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Digital Bytes

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NEW! Keeping Track: Recording Program Statistics in the Wisconsin Public Library Annual Report
Time: 32:29
It’s annual report time! Anne and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt share how to track program statistics and walk you through a new tool that you can use to track them.
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Recent Digital Bytes

Tomato Timer
Time: 4:08
Jamie talks about an online tool that complements the “Pomodoro Technique” for work productivity.

Hemingway App
Time: 3:21
Jamie talks about an online tool that can help you improve your writing.  Watch

Online Digital Book Club
Time: 7:35
Anne talks about how to create an online digital book club for your library. Watch

Time: 4:05
Jamie talks about a free, open-source website that can assist with creating a bibliography.  Watch

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Free Stock Photos
Time: 5:32
Jamie talks about three tools to find quality, and free stock photos for your library marketing. Watch

Print Friendly
Time: 2:55
Tired of printing articles on websites with ads, sidebars, and things you don’t want or need? In this Digital Byte, Anne talks about a great tool called “Print Friendly.

Scheduling Facebook Posts On Your Mobile Device
Time: 2:59
Jamie shares how you can schedule posts on your library’s Facebook page through your mobile device.

Time: 6:08
Jamie talks about MailChimp, and how your library can use it for marketing efforts.

Sharing Gale Courses Links
Time: 2:15
Rachel talks about sharing Gale Courses on your webpage or social media platforms.

URL Shorteners
Time: 2:35
Jamie talks about URL Shorteners and where they can be used.

Meeting Tips
Time: 11:12
Jamie talks about tips on having an effective meeting at your library.
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Basic Computer Skills
Time: 10:17
Anne demonstrates how the Basic Computer Skills online resource, produced by Wisconsin Technical Colleges, can be used in public libraries.

Photo Editing Apps
Time: 5:55
Jamie shares photo editing apps that you can use in your library.


Writing a Press Release
Time: 9:03
Jamie shares some quick tips on writing a press release for your library.
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NoveList Plus
Time: 10:50
Description: Anne talks about the features of this database and how it can assist you in reader’s advisory.

Forms for Public Library Certification
Time: 6:35
Description: Jamie talks about filling out the activity report and annual summation form for public library certification in Wisconsin.

Scheduling Facebook Posts
Time: 4:06
Description: Jamie shares how easy it is to schedule Facebook posts.

Spring Cleaning for Your Website
Time: 8:00
Description: It’s starting to feel like Spring! And with that is a great time to do some cleaning up on your library’s website. Anne gives some tips in the latest Digital Byte.
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Time: 16:08
Description: Anne talks about using Pressbooks as a tool that people can use to publish a book. It was the tool provided to assist with submissions for the Wisconsin Author Project.
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Boomerang for Gmail
Time: 6:30
Description: Jamie talks about how she uses Boomerang to help keep her email organized.

Password Protecting a Document
Time: 3:30
Description: Jamie shares how you can protect a document with a password.

Time: 6:23
Description: Jamie talks about Dropbox, and how she uses it for library collaboration.
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Top Tech Tools
Time: 6:08
Description: Jamie talks about her 8 favorite tech tools at the moment, and how they might help you in your library work.
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Continuing Education Resources
Time: 5:22
Description: Jamie talks resources that are available in continuing education.


Internet Discount Finder
Time: 6:50
Description: Jamie talks about a great feature to help library patrons determine which internet service providers in Wisconsin can be affordable.


Home Improvement Reference Center 2018
Note: WVLS ended the subscription for this database in Spring 2019. 
Time: 9:19
Description: Anne talks about how to use this great tool as part of EBSCO databases.


Challenging Colleagues
Time: 14:04

Description: Jamie talks about solutions on working with colleagues who challenge us.
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5 Ways to Improve Your Website Immediately

Time: 14:31
Description: Anne provides tips and tricks to immediately improve your library’s website.
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Internal Customer Service: Strong Work Ethic

Time: 11:41
Description: Using five characteristics with examples, Jamie explores what it means to have a strong work ethic in your library.
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WVLS Website Overview

Time: 13:35
Description: Anne gives an overview of the WVLS website, and how you can easily find the resources and items that you need.


Positive Work Culture

Time: 12:33
Description: Jamie talks about some simple ways to make your library work culture more positive.



Time: 27:44
Description: Anne walks you through creating beautiful images for your library, using a free online tool called Canva.


Creating Transparent Logos

Time: 6:28
Description: Jamie shows you how to make your library logo transparent for use in marketing purposes.
Google Cardboard Glasses
Time: 12:45
Description: Anne shows you how to use Google Cardboard Glasses and talks about virtual reality.


QR Codes (Creating)
Time: 11:10
Description: Jamie talks about QR codes. What are they? Why are they used? And how could you use them in your library?
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App & Marketing Toolkit

Time: 12:44
Description: Anne walks through free using this app and marketing toolkit, developed by the Bridges Library System.
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Time: 16:21
Description: Jing is a free screencast tool that is great for capturing images or video. Learn how to do both in this Digital Byte.
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Time: 7:34
Description: This Digital Byte focuses on using Dashboard and its statistics, available on the WVLS website.
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Doodle Poll

Time: 11:33
Description: Learn how to set up a poll using Doodle, a free online tool. It also shows you how to share your poll, as well as the results of your poll.
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Makerspace Kits (How to Book)

Time: 10:14
Description: Learn how to book a WVLS Makerspace kit for your library with step-by-step instructions.
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Customer Service Series:
  • Phone and Email Tips
    Time: 17:45
    Description: This byte focuses on customer service in the library, and more specifically, how we can best communicate with patrons and colleagues over the phone and via email.
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  • The Role of Body Language
    Time: 16:24
    Description: This byte focuses on customer service in the library, and more specifically, how body language and facial expressions can have an impact on the service we provide.
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  • The Role of Positive Language
    Time: 18:22
    Description: This byte focuses on how using positive language can improve library service. What phrases should we be using regularly? Which ones should we avoid?
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