Thursday, June 29, 2017

This blog is getting a new home!

Starting July 5th, the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog will be updated in its new home at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone. The site is active now, so go ahead and check it out!

This is the final post at this blog address. All new blog posts will be posted only to the new site, so be sure to bookmark it! If you’re currently signed up for email notifications, you’ll continue to receive those email notifications from the new blog. If you’re not signed up for email notifications but would like to be, you can do so here.


In recent years, many great features and updates have taken place at the Department of Public Instruction’s website, so moving the blog into the DPI domain will allow the RL3 and PLD teams to take advantage of those developments while underscoring our status as the state library agency within DPI.

We hope you like the new blog! Please let us know if you have any questions about these changes.

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LSTA Budget Update from the Division

Last month, the Division issued a statement about federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. Since that post, the Division convened a meeting of the LSTA Advisory Committee and received that body’s endorsement of both a revised 2017 LSTA budget and the Division’s 2018-2022 LSTA Five Year Plan for Wisconsin.
Logo celebrated 20 years of the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences



The President’s federal budget includes the elimination of several federal agencies, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which administers the LSTA and its the “Grants to States” program.  The revised 2017 budget, acknowledging the uncertainty of future funding, reflects an emphasis on projects with a statewide impact.  As stewards of several funding streams, the Division views public libraries are directly supported at the local and county level. State aid for public library services is directed toward  regional efforts, and federal funding therefore is focused on statewide projects.  If federal LSTA funding continues, the Division will revise the budget and project list in 2018. For now, the following budget has been approved:


2017-18 LSTA Budget: Division for Libraries & Technology


Staff funded by LSTA:

13.70 FTE
Total Salaries:

$735,563
Total Benefits:

$253,281
DPI Fixed Costs, Travel:

$245,319



DPI Administered Projects:


Coding Project:

$25,000
Learning Express 1/2 Yr

$47,770
WISCAT (contract less fees)

$271,724
Database Services (Incl. WorldCat)

$105,744
Summer Library Program

$7,500
Youth and Inclusive Services Institutes

$30,000
Electronic Forms (LibPAS)

$13,103
New Library Directors Orientation

$13,000



Grant Awards:


DPLA Participation Support

$50,000
Library System Technology

$350,000
Delivery (incl NWLS)

$90,000
Public Library System Redesign

$150,000



Total:

$2,388,004
LSTA 2017 Appropriation:

$2,724,256
Difference:

$336,252
Estimated 2016 Carry-forward:

$670,000
Total est. funds available  for April-Sept 2018:

$1,006,252


The statement below (shared previously)  provides additional information on the LSTA projects and spending plan:


As administrators of the Institute for Museums and Libraries (IMLS) “Grants to States” program, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) is moving forward with plans for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for 2017 and beyond. While amount and timing of funds from IMLS remains unclear, DLT intends to maximize the federal dollars available to support library services and resources in Wisconsin. Specifically, 2017 LSTA funds will prioritize statewide projects such as Delivery, Digital Public Library of America, and the Public Library System Redesign; competitive grants for local projects will not be funded nor will System Outcome Measurement Support, pending further clarity around the federal FY18 budget that may occur in September. Statewide projects and resources managed by DLT will be funded with modifications to budget and capacity, including: Summer Library Program, the Coding Initiative, New Director Boot Camp, WISCAT, BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Digital Archives, and staffing. This may be the final year of Library System Technology grants, pending other functional analyses being performed by DLT and in consultation with the LSTA Advisory Committee; block grants will be restructured after 2017. As DLT moves forward with the LSTA Plan for 2018-2022, five main goals will be emphasized: Public Library Development through Law, Finance, and Data; Resource Sharing and Collaboration; Youth and Inclusive Services; Community Engagement and Outcome Measurement; and Technology Infrastructure and Services. These goals have been presented to the library community through listening sessions and presentations and will be reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Committee.

For more information about LSTA, visit: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/lsta

Patron Career Development with LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library (LEL) is an EBSCO resource provided by BadgerLink to all Wisconsin residents. LEL includes 7 different centers, providing different types of content to different user groups, including the Adult Learning Center, Career Center, College Center, College Preparation Center, High School Equivalency Center, Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Resources for Spanish Speakers), and School Center.

LearningExpress Library logo
Image of people in career outfits, including a doctor, firefighter, and 2 business people.
The Career Center is particularly useful for libraries to promote patron career development, and it includes information, ebooks, tests, and tutorials on over 20 career fields and occupational exams, including the following:
  • Allied Health 
  • Air Traffic Control 
  • Commercial Driving 
  • Cosmetology 
  • Culinary Arts 
  • Emergency Medical Services 
  • Firefighting 
  • Homeland Security 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Postal Work 
  • Nursing 
  • Real Estate 
  • Plumbing 
  • Teaching 
  • Military/ASVAB 

In addition to information about specific careers, LEL provides information on building job search and workplace skills, and preparation resources for the TOEIC and WorkKeys Assessments.

Learn more about how to use LearningExpress Library on the BadgerLink Training page, and feel free to contact the BadgerLink team with any questions. LearningExpress Library and other BadgerLink resources are provided by the Department of Public Instruction and paid for with state funding and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gail Murray Joins the WISCAT Team!

The Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology is very pleased to announce
that Gail Murray has accepted the position of WISCAT Technical Coordinator at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning. She will officially begin transitioning to her new role on Monday, June 26th.

The WISCAT Technical Coordinator is responsible for administering, configuring, supporting and maintaining the statewide Interlibrary Loan platform, comprised of union and virtual library catalogs and an interlibrary loan management system, for use by public library system staff and library staff in public, school, special, and other types of libraries. Gail will also be responsible for compiling and reporting statistics, creating WISCAT documentation, and investigating and implementing enhancements to improve resource sharing in Wisconsin.

Gail has worked for the Department of Public Instruction since June 2015 as the Content Management and Outreach Librarian for the BadgerLink program. In that role, she provided technical support, training, and contributed to the overall vision of the program. Because BadgerLink uses the same underlying software as WISCAT for user authentication and federated searching, Gail is already very familiar with the software and configuration of WISCAT.

Before working at DPI, Gail earned her Master's of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, she was a supervisor at the Ikenberry Library as well as working on marketing, outreach, and assessment in the Residence Hall Libraries. She also worked as an outreach intern for electronic resource vendor Credo Reference, where she worked with libraries across the country to increase visibility of their online resources on their websites and discovery layers.

Gail grew up in a small town in central New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at SUNY Binghamton and worked for several years in hospitality and customer support roles while volunteering at local libraries prior to beginning her graduate studies.

Gail will be an outstanding addition to the WISCAT team and will help continue to improve resource sharing in libraries throughout Wisconsin. Please join me in welcoming her to this new role!

Gail can be reached at (608)224-5394, gail.murray@dpi.wi.gov.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Wisconsin Heat Vulnerability Indices

Thermometer indicating rising temperatures outside
Courtesy of Pixabay
The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services collects data related to population density, health factors, natural and built environments, and demographic and socioeconomic factors to track negative impacts extreme heat can have on vulnerable populations such as elderly populations, socially isolated people and those with pre-existing chronic conditions. This data is used to create heat vulnerability indices (HVI) to identify areas of greatest risk for negative health impacts due to extreme heat for the entire state of Wisconsin, by county and for the greater Milwaukee urban area.

The heat vulnerability indices are available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives along with other resources related to managing extreme heat:


Learn more about how data is collected for the heat vulnerability indices and other heat-related health and safety tips.


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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Library of the Month: Hurley School District


The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team
Main entrance of the Hurley School District
Courtesy of Hurley School District

The Hurley School District has 571 students and since January 2017, there have been more than 5,000 visits to BadgerLink from Hurley School District website! So we reached out to find out what they were doing.

Hurley School District is located in the township of Kimball and serves residents in the cities of Hurley and Montreal, and the Towns of Anderson, Carey, Gurney, Kimball, Knight, Oma and Saxon. Serving such a large region can pose difficulties, but also allows for a variety of educational field trips within their 468 square mile service area. Recently students have learned new things with visits to the Iron County Historical Society and Museum, North Lakeland Discovery Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, and Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department.

Varsity football player reads to 2 fourth graders
Team Read, Courtesy of Hurley School District
The Hurley School District finds ways to make learning fun and connect with the community. This year Hurley held a read-a-thon in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Together the elementary school read for 91,591 minutes! Also in support of literacy, Hurley hosted “Team Read” sessions and varsity football players read with 4th graders. The Senior to Senior Tech Class reached out to senior citizens in the community and gave them an opportunity to learn the basics about computers from the school's resident experts, the senior class.

Students teach senior citizens how to use computers
Senior to Senior Tech Class,
Courtesy of Hurley School District
The library is a hub of technology learning. Each library has a computer lab for students to use in addition to the district's 9 laptop carts and 2 iPad carts. Additionally, the High School students each have their own laptop. All students, pre-kindergarten through high school, spend time in the library learning about technology and developing digital literacy skills.

This spring, high school students put their digital literacy skills to the test when they were assigned in-depth research projects. Evaluating the credibility of resources and their information is vital to any research project. Freshman searched for information on influential people in U.S. history, while the sophomores researched controversial court cases throughout U.S. history, and the seniors researched potential careers. Students relied heavily on BadgerLink’s reliable resources to research their topics.

The last day of school for students was June 2nd. We hope staff and students have a great summer break! We send a huge thank you to Hurley School District for using BadgerLink!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Día de los Niños at Waukesha Public Library

The Youth and Inclusive Services System Continuing Education Projects are a great example of collaboration on state, regional, and local levels. Using LSTA funds, the Public Library Development team assisted multiple regional library systems in offering face-to-face continuing education events including mini-grants for attendees. The South Eastern Wisconsin (SEWI) system consortium and Winnefox Library System partnered on a project that focused on inclusive library services for children and families. The Waukesha Public Library, a member of the Bridges Library System, participated in an in-person workshop and applied for a mini-grant to increase outreach to the Hispanic community in Waukesha. What follows is a summary of the event, by Michele Gagner, Children's Services Library Associate.
Kids and families doing cultural crafts at the library
Families enjoyed the Día de los Niños event,
supported with LSTA funds, at the Waukesha Public Library.

Waukesha Public Library's Día de los Niños program, generously funded by the LSTA Mini-Grant, was held April 29, 2017. The program was a great success!  Along with the Spanish language and bilingual books and cultural craft project supplies funded by the grant, we also involved community partners - three local businesses contributed food and gift cards to purchase refreshments and supplies, two musical ensembles featuring school-aged kids performed, and local agencies and community partners assisted us with marketing and provided Spanish-speaking volunteers.  About 250 children and adults attended, well exceeding our goal of 100-150.

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What is Your BadgerLink Story?

My BadgerLink Story ribbon
BadgerLink Stories

"BadgerLink is not just for students. I am so impressed with what's available in BadgerLink that I cannot express it in words. I have always found the access to newspapers valuable as a librarian in the business world." -- Rhonda, Business Librarian & Records Manager, Wausau, WI


"BadgerLink is a tremendous resource for learning. I work with a 51 year old man who worked his entire life in the auto tire business changing tires, but he was laid off over a year ago. He had never finished high school and couldn't find another job. A librarian at the Milltown Public Library showed me the LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center, and my student was able to take the test to better understand the level of competency necessary. [He] obtained a job in a different industry and we will continue to study weekly." -- Dave, Tutor, Milltown, WI


"BadgerLink supports the academic curriculum on our campus. We introduce and promote BadgerLink resources, so no matter what their skill levels, students acquire life-long learning skills. [They] complement our offerings and support us in preparing students as they transition through the various phases of their careers." --  Mernathan, Instructor & Campus Facilitator and Shelley, Librarian, Milwaukee Area Technical College

These are just a few testimonials demonstrating the difference the BadgerLink resources make in the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners in Wisconsin. We save schools and libraries millions of dollars, support education, and enhance economic development. Read all BadgerLink Stories

What is your BadgerLink story? Get inspired and share your story today!  

BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction and our resources are paid for with state funding and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Youth Services Institute Cohort

The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities. For these individuals, there is a need to improve skill and knowledge base, foster a supportive network, and develop stronger peer-to-peer and professional community connections within the Wisconsin public libraries infrastructure. The Institute is supported through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

The application process was competitive for this year's Institute. Twenty-five participants were selected from a large pool of applicants representing 14 of the 16 regional library systems. Cohort members are listed alphabetically by library system and last name.

The 2017 Youth Services Institute Cohort

  1. Jayme Anderson, Milton Public Library, Arrowhead Library System
  2. Karin Timmermann, Hedberg Public Library (Janesville), Arrowhead Library System
  3. Brianna Adams, L.D. Fargo Public Library (Lake Mills), Bridges Library System
  4. Jessi Peterson, Chippewa Falls Public Library, Indianhead Federated Library System
  5. Martha Kaempffer, St. Croix Falls Public Library, Indianhead Federated Library System
  6. Florence LaBeau, Ellsworth Public Library, Indianhead Federated Library System
  7. Jodie Porep, Fontana Public Library, Lakeshores Library System
  8. Amanda Rentas, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
  9. Kate Kirschner, Horicon Public Library, Monarch Library System
  10. Sarah Lange, Juneau Public Library, Monarch Library System
  11. Mary Winter, Shawano City-County Library, Nicolet Federated Library System
  12. Angie Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library, Northern Waters Library Service
  13. Keri Rose, Hortonville Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  14. Rebecca Hoffman, Marion Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  15. Wendy Borden, Oregon Public Library, South Central Library System
  16. Chris Baker, Portage Public Library, South Central Library System
  17. Pamela Thompson, La Valle Public Library, South Central Library System
  18. Tara Teasdale, McCoy Public Library (Shullsburg), Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  19. Sarah Kyrie, Argyle Public Library, Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  20. Emily Zorea, Brewer Public Library (Richland Center), Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  21. Lisa Thomas, Hatch Public Library (Mauston), Winding Rivers Library System
  22. Nicole Overbeck, Wautoma Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  23. Hannah Schraufnagel, Neenah Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  24. Katie Kubisiak, Rhinelander District Library, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
  25. Krista Blomberg, Rib Lake Public Library, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Public Libraries and Workforce Development

Guest post by Shawn Brommer Youth Services & Outreach Coordinator, with assistance from Mark Jochem, SCLS Consultant Services Intern

The South Central Library System recently held three planning meetings to connect public library staff and staff from community agencies that provide direct services to job seekers. Hosted by the Sun Prairie, Monroe, and McMillan Memorial Public Libraries, these planning sessions provided opportunities for public library and workforce development staff to meet each other, learn about organizational services to job seekers, and identify ways to deepen partnerships and work together to reach shared goals.

Project background:

In the Spring of 2016 The U.S. Employment and Training Administration sent a memorandum to state and local workforce development boards, workforce agencies, and American Job Centers asking them to collaborate with public libraries to complement and extend the career and employment services available to job seekers and unemployed workers. While direct federal funding is not available for public libraries, the Department of Workforce Development and its Workforce Development Boards are encouraged to collaborate with public libraries in the regions they serve. Collaboration examples include:
  • Including public libraries as stops on routes of mobile American Job Centers.
  • Using space available at public libraries to provide career assistance and employment services to library patrons, host job fairs, familiarize patrons with career resources that are available electronically or in-person at American Job Centers.
  • Informing and training public library and Department of Workforce Development staff members about the resources, services, and programs of each organization.

We saw this as an opportunity to help libraries in the South Central Library System connect with regional Workforce Development Boards and last fall we created a survey in which library staff identified: 1) their questions about serving job seekers, and, 2) questions about services provided by workforce development agencies. The survey input provided discussion outlines for the planning sessions, which were held in March and April 2017.

What we’re learning:

Public library staff, workforce development staff, and community agency partners gathered together in March and April and our discussions were lively, engaging, and productive. Staff from all agencies determined shared goals and began to identify ways to work together to meet the needs of job seekers in their communities. Examples include:

  • Sharing resource recommendations for technology training, job announcements, resume and cover letter templates, and regional workforce assistance programs.
  • Sharing information about organizational services and programs.
  • Sharing information about regional job fairs.
  • Sharing information about transportation services.
  • Sharing information about resources that help job seekers strengthen their interpersonal skills and learn ways to engage with employers and stay employed.

We recognized that job seekers often require additional help and that social service agencies that support children, families, transportation needs, and healthy lifestyles are crucial partners in serving community members who are un- and underemployed. Based on our discussions, we determined that job seekers deserve dignified point-of-need service and connections to local and trusted agencies and programs.

Next steps:

The face-to-face time is invaluable and we will continue to host planning sessions for public libraries and community agency partners. At the system-level, we are creating regional resource guides that connect job seekers and library staff with trusted resources (see the Green County guide). At SCLS we are reaching out to agency staff who will give brief presentations about their organizations and the services they provide and we are looking at ways to publicize existing library resources, such as Learning Express (provided by BadgerLink), print collections, and library technology classes to community agency staff. In order to move forward, public libraries and systems need to continually connect with social service agencies and meaningfully engage with communities to discern a holistic view of community life and to learn about the daily barriers faced by many community members.

The planning sessions were supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the DPI by Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Written by:
Shawn Brommer Youth Services & Outreach Coordinator
Mark Jochem, SCLS Consultant Services Intern

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inclusive Services: A Statement from the Division of Libraries & Technology

Statue of Liberty with collage of synonyms for welcome
Libraries are welcoming beacons for all
(Pixabay)
For the past year or so, I have made a few posts about inclusive services in Wisconsin public libraries. These posts include:








Inclusive library service is an evolving theory and practice. Many elements are not new; e.g., public libraries as a free and democratic institution, while other elements are more contemporary; e.g., gender identity options on library card applications. For me, my role as a statewide consultant has evolved from a focus on exceptions; e.g. services to special populations, to an emphasis on the exemplar; e.g. libraries are for everyone. 

The prominence of equity as a foundation for inclusive services is directly tied to the mission of my team and the leadership of our agency. The Public Library Development Team (PLDT) provides leadership, advocacy, assis­tance, planning, coordination, and funding for the improvement of public libraries and public library systems so that all Wisconsin residents have equitable access to information. (Italics my own.)

The Wisconsin State Library Agency is an integral part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). State Superintendent Tony Evers, alongside The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs, a series of commitments for state education agencies to consider to positively impact educational equity.
In consideration of the evolution of inclusive services and the future focus on equity in Wisconsin public schools and libraries, the Division for Libraries and Technology is proud to release a statement defining What Does It Mean to Be Inclusive?. This statement was developed by Wisconsin public library and system staff, PLDT staff, and DPI staff. It is our hope that this statement will provide direction and purpose for future efforts of Wisconsin public libraries, regional systems, and the state library agency. We expect that this statement will be a foundational component of training and resource development in the months and years ahead.

Please read, share, and discuss this statement with your staff, board, and colleagues. As the statement identifies, "Wisconsin public libraries serve everyone, and it is the duty of everyone in the service of Wisconsin public libraries to foster inclusivity."

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LSTA Funding Update & Public Hearing

Everyone is aware that the federal legislative budgeting environment in Washington D.C. following the President’s proposed budget recommendations is tenuous.  This means that the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States Program,Wisconsin's source of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for libraries and library systems, is jeopardized.

The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) administers the LSTA funds and aims to convey to the plan to address priorities of statewide service to the library community.

LSTA FundingUpdate from the Division

As administrators of the Institute for Museums and Libraries (IMLS) “Grants to States” program, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) is moving forward with plans for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for 2017 and beyond. While amount and timing of funds from IMLS remains unclear, DLT intends to maximize the federal dollars available to support library services and resources in Wisconsin. 

Specifically, 2017 LSTA funds will prioritize statewide projects such as Delivery, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR); competitive grants for local projects will not be funded nor will System Outcome Measurement Support, pending further clarity around the federal FY18 budget that may occur in September. Statewide projects and resources managed by DLT will be funded with modifications to budget and capacity, including: Summer Library Program, the Coding Initiative, New Director Boot Camp, WISCAT, BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Digital Archives, and staffing. This may be the final year of Library System Technology grants, pending other functional analyses being performed by DLT and in consultation with the LSTA Advisory Committee; block grants will be restructured after 2017. 

As DLT moves forward with the LSTA Plan for 2018-2022, five main goals will be emphasized: Public Library Development through Law, Finance, and Data; Resource Sharing and Collaboration; Youth and Inclusive Services; Community Engagement and Outcome Measurement; and Technology Infrastructure and Services. These goals have been presented to the library community through listening sessions and presentations and will be reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Committee.

This statement will be posted on the LSTA web page.

LSTA Public Hearing Announcement
The LSTA Advisory Committee, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will discuss the 2018-2022 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin and budget amounts for LSTA projects. The committee will meet at the DeForest Public Library on Thursday, June 1, 2017. As part of the meeting, a public hearing will be held starting at 10:00 a.m. to allow interested persons to testify on the LSTA plan and priorities. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to contribute testimony to be considered at the hearing, please email Terrie Howe (teresa.howe@dpi.wi.gov) by 12:00 noon Tuesday, May 30, 2017 OR call (608) 266-2413.

Written by Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Trout Fishing in Wisconsin

The general trout fishing season begins on the first Saturday of May. If you're one of the many people who will be heading out to get a fishing license and an inland trout stamp to legally fish for trout, you might be surprised to learn more about what a big economic impact trout fishing has in Wisconsin.

According to a recent article in the La Crosse Tribune, trout fishing has a significant impact on the economies of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The Driftless Area is primarily southwestern Wisconsin and includes southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

The article reports on a recent study,  Economic Impact of Recreational Trout Angling in the Driftless Area, commissioned by Trout Unlimited from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse economics professor Donna Anderson. The study finds that trout fishing generates about $952 million a year in the Driftless Area, supporting local economies that have embraced the tourist trade. Anglers are drawn to the Driftless Area because of habitat restoration and preservation efforts that make the location more desirable for trout fishing. The study goes into great detail about the economic impact and demographics of the anglers contributing to what some refer to as "healthy trout economies."

Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations 2017-2018 image of cover
Courtesy of the WI DNR
Before you get ready to grab your tackle box and head out to the stream, let us direct you to a few useful resources you'll find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives that will help you have a more successful fishing trip.

For more information about trout fishing and regulations, visit the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources webpage.


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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Guest Post by Margaret Chambers, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

Harnessing the winds of change


Join your resource sharing colleagues in Oak Brook, IL on June 8-9 for the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 8-9, 2017. Register by May 26 to take advantage of the early registration fee of $95.

This conference is designed to support resource sharing efforts in public and academic libraries throughout the region and offers a cost-effective way to gather ideas for collaboration, marketing, streamlining workflows, and staying on top of changes in resource sharing.

Sessions will include:

· Cross-Training Established Staff in Interlibrary Loan Procedures

· Enriching Your Wealth of Resource by Marketing ILL

· Talk Amongst Yourselves: Improving System-to-System Communication to Speed Request Processing

· People Can Make the Difference: Staff Roles in Resource Marketing and Education

· Trying to Jump-Start Collaborative Collection Development: Finding Simple Methods for Effective Cooperation

Corey Seeman, Director of Kresge Library Services (Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and manager of A Library Writer’s Blog, will deliver the keynote address: History Has Its Eyes on You: Lighthouses and Libraries Weathering Storms of Change.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website.


Written by:
Margaret Chambers
Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Library of the Month: Wilson Junior High School Library

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

Students hanging out in the library
Courtesy of Wilson Junior High School Library
The BadgerLink team recently noticed a lot of visits to our website from the Wilson Junior High Library’s LibGuide. So we reached out to find out what they were doing. As it happens, the LibGuide is very heavily used in the school to direct students and staff to great online resources. So far this school year, Wilson’s LibGuide has been accessed more than 56,000 times which is huge for a school of 575 students!

Wilson is one of two junior high schools in the Manitowoc Public School District. Built in the1930’s, the Wilson library was renovated four years ago. The library layout changed to allow for group work, a maker space, and a TV studio. Since the renovation, the library has become a hub of inquiry and independent study. In addition to use during the school day, the library is used for staff meetings, parent meetings, and a space for students to gather before school to hang out and relax.

Students working in groups in the library
Courtesy of Wilson Junior High School Library
In the mornings on Tuesdays through Friday all students participate in 30 minutes of Hawk Time, which is when students may receive additional help from their teachers, participate in enrichment activities in the library, or have silent reading time. Recently, as an enrichment activity, students began recording segments for a new program for station WJHS. Students meet on Tuesdays and Fridays to prepare and video tape for their new program. This enrichment allows students to learn reporting and filming techniques using equipment in the designated library area studio.

Ellen working with a student in the library
Courtesy of Wilson Junior High School Library
The library is also a space to learn about technology. Classes come to the library’s computer lab to use Microsoft Suite programs and other important computer programs. Soon, a SMART Board will be installed in the lab for additional instructional space. To support students’ digital literacy, library staff use ISTE standards to teach to how to be successful in the digital age. The librarian, Ellen Reinertson, works closely with teachers to facilitate learning. Teachers often refer to Reinertson’s expertise when teaching research skills or designing a project. For next school year, there will be a designated maker space in the library to allow students an opportunity to explore and create.

Student working independently on her computer in the library
Courtesy of Wilson Junior High School Library
Wilson Junior High School celebrated National Library week with staff and students. A golden ticket was hidden in one of the books in the library. Students were given clues which required them to use the LibGuide, Destiny Catalog, BadgerLink, and other library resources to find the correct book with the hidden ticket. Another scavenger hunt activity got teachers involved. Staff wrote a clue about their favorite book and placed it outside of their room. Students matched the book to the teacher to win a prize. Additionally, a new “Book Trailer” section was added to the LibGuide and the library hosted 500 students for selection of books and independent reading. It was a fun-filled week!

The library is a busy place! Thanks to Ellen Reinertson for her support of BadgerLink and for giving us a glimpse into the Wilson library, and here’s to a successful rest of the school year!

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