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Volume 2, Issue 9
October 2014
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New Berlin Public Library Names New Director


A warm congratulations goes out to Barbara Dreger for her recent promotion to Director of the New Berlin Library.  Barb started at the New Berlin Public Library straight out of library school, 32 years later, the library has the privilege of welcoming her as their new director.  In her new position Barb is looking forward to working with the community and furthering the enhancement of the library as a great destination for its patrons.  As technology continues to develop in leaps and bounds one of Barbs many goals is to keep the library relevant in this fast changing lane.  One of Barb's favorite attributes of the library is the Summer Reading Program.  Barb comments, "It's so great to see all the activity and all the kids that come in to participate and attend our fabulous programs."  In her free time, she likes staying active by going on walks and remodeling her home with her husband.  


Thank you for all your years of hard work and dedication to the New Berlin Public Library,wishing you nothing but success!  


Patrons making bath scrubs
In The Spotlight

Make It! Series
In September, the Pauline Hass Public Library launched its new "Make It Series," as a way to provide new experiences and a little socializing for the library's active community.  The program features DIY (Do It Yourself) projects.   The hugely successful first event was greeted by a full house of enthusiastic soap makers.  The series was spear-headed by librarians Becky Murray and Adele Loria after watching a Webinar on another library's program of DIY projects.  Becky comments, "I was looking to supplement these [adult programs] with a more unique experience for our patrons."  The Make It! Series is set to continue its programs in the spring. 

New eReader Brochures
Updated eReader brochures are available for download.  Three brochures are available detailing eBook check out on Kindles, through ePub, and on tablets.  Please download and add your library's contact info.  

The brochures are available at: 



New Website for Pewaukee Public Library 

After much anticipation, this October, the Pewaukee Public Library launched their new website. Syncing with the release of the library's new logo, the website launch couldn't have come at a better time.  Patrons and staff are thrilled with the sleekness and ease of the new website.  Supported by WordPress, an easy to use site building platform, the website is now interactive, adapted to mobile, and a fresh look for the library.  Beth Savagian of the Pewaukee Public Library comments, "Staff was quickly trained and we now have several staff members who can easily enhance and maintain the site from any location."  Partnered with the company Engaged Patrons the site is complete with an event calendar, online registration, and the ability to cross share events between social media and the site.  The Pewaukee Public Library looks forward to the continued improvement of the site and appreciates all the positive feedback the new website has received so far.   Visit the New Website!


WCFLS Open House

As a way to celebrate the new location, WCFLS is hosting an open house.  
Stop by for a tour! 

Tuesday, November 18, 3-6 P.M.
741 N. Grand Ave, Suite 210
Waukesha, WI 53186

WCFLS's New Location

WCFLS is officially open for business in its new location. The new space is located at 741 N. Grand Avenue Suite 210 in Waukesha. A special shout out to Mellanie Mercier for managing and succesfully executing the move with the unending support of the WCFLS team.  

Continuing Education
It's been another successful month of free webinars hosted for librarians and volunteers at libraries.  If you missed any of these, here are the links.  These will remain available to view through January 2015.  More webinars to come in January 2015!


Using Ancestry.com 


Using FamilySearch.com 


ReferenceUSA Training Session
10:00 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Community Room, Waukesha Public Library

Mark your calendar for this in-person session.  WCFLS' customer rep for ReferenceUSA will be here to go over the features of our online database, show some searching tips and new items you can find, and answer any questions you may have.   


Book 'Em: Find it, read it, talk about it
9 A.M.- 12 P.M., 12 P.M.- 1 P.M., (break) & 1 P.M.- 4 P.M.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Franklin Public Library 

Youth Services Corner
Overdrive Kids and Teens Reading Rooms are Open! 
                                        Checkout the new reading rooms on Overdrive!

CAF� Tips  


We have scheduled the upgrade to Polaris 5.0 and Leap on Wednesday, January 14th.  Like past upgrades, it will happen first thing in the morning and hopefully be concluded by noon.  The training server is scheduled to be upgraded on Tuesday, December 9th so you will have time to look at any changes before the production server is upgraded.

Features of this upgrade, other than the optional Leap web interface, are:

         Automatically Close Purchase Orders
         Automatic "Display in PAC" processing for bibs
         Carousel toolkit to place carousels on websites
         Lost/Missing/Withdrawn Automatic Process
         Associated Patrons (family) Holds Pickup
         Missing Part Check In
         Reminder Notice Opt Out
         Checkouts via SIP (self check) for Specific Item Circ Statuses

The picklist will also be in "real time" instead of being generated at 5am and 2pm, it will be generated when you access it. 

For more information on the new features, you can read the Whats new in 5.0 document at https://waukeshacountygovernment.box.com/s/do9xkfet2cccw2a19k2h



Marketing Your Library
Thinking of updating your library website?  Trends and tips to bring your library's website up to speed!  

Booklist hosted a great Webinar this past month on using social media to benefit your library.  Social Media is an extremely useful tool to reach a lot of people quickly and easily.

Three Questions Every Website Should Answer #1 What can I do here?
Are users getting lost on your website?  Check out this article for some helpful tips on how to make your library's website more effective.  


Mark Your Calendar
Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference 
November 4-7, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. More info 

WCFLS Open House:  Check out the new location!
Tuesday November 18th 3-6 P.M.
741 N. Grand Ave, Suite 210, Waukesha

Mock Awards for Caldecott, Newbery, Printz
Friday, January 9, 9 A.M.-1 P.M., Waukesha Public Library

Summer Library Program Workshop featuring Marge Loch-Wouters! Save the date!
Friday, January 23 8:30 A.M.-12 P.M., New Berlin Public Library

Lake Country Libraries Memory Project Kick-Off 
Guest speakers John McFadden and Lynda Markut, 
Friday, January 30 10:30 A.M.-12 P.M., Pewaukee Public Library
Waukesha County Federated Library System
741 N. Grand Avenue #210
Waukesha, WI 53186

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