WVLS Job Opening - Communications Coordinator

This Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator. This position reports directly to the WVLS Director and is responsible for: •    Developing and implementing marketing strategies and materials to promote services to member libraries and trustees.•    Providing consulting services in the areas of marketing, programming and outreach.•    Developing, coordinating and providing training opportunities for WVLS staff, area library personnel and Read more
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Grants For Digitization Projects

This grant program from the National Endowment for the Humanities supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public are invited to attend. At these events, experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information provided by community attendees about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along Read more
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Fewer Americans Are Visiting Local Libraries—and Technology Isn't to Blame

Fewer Americans Are Visiting Local Libraries—and Technology Isn't to Blame.  Only one trend is closely associated with their use! A curious phenomenon is gripping public libraries in the United States. On the one hand, Americans still adore their libraries. According to a new Pew Research study, 76 percent of Americans say that libraries well serve the needs of their community. And since 78 percent of Americans say they’ve been to a local public library ever, it seems that nearly everyone who’s Read more
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Examine the State of America's Libraries

Libraries face an uncertain economy as they shift resources and services to meet the needs of the 21st-century digital world. The State of America's Libraries 2016: A Report from the American Library Association, a very special American Libraries digital supplement, details the critical ways that academic, school, and public libraries are transforming the communities they serve, this year and beyond.  Edited by Kathy Rosa, director of ALA's Office for Research and Statistics, The State of Read more

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Questions

We received some questions about Windows 10 from a director, and as I was failing miserably in my attempt to employ conciseness, I realized this was probably a good set of Qs & As to share with our entire technology community. =========================================================   Are the PCs used at the WVLS IT dept. using Win10?   So far just mine (Josh's).       If not, why, or when?   We just went through a laptop upgrade which included a transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Read more
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Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

The Aspen Institute has released an Action Guide for libraries to accompany the 2014 report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries. The guide includes worksheets and exercises that can be used to facilitate important conversations and planning around the future of libraries. These resources were piloted by libraries around the United States in communities with a population size ranging from 1,900 to 1,100,000.  To help library and community leaders use the report, Rising to Read more

ALA, PRH Supporting Second Annual National Readathon Day!

ALA and Penguin Random House are joining forces to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, and is dedicated to "the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy." Readathon Day will be presented as part of ALA's Libraries Read more

Library Observances FOR 2016!

Bookmark this Calendar! 2016 in Library Observances It happens to the best of us: you’re going about your business, running programs as usual, when all of a sudden you hear about a library holiday or observance that you didn’t even have on your radar. How could you have missed National Something-Something Day?!? There are so many observance-worthy months and days each year, but it Read more

Checking Out America's Libraries

Check out this infographic that illustrates the important role libraries play in communities throughout the United States!

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.

Affordable Care Act

This page collects resources on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) selected by WVLS staff for the consideration of patrons and library staff who want to learn more Read 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