The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has partnered with PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS in creating at-home learning opportunities through a new television schedule and online resources aligned to Wisconsin academic standards.
The programming includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th-grade levels and covers English language arts, social studies, science, and math subjects.
The content is available to stream online on the PBS At-Home Learning web page with free corresponding digital content and teacher support.
Learn more about this project here.
Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit and other professional development opportunities for digitization projects
The Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit is a free online course covering the basics of digitization projects. There are 5 modules -- project planning, copyright, scanning, metadata, and storage -- that each take around 30 minutes to complete. The course was created by Recollection Wisconsin in 2016 with support from WPLC, and updated in 2019 to go along with the DPI-funded digitization kits for public library systems.
Looking for a little direction as you work from home? What a great time to engage in virtual professional development activities.
System and State Continuing Education Coordinators are always working hard to bring you fresh content on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to our profession.
> > Here’s a point of entry for professional development opportunities on lots of different subjects.
Do you link to Explora for Middle & High Schools, MasterFILE Complete, or any other BadgerLink resource on your website or in another application? As of September 30th, 2019, all BadgerLink authenticated URLs changed. Our vendor is providing a redirect for up to 6 months.
Any library or school that places these authenticated URLs on a website, within a proxy, or in another SSO application such as OpenAthens, will need to edit the URLs no later than early March 2020 in order to continue providing users access outside of the BadgerLink website. Find current URLs on the BadgerLink Resource URLs Google sheet.
In the coming weeks, all library locations in Wisconsin will be receiving a small stack of handbills about Census 2020. These are meant for patrons, especially those who might need a heads up that the Census is coming.
As a reminder, Census postcards will be mailed on March 12, arriving in households in mid-March. The postcards will have the info people need to login and do their Census form online. It’s expected that 90% of respondents will do their form online (that’s where our libraries come in). If people don’t reply in a timely manner, they’ll get additional mailings. If they still don’t reply, they’ll have paper forms mailed to them. If they still don’t reply, Census workers will knock on their door.
Let’s help people understand the importance of a good count in your area and across the state. For tips in providing assistance to Census takers, DPI is maintaining a resource page: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/census-2020-wisconsin-counts
Of particular note, DPI recommends looking at ALA’s most recent Tip Sheet with dates and what to expect. It also recommends looking at Community Connect Lab’s screen grabs of the online Census form.
Please share with all staff in your library so they can start familiarizing themselves with the process.
Updated 2/26/2020: Tip Sheet link was updated. PDF can also be downloaded below.
More historical content added to Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
More than 100,000 pages of early newspapers from thirteen WI communities are now available.
Below are the headlines from the January 31, 2020 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, wrote a post for the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog regarding two distinct national projects with resources to help us and our community:
The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide web conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin since 2013.
This year, we welcome two new session tracks in Adult Services and Library Management.
1/3/2020 update: Application deadline extended. Applications for both Coaches and Teams are now due Friday, January 17 at 5 PM.
The Public Library Development arm of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction is proud to partner with the American Library Association for a new state-level community engagement training, Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities.
Thriving Libraries, a team of consultants trained in community engagement and leadership development techniques, is providing the expertise for this 18-month hands on, cohort-based training. Up to 20 two-person Teams--consisting of one library staff member and one community member--will be trained in this inaugural effort.
Learn more and apply at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/wisconsin-libraries-transforming-communities.
Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement (National Conference in Madison on April 20-21, 2020)
The Department of Public Instruction is also running the Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) project, for which this conference will serve as the kick-off event.
Participants in the LTC project will have their registrations for this conference paid for as part of the project. The conference webpage includes a link to the LTC project for more information.
The recorded webinar from Tuesday, 12/17/19, with introductory information on the Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities (WLTC) community engagement training, is now available on the DPI website at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/wisconsin-libraries-transforming-communities. You can watch the webinar below:
Check out these free learning opportunities from PLA:
Free national webinars in December
New course on health insurance enrollment added to DigitalLearn website
In early November, in coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, PLA released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. The course, Using Healthcare.gov to Enroll in Health Insurance, covers the basics of securing coverage through Healthcare.gov, the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. federal government. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan. The course can be accessed via DigitalLearn.org, PLA's free online digital literacy training curriculum designed to help people increase their digital skills. Read the full announcement.
Watch recording of family engagement program
PLA recently collaborated with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to present the session “How Programs Can Recruit & Engage Culturally Diverse Families” at NCFL's Annual Conference in Louisville. During the session, education and library experts who work to engage diverse community groups spoke about how those programs can inform the work of public libraries. Presenters included Allison Barney, youth services manager at Denver (Colo.) Public Library; Amber Creger, Youth Department director at Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library; Zeljana Javorek, ESL program manager at Catholic Charities of Louisville (Ky.); Sophie Maier, immigrant services librarian at Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library; Homa Naficy, executive director of The American Place at Hartford (Conn.) Public Library; and PLA Deputy Director Scott Allen. Click here to access a recording of the session or here to view the presentation slides.
Below are the headlines from the latest 📣 Nic News Weekly newsletter.
At the WLA conference, DPI presented a session called Say Yes to Census 2020. In case you couldn’t make it, the session will be repeated as a state-wide webinar: Say Yes to Census 2020 Webinar (Tuesday, December 3, 1:30 PM).
Get the lowdown on all the ways you can say YES to Census 2020. Census 2020 counts will potentially create changes to political representation and Federal funding and inform your local data. Good numbers are important and libraries can--and should--help! Whether you're in a school, public or academic library, there's information here for you on this timely topic. Presented by Cindy Fesemyer and Monica Treptow, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Below are the headlines from the latest 📣 Nic News Weekly newsletter.
The following article is taken directly from the Fall 2019 WLA Newsletter.
In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve. Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians. . .
You will benefit from this workshop if you work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families, and would like to learn more about how to offer research-backed programming in your library.
Thursday, October 24, 2019|10:00am-3:00pm
Hotel Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
The 2019 Public Library Public School LSTA Subawards application process will open on Monday, September 16, 2019. Applications from collaborating Wisconsin public libraries and public school libraries will be accepted on a rolling basis through January 14, 2020. For more details, view Friday’s post on the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog: https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/2019-public-library-public-school-lsta-subawards
Please take a look at this special funding available to Wisconsin public libraries for collaborative projects with local public school libraries. These subawards will offer financial and material resources that will emphasize specific aspects of library services.
Projects require focus on one (1) of the following areas:
We all know libraries and their services are supposed to be available to everyone. It’s even in Wisconsin law that public libraries have to be accessible to people with “special needs.”
But how can we predict which special needs we need to accommodate? … or which unique combinations of barriers and assets people will need us to address?
The Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries is meant to be your roadmap for these issues. To see what we mean by this, watch this short video about how one library navigated inclusive services.
The BadgerLink authentication and Super Search platform upgrade will occur next weekend, August 9-12.
BadgerLink resources and Super Search will be offline at 7pm on Friday, August 9th, and be back online at 7am on Monday morning, August 12th. This upgrade will not affect functionality of any BadgerLink resource, however the Super Search platform will see new features and more modern styling, and the BadgerLink authenticated URLs will change. Super Search screen shots and help documents will be posted very soon!
For library and school staff:
For BadgerLink users:
Thank you for your understanding during this downtime! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Please see the below Call for Applicants from the Badger Bulletin:
The BadgerLink team seeks applicants to participate in the BadgerLink Advisory Group. This group seeks to improve the ability of all Wisconsin residents to access and effectively use high-quality, licensed resources provided by BadgerLink, expand program visibility, and build stronger relationships between the program and stakeholders. By gathering the diverse opinions and expertise of Wisconsin’s learner communities, the BadgerLink team will develop strategies to adapt and grow the program as needs evolve.
We seek applicants representing diversity in race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, and professional background from libraries and schools of all types, sizes, and Wisconsin regions. Applicants from community organizations will also be considered.
Members serve staggered, two-year terms and the group meets twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. For more details, see the Participation Handbook: http://bit.ly/baghandbook.
Applications will close at the end of the day on August 16, 2019, with review and selection finalized on or before September 15, 2019.
Questions? Want to learn more? Please email email@example.com.
Please feel free to share this call for applicants (bit.ly/bagannouncement) widely.
6 opportunities to attend:
Tech Days East: September 10 – 12, 2019
Tech Days West: November 5 – 7, 2019
Tech Days is a series of full-day workshops held at locations around Wisconsin. Each day includes a keynote / plenary session by a guest presenter, and a variety of breakout sessions of presentations & hands-on learning activities.
Breakout session topics and presenters vary with venues, so check the complete list to see what & who will be where & when. There is no charge to attend a Tech Days workshop.
Registration is open for Tech Days East workshops:
Each day will include a keynote presentation, and concurrent breakout sessions and hands-on learning activities on topics like coding, digitization, partnering with the Girl Scouts, VR, free CRM software, tech classes for adults & seniors, DPI scanning kits, and computational thinking and connected learning in youth services.
Congratulations to these staff at NEWI-area libraries for having been chosen as members of the 2019 Youth Services Institute Cohort:
The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities. For these individuals, there is a need to improve skill and knowledge base, foster a supportive network, and develop stronger peer-to-peer and professional community connections within the Wisconsin public libraries infrastructure.
The Institute is supported through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
View the entire list of participants at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/announcing-2019-youth-services-institute-cohort.
In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve.
Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians.