Friday, July 31, 2015

New Content in LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library logo and website
Image from LearningExpress Library
New ebooks, practice tests, and courses have been added to LearningExpress Library which provides skill building and test preparation materials!

New Practice Tests
Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.

New eBooks

We’ve added a new series that focuses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition of California Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.

New Common Core Resources
Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Coming Soon
New and revised resources will be added for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.

Start learning now! http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/resource/learningexpress-library

Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Who Else Has A 3D Printer?

*Below is the map located on Amanda Goodman's website showing the locations of libraries that have 3D printers: \

Many libraries are adding 3D printers as a tool and service in the library. However,  putting it up in your library without programs or a plan to show your community what 3D printers can do is not the best way to go. There needs to be a plan and also an understanding on how other libraries are using them. This can be a point of frustration for those libraries that are looking at getting a 3D printer or have recently purchased one. One solution is to talk with other libraries and hear what they are doing with their 3D printers. Some libraries already took the time and effort to test different ways to bring this new service to their community. Some were successful and some were not.

In order to ask libraries how they are using 3D printers you would have to know who has them. Such a list did not exist until Amanda Goodman, user experience (UX) librarian at the Darien Public Library in Connecticut, decided to start collecting what libraries have 3D printers. She then made it available on her website for everyone to see. The map that is embedded in this post is the map Amanda created.

Take a look to see if a neighboring library is on the map that you can talk to. If you notice that your library has a 3D printer and is not on the map, send a message to add it. As more libraries are added to the map, the larger the network becomes, sharing advice, info, and ideas. There is also a new ALA LITA Interest Group on 3D printers*, where library staff from all types of libraries are discussing use cases and asking questions. The group has a mailing list open to those that are interested.

For more information on 3D printing and policies make sure you read Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy report by ALA OITP, PLA, and United for Libraries.


Written By:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

*Disclosure: Ryan Claringbole is Vice Chair of the 3D Printer Interest Group

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

Picture of hands in handcuffs
Courtesy of Pixabay
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that "in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves. They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay."

Unfortunately human trafficking occurs in Wisconsin. With knowledge of human trafficking lagging behind, the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice (DOJ) is actively promoting awareness of this issue to educate and engage Wisconsin citizens and law enforcement about the realities of this horrible crime. Here are just a few facts about human trafficking taken from the Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol & Resource Manual  published by the DOJ:

  • Victims are clandestine and hidden and often do not self-identify.
  • Victims include men, women, and children of every age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, nationality, and religion.
  • Human trafficking includes labor, sex, and other forms of exploitation.
  • Women and children from poverty-stricken areas are disproportionately affected.
  • Crime may originate in Wisconsin, in a different state, or in another country.
  • Human trafficking occurs in urban (especially metropolitan areas or centers of tourism) as well as rural settings (especially large farming communities).
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice state agency logo
    DOJ Logo
  • Perpetrators may be part of an organized crime group or act on their own.

To access a variety of publications and reports the DOJ has published about human trafficking, visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few publications you will find:
For additional information on Human Trafficking in Wisconsin, including guides, protocols, statutes, reports, and statistics, please visit to the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.


Written by:
Mary Hutnik and Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning



 




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wi-Fi Uses Jump in Wisconsin Public Libraries

As annual reports arrived from Wisconsin public libraries this spring, we saw large increases in wireless Internet use. As we prepare Wisconsin Public Library Service Data for 2014, the preliminary data is no less interesting.

A total of 114 libraries reported uses for Internet computers and wireless Internet for both 2013 and 2014. At those 114 libraries, wi-fi use was more than 115% of Internet computer use.

Internet Computer and Wi-Fi Uses at Wisconsin Public Libraries That Reported Both StatisticsFor 2014 only, 134 of 381 public libraries reported uses of both Internet-connected computers and wireless Internet. At those 134 libraries, wi-fi use was 107.5% of Internet computer use. Individually, 62 of the 134 libraries report that their wi-fi use is equal or greater to Internet computer use by a factor of 1 to 8.9. (By comparison, at the 129 libraries reporting both Internet computer use and wireless Interent use for 2013, wi-fi use was 85.4% of Internet computer use.)

The 134 libraries are located in 16 of the state's 17 regional library systems. The resident population of the libraries' municipality is:

  • less than 1000 (19)
  • 1,000 to 5,000 (49)
  • 5,000 to 10,000 (24)
  • 10,000 to 50,000 (37)
  • 50,000 to 100,000 (5)

Kenosha Public Library has the largest residential population of these (99,680) and an estimated extended county population of 135,408. Although libraries with a residential population more than 100,000 have not yet reported wireless Internet uses, we think that wi-fi use is probably higher at libraries located in more urban areas.

The U.S. Census designation of the 134 libraries' municipality locale includes:
  • rural—fringe (13), distant (36), and remote (14)
  • town—fringe (8), distant (35), and remote (2)
  • suburb—small (2), midsize (4), and large (15)
  • small city (5)

Uses of Internet-Connected Computers at 338 WI Public Libraries 2009-14Individual public libraries have seen Internet computer use increase, but statewide the downward trend continued through 2014. At the 338 libraries that reported Internet computer use every year from 2009 through 2014, the total number of uses in 2014 is 17% lower than the all-time high in 2009. Mobile devices are not likely to replace Internet-connected desktop computers completely, but this data points toward a significant shift in the use of library services.

Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Monday, July 27, 2015

BadgerLink Website Updates

We’ve been busy making our website better! Here’s what we’ve done.

Help Tab Changes

Our popular Training and Contact Us links are now available from any page – users will no longer find these pages buried under the Help menu. Information on copyright and our FAQs are now listed under About BadgerLink.

Screenshot from www.BadgerLink.net
Screenshot from www.BadgerLink.net

Learn More Pages

Find additional resource information such as the recommended audience, content highlights, key features, and any relevant how-to materials for each BadgerLink resource by clicking on Learn More. Bookmark these pages for quick access!

Screenshot from www.BadgerLink.net
Screenshot from www.BadgerLink.net

Quickstart Guide

Check out our updated Quickstart Guide on navigating our website, and find other BadgerLink how-to’s on our Training page.

Have questions? Contact Us!

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Spotlight on mature job seekers




Mature workers
Mature Workers courtesy of Fifty plus Advocates
Providing assistance to mature job seekers can be especially rewarding.  Community members who have experience in the work force often bring a more balanced perspective and realistic expectations to the process.

When approached by a 50+ patron seeking assistance with a job search, be open minded and do a thorough reference interview before recommending resources or training. Do a quick "reality check" on your assumptions about the market for older workers and the skills and abilities they bring to the work force. Some mature workers may be intentionally seeking part-time employment, others may desire full-time positions. Don't start by recommending remedial software or internet search training - many mature job-seekers have great tech skills.

According to Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013, 86.8% of Americans in the 45 to 64 age group have computers and 78.7 have internet access.  Computer ownership and internet connectivity fall to 65.1% and 58.3% respectively for American over age 64. Ask, before you assume that your patron needs assistance with basic computing skills.   And be sure to bring the same enthusiasm to the process that you would to working with a new college graduate.

According to "The Suddenly Hot Job Market for Workers Over 50", Money Magazine, March 2, 2015, the market for older employees has been improving this year. "The latest data show the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at just 4.1%, compared with 5.7% for the total population and a steep 18.8% for teens. The ranks of the long-term unemployed, which ballooned during the recession as mature workers lost their jobs, are coming down. Age-discrimination charges have fallen for six consecutive years. And now, as the job market lurches back to life, more companies are wooing the silver set with formal retraining programs."


In addition to the jobs websites I've featured in earlier posts, these websites might be helpful for mature job-seekers.

Seniorjobbank: job-search-for-over50.cfmFor more than a decade now, SeniorJobBank.org has been committed to bringing together employers with qualified older job seekers

workforce50Workforce50.com arms the older workforce with employment resources and career information to achieve their goals. 

Retired Brains: Founded in 2003,  RetiredBrains is the largest independent job and information resource for boomers, retirees and people planning their retirement. 

Written by:
Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Prepare Patrons for Success with LearningExpress

LearningExpress Library Logo
Logo from LearningExpress Library
Have you heard the recent NPR article about free SAT study tools? Students can now tap into online SAT test prep tools via Khan Academy. But did you know that students in Wisconsin have always been able to access test prep materials via BadgerLink’s subscription to LearningExpress Library?


LearningExpress Library is a powerful online learning resource available through BadgerLink. The various LearningExpress Library Centers organize ebooks, practice tests, and courses by audience and subject.

Practice Tests

Help students and adults prepare for a wide range of exams—such as the GED®, ACT®, and career certification tests.

Take practice tests in one of 3 simulation modes where you can view answers during testing untimed, learn the material untimed, or practice your test skills in a timed mode.

More Than 190 ebook Titles Available

ACT Word Games ebook cover
Book Cover from
LearningExpress Library
In addition to a wide range of interactive skill-building tutorials and instantly scored practice tests, LearningExpress also offers online access to electronic reference books. More than 190 eBook titles, perfect for students and adult learners.

Here are just a few:
  • ACT® Essay Practice 
  • ACT® Flash Review 
  • ACT®: Power Practice 
  • ACT® Word Games 
  • AP* Biology Flash Review 
  • AP* U.S. History Flash Review 
  • Aprenda Rápido: Escritura/Writing 
  • Aprenda Rápido: Lectura/Reading 
  • Aprenda Rápido: Vocabulario y Ortografia/ Vocabulary and Spelling 
  • ASVAB Core Review 
  • ASVAB Success 
  • ASVAB 
  • ASVAB Power Practice 
  • CDL: Commercial Driver’s License Test Prep 
  • GED® Test Skill Builder: Mathematics 
  • GED® Test Power Practice 
  • GED® Test Flash Review 
  • GED® Test Skill Builder: Reasoning through Language Arts 
  • GRE® Vocabulary Flash Review 
  • Guía de Ciudadanía/Naturalización en U.S.A. 
  • Job Interviews That Get You Hired 
  • PraxisTM 
  • Praxis II® Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 and 5014) 
  • Praxis II® Mathematics (0065 and 5161) 
  • Praxis II® Power Practice Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 0011 and 501) 
  • Praxis II®: ParaPro Test Prep (0755 & 1755) 
  • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732) 
  • SAT* Math Essentials 
  • SAT* Writing Essentials 
  • SAT*/PSAT* Word Games 
  • TOEFL iBT® Vocabulary Flash Review 
  • Vocabulary for TOEFL iBT® 
  • Write Your Way into College: College Admissions Essay 
  • Write Your Way into College: SAT* Essay
Written by:
Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Learning Made Simple


Image of logos for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Email
Logos for Facebook, Twitter,
Google +, Pinterest, Email
There is no doubt that the web contains an overwhelming number of websites, many of which are not very useful. For some of our library users, however, even the mundane or frequently used sites can seem daunting to learn or to incorporate into their daily routines. I am referring to sites that have become as common for many persons as making a phone call. Here are a few websites intended either for the baby boomer generation OR those who need a tad more assistance in the form of a tutorial to get started. 

Tech Boomers is a site "... to promote quality of life through technology for the 50+ crowd."  Links to sites on this page are grouped under seven (7) broad categories determined by manor of use and include helpful tutorials to bring people up to speed on each one. Social (for social media) includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Skype, LinkedIn, and even Match and Harmony, among others.  The Entertainment section features Netflix, IMDB, Overdrive as well as others in the works. Whether you are a shopper or not, links in this category will help you find some of the better deals on the web.

Educational (LEARN) websites include WebMd for consumer health information; Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, and Google search meant to help find more than you ever wanted to know on the web. Goodreads is a link to sites for book lovers. It will help a person locate more books like ones you've already enjoyed or just recommend what writers for that website consider a "Goodread."
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Icon for website StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon claims to guide you to new websites that you might like, or groups of people who can suggest content to check out.

Sites to "make life easier" include a couple of Google sites for finance and maps, Yelp for finding places to dine or stay while in an unfamiliar place, and Dropbox for online storage.  I am not linking directly to the individual sites because the tutorials about these sites may be worth a look. The 50+ section has not developed beyond a couple of links and Internet 101 focuses tutorials on the most basic Internet information. 

50+ New Technology Articles From GCFLearnFree! is a newly created link to technology articles about many items that public library users want to know.  This GCFLearn is a website funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is a production of the Public Library Association (a branch of the American Library Association).  Several articles review software or steer people to websites that explain installing and uninstalling applications on Windows and MAC devices. Library staff may want to review a few of these articles in case someone asks:  How to set up a wi-fi network, How to stream Internet video to your TV, about Video streaming services, Buying a computer, or Online banking 101.

If improving your tech skills is a goal of yours, visit "Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks" to learn about: Taking Screenshots, Finding Your Downloads,Creating Your Own Screencasts, Editing and Merging PDFs, Password Tips, Backing Up Your Files,  Sharing Photos Privately, and much more.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Library Programming for the Brew Crew

If you grew up in Wisconsin, then you already know that beer making has been an important part of our culture ever since 19th century German immigrants brought their knowledge of brewing to our state.  When I was growing up in Monroe – home of the Huber (now Minhas) Brewery – I thought that all children walked to school smelling hops and barley in the air.

Photo of books and brewery-related items
Photo of books & breweriana courtesy of Denise Anton Wright
During my childhood in the 1960's, large breweries dominated the industry; the beer they produced was uniform in quality but often uninspired.  Two events during the 1970's dramatically altered the beer landscape: small craft breweries emerged and federal legislation allowing home production of beer for personal use was passed in 1978.  According to the national Brewers Association, there are now over 3,000 breweries – both large and small - in the United States; the largest number since the colonial period.

How does all of this impact public libraries?   We now have a population - both male and female - very interested in the diversity of beers being produced and many of these people are experimenting with brewing beer themselves.  What an ideal opportunity for public libraries to develop innovative, exciting programming around a variety of beer-related topics.  Here's just a small sampling of what's happening in our Wisconsin library community:

While you're planning beer-related library events, don't forget all the great authors throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest who have written on the topics of brewing beer, Wisconsin breweries, and tavern / brewery history.   And if your event includes the consumption of beer on library property, make certain your library policies address this and that your municipality has been notified during your planning.  Cheers.


Written by:
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development
(with thanks to Ryan Claringbole for suggesting this topic)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Network Handling in WISCAT

WISCAT Wisconsin Resource Sharing
WISCAT functionality called Network Handling with Availability Checking, can alert your library users immediately when an item they are attempting to request through interlibrary loan is owned by any member of your consortium's shared catalog.  Until now, WISCAT could only flag requests if they were for items in the requester's own library. 


Here's how it works:

If Network Handling with Availability Checking is enabled, your library patron and staff users will be blocked from submitting interlibrary loan requests for items owned in your shared catalog. Staff are able to override this block when necessary.

Library users will see the following message and relevant options.   

Staff view of the Network Handling message
Yes, connects to your online catalog for the user to repeat the search there. 
No, takes the user back to the request form with the only option being to cancel it and continue searching WISCAT.

Staff Override option is only visible to your library staff logged into WISCAT. Staff have the ability to override the block and place the interlibrary loan request.  

  • If staff does override, no locations from your shared catalog will be added to the request. Therefore, staff would override if the item couldn't be borrowed locally (missing from the shelf, for example) or extra copies are needed. 
  • Network Handling works for multi-copy requests as well as individual requests.


What library staff using Network Handling with Availability Checking are saying:

Charles Clemence, Resource Sharing Librarian, Winding Rivers Library System; WRLSWEB shared catalog:
I've been experimenting with this myself and not surprisingly it isn't foolproof. Like all of WISCAT, it relies on good and consistent cataloging in all the target catalogs. If WISCAT can't match the item in WRLSWEB with the same item in another catalog, you won't get the warning message. Also, WRLSWEB has to be up and responding before the timeout period expires for it to work. But within those limits it's a pretty nifty function. I would think any library with patron initiated requesting would want to enable Network Handling. However it would be useful even for libraries that don't allow patrons to create their own requests.

Barb Young, Interlibrary Loan and Outreach Coordinator, Minocqua Public Library, V-Cat (Mid-Wisconsin Library Service) shared catalog:

Network Handling with Staff Override is "a great addition to the whole (interlibrary loan) process."


Light version of Network Handling is also available:

Network Handling can be activated without enabling Availability Checking, to prevent adding the libraries in your own consortium being added as lenders in your interlibrary loan requests. Your library users would not be blocked from submitting requests for items owned in your shared catalog.

Questions or want to get Network Handling set up?

Network Handling is optional functionality a library using WISCAT interlibrary loan may choose to have activated by WISCAT staff at Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning. 

Contact WISCAT staff at DPIrllILL@dpi.wi.gov or 888-542-5543 ext 1, then press 1.


Written by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Friday, July 17, 2015

2016 LSTA Federal Grant Subaward Application Form is Open


The 2016 LSTA Grant Application is open and applications are now being accepted until 4:30 pm. September 4, 2015.  The online application form link is:
https://forms.dpi.wi.gov/se.ashx?s=56301B2D648DDA0F

The 2016 LSTA Information and Guidelines contains all grant category information.  There are more helpful grant writing resources located on the LSTA web site .

Logo for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Logo for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The application form can be viewed live by following the link and inserting data into form fields. However, it is preferable to view application questions in the 2016 LSTA Information and Guidelines beginning on page 46. Sections of the application can be prepared in a word processing program and then copied and pasted into the application form.  No special formatting (e.g. bullets, quotations, tables, graphs, special characters, etc.) can be pasted into the form, however.

On Monday, July 27, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. there will be a training webinar to discuss LSTA categories for 2016 as well as the LSTA grant application form.

You can join by dialing one of the access numbers below after following the link for viewing the content.

Web Meeting:      https://stwi.centurylinkccc.com/CenturylinkWeb/TerrieHowe
Phone Number:   1-877-820-7831
Mobile Phone:     1-720-279-0026,*,,524620#
Guest Passcode:  524620

The webinar will be posted on the LSTA web page for future reference.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team

2016 LSTA Information and Guidelines for WI posted


The 2016 Wisconsin Information and Guidelines for the LSTA Federal Grant Subawards is now posted on the Public Library Development website at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_lsta. These guidelines present the subaward information for both competitive and non-competitive grant categories intended for public library and regional public library system applicants. This document also contains an example of the grant application in the appendix section of the guidelines. By the time you read this blog post, the 2016 LSTA application will have been announced.
Image of Application and Grant binders
Image of Application and Grant binders Courtesy of Deposit Photos

There will be a 60-minute training webinar on July 27, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to discuss and provide a question and answer period of time about the Guidelines and 2016 LSTA grant application. A link to the recorded webinar will be posted on the LSTA website for those unable to attend. You can join the webinar by dialing one of the access numbers below with the guest passcode and clicking the web meeting link at the designated time.

Web Meeting: https://stwi.centurylinkccc.com/CenturylinkWeb/TerrieHowe

Phone Number: 1-877-820-7831

Mobile Phone: 1-720-279-0026,*,,524620#

Guest Passcode: 524620

The Division for Libraries and Technology’s (DLT) Staff Managed Projects and Resources for 2016 are linked below the 2016 LSTA Guidelines and contain new and ongoing projects that DLT staff will develop and expand in the following grant cycle. Both the guidelines and staff document are in .pdf format suitable for printing.

Keep in mind that there are links on the LSTA web page to abstracts and grant lists referencing successfully implemented projects from 2011-2015. You are welcome to request a digital copy of past awarded grant projects and evaluations for potential grant application ideas. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about grant applications and awards will soon be expanded with information about the LSTA application and 2016 grant cycle that runs from April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. Additional resource materials for writing your grant application are also linked on the LSTA web page.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Knight News Challenge 2016 For Libraries

Last September the Knight Foundation launched a News Challenge for libraries. The question the challenge posed for librarians to answer was: "How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?" There were 22 ideas that shared $3 million to put towards their ideas and make them a reality.

Knight Foundation Logo
Knight Foundation Logo
The Knight Foundation announced last week an upcoming News Challenge in 2016 to focus on library innovation. They are asking for outside help to shape the future needs and opportunities for libraries, and to submit thoughts and suggestions on Twitter using the hashtag #newschallenge. These suggestions are due by August 1.

The following are some questions the Knight Foundation shared to get others started on the future of libraries:

  1. What new ways could libraries connect to outside partners, institutions or audiences?
  2. How should libraries prioritize their resources?
  3. What amazing things happening in libraries should be amplified?
  4. Whose work in libraries should Knight Foundation know about?
  5. What will libraries look like in 10, 20 or 50 years?
  6. What challenges does your library face adapting to the digital age?
The specific question for the challenge will be announced in early 2016, and the open call for ideas will be in March 2016.

Start thinking about the future of libraries and share your ideas with the hashtag #newschallenge! We will provide updates to this challenge as they come in. 



Written By:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Best Websites and Apps from AASL




AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2015
AASL Best Apps 2015

2015 AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Best Websites and Apps were shared at the recent American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The School Library Journal blog post by Joyce Valenza includes information about the vetting process used by the committees and a list of the committee members.


The  AASL Best Apps selections highlight the use of the apps for inquiry-based teaching and learning. One of the reasons this list stands out from others is that  The AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2015 encourage participation and use by communities of learners. 

The website selections were chosen using similar criteria. Not only are these a great list of resources but they also align with the standards and best practices for school libraries. Sharing the best websites list with others is made easier thanks to a free AASL webinar by Heather Moorefield-Lang. She shares the sites and how they are being used in her webinar. Check it out!


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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Learning Opportunities at WiLSWorld 2015

Guest post by Andrea Coffin, WiLS

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Image Courtesy of WiLS
WiLSWorld is an annual library innovation and technologies forum hosted by WiLS. The conference brings together WiLS members from across Wisconsin (and beyond!) to share developments in library technology, discuss new and innovative projects and possibilities, and explore ways to collaborate within the community and beyond.

This year’s program, on July 21st and 22nd, will include a keynote address from Kelvin Watson, a showcase of our members’ library makerspaces and activities, an afternoon plenary panel on technology poised to have an impact on libraries, and a reception to kick off Wisconsin’s involvement with the Digital Public Library of America (there will be cake). Programs will educate and inspire with topics such as gaming, digitization, policy, literacy deserts, social media, library tools and applications, and more! The WiLSWorld Workshops will provide hands-on experience with developing digital collections, learning SQL, marketing and promoting your library services, and creating engagement with social media.

Read more about this year’s program, get the mobile web app for the conference, or register today!

WiLS would like to thank the hard work of the WiLSWorld 2015 planning team for helping to put the conference together, and these generous sponsors for making it possible: UW-SLIS, EBSCO, Sage/CQ, First Business Bank, Springer, Wegner CPAs, OverDrive, Rosen, LexisNexis, Mackin, ProQuest, Infobase, FactCite, and Recorded Books.

Written by:
Andrea Coffin, WiLS

Monday, July 13, 2015

Library of the Month: Chippewa Falls Public Library

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

Chippewa Falls Public Library
Image Courtesy of CFPL
Change is in the air at Chippewa Falls Public Library (CFPL). The entire library has refocused their programs and services and found fun and creative ways to reach their community. Library staff continues to serve the patron population with the mix of traditional library services with the latest trends in the field. There’s still story time and the microfilm reader, but now you can also check out iPads and access digital content from home! Library staff are in the midst of reorganizing and upgrading the archives and local history room, digitizing historic newspapers, and modernizing the audio-visual equipment in the large meeting room. It’s been a busy spring!

teen space
Image Courtesy of CFPL
The youth services' department has also seen innovation. New interactive materials have been introduced to the Imagination Station, the children’s learning through play space. Kids can be a pretend to be a chef and "cook" a pretend meal, or be an engineer and "build" a building with blocks, or try out the Art Cart, a re-purposed medical trolley that provides space and materials for open-ended, kid-driven creation. Additionally, the teen/young adult space is being expanded to include the entire mezzanine. The young adult area is called the YA Cafe and is a space where teens can hang out, do homework, and read.

children at Doc McStuffins program
Image Courtesy of CFPL
The summer is a great time to check out library programming, but the CFPL has great programming year round. Programming attendance has seen a sizeable increase as well, due in part to a new focus on partnering with others in the community. In January, a Doc McStuffins program with a visit from local veterinarians was a favorite. This summer, programming will follow the “Heros” theme with planned visits from the community’s new K9 officer and her partner, presentations from a local Peace Corp volunteer and an area falconer, as well as a field trip to the fire station. On August 22, the library will partner with Citizen Community Federal to bring a community movie night to an outdoor park in town complete with games, food, raffle, and music. Also in August, the Friends of the Library hosts its bi-annual book sale. And later this fall, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a fall author series, headlined by Nickolas Butler. Fun programs for children, teens and adults like the Teen Monster Ball, Dedicated Readers Society, and holiday Super Yule, make the library great place to find stuff to do.

Chippewa Falls Public Library provides traditional library services but also serves the public with innovative technology and educational programming. The best part of Chippewa Falls Public Library to its community? “It’s all yours.”

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