Hello! Recently, OverDrive has moved to begin the transition to Libby from the existing OverDrive app. This transition will take quite some time, and will be done in phases. Phase 1 will encourage brand new users to download Libby instead of the OverDrive app. While OverDrive users in other states will see this change in June, the WPLC has opted to push this back to August in order to give us time to prepare to properly support the new app. Phase 2, which will happen later in the fall, will begin to encourage existing users to switch to Libby. It is unknown at this time if or when support for the existing app will end.
If you are not using Libby, we encourage you or your library's OverDrive support providers to become acquainted with it. Even though the app won't be pushed to new users until later this year, it is already available for public download and there will likely be support requests for it soon. You can download Libby from the App Store or Google Play.
OverDrive is providing three upcoming webinars on Libby next week and you can find information about those Staff Training as well as general information here: https://resources.overdrive.com/meet-libby/.
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and feel free to share your feedback about Libby as you use it with us so we can help guide its development. We will continue to share updates - additional training and hard dates for the transition - as they become available.
BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction which provides Wisconsin residents with licensed content not available through regular search engines.
Some of the resources BadgerLink provides include LearningExpress Library (practice tests and tutorials for students and adult learners), EBSCO databases (everything from auto repair to articles on business, health, and general topics), HeritageQuest Online (genealogy resources), to name just a few. We link to some of the BadgerLink resources from the SCLS System-Wide Resources webpage for easy access for SCLS residents, and the full collection resources is available from the BadgerLink website.
Here are some more interesting tidbits about BadgerLink.
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This is just a reminder that the deadline to submit proposals to the WPLC User / Non-User Research Program is next Friday, May 26th!
Do you have questions about your community that you need answers to in order to expand or improve your services? Would you like more knowledge about and practice gathering and understanding data that will help you make decisions? If so, submit a proposal to have your survey or other research project funded by the WPLC and contribute your work to the larger WPLC community!
The call for proposals is open to any person or team from the Wisconsin public library community that has attended or viewed all four webinars in the Research Program series. On the WPLC website, you'll find all sorts of information to help you create your proposal:
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From virtual reality to gamification to security techniques, libraries are using the latest technology to engage patrons, increase privacy, and help staffers do their jobs.
American Libraries spoke to library tech leaders—members of the Library and Information Technology Association’s popular Top Tech Trends panel from the 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits—to get the apps, devices, software, and best practices that you can adopt for your library right now and in the near future. [Click here to read about their ten suggested library activities like:]
1. Take patrons on a virtual tour
3. Go on a Google Expedition
7. Teach patrons about private browsing
John's collection of tech tips, trends, and training for NFLS librarians
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