Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Website!

We are excited to announce that our new website is now available at www.alslib.info!

Several ALS staff members have been working with ArtUnlimited in the design process during the past few months. Please take some time to browse around the new site.

If you have subscribed to "Follow our Posts" in the past you will be receiving an email with the subject "Confirm your subscription to Arrowhead Library".  Follow the instructions in that email to continue receiving updates or you can start a new subscription on the new website.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016



Keri Huber On WTIP Radio!

Listen to Keri Huber on Friday, April 15 at 5:20 p.m. talk about the State Fair Stories program she will present at Arrowhead Libraries starting April 18.

WTIP Community Radio, Grand Marais, MN
Learn more, listen and join at www.wtip.org



Sunday, April 10, 2016


                 

          Okee Dokee Brothers at REIF Center

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to the REIF Center performance by Okee Dokee Brothers at the Wilcox Theater on Friday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. This performance is a REIF Center event and is underwritten by Swanson Law Office.

Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY Award-winning Okee Dokke Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their American Folk Music. Joe and Justin perform family music which inspires children to get outside and get creative. The three time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and USA Today, and have been called “two of family’s music’s best songwriters.” Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in these communities: Aurora, Babbitt, Bovey, Calumet, Chisholm, Cloquet, Coleraine, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Marble, Mt. Iron, Silver Bay, and Virginia.  At the last minute, free tickets may still be available at the Grand Rapids Area Library.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new, find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArrowheadLegacy or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Systems Analyst position at Arrowhead Library System

Do you have a strong knowledge in the use of web services, APIs, and related programming languages? Do you have a strong understanding of network environments and design? Are you passionate about improving the efficiency of workflows for an automation system and its web-based components in a Software as a Service environment?
The Arrowhead Library System is seeking a full-time Systems Analyst to join us as part of our operations management team! For a full list of essential responsibilities and skills, please see the complete job description.
This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, and is located at the Arrowhead Library System Headquarters in Mountain Iron, MN. Hiring range begins at $58,240. Insurance benefits are included. To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, completed Arrowhead Library System application and three professional references to Shari Fisher, ALS Assistant Director, at shari.fisher@alslib.info.


Job description: 
Arrowhead Library System Job Description Class Title: Exempt Professional Job Title: Systems Analyst
 NATURE OF WORK Under administrative direction, is responsible for analyzing and improving the efficiency of workflows in all aspects of the automation system; create new automated routines for work that is amenable to automation, improve existing automated routines, or both; provide thorough documentation of existing systems; and manage the LAN and WAN telecommunication infrastructure. 

SUPERVISION AUTHORITY This employee has no direct supervisory authority, but may offer work direction to support staff. The Executive Director and Assistant Director will provide broad objectives, which require the ability to work professionally with minimal supervision. To achieve desired results, the Systems Analyst may develop methods to improve training and resource sharing activities. 

EXAMPLES OF WORK 
 Ensure that all facets of the automation system interfaces and services are operating efficiently and securely. 
 Assist in the preparation and implementation of goals and objectives for the Automation Department in conjunction with the Strategic Plan. 
 Analyze and improve workflow efficiency: As an example, assess the feasibility of establishing a help desk, provide vendor/platform/cost alternatives, and manage the setup and operation of the selected help desk vendor/platform. 
 Gain an understanding of various department workflows and procedures to recommend technology efficiencies that can be utilized.
  Establish complete documentation and develop written procedures of existing systems and new systems, and update them as necessary - Study through interviews, observation, and use of systems in order to develop written procedures and documentation.
 Work with other automation staff to implement new automation system features. 
 Document standard operating procedures for the automation system, including system backup, user account management, and report generation. 
 Configure and modify operating system parameters, scripts, utility programs, database management systems, and other third party systems.
  Provide training and technical assistance to ALS staff and member library staff. 
 Write, test, and de-bug complex programs. 
 Specify, design, write, test, document and implement utilities and other programs as required to support the automation system operations in various programming languages. 
 Takes the lead role in determining increasing bandwidth needs and seeking bids for the telecommunication and Internet access infrastructure of Arrowhead Library System and member libraries via the Universal Service Fund program for schools and libraries e-rate program. 
 Monitor network and automation system performance, develop performance metrics and insure efficient operation of the systems to achieve management goals and objectives. 
 Evaluates and recommends changes to administration regarding the present and future automation needs of the library system. 
 Share organization content with various audiences using a wide variety of tools including, but not limited to websites, social media, email, go-to-meeting and paper documents. 
 Assist with the Automation budget. 
 May represent the system on automation and technology matters on regional and state committees and organizations such as MNLink and state-wide committees. 
 Update information on the ALS website as requested. 
 Responds to inquiries and concerns from staff, vendors, and library staff in a courteous and timely manner. 
 Perform special projects, assignments or other duties as requested by the Executive Director or Assistant Director. 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL 
 Skill in the use of web services. 
 Skill in specifying, designing, writing, testing, documenting and maintaining programs, utilities, and scripts written in languages such as Java, PHP, HTML/XHTML and relational database reporting and modifications languages. 
 Skill in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. 
 Skill in Change Management and Project Management. 
 Strong knowledge of modern and complex principles and practices of computer programming, systems analysis, and SQL database design and administration. 
 Working knowledge in supporting Linux and Windows operating systems. 
 Working knowledge of Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet and database software. 
 Knowledge of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and how to facilitate integration with third-party application. 
 Knowledge of LANs, WANs, routers, switches, file servers, firewalls, data cabling and electrical systems to oversee work in these areas. 
 Knowledge of the Sirsi Dynix Horizon library system core structure through previous experience or the ability to gain necessary knowledge. 
 Excellent interpersonal, communication and organization skills; Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
 Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations; must exercise discretion and comply with laws, codes and regulations. 
 Experience in the use of WordPress or a related website building platform for updating the current WordPress website. 
 Demonstrated experience with systems and workflow analysis.  Creative and strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
 Ability to learn new technical skills quickly. 
 Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. 
 Ability to develop and document system procedures. 
 Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement projects, maintenance and updates, while adapting to changing needs. 
 Ability to recognize equipment malfunctions and software errors. 
 Ability to work independently and work as part of a team. 
 Must stay abreast of current trends and developments in the fields of network systems, hardware and software, tablet and mobile device use. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Computer Science or a related field. A minimum of 3 years’ experience is required as a Systems Analyst or a position with similar requirements. Public Library automation experience is desirable. 

WORKING CONDITIONS/REQUIREMENTS General office working environment with the possibility of some travel. May be called upon to move equipment or assist with room set-up for training. Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to travel within the region. Must have ability to travel outside of the region if necessary for the job. Must have ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Must be able to pass a physical examination, if required. 

Monday, April 04, 2016


Theatrical Character Design
With Austin, MN Native Dylan Kaercher


 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Theatrical Character Design, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

                        Monday, May 16, 1:00 p.m.
                        Mt. Iron Public Library

                        Monday, May 16, 3:30 p.m.
                        Gilbert Public Library

                        Monday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.
                        Duluth Public Library

                        Tuesday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.
                        Hibbing Public Library

                        Tuesday, May 17, 3:30 p.m.
                        Buhl Public Library

                        Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.
                        Moose Lake Public Library

                        Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 p.m.
                        Baudette Public Library

                        Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
                        International Falls Public Library

                        Thursday, May 19, 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
                        Virginia Public Library

                        Thursday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.
                        Calumet Public Library

                        Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
                        Grand Rapids Public Library

                        Friday, May 20, 4:00 p.m.
                        Grand Marais Public Library

                        Saturday, May 21, 1:00 p.m.
                        Two Harbors Public Library

                        Wednesday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.
                        Ely Public Library

                        Wednesday, June 1, 3:30 p.m.
                        Babbitt Public Library

                        Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.
                        Silver Bay Public Library

                        Thursday, June 2, 3:30 p.m.
                        Cloquet Public Library

                        Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.
                        Hoyt Lakes Public Library

                        Friday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.
                        Eveleth Public Library

                        Friday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.
                        Cook Public Library
            
Why is the wicked witch so wicked? Why is Mary Poppins practically perfect? It’s all in how the actors and actresses portray the character. Join Dylan Kaercher and be introduced to the stage and world of characterization!

Kaercher is the current Executive Director at Enchantertainment and is the drama director at Austin Public Schools. He created his week- long theater camp in 2008 where he covers all different areas of theater, including choreography, costumes, and singing.

In this one hour long class participants will learn how to build a character from start to finish, starting with character design, then costumes, and finally how to give the characters personality traits. This class is perfect for the new performer or the experienced actor. Everyone will learn something in this fun, energizing class!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new, find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArrowheadLegacy, on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/alexisleitgeb/legacy-events, on Storify at https://storify.com/legacy2, on Wordpress at https://arrowheadlegacy.wordpress.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Megan McDonald for School Libraries (School Library Month 2016)

2015's Most Popular Mystery Books

2015's Most Popular Mystery Books

By Theresa de Valence
Posted on 6 March 2016


Readers of DorothyL listserv posted the memorable books read in 2015. The count represents the number of times each title was included. Below are the twenty-one most-cited titles. All but the last title (The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths) are available in the regional catalog, nearly all with multiple holding libraries and multiple formats. Missing from this year’s list is Minnesota’s own William Kent Krueger (probably due to not having a new title published since last year’s list). For the fifth year in a row, a Louise Penny title was  the highest vote-getter.

The Nature of the Beast  by Louise Penny            (18 votes)

The Ghost Fields  by Elly Griffiths                 (10)
Thin Air  by Ann Cleeves

As Night Falls  by Jenny Milchman                (9)
Career of Evil  by Robert Galbraith

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust  by Alan Bradley    (7)
Dreaming Spies  by Laurie R. King
Little Black Lies  by Sharon Bolton
Long Upon the Land  by Margaret Maron

Make Me  by Lee Child                        (6)
The Crossing  by Michael Connelly
The Silkworm  by Robert Galbraith
by Sue Grafton

A Banquet of Consequences  by Elizabeth George        (5)
A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge  by Terry Shames
A Pattern of Lies  by Charles Todd       
Day Shift  by Charlaine Harris
Rock With Wings  by Anne Hillerman
Rubbernecker  by Belinda Bauer
The Crossing Places  by Elly Griffiths
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths  by Harry Bingham

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Charlotte's Web at Greenway Auditorium-April 8



 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to the Theaterworks’ performance of Charlotte’s Web at the Greenway Auditorium on Friday, April 8th  at 7:00 p.m. This performance is a REIF Center event and is underwritten by Essentia Health.

Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman-she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in these communities: Aurora, Babbitt, Bovey, Calumet, Chisholm, Cloquet, Coleraine, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Marble, Mt. Iron, Silver Bay, and Virginia. At the last minute, free tickets may still be available at the Coleraine Public Library.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new, find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArrowheadLegacy or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.