Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Conference Recap: BadgerLink goes to the GED/HSED and Adult Literacy Conference

From October 27-29, BadgerLink team members Kara Ripley and I, Gail Murray, attended the GED/HSED and Adult Literacy Conference in Appleton. This was the BadgerLink team’s first time attending this conference, and it was a great success!

Over 500 attendees were present over the course of the conference, some long-time BadgerLink enthusiasts, and many more who were brand new to BadgerLink’s resources. We connected with individuals at our exhibitor booth, and also spoke in two one-hour-long sessions, highlighting LearningExpress Library for GED test preparation resources and other job and skill building tutorials, as well as magazine searching in MasterFILE Premier.  

Knowledge is Power image
Knowledge is Power
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In addition to reaching new BadgerLink users, we learned from the BadgerLink Super Users at the conference. For example, an attendee from a Wisconsin correctional facility told us that she gives a BadgerLink bookmark to every inmate who is released from her facility. While most correctional facilities currently don’t allow inmates to use the internet, BadgerLink provides reliable resources, including skill-building and job skills tutorials in LearningExpress Library, that can be extremely valuable and useful for the formerly incarcerated. It was our pleasure to connect with new audiences and longtime supporters of our resources, to learn from them and share information about BadgerLink!

Special thanks are in order for Beth Lewis, State GED and HSED Administrator at the Department of Public Instruction (http://alternativeed.dpi.wi.gov/), who coordinated the conference.

The BadgerLink team looks forward to future outreach opportunities, including presenting and exhibiting at the Wisconsin Library Association conference next week (November 3-6).  Come visit us at booth 406/408, and attend our presentation on Friday at 10:45 a.m., titled Digital Freedom: BadgerLink Makes It Happen!

Written by:
Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning