418 Corbett Ave. W.
Ladysmith, WI 54848

M10 am - 6 pm
T10 am - 8 pm
W 10 am - 6 pm
Th10 am - 6 pm
F 10 am - 6 pm
Sat10 am - 3 pm
Sun   closed
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We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth?

Please enter the number of times you use the following library services each month

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Value you receive monthly from your library: $
For every $1.00 in taxes you spend on your library, you receive $ of value in return*


*Where did these numbers come from? -- Per capita expenditures were collected from Wisconsin's 2010 Public Library Statistics, compiled by the State Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (DLTCL). The return on investment is calculated by dividing each library's annual per capita expenditure by 12 (the number of months) to get a monthly per capita expenditure. The formula then divides the total value received each month by the monthly per capita expenditure.

This calculator is an adaptation of projects by the Maine State Library and Library Research Service, a unit of the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Education that is operated in partnership with the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.


Personnel Policy

  1. Management Policy: The duly appointed library board shall have all management rights, authorities, and responsibilities as stated in Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 43.
    1. The library board shall select, appoint, and when necessary for valid reasons, dismiss the director of the library.
    2. The board shall establish all other positions and all wages and benefit levels for all library staff shall be in conformity with the union contract.
    3. The library board shall provide an effective orientation for new directors to assure that the director understands:
    4. the policies and processes related to the daily operation of the library,
    5. reporting and budgetary requirements that assure accountabilityand compliance with the law,
    6. the expectations of the board in regard to administrative processes and protocol, particularly as they relate to conducting effective and efficient board meetings, and
    7. rules and requirements for state certification and any assistance which is provided by the library to acquire and maintain appropriate certification.
    8. The library board shall conduct annual appraisals of the library director’s performance, at which time personal and management goals can be discussed and negotiated.
  2. Administrative Policy: The person appointed as library director shall be charged with the sole administration of the library.
    1. The director shall be responsible to the library board in matters pertaining to and concerning the library; be present at monthly board meetings and prepare and present such reports and meeting documents as requested.
    2. The director shall maintain financial records in an efficient manner; present periodic reports to the library board and to the municipal governing bodies, prepare the draft of the annual budget to be presented to the library board, and assist trustees with presentation of the adopted request for appropriation to the municipal governing body.
    3. The director shall hold regular meetings with staff and/or volunteers for training and interpreting board policy.
    4. The director will be responsible for preparing annual performance assessments for library staff.
    5. The director shall have the responsibility for collection development for all materials in the library; this includes selection, ordering, processing, weeding, and inventory of the collections according to the guidelines in the policy.
    6. The director will recommend changes in or additions to library policies as needed.
    7. The director will perform preparatory work to assist the board with regular library planning.
  3. Salaries: A classification and salary schedule has been adopted by the City of Ladysmith. The plan is subject to regular revision so that it will remain equitable for both the library and director. (Staff salaries: See union contract).
  4. Health Insurance Policy (See union contract).
  5. Vacation Policy (See union contract).
  6. Holiday Policy (See union contract).
  7. Sick Leave (See union contract).
  8. Leave of Absence (See union contract).
  9. Bereavement Leave (See union contract).
  10. Military Leave (See union contract).
  11. Jury Duty (See union contract).
  12. Work Schedule Policy (See union contract).
  13. Meetings, Conventions, and Workshops (See union contract).
  14. Disciplinary Policy (See union contract).
  15. Resignation and Retirement Policy (See union contract).
  16. Grievance Procedure (See union contract).
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Policy (See union contract).
  18. Drug-Free Workplace Policy (See union contract).
  19. Sexual Harassment Policy (See union contract).


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