Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 BadgerLearn Pro Highlights

The BadgerLearn Pro team has had a busy 2014. We've added new collaborators, accumulated 300+ followers on Twitter, and shared over 300 professional development resources on BadgerLearnPro.dpi.wi.gov

Find archives of trainings conducted around the state in one location!

2015 is going to be a great year for Wisconsin librarians! Need ideas for a program? Have questions about best practices? Learn how you can use BadgerLearn Pro for FREE professional learning! BadgerLearn Pro invites you to a training on February 10th at 1 PM.

Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7979229912962458113

BadgerLearn Pro (BadgerLearnPro.dpi.wi.gov) is a continuing education portal for Wisconsin librarians and support staff. Discover & access archived webinars, articles, books/handbooks, handouts, online courses/tutorials, podcasts, presentation slides, screencasts, videos, and webpages on a variety of topics important to librarians.

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

More Information = More Learning

There's an ongoing discussion about how much information is too much information. Information overload is a topic that is talked about more than ever with more and more people accessing the internet. But is this true? Are people becoming overloaded with information, receiving it nonstop, especially with the advent of smart phones? According to a study at USC Marshall, Americans will consume 1.7 trillion hours of traditional and digital media.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project looked into this recently and published their results. The Internet & American Life Project, "is directed by Lee Rainie and is part of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world."

Even with the growth of information that people are consuming, it does not seem that there is an overload. About 87% of the people surveyed felt that the internet has improved their ability to learn new things. Along with this, the Pew Research Center has asked the American public if digital technology has had a positive impact since 2000, and every year the answer has come back positive.

 percentage of people that feel internet helps them be better informed  from Pew study 
The survey also shows that people believe that the internet is allowing the sharing of ideas easier, which is having a positive impact on their learning. Public libraries are often the only or best place to access the internet for many communities. Tapping into the ability to share information, to learn, and to create offers unlimited potential for so many. In another recent Pew study, people shared that the traditional materials offered still play a central role for public libraries, but people are also very interested and curious to see what technological services public libraries can offer.

We look forward to see what other reports come from Pew Research Center, which gathers and evaluates thoughts and comments of the public.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Books and BadgerLink

photo from flickr 
Inevitably, as an educator or librarian, you receive gift cards for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Half Price Books. As you lounge by the fire in a post-holiday glow, remember BadgerLink!

 Did you know that BadgerLink has a book recommendation resource? NoveList and NoveList K-8 are fiction recommendation databases that you can use to find book lists, read-a-likes, and other fun stuff. Browse for books not just by subject but also by tone, writing style, pace, genre, and audience. 

NoveList is the perfect resource for finding your next book!

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Continuing Education for Public Librarians in Wisconsin

Continuing Education, otherwise known as CE, is synonymous with lifelong learning.  All public library staff is encouraged to participate in continuing educational opportunities appropriate for their positions to provide the best customer service possible for library patrons.  

The requirements below, however, are stated for public library directors.  CE is required for library directors according to Wisconsin library law (WI Administrative Code, Subchapter II — Public Librarian Certification PI 6.03 Public Librarian Certification which says:

(5) Certification Renewal
Certificates under sub (3) may be renewed upon evidence which satisfies the division (DLT) that in the 5-year period prior to recertification the holder has participated in 100 contact hours, at least 10 hours of which must be technology related, of continuing education in librarianship which is either directly related to the position held or will permit advancement in the profession. (Labels will soon be added to BadgerLearn Pro indicating Tech Credit. http://badgerlearnpro.dpi.wi.gov/.) 

The public library system to which the library belongs shall assist in determination of requirements for continuing education and validate records submitted evidencing a renewal applicant’s participation in continuing education under this subsection.
Continuing educational events must have: 
Books and computers in the library Learning objectives
Activities used to meet objectives
Evaluation process to see that learning objectives were met
An instructor or learning consultant

Continuing education opportunities include both formal and informal learning situations and need not be limited to library subjects or the offerings of library education programs, but must be related to the present position or to career advancement in the library profession. Wisconsin Library Systems have been contributing their continuing educational events to a shared calendar. http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_libce

Images courtesy of Stock Free Images. http://www.stockfreeimages.com/

Monday, December 22, 2014

Apply for StoryCorps @ your library

If you've listened to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," you've undoubtedly heard a recording of an interview from the national StoryCorps project. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. 
As part of the second phase of the StoryCorps @ your library project, public libraries are encouraged to apply for a grant to implement StoryCorps' interview methods and resources within their communities to create a local audio collection.

Application information is available at the ALA Public Programs site.  The application deadline is February 6, 2015.

Ten selected libraries will receive:
  • A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses.
  • A toolkit of written and web-based customizable program and promotional support materials.
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record onsite interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project.
  • A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the StoryCorps headquarters in Brooklyn, New York to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques, and archiving interviews in the StoryCorps proprietary database. The orientation workshop will be held on April 8-9, 2015. All travel and lodging costs will be covered by StoryCorps.

The grant is offered by StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, please visit the StoryCorps website.

(photo courtesy of StoryCorps)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Libraries Share Year Round

WISCAT banner gift wrapped
Happy Holidays (background image courtesy of Pixabay)

Interlibrary loan extends this holiday season of sharing throughout the year for Wisconsin library users.

More than 450 Wisconsin libraries of all types participate in resource sharing using WISCAT. In addition, the Minitex network of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries is a reciprocal interlibrary loan partner in WISCAT.

91 percent of requests filled in WISCAT between July 2013-June 2014 were by libraries using WISCAT as their interlibrary loan tool. The rest of WISCAT requests filled were by Wisconsin libraries who use OCLC such as the South Central and Winnefox public library systems' members and by lenders outside Wisconsin, for example, the Library of Congress.  These libraries' willingness to share through interlibrary loan crosses seasons and borders. Thank you to all.

WISCAT is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LSTA Grants: Images Help Tell the Story

Would you like to offer a new service in your library but funding does not exist? Did you know that you can obtain a copy of past grants to read that will help you decide whether to offer a service in your library or library system? The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) website lists currently funded grant awards and abstracts. The LSTA activities prior to 2014 website are linked at the bottom right of the LSTA page. (http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_lsta-pe).

Storytime and Play Area for children with autism
Storytime room at Chippewa Falls for Children with Autism
Play Area for Children with Autism   
Knitting Machine in the Bubbler
(Photos obtained courtesy of the Madison Public Library)
In order to address perceived barriers to library use for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Indianhead Federated Library System worked with 20 participating libraries in seven counties to provide training, equipment, and materials to make the library more welcoming and accessible. The participating libraries held programs that were promoted as open and welcoming to kids on the autism spectrum. They were mostly sensory storytimes with adaptations to make them more           accessible.

If you are winding down a 2014 project and preparing a final evaluation for the grant year, please consider including images to tell your library story.          
Think about including images of materials purchased with LSTA funds by gathering them together in a suitable spot for a photo. Attach the photo to an email to the Public Library Development team after submitting the final 2014 LSTA Final Evaluation.
Artist in Residence demonstrating work, Bubbler
Artist in Residence demonstrating at Bubbler
Before including photographs of identifiable persons from your programs, please have a library policy in place to obtain a waiver for use of the children and adults photos. Library photo release forms are located at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Photo Guidelines (http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_photofaq).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WI DOT Provides Resources for Safe Winter Travel

Courtesy of the WI DOT

Winter weather is upon us and that means slick and dangerous driving conditions. The WI Dept. of Transportation provides winter driving tips to help you be prepared in case of emergency during the winter. The DOT also has a map of major roadways in Wisconsin categorized for how they will be maintained during a snow storm to make it easier to plan for travel during the winter. Safe travels!

Library of the Month: Cedarburg Public Library

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

The Cedarburg Public Library re-opened July 12, 2014 with a long awaited new building. The 25,000 square foot facility more than doubled the size of the previous library building. With this large, modern facility CPL mixes new and old; providing traditional library services while finding inventive ways to serve the community.  

Technology is a priority. Staff are trained on how to use technology and are available to assist library users with their devices. The Cedarburg Friends of the Library generously donated a 3D printer for public use and continue to provide filament. Members of the community can download the Thingaverse, design projects, and “print” their designs freely at CPL. The 3D printer has attracted new users and continues to draw a crowd when a project is printed.

This library is a destination. The library is a place to create, learn, and explore and learners of all ages are welcome. For kids, the Children’s Room is filled with books for all ages with interactive literacy and learning tools, and technology for children and their caregivers. Teens and adults can venture to the 2nd floor, wander the collection or reserve a quiet study room for independent work, tutoring, or small meetings. For everyone, there is a MediaScape room with technology equipment to create and share digital information.

Modern facilities make connecting easier. The new building has a large community room that holds up to 100 people and has a built-in hearing loop to aid those who are hard of hearing. The room is equipped with a projector with surround sound and screen/white board are available for meetings and events. Since opening the community room has been used by individuals, local community groups, and schools for events such as book discussions, birthday parties, and lectures.

See what the library has for you! Stop in and check CPL out.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Teen Video Challenge--Calling All Wisconsin Teens!

Looking for a way to combine teens and technology at your library?  Want to bring attention to literacy while reaping sweet rewards? Look no further than the Teen Video Challenge!

Unmask! CSLP image copyright
Image copyright of CSLP
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) launched the 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. CSLP is a consortium consisting of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the United States, its territories, and the Cayman Islands. The members of this consortium work together to provide high-quality summer reading materials for public libraries to use in their summer programs with children, teens, and adults.

Teen with camcorder
Lights! Camera! Action! (Pixabay image)
Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan "Unmask" in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.

Each CSLP member state that chooses to participate in the 2015 Teen Video Challenge will organize and implement their own competition to arrive at their state winner. The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the CSLP 2015 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide.

Stacks of dollar bills
Cash prizes! (Pixabay image)
$150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015.

For full details about Wisconsin’s 2015 Teen Video Challenge, check out the following links:

Monday, December 15, 2014

We say goodbye to Channel Weekly...

Blogger image courtesy of Pixabay
This Thursday, December 18, will see the last edition of the Division for Libraries and Technology’s Channel Weekly e-newsletter arrive in your email in-box. Many of you have already subscribed to receive email notifications for our new way of communicating with the Wisconsin library community – the Wisconsin Libraries blog (Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone). This new blog features the same types of news and information you’ve become accustomed to seeing in Channel Weekly, but in a more dynamic, online capacity. With the Wisconsin Libraries blog, we can include visual content such as photographs, illustrations, charts, graphs, links to videos, and so much more, something we could not easily do with Channel Weekly. In addition, content will be tagged and searchable, allowing readers easier access to posts on topics of need or interest – again, something not easy to do within Channel Weekly’s e-newsletter format.
The Division for Libraries and Technology (the Division) has, through the years, used a variety of ways to disseminate information to the Wisconsin library community. For many years, news and information was shared by way of printed publications, starting in 1905 with the Wisconsin Free Library Commission’s Wisconsin Library Bulletin, which brought in-depth articles of interest to the library community until it ceased publication in 1984. In the early 1960s, the then-named Division for Library Services started a monthly printed newsletter, Channel DLS (DLS for Division for Library Services), which became simply Channel in 1995 when “Community Learning” was added to the Division’s name.
Image courtesy of Pixabay
The Division was an early leader in the U.S. in its use of the web for posting information about its services and activities. In January 1999, a weekly electronic newsletter, E-Channel, was introduced as a companion publication to the printed newsletter, Channel, to take advantage of the opportunities for fast and efficient delivery of information via the Internet. E-Channel, later Channel Weekly, has been published weekly since that time. The weekly e-newsletter was designed to provide brief overviews and highlights of information and announcements in a more timely way than was possible with a printed newsletter. With the introduction of E-Channel, the frequency of the Channel newsletter was reduced to six times a year (every other month); starting in 2008 it became a quarterly publication, and in 2009 it became a web-only publication. The last edition of Channel newsletter was posted to the web in early 2011.

The Division is striving to keep the Wisconsin library community informed about significant state library developments through its various communications tools. We welcome and appreciate your feedback on our efforts by emailing us via the contact form provided on the right side of this page.

Friday, December 12, 2014

School Library Media Specialists - The New Action Figures

Nancy Pearl is the real life library professional who inspired the original librarian action figure, but Wisconsin may need to create a librarian action figure series of its own. This summer Eileen Schroeder from UW-Whitewater and I were excited to join eight teacher librarians as they took their show on the road and shared their stories of what a library media specialist really does and how different every day can be. CESAs 2, 5, and 10 hosted day long workshops on  the Emerging Roles of Library Media Specialists.  Fifty participants attended and this group of "action librarians" received rave reviews. Their expertise, enthusiasm for the work they do, and the practical ideas they shared at each workshop made each of these a huge success.

Stacy Fisher (Waunakee library media specialist) provided the catalyst for the workshops. The idea came about due to the shortage of certified library media specialists in Wisconsin, the changing role of teacher librarians, and the need for more people to understand the impact a strong library program has on the learning environment in our schools. We knew that administrators were interested in the idea of "growing their own" teacher librarians from within their districts, which involves identifying and supporting good teachers who are willing to pursue their library media certification. From that base Stacy worked with DPI, UWSSLEC (University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium), and CESA 2 to get the idea off the ground. Thanks to a pilot outreach grant from UW-Whitewater, support from DPI, and collaboration with the CESAs the stage was set. The group came together to brainstorm, plan, and orchestrate the workshops. Their collective wisdom and enthusiasm created an excellent template that we hope to replicate and expand on.

Pictures and Student Quotes from the libraries where these action librarians work speaks volumes about what's happening in many Wisconsin school libraries. Kudos to the action team from across the state. Included on that team (and being considered for future action figures) were Stacy Fisher (Waunakee), Peg Billing (Tomahawk), Greta McCarty (Osceola), Jeff Schreiber (Germantown), Teresa Voss (Verona), Vicki Santacroce (Green Bay), Holly Nelson (Milton) and Mike Slowinski (West  DePere). To sum up the reviews I will share a quote from a teacher who is now planning on becoming a library media specialist. She didn't want to give up what she loved about teaching. Following the workshop her comment was, "Hearing so many of you talk about how you use all I value about classroom teaching within the library made me rethink my perspective. I also really liked the energy and drive all of you had about what the library should be to its users, and how you make it a well used, purposeful space."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Partnering for Job Search Success

Partnering (image courtesy Pixabay)
Been to your local Wisconsin Job Center lately?  Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning staff have - and we came away with a new partnership.  Staff at the job center were delighted to learn about the tools we offer, and they told us about social service organizations we can work with to highlight resources and training we can share.

They were SO excited they called the same day to schedule staff  training on how to use the BadgerLink Learning Express databases. Job center staff  can't wait to show clients how to extend their learning beyond the business hours of the center using tools at their local public library or from any internet-connected computer.

Not sure how you can get started?  Check for your local Job Center here: WI Job Center Map and Directory. Call and ask for the Center director or outreach person to set up a meeting. They'll be excited to hear from a partner eager to collaborate. Be sure to highlight any regularly scheduled job-search related training you provide; resume review workshops, computer training programs, etc.

What if there's no Job Center nearby?  Then the services you provide to support job seekers are even more important.  Staff at your public library system resource library will have great ideas to share with you, and staff at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning can also offer guidance and links to training resources.

Together we can help our neighbors build a brighter future. We look forward to hearing about your successful collaborations.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Resources for Serving Special Populations

Welcome mat
Libraries welcome everyone (Pixabay)
Public libraries are seen as egalitarian institutions that are welcoming to everyone. While libraries are in theory open and accessible to all, the fact is that some members of our communities have difficulty utilizing the library. The barriers that prevent these community members from using the library are not always readily apparent.  There are many reasons why an individual or group's use of the library might be limited, minimized, or difficult.  

Kansas State Library ADA Compliance Checklist
Kansas State Library ADA Compliance Checklist
In terms of accessibility, we often think of physical access, and consider library users with physical disabilities. For public libraries considering ADA legislation, the Kansas State Library offers a handy online Compliance Checklist for reviewing issues such as signage, stacks, and furniture placement. 

Serving Special Populations 
However, accessibility should be considered more broadly than physical access. In Wisconsin, we refer to library users that need special consideration as "special populations" and the services to these groups or individuals as "special services."  The Public Library Development Team compiled an online resource called Serving Special Populations to assist public libraries and systems in planning, implementing, and evaluating services for special populations, offer a range of resources and strategies useful to all size public libraries no matter where they are located in Wisconsin, and provide information unique to Wisconsin.

While we are often focused on who is using the library (circulation statistics, program counts), it is in our community's best interest to continually assess who is NOT using the public library.  The Compliance Checklist and Serving Special Populations are two online tools to help libraries evaluate who they are missing and why.

Local Digital Content: The Yahara Music Project and The Rabble

Technology is increasingly making access to locally-created content easier, and public libraries are becoming the place where that content is created, collected, and shared. The Yahara Music Library is an example of libraries experimenting with new models for sharing local content with the community it serves.

Yahara Music Project 
Yahara Music Library website

The Yahara Music Library was a collaborative project between the Madison Public Library and Murfie Music, Inc. of Madison. The project is meant to share music created by local musicians. Anyone can access the site and see what music is available, however the user needs to be a South Central Library System cardholder can stream and/or download the music available, as well as information about each of the local artists. The technical elements of the Yahara Music Library is under an open source license and available on Github.

The Rabble
MUSICat.co website

The Rabble was formed "with a simple idea: libraries deserve software that reflects their values. That's why we work with libraries to design and build solutions, and it's why we openly release our source code." They released their site MUSICat.co looking to help libraries connect with local musicians. Spinning off from Murfie Music, Inc., members of The Rabble "works with libraries to build software that reflects and responds to the values, needs, and goals of the library community."   Madison Public Library and the Edmonton Public Library are the first two libraries to work with Murfie/The Rabble on providing their communities access to local music; "Our partner libraries aren't just building their own music collections; they're making it possible for all libraries to share local content digitally." The Rabble states that after a year working with library partners that they will release the source code of MUSICat so any library can innovate under an open license.

Email yaharamusiclibrary@gmail.com for more information about the Yahara Music Library.

Email info@therabble.co for more information about The Rabble group.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Wisconsin Digital Archives : Your Connection to State Government Information

Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison, WI courtesy of Pixabay
You’re reading a news article that references a report from a state agency. Have you noticed that the article rarely provides a direct link to the actual report? Have you ever wondered where you can find the report? Let the Wisconsin Digital Archives be your connection to state government information! The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a growing collection of documents and publications from all three branches of government about a wide range of topics that impact our daily lives in Wisconsin.

Are you interested in hunting, wildlife and natural resources? Do you want to research education or     climate change? Would you like to learn about transportation or the economy? Are you a teacher looking for resources to use in the classroom? Using the search feature on the Wisconsin Digital Archives website, you can easily find the information you need. From reports, to studies, statistics, classroom curriculum about government and more, there is something for everyone!

Make your connection today!