The News: August 2021

MORE Turns 21 Years Old!

While we were all busy last year with things like a global pandemic and figuring out how to do everything with Zoom, MORE quietly turned 20 years old.

You’re probably most familiar with the public face of MORE: the online shared catalog. It’s so easy and quick to search and request items from the catalog! How did we get here?

The 1970s saw a lot of changes for public libraries in Wisconsin. Library Systems were created, and interlibrary loan services and shared catalogs emerged. The 1990s saw an explosion of technological innovations, like public use of the internet. (The first website was published in 1991!)

MORE officially launched in 2000 with 21 libraries. We continue to innovate and refine our services, and this year are welcoming two new libraries to MORE, bringing the total to 51 member libraries! Read the whole story for all the details, and a sneak peek to 2022!

Read the whole story!

Our New MORE Members

Front of Durand and Fairchild libraries

Fairchild went live with MORE this summer. “It’s been my dream to obtain automation and join the MORE System for Fairchild Public Library…Our dream has come true! Our traditional card catalogue will become an antique and we can put away our date due stamper,” said Rozanne Traczek, director.

Rozanne gave a special thanks to her training team: Kathy (Setter, IFLS), Barb (Krueger, Deer Park Library director), and Bridget (Krejci, IFLS). “We appreciate all the help that we are receiving and especially for the LSTA grant to help us become members,” she added. “We are proud to be a member of MORE!”

Durand Community Library is a unique school/public library hybrid, so there are some special challenges for that library to shift to MORE. Their new director, Lori Gilles, had worked in other libraries that were a part of MORE and saw the benefits of the consortium for her patrons. “I thought it would be something worth pursuing,” she said. “There has always been a financial barrier but with LSTA providing a grant opportunity, it all came together nicely.”

Lori is especially excited to offer her patrons the improved selection and quick turnaround available through MORE.

Register for Trustee Training Week 2021

It’s not too late!

August 23 - 27

Five days of 1-hour quality webinars customized to make your work as a library trustee easier. Monday’s session features IFLS Director John Thompson.

Don’t Miss It! Register Today.

In the Neighborhood

  • Glenwood City has broken ground for their new municipal building that will also house the public library. Rochel Karlson is the new director in Glenwood City.

  • Sharon Shepard, Cornell Public Library director, is retiring.

  • Alyson Jones, Altoona Public Library director, will be leaving her position to pursue an MSc. in Genealogical, Paleographic, and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’ll be taking advantage of the online option, so you still may see her prowling the stacks at the library.

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Lori Roholt

MORE Administrator, joined IFLS in 2009

Q: What do you do at IFLS?

A: When I explain my job to people outside the profession, I say "you know how you can go online and order a book then pick it up at your own library? I help make that work." I didn't select or purchase the book, or pull it off the shelf, or take it to its destination, or let the patron know when it's ready, but I make sure the underlying components are in place for others to do that work. Sometimes this coordination can be complicated (and boring!), and sometimes things go wrong, so as I sleuth and winnow and explain, I also consider myself "a librarian for librarians."

Q: What’s changed since you started?

A: There’s better access to resources online: MORE's online catalog interface has modernized and become easier to use, and access to downloadable audiobooks and ebooks is a much easier and more elegant process

We’ve increased our focus on the patron experience: patrons now deal with fewer obstacles to accessing library resources, can register for an e-card online, and will soon have the option of using an app for finding, requesting, and managing their acoount

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