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FROM THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Brainfuse marketing ideas this month are all about the new decade.
Please feel free to share on your social media/website.

Start the year off right with setting academic goals. Use HelpNow to get homework help from a live online tutor. You can also use the writing lab for comprehensive feedback to help you improve your writing. Suggested hashtags include: #helpnow, #homeworkhelp, #writinglab, #thisis2020, #2020goals, #academicgoals, #whatlibrariesdo.

Start the decade with a goal that is easy to keep! Use JobNow to update your resume. You can also use the resume lab for comprehensive, personalized feedback to improve your resume. Suggested hashtags include: #jobnow, #resumetemplate, #resumefeedback, #thisis2020, #2020goals, #careergoals, #whatlibrariesdo.

UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
AROUND THE ARROWHEAD

AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 16:  New Book Club at 2:00 p.m.  Each person who comes is asked to talk about and, if possible, bring a book that you are currently reading or have recently read.
 
BABBITT PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 6:  Book Club at 2:00 p.m.
January 8:  Ombre Winter Tree Earring Class at 3:30 p.m.
 
CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 7 at 10:15 am -- Winter Storytime Begins and continues on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
 
COOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 2 - March 6 -- Adult Winter Reading Program
Friday at 10:30 am -- Winter Story Time
Now through March 6th -- 400 Snowflake Challenge Preschool - 6th Grade

DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Tuesday, January 7th - 10:15 AM - Baby Storytime, 3:30 PM - Crafternoons for Kids
Wednesday, January 8th -- 10:15 AM - Baby & Toddler Storytime, 10:30 AM - Storytime Stay and Play, 10:30 AM - West Duluth Storytime, 11:15 AM - Preschool Storytime, 1:00 PM - Social Worker Drop-In, 1:00 PM - West Duluth Movies for Seniors, 3:30 PM - Read to a Dog, 6:30 PM - Mt. Royal Book Club: A Man Called Ove
Thursday, January 9th -- 10:15 AM - Mt. Royal Storytime, 1:00 PM - Social Knitting Group
Friday, January 10th -- 3:30 PM - Family-Friendly Friday Movies: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Saturday, January 11th -- 11:00 AM - History Day Hullabaloo

 ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 8 at 3:00 pm - NASA@My Library - Space Gardening
January 9 at 1:00 pm - Film Fiesta - Driving Miss Daisy

GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 6 to February 28 - Winter reading program, “Celebrate Winter Reading”
Tuesdays at 10:30 am - Family story times continue each Tuesday at 10:30 through February 25, 2020
Thursdays at 4:00 pm - Wundrous Readers Society meets for hot cocoa, doodling, and reading aloud.
 
MOUNTAIN IRON PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 10 at 10:00 am -- Infant/Toddler Play Date
 
SILVER BAY PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 6th at 6:00 pm -- "Under the egg" by Laura Fitzgerald.  Friends Of The Library Book Club is open to the public and meets on the first Monday of each month in the library at 6:00 pm.
 
TWO HARBORS PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 6 at 5:00 pm - Teen Cover Letter Workshop
January 7 at 3:30 pm - Lego Club: Open Build
January 7 at 5:00 pm - rary Board Meeting
January 8 at 6:00 pm - North Shore Poets & Writers
January 9 at 6:00 pm - Storms of Lake Superior
January 10 at 12:00 pm - Read to Lucy the Whippet

VIRGINIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 6 - March 6 - Celebrate Winter Reading!


2020 Summer Reading Program Kick-off
and
Winter CLAS Meeting for Youth Services Staff
 
Friday, February 7, 2020, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
 
Arrowhead Library System Headquarters

Open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.
 
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - 2020 iREAD summer reading theme:  Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  Get ready for an interactive session with lots of idea sharing!  Your contributions are eagerly encouraged:
  • One book (any age) that you would recommend for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!  theme.
  • One craft/activity idea that fits with the theme -- feel free to bring copies of instructions for the group or send ahead of time and I can print for you.
  • One passive program idea (any age) that fits with the theme.
12:30-1:15 p.m. - A Passive Program & Pizza lunch.  The pizza lunch order is $8; if you want to participate, please note this on your registration form.   

1:15-3:30 p.m. - We will discuss topics submitted by you and ALS staff.  A call for agenda items will be sent out three weeks before the meeting date and a formal agenda will be crafted and sent out a week in advance.

To register for one or both events, please click on the following link by Tuesday, February 4, 2020:
SurveyMonkey Registration Form
FREE WEBINARS - Looking for continuing education opportunities?  The Wyoming State Library has consolidated a list of free upcoming webinars.   All events are listed in mountain time (MT) .  Check out the full January 2020 calendar!

AT YOUR LEISURE - These great classes are pre-recorded webinars to view at your convenience.

Both resources can be found HERE.
 

Can you imagine a world without libraries? If libraries didn’t exist, would we even be able to convince people to build them now? Those intriguing questions were asked by Eric Klinenburg at a recent presentation. I hope the answer to the second question would be yes, but it’s admittedly hard to say for certain. Which means it’s important for those of us who love libraries to speak up or risk losing what we value.

Speaking up for the library also means that we need to speak up for the core value of reading and the ways that libraries help us connect communities of readers. Reading is the gateway to growth, and connecting readers is how we will ensure our future success.

Which is precisely why I’m excited about everything we’re working on at NoveList — because our goal has been, and always will be, to better connect libraries, readers, and books. As I look back on what we finished in 2019, I am proud of the work we did that helped libraries support readers. And as I look ahead to 2020, I see new and exciting things in store, yet with the same strong mission guiding us.

Here’s a look back and a peek ahead:

Connecting readers to books
At our heart, NoveList is about connecting readers and books. Our goal is to help fill the sweet spot for every reader, so we’re always looking for new and better ways to make those connections. This year we added media mentions; it was such a big hit that we’re exploring options for expanding it further in 2020. We added ways to help readers geek out with our new fandemonium theme, pinpoint hard-to-find science and technology reads with our new STEM fiction genre, read about superheroes, and locate the perfect voice in audiobooks (anyone else love baritone voices?). We’re also working on better tools for getting at those access points, much like our new browse books by themes page. Our team is ALWAYS innovating in this area, so watch for it throughout 2020.

Connecting libraries to communities
We’re growing LibraryAware to help libraries promote everything — and I mean everything — they do, including readers’ advisory, story times, book clubs, collection marketing, advocacy and reporting, Library Card Sign-up Month, supporting local businesses, and more. We ended up with SO MANY great templates that we also added a new home page to see what’s new and trending, and a new search page to help you find exactly what you need (try a search for ‘book display’ to get started!). In 2020, keep an eye open for some fresh template collections (watch for ‘welcome messages for new patrons’!) as well as some new and improved channels for promoting your library. We want to save you time and expand your reach beyond the library walls. Speaking of connecting, don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar on Promoting Your Library 365 — it’s sure to provide you with some practical takeaways.

Connecting librarians to expertise
Keeping up is time consuming, and we all have so much information coming at us. So, we’re working to make it easier for you to share and gain knowledge. In 2019, experts from NoveList and LibraryReads teamed up to talk about what’s new and exciting in genres. If you missed any of these super-popular Crash Course webinars, don’t worry, they are recorded. We’ll be continuing the series in 2020 (historical fiction, literary fiction, and graphic novels are up next!). In 2019, we released a brand-new way for libraries to gain insights into reader preferences: the new reader engagement dashboard and additional reader insights have started to revolutionize the way libraries think about patron interests and collections. Speaking of collections, have you heard about the upgraded Core Collections interface? In 2020 we’ll be adding to this authoritative source of advice from real-world librarians on building and weeding collections. If you’re interested in taking greater advantage of NoveList’s know-how, watch for information in 2020 on how to hire one of our experts to work directly with your library.

A year after Denver Public Library ended late fees, patrons — and their books — are returning
Officials say 35% of patrons with fines who had stopped using Denver Public Library services have re-engaged

By ELIZABETH HERNANDEZ | ehernandez@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
December 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

Emeka Achube pored over art books at the Denver Central Library on a recent Thursday, his face lighting up as he studied the works of painter Nicolai Fechin.

Achube, a homeless man living in Denver, can’t pay for the art instruction he dreams of, so he found inspiration and education among the downtown library’s abounding bookshelves instead.

“People like me can’t afford to go to the people who are experts — the art classes,” Achube said while seated in a library nook on a rainy day. “But here, I’m rich, too.”  For a while, Achube was barred from borrowing from the Denver Public Library because of a $100 late fee he incurred when life got in the way of returning his books.  “I simply would not come into the library because of my fines,” Achube said. “It broke my heart. I felt like I was a fugitive criminal running from justice. It was a double whammy because I felt ashamed that I couldn’t pay my fines, and I was sad because I really wanted those books.”

Achube can confidently return to Denver’s public libraries since the library did away with overdue fines for books and other items at the start of the year to help draw in low-income patrons who might rely on the library’s services most.

The culture change has been a success, said Jennifer Hoffman, who manages the Denver library’s Books and Borrowing department.  “We’re here to help people discover and indulge their curiosities,” Hoffman said. “Fines were a penalty, and they were our approach to be good stewards and get materials back, but what we found was they did not result in getting materials back. They penalized the person after they did the right thing and returned their items.”

Patrons like Achube flocking back after the January policy change was exactly what library employees hoped would happen when they dropped late fees. Thirty-five percent of patrons with overdue fines who had stopped using Denver Public Library services have re-engaged with the library since the fee cancellation, Hoffman said.

“The tone of conversation with customers has just become a lot more positive,” Hoffman said. “Previously, you always let a customer know if they had an overdue fine, which was a courtesy… but created the sense of obligation or shame. Conversations now are about what’s happening at the library or how much they enjoyed the book. It’s about curiosity and engagement rather than owing the library something.”

It’s not just the library customers who are returning. Books and other wares are coming back, too.  Denver librarians have seen a 10% increase in lost materials being returned from 2018 to 2019, Hoffman said.  The change has not resulted in a free-for-all. Now, on the 14th day an item is overdue, patrons are blocked from checking out more items. Once the item is brought back, customers can continue loading up on books, movies, music, e-books and more.  Library-goers can still be charged for lost or damaged items.

The fine elimination is not unique to Denver as libraries across the country experiment with the late-fee-free lifestyle. Los Angeles this month announced its libraries would follow suit. And the American Library Association passed a January resolution stating that library fines created “a barrier to the provision of library and information services” and urged libraries to move toward eliminating the fees.

“Sometimes, we hear from people that are concerned that we’re not going to hold people responsible or teach them responsibility,” Hoffman said. “That’s not necessarily our role. Families are responsible for teaching responsibility. We have policies and procedures we communicate to people, but we’re here to provide tools and information. We don’t want to have policies that stand in the way of that.”

Duluth leaders protest publisher's move to limit library access to new e-books

Officials say policy of one digital copy in first eight weeks hampers readers. 
By  Star Tribune
 
DECEMBER 31, 2019 — 6:13PM

Libraries across the country, including in Minneapolis and Duluth, have protested a change by Macmillan Publishers limiting copies of newly released e-books they can buy.
 

DULUTH — Local officials are chiming in with public libraries across the nation decrying a publishing company’s new policy that limits the sales of recently released e-books.

Four Duluth City Council members sent a letter Tuesday asking Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse course on his decision to prevent libraries from buying more than one copy of an e-book in the first eight weeks a title is released.

“Our concern is that your decision to place a two-month embargo on e-books to libraries comes at the expense of the public good and our ability to provide for our library patrons,” said the letter, which was signed by council members Noah Hobbs, Gary Anderson, Renee Van Nett and Arik Forsman.

Since Macmillan, one of the “big five” global publishing companies, announced it was instituting its new policy in November, national and local library groups have protested the change as unfair, highlighting the tensions between players scrambling to adapt to a book industry that is growing increasingly digital.

The American Library Association launched a petition demanding “e-books for all” that has received more than 200,000 signatures. Minnesota library staffs have written op-eds in the Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune condemning the change.

Other libraries have boycotted Macmillan by refusing to purchase electronic versions of any of the company’s new releases.

“It feels like we’re moving in the wrong direction, when libraries and publishers should be finding ways to partner together for the benefit of readers,” said Carla Powers, Duluth Public Library manager.

Macmillian Publishers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In an open letter to librarians in October, Sargent opined on the changing business model of a publishing industry, expressing concerns that as e-book lending becomes more common, the number of customers buying books is dwindling.

“We are not trying to hurt libraries; we are trying to balance the needs of the system in a new and complex world,” he wrote.

The latest Nora Roberts title, “The Rise of Magicks,” was released Nov. 26 by St. Martin’s Press, a subsidiary of Macmillan. Thirty people are on the waitlist for the sole e-edition of the novel in the Arrowhead Library System, which owns the e-book collection used by a number of public libraries in northeastern Minnesota.

In the past, the group would purchase more copies of the e-book to keep the hold list at 10 or less, Powers said. Now, readers must wait their turn or buy the e-book themselves.

In addition to warnings of long waits, the Duluth council members’ letter argues the Macmillan policy disproportionately affects those with disabilities like dyslexia or poor eyesight who rely on digital devices to access reading material.

Powers said it seems publishers feel some sense of competition with libraries, which she feels shouldn’t exist. She argues the same people who check out books from libraries are likely to buy them.

“We’re all trying to encourage people to read more,” she said. “So wouldn’t it be nice to work together toward that end?”
 

Katie Galioto is a reporter covering the Duluth/Superior region for the Star Tribune.

katie.galioto@startribune.com 623-673-4478 katiegalioto

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The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers.

One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.  This award is given out on an annual basis.

Learn how to apply HERE.
 
Visit the Award's homepage HERE.
 
The Conference is Calling
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
Get Your Northern Library On!
Mid-Winter Unsymposium

Register now for the 8th Annual Lake Superior Libraries
Mid-Winter Unsymposium at the Superior Public Library.
Join us for an afternoon of networking, discussion and collaborative problem-solving.

The Unsymposium is FREE and open to everyone!

When:  Friday, January 10, 2020
Time:  1:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost:  Just your time
Where:  Superior Public Library
REGISTER OR LEARN MORE HERE
Prairielands Online Conference -- Feb. 7, 2020
First Friday in February Online Conference
Libraries Serving Everyone

 9:00 am     Fatima Perkins - Engaging Mature Patrons
11:00 am    Hennepin County Library Staff - International Patrons
 1:00 pm     Renee Grassi - Disabled Patrons

Register Here

Employment Opportunities

Reference and Acquisition Librarian
Deadline:  January 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
See Application Information HERE.
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