Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jog your thinking on job search support

man running on suspended track
Jogging man with briefcase - courtesy Unsplash
The end of the year is a good time to refresh your job-seeker support toolkit. Read on for ideas that go beyond job postings on your local paper's website, Learning Express in BadgerLink or a resume writing website found in JobSeeker.

WebJunction free Workforce Services includes materials collected as part of Project Compass, a national initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to support public library workforce development services. Check out the webinars, videos and other resources. The "Materials" section can help you build new workforce service programs for your library. A few interesting examples: Crafting a Sucessful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part Time Libraries and Bright Shiny Things, Social Media and Job Hunting

If you're working with a patron who isn't sure where to start, you may want to show them the County Workforce Profiles of Wisconsin.The detailed profile for your county will show which industries are growing and projected to grow in the near-term future, what the average wages are for your county and Wisconsin. This "big-picture" information can be especially helpful for students and adult job-seekers who are open to thinking about a different line of work altogether.

Job seeking, especially when it becomes a long-term process, can be emotionally draining and a job search support group may help keep up your patron's morale.  Depending on where you're located, one of these may be within driving distance for your community.

Job seekers having coffee in library
Job support group - Courtesy Huntington NY public library
UW-Madison Job Search Support Group

Milwaukee Area:
Waukesha Area:

Your local technical college campus may also offer job search support services or a job search support group. What if they don't?  Think about starting one at your library.  It can be really simple to start.  Set aside a conference room for an hour every week or every two weeks.  Post the time on your library website and put up a few notices at spots around town.  If you can, offer coffee and maybe something to nibble on (free food is always attractive), have a short agenda, plan to help attendees use the library to look for job postings online and how to start an application or write a resume.

If you're willing, please share how you keep job-seeker support fresh in your library and your home town.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Library and System Annual Reports Throughout the Year

Public library boards and library system boards file their annual report every spring, but work related to annual reports continues throughout the year. This includes contacting libraries and systems before, during, and after board-approved, signed reports are filed with DPI.

Here is PLD's general calendar of annual report work.

October • November

  • PLD begins revising LibPAS for the public library and library system annual reports.
  • PLD prepares drafts of support material, including what's new, instructions, data entry worksheets, and how to use LibPAS. (Drafts for 2016 were posted November 16).


  • Early in the month, PLD sends initial email to libraries via LibPAS and verifies email addresses with systems.
  • Mid-month, PLD sends pre-fill Excel files to systems.
  • Late in the month, PLD posts final support material for the annual report at dpi.wi.gov/pld/data-reports/annual-report.
  • Libraries and systems can be compiling annual report information on the annual report data entry worksheet.



  • Public libraries finish entering annual report data and "Submit" in LibPAS. (Systems may require system review between data entry and "Submit."
  • Library boards approve/sign annual reports and forward copies to their systems and municipalities.
  • Library systems review, recommend revisions, "Approve" in LibPAS, and send one copy of each library's report to the DPI no later than March 1 (60 days after the end of the fiscal year).

March • April • May

June • July

  • PLD finishes compiling data for preliminary 2016 Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.
  • PLD begins the process of submitting data to the Institute of Museums and Library Service (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS).
  • IMLS begins reviewing Wisconsin PLS data.
  • PLD posts library brochure Word merge file.

August • September

  • Typically mid to late August, IMLS requests clarification of Wisconsin PLS data as needed.
  • PLD follows up with libraries, makes revisions as needed, and responds to IMLS.
  • IMLS requests further information as needed.
  • When IMLS locks (accepts) PLS data, PLD posts final Wisconsin Public Library Service Data and Wisconsin Public Library Service Trends for the report year.

Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team

Monday, November 21, 2016

Build a Better World with BadgerLink!

You already coordinate learning activities at your library. Let us help you create great and easy programming!

BadgerLink (http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/) provides access to a wide range of content that’s useful to library staff, like lesson plans, science experiments, and other educational articles, plus full-text classics, digitized newspapers, and more. The BadgerLink team identified resources in BadgerLink based on the theme of “Build a Better World,” and used those resources to create customizable library program plans for Wisconsin library staff to use and remix.

Illustration of a toolbox
Photo courtesy Pixabay
Each plan includes instructions for coordinating the program, graphics for promoting the program, and information about how to include the program’s statistics in your library’s annual report. All the documents associated with a plan are saved in a Google folder which allows you to easily download or save the document as well as edit and share.

Check out the plans on our website! http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/library-programs.

Written by Gail Murray and Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shakespeare Resources in BadgerLink

Shakespeare’s First Folio is touring all 50 states, and this month it’s in Wisconsin! You can see the folio in person at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art through December 11th. Looking for ways to get your library and community in on the Shakespeare mania? Look no further than BadgerLink! Here are some articles and full-text books to get you started.

BadgerLink's badger dressed as Shakespeare
Find Shakespeare Resources in BadgerLink!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shakespeare (2016): This article by Jude Morgan from New York Times Upfront shares facts on writer William Shakespeare as a part of the 400th anniversary of his death.

Critical Insights: King Lear (2011): This published book from Salem Press is a collection of articles delving deep into King Lear.

Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Shakespeare (2001): This published book from the Continuum Publishing Group is a collection of often comical descriptions of Shakespeare’s works.

Shakespeare Our Contemporary (2016): This article from New Statesman reviews several William Shakespeare's plays including "Henry V," "King Lear," and "The Merchant of Venice."

The Bard at Home (2016): This article by Kate Ravilious of Archaeology gives a glimpse into what Shakespeare’s home life was like.

Find these articles, books, and more in BadgerLink, and contact the BadgerLink team with any questions!

Written by Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Library of the Month: Wisconsin Digital Archives

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

The November Library of the Month is the wonderful online collection of state government documents available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

A look at Wisconsin's capitol building and Madison's skyline from across the lake
Madison Skyline
Access to Wisconsin state documents is provided through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program. It is a statutorily mandated program responsible for making sure state documents are preserved and made widely available. The program is managed by the Dept. of Public Instruction and has been a part of Wisconsin law since 1901.

In response to the decline in documents available in print, the depository program transitioned in 2004 to collecting primarily electronic state documents, making them available through a digital collection called the Wisconsin Digital Archives. The Wisconsin Digital Archives contains documents from executive and judicial agencies, boards, councils, commissions and task forces primarily from 2001 to present. (The Legislative Reference Bureau manages a separate collection for legislative documents.)

State documents play an important role in connecting residents of Wisconsin to the work being done by state agencies and the major state government programs they manage. State documents include statistics, studies, maps, newsletters, and reports that are authoritative and engaging and contribute toward supporting government transparency and civic literacy. Wisconsin Digital Archives proves to be a powerful research tool as state government touches every part of our modern lives.

So what will you find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives? This online library of full-text documents cover current, newsworthy topics about life in Wisconsin.

Cover of Choose Wisely document

Looking for reliable information on what fish are safe to eat? Check out Choose wisely: a health guide for eating fish in Wisconsin (2016).
Cover of Wisconsin Snowmobile Safety & Enforcement Report

Worried about family members snowmobiling? Get the statistics and facts from the Wisconsin snowmobile safety & enforcement report (2015/2016).
Cover of Hot Jobs to 2022 document
Are you planning your career? Find out what skills you need for the careers that will be doing the most hiring in Wisconsin over the next 6 years in Hot jobs to 2022 (2015).
The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a robust and growing collection built by collaborative partners working together to catalog and archive documents. Collaborators include the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin State Law Library.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New to ILL? Check out some of these helpful resources

Guest post by Carol Nelson, Minitex

There are a lot of great sources for information about interlibrary loan (ILL) on the Internet. If you are looking for ways to connect to other ILL staff, or to read up on trends in interlibrary loan, check out these links:

ShareILL is a website designed and maintained by interlibrary loan staff. You will find ILL codes 
ShareILL logo
and guidelines, OCLC Custom Holdings lists created and shared by other ILL staff, and online directories.The "Keeping Current" section has links to conferences, e-mail lists, associations, and publications.

ILLers; a FB Group For Interlibrary Loan is a closed group, so send a request to the group if you would like to join. The posts range from helpful information to examples of the fun and interesting things that happen in our ILL offices. Many members post to the group regularly.

ILL-L is a discussion forum for ILL practitioners in all types of libraries around the world. You will see messages requesting help locating an item, asking for advice, or providing information to other ILL staff.

OCLC-Sharing-L is an email list for announcements, changes, and enhancements to OCLC resource sharing services. Subscribers cannot post items on this list, but it will keep you up-to-date on OCLC news.

@OCLC is one twitter account you should follow when you need information about OCLC outages. When OCLC had system issues this fall, their staff e-mail accounts were also affected. Twitter was the only place OCLC users could get information about the downtime, so OCLC recommends checking here if you suspect system issues. 

Workflowtoolkit-l should be on your radar if your library uses ILLiad. This is the best list for sharing news, support, ideas, and best practices for ILLiad.

Library Science Daily is a curated list of links to library news gathered from the web. Reading up on the latest news about libraries will give you something to discuss with your colleagues in the breakroom.

Written by:
Carol Nelson, Minitex

Friday, November 11, 2016

Public Library System Redesign Project: Involve Yourself

For those of you in the public library community who were unable to attend the Wisconsin Library Association Conference late last month (as well as those were may not have been able to attend an information session or spend adequate time reviewing the draft PLSR workgroup service approaches), below are many ways that you can:
  • Review early concepts in the process so far
  • Provide feedback or suggestions in response to those models
  • Become involved in the project as it continues through the next year and into 2018
  • Attend question & answer sessions each month to learn and share more about the project
    • The next Q&A session is on Friday, November 18 (connection information below)
image of a handwritten note "JUST DO IT!"
Get Involved! Do it now!

In case you have been totally aloof from the project thus far (or under too much combined stress and/or glee following the Cubs' path to a world championship), here is a capsule introduction to the Public Library System Redesign Project (PLSR), from its information page:
This is a community-based project to consider how to best provide public library system services in Wisconsin.  Building on the work of many, its goal is to develop a plan for implementation of new models of service.  The process, led by the Steering Committee and managed by WiLS, will include nine workgroups to consider new models for services.  The outcome of the process will be recommendations for new models of service and how to implement these new models.

[The following is from the plsr weekly update of 11/9/2016]

Things to know; opportunities to become involved:

 Service Model Drafts Need Your Feedback
Last week [at WLA in Milwaukee] was the first time workgroups shared drafts of their new approaches to collaborative services in Wisconsin. A HUGE thank you to the workgroups and steering committee for all of their hard work to get to WLA. And, thanks to all of you that chatted with the workgroups and offered valuable feedback. It was a big step forward.
The Consulting, Delivery, Electronic Resources, ILL, ILS / Resource Discovery, and Technology workgroups presented their ideas in poster form and the Continuing Education showed a video of their ideas. All of these presentations are now available on their PLSR Workgroup pages. Workgroups are also creating short explanations, either in text, video, or audio form, to help offer a full WLA experience. And, there’s a general overview poster that explains where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are headed.
The workgroups truly need your questions and feedback! Both will help them decide what might need to be changed and what else they need to explain and explore in order to craft successful service models. You can use the Contact form to send feedback to a specific workgroup or share general feedback. Your feedback is always welcome, but to be the most help to the workgroups, we would appreciate your ideas for the service models by the end of December.
Be Part of the PLSR Survey Panel
Looking for a way to be part of the PLSR process? We are looking for volunteers to serve on a survey panel. As the workgroups continue to develop their models, they will need to gather opinions and thoughts from the library community in a systematic way.  We’ll be using the PLSR Survey Panel for this purpose.  If you join the panel, you’ll receive surveys from the workgroups and project managers. You can respond to all of them or only respond to some.  It’ll be up to you!  It’s a great way to be part of the process and the workgroups will appreciate your input.  You can also unsubscribe from the panel at any time. Sign up with this simple form.
 Steering Committee Draft Minutes and Recording for 10/25/2016 Meeting
The PLSR Steering Committee met in-person at the WLA annual conference. Draft minutes and a recording of the meeting are available for your review. The Steering Committee began to map out the next phase of the project during a facilitated process with the project managers and discussed other issues related to workgroup needs and implementation planning. Minutes are also available for the WLA session, “A Conversation with the PLSR Steering Committee.”
Don’t Forget…Virtual Q and A session
Each month, one or more workgroups will speak about how their work is progressing and will ask for community feedback. There will be ample time for questions from the community. And, no matter what workgroup is taking part in the discussion, your questions about any of the service areas are welcome.
The upcoming sessions are:
Wisconsin silhouette overlaid with tree in leaf & PLSR
November 18th, 9:30 AM, Technology
December 13th, Noon, CE/Consulting
January 13th, 9:30 AM, ILL/ILS – Discovery
February 14th, Noon, Delivery/Electronic Resources
Here’s how you can connect to these meetings:
Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.
Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 903-538-181
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 903-538-181
Written by Melissa Mclimans of WiLS channeled through John DeBacher, Public Library Development 

Job Seeker now available on BadgerLink

Job Seeker (http://dpi.wi.gov/job-seeker) makes it easy for all libraries to connect users to information and resources that support successful job searches.

Librarians across the state worked together to select the resources in Job Seeker, which are all free for Wisconsin residents to use. The Job Seeker Collection includes job posting websites, information on careers and Wisconsin services. Additionally, the Job Seeker portal connects to online learning materials that cover financial literacy, resumes, cover letters, online job applications, online college, and more.

You can access all the great information on the Job Seeker Website or you can embed the content onto your website. You only need to embed the code once and it will dynamically be updated as the portal resources are updated. Get the code on the On Your Website section of Job Seeker.

A link to Job Seeker is now available on the BadgerLink’s More DPI Resources page: http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/more-dpi-resources.

Find a link to Job Seeker on the More DPI Resources page on the BadgerLink website
Screenshot from BadgerLink Website

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

BadgerLink Outreach: Stanley Correctional Institution

On October 19th, I had the opportunity to represent BadgerLink at the Stanley Correctional Institution Employment and Resource Fair in Stanley, WI. The Employment and Resource Fair is an effort by the Stanley Correctional Institute to reduce recidivism rates and encourage a successful return to the community for inmates. Organizations attending represented workforce development boards, education organizations, and public resources. Stanley Correctional Institute plans to host similar opportunities for inmates every one to two years.

Stanley Correctional Institution mural

I talked with more than 250 inmates to promote the educational and lifelong learning resources in BadgerLink that upon release, can help build job skills. In addition to BadgerLink resources, I also encouraged inmates to take advantage of the amazing resources available at their local public libraries, like books and media, local information.

Inmates were curious about BadgerLink resources, especially Learning Express Library, our newspaper and magazine collections, and EBSCO’s Auto Repair Reference Center. Most said they hadn’t heard about BadgerLink previously, but planned to use it once they were released. Nearly all were surprised to hear that Wisconsin is using state and federal funds to provide BadgerLink to all Wisconsin residents.

Over the past few years the BadgerLink team has increased outreach to staff at the Department of Corrections (DOC). While most correctional facilities don’t allow inmates direct access to computers or the internet, BadgerLink resources can still be used by educators in jails and prisons and is an invaluable resource for skill building and research upon an inmate’s release. Connecting with new audiences helps us better understand the needs of the communities we serve. We welcome the chance to interact with and learn how to best serve all Wisconsin residents.

Please contact the BadgerLink team with any questions, and subscribe to our email lists for BadgerLink updates and training reminders.

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November Edition of the Youth Services Showcase

The Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase has a new online submission form. The form has proven easy to use and recent submissions populate the November Showcase. To submit multiple items, refresh your browser and click on the submission link again.
A sampling of Showcase items
A sampling of Showcase items

Check out this month's edition of the Showcase to find examples of:

  • Anjiplay as part of summer library programming
  • A footprint mural
  • Academic library demonstrations, and
  • Multigenerational tie dye art.

View this month's Showcase here: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/yss/showcase.

Anyone is welcome to submit content and ideas for the Showcase; e.g., librarians, library directors, proud parents, supportive colleagues, etc. Only contributions featuring Wisconsin youth services and Wisconsin public libraries will be featured on the Showcase. Collaborative projects can be submitted; however, the Showcase will focus on the public library connection; e.g., a photo of a library book talk at a 4-H meeting will emphasize public library outreach. 

Written by:

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Using DNR Master Plans for Research

170+ master plans published by the WI Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) were added to the Wisconsin Digital Archives recently. These master plans provide historical, environmental, recreational, geological and geographical information about state parks and trails, recreation areas and state forests throughout Wisconsin. Master plans provide consistent, long-term management guidance for state-owned, publicly accessible lands.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources logo
Courtesy of the WI DNR

DNR master plans don't necessarily sound like something on the top of anyone's reading list outside of very specialized professions however Nancy Mulhern, Government Information Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shared some unique ways DNR master plans are being used to answer a variety of reference questions. People doing both genealogical research and students working on research papers often times get directed to master plans to answer their questions.  

Nancy observed that in the past few years, there has been a growing interest in looking at locations in Wisconsin from a historical perspective. People researching a location for their genealogical research want to know what areas of Wisconsin looked like 20, 50 or even 100 years ago to provide context. Master plans are ideal for providing this context because they describe in detail the physical land features of the area, what types of trees and plants grow, wildlife living on the land along with current and planned roads, buildings and recreation areas. Master plans also include detailed maps.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a class called The Making of the American Landscape  brings together history, environmental studies, and geography. This class is extremely popular with over 200 students enrolling each year. The class requires a paper about how a place or part of the environment has changed. Master plans provide both historical and current information and maps detailing the changes the land has undergone. 

The Wisconsin Digital Archives makes accessing the DNR master plans easy.  A quick link tab to all plans in the collection is conveniently located on the homepage of the Wisconsin Digital Archives along the top. The DNR master plans are full-text searchable. More master plans will continue to be added to the Wisconsin Digital Archives as they become available.

For more information about how master plans are developed, visit the DNR website.

Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2017 WISCAT license order form is available

Is your library planning to join the hundreds of libraries using WISCAT for resource sharing and more?   It's easy to order and affordable.     

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It's time to order a 2017 WISCAT license

A license is $200 for January through December access to all WISCAT functionality.  Place your order using the online order form.

  • An invoice will be mailed to the ordering address entered into the form unless a difference billing address is provided.  
  • A purchase order cannot be accepted but you may enter the purchase order number in the form for the convenience of your local business office.

Contact Megan Rogan, Contracts Specialist, if you have any questions regarding WISCAT licensing.  For library staff training or questions about using WISCAT, please contact WISCAT staff.  

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

COLAND to meet November 11 in DeForest

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, November 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the DeForest Area School District offices, 520 East Holum Street, DeForest. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting in person or may listen remotely 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 http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/coland/pdf/Nov16.pdf .
Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin

Items on the agenda include an update on the work of the Public Library System Revision (PLSR) steering committee and workgroups, reports from the COLAND goals committees, a presentation on BadgerLink, a report on revisions to the ILL guidelines with a request for endorsement from COLAND, and a presentation about the DeForest School District library media centers.  Also on the agenda will be updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology and an update on library-related legislation.

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.

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 http://walker.wi.gov/governor-office/apply-to-serve/boards-commissions/application. 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 http://dpi.wi.gov/coland.

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries--FREE online course

The Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is proud to announce a new professional development course about the role of apps and devices in the lives of young children and their families. This FREE online tool is designed for public library staff serving youth and other educators. 

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Screenshot from Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries is a module-based online learning experience. The content includes game-design elements to both increase participant motivation as well as model the appeal of apps designed for children. The course is set up as a journey through four destinations--The Village of How, the Forest of Why, Which Mountain, and the Bay of Where. Each destination answers a key question-- why librarians should learn about apps, how to use apps in libraries, which apps are best, and where to find the best apps. Each module includes activities for participants to Watch, Read, Explore, and Do. Not only do these activities personalize the learning experience, but many offer opportunities to view responses from other course participants. 
Screenshot of course roadmap
Digital Storytime Roadmap to Learning

The course is asynchronous, which means that participants can log in anytime and take the course at their own pace. Participants can access the course through any web browser. It is recommended to use the same browser and device throughout course in order to track course progress. Participants who complete all four modules will receive a certificate of completion. 

This project stemmed from an in-person training offered through the Growing Wisconsin Readers early literacy initiative. It was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in addition to WISELearn funding.

The content was created, adapted, and designed for the online learning platform by Carissa Christner of the Madison Public Library and Gemma Cynric-Veldey and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

To access the course, go to: https://media.dpi.wi.gov/pld/digital-storytime/story.html

Written by Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team