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Register Now for the 2019 Interlibrary Loan Conference!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 21st for the FREE 2019 Interlibrary Loan Conference at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield! Organized by DPI's Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning team, this one-day conference will provide resource sharing staff with insight into best practices, inspiration, and opportunities for networking. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to be encouraged, energized, and build pride in the job ILL staff do as part of larger resource sharing networks.

This conference will not be platform-specific or Wisconsin-specific -- we welcome those in- and out-of-state, using WISCAT, OCLC, other platforms, or those simply wanting to learn more about ILL!

Registration begins at 9:30am, and the conference runs from 10am to 3:00pm, followed by an optional tour of the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library at 3:30. Sessions include the following:

  • Library Alphabet Soup - Debbie Hensler, SHAREit Customer Services Product Manager, Auto-Graphics
    • Acronyms are everywhere, from news stories to social media to the library. Learn what SIP, NCIP, ISO, API (and more) mean and how they work in the library.
  • SCLS Statewide Delivery System - Corey Baumann, Delivery Coordinator, South Central Library System
    • How do items you request via ILL get from the lending location to your library? Join Corey Baumann for a description of the SCLS Delivery Network as it currently operates. Learn how delivery works between public libraries, the UW System, UW Madison, private colleges, and more. In addition, hear about what the future might hold for delivery based on the Public Library System Redesign recommendations.
  • Topic-based discussions over lunch, including Best Practices, the Public Library System Redesign project, and SHAREit/WISCAT Version 6.
  • Tips & Tricks for Streamlining your ILL Workflow - Maureen Welch, Reference & ILL Coordinator, IFLS Library System
    • Does your interlibrary loan process begin with your patron’s Great Expectations, make you feel the need for the detective work of Nancy Drew while materials seem to take a trip Around the World in 80 Days? Join Maureen to discuss ways to streamline your interlibrary loan workflow from the intake of patron requests to the return of materials and the gathering of statistics.
  • ILL and Genealogists - Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society
    • Although there are many resources that are found online for researching family history, there are just as many resources that are not yet available online but can be found in libraries and other research institutions. Family historians are finding this out and wondering how to gain access to these collections. Interlibrary Loan is still very much considered a very vital service to genealogists. Lori Bessler will describe the core genealogy websites to show what they lack that can be accessed through ILL instead.

There is no charge for attendance, and lunch and snacks will be provided. Limited mileage reimbursement may be available for Wisconsin-based attendees traveling 80 miles round trip or more, with preference given to those carpooling, and in order of registration. For more details and to register, see the registration form at Funding for this conference is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Training on New BadgerLink Resources

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In the summer of 2018, BadgerLink went through a Request for Bid process that resulted in a number of new resources, along with a few upgraded versions of previous resources. We have highlighted this new content over the last three weeks on Badger Bulletin. If you would like to learn more about one or all of these new BadgerLink resources, please contact us for FREE, in-person training. If you are unable to commit to an in-person session, feel free to request a live webinar session. The BadgerLink team can also create additional video trainings and informational sheets, if not currently available. To view currently available training materials, visit

Training materials on new resources: 


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

Menominee Indian Tribe Wins IMLS Grant

Monday, June 10, 2019
Merlene Keshena and Frances Weso-Walker at the Menominee Logging Museum
Merlene Keshena and Frances Weso-Walker at the Menominee Logging Museum

With the assistant of IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services funds, the “People of the Wild Rice” can continue planning for improvements to exhibits at the Menominee Cultural Museum and Logging Museum. The Menominee Cultural Museum preserves artifacts and stories from the tribe’s 10,000 year history. The Menominee Logging Camp Museum is the largest logging museum in the United States and is comprised of seven log buildings and thousands of artifacts. The grant will allow the tribe to add expanded opportunities for learning about their rich culture, rooted in sustainability, both inside and outside of the buildings. If you visit these historic Wisconsin sites this summer, be sure to congratulate them on the grant award.

The Menominee Cultural Museum is open year round 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

The Logging Museum is open May through October 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Their application summary: The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will build on the results of ongoing research to develop an interpretive plan for both interior and exterior exhibits at the Menominee Cultural Museum and Logging Museum. The interpretive plan will reflect the Menominee origin narrative and their known identity as the "People of the Wild Rice." The outdoor exhibit will provide opportunities for seasonal community events, such as processing of wild rice and harvesting maize and other crops. These outdoor activities will help acquaint visitors with the Menominee philosophy of sustainable way of life. Project activities will engage museum staff, consultants, elders, and students in planning and implementing a robust series of traditional activities that supplement and support the exhibit development.

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Written by Cindy Fesemyer, Public Library Development


Announcing the 2019 Youth Services Institute Cohort

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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)

The application process was competitive for this year's Institute. Twenty-five participants were selected from a large pool of applicants representing 14 of the 16 regional library systems. Cohort members are listed alphabetically by library system and last name.

The 2019 Youth Services Institute Cohort

  1. Sarah Hemm, Beloit Public Library, Arrowhead Library System
  2. Andrea Bisordi, Pewaukee Public Library, Bridges Library System
  3. Amy Christian, Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson), Bridges Library System
  4. Daniel Kilkelly, Somerset Public Library, IFLS
  5. Emily Resendiz, Barron Public Library, IFLS
  6. Abby Seymour, Menomonie Public Library, IFLS
  7. Jake Wyrzykowski, Phillips Public Library, IFLS
  8. Jeanne Gomoll, Community Library (Salem), Kenosha County Library System
  9. Karen Rozzoni, Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha County Library System
  10. Kirsten Smith, Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System
  11. Alison Loewen, Mead Public Library (Sheboygan), Monarch Library System
  12. Lara Lakari, Stephenson Public Library (Marinette), Nicolet Federated Library System
  13. Braelyn Spencer, Algoma Public Library, Nicolet Federated Library System
  14. Sara Christopherson, Grantsburg Public Library, Northern Waters Library Service
  15. Ann Larson, Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library (Hayward), Northern Waters Library Service
  16. Sarah Read, Kaukauna Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  17. Autumn Laird, Spring Green Community Library, South Central Library System
  18. Jennifer Warnke, Angie W. Cox Public Library (Pardeeville), South Central Library System
  19. Kristin Holman-Steffel, Schreiner Memorial Library (Lancaster), Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  20. Erin Isabell, Platteville Public Library, Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  21. Tammy Gates, Wonewoc Public Library, Winding Rivers Library System
  22. Sheri Dunham, Neenah Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  23. Erica Dischinger, Minocqua Public Library, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
  24. Elizabeth Lutz, Marathon County Public Library--Marathon City Branch, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
  25. Mary Jo Netzer, Marathon County Public Library--Stratford Branch, Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development


Learn More about BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Online Library

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Want to stay up to date on all things BadgerLink? Subscribe to Badger Bulletin. Over the past few weeks, Badger Bulletin posts have highlighted newer BadgerLink content, including:

In the coming weeks, posts will continue to highlight new resources including and US Newsstream, as well as updated resources MasterFILE Complete and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text. You can also request training (in person, webinar, tutorials, whichever format works best!) on these resources any time, or contact us with questions.


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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Wisconsin Digital Archives

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The State of Wisconsin is working to promote awareness of the importance of mental health through programs designed to provide information and support to those in need. 

The Dept. of Health Services has resources available online to assist Wisconsin residents understand the importance of mental health, how to talk about mental health, and where to seek help.

In 2019, the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention began to convene to study and work to address the impact of suicide in Wisconsin. According to the task force webpage, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Wisconsin. This bipartisan task force will travel around the state to hear from survivors, experts, advocates and families who have been impacted in order to better support those struggling and to improve resources for suicide prevention. Policy recommendations are expected to be released fall 2019.

For reports and information about the programs state agencies are implementing to support mental health, visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few reports available:

For more information about mental health and access to immediate help, go to

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning





For questions about this information, contact Abby Swanton (608) 224-6174

How to determine availability and lendability in WISCAT, and why you don't need to!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Instant availability checking is a feature of using WISCAT for interlibrary loan, but the benefit is greatest in how the WISCAT platform uses that information behind the scenes. It sounds odd, but library staff and patrons can often safely ignore availability when placing requests.

This is because when you place a request on a bibliographic record in WISCAT, you aren’t requesting that specific item from that specific lender -- you’re requesting an item that matches the record you’re placing the request on. Once the request is placed, WISCAT is able to figure out automatically which libraries own that title, whether they will lend that title (as indicated in the ILL Lender? column), and whether or not it is available at those libraries (as indicated in the Status column). In the example below, the first record is lendable and available. The second is not lendable and not available, and the third is lendable but not available.

Screenshot of availability/lendability on a WISCAT bibliographic record

Once a request is placed, a lender list is then created automatically, which may or may not include the library whose bibrecord you placed the request on. Due to cataloging differences, WISCAT doesn’t always find every possible lender the first time around. If the request isn’t filled after going through the lender list, it then defaults to your primary default lender, which for most libraries is either staff on DPI’s Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning team, or your library system’s ILL staff. They will then manually add any possible additional lenders to the list and send it along for another try. This workflow has enabled WISCAT to have a fill rate of 90% or higher for the past 5 years, with an all-time high of 94% in 2016 and 2017.

In the upcoming WISCAT Version 6 update slated to roll out in August, libraries will have the option to hide the Status column from their patrons and/or staff. If you tend to focus on availability when placing requests, or if you think that column might be distracting or confusing for your patrons, you might consider hiding the Status column so that availability isn’t visible.

In short, if you find a bibliographic record in WISCAT that represents what your patron is looking for, go ahead and request it -- even if it shows as not available or lendable. WISCAT does the work of finding available titles from participating lenders so you don’t have to!

Written by Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning



Host a Community Screening with Wisconsin Public Television

Monday, May 20, 2019

Partner with WPT and Host a Community Screening Exploring the Lasting Impacts of Trauma and New Approaches to Care

Wisconsin Public Television has had a decades-long relationship with Wisconsin’s libraries and childhood resource agencies through our popular Reel to Real community event partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.

As part of this powerful community partnership, we’re asking you to consider hosting a free community screening and dialogue around a critical topic impacting our youngest – childhood trauma, and the need for trauma-informed care awareness, support and training.

We encourage you to partner with us and host a screening of Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories, an original Wisconsin Public Television news documentary examining the "childhood welfare to adult prison pipeline," and the positive impacts of trauma-informed care.

Request a free screening kit for your organization on behalf of your community. Our comprehensive community screening kit includes:

  • Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories documentary (DVD or download)
  • Event planning guide with tips for partnering locally
  • Discussion guide to help frame focused discussions after a viewing of the documentary
  • A comprehensive website with clinical resources, information on foster care and more
  • Customizable PDF event flyers and marketing support
  • Impact and Input survey
  • Support from WPT and our community and content partners

To request a free screening kit, click HERE

Be part of this critically important project and help raise awareness of this important issue in your community. For more information, visit, or email

Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories is funded in part by Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Focus Fund for Journalism.

Special thanks to our content and community partners Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund and the Bright Idea Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Guest Post by Michael Harryman, Director of Communication and Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television, (608) 265-3855


Wisconsin Public Library Communications

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Have you ever wondered about communication options for Wisconsin public libraries, in addition to the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog? The Public Library Development Team moderates six (6) email lists, each organized around library information and topics relevant to their targeted audiences, such as youth services and Wisconsin public library directors.  Some lists are closed discussion groups, and others are announcements only. To view the lists, targeted audiences, and list moderators, visit:

The Future of DPI Library Communications

The Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) established WISPUBLIB in 1994 as a venue to discuss public library issues of interest to the state's public library community. That email list was replaced by DPI Google+ Communities in late 2015 until they were sunsetted by Google in April 2019. The Public Library Development Team (PLD) understands the value of open and trustworthy communications, and discussion of a replacement for the communities is in the works among Wisconsin library systems. 

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team

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Guest Post: On Digital Preservation in Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In honor of Preservation Week, we have a guest post about digital preservation, written by Kristina Warner, iSchool student and Wisconsin Historical Society Program Assistant.

The term “digital preservation” is often considered scary, overwhelming and, the act of digital preservation often gets put on the back burner. However, in reality, we are seeing an increase in the number of records being born digitally and through many wonderful digitization projects. Our patrons want to see these culturally significant items with a click of the finger. While, this is extremely important and a great way to help preserve frail documents, we can’t forget about all of the time, money, and energy that goes into creating these digital collections. We can’t put the preservation of these digital objects on the back burner, or all of our hard work creating these digital collections will go to waste.

In the summer of 2018, I spent time working with the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) to work on creating digital preservation guidelines and workflow. This project stemmed from Recollection Wisconsin’s Memory Project that allowed small cultural heritage institutions to digitize collections of significance. After this project was well underway, there was a realization that, despite finding funds to digitize collections, they needed to help these institutions with protecting the integrity of the digital objects for future generations. From this, the initiative Curating Community Digital Collections, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, was started to “provide library school students with practical experience in digital stewardship and increase the capacity of small libraries and cultural heritage organizations to curate their digital collections. Over two years, 16 students and 10-16 host institutions will receive training and mentoring in digital stewardship and will work together to manage, preserve and provide access to digital content.”

This opportunity to work with Recollection Wisconsin in this new program allowed me as a current student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iSchool to get a better understanding of what digital preservation means and the true importance of working towards creating trusted digital objects. The digital world will always be evolving, so our work will never be done in our aspirations to create trusted digital objects and repositories. However, with the creation of documents by the participating students, we hope that other institutions who are working on starting to preserve digital objects can use these documents to help influence or guide them in the right direction and to let them know that they are not alone in this process.

My fascination with digital preservation and digitization projects has grown from this opportunity. So naturally, with working with the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Wisconsin Historical Society, I was curious as to how all of our digital objects are being preserved. This grant funded project partners other institutions with the Library of Congress to work on digitizing America's historic newspaper collections and placing them on Chronicling America, a database hosted by the Library of Congress. As of January 2019, 14,467,889 digital pages of historic newspapers are available for free. That’s a lot of digital content! The Society alone has contributed to 126,442 pages being stored on this free, full text searchable database at the Library of Congress. My biggest question with generating a large amount of digital content was, how are we working towards preserving our own content locally?

In December, I sat down with Hannah Wang, the Electronic Records Archivist for the Society, to discuss what is being done to protect our digitized newspapers, as well as other digital collections being held by the Society. Our digital collections are housed in the “dark archive,” which is a repository that is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and lets the Society to have instant access to our content (if needed, but restricted access to who can use it). The Society follows the principle of the 3-2-1 rule for digital storage with the help of DoIT: three copies, stored on two different media, and one copy located off-site. The program manager for the NDNP, Randi Ramsden, generates checksums on all digital objects, and before ingestion, Hannah checks the fixity of the files by comparing the hash.

The Society is hoping to move forward with preserving digital objects, especially with the ingestion of state records that have been created electronically, but in order to do so, we need financial backing and institutional support. This process of moving forward can’t happen overnight, but with checking where we stand on NDSA Levels of Preservation and what level we need to move to, we can slowly get to creating a strong digital preservation policy at the Society that reflects our diverse collections with a variety of needs. In early 2019, the Society is working towards this goal by allowing access and preserving objects with their WHS Electronic Records Portal.

In all, as we all move forward with digitization projects and/or ingestion of born digital objects, we can’t be afraid of digital preservation. This is just one form of preservation. We work towards preserving the physical objects for future generations, but we can’t forget about the digitized versions. These may one day, or are currently, serving as the only record of an object. We, as information professionals, need to make sure these digital objects are trusted representations of the object so future generations can continue on sharing and understanding our past.

This post was written by Kristina Warner, Wisconsin Historical Society Program Assistant. Work by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) will be showcased at a session at Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference on May 2 at 1:45pm.


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