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Cyber-Sneakers Workshop

Managing Your Digital Footprint without Falling Prey to Cyber Sneakers A workshop for Library Professionals who design programs for Tweens/Teens/Parents. Attendees will learn more about online sharing and privacy and digital citizenship and social media safety. 4.5 Technology CEUs DATE: Tuesday, Sep 20 from 9-3pm  LOCATION: Wausau Room, Marathon Co. Public Library, 300 N 1st Street, Wausau, WI 54403 REGISTER: Read more
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Snapchat and Libraries

Are you interested in putting Snapchat to work for your library? Here are some places to find innovative ideas. Snapchat has become a highly popular way to share videos and image clips with friends, but they can only be viewed for a few seconds before vanishing. It may surprise you to learn that librarians have discovered innovative ways to put Snapchat to work as part of their social messaging campaign to connect with their patrons and communities. Sarah Cournoyer from the Horicon Public Read more
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Spiceworks is out, Help Scout is new WVLS Support Platform

WVLS is blending its helpdesk with Indianhead Federated Library System as of September 1st, 2016. Help Scout will replace Spiceworks as the new service platform.  Please read on for more information. The WVLS Technology Team has been working in partnership with our technology services colleagues at Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) to strengthen core infrastructure, enhance application services, and share in each others' wealth of experience and expertise. As we become better Read more
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Maker Space Kits- 4 Workshops!

Maker spaces and STEAM programming are hitting libraries by storm and provide many learning benefits according to the August 25, 2016 School Library Journal Article "Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces." Over one-hundred (100!!!!!) maker space kits are available to all library types and systems. All types are welcome to borrow kits Read more
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International Dot Day

September 15th, 2016 is International Dot Day! Dot Day celebrates creativity, courage, and collaboration inspired by Peter H. Reynold's children's book The Dot. Read more
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WVLS Circulating Journal Subscriptions

Hello WVLS member library colleagues! Take a look at the list of journal subscriptions WVLS maintains below. Would you like to be added to the routing list to receive any of these journals? These journals are a great way to keep up with what's new, perfect for desk shifts! I have hyperlinked the magazine titles to their homepages if you would like to learn more about each title. Please send an email with the titles you wish to see to support@wvls.org Read more
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Voice Your Need for Internet Access

The Wisconsin State Broadband Office has announced a survey allowing Wisconsin residents and businesses an opportunity to voice thier need for improved internet access or service. The goal is to help state planners and policy makers better understand the need for improved internet access in out state by matching consumer data to maps supplied by internet providers. The survey is free. Those wishing Read more
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What is LibraryReads?

We have a handy FAQ!  Are you a public librarian who is signed up with Edelweiss?  Then YOU are ready to vote for your favorite books each month!  Want to be able to get in on the action and vote? Here's Read more
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Trustee Training Week August 22-26th

Developed in 2014, Wisconsin Trustee Training Week provides high-quality webinars to public library boards, friends and trustees in Wisconsin. Starting Monday August 22 through Friday August 26 there will be a webinar at 12noon covering successful board practices, community engagement, preparing for capital campaigns, ensuring director success, and a listening session. These hour-long webinars Read more
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The Wisconsin University Launches a Bookstore Without Books

For some unknown reason many people are convinced that only Amazon could open a college bookstore with no books, but that simply isn't true. Amazon has several competitors currently disrupting the college bookstore industry, including eCampus and textbook distributor MBS Direct. Owned by B&N founder Len Riggio, MBS Direct offers a virtual bookstore platform which dispenses with a physical Read more

Election Resources

This page collects reference resources to assist citizens with voter registration and ballot choices.

Aspen Report - "Rising to the Challenge"

This report examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs.

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.

BadgerLink

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