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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

OverDrive Update: Wisconsin’s Digital Library to Grow Even Faster in 2017

What’s new about the WPLC Wisconsin Digital Library and the shared buying pool?

In the early part of 2016, WPLC’s Digital Library Steering Committee discussed increasing the buying pool amount above $1 million for 2017 to address high hold volumes on the most popular titles, the one persistant fault exacerbated by the Digital Library's popularity and success.

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-16, 2017!

“Libraries Transform” is the theme for National Library Week 2017.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

WVLS to send librarians to ALA conference in Chicago!

WVLS is offering a scholarship to librarians from all WVLS member library types (public, K-12, etc.) to attend the 2017 American Library Association National Conference. This year's conference, themed "Transforming our Libraries, Ourselves," will be held June 22-27 in Chicago, Illinois.

Deadline April 6, 2017!

Full conference details are available on the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website.

The Scholarship

Free DMV Practice Test Program for Libraries

Head to Driving-Tests.org to register your library for free, ad-free, and registration-free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial vehicle licenses. Good for the learner's permit test, driver's license test and refresher test for seniors.

What is included in the program:

Your online Drivers Ed program will contain the following information specific to your state:

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