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Digitization and Libraries - Free Webinar From American Libraries Live

On Thursday, September 10, 2015  at 1 PM Central time, attend the free American Libraries LIVE webinar on Digitization and Libraries! Digitization is a rapidly growing area of librarianship. Whether you’re a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for the modern librarian.  Join us for a Read more
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2 Free Webinars- LJ Best Practices from America's Best Small Libraries

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.  Moderated by Kristi Read more
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Curiosity Creates Grants Now Open!

Applications for Curiosity Creates grants are due September 25, 2015 ALSC is excited to announce the availability of a new grant to help fund creativity programming in public libraries. The grant application is officially open! Your library could be one of 77 lucky recipients of a $7,500 grant to encourage creativity for children ages 6-14. The grants may be used to expand existing programming and/or create new opportunities for children to explore their creativity. Applicants must be public Read more
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YSS Powerhouse Presents: Collection Connections Webinar

Collection Connections - Webinar TUESDAY, September 22, 2015, 1 PM – 2 PM Register: Library collection development is the ubiquitous foundation of all library services, yet we may be so busy doing it that we seldom take the time to stop to consider what we’re doing and why! You’re invited to join the next offering from the YSS Powerhouse Presents webinar Read more
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The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms - Free One Hour Webcast from Library JournalWednesday, September 2, 2015   2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST In today’s networked world, public libraries are required to support a more diverse, mobile, and connected population, re-envisioning workflows to serve their communities on users’ terms. This webinar will demonstrate how new technologies are enabling libraries to engage and serve users in innovative and expanded ways. Wellington City Libraries ( Read more
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What Are You Waiting For?

Your Library Could Win An Appearance By Kevin Henkes! Step 1:  Get your hands on a promotional kit for Waiting. Librarians, you can request a kit by emailing; be sure to include the mailing address of your library, and use the subject line “Waiting promo kit request.”  Step 2:  Use the materials in the kit (and your imagination) to create a display promoting Waiting, and maintain the display for at least Read more
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Come and Join the Supercharged Storytimes Community!

Wisconsin public library staff members are invited to join the Supercharged Storytimes community!  Are you passionate about early literacy at public libraries, interested in enhancing your storytime planning and delivery practice for children five and under, and eager to work collaboratively online with your peers from other libraries to share ideas and experiences that build a growing community of practice? If Read more

2015 WVLS Directors Retreat

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 WVLS Directors Retreat. When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Where: Tribute Golf Course and Bunkers Bar & Grill (101 Golf Club Road, Wausau 54403) What’s happening? For those of you who are new to WVLS, our retreat uses a SHARE…LISTEN…LEARN format to encourage sharing local stories issues, while listening and learning from one another’s experiences. It’s a pretty fast paced and jam-packed day designed to facilitate Read more
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WI Libraries for Everyone - Library of the Month: Tomahawk Public Library

The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team. For 2015, there were more than 2,250 hits to the BadgerLink website from Tomahawk. That means that in the past 5 months the equivalent of 75% of the population of Tomahawk visited the BadgerLink website! That’s pretty amazing! Let’s see why: Tomahawk      

Update on SHA2 SSL Changes

Late last spring we discussed the upcoming SHA2/SSL certificate change we will be making this September.  During that discussion we talked about sharing an informational resource for libraries to leverage for engaging patrons when questions arise. For an excellent (but loosely technical) overview of the history leading to the necessity of a SHA2 transistion, please read this blog post ( 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