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It's time for outcomes, not outputs in library services!

"Libraries are very good at counting outputs... it's more difficult to count outcomes," says Stacey Wedlake, research and communication coordinator for Impact Survey, one of several national projects developed over the past ten years to help public libraries jump that hurdle. ... The Job and Career Services Department of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH, has measured Read more
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Library Programming for Millennials: Upcoming WVLS Webinar

A Pew Research Center survey from 2016 "finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library of bookmobile in the previous 12 months." Is your library providing programs and services for Millennials? Register for the October 4th WVLS/NFLS webinar "Are You Being Served? Programming for Emerging Adults" for tips on designing programs for the 20s and 30s Read more

Audio Books ARE Real Books: How Audio Promotes Literacy has produced an amazing infographic "How Audio Promotes Literacy" and offers other resources for librarians and educators on the topics of sound learning and transmedia literacy.  The Audio Publishers Read more

Cooperative Children's Book Center Bibliographies Offer a Wealth of Resources

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) has compiled an amazing array of useful booklists to reference when keeping youth of all ages engaged in reading during the summer months. During the busy summer months, youth services librarians can rely on the CCBC for bibliographies and booklists Read more

Wizarding World Book Club

Read and discuss the Harry Potter stories with anyone, anywhere. The Wizarding World Book Club is available free to all registered users of Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling. Libraries could incorporate this new tool into programming. Harry Potter's Birthday is Read more
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What is the Difference Between NoveList and NoveList Plus?

Wondering what the difference is between NoveList and NoveList Plus? There are two: nonfiction and audiobooks. NoveList Plus includes both fiction and nonfiction titles, and now it also includes information about audiobooks. This chart illustrates the differences: Showing the differences between NoveList and NoveList Plus What can NoveList Plus do for libraries?   Provide the follwoing: Audiobook recommendations: It's never been easier to find the right books to listen to! Nonfiction: Readers Read more Keep Calm and Library On

23 Science-Backed Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now... and Other Tips to Retain Summer Sanity

You say the population of your community has tripled for the summer while too many of your library's public computers ahve decided to take a vacation? That municipal street reconstruction has closed your parking lot and given new meaning to the CSLP theme "Build a Better World?" And the daily patron who only reads books by dead authors is testing your bibliographic skills? Is that what's bothering you, librarian 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