Thursday, December 1, 2016

Digital Privacy and Public Libraries

People are more concerned about their digital privacy, but often do not know what the best resources are to help protect their privacy. Public libraries are a place that can offer to either share resources or host programs that go over the importance of digital privacy and the resources available. Patrons' digital privacy does not just come from tips and resources to help them manage their own accounts and networks, but also when they are using their library to go online.

Here are just a few resources available for you to read and/or share:

Data Privacy Project ( -  This link goes to the Mapping Data Flows page of the Data Privacy Project, a website dedicated to helping libraries and communities prepare for the "challenges of always-on, digitally networked, and easily surveilled lifestyles." The Mapping Data Flows page gives an illustrated look at what happens when a patron signs on to an internet computer in the library.

Security in a Box ( - Online toolkit developed to share resources on digital security for activists. The page linked is one of many, focusing on steps on basic security for Windows.

Library Freedom Project ( - The Library Freedom Project is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to partner libraries, technologists, and privacy advocates to help share information on privacy rights and responsibilities. The page linked above consists of dozens of resources on privacy for libraries.

There is also the National Information Standards Organization's (NISO) Privacy Principles on User's Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provider Systems (

Does your library provide any programs or resources on digital privacy to your patrons? Please share your comments and other resources you recommend on digital privacy over on the WI Public Library Technology Google Community.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jog your thinking on job search support

man running on suspended track
Jogging man with briefcase - courtesy Unsplash
The end of the year is a good time to refresh your job-seeker support toolkit. Read on for ideas that go beyond job postings on your local paper's website, Learning Express in BadgerLink or a resume writing website found in JobSeeker.

WebJunction free Workforce Services includes materials collected as part of Project Compass, a national initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to support public library workforce development services. Check out the webinars, videos and other resources. The "Materials" section can help you build new workforce service programs for your library. A few interesting examples: Crafting a Sucessful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part Time Libraries and Bright Shiny Things, Social Media and Job Hunting

If you're working with a patron who isn't sure where to start, you may want to show them the County Workforce Profiles of Wisconsin.The detailed profile for your county will show which industries are growing and projected to grow in the near-term future, what the average wages are for your county and Wisconsin. This "big-picture" information can be especially helpful for students and adult job-seekers who are open to thinking about a different line of work altogether.

Job seeking, especially when it becomes a long-term process, can be emotionally draining and a job search support group may help keep up your patron's morale.  Depending on where you're located, one of these may be within driving distance for your community.

Job seekers having coffee in library
Job support group - Courtesy Huntington NY public library
UW-Madison Job Search Support Group

Milwaukee Area:
Waukesha Area:

Your local technical college campus may also offer job search support services or a job search support group. What if they don't?  Think about starting one at your library.  It can be really simple to start.  Set aside a conference room for an hour every week or every two weeks.  Post the time on your library website and put up a few notices at spots around town.  If you can, offer coffee and maybe something to nibble on (free food is always attractive), have a short agenda, plan to help attendees use the library to look for job postings online and how to start an application or write a resume.

If you're willing, please share how you keep job-seeker support fresh in your library and your home town.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Library and System Annual Reports Throughout the Year

Public library boards and library system boards file their annual report every spring, but work related to annual reports continues throughout the year. This includes contacting libraries and systems before, during, and after board-approved, signed reports are filed with DPI.

Here is PLD's general calendar of annual report work.

October • November

  • PLD begins revising LibPAS for the public library and library system annual reports.
  • PLD prepares drafts of support material, including what's new, instructions, data entry worksheets, and how to use LibPAS. (Drafts for 2016 were posted November 16).


  • Early in the month, PLD sends initial email to libraries via LibPAS and verifies email addresses with systems.
  • Mid-month, PLD sends pre-fill Excel files to systems.
  • Late in the month, PLD posts final support material for the annual report at
  • Libraries and systems can be compiling annual report information on the annual report data entry worksheet.



  • Public libraries finish entering annual report data and "Submit" in LibPAS. (Systems may require system review between data entry and "Submit."
  • Library boards approve/sign annual reports and forward copies to their systems and municipalities.
  • Library systems review, recommend revisions, "Approve" in LibPAS, and send one copy of each library's report to the DPI no later than March 1 (60 days after the end of the fiscal year).

March • April • May

June • July

  • PLD finishes compiling data for preliminary 2016 Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.
  • PLD begins the process of submitting data to the Institute of Museums and Library Service (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS).
  • IMLS begins reviewing Wisconsin PLS data.
  • PLD posts library brochure Word merge file.

August • September

  • Typically mid to late August, IMLS requests clarification of Wisconsin PLS data as needed.
  • PLD follows up with libraries, makes revisions as needed, and responds to IMLS.
  • IMLS requests further information as needed.
  • When IMLS locks (accepts) PLS data, PLD posts final Wisconsin Public Library Service Data and Wisconsin Public Library Service Trends for the report year.

Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Monday, November 21, 2016

Build a Better World with BadgerLink!

You already coordinate learning activities at your library. Let us help you create great and easy programming!

BadgerLink ( provides access to a wide range of content that’s useful to library staff, like lesson plans, science experiments, and other educational articles, plus full-text classics, digitized newspapers, and more. The BadgerLink team identified resources in BadgerLink based on the theme of “Build a Better World,” and used those resources to create customizable library program plans for Wisconsin library staff to use and remix.

Illustration of a toolbox
Photo courtesy Pixabay
Each plan includes instructions for coordinating the program, graphics for promoting the program, and information about how to include the program’s statistics in your library’s annual report. All the documents associated with a plan are saved in a Google folder which allows you to easily download or save the document as well as edit and share.

Check out the plans on our website!

Written by Gail Murray and Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shakespeare Resources in BadgerLink

Shakespeare’s First Folio is touring all 50 states, and this month it’s in Wisconsin! You can see the folio in person at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art through December 11th. Looking for ways to get your library and community in on the Shakespeare mania? Look no further than BadgerLink! Here are some articles and full-text books to get you started.

BadgerLink's badger dressed as Shakespeare
Find Shakespeare Resources in BadgerLink!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shakespeare (2016): This article by Jude Morgan from New York Times Upfront shares facts on writer William Shakespeare as a part of the 400th anniversary of his death.

Critical Insights: King Lear (2011): This published book from Salem Press is a collection of articles delving deep into King Lear.

Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Shakespeare (2001): This published book from the Continuum Publishing Group is a collection of often comical descriptions of Shakespeare’s works.

Shakespeare Our Contemporary (2016): This article from New Statesman reviews several William Shakespeare's plays including "Henry V," "King Lear," and "The Merchant of Venice."

The Bard at Home (2016): This article by Kate Ravilious of Archaeology gives a glimpse into what Shakespeare’s home life was like.

Find these articles, books, and more in BadgerLink, and contact the BadgerLink team with any questions!

Written by Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Library of the Month: Wisconsin Digital Archives

The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team.

The November Library of the Month is the wonderful online collection of state government documents available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

A look at Wisconsin's capitol building and Madison's skyline from across the lake
Madison Skyline
Access to Wisconsin state documents is provided through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program. It is a statutorily mandated program responsible for making sure state documents are preserved and made widely available. The program is managed by the Dept. of Public Instruction and has been a part of Wisconsin law since 1901.

In response to the decline in documents available in print, the depository program transitioned in 2004 to collecting primarily electronic state documents, making them available through a digital collection called the Wisconsin Digital Archives. The Wisconsin Digital Archives contains documents from executive and judicial agencies, boards, councils, commissions and task forces primarily from 2001 to present. (The Legislative Reference Bureau manages a separate collection for legislative documents.)

State documents play an important role in connecting residents of Wisconsin to the work being done by state agencies and the major state government programs they manage. State documents include statistics, studies, maps, newsletters, and reports that are authoritative and engaging and contribute toward supporting government transparency and civic literacy. Wisconsin Digital Archives proves to be a powerful research tool as state government touches every part of our modern lives.

So what will you find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives? This online library of full-text documents cover current, newsworthy topics about life in Wisconsin.

Cover of Choose Wisely document

Looking for reliable information on what fish are safe to eat? Check out Choose wisely: a health guide for eating fish in Wisconsin (2016).
Cover of Wisconsin Snowmobile Safety & Enforcement Report

Worried about family members snowmobiling? Get the statistics and facts from the Wisconsin snowmobile safety & enforcement report (2015/2016).
Cover of Hot Jobs to 2022 document
Are you planning your career? Find out what skills you need for the careers that will be doing the most hiring in Wisconsin over the next 6 years in Hot jobs to 2022 (2015).
The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a robust and growing collection built by collaborative partners working together to catalog and archive documents. Collaborators include the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin State Law Library.

Written by:
Abby Swanton and Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New to ILL? Check out some of these helpful resources

Guest post by Carol Nelson, Minitex

There are a lot of great sources for information about interlibrary loan (ILL) on the Internet. If you are looking for ways to connect to other ILL staff, or to read up on trends in interlibrary loan, check out these links:

ShareILL is a website designed and maintained by interlibrary loan staff. You will find ILL codes 
ShareILL logo
and guidelines, OCLC Custom Holdings lists created and shared by other ILL staff, and online directories.The "Keeping Current" section has links to conferences, e-mail lists, associations, and publications.

ILLers; a FB Group For Interlibrary Loan is a closed group, so send a request to the group if you would like to join. The posts range from helpful information to examples of the fun and interesting things that happen in our ILL offices. Many members post to the group regularly.

ILL-L is a discussion forum for ILL practitioners in all types of libraries around the world. You will see messages requesting help locating an item, asking for advice, or providing information to other ILL staff.

OCLC-Sharing-L is an email list for announcements, changes, and enhancements to OCLC resource sharing services. Subscribers cannot post items on this list, but it will keep you up-to-date on OCLC news.

@OCLC is one twitter account you should follow when you need information about OCLC outages. When OCLC had system issues this fall, their staff e-mail accounts were also affected. Twitter was the only place OCLC users could get information about the downtime, so OCLC recommends checking here if you suspect system issues. 

Workflowtoolkit-l should be on your radar if your library uses ILLiad. This is the best list for sharing news, support, ideas, and best practices for ILLiad.

Library Science Daily is a curated list of links to library news gathered from the web. Reading up on the latest news about libraries will give you something to discuss with your colleagues in the breakroom.

Written by:
Carol Nelson, Minitex