Thursday, March 31, 2016

Public Library Administration Consultant: Shannon Schultz

Public Library Development Team Welcomes Latest Addition

The Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology is very pleased to announce that Shannon Schultz has joined the Public Library Development Team as the Public Library Administration Consultant. She will begin work on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Shannon has served as director of the Portage Public Library in Columbia County since late 2009. There she coordinated a fundraising campaign for the library's renovation and expansion, raising over a million dollars. Shannon helped establish Columbia County's first Memory Cafe for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, and coordinated the USDA summer food service program in Portage. As director, she served as the resource librarian for Columbia County's library board, helping to coordinate county payments and present the budget to the county board, as well as to provide support to other public libraries in the county. She served on the Wisconsin Library Association's Library Development & Legislation (LD&L) Committee, as well as on the 2015 WLA Conference Planning Committee, and as the Exhibits Chair for the fall conference (a role she will reprise at this fall's conference in Milwaukee).
image of Shannon Schultz
Shannon Schultz, Public Library
Administration Consultant,
Public Library Development Team

Prior to her work at the Portage Public Library, Shannon served as the Adult Services Librarian at the Ripon Public Library. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in New York, and worked as an assistant librarian at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shannon grew up in a small town outside of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at UW Eau Claire, and spent several years working as a microbiology specialist in medical labs around the state. Shannon has worked in sales and interior design, and even became a professional mixologist before receiving "the call" to librarianship. She lives with her husband, eleven-year-old daughter, two dogs, and two cats in rural Portage. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, gardening, kayaking, curling, golfing, and brewing beer.

Please join me and the Division for Libraries and Technology in welcoming Shannon to the Public Library Development Team. Shannon can be reached at 608-266-7270,

Written by
John DeBacher, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Behold (some of) the LSTA Projects of 2015

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the federal program for libraries in Wisconsin. Administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) at the federal level, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) administers the Grants to States program of LSTA for these three primary purposes:
  • Utilization of technology to improve library services
  • Convenient access and quality library services for all residents
  • Support the equalization of access to information and lifelong learning resources
You can read the LSTA Five Year Plan and the LSTA Information and Guidelines 2016 for more information. 

Digitization of Library Historical Material and Digital Creation Technology are two of the noncompetitive categories that libraries can apply for. In 2015 there were several libraries that applied and were awarded funding for projects that will help benefit their communities. Here are just a few of those projects:

Outagamie Waupaca Library System

The Waupaca County Maker Boxes Project allows libraries in Waupaca County to share portable Maker Boxes to "enable libraries to use existing space on a temporary basis for maker programming, and then pack it up when the space is needed for other use." The different boxes consist of materials for 3D printing, canning, coding, a cutting machine, inventing, sewing, and sound recording. The web page for the project lists tabs for each box, including an inventory list, program ideas, and marketing materials. 

image of the makerspace-to-go mobile cart consisting of different containers
The Makerspace-to-go mobile cart
U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library

The Make-It at Grafton project consists of a Makerspace Room dedicated to the community learning and using tools to publish a book, make a podcast, and more. The project also involves a Makerspace-on-the-go, providing materials for learning about microcomputers and microcontrollers, and how to use basic circuits and electronics. 

More information can be found on the Make-it at Grafton web page.

Aram Public Library 

Working with the Lakeshores Library System, the Aram Public Library Newspaper Digitization Project digitized the Delavan Republic pre-1900 and Wisconsin Times newspapers pre-1969 and providing a platform for future digitization projects. The community can browse the resource on the Aram Public Library Local History and Genealogy web page. 

These are just a few of the wonderful projects that Wisconsin public libraries are doing with funding from the LSTA grants. We look forward to seeing what new projects libraries will create and manage in the upcoming years!

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Creating a Job Seekers Toolkit

Wouldn't it be great if every public library in Wisconsin had access to a robust assortment of resources to support the job-search activities of their patrons? 

Searching - courtesy Pixabay
Searching - Courtesy Pixabay
 According to Department of Public Instruction (DPI) surveys, many of the dedicated professionals working in Wisconsin public libraries, school libraries, and public library systems think so.

DPI has been surveying libraries in recent months to find out what specific services, partners, and tools they’re using to support job seekers. 22 public libraries and 3 public library systems have told us they’d like to talk more about working together.  Another 9 libraries and one additional system would like to see the direction we take before deciding if/when they will participate. 

More than 150 separate resources of value to job seekers were recommended by library staff responding to the survey. The Department has organized them into a comprehensive list of Resources for Job Seekers. If you aren’t able to view the Google spreadsheet, please let me know and I’ll share it in another format.  

The Department is now inviting all public libraries and public library systems to join webinar to vet the recommended resources and discuss how they could be organized into a web page that all Wisconsin libraries could access, link to or tailor to their own needs.
Wisconsin Libraries - Courtesy DPI
Wisconsin Libraries - Courtesy DPI

Please let me know if you’re willing to join the conversation. I’ll be reaching out to select a date or dates to begin co-creating a job seeker support toolkit.

Let's make it easy for every library in any part of our state to share a robust collection of job seeker resources with their patrons.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Library of the Month: Reagan IB High School Library

In early January, the BadgerLink librarians received dozens of thoughtful and interesting questions from Reagan IB High School students. So we reached out to find out what they were doing. We were so impressed that we wanted to share their story with you.

Reagan IB High School Mother-tongue Collection
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Reagan IB High School Library
Reagan IB High School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school with a strong focus on research and college-readiness skills. Located on the far south side of the city of Milwaukee, Reagan IB High School has 1300 students and is in the Milwaukee Public Schools district. Students are challenged with IB assessments and require a top notch library to support developing these skills.

Reagan has a diverse population of students. The school is located in a neighborhood that has a fast-growing Southeast Asian and Arabic speaking population; English is not many students’ first language. In fact, 6% of the school population has limited English proficiency. To better serve the student population, the librarian, Matthew Wood, plans to purchase materials for the library that are translated into Spanish and Arabic. Next year, the focus will be to purchase mother tongue texts, books written in another language.

The library at Reagan is dedicated to teaching research skills, not just information. During senior year, almost 20% of students conduct a 4,000-word research essay completed mainly outside of class time. In the junior and senior History classes, a Historical Investigation project is completed in which students develop their own historical research question and find/form differing historical arguments about what happened based on evidence. Projects in other classes include: creating a production portfolio consisting of a film project and accompanying documentation, in-depth literary analysis, designing and conducting a lab experiment and other difficult and self-motivated projects.

Because of space restrictions, the library also needs to focus on online resources. Milwaukee Public School District and Reagan IB High School purchase a variety of databases for use by students, but also heavily rely on BadgerLink. Intense research courses focus on BadgerLink resources like Access NewspaperARCHIVE, History Reference Center, and Explora which provide both primary and secondary sources, as well as academic journals. One of the beloved features is, of course, the Ask a Librarian feature which helps students hear about good research techniques from somebody that is not their teacher.
Harry Potter translated into other languages
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Reagan IB High School Library

To help students use BadgerLink, Reagan IB High School created step-by-step walkthroughs of how to use BadgerLink for research on the Historical Investigation website, Extended Essay website, and in the future on a site dedicated to the library. To assist students, the educators at Reagan High School created a variety of slide shows sharing the best tools and databases to use for research. These slide shows allow students to go at their own pace which is important because students at different skill levels.

Reciting facts isn’t enough. At Reagan IB High School students are taught how to analyze information and draw conclusions. Every subject provides opportunities to engage content and learn how to think critically.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book 'em Danno! New Law Facilitates Recovery of Library Materials

Act 169 Authorizes Libraries to Release Limited Patron Information to Collection Agencies and Law Enforcement for the Return or Payment of Unreturned Items

Beginning March 2, public libraries (and other libraries operated with public funds) may, if they choose, use the services of collection agencies or local law enforcement to assist in the recovery of long unreturned books and other library materials. Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 466 into law as 2015 Act 169 on February 29, and the Act took effect on March 2, 2016.

The bill was developed by the Wisconsin Library Association's Library Development and Legislation Committee (LD&L) in response to requests by libraries throughout Wisconsin that wished to take more aggressive action to compel delinquent patrons to return overdue books, or pay for their replacement, but whose municipal attorneys advised against doing so, based on the language of Wis. Stats §43.30. LD&L recently described the development of the bill on the WLA blog.

Image of gavel on courtroom bench
Public Libraries interested in engaging collection agencies or local law enforcement to recover unreturned library materials should do so only after careful consideration and approval by the library board and consultation with the municipal attorney. Here are some issues to consider:
  1. Be sure you have a recently reviewed circulation policy in place that includes reasonable and deliberate efforts by library staff to contact the borrower to alert them of the overdue material(s) and request their timely return. Such efforts should go beyond automated emails or phone calls from the library's automation system -- the library should be able to demonstrate that they have exhausted all means of alerting the patron (including through the postal service). Remember that the collection process may adversely affect an individual's credit rating, or subject them to criminal charges that could remain on their record (under Wisconsin's Theft of library material law: Wis. Stats § 943.61)
  2. Carefully consider the collection agency your library engages to recover unreturned materials. A vendor that has specialized services for public libraries will be best prepared to ensure that they can obey the law as well as employ techniques that are less likely to cause public ill will. 
  3. If you choose to use a law enforcement agency such as your local police or the county sheriff's office, the total value of the unreturned materials must exceed $50.
  4. Local law enforcement is under no obligation to comply with a library's request for assistance in recovering overdue materials. And, if the Theft of library material law has been adopted in the municipal code of ordinances, the resulting fines may go to the municipality, not the library. 
  5. The new provisions are intended to compel borrowers who have unreturned library materials to return them, or pay for the items. The new provisions should not be applied to patrons who have returned all library materials, but who have unpaid fines. However,  as part of its "reasonable regulations....the library board may exclude from the use of the public library..." patrons with unpaid fines. [Wis. Stats §43.52(2)]
  6. Finally, 2015 Act 169 contains this specific language on the initial applicability of the provisions the bill contains:  "This act first applies to delinquent amounts that accrue on the effective date of this subsection." This indicates that library boards who adopt and act upon the new provisions engage the use of collection agencies or local law enforcement only for materials checked out and not returned by or after March 2, 2016. Whether the library can similarly attempt to recover older unreturned materials should be determined by your municipal attorney, since the language seems to indicate to the contrary. 
Library boards must balance their responsibility to provide friendly and dedicated service to the community with their duty to be careful stewards of public funds. To minimize the use of more aggressive measures as police or collections to recover library materials, the library's policy procedures should include confirmation of user identification upon registration as well as periodic (perhaps annual) checks to confirm that the information has not changed. An ounce of procedural prevention is better than a pound of cure.

Written by:

John DeBacher, Public Library Development Team

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Looking Ahead: New Data in FY2016 Annual Reports

The Wisconsin DPI is a voluntary participant in the Public Library Sta­tis­tics Cooperative (PLSC) of 50 states, the District of Columbia, five terri­to­ries, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS). The PLSC collaborates annually on data proposals for the Public Libraries Survey (PLS). FY2016 ballot results were announced February 29, 2016.

Next year, Wisconsin public libraries and library systems will see relatively small but significant changes in the annual report. To collect and report data about electronic content that is not e-book, e-audio, or e-video, new data elements based on database definitions will be added. These are called "electronic collections."

An electronic collection is a collection of elec­tron­i­cal­ly stored data or unit records (facts, bibliographic data, abstracts, texts, photo­graphs, music, video, etc.) with a common user interface and software for the retrieval and use of the data. An electronic collection may be or­gan­ized, curated and electronically shared by the library, or rights may be provided by a third party vendor. An electronic collection may be funded by the library, or provided through cooperative agreement with other libraries, or through the State Library. Do not include electronic collections that are provided by third parties and freely linked to on the web.

Electronic Collections do not have a circulation period, and may be retained by the patron. Remote access to the collection may or may not require authentication. Unit records may or may not be included in the library’s catalog; the library may or may not select individual titles. Include electronic collections that are available online or are locally hosted in the library.

Note: The data or records are usually collected with a particular intent and relate to a defined topic.

New data elements will collect the number and uses of electronic collections:

  • Number of Electronic Collections
    Report the number of licensed electronic collections acquired through curation, payment or formal agreement, by source of access:
    • Local/Other cooperative agreements
    • State (state government or state library)
  • Successful Retrieval of Electronic Information
    The number of full-content units or descriptive records examined, down­loaded, or otherwise supplied to user, from online library resources that require user authentication but do not have a circulation period. Examining documents is defined as having the full text of a digital document or elec­tron­ic resource downloaded or fully displayed. Some electronic services do not require downloading as simply viewing documents is normally sufficient for user needs.

    Include use both inside and outside the library. Do not include use of the OPAC or website. [based on NISO Standard Z39.7 (2013) #7.7, p. 43]

Written by
Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Recently added to BadgerLearn Pro: Resources for Library Building Projects

Most librarians and directors don't come into the profession with any experience in construction and building projects, though many will be involved in library redesigns, expansions, or new builds at some point in their career.

Construction site
Image courtesy of Pixabay

BadgerLearn Pro has recently added to the Building/Facilities collection to provide librarians with suggestions and tips on library building design, from consultants, experts, and librarians who have overseen building construction or renovation projects in their own libraries.

See some highlights below, and visit BadgerLearn Pro's Building/Facilities resources for the full list of Building/Facilities webinars and resources.

Whether you are planning a new building or renovating an old one, you will need to develop a detailed space plan that takes into account the actual space needs to meet your library's mission and service plan. Library space planning expert, Linda Demmers of Libris Design has put together a guide to some of the best resources and tools for library space planning as well an an introduction to the lingo.

Join Nathan Rall, Director of Planning and Construction at the Georgia Public Library Service, in a conversation with David Moore and Joe Alcock, both of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, for a webinar on how to begin the process of building a library. From finding funding to seeking community input to selecting an architect, there are many different aspects to consider; this session will guide you through the initial steps of starting the library design process and provide an overview of how to get started.

Join the Director of Planning and Construction at the Georgia Public Library Service, in a conversation with Channing Mason and Ryce Elliott of Benning Construction Company for a webinar focusing on what you should (and shouldn’t do) during the library construction process. From basing decisions on your long-range plan and life cycle cost analyses to training your maintenance staff on new equipment, this webinar will guide you through the many complicated steps of constructing a new library and share with you a few tips on how to avoid costly mistakes.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BadgerLink Office Hours - Your Questions Answered

BadgerLink Office Hours flyer
Your Questions Answered!

Everybody has them. Those nagging questions that go unanswered or forgotten until, you guessed it, a patron calls 10 minutes before closing, or that report is due and needs last year’s numbers. And you’re suddenly thinking, I really should ask….

Luckily for you, if those questions involve BadgerLink, there is now an additional forum to do so. Join Gail Murray, Content Management and Outreach Librarian, on the last Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for an informal, agenda-less virtual appointment! Ask specific questions, request quick resource demonstrations, or just discuss a BadgerLink-related topic you’ve been wondering about.

UP NEXT, Tuesday, March 29 10:00 a.m. - instructions to join this or any future session

Past attendees have learned about:
  • Setting up and accessing myEBSCOhost Folders, and reasons why your location counts!
  • Logins - what they are and how they differ based on your task.
  • Statistics - what we can gather, what we can’t.
  • NoveList - why should you use it? 
  • Linking - a permalink you shared with someone else didn’t work, but why? 
Can’t make it or need an answer today? Contact us and we’ll help you cross another to-do off your list.

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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Workforce Development Draft Plans Available for Review and Comment

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) requires all 11 Workforce Development Boards in Wisconsin to develop local plans aimed at modernizing job seeking and improving the job search experience from the job seeker’s point of view. Draft plans developed by each workforce development area are currently available for review and public comment. Please note that since the plans are developed independently by the various boards, they each have a different review timeline.

A map of the Workforce Development Areas, provided by the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, is available here:

Public Libraries should be aware of the Workforce Development Board that serves their region, and are encouraged to review the plans and look for opportunities to collaborate and better serve the job seekers of Wisconsin.

Find your local Workforce Development Board plan with details on how to submit comments:

Written by:
Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Applying Reader’s Advisory Tips to ILL Practice

Guest Post written by Maureen Welch

Many public libraries embrace Reader’s Advisory (RA) as a core service with a set of principles and training for staff that help patrons discover the world of reading and viewing. I think Interlibrary loan
woman showing book to young boy
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(ILL) as another core public library service that might benefit from a comparison to the RA approach for good practice and policy.

Provide a comfortable atmosphere

Friendly, approachable staff work best for patrons asking for any library service - RA or ILL.

Listen to the Individual Reader

The RA interview is about listening to the individual reader and asking questions to draw out what appeals to their reading taste. Listening is a key skill in RA and ILL. The ILL interview can be an important piece of the interlibrary loan process too. Is the patron looking for a specific title or a piece of information that they think is in the title? Open ended questions and the listening for the answers - what information is needed, what format is preferred, and when it is needed - sets up a successful ILL transaction.

ILL doesn’t need to be about limits but about finding the materials patrons need.  When a patron asks for all the Green Bay newspapers from 1880-1930, an ILL interview is in order. You can usually get 6 microfilm reels per request – so how much microfilm does the patron want to go through if that's the only format available? Is there a set of years which is more important first? Is the newspaper digitized and searchable?

Provide the Tools
Girl choosing library item
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As reader’s advisors look to the OPAC, NoveList, author & reader websites to find suggestions, Wisconsin library staff have WISCAT, WorldCat, and databases to help them serve their patrons. Does your library's website provide patron access to reader's advisory tools? And are you providing links to give your patrons the ILL tools as well as your interlibrary loan policies/procedures?

Train Staff

For reader's advisory and interlibrary loan, staff need to be trained to be comfortable, skilled, and non-judgmental. As a pioneer in RA, Betty Rosenberg’s First Law of Reading was “Never apologize for your reading tastes” (Genreflecting, 1982). For ILL services, do all your staff know what ILL services your library provides and are they trained to be comfortable, skilled, and nonjudgmental when offering those services? Has your staff used your ILL services to experience it from a patron's point of view? Personally, I love a good romance and like many genre readers when I find an author I enjoy/love/trust, I want more books by that author (okay, maybe all the books by her) and ILL has been a great way to track down many a classic.

RA is also a team effort. Know when to call on your colleagues for help. For ILL, Wisconsin has a great team to help you find and fill your patrons' interlibrary loan requests. Know the experts at your System and/or at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (RL&LL) when you need the team effort.

Promotion of your service

For reader's advisory and interlibrary loan, let your patrons know what great services are available at your library. Embrace your readers and ILL patrons, and enjoy yourself by helping them to use your core library services.

Written by: 
Maureen Welch, Indianhead Library System

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Impact of Falling in Wisconsin

Picture of a woman's feet tripping on a stair.
Courtesy of Pixabay
The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services reports that falling is the leading cause of accidental death among Wisconsinites 65 or older.
  • Each year, more people 65 or older in Wisconsin die from falls than in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Almost 40% of all injuries in the U.S. treated by medical personnel from 2004-2007 resulted from falls.
  • Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation.
  • The death rate due to unintentional falls in Wisconsin is twice the national average.
The good news is falls are preventable. Learn more about the impact of falling and fall prevention strategies by visiting the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

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

Monday, March 7, 2016

COLAND to meet March 11 in Altoona

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, March 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Altoona Public Library, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona. Members of the public are invited to participate either in person or by calling in to conference call bridge at 1-877-820-7831, pass code 709486. The meeting agenda is available from the COLAND web page at

Items on the agenda include the election of the Nominating Committee for COLAND executive officers for 2016-2017, reports from the COLAND goals committees, and an update on the work of the Public Library System Revision Workgroup, along with related discussion of a white paper on library software. Also on the agenda is a presentation and tour of the Altoona Public Library, a conference call with members of the Workforce Development Boards and Public Library Partnerships, a report on School Library Guidelines and the Common School Fund, a legislative update, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology.

Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin

Created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1979, COLAND advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that all state citizens have access to library and information services. Council findings are communicated as advisory recommendations to the state superintendent, governor, and Legislature. The 19-member council functions as a forum through which librarians and members of the public identify, study, and collect public testimony on issues affecting Wisconsin libraries and other information services. Members serve three-year terms. Membership includes ten professional members who represent various public and private libraries as well as library educators. The remaining nine council positions are held by public members with a demonstrated interest in libraries or other types of information services.

Several vacancies currently exist on COLAND. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Council should submit an application to the governor's office as soon as possible. The appointment application, which must be submitted online, can be found at The vacant terms are both public and professional seats. Individuals currently working as library professionals from northern, central, and western parts of the state are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional information about COLAND can be found at

Written by:

Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WISCAT Union Catalog Records

This is the second of a two-part post about the WISCAT union catalog
Read part one

How do records get into the Union Catalog?
In 1982, the WISCAT union catalog database was started by merging the archival tapes of existing machine-readable cataloging (MARC) records of Wisconsin libraries subscribed to OCLC. Archival files continued to be obtained from OCLC to update and add records in the catalog until 2003. By then, the union catalog contained MARC records for 7.1 million titles, displaying the holdings of 1255 Wisconsin libraries.
Image of a traditional library catalog card
Library Catalog Card

After libraries converted their card catalogs to computer catalogs, they could export MARC record files from those local catalogs onto floppy discs and later on CD to send to WISCAT staff for processing in the union catalog. Batch processing added their library holdings to existing records in the union catalog and entered new MARC records. 

Today, catalog records enter the union catalog through batch processing and copy cataloging.
  • Batch Processing - A file of MARC (.mrc) records exported from the local library catalog is deposited at a specified FTP website for the union catalog database manager to pick up and process.     
    • The library's record is added if it meets cataloging standards and there's no existing record for the item. 
    • If a matching record is found in the union catalog, the library's holdings information is added to the existing record. 
    • MARC (.mrc) files may be a complete strip/reload or only additions or only deletions 
  • Copy Cataloging - Staff with cataloging permission set in their library's WISCAT access may copy a bibliographic record into the union catalog from library catalogs searchable in WISCAT such as the Library of Congress. A thorough search for an existing record in the union catalog should first be made to avoid introducing unnecessary duplicate records. 
Image showing Copy Cataloging function used to add Library of Congress bibliographic record into Union Catalog
Library staff use Copy Cataloging function to add a bibliographic record into union catalog

An alternative option to the union catalog has been available to Wisconsin libraries since 2002, when WISCAT became Z39.50 compatible. There are now 69 Wisconsin library catalogs searched via their Zservice connections in WISCAT. These library catalogs are searched in real-time and show the current record information and shelf status. 

Any cost or fee?
No fee is charged and a WISCAT license is not required for libraries to submit batch files of MARC records to be processed for adding or updating their holdings in the union catalog, and to participate in interlibrary loan as a lender.

A WISCAT license enables a library to download MARC records, add holdings to union catalog records interactively or have a Z39.50 connection made to their Zservice compliant catalog, and to fully participate in interlibrary loan.

For more information, please contact WISCAT staff. 

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

State Superintendent Approves LSTA Grant Awards For 2016

State Superintendent Tony Evers has approved the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program grants totaling approximately $2,744,010 for 2016. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded 2,670,703 funds to Wisconsin as part of the Grants to States program. IMLS awards fund projects during a two year period (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2017).

The Wisconsin LSTA Advisory Committee met in DeForest November 10, 2015 to review the grant applications and make recommendations to the State Superintendent on grant awards. Letters from Superintendent Evers as well as the grant award notification contract will be in the mail shortly.
This is the first year that the LSTA federal sub-award schedule has changed since 1998. Grant activities for 2016 will be administered from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. This change is to allow grant recipients twelve months to complete the planned activities and obtain noticeable outcomes to report to the federal government agency (IMLS) that funds the grants.

The schedule change was a result of many years that the federal budget decisions in the U.S. Congress were delayed. When this occurred, the Division for Libraries and Technology did not receive funds until February or March resulting in nine (9) months for library locations to implement a twelve (12) month grant program.

Grant Awards logo courtesy of Akron, OH Public Schools
Grant Awards logo courtesy of the Akron public schools
Below is an abbreviated summary of select LSTA grant programs:

Accessibility – More than $89,000 will be awarded to eight (8) public libraries and public library systems; two library systems will spend the year planning future projects with member libraries to understand the issues dealing with the unemployed, underemployed, and those persons living in poverty. Other projects are designed to work with special populations including immigrants, care givers for persons with dementia, hearing impairments, and those with digital literacy needs.

Delivery – $90,000 will help to support the statewide delivery service backbone structure and delivery service to the libraries and library systems in the very northern part of the state.

Digital Creation Technologies – $95,280 will support nine (9) projects to develop and improve services in and out of libraries that promote digital creativity and learning for all ages. Several projects are designed to be mobile.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – $50,000 will support a staff position necessary to meet the minimum requirements of participation in the DPLA. This position will be responsible for providing consulting and training to new content contributors, conducting outreach and building community engagement, coordinating metadata compliance, facilitating communication among partners, managing policy and procedures documents and acting as liaison to DPLA staff.

Library System Technology Projects – $350,000 will support 17 public library systems’ technology projects based on the needs of member libraries within regions of the state.

Literacy – Almost $50,000 will be used to promote and demonstrate the role of public libraries in providing literacy services for the young library users as well as adults, the Hispanic/Latino community, and the incarcerated.  All populations have needs for which the use of the library is limited or minimized.

Merging Integrated Library Systems – $12,000 will assist in funding the merger of Lakeshores Library System’s integrated library system with Kenosha County Library System’s automation system to share catalogs among a larger population.

School Library eBook Project – $15,000 will fund a pilot project of school libraries to identify logistical, licensing, and operational issues for e-Book purchases by school library consortia.

Wisconsin Public Library Coding Project – $20,000. In an effort to increase awareness of the whys and hows of coding in the public library community, Division staff will begin a three-year project to focus on the development of materials and resources to support awareness of coding for public library staff and regional system staff. In the first year this will be done through the development of a website, video, online training module, and in-person learning experiences such as a coding petting zoo, regional library system training, and system consulting visits.

Youth & Special Services Continuing Education Projects – $25,000. There will be two projects to develop youth services (early childhood through teens) and special services (all ages) in public libraries through focused state/system/library support.

Project 1: Multi-system Focus Area Continuing Education $15,000 Based on a 2015 pilot project, the Public Library Development Team (PLDT) will provide financial and material resources to support collaborative multi-system continuing education (CE) youth and special services projects.
Project 2: Community-based Early Childhood Family Engagement $10,000 PLDT will offer continued support for public library early literacy efforts established or enhanced by the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative. Funding will sustain early childhood collaborations by emphasizing connections between state/systems/libraries and state/regional/local agencies.

The list of funded grants will be linked on the LSTA web page. The full list of grants and information will be posted by the end of this week. Additionally there will be a page linked to the grant abstracts for the 2016 LSTA awarded grants.

Written by
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team