Superior District Library
What's New at the Superior District Library? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:30

Our Director!

Lisa Waskin is the new Director of the Superior District Library in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  She started on November 18, 2014, right when we had all that snow.  What a greeting for her and her family.  Ms. Waskin received her Bachelor’s degrees in History and Archeology from the University of North Dakota and her MLIS degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She was awarded a graduate internship at the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, all while working as the Director of the Chillicothe Public Library District and as the Project Manager for their new library construction project.

Ms. Waskin has also served as the Executive Director of the Roselle Public Library District in Roselle, Illinois, and as the Library Director at the Hodgkins Public Library District in Hodgkins, Illinois.  She has also held various positions working as an academic librarian at Illinois State University, Quincy College and Illinois Central College, and as a school librarian at St. Thomas Elementary School in Peoria Heights, Illinois. 

She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Northern Michigan Library Network and the Superiorland Library Cooperative.  Previously she has served as Chairman of the Illinois Library Association’s Best Practices Committee, as a voting member of the Live and Learn Construction Grant Advisory Board for the Illinois State Library and Secretary of State, the Museum Adventure Pass Committee, the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Synergy Leadership Among Librarians Group, the DuPage Library System Advocacy Committee, the Resource Sharing Alliance Board, and, on the Illinois Library Association’s Conference Planning Committee.  In addition to her library roles, Ms. Waskin has also served on various city, village and mayoral advisory boards in the various communities that she has lived and worked over the years.

In 2003, she received a Business of the Year Award from Chillicothe, Illinois. She was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2005, a 2006 Career Woman of Achievement by the YWCA, one of 25 Woman in Leadership by the city of Peoria, Illinois, as well as one of their 40 Leaders Under 40, both in 2008.

More recently she has worked with special needs children and adults for the North Suburban and Northwest Special Recreation Associations.  These organization work with over 30 area park districts and schools in the Chicagoland area to provide both traditional and inclusion services to children from 3 years up to, and including adults for programs in both education and recreation.

In addition to her work life, Ms. Waskin has a very active home life as well.  As the mother of six, she has been keeping busy with her kids’ lives for the past twenty-five years, volunteering for cub scouts, PTA groups, Room Mother, the Picture Lady Program, field trip monitor, and, the football boosters club.  She loves the outdoors including camping, boating, fishing and hiking, as well as cooking for her friends and family and being active in musical groups like the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.

Ms. Waskin chose the Upper Peninsula as a great place to raise a family, and the Superior District Library as a great opportunity to continue the work begun by Ken Miller and the Board and Staff of all the Member Libraries.  According to her, “my focus is always on the needs of the patrons and how we can best meet them, as well as providing great customer service and developing close collaborations within the community.”  Please stop by the Bayliss Public Library, a part of the Superior District Library, and welcome Ms. Waskin to the Sault.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:37
Have You Tried Zinio? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Waskin   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:23

Zinio is the ultimate app for magazine lovers, with digital magazines for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC.  “Our patrons are going to love Zinio,” says librarian Lisa Waskin. “Once you check out a magazine, you can sync it to an app on your mobile device to read later–anytime, anywhere, with or without Wi-Fi. Checkouts are simultaneous, so you don’t have to wait for a copy to become available. Even better, they never expire.”

What is Zinio?  Zinio is unlimited simultaneous access to popular digital magazines.

Zinio for Libraries features complete, full-color, page-for-page magazines with intuitive navigation, key-word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. Periodicals can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library.

Zinio’s automatic renewal option puts you in control of your subscription by allowing you to receive convenient, uninterrupted delivery of your magazine.

How to get started?  In order to use the library’s free Zinio magazine subscription service, you will need to create two accounts – a library Zinio account to view your library’s specific collection and a free account to read magazines online or via the Zinio Reader app on your mobile device.

  1. Go to  and follow the link to register for an account.
  2. If prompted, enter your library card number or username and PIN and click SUBMIT.
  3. Enter the required information and click the CREATE ACCOUNT button.  (You will receive a welcome email confirming your new account.)
  4. Click the login link in the confirmation email or return to the library’s Zinio Web page and log in to begin browsing the collection.

Q: Where can I download the Zinio Reader?

A: Here: If you have not created a Zinio account yet, please go to and click "create an account."

Zinio gives you two great ways to view your magazines on a computer: online using a web browser or offline using the Zinio Reader software.

The Online Reader gives you the ability to access your magazines from any web browser with Adobe Flash installed. To access your magazine, simply go to and click on My Library. Once you're in the My Library area you can click on the thumbnail image of your magazine to have it open in a new browser window. Note: a high speed internet connection is required.

The Offline Reader allows you to download your magazines onto your computer. Once downloaded, your magazines can be viewed without an internet connection. To get started, you need to install the Zinio Reader (compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS). Once the Zinio Reader is installed, any magazines that are available to you will download automatically. One benefit of the Offline Reader is that pages load more quickly because the magazine file is being read directly from your computer and not over an internet connection.

It's completely your choice which version of the Reader you use. We encourage you to use either or both, depending on how you like to read.

Please contact the Bayliss Public Library, a member of the Superior Library District, with any questions @ (906) 632-9331.

Frequently Asked Questions about SDL

Here is a link to our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Adobe Reader is required.  You may download it for free at

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 20:11


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