2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting Audrey Kohlbeck Tammie Blomberg Denise Korenuk

WVLS 2017 ARSL Conference Scholarship Announced!

WVLS wants to send WVLS Directors and Branch Managers to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in St. George, Utah from September 7-9, 2017! Application Deadline: May 12, 2017 WVLS is pleased to announce the WVLS 2017 Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference Scholarship! This is a full scholarship and covers travel, hotel, and meals. Read more
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Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7

How does privacy intersect with intellectual freedom? And how can you get kids to care? Data mining and targeted advertising are daily online realities, and the process is streamlined to the point of being largely unnoticeable on the user's end. But now that concepts like fake news and confirmation bias are becoming part of everyday conversation, it is increasinly important to make the connection between online privacy and equitable access to information. Participate in the upcoming  Read more
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Innovation and Collaboration Grant: Congratulations Colby PL and Rhinelander DL!

Please join WVLS in congratulating the Colby Public Library and Rhinelander District Library as the spring 2017 recipients of the WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant! WVLS offers a competitive grant to a member library to develop and implement a service for their community that is both innovative and collaborative. The new service, program or project should be sustainable, innovative, collaborative, and add value to the community. Applications are accepted for two grant cycles: January- Read more
Total Eclipse poster Tyler Nordgren

A total eclipse of the suuuun!: The All American Total Eclipse

Children in Libraries published the article "The Astronomical Event of the Decade: Library opportunities with the coming total eclipse of the sun" in the Spring 2017 issue by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz. On August 21, 2017 we will witness the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in forty years. It is being called the "All American Total Read more

OverDrive Update: Wisconsin’s Digital Library to Grow Even Faster in 2017

What’s new about the WPLC Wisconsin Digital Library and the shared buying pool? In the early part of 2016, WPLC’s Digital Library Steering Committee discussed increasing the buying pool amount above $1 million for 2017 to address high hold volumes on the most popular titles, the one persistant fault exacerbated by the Digital Library's popularity and success. Inese Christman is our Library System’s WPLC Digital Steering Committee representative.  In April (4/27/16) she shared a survey asking if Read more

WPLC User / Non-User Research Program Announced

First things first, if you've not yet subscribed to the WPLC Announcement List, we highly recommend doing so.   One of the recent announcements introduces the new WPLC User / Non-User Research Program. Part of that program involves 4 training webinars which build upon each other that are scheduled for Tuesdays during the month of April.  Due to the training Read more
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Free Basic Computer Skills Course!

In response to needs in the employment and education sectors, the Wisconsin Technical College System has created a free basic computer skills course available as an open education resource that might be just the ticket for public library patrons!   Basic Computer Skills MOOC     Project Interface:  Backed by a $23.1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, INTERFACE is a statewide Read more

Libraries Transform

Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic Read more

Aspen Report - "Rising to the Challenge"

This report examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs.

V-Cat: Online Library Catalog

V-Cat is the shared library catalog for most WVLS public libraries and contains holding information and access to a variety of books, audiovisual materials, and more.


Badgerlink is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides Wisconsin residents access to electronic information online. It includes many of the databases offered by Read more