One of our greatest joys at WiLS is hearing our members tell the stories of the big and important work they are doing – interesting new projects or initiatives, or even interesting and new approaches…Read more
At WiLS, we want to bring valuable information to our library partners, including information about the missions and big ideas of the vendors they may already do business with. Each month, WiLS interviews a vendor…Read more
The Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium (WSDLC) sign-up period is open, now through April 1st! Join this new K12 consortium of more than 80 school districts in Wisconsin building and sharing ebook collections with over 3000…Read more
WiLS is thrilled to announce WiLSWorld 2018’s keynote speaker, Sarah T. Roberts! The WiLSWorld Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 24th followed by a day of hands-on workshops on Wednesday the 25th, both at the Pyle…Read more
WiLS vendor-partner SAGE is excited to offer a new product: Data-Planet.
Data-Planet, now part of the SAGE suite of statistical databases, is the largest single repository of harmonized and structured statistical data available to libraries. With this dynamic tool, users can scan and search the contents of billions of datasets, compare and contrast variables of interest, and create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts. These vast amounts of data are easy to find through a single point of access and easy to analyze with robust search, visualization and analysis tools. Read more
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
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
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!
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!
Planning for the 2018 WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) One-Day Professional Development Conference is in full swing! The conference will be held Thursday, May 24th, 2018 on the picturesque campus of UW-Baraboo.
The conference planning committee is now accepting proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: technology, managing difficult patrons, training student workers, bringing the library outside, community partnerships, bridging the generational divide, stress reducers, etc. What is it that makes your library shine? Successful presentations should be approximately 45 minutes, include 10-15 minutes of question and answer, showcase effective and innovative practices, and be applicable to many types of libraries.
Presenters should fill out the online registration form by Friday, April 6th, 2018. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 13th at the latest.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.