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Digitization and Libraries - Free Webinar From American Libraries Live

On Thursday, September 10, 2015  at 1 PM Central time, attend the free American Libraries LIVE webinar on Digitization and Libraries! Digitization is a rapidly growing area of librarianship. Whether you’re a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for the modern librarian.  Join us for a Read more
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Curiosity Creates Grants Now Open!

Applications for Curiosity Creates grants are due September 25, 2015 ALSC is excited to announce the availability of a new grant to help fund creativity programming in public libraries. The grant application is officially open! Your library could be one of 77 lucky recipients of a $7,500 grant to encourage creativity for children ages 6-14. The grants may be used to expand existing programming and/or create new opportunities for children to explore their creativity. Applicants must be public Read more
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YSS Powerhouse Presents: Collection Connections Webinar

Collection Connections - Webinar TUESDAY, September 22, 2015, 1 PM – 2 PM Register: Library collection development is the ubiquitous foundation of all library services, yet we may be so busy doing it that we seldom take the time to stop to consider what we’re doing and why! You’re invited to join the next offering from the YSS Powerhouse Presents webinar Read more
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What Are You Waiting For?

Your Library Could Win An Appearance By Kevin Henkes! Step 1:  Get your hands on a promotional kit for Waiting. Librarians, you can request a kit by emailing; be sure to include the mailing address of your library, and use the subject line “Waiting promo kit request.”  Step 2:  Use the materials in the kit (and your imagination) to create a display promoting Waiting, and maintain the display for at least Read more
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Come and Join the Supercharged Storytimes Community!

Wisconsin public library staff members are invited to join the Supercharged Storytimes community!  Are you passionate about early literacy at public libraries, interested in enhancing your storytime planning and delivery practice for children five and under, and eager to work collaboratively online with your peers from other libraries to share ideas and experiences that build a growing community of practice? If Read more

2015 WVLS Directors Retreat

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 WVLS Directors Retreat. When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Where: Tribute Golf Course and Bunkers Bar & Grill (1001 Golf Club Road, Wausau 54403) What’s happening? For those of you who are new to WVLS, our retreat uses a SHARE…LISTEN…LEARN format to encourage sharing local stories issues, while listening and learning from one another’s experiences. It’s a pretty fast paced Read more

Update on SHA2 SSL Changes

Late last spring we discussed the upcoming SHA2/SSL certificate change we will be making this September.  During that discussion we talked about sharing an informational resource for libraries to leverage for engaging patrons when questions arise. For an excellent (but loosely technical) overview of the history leading to the necessity of a SHA2 transistion, please read this blog post ( Read more
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Colorado State Library Expands Online Training Site

Colorado State Library Tech Training ModulesThe Colorado State Library (CSL) is continuing to build out its Library Creation & Learning Centers website, a free online resource where libraries throughout the state and beyond can access interactive technology and customer service training modules for staff, Maker space programming ideas, curated links to digital creation software, and more. While the site currently focuses primarily on Read more
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Best Small Library in America Award - Call For Nominations

Library Journal‘s annual award for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its twelfth year, the award honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less (see below for eligibility). The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2016, Library Journal, Read more

WVLS Announces ARSL Scholarship Winners!

The WVLS Board of Trustees Executive Committee met on July 27, 2015 to review scholarship applications from directors and branch managers requesting assistance to attend the 2015 Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference scheduled for September 30 – October 3, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Four scholarships were awarded to Julie Beloungy (Thorp Public Library), Kay Heiting (Granton Community Library), Deb Gauerke (Edgar Branch, Marathon County Public Library) and Laura Wood, ( Read more

Checking Out America's Libraries

Check out this infographic that illustrates the important role libraries play in communities throughout the United States!

V-Cat: Online Library Catalog

V-Cat is the shared library catalog for most WVLS public libraries and contains holding information and access to a variety of books, audiovisual materials, and more.

Affordable Care Act

This page collects resources on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) selected by WVLS staff for the consideration of patrons and library staff who want to learn more Read more


Badgerlink is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides Wisconsin residents access to electronic information online. It includes many of the databases offered by Read more