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SEE OUR VISION - Updates on the future of the North Shore Library

Rhonda Gould I am happy to return to Wisconsin as the new director here at the North Shore Library! I come here from Walla Walla, Washington where I was the executive director at the Walla Walla County Rural Library District for the past five and a half years. I'm no stranger to Wisconsin or to the North Shore area. I previously worked at the Lakeshores Library System in Waterford and at the public library in Burlington. Two of my best friends from my days at the University of Wisconsin lived in Glendale and Fox Point and I spent a good amount of time here visiting their families on the weekends. One of these friends married my cousin and the other is my daughter's godmother.

My husband and I just purchased a house on the East Side and will be moving in soon. Our kids are all adults and live in the area, and I have a 6 year old grandson who brightens my day just by being himself. I attended UW-Madison for both my bachelor's and master's degrees, and I'm still a big Badger fan. I've been a librarian for almost 25 years and have served as president of two state library associations (Wisconsin in 2011 and Washington in 2019) and have been on the Caldecott Committee twice (first as a member, and second as the chair).

North Shore Library is embarking on an exciting new journey with the library building project and the capital campaign. I am pleased to have the opportunity to forge this path as we go forward with plans. I'm very much enjoying working with the staff and board of trustees, and getting to know our communities better. And I'm looking forward to meeting YOU at a future library event!

Rhonda K. Gould
Library Director

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Library Value

How do you determine what the North Shore Library's value is to you?
Take a few minutes and try this Library Value Calculator!

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service. Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right. Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

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(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from original downloadable spreadsheet by the Massachusetts Library Association and adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library.

Explanation and Values for Library Use Value Calculator

This chart provides background for estimated or average costs for library resources and services.
For example, we used an average between hardcover and paperback prices for adult and childrens books from online retailers to arrive at average prices for those categories. We also relied on the Library and Book Trade Almanac for other print material prices. While the cost of many library resources has remained flat or decreased slightly since 2009, the cost of magazines and newspapers has increased substantially. Updated figures, July 2014

How are values calculated?

Below is a list of estimated or average cost of library services with explanations. Some values may vary.

Item Estimated Retail Value Values Explained
Hard Cover Book Borrowed $18.00 Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed $12.00 Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed $10.00 Average cost of hardcover for children
Audiobooks Borrowed $25.00 Average cost to purchase an audio book
Interlibrary Loan Requests $30.00 Ave rag national cost for loans
eBooks/Audiobooks Downloaded $8.00 Average cost to download an e-book/audiobook
Magazine Borrowed $5.00 Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Video Borrowed $17.00 Average cost to purchase a popular video
CDs Borrowed $22.00 Average cost to purchase a CD.
Newspaper Use in Library $7.50 Average monthly cost of a popular newspaper
Meeting Room cost per Use $50.00 Estimate
Program/Class Attended - Adult $14.00 Estimate
Program Attended - Children $11.50 Estimate
Computer Use per Hour e.g. Internet and MS Word per hour $12.00 Sample hourly rate at internet cafes for people using their computers, not their own laptops.
Reference Questions Asked $15.00 Estimated cost per question
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