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Poverty Awareness through Library Engagement – October 14, 2015 Workshop

Poverty wears many faces in our libraries, impacting families and individuals of all ages throughout our communities. Librarians can make a difference!  The ability to recognize and deal sensitively with the needs of those who are living in poverty impacts library workers in all types of libraries. Public library directors are particularly encouraged to send at least one staff member. Youth Services librarians will find participation valuable. Library trustees are also welcome!   WHAT: Poverty Read more


Great news! Wisconsin is one of the newest additions to the Digital Public Library of America’s growing roster of partners. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA,http://dp.la) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums and makes them freely available to the world. Since launching in April 2013, DPLA has aggregated over 11 million items from hundreds of institutions across the United States. These items come from a national Read more
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OverDrive Big Library Read - October 7 - 21, 2015

The Big Library Read is coming back in October and this time, driven by partner input, OverDrive will make this the first ever Big Library Read with two titles. The genre this time around is Young Adult and the winning titles are The Door In the Hedge by Robin McKinley and Read more
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Surviving Difficult Conversations

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Presenter: Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting, Inc. Location:  New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, New Berlin, WI  53151 Info & Registration: http://www.wcfls.org/?p=2669  Sooner or later, library directors, managers and supervisors will need to have a conversation with a staff member that will be difficult and challenging.  If just thinking about it gets your heart to start Read more
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Makerspaces in Libraries October 7 2015

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Makerspaces are becoming increasingly popular in both public and academic libraries as a new way to engage patrons and add value to traditional library services.  Discover how you can create a makerspace within your own Read more
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YSS Powerhouse Presents: Collection Connections Webinar

Collection Connections - Webinar TUESDAY, September 22, 2015, 1 PM – 2 PM For archived progrom go to: https://vimeo.com/140210587   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

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 (https://konklone.com/post/why Read more
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WVLS Partners With NFLS to Bring the Following Webinar to WVLS Members

30-Minute Thursday: There's an App for That: From Concept to Launch (webinar) Thursday, July 23; 1 pm Presented by: Angela Meyers & Dustin Hahn In April, the Waukesha County Federated Library System launched a mobile app for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Project manager of the UW-Milwaukee App Brewery, Dustin Hahn, and his student team worked side by side with representatives from the member libraries in Waukesha County to create an app that meets the needs of today's high-tech and on- 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