International Dot Day

International Dot Day

September 15th, 2016 is International Dot Day! Dot Day celebrates creativity, courage, and collaboration inspired by Peter H. Reynold's children's book The Dot. Read more
Two People Reading Magazines

WVLS Circulating Journal Subscriptions

Hello WVLS member library colleagues! Take a look at the list of journal subscriptions WVLS maintains below. Would you like to be added to the routing list to receive any of these journals? These journals are a great way to keep up with what's new, perfect for desk shifts! I have hyperlinked the magazine titles to their homepages if you would like to learn more about each title. Please send an email with the titles you wish to see to Read more
Internet Access Frustration

Voice Your Need for Internet Access

The Wisconsin State Broadband Office has announced a survey allowing Wisconsin residents and businesses an opportunity to voice thier need for improved internet access or service. The goal is to help state planners and policy makers better understand the need for improved internet access in out state by matching consumer data to maps supplied by internet providers. The survey is free. Those wishing Read more
Library Reads Logo

What is LibraryReads?

We have a handy FAQ!  Are you a public librarian who is signed up with Edelweiss?  Then YOU are ready to vote for your favorite books each month!  Want to be able to get in on the action and vote? Here's Read more
WI Trustee Training Week

Trustee Training Week August 22-26th

Developed in 2014, Wisconsin Trustee Training Week provides high-quality webinars to public library boards, friends and trustees in Wisconsin. Starting Monday August 22 through Friday August 26 there will be a webinar at 12noon covering successful board practices, community engagement, preparing for capital campaigns, ensuring director success, and a listening session. These hour-long webinars Read more
UWM EBookstore Kiosks

The Wisconsin University Launches a Bookstore Without Books

For some unknown reason many people are convinced that only Amazon could open a college bookstore with no books, but that simply isn't true. Amazon has several competitors currently disrupting the college bookstore industry, including eCampus and textbook distributor MBS Direct. Owned by B&N founder Len Riggio, MBS Direct offers a virtual bookstore platform which dispenses with a physical Read more

For the Reference Desk: Wisconsin Voter Information and Recent Federal Court Rulings

A pair of federal court rulings in July supported changes to Wisconsin election law to make it easier for citizens to obtain a photo ID and cast a ballot.  On July 19, 2016, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that persons who did not have a valid photo ID could sign an affidavit at their polling place in order to cast a ballot on November 8th. On July 29, U.S. District Judge James Peterson struck down laws passed since 2010 that limited early voting to weekdays between certain hours at one Read more

Reintroduction to the Public Library System Redesign Project PLSR

Stay informed.  Find updates, minutes, meeting recordings and more information on the PLSR website and blog on the WiLS website.  What is the Read more
Congressional App Challenge

Coding at the Library Nationwide and Statewide

From the ALA District Dispatch July 26, 2016 Congress has launched the 2016 Congressional App Challenge, and annual nationwide event to engage student creativity and encourage participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and computer science ( Read more

Receiving and Recycling Older Computers

Donating computers brings challenges. When donating your old computers please consider: Does the computer contain sensitive information on the drives? What licenses must go with the donated computer, what licenses might no transfer from one owner to the next? Who will transport the donated computer? Here are resources that can help Wisconsin residents, businesses, and public organizations polan for and overcome the challenges posed by giving away computers. Reverse Logistics Magazine: Read more

Election Resources

This page collects reference resources to assist citizens with voter registration and ballot choices.

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