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Volume 3, Number 20
September 30, 2005



- Teen Read Week materials available; observance is Oct. 16-22
- Libraries asked to update directory information on SCLS website
- Library Emporium updates item submission policies
- Mobile computer lab available for libraries
- Register now for Oct. 18 trip to explore self-check, RFID
- Member/Staff News
- Libraries reminded that 60 Books project will begin in October
- ‘Two Days in October’ offers libraries program opportunities
- WebJunction offers online courses in basic computing, applications
- State law now limits municipal and county property tax levies
- Libraries urged to build programs around ‘RX for Survival’ broadcast
- CCBC offers new Intellectual Freedom Information resource

Continuing Education --
- CEs

Did you know…

…that U.S. libraries (public and academic) circulate nearly 2 billion items each year? Based on 2001-03 state library data collection nationally, public library circulation (including interlibrary loan) was about 1.8 billion items, while academic libraries circulated about 136 million items.

--OCLC report “Libraries: How they stack up"



Teen Read Week materials available; observance is Oct. 16-22

This year’s observance of Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22, encourages teens to celebrate reading with the theme “Get Real! @ your library,” Promotional packets have been sent to libraries and materials are now available on the SCLS website at

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. This year’s theme encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction books, such as biographies, self-help books, strange but true stories, and more.

Parents of teens also are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, and they can use the following ideas.

  • Visit the local public library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
  • Set aside time each night for the family to read.
  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
  • Share your favorite book with your teen.
  • Surf the Internet with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is
  • Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

Teen Read Week is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list, plus more information about the observance, can be found at


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Libraries asked to update directory information on SCLS website

As we move toward the end of 2005, it’s time to begin working on the 2006 South Central Library System Directory of Public Libraries. This printed resource is made available to member libraries each year, but we need your help.

To facilitate this annual project, and to try and get the directory printed and distributed before the beginning of 2006, we’re asking that you take some time before Nov. 1 to ensure that your library’s information is up to date.

Begin by visiting and selecting your library from the list, then review the information presented there. If anything is missing, or needs to be changed, you can update the information by using the online form at (there is also a link to the form at the top of the directory homepage).

If there are no changes to your information, we ask that you still submit the online form. Simply enter your library’s name and put “no changes” in the address field. This way we know that all libraries have reviewed their information and everything is current.


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Library Emporium updates item submission policies

Response to Library Emporium has been overwhelming, resulting in such a volume of items that we’re struggling to sort, evaluate, and post in a timely manner. The outcome of this increasing inventory is that we’re spending too much time trying to sell items that bring only a few dollars, instead of being free to aggressively market those items that have significantly higher value.

To ensure that we capture the greatest amount of revenue for libraries, we are implementing a new target value for items to be sold through the Library Emporium. By focusing our efforts only on those items priced at $50 or more, we believe our for-sale items will not be lost amid the sea of low-value items. As public demand decreases for these low value items, our inventory has filled beyond our capacity, and our disposal, weeding, and listing costs limit our ability to maintain the service.

For more information about these policy chnges, visit

--From Troy Bauman, Emporium Manager


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Mobile computer lab available for libraries

South Central Library System has two mobile computer labs that member public libraries can request to use for patron/staff training and programs. Each computer lab contains one teacher laptop and six student laptops running Windows 2000. Every laptop is loaded with Office 2000 (which includes Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word) and Internet Explorer for the web browser. Each lab also includes a wireless LAN (local area network) that allows a single connection to your Internet access port and a multimedia projector. The self-contained labs also come with power strips, extension cords and an extra long RGB cable for the projector.

Besides the two mobile labs there is one presentation package that can be requested for library programs or for doing presentations. This package contains one laptop and one multimedia projector, as well as the necessary cables, power strip and extension cord. It is loaded with same software programs described above.

To reserve either of the mobile computer labs or the presentation package, contact Heidi Moe at (608) 246-9790 (or by email). Equipment will be sent to and from the requesting library through the SCLS Delivery system.

In the near future, an online reservation form will be available on the SCLS homepage at Look under the heading “Programming Resources” in the second column.


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Register now for Oct. 18 trip to explore self-check, RFID

As announced last week, a road trip is planned Oct. 18 to New Berlin and Gurnee, IL, to see their libraries' new check-out and check-in systems in action.  You'll get to see and ask questions about self-check, self-return (automatic check-in when books are returned), automated sorting of returned materials, and RFID (radio frequency ID).

For the complete schedule, and to register, visit

If you have questions about the trip or the technologies involved, contact Stef Morrill, Library Technology Coordinator, at (608) 245-5799 (or by email).


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Member/Staff News

The McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids will celebrate its renovation grand opening and 115th birthday this Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-4:30 p.m. The afternoon will begin with a 2 p.m. unveiling of the library’s historical mural, followed by the 2:15 p.m. renovation ribbon cutting and brief remarks by officials and invited dignitaries. The 115th birthday party will follow from 3-4:30 p.m. The Dan Mitchell Trio will provide the afternoon’s music.

Photographs of award recipients from System Celebration 2005 (held Sept. 15 at Morels Restaurant in Middleton) can be viewed at

The October issue of the DCLRC Docket, the electronic newsletter of the Dane County Legal Resource Center, is now available at

Kristi Williams, a trustee for the South Central Library System 1987, has been named the Trustee of the Year by the Wisconsin Library Association. Kristi was a Dane County Library Board trustee from 1987-98, and in 1991 was an alternate member of the Wisconsin delegation to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services. She also served as a member of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Libraries and has been a member of COLAND since 1997. "The Wisconsin advocacy button that reads 'I love libraries and I vote' describes me," Kristi said. "I started appreciating libraries when I became a mother and we discovered the great wealth of children’s books and programs. Our children are adult library lovers now and we are a family of advocates and regular visitors to libraries wherever we travel."


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Libraries reminded that 60 Books project will begin in October

GRAPHIC: 60 BOOKS LOGOSouth Central Library System member libraries are reminded that the year-long book arts, writing, and journaling project called “60 Books” will begin in October.

Created for the Wisconsin Book Festival by the Bone Folders' Guild (a book arts group based in Madison), the project will feature 60 blank books, one of which will be distributed to each SCLS member library before the 2005 Wisconsin Book Festival, Oct. 14-16, 2005. For the next 10 months -- until Aug. 15, 2006 -- these books will be available for checkout by library patrons. The Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC) of the SCLS Board has approved this project for SCLS member library participation.

You can read more detail about this project in the Aug. 5, 2005, issue of Online Update (Vol. 3, No. 16). For more information about the project, contact Mary Knapp, Madison Public Library, at (608) 266-6359 (, or Alison Jones Chaim, director of the Wisconsin Book Festival, at (608) 265-5595 (

More information about the Wisconsin Book Festival is available at, and you can read more about the Bone Folders' Guild at


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‘Two Days in October’ offers libraries program opportunities

"Two Days in October," a documentary based on David Maraniss' book "They Marched Into Sunlight," will air on Wisconsin Public Television Monday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. The documentary tells the story of two turbulent days in October 1967 when history turned a corner. In Vietnam, a U.S. battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong trap, while half a world away concerned students at the University of Wisconsin protested the presence of Dow Chemical recruiters on campus. The demonstration spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a student protest had turned violent.

Public Television has created program discussion guides for libraries and other educational organizations that want to sponsor community discussions. Visit for the discussion guides and other information about the program. Libraries are allowed to videotape the program for community discussion forums and can play the tape for up to one year after the broadcast date, but the copied tapes cannot be added to the circulating collection. For information about “Two Days in October” events happening in Wisconsin visit

David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post, where he has worked at various writing and editing jobs for 28 years, He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1992 for his coverage of Bill Clinton.


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WebJunction offers online courses in basic computing, applications

Want to improve your computer skills or learn new applications -- at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient for you? The WebJunction online courses in their Basic Computing and Applications Series might be the answer. SCLS has purchased 15 licenses that will allow unlimited access to this series -- from Introduction to PCs to Excel Expert -- for a one year period. Take a look at all the available topics at, clicking on “courses” on the right side of the screen.

Nine of the licenses have already been spoken for. If you’re interested in using one of the remaining six seats, or in finding out more about the WebJunction online classes or other computer training opportunities, contact Mary Wepking at (608) 246-5613 (or by email).


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State law now limits municipal and county property tax levies

The state budget signed into law as Act 25 includes property tax levy limits prohibiting municipalities and counties from increasing their total property tax levy by more than a specified percentage for each of the next two years. The law allows levies to increase by either two percent or the percentage change in the municipality's or county's equalized value due to net new construction, whichever is greater. The Department of Revenue (DOR) has posted 2004-05 net new construction values for each Wisconsin municipality and county on its website at These figures will be used to determine levy limits for next year.

Please note that the levy limits are based on the total municipal or county levy, not separately to the level of library funding provided by a municipality or county.  An individual department or service could receive a higher appropriation, as long as the total increase for the municipality or county does not exceed the total levy limit.

Amounts levied for debt service are generally exempt from the levy limits. In addition, levies can be increased above the allowable limits if the amount is approved by referendum. The DOR has a FAQ page on the levy limits at

-- Reprinted from Channel Weekly (Vol. 8, No. 3 -- Sept. 15, 2005)


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Libraries urged to build programs around ‘RX for Survival’ broadcast

“RX for Survival,” a series that looks at the most critical and emerging threats to global public health and chronicles the leaders who, against all odds, care for patients in unimaginable conditions, will premiere on Wisconsin Public Television on Nov. 1, 2005. Events are taking place in Dane County, including a public lecture at the Middleton Public Library on Oct. 18 that highlights the status of world and public health.

Libraries are welcome to sponsor community discussion forums based on this series. Discussion guides will be available at and all SCLS libraries will receive program bookmarks that list books appropriate for display and discussion. Distribute these bookmarks in any ways that are suitable for your institution. Libraries are allowed to videotape the program for community discussion forums and can show the program for up to one year after the broadcast date, but the copied tapes cannot be added to the circulating collection.


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CCBC offers new Intellectual Freedom Information resource

Are there standard practices to follow to be prepared for a book complaint? How can I avoid complaints about the books I choose for my classroom? Is it censorship to reject an item I've ordered once I see it firsthand?

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide thoughtful responses to these and other questions through its new website feature: What IF…Questions and Answers on Intellectual Freedom.

What IF… is a question-and-answer forum on intellectual freedom and censorship, especially with regard to books for children and teenagers in classrooms and libraries. It is not designed to respond to specific challenges to materials, but it is a place to turn to ask questions before a challenge occurs, and to help you think through what the principles of intellectual freedom look like in practice.

What IF… will draw upon the expertise of former CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, who is nationally known for her leadership in intellectual freedom work. Ginny founded the CCBC's award-winning Intellectual Freedom Information Services, which provide Wisconsin librarians and teachers with timely, book-specific information in situations where there is a pending or actual challenge. If you are a Wisconsin librarian or teacher facing a potential or actual book challenge, call the CCBC at (608) 263-3720 to ask for assistance from this service. You can read more about it at

Ginny and CCBC librarian Megan Schliesman will respond to each question submitted to What IF... All questions are confidential and will receive a personal reply. Some questions and their responses will be chosen for anonymous inclusion in the What IF… archives so that others can learn from them.

To find out more about What IF…, or to submit a question, visit


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Continuing Education --

Upcoming CEs

October 5 -- What Do I Read Next, with Liz Amundson, Madison Public Library, 9-10:30 a.m., SCLS Training Room E.

October 14 -- Literature Resource Center (LRC), with Dawn Foster, Portage Public Library, 9-11:30 a.m., SCLS Training Room E.

October 20 -- The Boomers are Coming! What Do They Want? (compressed video broadcast), with Allan Kleiman, Chair, RUSA/RSS Library Service to an Aging Population Committee (ALA) and Head of Reference, Westfield Memorial Library, (NJ), 9-11:30 a.m., SCLS Administration & Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point.

November 8 -- Badgerlink: Humanities, with Linda Miller, 1:30-4 p.m., SCLS Training Room E.

November 11 -- Reference USA Business, with Tana Elias, Madison Public Library, 9-11:00 a.m., SCLS Training Room E.

November 17 -- Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales: 2006 SLP Workshop, with Kathy Ross (keynote), Geri Ceci Cupery, Kim Ropson, and Karen Wendt, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Olbrich Gardens, Madison.

November 18 -- Libraries in a Google Universe, Soaring to Excellence Teleconference Series (DuPage), with Steven Bell, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MATC Reedsburg and Truax, Marshfield Clinic, MSTC Wisconsin Rapids, Monona Public Library, UW-Stevens Point, and the Pyle Center at UW-Madison (tentative sites).

November 30 -- Badgerlink: Humanities, with Linda Miller, 9-11:30 a.m., Pinery Room, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point.

November 30 -- Badgerlink: Resources for Kids, with Linda Miller, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., Pinery Room, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point

December 2 -- Badgerlink: Ethnic Information, with Linda Miller, 9 - 11:30 a.m., SCLS Training Room E.


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