Friday, January 30, 2015

E-books Use and County Payments: Where's the Money?

Several times each year the Public Library Development Team hears concerns that the use of newer digital resources are not measured on the annual report, or that expenditures for digital resources such as the Wisconsin Digital Library Overdrive collection are not compensated through the county library payment process. 
image of tablet computer and smart phone
Tablets and smart phones now far
outsell dedicated e-book readers
This month, the Wisconsin Small Libraries Facebook Page featured a post suggesting that libraries "report...e-materials circulations in the notes field of each section. We need to push the state folks to count these circ numbers! If they see enough of us, perhaps they will update the forms."

The goal of this post is to clear up some misconceptions, outline the relationship of digital resources to traditional services, and show how the cost of providing those services is compensated under state law. Use of e-content is collected on the annual report, and expenditures for that content is included in the allowable expenditures for county payments.

A common perception is that counting e-content uses the same way as in-library checkouts will lead to higher county payments for the library. However, reporting those uses to the county for payments would be illegal, and likely would lead to a lower county payment. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) must collect information about library use in a way that conforms with state library law.
In the development of the county payment system in the late '90s, there was considerable discussion between the library community and the legislature about how to accurately measure the relative use by non-residents to total library use. Since checkouts have been tracked and reported for decades, the library community agreed that circulation would provide the most reasonable and non-arbitrary measure. The county library payment system under Wis. Stats 43.12 is designed to determine the ratio of county use to total library use through checkout records that are typically tracked by computers. Because the formula is applied against all library expenditures, including overhead costs, personnel, and other programming, library directors and staff must avoid the temptation to think that each checkout by an eligible non-resident will result in a higher county library payment. It is the ratio of eligible non-resident use to total use, multiplied by the total library expenditures that determines the county’s obligation.

Because the county formula includes costs that the library contributes to the state or regional e-book buying pools, the expenditures are included in the county payment formula. Unless the relative additional use of the digital collection by eligible non-residents exceeds the ratio that is determined by in-library checkouts of material, there is no reason to expect that combining virtual use with the allowable in-library loans of library materials would benefit the library.

lithograph print depicting man and girl in library Also, keep in mind that the current county payment system ensures that a drop in overall circulation will not result in a reduced county payment, assuming total library expenditures remains the same. So if the use of your library has shifted from checkouts to program attendance, computer use, or even virtual use, the library will receive comparable compensation, if circulation drops at an equal rate among residents and non-residents (that is, the ratio of non-resident to total use remains largely unchanged).  

Besides the obvious challenges in determining resident versus non-resident downloads of e-content (since neither involves visits the library--use or download usually occurs from home or work), the current availability and use of broadband is concentrated in denser municipal areas--typically in the municipal areas occupied by the library.The likelihood that nonresidents are downloading digital resources at a higher rate than residents is truly questionable because of limited rural broadband and educational demographics. For example, many people in rural areas have a limit on their download capacity, or are restricted to dial-up speeds. Those download usage facts are borne out by comparative Overdrive use among urban versus rural communities.

Finally, use of virtual and downloadable content is already tracked and reported on the annual report--in Section 4, Library Services, number 9, Uses of Electronic Content. We request that libraries report use of e-books, e-audio, and e-video, and next year we will consider adding electronic periodicals, since use of services such as Flipster and Zinio has grown among the library systems.

Granted, statutory language for county payments to public libraries is convoluted and confusing. And, while the DPI must distinguish physical checkouts from virtual collection use on the annual report, it does collect the use of digital content. Also, the costs that libraries contribute toward the digital collections is already factored into the county payment formula under the current system. Until the legislature or library community can figure out a way that other types of library use can be tracked in an accurate, consistent, and non-invasive manner, we must rely upon physical checkouts as a fair and accurate standard for apportionment.

Written by: John DeBacher 

Public Library Development Team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Libraries and Financial Literacy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was established by Congress in 2012 as a body to “make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.” To that end, this means ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families. Since there are approximately twenty (20) agencies that deal with consumer protection of various types, CFPB consolidates most Federal consumer financial protection authority in one place. The consumer bureau is focused on watching out for American consumers in the market for consumer financial products and services.

Tasks of the CFPB include taking consumer complaints, creating rules, supervising companies, and enforcing federal consumer financial protection laws. Additionally they promote financial education, monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers, and enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance.

Image:  Questions about Buying a home
Image of dollar sign, house, and a question mark from
Where do libraries fit into this picture? In order to promote financial education, the CFPB obtained feedback from librarians around the country. They created a web site to provide the best financial resources for librarians seeking program ideas, online resources, free print materials, librarian training, partnership guidebook, and marketing materials to let people know that the library is the place to look for answers to their money questions. (
Richard Cordray, head of the CFPB, endorsed libraries as the information resource for the public when he stated, “We want to help libraries identify and connect with local partners in their communities. And we want to be able to provide helpful training for library staff and managers.” markets itself as the place for nonprofits and libraries and also contains an archived program (from October 22, 2014) called “Making Cents of Financial Literacy: Tech Tools and Innovative Programs.” The web link to the webinar created by three librarians (from South Carolina and New York) shares tech tools, tips, and practical ideas to engage your community on financial literacy.

Written by Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Resources for Teachers

The monthly 'Collection Connection' highlights relevant information in the Wisconsin Digital Archives. As your connection to state government information, the Wisconsin Digital Archives hopes to keep you coming back to make more connections!

Resources for Teachers
Screen shot of the Wisconsin Digital Archives homepageState agencies are hard at work developing resources that teachers can use in the classroom. From toolkits and curriculum to learning and activity guides, it's all available free and online through the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Simply click on the 'Resources for Teachers' tab to explore this growing collection of resources.

Written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Look at E-Content in Pre-Filled Annual Report Data

[Chart of Uses of E-Content in 337 Pre-Fill Libraries]In January, public library systems compile data that the Public Library Development team loads into the online reporting service before libraries begin entering annual report data. This year, that pre-fill data for 2014 includes E-content (e-books,e-audio, and e-video) statistics for 337 public libraries that together serve more than two-thirds of Wisconsin's residents. This gives us a first look at some general trends.

For these 337 libraries, uses of e-content in 2014 was 36.7% higher than 2013, compared to 73% from 2012 to 2013 and 273% from 2011 to 2012. Increases in the use of e-content appear to be leveling off.

How do uses of e-content compare to circulation of physical materials? Pre-fill data includes both total circulation and e-content uses for 282 libraries. For these 282 libraries, circulation continues to decrease and uses of e-content continue to grow. Combining the two types of data, however, does not offset the decrease in physical circulation.
Chart Combining E-Content Uses and Physical Circulation in 282 Pre-Fill LibrariesChart of E-Content Uses Compared to Circulation of Material in 282 Pre-Fill Libraries
Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Monday, January 26, 2015

ILEAD USA-Wisconsin Team Announcements

Six teams have been chosen for the 2015 ILEAD USA-Wisconsin program! This program, in conjunction with the Illinois State Library, has teams identify a single group project of the team's design that will address at least one identified library patron need. Teams use the skills and training acquired throughout the sessions to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate the project. They are assisted by instructors and mentors who provide training and guidance during the course of the sessions. The participants and projects created will focus on bringing digitally inclusive communities together to help libraries meet future challenges.

The following Teams are representing ILEAD USA-Wisconsin:

  • Team Enrich the Future - Tap Into the Past
    • Todd Mountjoy, Richard J. Brown Library, Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander)
    • Don Litzer, T.B. Scott Free Library (Merrill)
    • Inese Christman, Wisconsin Valley Library Services (Wausau)
    • Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS (Madison)
    • Sue Engel, Horace Mann Middle School (Wausau)
  • Team WisCode Literati
    • Kim Boldt, Miriam B. & James J. Mulva Library, St. Norbert College (DePere)
    • Melody Clark, Arrowhead Library System (Milton)
    • Joshua Cowles, Fond du Lac Public Library
    • Sara Bryce Kozla, La Crosse Public Library
    • Holly Storck-Post, Monroe Public Library
  • Team Public/School Library Technology Study
    • Krista Hutley, Whitefish Bay Public Library
    • Emily Passey, Shorewood Public Library
    • Beth Henika, North Shore Library (Glendale)
    • Jennifer Loeffel, Franklin Public Library
    • Sandra Speare, Greendale Middle School
  • Team Early Literacy Innovators
    • Angela Meyers, Waukesha County Federated Library System
    • Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library
    • Christine Weichart, New Berlin Public Library
    • Christi Sommerfeldt, Muskego Public Library
    • Katherine Clark, Madison Public Library
  • Team Digital Humanities
    • Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library
    • Maria Cunningham-Benn, Milwaukee Public Library
    • Mary Lou Klecha, Milwaukee Public Library
    • Elisabeth Kaune, Milwaukee Public Library
    • Kristen Thompson, Milwaukee Public Library
  • Team Minerva
    • Kinga Jacobson, Gibraltar School District Library (Fish Creek)
    • Nancy Larson, West Bend Community Memorial Library
    • Amanda Burns, Suring Area Public Library
    • Kimberly Young, Brown County Library (Green Bay)
    • Debbie Olguin, Matheson Memorial Library (Elkhorn)
Up-to-date information on ILEAD USA-WI can be found on the PLDT ILEAD USA - Wisconsin web page.

Written by Ryan Claringbole and Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development Team

Top 3 Ways You Can Make Your Patrons and Students Happier in 2015

BadgerLink is an excellent resource for learning new job skills, locating lesson plans and other high quality instructional tools, making smart health decisions, researching your family tree, and choosing your next great read - but what if access is denied? 

Image of a happy person and computer
Easy access to BadgerLink makes for a happy user!
Image courtesy of morgeFile
Don't let that happen! These three simple things will help keep your users happy and informed this new year.
  • Send us your current, static, external IP addresses
  • Send us any changes to your library card patterns
  • Request authenticated URLs if you link to our individual resources - such as Access NewspaperARCHIVE or Student Research Center

Just contact us and we'll take it from there.

BadgerLink strives to make our (sometimes confusing) access process as easy as possible. Should you ever have questions don't hesitate to email us using the form above or read our FAQs.

Written by:
Elizabeth Neuman, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Friday, January 23, 2015

Looking for CE Tech Credits?

Looking for training to fulfill your continuing education technology credit? Have you tried using BadgerLearn Pro?

To view a list of trainings that count toward the technology credit, go to Click on Browse Resources and then on Tech Credit. The 86 webinars, courses, and videos will all count towards your technology credit!

Connect with us! 
BadgerLearn Pro  is on Twitter!
We have an RSS feed.

What is BadgerLearn Pro?BadgerLearn Pro 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 including ebooks, reference skills, reader's advisory, and more!

BadgerLearn Pro is a joint project under active development by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (RL&LL), Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC). 

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Edge Still Available for Public Libraries

Edge logoThe Edge Initiative is still available to public libraries for free through March 2015. The Edge Initiative, a self assessment on a public library's public access technology, is led by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). Originally, public libraries had until January 2015 to try Edge for free, but this has been extended through March 2015.

The assessment has libraries take 2-4 hours to fill it out, focusing on the 11 benchmarks within the 3 key areas:

  1. Community Value
    • Digital literacy
    • Digital tools and resources
    • Meeting key community needs
  2. Engaging the Community
    • Strategy and evaluation
    • Strategic partnerships
    • Sharing best practices
  3. Organizational Management
    • Planning and policies
    • Staff expertise
    • Devices and bandwidth
    • Technology management
    • Technology inclusiveness 
The assessment is designed to show libraries where they are at concerning public access technology. The assessment asks libraries for information  on website content to community relationships to web analytics. There isn't a pass/fail component to the assessment, rather it is to highlight the areas that the library is excelling at and the areas that are not represented as much. 

Peer Comparison Reports component allows the library to compare its results at the benchmark and indicator levels alongside the average results of peer libraries serving similar size communities. Libraries can use the peer comparison data to help make strategic decisions about where to concentrate their efforts and to determine priority areas for their action plans.

The library can take this information and share it with the library board, municipal government, or public to show why there needs to be an increase in funding, and/or highlight where the library is excelling at serving its community. It helps the library tell its story. 

Many Wisconsin public libraries have registered and taken the Edge assessment. They have stated that though the assessment feels like it was originally designed for larger libraries, it is extremely useful in providing a look at what the library is doing well for public access technology. Many of the libraries that have done the Edge assessment used the results to help with strategic planning, as well as taking it to the library board during reports on library operations. 

Libraries can still register for free through March 2015. Pricing for Edge has not been released yet beyond March 2015. If you have any questions contact Ryan

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Library of the Month: Arrowhead High School

The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team.m.
Cindy Musbach, library aide, helping a student navigate BadgerLink.
Arrowhead High School (AHS) was the top school in student referrals to the BadgerLink website in November 2014. BadgerLink staff contacted Donna Smith, Director of Library Media and Technology at Arrowhead School District, to find out what made the district so successful.

At AHS, information literacy - being able to find and evaluate information - is a top priority. A strong commitment from the school board resulted in the addition of technology integrators who support the growing professional development needs of staff, as well as contribute to student training. With assistance from library staff, the technology integrators focus on helping teachers incorporate information technology and technology tools into classrooms.

BadgerLink plays a major role in the district’s goal to teach technology literacy skills. For example, every AHS freshman uses BadgerLink to complete an English research project. While students are taught how to narrow search results by full text, format, and publication date, the real focus is on the evaluation of information. These research projects are just one example of how students are using technology to build 21st Century skills.

Acquisition of information literacy at AHS doesn't stop there. Students must be able to analyze and cite the resources they find. Using BadgerLink, students can locate content, discern credible information, and apply it to projects. The permalink and citation tools available in BadgerLink resources are helpful, but students still need to use critical thinking skills.

All this makes the library a place to gather, analyze, and synthesize information, and discover something new.

Our thanks to Arrowhead High School for your continued support of BadgerLink!

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Service Animals in the Public Library: Dos and Don'ts

While you might think you know what a service animal is and what role they might have in your library, you might be surprised by the information below. 

To begin with, to determine if an animal is a service animal, a public entity or a private business may ask two questions: 

1) Is this animal required because of a disability? 
2) What work or task has this animal been trained to perform? 

These inquires may not be made if the need for the service animal is obvious (e.g., the dog is guiding an individual who is blind or is pulling a person's wheelchair). A public entity or private business may not ask about the nature or extent of an individual's disability. It also may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a service animal, or require the animal to wear an identifying vest.  (Source)

Image of woman on a bench reading with dog on a leash.
Is it a service dog? (Image source: Pixabay)
You may have questions about a patron’s animal and whether or not it is a service animal or an emotional support animal. The University of Michigan’s Animal Legal & Historical Center explains:

An emotional support animal is a companion animal (typically a dog or cat) that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. The animal provides emotional support and comfort to individuals with psychiatric disabilities and other mental impairments. The animal is not specifically trained to perform tasks for a person who suffers from emotional disabilities. Unlike a service animal, an emotional support animal is not granted access to places of public accommodation. (Source)

Concerning behavior around a service animal, the Kansas State Library reminds libraries that: 

All service dogs can go wherever their masters go. A service dog can be complimented or admired, but it should never be petted or spoken to directly while it is on duty. It is good practice to allow service dogs in training to examine the library, although it is not legally mandated. (Source)

For more information about service animals and libraries, check out the following online resources: 

1. National ADA Center fact sheet about service animals: 
2. Contact the Great Lakes ADA Center with additional questions: 
3. University of Michigan Animal Law:
4. Kansas State Library ADA Compliance Checklist:
5. Wisconsin Public Library Development Serving Special Populations—People with Disabilities:

Written by: Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team

Friday, January 16, 2015

New WISCAT Organizes Search Results by Format

WISCAT's transition to a new search and interlibrary loan system by Auto-Graphics, Inc. last year makes it easier for users to find a title in all formats available in library collections.

Search results are clustered into format categories below the cover art in the Gallery view. A user simply clicks on the format of interest such as Large Print to see those results.

When a library user initiates a search, the WISCAT system examines the bibliographic records as they return from library catalogs and looks for exact matches of title and author, regardless of format. If a match is found, the record is immediately added to a cluster for that title/author. A moment later, when the search is complete, all related formats are displayed under the cover art. uses a similar, clustered display to effectively offer customers information on all formats of a title in one place.

Adapted from posts by Ted Koppel in Auto-Graphics Library pAGE Blog by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) January Updates

LSTA Funding Amounts for Wisconsin

LSTA amounts to WI 2012-2014
LSTA amounts to WI 2012-2014
The table at left shows the federal funding amounts that the IMLS has awarded Wisconsin in the past three years. The Division for Libraries and Technology has not yet received the IMLS’ 2015 federal award to Wisconsin. This has interrupted potential project activities submitted in 2015 LSTA grant applications. Purchases cannot be made until the state receives the LSTA award. 

MOE = Maintenance of Effort
Maintenance of Effort (MOE) image
Maintenance of Effort image
In order for state agencies to receive federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), there is a legal provision called maintenance of effort (MOE) that a requires a state, as a condition of eligibility for federal funding, to maintain its financial contribution to a program at not less than the amount of the average of the past three years. An MOE formula ensures that federal assistance results in an increased level of library-related activity and that a state does not simply replace state dollars with federal dollars over time; maintenance of effort demonstrates a state’s commitment to library programs. Image is courtesy of Trey Fox from

The Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) did not meet maintenance of effort in federal budget years 2011-2012 due primarily to a 10% cut in public library system funding at the state level. The Division submitted material requesting a waiver of the MOE stating that “The Director (of IMLS) may waive the [MOE requirement] if the Director determines that such a waiver would be equitable due to exceptional or uncontrollable circumstances such as a natural disaster or a precipitous and unforeseen decline in financial resources of the State.” IMLS, however, denied the initial request in June, 2014. 

An appeal of the denial was submitted to IMLS in November and was declined a second time.  IMLS did not agree that there was proof of “uncontrollable circumstances.” IMLS stated that they were “…required by law to reduce the State’s FY2015 allotment distributed to the SLAA by 4.97 percent.” (The SLAA is the State Library Administrative Agency and 4.97% is a reduction of approximately $135,000).

Risk Assessment
As of December 26, 2014 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued “new guidance for the distribution of Federal grant resources to improve performance and outcomes while ensuring the financial integrity of taxpayer dollars.”  What does that mean? It means that changes have been made to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards under 2 CFR Part 200 covering Grants and Agreements in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).   The Division for Libraries and Technology will have to develop internal controls for considering the merit and risk of awarding future grants and monitor compliance. 

Written by Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Share Your Success Story

Are you connected to your local Wisconsin Job Center?  Do you provide stellar service to job seekers or career changers in your community?  Come join us and share your success story.

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Job seekers image courtesy: Pixabay
About a month ago, I shared a post about the enthusiastic reception BadgerLink Training Librarian Kara Ripley and I enjoyed when we reached out to our local Wisconsin Job Center.

If you've also made great connections with Job Centers in your area we'd love to have you join us in a panel discussion/presentation at this year's Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) conference. We hope to have a representative from a Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Wisconsin Job Center join creative librarians and staff from the Department of Public Instruction to share a well-rounded, thought-provoking session on forming and nurturing strong partnerships that engage the job seeking and career changing members of the hundreds of Wisconsin communities served by public libraries.

What if you're only getting started and don't have a long history?  Your start-up story may inspire your colleagues to be brave and jump in too.  Please consider sharing your success story along with peers, DWD staff, and folks from Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning at the WAPL conference.

If you're game, please contact me,, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning.

By Martha Berninger
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Share Alouds from Wisconsin School Libraries

It's all about the story. The ways to share them can be endless as demonstrated by Kathy Schrock's digital storytelling list. But it's not the format that makes a story powerful. The value comes from sharing that story. The Association of Middle Level Education  article by Carolyn Bunting explains the value of the energy and connections generated through sharing our stories. We learn, reinvent our teaching, and connect with each other through our stories.

Shared by CESA 11
Photo courtesy of CESA 11
Too often time for sharing our stories gets lost in the daily blizzard of activities but they are much too  important to just leave out in the cold. We need to share them with our professional learning communities and those who may not be aware of the amazing learning that is happening in so many school libraries. As you know, it's not about the number of words or how a thick a book is, it's about the story. Please consider sharing your stories with others. I've created a very short form to make it easy for you share your story with others.

You've already done the read alouds, now it's time for the share alouds. Thank you for considering sharing your stories. Your individual and collective wisdom is invaluable!

Written by:
Nancy Anderson, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


Monday, January 12, 2015

Policies for the Future - 3D Printers

Many public libraries are looking to implement a makerspace / creation space culture in their buildings, with their staff, and with the community. One tool to help bring this culture to the community are 3D printers, allowing users to design and print out actual objects. But beyond promoting something that is up-and-coming, there is a need to address  the applications to the profession's core principles, As people learn how 3D printers can be used and implemented, and as growth increases, libraries are just now trying to create policies around the use of 3D printers.

3D printer at Fab Lab
3D printer at Fab Lab. Photo courtesy of Keith Kissel
The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) recently released a report on the numerous policy implications of 3D printers as it relates to libraries. Based on the findings of a 2013 Digital Inclusion survey there are over 250 public libraries that currently have a 3D printer. Users are creating everything from parts to build a robot to creating the prototype for artificial limbs. The potential ways 3D printers can be used are limitless.

The report goes into the history and background of 3D printers. Some of the concerns regarding 3D printers are:
  • 3D printed guns and how/if to regulate. Related to this, should libraries allow for the creations of these and similar items?
  • Potential dangers of chemical application of the materials that are used to construct the items.
  • Other issues regarding Intellectual Freedom.
  • Other issues regarding Intellectual Property.
  • Copyright protection.
Before the report's conclusion, the OITP regards the library's role with 3D printers. The OITP states that libraries should provide training for the library staff on the use of the equipment, as well as instructions for the community on how to use the 3D printers. Libraries should also inform the public on the potential impact there is using 3D printers. As the report states, "Therefore, in developing any such set of practices, it is in our [librarians'] best interest to think chiefly about what is practicable and consistent with the mission of libraries, and secondarily about what might eventually be held by Congress, regulatory agencies, the state legislatures or the courts to be outside the bounds of the law."

Included at the end of the report is a draft of a warning notice libraries can put next to their 3D printers. This warning notice was prepared by Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean and Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

3D printers are expensive and are not available to purchase in any store. Offering many opportunities for hobbyists, for entrepreneurs, with STEM skills and lessons, 3D printers offer much, but also many policy debates regarding information freedom, intellectual property, and copyright protection. The library community must help shape the policies on use of 3D printers, and help make sure that the public communities get the best benefit from the 3D printers and the makerspaces in libraries, and to help others understand the importance and policies associated with 3D printers.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Supercharge Support for Job Seekers

Head for success - image courtesy Pixabay
Give your job-seeker support services a fresh start for the New Year. 

Most Wisconsin public libraries offer support for job-seekers and career changers in multiple ways every day. But members of your community may be overlooking the invaluable training and programs your library offers.

Here are some ideas to encourage your community to take a new look at your job-seeker support services in the New Year.

Web Junction's Job Seeker's Pathfinder - shares great ideas gleaned from libraries nationwide including rural Newton Falls (OH) Public Library. A Project Compass workshop helped Newton Falls Adult Services librarian Melissa Lattanzi rethink her approach to job-seeker services. The Pathfinder, based on the Project Compass methodology, can help you identify constraints that may be limiting the success of your job-seeker services.  

Your peers in libraries like Rice Lake Public Library do a great job sharing targeted resources at Rice Lake Public Library Employment Resources

The St. Croix Valley Job Center partners with area libraries including the Hudson Area Library and the Friday Memorial Library to co-sponsor job search assistance programming.

Job seeker services - image courtesy Pixabay
The Menomonie Public Library helps entrepreneurs learn about Kickstarter, the innovative, online crowdfunding platform with special Kickstarter Workshops.

So be brave, take a look at what your peers are doing and try something new in job-seeker services for the New Year!

Post written by Martha Farley Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Friday, January 9, 2015

Legislative Research Made Easy

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
The Wisconsin State Legislature has made legislative research easier than ever with the development of the Wisconsin Legislative Documents webpage. Search legislative documents from current and past sessions, including introduced proposals, statutes, administrative code, clearinghouse rules, committee hearing records and more. For help navigating the site, go to the Legislative Reference Bureau's Research Services page.

Written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning