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Final PLSR Report: COLAND Invites Input in Public Listening Sessions

Friday, March 15, 2019

Guest Post from COLAND Chair, Bryan McCormick

The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee recently turned in the Final Recommendation Report to the State Superintendent, Ms. Carolyn Stanford Taylor, completing the work that so many individuals throughout the state participated in and helped make possible. This was a huge undertaking and everyone involved in the process should be very proud of this achievement. To my knowledge no one else nationally has been successful with a statewide effort such as this; front line staff providing the information to help make decisions that will benefit our library patrons. It was not the legislature or government officials deciding on best courses of action, it was those of us in the library community.

Upon receiving the report, COLAND (the Council on Library and Network Development) has been informed that the Superintendent would like for there to be one final round of comments and has asked that several listening sessions be held across the state. COLAND is setting up four in-person listening sessions, to be held regionally throughout the state. The four sites and dates, as well as a link to the final report, can be found on the COLAND page here. One call in session for those unable to make it to one of the regional sessions will be scheduled and announced later in the process. I would encourage anyone with comments about the report to attend one of those meetings and provide feedback. COLAND will then compile and share feedback with the Superintendent.
Thank you again to all who have participated in this project, and to the future implementation of ideas that will further support and strengthen the programs, services and resources that Wisconsin’s public libraries provide to their patrons.

Bryan J. McCormick


Virtual COLAND listening session on the PLSR Steering Committee Final Report

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Register to Connect on Tuesday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 pm, via Skype


The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee recently submitted the final Recommendation Report to the State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor. In response to the report, Ms. Stanford Taylor requested a final opportunity for community input. To fulfill this request the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) scheduled four listening sessions throughout the state, which were completed last week. COLAND will also conduct a "virtual" listening session, hosted through DPI's Skype. The session will be conducted next Tuesday, April 30, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Registration is required for this session in order to maintain an orderly progression of responses. To register for the session, complete this form with your email address, full name, and your library and system affiliation. You will then receive an email response with the link to the Skype session, along with a reminder message next Tuesday morning. During the session, an online form will be provided for those who do not have a microphone or prefer to submit their comments in writing, as was the case at the in-person sessions.

Please feel free to share this information and the registration link with anyone who was unable to attend one of the in-person listening sessions, including trustees, other librarians, or interested public. The feedback, both from the in-person sessions and the virtual sessions, will be compiled and made available to COLAND members for their next regular meeting on May 10 at the Tomahawk School District. 

Written by John DeBacher, Public Library Development


Resource Sharing Helps the Department of Children and Families

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Guest Post Written By:  Glenna Carter, Librarian, Child Care Information Center, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education

It is well known that Wisconsin’s resource sharing system serves public and academic libraries, K-12 schools and technical colleges, but it also serves state agencies that support a multitude of state services. One of these agencies is the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families  (DCF). Childcare providers all over Wisconsin look to DCF for guidance. 

DCF Logo

Many providers learned about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from the Child Care Information Center (CCIC), a small special library in DCF, Division of Early Care and Education. CCIC is a lending library and information clearinghouse specifically for Wisconsin child care providers and trainers. They encourage providers to take advantage of their local library’s ILL service to conveniently access books and DVDs they could never afford to purchase.

On the flip side of the coin, DCF employees depend upon interlibrary loan for research articles that are not available to them online or on the UW-Madison campus. The federal government encourages states, in addition to universities and think tanks, to conduct and use research to find ways to improve their childcare subsidy programs (Wisconsin Shares), childcare quality rating and improvement systems (YoungStar), and other programs that make a significant positive difference in the lives of children and families. Some of the articles needed by DCF researchers and policymakers are hard to find in full text but, when the CCIC librarian runs out of ideas, the ILL experts at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning always find a way!

Posted by:  Christine Barth, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


For questions about this information, contact Christine Barth (608) 224-6171

It's time to order your 2020 WISCAT license!

Monday, December 2, 2019

It’s time to order a 2020 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 WISCAT licensing form auto-populates some information for you. Begin typing your library code or library name and select the correct library that appears, 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.


Document Delivery - an Important Part of ILL Service

Thursday, October 3, 2019

For those unfamiliar with Resource Sharing (Interlibrary Loan) an important part of this service involves Document Delivery. Full text scholarly journal articles are rarely freely available online. They live behind pay walls that make these articles inaccessible without a subscription. With increased visibility online, patrons are easily finding citations, but are unable to obtain the full text article. A single article can cost anywhere between $30-$50 or more. Enter Interlibrary Loan. If their school or public library provides Interlibrary Loan service, students can create an ILL request for a photocopy of an article – all at no cost to them. Provided the photocopy complies with copyright law, articles are sent via OCLC’s Article Exchange or via PDF email attachment. In many cases, turnaround time is 48 hours.

This service is available to all types of libraries in Wisconsin, including K-12s. It’s called WISCAT and is available for a $200 annual licensing fee. It helps students succeed. Their research does not have to end when all they can find is an abstract. More information about the service and licensing will be available soon. For questions, please email

From some satisfied customers:

The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College :

“Wow! I have to tell you I have had incredible luck getting these requests filled. I can say that out of the last 50 requests I have had one turned down. That is amazing!
Thank you for this incredible service you provide for our students.”

Green Bay West High School

"Our students are completing internal assessments for International Baccalaureate and the extended essay. The assignments range across the curriculum.

We would not be able to support their research without ordering articles full text through interlibrary loan. We REALLY appreciate this service.
Thanks so much!"

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


For questions about this information, contact Christine Barth (608) 224-6171

DPI in the WLA Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

If you’re going to the WLA Conference next week, make sure you visit the Exhibit Hall early and often. It’s a great way to connect with your vendors . . . and maybe meet some new ones. You can even hang out with DPI staff. Lots of Public Library Development and Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning (RL&LL) staff will be present in the Exhibit Hall Wednesday and Thursday. Stop by and say “hi” at booth #422.

The DPI booth will be a font of information on various subjects of import to public libraries across the state. You can drop in and chat about any subject at any time, but we’re scheduling specific subject experts for specific booth times. Here’s the lineup:

Wednesday, 10/9/19

  • 10:00-11:00         Big kick off CELEBRATION for John DeBacher’s retirement. Cake and well wishes.
  • 11:00-noon         Connecting Wisconsin Libraries with Tessa and Monica
  • Noon-1:30           BadgerLink with Elizabeth and Census 2020 with Cindy
  • 1:30-2:30              BadgerLink with Jen
  • 2:30-3:30              Connecting Wisconsin Libraries with Tessa and Monica
  • 3:30-4:15              No conflict free for all
  • 4:15-5:00              Annual Report with Michael and RL&LL programs and LAWDS with Martha

Thursday, 10/10/19

  • 8:30-10:00           BadgerLink with Jen and RL&LL programs and LAWDS with Martha
  • 10:00-11:00         No conflict free for all
  • 11:00-noon         DPI Library Website with Ben and WISCAT with Gail
  • Noon – 1:30      System Collaboration Subaward with Tessa and Cindy
  • 1:30-2:30           Annual Report with Michael and RL&LL programs and LAWDS with Martha
  • 2:30-3:30              Connecting Wisconsin Libraries with Tessa and Monica
  • 3:30-4:30              No conflict free for all

See you soon!


Come see DPI Library Teams at WLA Conference October 8-11 in Wisconsin Dells!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

DPI Library Teams will be at the WLA Conference October 8-11. We will be at booth #422 in the Exhibits hall, as well as the sessions described below. Stop by the booth or attend a session, and say hello!

The following programs are scheduled throughout the conference. All programs are located in the Kalahari Convention Center, Lake Delton. Registration for the WLA Annual Conference is required for attendance. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday Pre-Conference

Look Where your Privilege Intersects with Someone's Oppression Because That's Where You Have the Most Power to Make Change
Room - Marula/Aralia

Ijeoma Oluo will lead a discussion about race, privilege, intersectionality, microaggressions and cultural appropriation. Through small group discussions, report-backs and other facilitated discussion methods, participants will identify ways to dismantle racism in their libraries, communities and personal lives. This pre-conference is free thanks to co-sponsorship with the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, and the iSchool at UW-Madison.

Wednesday sessions

eResource Usage: Nationwide and Local Trends
Room - Portia

Jen Champoux, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
The presenter will highlight research on the national public library use of databases. This “state of the nation” will focus on other statewide e-resource groups and the trends of usage particularly in public libraries, while highlighting Wisconsin libraries that show exceptional use of BadgerLink resources.

Working It! Enhancing Your Library’s Workforce Development Connections
Room - Portia

Martha Berninger, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; John DeBacher, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Mark Jochem, South Central Library System, Madison; Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Jon Menz, Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, Stevens Point; Ted Anderson, Department of Workforce Development, Milwaukee
The panel will share their experiences as leaders of the first year of the three-year Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project. LAWDS is making connections between public libraries and Wisconsin's workforce development experts. Audience members will be asked to provide feedback on the LAWDS training sessions and ""meet and greets" that are bringing together staff from public libraries and experts from the Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Workforce Development Boards and American Job Centers. LAWDS is funded through the Laura Bush 21st Century program of the Institute for Museums and Library Services.

How can (DP) I Help You? Crowdsourcing Your Adult Program and Service Needs
Room - Guava

Cindy Fesemyer, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Did you know there's a new-ish team member at your State Library? Cindy Fesemyer is the Adult and Community Services Consultant and wants this discussion to be all about YOU. Whether you work in a school, public, academic or special library, you serve adults. Join this facilitated brainstorming session to share your wants and needs when it comes to providing quality services and programs for adults in your community.

Connect and Create Panel Discussion: Public and School Librarian Collaboration Projects
Room - Africa 40

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Monica Treptow, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
In June 2018, Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant money was awarded to public and school librarian teams in order to develop collaborative projects for their communities. The projects aligned with one of two themes explored in workshops held in May: Students as Community Members - Connecting through Books, Collections and Perspective Sharing or Students as Creators - Connecting through STEM, Maker, Coding and Hands-On Learning. The grant recipients hosted authors, purchased robotics and ultimately provided fabulous opportunities that highlighted their libraries. This discussion will showcase some of these diverse projects as panelists share their strategies, successes and lessons learned. Come by and be inspired!

Thursday sessions

Say Yes to Census 2020
Room - Africa 30

Cindy Fesemyer, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
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.t the time of reservation, the first nights room and tax fee are due whether you book online or over the phone.

Privacy Issues in Today’s Public Library
Room - Wisteria

Shannon Schultz, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ben Miller, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Uncertain about how to handle a potential surveillance video request by law enforcement? Concerned about how staff would or should respond to a "First Amendment audit?" In this timely and relevant session, the presenters will discuss issues surrounding patron privacy in today's physical and virtual environments, the library's legal requirements regarding the protection of library records, the development of privacy policies and the training of library staff


For questions about this information, contact Jennifer Champoux (608) 224-5390

Digitization Kits Available to Wisconsin Libraries

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In collaboration with the South Central Library System (SCLS) and Recollection Wisconsin, 20 Digitization Kits have been distributed to library systems across Wisconsin. This project was made possible through WISE funding. The intended goal of this project is to increase the capacity of public libraries throughout Wisconsin to digitize local history resources. In turn, these history resources could be used to help preserve local history, aid in genealogical research, and support student inquiry around Wisconsin history. Digitized materials will be made available online through Recollection Wisconsin and DPLA.


Computer and scanner included with Digitization Kits
Photo by Shawn Vesely, courtesy of Recollection WI.

The Digitization Kits include a basic flatbed scanner and other equipment for scanning two-dimensional photos and documents. These kits were based on digitization kits created for New York METRO’s Culture In Transit project. SCLS procured equipment and assembled the kits in early 2019 and have made them available to library systems that expressed interest in pursuing digitization projects in a September 2018 Google Poll. These kits are comprised of identical hardware to help foster collaboration between systems, libraries, and other organizations in supporting and planning for digitization projects.

In July, 22 staff from 12 regional public library systems around the state participated in training workshops presented by South Central Library System and Recollection Wisconsin. The workshops were held in Madison at SCLS headquarters and in Keshena at the College of Menominee Nation Library. The goals of the workshops were to introduce the scanning kits, provide an overview of steps for systems to work with their member libraries to develop digital projects and contribute content to Recollection Wisconsin and DPLA, and build networks across regional library systems to share information and expertise. Tamara Ramski, Digitization Specialist for SCLS, walked through the workflow she uses when partnering with libraries. Craig Ellefson of SCLS gave an overview of the equipment and support resources. Emily Pfotenhauer of Recollection Wisconsin discussed metadata requirements and copyright considerations for digital collections.

Moving forward, libraries are encouraged to contact their systems to inquire about the availability of Digitization Kits for local projects. Recollection Wisconsin staff are available as a resource to help libraries and systems plan and carry out digitization projects ( SCLS is happy to answer system questions to clarify project workflows ( For more information on this ongoing project, including documentation, templates, and resources, visit or check out the slides from the workshops.

Written by Emily Pfotenhauer and Ben Miller


For questions about this information, contact Ben Miller (608) 224-6168

Early Learning Resources from Wisconsin Public Television

Monday, September 30, 2019

The following is a guest post from Katy Kraemer, Early Learning Specialist at Wisconsin Public Television. This information is intended for library staff serving youth and families. Consider these resources for your professional learning and/or to share with your community.

Posted by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development

PBS Kids Back to School Collage





Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education provides innovative, cost-free media to spark curiosity and activate learning at any age! They help learners connect with media in a fun, educational and engaging manner.

Grow and develop young children’s minds with these WPT Education resources and opportunities:


Bright by Text, receive three to five texts per week with information and activities supporting child development, early literacy, prosocial behavior, health, wellness and more! Text the word BADGER to 274-448 to subscribe.


PBS KIDS, discover fun and educational apps, games and videos that are cost-free and easy to download on desktops or devices.


PBS KIDS for Parents, find an abundance of hands-on activities, printables, apps and games featuring PBS KIDS characters that provide tips and resources on planning activities and caring for children.


Ready to Learn, explore Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themed videos, games, apps, books and hands-on activities featuring PBS KIDS characters, perfect for Family Engagement and Out-of-School Time activities.    


PBS KIDS Edcamp, partner with WPT Education in hosting a collaborative, participant-driven professional development event for early learning educators. Contact or 608-263-1232 for more information.


Discover these resources and more on WPT Education’s website —

Questions? Contact WPT Education at or 608-263-1232.

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Reminder: WISCAT and BadgerLink Outage/Upgrade Coming Soon

Friday, September 13, 2019

Wisconsin’s implementation of Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit platform is migrating to a new version from September 27th to 30th. Access to WISCAT and BadgerLink resources will be unavailable from 7pm on Friday the 27th to 7am on Monday the 30th. All library-specific WISCAT URLs and authenticated BadgerLink resource links will be updated with new URLs as part of this migration. Auto-Graphics will provide a redirect of the previous URLs for up to 6 months. The programs’ main website URLs, and, will not change.

Any library or school that places direct links to BadgerLink resources on a website, within a proxy, or another SSO application such as OpenAthens, will need to edit the URLs no later than late March 2020 in order to continue providing users access outside of the BadgerLink website. The new BadgerLink resource URLs are listed in the BadgerLink Resource URLs spreadsheet in column F.

For reference, the current BadgerLink authenticated URL structure is as follows:

The new BadgerLink URL structure will be formatted as:

The current WISCAT library-specific URL structure is as follows, where XXXX = your library’s WISCAT code:

The new WISCAT library-specific URLs will be formatted as:

This upgrade will not affect functionality of any BadgerLink resources other than the outage from 9/27-9/30. However, the WISCAT platform, which is also used for Super Search, will see more modern styling. Significant changes will occur in the WISCAT interface -- full WISCAT Version 6 release notes are available in the Documentation link when logged into WISCAT staff accounts.

To stay up to date with BadgerLink changes subscribe to the Badger Bulletin. Library staff who work with the WISCAT platform should join the WISCAT/ILL listserv by sending a blank email to For additional help, contact BadgerLink or WISCAT staff.