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DPI uses keywords that are used to associate content with major category/topic areas. By using this classification system, you are able to click a keyword and see a listing of DPI content that has been associated with this category.

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It's time to order your 2019 WISCAT license!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

It’s time to order a 2019 WISCAT license! A license remains $200 per calendar year per library code for access to all WISCAT functionality. To learn more about WISCAT, visit our WISCAT Licensing page. To place an order, please use the online order form.

Please make note of the following:

  • The new WISCAT licensing form auto-populates some information for you. Type your library code or library name and select your library, and the form should auto-populate your library’s address if you’ve previously had a WISCAT license.
  • The form auto-generates an invoice for you and sends it to the email address you provide. Please print your invoice and remit it with payment to the DPI address on the invoice. Invoices will not be mailed to individual libraries.
  • If you are purchasing multiple licenses at once, you will need to submit the form for each individual license. However, you may use one single check to cover all licenses.
  • Entities representing a legally constituted county library AND acting as an ILL Clearinghouse qualify for alternative pricing, as in past years. If this applies to you, please contact us directly via email to place your order.
  • As in previous years, purchase orders cannot be accepted on DPI’s end, but if your business office requires one you may enter your purchase order number in the form for the convenience of your local business office.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding WISCAT licensing at or 888.542.5543.


U.S. Newsstream Now Available!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

U.S. Newsstream contains current and archival United States news coverage dating back to the 1980s. This new-to-BadgerLink resource features key national and regional sources including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune and over 80 Gannett titles like the Appleton Post-Crescent and the Green Bay Press Gazette. Content is updated daily, with same-day publication access to over 250 titles. U.S. Newsstream includes newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites.

To get started researching in U.S. Newsstream access at and learn more with ProQuest’s Libguide at

Bonus! See Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink for titles included in Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers, Library Edition World Collection (forthcoming), and U.S. Newsstream.

Teachers and professors recommend (newspaper research). According to a recent ProQuest survey, (88%) of researchers who also teach recommend newspapers to their students, indicating the value of newspapers for all levels of research. *

Broaden your scope for insight and understanding. News content provides critical context to broaden researchers' scope for insight and learning. Issues and events can be examined within the framework of concurrent issues and events as they unfold.*

*From U.S. Newsstream promotional material.


Book Kits and Interlibrary Loan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It isn’t news that book clubs are hot, but it might be news that your local public library is very involved in those book clubs. Many school and public libraries purchase multiple copies of a title and circulate them as a book club kit. Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning (RL&LL) maintains a list of these kits that can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. There are currently 1791 titles on the list.  Book Club Kits

Flying books

Many thanks to all the libraries that are willing to share their kits with the rest of the state. If you have kits to share, please email and include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Number of books in the kit
  • How to request the kit

If you already have kits on the list, please take a few moments to make sure you still own those kits.  If you have deletions, let us know.  

Thank you for helping us keep the list up to date!

Written by: Christine Barth, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning


New Britannica and EBSCO Resources Now Available!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Drum roll, please: new resources are now available in BadgerLink! We appreciate your patience as we rolled out these new resources after completing the BadgerLink Request for Bid procurement process over the summer. Without further ado:

Britannica Digital Learning has added Britannica Library, a comprehensive reference and learning resource for children and adults. Similar to Britannica School but suitable for public library patrons, this edition offers 3 distinct interfaces and reading levels in one site. Britannica School will continue to be available through BadgerLink.

EBSCO will now provide 7 new, upgraded resources.

  • AutoMate: Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and international vehicles. This resource will be replacing Auto Repair Reference Center.
  • Children’s Core Collection: Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for preschool-6th grade. This resource will be replacing Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary School Edition.
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection: Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for grades 5-9. This resource will be replacing Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition.
  • Senior High Core Collection: Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for grades 9-12. This resource will be replacing Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text: Database providing cover-to-cover indexing, abstracting and full-text for key library and information science periodicals. This resource will be replacing Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts.
  • MasterFILE Complete: Popular full-text magazines, reference books and other sources from the world’s leading publishers. This resource will be replacing MasterFILE Premier.
  • Teacher Reference Center: Research database for teachers providing indexing and abstracts for more than 220 peer-reviewed journals.

We will be removing access to Auto Repair Reference Center, Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary, Middle & High School Editions; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts; and MasterFILE Premier after October 5, 2018. Library Edition World Collection and U.S. Newsstream should be ready in the coming weeks. We apologize for the delay.

To be notified when the remaining new resources are available, sign up for email alerts. We welcome all feedback and questions, so please contact us!


Digital eBooks for Students from the Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This year, nearly 100 school districts across the state have expanded their library collection with popular and classic eBooks that students can read anytime, anywhere, made possible by the Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium. This consortium provides nearly 3500 eBooks to over 114,000 students across the state at a cost of only $1.50 per student. The consortium launched in January 2018 to help all districts across the state gain access to digital resources at an affordable price.

“The WSDLC collection opened the door to accessible e-books at our elementary school through easy use, a large selection, and teacher support. As the district library media specialist, I can now offer ebooks for everyone and can accommodate requests with almost instant additions to our collection with our account - this keeps students reading and teachers requesting them,” reports Peg Billing, Library Media Instructional Technology Coordinator of the School District of Tomahawk.

This eBook collection can help students of all ages read more and improve comprehension. Struggling or reluctant readers, learning-challenged, second language learners, and gifted readers can all benefit from this service that can enrich vocabulary, improve comprehension and pronunciation, connect students to books for their personal reading levels, teach critical listening, and help busy kids find time to read.

Three grade-appropriate libraries, for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, make up the collection. Students can browse the library’s catalog, borrow titles, and start reading on all major computers and devices and all checkouts automatically expire at the end of the lending period - no late fees!

Like Wisconsin’s Digital Library for public library patrons, this collection is provided on the OverDrive platform. “The Richfield middle school students absolutely love using OverDrive,” says Richfield School District’s Patricia Thoma. “The idea of always having a book there for them, or on hold, excites our students. Every day, over 75% of our readers choose to read electronically. Our readership has exploded, and our nonreaders are extinct.”

The Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium is a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, CESA Purchasing, the CESA Statewide Network, and WiLS. To learn more about WSDLC, visit

Article written by Sara Gold, WiLS Community Liaison/Service Specialist


ILL in a Digital World

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Guest Post by Maureen Welch

I encourage all libraries to share their collections as freely as possible via interlibrary loan, but not everything is available to travel. Due to age, rarity, or a patron's deadline, sometimes finding a digital alternative is the best way to provide excellent library service. Plus a great internet search engine is immensely helpful for verification.

Here are a few ways the IFLS Library System has filled area ILL requests when getting the physical material wasn't possible or would have exceeded our cost limit.

Internet Archive & Internet Wayback Machine

TWayback Machinehe Internet Archive is a treasure trove of public domain materials, but I have also found its Internet Wayback Machine very useful. Recently, a patron requested obituaries from an out-of-state newspaper which was not easily available, but Ancestry Library Edition had citations in their U.S. Obituary Collection which included website addresses. Those URLs were no longer working, but when I pasted them into the Internet Wayback Machine, I found the full text newspaper available. A few snips later, the patron had copies of the obituaries requested.

HathiTrust Digital Library
For any titles and periodicals with a copyright before 1923, I check both the Internet Archive and HathiTrust. Beyond public domain materials, limited view items can help with verification as well.

FamilySearch Research Wiki

Genealogical materials are a challenge for any ILL librarian but more & more of these sources are being digitized. I use Google a lot but it has led me to the FamilySearch Research Wiki often enough that it's now in my bookmarks. One example was the ability to find online records for a Norwegian parish.

OverDrive MarketPlace

Many libraries consider purchasing new print items that their patrons are requesting, but you may also want to check for availability through OverDrive MarketPlace. IFLS has purchased an ebook through our OverDrive Advantage account to fill a request because it was less expensive than the combined costs of an out-of-state library charges and postage. Since the patron was comfortable with the ebook format, it was a win/win solution for everyone including the additional patrons who have checked it out.

For additional resources, the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines includes a document with a list of Open Resources for ILL

Please do share your collections because items sitting on a library's shelf are not serving their purpose. And remember to explore or ask your ILL guru for alternative sources as needed.

Written by:  Maureen Welch, Indianhead Federated Library System


Use WISELearn to Weave Summer Learning into Fall

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Refreshed, renewed, and ready to reboot, the new school year is upon us. Many library media specialists and other educators have spent time this summer creating resources, leading professional development, and discovering tools to improve learning experiences for students. Rather than creating another new folder on a computer that may get buried in a sea of other important work, why not share all those great ideas with other Wisconsin educators and find even more fabulous resources in the process?

WISELearn provides a centralized location for connecting Wisconsin educators and sharing classroom and professional learning resources, and if you have not visited lately, it is time to explore the fabulous new platform introduced last year. The WISELearn Resources Library is a customized microsite of OER Commons. This personalization allows us to make choices about terminology and include our state standards. So, for example, if you want to add or find a resource to help integrate the Wisconsin Information and Technology Literacy Standards in grades 3-5, these are searchable fields. WISELearn also allows you to link resources out to Twitter and Pinterest or include them in your Google Classroom, and you can connect with the creator to provide feedback and make connections.

As a library media specialist, be an ambassador for WISELearn in your district. In addition to using WISELearn for your own instruction and research, coach a team of teachers in your district through forming a Group in WISELearn and using the site to share their resources and lessons. Demonstrate WISELearn to your staff and illustrate its great features using the guide, video, and links available on the Training page. You can also showcase some of the great work recently done by visiting the New London Math Interventions/Enrichment Group, the Lakeland Union OER Grant Group, or the CESA 11 ITL Resource Work Group for examples to inspire your peers in coaching sessions.

Your school library most certainly has a section devoted to professional learning. WISELearn allows you to expand this section into the digital world in a way that is inviting, useful, and social. Let’s build our Wisconsin educational community!


New WISCAT Documentation Available on Blank & Multi-Copy Requests

Friday, August 17, 2018

There is a new document available for WISCAT users in the ILL section of the Documentation Google folder, titled ILL - Blank & Multi-Copy Requests. This document describes the scenarios for using the blank or multi-copy request features, as well as how to use them. 

As a reminder, this folder is accessible in the menu bar when logged into a WISCAT staff account, as shown below:

Screenshot of WISCAT staff view with Documentation link highlighted

If you're looking for instructions or information on a topic that isn't covered in the Documentation folder, please Contact Us!

Written by Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning


Top 10 most requested titles : June 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

OCLC has released the most requested titles for June 2018. Starred titles are also on our In Constant Demand list. Titles on this list should not be requested as they are in high demand in their home library.                                                                                   Library bookshelves

  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World… by Hans Rosling
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng *
  • 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
  • I Light a Candle by Gena Turgel
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k… by Mark Manson *
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: ... by Michelle McNamara
  • Bad blood : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Iris & Lily. Book one by Angela Scipioni and Julie Scipioni *
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles *

Written by Christine Barth, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning




Statewide Electronic Resource Contract Options

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently completed a Request for Bid (RFB) procurement process working through the Wisconsin Department of Administration as statutorily required. The process was designed to maximize DPI’s buying power by selecting the lowest-cost bidder that could provide a product that best meets rigorous mandatory standards for electronic content in 13 separate Collection areas.

DPI recognized the total cost of the Collections might exceed the current BadgerLink budget and for the first time, the RFB included a clause allowing municipally funded library organizations to purchase selected Collections the DPI could not. Bidders were informed the price they provided for any Collection could be shared with those municipally-funded library organizations to make it easy for them to make purchases without having to conduct separate investigations and negotiations.

The subject areas to be included in Collections were determined with input from the Wisconsin library community. The community also provided input to the mandatory specifications for Collections.

DPI is signing contracts for all but two of the 13 separate electronic Collections included in the RFB. Public, school, or academic libraries may collaborate to identify a municipally-funded fiscal agent to purchase those two other Collections. If a statewide consortial purchase is made through this process, the DPI BadgerLink team is willing to host and provide technical support to the two additional collections on the BadgerLink website.

DPI is NOT licensing the following two Collections:

Collection 11: Full text Works of Literature
Vendor and product selected: Cengage Learning (Gale) - LitFinder
Price specified for the initial two-year (FY19 and FY20) contract: $52,000

Collection 12: Language Learning Resources
Vendor and product selected: Recorded Books - Transparent Languages Online
Price specified for the initial two-year (FY19 and FY20) contract: $69,000

Any library organization interested in learning about responses submitted by vendors not selected for any of the Collections included in the RFB should contact Martha Berninger ( or 608-224-6161).