build-
Despite growing concern with operational budgets, the Redgranite
Library's immediate concern is with the replacement of the exterior. Donations
may be sent to
To Correct Matters
I wish to correct several statements relating to library funding and Winnefox Library System in the article "Redgranite library raising funds-brick by brick" in the Feature Section of the Thursday, September 8 paper.
You quote the Redgranite Village President Jerry Sieg as saying that the Winnefox Library System has contributed practically nothing to the library and that "Mow that we're due to get our rightful amount they want to take it away."
His statement implies, that Winnefox Library System
funds libraries, which is incorrect. Winnefox provides services to the 30
public libraries in Pond du Lac,
The article further states, "Library contributions are determined
through a formula that considers population as well as circulation." While
this has been true in
This funding partnership between the municipality and county helps to maintain strong public libraries and ensure library access to all county residents, regardless of where they live.
Mark W. Arend, Assistant Director
Winnefox now offers service
BY BETHANY K. WARNER
of The Northwestern
The Winnefox Library system is turning - or clicking - the next page into new services for library patrons.
Library-card holders in the 30 libraries that make up Winnefox can now download
audiobooks to their personal computers, 24 hours a day,
signaling the next phase
in library service.
"We started out where everything was in the building. Over the last...
years, we've been slowly expanding that," said Mark Arend,
assistant interim director for Win-
nefox. "We started with e-Books a few years ago. The downloadable audio is just the next step. Rather than owning the physical object, we own a virtual object."
The audiobooks project has been in the works for more than a year and a half, .Arend said, as Winnefox worked with the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium.
For about $2,800 a year, the Winnefox system has access to 500 downloadable audiobooks from the Over-Drive Digital Audiobooks
collection. The 500 titles in-
clude fiction books in several genres and non-fiction books. Statewide, the audio-book contract costs about $25,000 a year. Arend says the system plans to track usage and popularity of the current titles to determine what books to purchase downloadable access for in the future.
Patrons can access the audiobooks through theWinnefox Web site. To download a book, Arend said, they must first download the OverDrive Media Console, which is a free software piece. Once a patron downloads a book, it can be transferred to a digital audio player or burned, on a CD.