A proposal approved by the Joint Finance Committee and attached to the 2011 – 2013 State Budget bill has several provisions that are expected to have the effect of greatly increasing the cost of internet access for libraries, schools, and other public institutions. The provisions, which are part of the “University of Wisconsin Omnibus Motion” submitted by Sen. Harsdorf and Rep. Strachota, would eliminate the ability of the University of Wisconsin system to cooperate with other public agencies to provide low-cost internet access.
Have you signed up for email library notices? The library can email you notices when you have something waiting to be picked up, when something you have checked out will be due soon, or when you have something overdue. If you sign up you will receive only these email notices and, because your personal information is confidential, the library will not share or give out your email address. To sign up go to the online catalog http://catalog.winnefox.org/ and click on “Get Email Notices” or ask at your library.
As you plan your spring home and garden projects don’t forget to check out the many books and videos the library owns on these topics. If you need to work on your lawnmower, outboard motor, or other small engine check out the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, which you can reach it through your library’s online resources page. If you don’t have the URL you can start from here: http://sql.winnefox.org/winnefox/er/
Strong libraries needed to improve the state’s economy
A National Library Week editorial by State Superintendent Tony Evers
Wisconsin’s public, school, academic, and special libraries improve the state’s economy and the quality of life for residents of our state. Libraries have always been a source of community pride, and they are especially valuable in today’s knowledge and information-based world. Strong Wisconsin libraries support a stronger Wisconsin economy.
National Library Week is the second week of April—the 10th – the 16th. Most libraries are planning special events to celebrate and highlight their services. Stop in to see what’s happening at your library.
Recently, Governor Walker introduced his 2011-2013 Executive State Budget. The proposed budget contains a number of provisions that are likely to have a significant impact on Wisconsin’s public libraries.
With tax time fast approaching, don’t forget that many libraries have forms from both the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. If they don’t have the form you need you can look up forms and publications online and print them out (there may be a cost to print).
Library Support—Talking about it can make a difference
Libraries don’t happen on their own; it takes money to buy books and other materials, hire staff to run the library, and to pay for things like internet access, computers, and utilities. You can impact how your library is funded.
Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service
The Legislative Notification Service is a great way to keep informed about the State Legislature’s activities. You can set it up so you receive an email notice:
Libraries don’t happen on their own; it takes money to buy books and other materials, hire staff to run the library, and to pay for things like internet access, computers, and utilities. Your library gets its funding from your local city, village, or town and from your county.
You can impact how your library is funded. Find people in your community and start a conversation. Talk to your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers and local influencers.
Talk about your library to:
As you think about the importance of your library in your community, consider the ways you can speak up for your library:
We’ve seen in other states the power of the public voice when it comes to libraries, so lending your voice in support of libraries is critical. In numerous cases, public input has either stopped drastic cuts in library funding, or helped reinstate funds that were already cut. You can: