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ASCLA Spring Online Learning: Ebook Webinar May 17th

Libraries have the power to drive ebook discovery because they know what people need and read in their communities. Hear about how our friends at RAILS in Illinois, created partnerships with publishers and an ebook vendor with a project called PopUp Picks to leverage library expertise to connect community members to their next great read and increase community engagement. This webinar will be held May 17th from 11:30-12:30 CST and there is a fee to attend. For more information please see:

K12 Product Spotlight–March 2017: Classroom Video On Demand

  Facts On File and Films Media Group have created an outstanding resource in their Classroom Video On Demand subscription service.  CVOD offers thousands of full-length streaming videos segmented into predefined clips, making it easy for students and teachers to find specific content easily.

CVOD includes archival films and newsreels as well as videos in a variety of subject areas that align with high school content. In addition, the Master Career and Technical Education Collection, features titles in the areas of career exploration, job search skills AND technical and trade skills like automotive technology, building and technical trades and engineering.

For the CVOD newsletter, please see here

For discounted WiLS pricing or to set up a trial, please contact Cyd Rosenberg at or use our price quote request form at

Public Product Spotlight–March 2017: BrainHQ

Daily, in 2017, an estimated 9,900 Americans will turn 65 years old, and this number will continue to rise to 11,500 in 2029. Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s Disease. The brain determines the quality of every instant of our lives, but we struggle to know what to do about it. 

Demco Software brings us BrainHQ, a series of exercises that use a special algorithm to adapt each exercise in difficulty as users work through them.  Although BrainHQ exercises are fun, they are not always easy! They are meant to strengthen neural pathways and the 29 online exercises available, work on improving attention, brain speed, memory, people skills, navigation, and intelligence.

Watch a recent CNN report on BrainHQ and brain health:

For pricing or a trial, please use the price quote request form. For questions, please contact Sara Gold at

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

On February 9th, Sara Gold and Jeff Brunner were fortunate to attend the first C.A.L.L. – Conference About Libraries and Literacy held at UW-LaCrosse Murphy Library. The conference was a collaborative effort, organized by Liz Humrickhouse & Teri Holford-Talpe of UW-La Crosse, Linda Jerome of La Crosse Public Library and Cindy Halter of La Crosse Central High School. They brought together speakers from all over Wisconsin to talk about a variety of topics related to libraries and literacy. Information Literacy has long been a popular topic in the library world and is gaining buzz in mainstream media as people work to discern and define “fake news”. Read an article about the conference from The LaCrosse Tribune.

A snapshot of the sessions follows here:

Keynote: Bridging the Gap Between HS and College – Heather Heimerl Brunold, Ed.D.
Dr. Brunold described her fascinating research on the relationship between school-type (public, private religious, private non-religious) and its role in college preparation. Her findings demonstrate that public schools are more successful that popular sentiment might lead us to believe.

Building Bridges – Tracy Helixon, Sheila Allard, Rochelle Hartman
We learned about a collaboration between Western Technical College and the La Crosse Public Library which included two library work days to help students find sources for their research essays.

Breaking the Ice – Marge Loch-Wouters
Menasha WI merged multiple individual school winter literacy programs into a community-wide winter reading program with the public library.

Scaffolding the Threshold Concepts from K to 16 – Elizabeth Gibes and Heather James
Marquette University librarians told us about their innovative, flipped approach for library instruction in a First-Year Writing program as well as their expanded role in developing a new curriculum for the program.

Gaining Ground – Teri Holford-Talpe, Liz Humrickhouse, and Darci Thoune
UW-La Crosse librarians and faculty talked to us about their program, Gaining Ground: Building College Level Information Literacy Skills. This program brought students from eight local high schools to the campus to learn about and demystify the college writing experience.




A Collaboration of Zombies in the Library – Nathan Dowd and Jen Champoux 

Library staff from Edgewood College described a program designed to
be a fun and engaging way to build college readiness and academic skills. Targeting students that may need extra support in their transition to college, the zombie –themed program exposes them to a wide variety of library services.

Thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, and hosted the C.A.L.L. Conference.  We look forward to future gatherings and continued conversations.

Teen Health and Wellness is 10!

Join us in celebrating 10 years of Teen Health & Wellness, providing teens with nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular and self-help support. Follow along as we count down our top 10 reasons to love Teen Health & Wellness.

Reason #10: Teens in Their Own Words
Teens have shared their poignant and personal stories in Teen Health & Wellness since the beginning. Sharing challenges confronted and overcome is more than empowering; it’s a way to connect with others and say, “You are not alone.”
Bullying – Jordan’s Story: “In some way, everyone has been bullied before. Whether through words or actions…you know that what they did was wrong, and you didn’t like it.” Read more.
Coming Out – Alec’s Story: “I share my story with my listeners hoping to make a difference. I know that somewhere…there is a boy or girl going through similar situations as I did.” Read more.
Being Adopted – Rebecca’s Story: “She wasn’t coming…No birth mom, no half brother, and no other family. She didn’t even call. She left me for the second time in my life.” Read more.

Explore Teen Health and Wellness for free:

WiLS offers the lowest pricing available for Rosen products. Please use our price quote request form:

For questions, please contact Sara Gold at

Mango Languages Webinar


Join John Kourletakis of Mango Languages for a language learning webinar at your leisure.

See to learn more about how Mango can help your library patrons learn new languages. 

Rosen Digital Literacy: Your Facts Against Fake News

Fact or Fiction?

How can phony “facts” be distinguished from real ones? Reliable sources give attribution for things they say—they make it a point to let us know where the information came from so that we can check it for ourselves.

Rosen’s Digital Literacy helps students learn to evaluate information sources accurately, making them better consumers of news.

For a free trial, please see: For pricing, please use our price quote request form:

Questions? Please contact Sara Gold at

Academic Product Spotlight – March 2017: ACM Digital Library

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 the Association for Computing Machinery’s Digital Library. Read more

Upcoming Films on Demand Webinar


Infobase is offering a great informative webinar about Films on Demand for WiLS members in early March. Films On Demand, the flagship streaming video platform from Infobase, offers more than 24,000 titles across 855 subject categories, all of which have been specifically selected for academic use and include public performance rights. This session will highlight specific subject strengths of the collection and will also outline the wealth of methods provided for finding, playing, and sharing videos. We will also cover the service’s many customization options, such as creating custom segments and playlists, adding an intro video to an existing playlist, and much more!


Films On Demand from Infobase: An Overview and Introduction (WiLS)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00 AM CST
Registration Link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.