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Receive LibrariesWIN Technology Status Updates Via Email and Text

Weather, technology projects, or connectivity issues, be in the know when your technology is unavailable. 

Please subscribe to the LibrariesWIN Services Status Page to receive email and text updates in real-time as technology problems are diagnosed, monitored, and resolved. Directions below. 

The WVLS website homepage and Facebook page are also updated when there are connectivity issues.

The Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit is now available!

This free series of five short courses is designed to provide basic digitization education and support for Wisconsin libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Topics covered include copyright, scanning, metadata, file storage, digital preservation, and processes for contributing digital collections to Recollection Wisconsin and the Digital Public Library of America.

The course is pre-recorded and will take 3-4 hours to complete. 

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Resources to Help Families to Take a Screen Break

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's (CCFC) mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitative practice of child-targeted marketing. In working for the rights of children to grow up - and the freedom for parents to raise them - without being underminded by corporate interests, CCFC promotes a more democratic and sustainable world. Learn more about CCFC.

2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists Posted

ALSC has posted their 2017 Summer Reading Lists for ages birth - 8th grade! You can download each list AND they "can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.

Four different lists cover Birth - Preschool, Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd through 5th Grade, 6th through 8th grade. Download the 2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists.

WVLS & NWLS Librarians Advocate at Finance Hearing: You can help!

Ten librarians from WVLS and NWLS attended the fourth public hearing on the state budget conducted by the legislative Joint Committee on Finance at Spooner High School on April 18, 2017. Thorp Public Library Director Julie Beloungy testified in support of a modest increase of $1.5 million to public library system aids in 2017-2019 budget.

(Pictured Right) Thorp Public Library Director Julie Beloungy and Kris Adams Wendt from WVLS.

Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7

How does privacy intersect with intellectual freedom? And how can you get kids to care?

Data mining and targeted advertising are daily online realities, and the process is streamlined to the point of being largely unnoticeable on the user's end. But now that concepts like fake news and confirmation bias are becoming part of everyday conversation, it is increasinly important to make the connection between online privacy and equitable access to information.

Innovation and Collaboration Grant: Congratulations Colby PL and Rhinelander DL!

Please join WVLS in congratulating the Colby Public Library and Rhinelander District Library as the spring 2017 recipients of the WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant!

WVLS offers a competitive grant to a member library to develop and implement a service for their community that is both innovative and collaborative. The new service, program or project should be sustainable, innovative, collaborative, and add value to the community.

Applications are accepted for two grant cycles: January-March and June-August

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