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Academic Product Spotlight – February 2018: ATLASerials PLUS

Each month, WiLS highlights a product to raise awareness of our many group and consortium purchase offerings. We’ll tell you about the offer, about the product and even provide some information that you can drop right into your own newsletters, blogs or websites.  This month, we’ll be talking about ATLASerials PLUS from EBSCO. Read more

Advocacy Alert: Federal Library Funding

Last week, the White House released its budget proposal for FY2019 with a proposed significant cut to federal library funding. The administration’s budget proposal eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and eliminates the $27 million Innovative Approaches to Literacy program administered by the Department of Education. Read more

SPARC Releases OER State Policy Playbook

In January, SPARC released the OER State Policy Playbook, a new resource to support state-level advocacy in the U.S. The Playbook provides policy recommendations for state legislators interested in tackling college affordability through Open Educational Resources (OER).

As academic libraries increasingly become the go-to OER experts on campus, librarians are well positioned to provide state lawmakers, government relations offices, and administrators with recommendations on OER state policy. This resource is intended to be given directly to legislators, state policy leaders, and university government relations officers. The recommendations can act as a framework for someone new to OER or be used to update legislation that has been filed in previous sessions. The Playbook also includes tips and other language to consider when writing OER policy.

We think this would be a great resource for anyone advocating for the state-wide adoption of OER (COW, we’re looking in your direction) or people going to Library Legislative Day this week. It’s short, succinct and full of great suggestions. Have a look today!

Infobase Feature Films for Education

Did you know that in addition to their huge catalog of academic films, Infobase now offers a large and growing collection of popular titles? Feature Films for Education currently boasts almost 600 titles including literary adaptations, blockbusters, classics, Academy Award winners and more.

Highlights and features:

  • New titles added quarterly
  • More than 20 popular film genres
  • Attractive movie poster images on the home page and easy-to-use search feature help users quickly find content
  • Mouse-over effect displays brief description and page tools to save, share, and embed links
  • Filter by MPAA rating, genre, and copyright
  • Admin portal access to control and modify suppression rules
  • Free MARC records for every video
  • Technical and help center support

See the flyer for more information and contact Jeff Brunner () for pricing today!

Two Great Open Ed Announcements in One Post!

First, did you know that there is a Special Interest Group in WLA called COW?

It’s the Community for Open Wisconsin, and, I am their WLA Board liaison! COW is a very new group and is hoping for more members from across the Wisconsin Library spectrum. If you want to learn more about COW and their goals for a more open Wisconsin, please contact Bob Butterfield of UW-Stout ().

Second, as the COW liaison, Kris Turner () is excited to invite you, on COW’s behalf, to attend the upcoming “E”ffordability Summit from March 26-27 at UW-Stout.

More information about the Summit can be found on their website: https://effordabilitysummit2018.jimdo.com/.

This Summit is a great opportunity to learn more about collaboration, sharing and creativity, all in the name of helping out our student patrons.  And guess what: there is no cost to register!

Urgent Action Needed: Common School Funds in Jeopardy

Common School Funds, used to purchase library books and other instructional materials, are in jeopardy. Two bills – Senate Bill 713 and its companion bill Assembly Bill 857 – were introduced on Monday that would end the Common School Fund as we know it.

What can you do?

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OpenAthens and Stacks Webinars for K12 & Public Libraries

EBSCO is offering informational webinars for public and k12 WiLS members about their new products, OpenAthens and Stacks. Please see additional information and registration links below.

OpenAthens for Public Libraries

Tuesday, February 27 at 2pm Central

Event address for attendees to register: https://ebscomeetings.webex.com/ebscomeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9bdea9e6fad04a6817adf5de170d1bbe

Overview:  One of the biggest hurdles for library patrons is managing logins and passwords to online resources.  Learn how OpenAthens can help your library patrons get easier access to online content.  OpenAthens also provides library staff with tools to better assess the usage of databases and other online resources.

Stacks for Public Libraries

Wednesday, February 28 at 2pm Central

Event address for attendees to register: https://ebscomeetings.webex.com/ebscomeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e927d59b191f3c042fc4a5a4f6ca0c032

Overview:  Would you like a website that is easy to maintain and provides the latest features that patrons expect from the web? Stacks is a fully-hosted web platform designed by library professionals specifically to meet the needs of libraries. Learn about features within Stacks like room booking and events management as well as other features that make it a current web experience for your patrons.

OpenAthens for School Libraries

Thursday, March 1 at 2pm Central

Event address for attendees to register: https://ebscomeetings.webex.com/ebscomeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e664c09b7053ae9e79c52dd6b472f6de8

Overview:  One of the biggest hurdles for students is managing logins and passwords to online resources.  Learn how OpenAthens can help your students get easier access to online content.  OpenAthens also provides library staff with tools to better assess the usage of databases and other online resources.

Great Savings on African-American History Database!

In celebration of Black History Month, Infobase is offering a great deal on their African-American History Online database. From now until February 28th, WiLS members can get this excellent resource for 35% off of the list price.

African-American History Online offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into an era through the Topic Centers. Read more

Celebrating 700 Days on The Medalist List: APA, Baker & Taylor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Mitinet Library Services

In addition to our vendor partners who have spent more than 1000 days there, there are a number of others who have spent more than 700 on WiLS’ Medalist List, our vendor partners who have kept their yearly price increases at or below 3%.  Read more