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Academic Product Spotlight – April 2017: Oxford University Press

Oxford LogoEach 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 Oxford University Press.

WiLS has a huge group purchase for products from Oxford University Press. operaMost discounts are 20 – 25% off! The group renews on July 1st with renewal pricing available no later than May 1st. Pro-rated pricing is available to libraries interested in joining the group mid-year. 2017 renewals will be out soon, but don’t forget there may be new user level options available for your continuing products. Contact Jeff Brunner for more details on that.

Oxford University Press is a global leader in academic publishing, both of broad reference works and specific subject resources. Resources available include Oxford Music Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Reference Online, the Oxford English Dictionary and more. Virtually any Oxford University Press product qualifies for a discount through WiLS.

Benezit-small1-277x300While each Oxford resource is different, they all offer intuitive searching and browsing options. Each resource comes with comprehensive usage guides, tutorials and FAQ’s.

For pricing, trials or any other information on this group, contact Jeff Brunner (

Mango Languages Trial

Language learning vendor, Mango Languages is offering a free trial to WiLS members for the months of April and May.

Mango Languages creates unforgettable language-learning experiences with over 70 world languages, 22 specialized English courses, 22 foreign films and 31 speciality courses, i.e., Medical Spanish, Business Mandarin and many more to choose from.

Each chapter is accessible online and through free mobile apps and designed with Mango’s unique fresh, intuitive, and flat-out fun methodology to keep learners engaged in our learning system.

Mango Languages is offering all members a free, all-access trial during the month of April and May! Additionally, a 35% discount is in effect for all new Mango subscribers (discount valid through June 30th).

For questions about setting up a personalized demo or pricing contact your WiLS rep today! Read more

Pre-ALA Discounts for WiLS members on lyndaLibrary

lyndaLibrary is offering a 10% discount for new subscribers only until June 30, 2017!  Please use our price quote request form to request pricing.

Additional information about lyndaLibrary including courses and list pricing is available here

New Teaching Tool for World Laws is the largest search engine of world’s laws in English offering 1.6 million laws from 85 countries. Unlimited annual subscription is just $100 per school.
See here for teaching examples with this resource.
Please contact Dr. Sean Goltz at with questions.
For pricing, please use our price quote request form.


Grant Writing Workshop Friday, April 28th

The Wisconsin Humanities Council will be holding a joint grant writing workshop with Michigan Humanities Council in Marinette, WI at Belling Health at 3415 Gallagher Road April 28 from 9-noon.

This workshop is intended to help attendees plan a humanities component in a project, navigate requirements for each state’s grant program, prepare a budget and brainstorm. Wisconsin Humanities Council provides grants to non-profit organizations such as schools, libraries, history organizations, museums, civic organizations and festivals to help strengthen community life through the exploration of culture, ideas, and values.

Please RSVP by April 25th to or by calling 906-864-3599.

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WiLS Webinar: SimplyE for Consortia on May 16th

Join WiLS for a free webinar with Valerie Horton and Paul Swanson of Minitex to learn about developments for SimplyE, a mobile app that combines ebook collections from multiple vendors into a single, easy-to-browse collection for library patrons. Minitex is working with the New York Public Library and other partners to expand SimplyE‘s ability to federate and combine ebooks from multiple collections to support consortia. Join us to learn how the project is progressing and hear from Minitex about the experience of working and contributing to a national open-source project. Read more

Academic Library QuestionPoint Webinar April 19, 1:00 p.m.

Your users’ information needs don’t end at the library door or when the sun goes down. QuestionPoint provides a complete virtual reference management system, integrating chat, e-mail, a reference knowledge base, reports and analytic tools to give you a complete view of reference activity. Expand your hours of service to offer live help anytime through membership in the 24/7 Reference Cooperative.

Join OCLC staff on April 19th at 1:00 p.m. for an informational webinar about QuestionPoint. WiLS members receive a 10% discount on the service. 

To register, please see this link

For questions please contact Karri Sites at

BrainHQ Webinar May 23

Help support your patrons fight the signs of aging! Learn how offering online brain training from BrainHQ™ at your library can help patrons think faster, focus better and remember more while enhancing your adult programming. Join us for an informational webinar on BrainHQ, Tuesday, May 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST. To register, please see:

Public Library Stories for National Library Legislative Day

On May 2, 2017, members of the public library community have an opportunity to meet with Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. to advocate for libraries in Wisconsin. Our public library members are seeking your support in the form of a story (two sentences) and photo to share from each Congressional District on how LSTA and eRate funded projects have impacted patrons.  Read more