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Library 2.0 - Free Online Mini-Conference: "Library as Classroom"

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Library as Classroom," is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch Read more

Various issues with email and website related to 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 domain while performing a batch update for some other domains.   This change "broke" the 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
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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

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