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Request BadgerLink Bookmarks & Posters

BadgerLink has promotional materials for your library that you can request online. Materials are mailed or sent through library delivery at no charge to you.  Ideas for promo materials at your library: Put a poster or two on bulletin boards, near computers, and in study rooms Place bookmarks near self check-out stations or bookdrops Hand out bookmarks, postcards, or posters to parents at library events Distribute bookmarks, postcards, or posters to staff Have other ideas for getting the word Read more
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Combatting Summer Food Insecurity at the Library

If you work in a public library, you’re probably familiar with statistics about how many children in your service area qualify for free and reduced-price meals at your area schools. Nationwide, that number is around 21.5 million children*. But what happens in the summer, when the majority of children aren’t going to the school where they receive this lunch? According to data gathered by Feeding America*, as many as 18.8 million of those children do not have access to nutritional support during Read more

WLA Foundation Scholarships for Continuing Education & Professional Development

The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of several scholarships for library professionals to attend workshops, conference sessions or other library continuing education programs. A scholarship is a great way to fund conference attendance or help finance a master's degree. The WLA Foundation focuses on two areas: •Annual scholarships for library education (approximately $950 - $1600) •Continuing education for WLA members and prospective students ( Read more

Creative Technologies (Makerspace) Partnership Ramping Up

Introduction: By now, it's not much of a secret.  Public Libraries in Wisconsin Valley Library Service and Indianhead Federated Library System have had access to a growing pool of technologies for several months now as we soft launched our systems' joint effort.  Also not very secret is my reserved use of the word/term/name/phrase/thing called "Makerspace."  To me, the term connotes "some place or area used to make."  So I just dig down into my deeply psychologically embedded Bohemian ancestry Read more

Supercharged Storytimes

Over 100 Wisconsin youth library staff participated in Supercharged Storytimes last fall. The feedback has been fabulous.  Many participants said that the online course and materials was the best thing they have done for their storytimes in years. The folks at OCLC, who offered Supercharged Storytimes, have made most of the resources available online for any library staff. I know that is just "one  more thing" but I really feel like this access is a key to a treasure chest.  A postcard with Read more
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Litsy - An App for Readers

iOS book app Litsy, a social networking tool for avid readers, was created last year by Out of Print apparel founders Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, continuing the duo's mission of generating literary conversations and cultivating connections among readers.  With Litsy, Lawton said, "We wanted to replicate the idea of the shelf talker." It's no surprise then Read more

2016 ALA Annual Tech Wrap-Up (Free Webinar)

If you’ve ever been to an ALA Conference, you know that there’s always a lot of tech to see and never enough time to see it all. Whether you’re unable to attend this year or you just want to get a good run-down of what you may have missed, our free webinar has got you covered! Our expert panel will discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference and take some audience questions as well! Please join us for this free one-hour event! Our expert panel for this event will Read more

Various issues with email and website related to wvls.org domain info change.

I Broke the Internet!!   Hello everyone!   This morning I made a fantastically embarrassing mistake and accidentally changed some configuration information about the wvls.org domain while performing a batch update for some other domains.   This change "broke" the wvls.org domain for a few hours.  Emails sent to addresses ending in @ Read more

WVLS Scholarship Available to Attend 2016 ARSL Conference

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service is offering a scholarship to a director or branch manager of a member public library to attend the 2016 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference. This year’s conference, themed “North of Normal”, will be held October 27-29 in Fargo, North Dakota. The 2016 conference will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies/vendors relevant to the profession 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

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.

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