July 2016
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A Note from Connie

As a library system, we work in the background and are often invisible to the public. We make things happen for libraries that they typically cannot do for themselves. For example, we operate the automation system that is central to the libraries' daily operations as well as the online catalog called CAFÉ that allows citizens to access ALL the materials held in all the member libraries. We provide the delivery service that brings that book or recording to the library from somewhere else so our libraries don't have to own everything. We take the lead in providing expert advice and information to our member libraries on topics such as technology, accessibility, early literacy, staff training, digitization, and e-content.

We do this with a staff of go-getters who also happen to be go-givers. What are go-givers? The youngest ever tenured professor at The Wharton School, Adam Grant, coined the phrase that perfectly articulates an important notion. 

Here's what he says:
"Go-givers are people who enjoy helping others without strings attached. They step up to share their knowledge, introduce people who might benefit from knowing each other, provide mentoring, offer support, and volunteer for tasks that are important but invisible."

The Bridges Library System has a staff of go-givers who provide daily assistance to member libraries' staff members-who also happen to be go-givers.

According to Adam Grant, most people believe that go-getters are more successful than go-givers. But in his book Give and Take he assembled a decade of surprising studies that shatter this assumption. It turns out that across a wide range of jobs, from engineering to medicine to sales, many of the world's best go-getters are also go-givers. They succeed in ways that lift others up, instead of cutting them down.

Go-givers view money and power as incomplete dimensions of success. They define success more broadly to include Third Metric measures: contributing to others, sharing their wisdom and creativity, and promoting the well-being of groups and communities.

When we look for role models, we often miss these people. Go-givers tend to focus on recognizing and acknowledging other people, rather than tooting their own horns. This reluctance to claim credit means that go-givers have a habit of fading into the background.

I want to thank all of the go-givers on our staff and in the staffs of our member libraries. Our communities are made immeasurably stronger for your work. Thank you. We are deeply grateful for all the ways you make the lives of our citizens better by your commitment to giving!
NOTEworthy News
Bridges and Waukesha County Receives National Award 
Waukesha County and the Bridges Library System are proud to announce that they have been selected to receive the National Association of Counties (NACo)'s 2016 Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the 2015 system restructuring project between the Waukesha and Jefferson county libraries, which resulted in our new multi-county library system that expanded library services and information access across both counties. 

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

The Bridges Library System will receive the award at the NACo Achievement Awards Luncheon on July 24th in Los Angeles, California. Director Connie Meyer will be there to accept the award on behalf of the system and Waukesha County. 
Fun at the Fair 

We just finished up hosting a booth at the Jefferson County Fair last week and had a fantastic time! Over 1,300 people stopped by our booth to learn more about their public libraries and have some fun too. A special recap email about the fair will be going out in the next few weeks, so make sure to watch for it. 

Now we're gearing up for the Waukesha County Fair, which will be held from July 20-24. Our booth will be in the Forum building and if you'd like to help us work it, we still have slots open. Follow this link to sign up.

If you have any questions about the fair, direct them to Mellanie Mercier at mmercier@wcfls.lib.wi.us. See you at the fair!
Getting An  Advantage

Are your patrons finding everything
that Wisconsin's Digital Library has to offer? While there are a lot of digital materials to search and download in the Digital Library, your patrons actually have access to even more than what the state of Wisconsin provides. The Bridges Library System, with its member libraries, purchases additional titles of ebooks and audiobooks through a program called Advantage. But patrons can only discover those items if they are signed into their Wisconsin's Digital Library accounts (see the gray pop-up in the screenshot below). Once they're signed in, they have access to all of the materials made available by both the state and the Bridges libraries. 

So next time you're showing a patron how to use Wisconsin's Digital Library, make sure you pass on the tip!
 

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Beyond the Building
 
For libraries, going  "Beyond the Building"
is a vital step in reaching out to our communities and engaging users and non-users alike. The Pauline Haass Public Library  in Sussex and the Oconomowoc Public Library both went beyond their buildings last month by setting up booths at their local farmer's markets

The Sussex Farmer's Market offers a free booth to community organizations, so the Pauline Haass Public Library signed up. The market requires an activity of some kind, so the library brought books for people to check out, which was possible thanks to their wireless hotspot. A collection of themed books for kids and adults was the highlight of the booth and included garden/farmer board and picture books, cookbooks, and food memoirs. By the end of the market, the library had issued two new library cards, checked books out to eight people, registered ten kids for Summer Reading Program, and matched a college student with a Gale Course. All of this in addition to chatting with regulars and enjoying some pork tamales!  This was the first time that Pauline Haass was at the market, but they will be back once a month throughout the 2016 season.

The Oconomowoc Public Library  participates in their town's summer and winter markets a few times a year. They have done different set-ups at their booth over the years, and last month, they had a cornucopia of things for kids and adults, including stickers, puppets, sing-alongs, and a blanket with books for kids to read while their parents shopped. In addition to the farmer's market, the OPL has had a booth at a local art festival , where they offered activities in the form of the Bridges prize wheel, "Genre Jars" with book recommendations written on craft sticks, and a community art project that is now hanging in the library's lobby. As director Betsy Bleck said, "The farmer's market is a great chance to be seen outside of the library, taking part in community life. We see a lot of our regular patrons there, but inevitably see some new faces and get to talk about what's new at the library with them."

Don't have a farmer's market? There are so many creative and fun ways to get out of the library building and reach people where they are! For example, the Jefferson Public Library recently took a book cart to a local restaurant so people could check out books or get a library card.  You can get out of your building at other community events, such as any local festival or fair (think holidays or Founder's days), flea markets, a school open house, parades, charity run/walks, or other events held by local organizations like the Lions Club or the historical society. 

Reach out to your fellow community organizations or Chamber of Commerce and let them know you're interested in going "Beyond the Building"
At the Library: 1000 Books in Action

Recently, Erin Braun at Town Hall Library decided to revamp her 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in the hope of getting more mini-readers and their parents to participate. Besides using the materials provided by Bridges, including a hand-out about the 1000 Books app, she created her own "book sheets" so kids could keep track of how many books they read, bulletin boards for kids to display their reading milestones, as well as a brochure containing an extensive list of favorite books. Within two weeks of launching the new format, she had 26 sign-ups!  


Want to bring 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to your library? Now is the perfect time, as Bridges Library System is getting ready to debut the second phase of its 1000 Books app. Contact Angela Meyers 
at ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org for information, material, and more. 

Do you have a successful program or a new service you want to highlight in the next Bridges newsletter? Send it on to Jill Fuller at jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org and it will be featured in our  At the Library section.
Reference in the USA

So you think a database conference sounds boring? Well, think again!

Kelly TerKeurst, director of the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson, can attest to that. She attended the ReferenceUSA User Conference in Omaha, Nebraska from May 16-18. Librarians from across the United States met up to talk about this powerful database and how it is being used in their communities. ReferenceUSA can be used for many things such as: conducting job searches, small business startup, finding health professionals in your area, and locating Canadian business and residential information! Besides libraries, many businesses and government entities use the resources available from ReferenceUSA.

Attendees had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see "the magic" that goes into creating this database, namely the dedicated staff that works to compile and verify data. They had a tour of the facility, met with the key players in the company, played RefUSA Jeopardy, and shared ideas for improvements to the database. Luckily, this was not an "all work and no play" conference! According to Kelly, "Our accommodations were in the Old Market district, which is filled with great restaurants, quirky shops, and some of the BEST ice cream I have ever had. And as an extra special treat, we were taken to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium."

Want to learn more about ReferenceUSA? Mark your calendars for a staff and community presentation on September 6-7! More information coming soon.

I Will Survive!

Is your colleague a Summer Survivor? Nominate them for the  2016 Summer Survivor Award

The Summer Survivor award is a fun award given out to a youth services or teen library staff member who went above and beyond this year to make their library's Summer Library Program amazing.

Email Angela Meyers  at ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org  with your nomination.  Entire departments have won in the past so don't hesitate to nominate a group of folks! The award winner will be announced at the  Summer  Celebration on September 23rd.
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Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities


Library Buildings Workshop
Thursday, July 14
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Various
Location: Franklin Public Library 
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SEWI Library Directors' Retreat
Friday, August 26
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Various
Location: Oak Creek Public Library
Registration Information coming soon!
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Your Turn
Do you have something to share with your fellow librarians? Want to toot your library's horn about the successful new event you had or the accolades a coworker recently received? Maybe you just have some feedback on the newsletter. We want to hear about it! Contact  Marketing Librarian Jill Fuller  at  jfuller@bridgeslibrarysystem.org  with all of your news and suggestions. 
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