Makerspace Fair Resources

Please browse the resources available for the WVLS and Indianhead Federated Library System Makerspace Kit project. Over 100 makerspace kits are available for WVLS, IFLS, and K-12 libraries. The majority of the makerspace kits are sent through courier to a local public library. A few that are too big, the flat iron heat press, and PA sound system, must be picked up at the WVLS office due to their size. K-12 libraries can also borrow kits as long as the kits are delivered to a public library Read more
BolognaRagazzi Digital Award

Eight Examples of Innovation in Children's Digital Storytelling

ALSC Blog Guest Contributor Warren Buckleitner put together a list fo the best tablet apps for Librarians to use with storytelling and programs.  Buckleitner serves as the Coordinator for the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award (BRDA), an international prize for emerging children's interactive media category. Take a look at his list in Read more

Network Status - When We're Down, You Should Know!

As I write this, Chris Heitman is working diligently to resolve a fairly large network outtage experience on the WVLS WAN.  One of the more interesting dilemas experienced in the communications of service status manifests when the primary communications channels are the problem for which we'd like to report status.  "Email's down, lets' email everyone to let them know!" Enter, the LibrariesWIN Services Status Page. Read more
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Sierra Server Move: How this may affect your library

WVLS servers will be moved to a new facility in Chippewa Falls after all WVLS libraries close on Sunday November 13th. The servers will be back online on Monday November 14th. This is a tentative date until WVLS hears back from Innovative to confirm.  What this means for your library: There may be possible Sierra downtime if there are difficulties bringing the servers back online Monday morning. Other programs that rely on communication with the servers may also be affected if there are Read more
Microsoft Office Products

Easy Technology Training for Librarians

Technology training is essential to Librarianship. Librarians are fielding more technolog questions as an increasing amount of patrons bring their laptops and devices into the Library. Resources for Training Microsoft Office Training Center provides short, step by step video tutorials on how to use versions of their Office products: Word, Read more
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Apply for 2017 Summer Learning Grants

Summer Learning Program Grants brought to you by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The applications for the 2017 Summer Learning Resoruces and Teen Summer Intern grants are open. Twenty of each grant, worth $1,000 each, are available and generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Apply by January 1, 2017. Visit the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Read more
WI DPI Coding Initiative

Coding Initiative Survey: Building Coding Programs in Your Library

The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is underway, and DPI has put together an introductory video for the Coding Initiative. Use no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech programs to introduce coding to attendees of all ages! Check out the WisCode Literati website for ideas on on no-tech, 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 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