Thursday, June 23, 2016

Library of the Month: Crivitz School District Libraries

The BadgerLink team recently noticed a lot of visits to BadgerLink from Crivitz School District, a rural district in Marinette County. With such big numbers coming from such a small district, the BadgerLink team is featuring the Crivitz School District Libraries as June’s Library of the Month!

Crivitz Elementary School Library
Crivitz Elementary School Library, photo courtesy of Hope Simpson

The Crivitz School District Libraries are making the transition to libraries without walls, and BadgerLink is helping them accomplish that task.  District Librarian Hope Simpson says her goal is to “provide resources for our students that are accurate and reliable. Whether it be for basic research or an in-depth project, BadgerLink helps us meet that goal. BadgerLink is a “go to” resource for our library staff and as a result is promoted with our educators and students and is easily accessed off our library’s website.”

Students study in the Crivitz High School Library
Students study in the Crivitz High School Library, photo courtesy of Hope Simpson

Crivitz School District serves over 700 students, and this year students and staff alike were excited to have wireless capabilities within each of the district’s buildings.  Wireless access, teamed with the purchase of over 300 ChromeBooks, has helped the small district to make the transition toward the concept of anytime/anywhere learning.  The availability of BadgerLink resources has helped students and staff to embrace that goal.

Crivitz High School Library
Crivitz High School Library, photo courtesy of Hope Simpson

While Crivitz School District is not currently a 1:1 school district, they are moving closer.  Staff uses resources such as BadgerLink with their students within the classroom for inquisitive exploration throughout the school year, and those students continue to use those resources at home.  “This combination can only be described as a win-win,” says Simpson.

Crivitz Elementary School Library
Crivitz Junior High School Library, courtesy of Hope Simpson
The BadgerLink team was excited to hear of the enthusiasm and excitement about BadgerLink coming from Crivitz School District.  Simpson went on to say that “the reliability and ease of use makes BadgerLink an awesome resource for our staff and students. Having that resource available for all Wisconsin residents free of charge is nothing short of amazing.”

Thanks to Hope Simpson and the students and staff at Crivitz School District for their support of BadgerLink!

Written by:
Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
Hope Simpson, Crivitz School District