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This blog is the digital continuation of the WVLS newsletter, "The Lamplighter," and exists to share WVLS updates, news from libraries in our area, training opportunities, helpful tips and resources, national library news and more. To contribute to this blog, email Inese Christman.

More Than Just a Maker Space: Webinar Recording


Idea Studio Webinar Capture February 15, 2017

Jon Mark Bolthouse presents the development of the Idea Studio, the permanent makerpace housed in the Fon du Lac Public Library.

The Idea Studio is a permanent, do-it-yourself zone where people can gather to create, invent and learn. It includes work tables, equipment to use, display cases, a projector and screen, a demonstration kitchen and a digital recording studio. It will have a space for DIY programs. New equipment is being added all the time. View the Idea Menu, a full list of the Idea Studio contents and classes.

Learn more by watching "The Idea Studio: More than just a maker space" webinar, a recording from the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference 2017.

  • When is it open?
  • Can anyone use the Idea Studio?
  • Can anyone use the equipment?
  • Is everything free?
  • How can I keep track of what's going on at the Idea Studio?
  • Who's staffing the Idea Studio?
  • What about liability?

Has your library reserved a WVLS/IFLS Makerspace Kit? Borrow free makerspace kits for programs, special events, or activity tables! Find more information about booking WVLS/IFLS makerspace kits and see the list of over 100 makerspace kits available!

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School Librarians Navigate Educational Technology vs. Student Privacy Concerns


Electronic Frontier Foundation

In “A School Librarian Caught in the Middle of Student Privacy Extremes,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation notices school librarians are often the  only staff members trained as educators, privacy specialists and technologists.

School librarians frequently find themselves at the nexus between administrators and teachers who approach educational technology in a cost-conscious or pedagogical way rather than through the overlay of student privacy concerns.  The February 10, 2017 issue of ALA American Libraries Direct features A School Librarian Caught in the Middle of Student Privacy Extremes, posted to The Electronic Frontier Foundation website.

Student privacyGennie Gebhart writes: “As a school librarian at a small K–12 district in Illinois, Angela K. is at the center of a battle of extremes in educational technology and student privacy. In search of a middle ground that serves students, Angela is asking hard, fundamental questions like, ‘We can use technology to do this, but should we?’ School librarians are uniquely positioned to navigate this middle ground and advocate for privacy, both within the school library itself and in wider conversations about technology.”...

“Coming from librarianship’s tradition of facilitating the spread of information while also safeguarding users’ privacy and intellectual freedom, Angela is committed to adopting and applying ed tech while also preserving student privacy.


Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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Scholarship: Coding Together, Learning Together


The Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is proud to offer scholarships for 20 library staff to participate in the online professional development course, "Coding Together, Learning Together" as part of the Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries.

The course is offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool Continuing Education Services.

There is no cost to scholarship recipients to take part in the course; the $125 course fee will be paid directly by DPI. Twenty applicants will be selected, preferably representing all 16 regional library systems. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.

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Important! Replacing Patron Cards and Merging OverDrive Accounts


OverDrive The New OverDrive image

Reissuing or replacing a patron's library card?

Ask if a patron uses OverDrive before deleting old library card information. Library staff need to merge the patron's holds and bookshelf information in OverDrive from the old card with the new card number using OverDrive Marketplace. 

If the old card barcode is not recorded and merged with the new barcode information, patrons usually create a new account and cannot see or retrieve their OverDrive bookshelf and holds from their old card number. Patrons are unable to see their holds or access items that had been on their bookshelf.

As a last resort, library staff could add lost holds from the old card on the new card and bump the patron up the waiting list. 

Why can't I find the title I put on hold? - OverDrive Help 

Thank you Kay Teal of the Tomahawk Public Library for this gentle reminder!

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Alert: New Tax Season Scam


KnowBe4 Scam

(Scam of the Week Blends CEO Fraud and W-2 Phishing, KnowBe4 2/3/2017)

The bad-guys are starting their tax scams early this season!

Scammers are combining two scams into one. First, they ask you to send them the W-2 forms of all employees, their email looks like it comes from the CEO of your company. Next, they follow up with an urgent request to transfer a large sum of money to a bank account.

Stay alert for scams like this, think before you click.

Remember, when you receive sudden requests like this that they may be spoof emails.

Pick up the phone and verify the email is a legitimate request coming from an executive. 

What to do if you see these scams:

Statistics from the Federal Trade Commission shos tax refund fraud were responsible for a nearly 50 percent increase in consumer identity theft complaints in 2015. Avoid becoming a victim of tax refund fraud by filing your taxes before the fraudsters do!

Submitted by Joshua Klingbeil.

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Privacy Paradox: Learn how to take back your digital identity Feb 6-10


Privacy Paradox

Take back control over your personal information and digital identity!

The podcast "Note to Self" is hosting a five day event from February 6-10th. Participants will be given daily challenges regarding the Privacy Paradox and digital privacy to build awareness, help others learn, and develop digital citizens so they become more adept in managing digital privacy.

Learn where your information goes, what the trade-offs involve, and how you can live a better life, online and off.

Sign up and learn more about the Privacy Paradox event.

Browse the FAQ covering the Privacy Paradox concept, this learning opportunity, and the "Note to Self Podcast."

Submitted by Joshua Klingbeil.

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NASA@ My Library



APPLY NOW! Public libraries are invited to apply to be part of the NASA@ My Library STEM education initiative. Sign in or visit the guidelines for details. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on March 22, 2017. Questions? Contact ALA’s Public Programs Office at

NASA@ My Library will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners and participate in the 18-month project (Phase 1), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period (Phase 2).

NASA@ My Library Partners will receive materials and training to assist them in leading educational, fun STEM programming for all ages. Participating libraries will receive two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits designed for use in hands-on STEM programming; a tablet computer pre-loaded with how-to videos, apps, educational games and other materials relevant to the Facilitation Kits; an invitation to a two-day orientation workshop in Denver; programming and travel stipends; and more. For a full list of Phase 1 and Phase 2 benefits, view the full project guidelines.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to apply; membership status will have no impact on your application. For more information, view the full project guidelines or begin your online application.

NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Support comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

(From ALA Mid-Winter Cognotes, January 24, 2017)

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Keats. Imagination. Diversity: $500 Mini-Grants


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Apply before March 31st, 2017 for a Ezra Jack Keats Foundation mini-grant worth up to $500! The EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library. What are you waiting for?

Application Basics:

Who: Public schools, public libraries, public pre-school programs

Where: The United States and U.S. commonwealths and territories

Limit: One application per school or library

Not eligible: Private schools, parochial schools, charter schools

Submitted by Marla Sepnafksi.

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Read, Sing, Play: Reserve Early Literacy Kits Today!


IFLS Large Motor Kit Parachute
IFLS Storytime Kit Farmer Duck
IFLS Storytime Kit Flyer

Early Literacy Kits are now available to WVLS libraries through a partnership with Indianhead Federated Library System! These kits can be booked through Lend-Items, the same website WVLS and IFLS libraries can book makerspace kits through after setting up an account through their respective library system.

Enhance your storytime or programs with large motor skill activities, flannel stories, music, games, puppets, books, and more!

Reserve three types of early literacy kits:

  • Board Book Kits: collections of 20 board books for unison reading.
  • Large Motor Kits: contain instruments, parachute, scarves, music.
  • Story Kits: themed kits that include books, puppets, flannels, music, ideas and more!

Book early literacy kits, makerspace kits, and equipment for your library:

Setting up an account:

  1. Please send an email to
  2. You will need either a Gmail, Facebook, or Yahoo account to register.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email from Ann Mroczenski.
  4. Confirm and register your account.
  5. Read through the WVLS Lend-Items Instructions.
  6. Book your kits and equipment!

Lend-Items Tips and Tricks

  1. Include shipping days in your bookings.
  2. Do not return items to MCPL-Wausau when WVLS is closed.
  3. On the booking calendar, do not click and drag. Click on the first day of your booking and click on the last day of your booking before clicking "Book It."
  4. The last day of your booking is the day the item should return to WVLS, not the day you send the item back through courier.
  5. Call or email to extend your booking. Items cannot be renewed through Lend-Items.


PDF icon IFLS Storytime Kit Flyer
PDF icon Lent-Items Instructions

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Rep. Mursau Thanked by Forest County Library Board


Carol Bartlein and Rep. Jeff Mursau
Forest Co. Library Bd and Rep. Mursau

Representative Jeff Mursau was presented with a Libraries Transform! poster on January 23, 2017 at a meeting of the Forest County Library Board (FCLB) hosted by the Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center Museum and Library.

FCLB members thanked Representative Mursau for being a friend to Wisconsin Libraries. During the last legislative session, he supported state library aids through the budget process, as well as three library related bills signed into law. Mursau was lead author for Tribal College and County Joint Libraries Act 306 allowing a tribal college-county joint library to participate in a public library system.

Crandon Public Library, Wabeno Public Library, and Edith Evans Community Library in Laona are among 25 collaborating Wisconsin Valley Library System Libraries. The Forest County Potawatomi Library and Museum is a tribally owned public library. All four libraries transform their communities!

Pictured standing from left: Mary Lemaster, Linda Harter, Pete Davison, Wabeno Public Library Director Cindy Lemerande, Evans Community Library (Laona) Director Felicia Albrecht, Crandon Public Library Director Michelle Gobert, Christy Janczewski, Forest County Potawatomi Librarian Samantha Smith.

Seated from left: FCLB President Carol Bartlein, 36th District Assembly Representative Jeff Mursau.

Carol Bartlein and Representative Jeff Mursau. 

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.

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