Digital Lites


This blog is the digital continuation of the WVLS newsletter, "The Lamplighter," and exists to share WVLS updates, news from libraries in our area, training opportunities, helpful tips and resources, national library news and more. To contribute to this blog, email Inese Christman.

Last Call for WPLC User/Non-User Research Program- Call for Proposals


The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, May 26th. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Coffin at or

Do you have questions about your community that you need answers to in order to expand or improve your services?  Would you like more knowledge about and practice gathering and understanding data that will help you make decisions? If so, submit a proposal to have your survey or other research project funded by the WPLC and contribute your work to the larger WPLC community!

The call for proposals is open to any person or team from the Wisconsin public library community that has attended or viewed all four webinars in the Research Program series.  On the WPLC website, you'll find all sorts of information to help you create your proposal:

Up to five projects will be selected, and selected projects will receive two free and private consultations with Morrill Solutions Research, one to implement data-gathering projects and another to interpret the project results.  

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Receive LibrariesWIN Technology Status Updates Via Email and Text


Technology projects, weather, or other connectivity issues. Be in the know when your technology is unavailable. 

In "Network Down" situations it is important to sign up for text notifications using cell phones to stay up to date as the WVLS Tech Team discovers and resolves techonology issues.

Please subscribe to the LibrariesWIN Services Status Page to receive email and text updates in real-time as technology problems are diagnosed, monitored, and resolved. Directions below. 

The WVLS website homepage and Facebook page are also updated when there are connectivity issues.

How do I subscribe for automatic EMAIL updates from the LibrariesWIN Status Update page?

  1. Visit the LibrariesWIN Services Status Page.
  2. Bookmark the page on your computer for future use.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  4. Click Subscribe.
  5. Subscribe as many email addresses as you wish.
  6. Select which updates you will receive for each email.

How do I subscribe for automatic TEXT updates from the LibrariesWIN Status Update page?

  1. Visit the LibrariesWIN Services Status Page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  3. Click Subscribe.
  4. Instead of entering in an email address, enter your ten-digit cell phone number using your carrier (AT&T example OR Verizon example
  5. Confirm your subscription via a text message on your cell phone sent by "Status Bot."
  6. If you receive an incomplete link in your confirmation text (shown in the image below), type the link by hand in a browser on your cell phone. 

Provider examples

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

PDF icon Receive Technology Status Updates Via Text Mar 2017

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The Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit is now available!


Recollection Wisconsin Logo

This free series of five short courses is designed to provide basic digitization education and support for Wisconsin libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Topics covered include copyright, scanning, metadata, file storage, digital preservation, and processes for contributing digital collections to Recollection Wisconsin and the Digital Public Library of America.

The course is pre-recorded and will take 3-4 hours to complete. 

Registration for the Digital Projects Toolkit Course is managed by its creator, Emily Pfotenhauer, the Recollection Wisconsin Program manage from WiLS. This course is sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC).

Please contact Emily Pfotenhauer with any questions as 

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Resources to Help Families Take a Screen Break


CCFC Facebook Image May 2017

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's (CCFC) mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitative practice of child-targeted marketing. In working for the rights of children to grow up - and the freedom for parents to raise them - without being underminded by corporate interests, CCFC promotes a more democratic and sustainable world. Learn more about CCFC.

CCFC and the American Academy of Pediatrics want you to know that taking a break from entertainment screen media can help you launch healthy media habits for the rest of the year! Create your own Screen Free Week.

7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play. Changing children's screen habits can be a challenge for both kids and parents. That's why we created "7 Parent Tested Tips to Unplug and Play," that outlines strategies for getting young kids to spend less time with screens from real parents who have done it and notices a world of difference.

Healthy Kids in a Digital World Brochure. Want the children in your life to spend more time playing and less time with screens? CCFC's great new handout is for you. Clear, concise, and evidence-based, our Healthy Kids in a Digital World brochure is packed with tips, facts, and screen-free activities - and it's free!

Photo credit: CCFC Facebook accessed 5/17/2017.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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Cyber Security Threat: How to Handle WannaCry


Wanna Cry Example

Action 1: Please ensure all of your Windows PCs have the latest round of critical security updates applied ASAP.

Action 2: Please be mindful that social engineering/"phishing" attempts will be at a very high level. Be extremely cautious with unsolicited emails and with the use of non-mainstream websites and web applications.

The WVLS Tech Team will be reviewing Deep Freeze and Faronics Antivirus reports and will notify directors and/or technology staff in member libraries if we have any indication that there are PCs which need Windows Updates. If you are not sure, please contact the WVLS help Desk to get a ticket started.

By now, many of you have heard about the global cyber security threat "WannaCry." Browse articles included below this post.

On Monday May 15, 2017 WVLS received email forwards from WVLS colleagues as pictured below. The email message pointed to legitimate resources, but the main target "Create Your New Password" was a link to a dangerous website. The message itself was especially well-crafted BUT WVLS does not use the email. 

Two Takeaways

1. Trust nothing, question everything.

2. Social engineering/"phishing" attacks are our world these days.

Many trustworthy resources can help you become more hardened against cyber-threats, in terms of computers and software as well as in your human reaction. The WVLS Tech Team will be prioritizing a collection of trusted resources to publish to help de-duplicate efforts across the membership.

We are in an era of computing during which threats to security are almost as common as the legitimate applications and data we rely on. Mindfulness of threat and mistrust of unsolicited offers and emails is the best defense against security compromise.

Good luck out there, stay safe.


Articles on WannaCry

Submitted by Joshua Klingbeil.

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2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists Posted


ALSC Summer Reading Lists

ALSC has posted their 2017 Summer Reading Lists for ages birth - 8th grade! You can download each list AND they "can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.

Four different lists cover Birth - Preschool, Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd through 5th Grade, 6th through 8th grade. Download the 2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists.

And Thank You to the Wisconsin Library Association's Youth Services Shout-Out: YSS Blog for this and many other great tips and information for youth librarians!

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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UPDATE: Planned Service Outage - Sierra Application Services Available


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UPDATE Monday May 15th 9:27am

The operating system update to the Sierra Application Server is complete and the primary services have been tested and verified. Librarians, please contact the help desk if there are any issues with the Sierra Desktop Application or the Online Catalog.

Please look to for status updates for Sierra Application Server and connectivity updates in the the future.


Sunday May 14th

In preparation for the OS upgrade to the Sierra Application Servers used by V-Cat, access to the staff application and other aspects of service has been disabled. 

We will be disabling access to the online catalog after 11:00pm CDT this evening (5/14/17) to ensure no patron activities are lost.  Online catalog and staff application access will be restored once the upgrade is complete and all services have been verified as operational.

Please look to for status updates as we progress through the update.

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From Video Usage to Engagement to Impact - Explore the Future of Impact Metrics With Integrated Assessment in Video


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In 2016 Alexander Street began a conversation with librarians about our plans to create an admin portal that offered much more than usage data. Our goal was to move beyond usage and even engagement measures, such as referring URLs and playlist creation, and begin to tackle the toughest questions around impact: Why did the viewer watch the video? How did the viewer value the content?

Join us on this webinar as we present Alexander Street's recently released admin portal, discuss the possibility of integrated assessment in video, and seek librarians' further input as we continuously refine and improve our impact measures, and the overall utility of our admin portal.

  1. Explore the future of impact metrics with integrated assessment in video 
  2. Evaluate on screen viewer ratings of video as an impact measure 
  3. Review on screen viewer selection of "reason for watching" as an impact measure 
  4. Contribute to the development of forthcoming impact measures


  • David Parker, Senior Vice President of Editorial and Licensing, Alexander Street
  • Pete Ciuffetti, Vice President of Product Development, Alexander Street
  • Kathleen McLellan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Alexander Street

Moderator:  Rebecca Jozwiak, Editorial & Research Director, The Bloor Group

Presented by: Alexander Street & Library Journal

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Can't make the date? No problem! Register now and you will receive an email from Library Journal with the URL to access the archive for this event.

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(From Library Journal Webcast Alert, April 25, 2017)

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"Ideabook: Libraries for Families:" A Free Manual For Library Engagement


Ideabook: Libraries for Families

PLA and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have just released a new publication designed to help libraries develop outstanding family engagement initiatives: Ideabook: Libraries For Families. The Ideabook continues the discussion in Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, picking up where that call to action leaves off.

The Ideabook presents case studies from more than 50 diverse libraries and how they are incorporating the five "Rs" of engagement: reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine.

Download the free publication. You will be asked to provide some basic demographic information to access the file.

Libraries for the 21st Century: It's a Family Thing

The Global Family Research Project asserts: "Libraries provide families a welcoming environment in which to learn, to connect with other parents, and to find other community resources that can help them thrive. From birth through young adulthood, family engagement is necessary for children's literacy, math, and social-emotional development, and libraries are evolving to create more opportunities in which students can develop these skills with the support and encouragement of their families."

With assistance from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Global Family Research Project team partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to explore the family engagement in children's learning through libraries.

What is the Global Family Research Project?

According to their website, Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. They strive to create a worldwide exchange of ideas to further the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all.

The Global Research Project connects research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children's learning and development. It fosters collaboration among child and family-serving organizations so they can create equitable learning pathways across time and place. Its mission includes strengthening knowledge and skills through technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation. 

Education leaders, researchers, policymakers, funders, practitioners, and the media are among the Global Research Project's partners in innovating family and community engagement strategies anywhere, anytime children learn.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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WVLS & NWLS Librarians Advocate at Finance Hearing: You can help!


Julie Beloungy Spooner JFC Hearing

Ten librarians from WVLS and NWLS attended the fourth public hearing on the state budget conducted by the legislative Joint Committee on Finance at Spooner High School on April 18, 2017. Thorp Public Library Director Julie Beloungy testified in support of a modest increase of $1.5 million to public library system aids in 2017-2019 budget.

(Pictured Right) Thorp Public Library Director Julie Beloungy and Kris Adams Wendt from WVLS.

The Governor's Executive Budget Proposal for 2017-19 was introduced to the legislature in February as twin finance bills AB64 and SB30 and assigned to the powerful Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) where the legislative review process begins. The JFC committee of 16 legislators consists of 8 each from the senate and assembly (12 from the majority party and 4 from the minority party). Senator Tom Tiffany (12th District) and Representative Mary Felzkowski (35th District) are members of JFC.

JFC member Mary Felzkowski

(At far right) JFC member Rep. Mary Felzkowski (35th District).

JFC Sen Tom Tiffany

(At far left) JFC member Sen. Tom Tiffany (12th District).

JFC hearings were scheduled in Platteville, West Allis and Berlin the week of April 3, as well as Spooner, Ellsworth and Marinette the week of April 18. The Wisconsin Library Association's Library Development & Legislation Committee organized groups of library advocates to attend all six hearings.

RepresentingWVLS and NWLS in Spooner on April 18 were:

  • Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library Director (our speaker)
  • Jocelyn Ford, NWLS Trustee/Washburn Co. Supervisor
  • Molly Lank-Jones, Hayward Public Library Director
  • Sandy Mackie, NWLS Trustee
  • Sherry Machones, NWLS Director, WLA Legislative Committee
  • Patti Meyer, Larsen Family Library Director (Webster)
  • Marla Sepnafski, WVLS Director
  • Michael Sheehan, NWLS Assistant Director
  • Amy Stormberg, Shell Lake Public Library Director
  • Kris Adams Wendt, WVLS Youth and Inclusive Services, WLA Legislative Committee

Listen to the Wisconsin Library Association Legislative Committee Library testimony beginning at the 50 minute mark. Here are the links to the letter on which Julie Beloungy's 3-minute testimony was based, as well as the joint WVLS/NWLS summary document.

You can help!

Using Julie's testimony and the summary document as a guide, please share your library's stories with your State Senator and Assembly Representative. Legislators who are not members of the Joint Finance Committee are assigned as "buddies" to JFC members and encouraged to communicate the concerns of their constituents to the JFC table. JFC members will be getting down to the serious decision making that crafts the legislative version of the budget in the coming weeks. Please add your voice!

Which Legislators represent what libraries? Find contact information for your Legislators in the WVLS Libraries and Legislators by County contact resource.

Spooner Citizens waiting to testify.

Citizens waiting to testify.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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