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
On December 11th at 1:00 pm, please join us in our next edition of WiLSWorld Shorts. This free webinar features Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction. Drawing on conversations sparked by WiLSWorld 2017…Read more
In August, Recollection Wisconsin celebrated its first anniversary as a partner in the Digital Public Library of America! As the state’s DPLA Service Hub, Recollection Wisconsin shares almost half a million digital cultural heritage resources…Read more
Polling the Nations is a critically acclaimed database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 700,000+ questions from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and 100+ other countries around the world. Take a free trial today!
Polling the Nations provides surveys from the most respected polling organizations in the world, including:
A Useful Tool Across the Curriculum:
Use poll results in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and papers
Adds real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics
Polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking
Provides support for math and statistics courses that require students to create graphs to display data
Learn more about Polling the Nations from the Fact Sheet. Contact Jeff Brunner () for pricing, information or to set up a trial!
WiLS member, Fox Valley Technical College, was recently profiled by vendor partner Infobase. Librarian Val Magno was interviewed for the piece in which she shared all sorts of information about their library and how they work with and for their patrons. Check out Val’s excellent interview today!
And if you’re interested in learning more about Infobase resources, don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Brunner ().
Business Expert Press / Momentum Press has extended their free eBooks trial to WiLS members. It now runs until 12/31/2017. Academic members already have access via IP range. WiLS has also received the 2018 price lists for both BEP and MP, so after the trial, if you’re ready to purchase or subscribe, contact Jeff Brunner () for a price quote.
Business Expert Press and Momentum Press were established in 2008 with input from faculty and academic librarians, and today, our ebooks, print titles, and digital libraries are used by hundreds of thousands of students. BEP and MP publish concise, practical treatments of the topics taught in MBA programs, as well as in advanced engineering, science, and health programs. Their “born-digital” ebooks are written by professors and practitioners who translate real-life experiences into teaching tools, and serve as curriculum-oriented, cost-effective alternatives to high-priced textbooks. Unencumbered by DRM, their digital libraries and topical collections can be used easily and without limitation by the academic community.
WiLS Academic members should already have access via their IP ranges. The site address is: http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/login
Our last WiLSWorld Short ran into some technical difficulties. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 14th at 1:00 PM. This session features special guests from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Credo Reference who will present about research student misconceptions in information literacy and strategies for overcoming them.
In any domain of learning, it is helpful to anticipate common student misconceptions, and design instruction to correct them. Recognizing that no systematic investigation has been done into misconceptions around information literacy, Lisa Hinchliffe of the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign and Credo Reference have partnered to explore this area and provide a foundational list of predictable misunderstandings. This project draws upon data from the recent Library Journal & Credo survey of librarians, as well as focus groups and interviews. In this webinar, Hinchliffe will explain the methodology behind the research, discuss initial findings, and share strategies libraries can utilize to correct student misconceptions. Read more
WiLS vendor-partner, Infobase has advised us that they are offering an open trial of their fantastic Films on Demand – Allied Health collection. Try it now to get instant access. This trial period lasts until 11/30/2017.
Subscribers have the option of getting 13 months for the price of 12!
Resource features include:
265+ titles, segmented into 1,285+ clips for more than 83 hours or programming
Captioning and interactive, searchable transcripts on all titles
Material produced by Elsevier, Nevco, Injoy and many more.
Unlimited access from any location – on campus or off
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 partner in order to bridge the gap and open the door to valuable collaborations. This month, we are delighted to share insights from Gina Primmer, Senior Account Executive at AtoZdatabases. Read more
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 to old projects. And, in addition to hearing about it, it makes us even happier when we can share those stories with other members. Each month, WiLS is proud to feature an interview with one of our library members. This month, we interview Larry Oathout, Director of the Portage County Public Library.
Mergent (formally known as Moody’s Investment Services) has been providing company data to public libraries since the early 1900’s. In recent years, they have partnered with Dunn and Bradstreet to expand the level and reach of data that they incorporate into their products creating the most comprehensive business database offering on the market today. Mergent Intellect is made up of 7 primary functions geared to hit a wide range of patrons. Each section is detailed below. Read more
We are so excited to share our new partnership with AVPreserve!
AVPreserve is a data management consulting and software development firm focused on leveraging a deep understanding of technology, information, business, and people to advance the ways in which data is used for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and causes. AVPreserve’s mission is to free people from the burdens of information management. From helping organizations gain physical and intellectual control of their collections to developing the perfect custom application to suit their workflows needs, AVPreserve helps clients in Academia, Government, Corporations, Museums, and more.
Some AVPreserve clients include: University of Wisconsin, Library of Congress, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, New York Public Library, Berea College, Wildlife Conservation Society, Harvard University, Independence Community College, Indiana University, Smithsonian Institution, and Yale University.
WiLS members will get a 10% discount on the following AVPreserve products:
Custom software development (https://www.avpreserve.com/software-development/) for data management, file analysis, workflow improvement, collection management and more. If you have a need for an application and can’t find an off-the-shelf solution, AVPreserve can help you bring it to life.
Catalyst (https://www.avpreserve.com/products/catalyst/): An innovative and highly efficient solution for performing and leveraging inventories to enable better planning, strategizing, decision-making, and resource allocation through access to quantitative data about physical collections. Offered in three different packages: Full service, managed service, and hosted subscription.
AVCC (https://www.avpreserve.com/products/avcc/): An open source application that enables collaborative, efficient item-level cataloging of audiovisual collections. AVCC incorporates built-in reporting on collection statistics, digital storage calculations, shipping manifests, and other data critical to prioritizing and planning preservation work with audiovisual materials. AVCC establishes a minimal set of required and recommended fields that provide basic intellectual control that enables quantification, planning, and management of collections. AVCC is offered by AVPreserve as a hosted service.
To order or for more information, contact AVPreserve at or 917.475.9630. Be sure to mention you are a WiLS member to receive your discount!