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Ask Community Businesses to Support Library Funding Through CCLI

The Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI) is an organization of businesses of all kinds united by the common belief that America’s libraries are business-building, job-creating, workforce-preparing engines of the U.S. economy in every corner of the country. CCLI will work to maximize federal funding for the nation’s libraries by educating Congress and other federal policymakers about the extraordinary value to businesses and taxpayers of federal investment in America’s libraries of all kinds. Read more

New Vendor Partner: IBISWorld

WiLS is excited to announce a new partnership with business and industry information vendor, IBISWorld!
IBISWorld is offering discounted access to their Procurement Research Reports, which focuses on 1,000+ Business-to-Business Products & Services.

Although this solution is used worldwide by large private and public organizations, it has utility at the university level for students in various Business School Programs (Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, etc.). By incorporating Porter’s Five Forces and SWOT analysis throughout each report, their stoplight system quickly gives students the ability to discover where they will have strengths and weaknesses, as well as what they can do to mitigate risks. They can quickly find who the Top Suppliers are (including profit margin, financial risk and market share), analyze the Pricing Environment, and learn key Negotiation Questions designed to help reduce/avoid costs and mitigate risk.

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2017-2019 State Budget Update and Action

There was an amazing turnout of librarians, trustees and citizen library supporters to provide testimony at six public hearings before the powerful Joint Committee on Finance in April!

The committee of 16 legislators includes 8 each from the senate and assembly (12 from the majority party and 4 from the minority party). Other legislators communicate their priorities to their JFC member “budget buddies.” Read more

Call your Senators to Support Federal Library Funding

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. On April 26th, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds for LSTA, while Senators Reed, Grassley (R-IA) and Stabenow (D-MI) are leading the fight for IAL. Read more

New Teaching Tool for World Laws

Global-Regulation.com 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 ngoltz@global-regulation.com with questions.
For pricing, please use our price quote request form.

 

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 sitesk@oclc.org

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

QuestionPoint Webinar April 20, 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 20th at 1:00 p.m. for an informational webinar about QuestionPoint. WiLS members receive 10% the service. 

To register, please see this link 

For questions please contact Karri Sites at sitesk@oclc.org