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Helping Patrons find Hot Jobs

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Public libraries do a great job helping patrons put together resumes or search for jobs. But what if you have a patron who is thinking of changing careers, or may have experience in more than one field? Are you comfortable helping them explore which field may offer them the greatest opportunities?

The improved labor market is giving Wisconsin residents some flexibility in seeking jobs, particularly those near a larger community. Folks who have choices may need a different kind of guidance. How familiar are you with the strategies for researching the demand for employees in different fields?

The Job Center of Wisconsin provides tools you and your patrons can use to learn about labor market demands. Here is the homepage:

Wisconsin's 50 hot jobs

One of the best is the “Hot Jobs” page on the Job Center Website. To qualify as a “Hot Job”, the field must have a median salary ABOVE the state median, a higher percentage of change than the state average, and have a higher than average number of positions open. The HotJobs page features colorful graphics and useful data on the annual median wages and projected openings. See the page here: Patrons and library staff can use Hot Jobs to screen for jobs data according to the typical level of education required for a job, by wage levels, or percentage of change.

More useful tools can be found on the United State Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The Bureau of Labor publishes “Economy at a Glance” statistics for each state. Here is the Wisconsin "Glance": According to the most recently reported data for January, 2019, the fastest growing field of employment in Wisconsin is construction, with a 4.4% growth rate; followed by leisure and hospitality with a 2.3% growth rate; then mining and logging, with a 2.1% growth rate; both manufacturing and “other services” have a 2.1% annual growth rate. The “other services” job cluster includes repair services, personal care services, pet care services, and more.

One extremely useful toolset available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Economy at Glance” website are the metropolitan area tables, which provide employment data for specific communities in and near Wisconsin.

For Wisconsin, employment data is available for the following metropolitan areas:

  • Appleton, WI
  • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI
  • Duluth, MN-WI
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Fond du Lac, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Janesville, WI
  • La Crosse, WI-MN
  • Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  • Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
  • Racine, WI
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Wausau, WI

Becoming familiar with these two sources, the Job Center of Wisconsin’s “Hot Jobs” and the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Economy at a Glance”, will help you feel more confident working with patrons who may be considering their career options.


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

Grow with Google

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Google launched a new workforce development initiative in 2017 called Grow with Google to deliver in-person training for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff across the country. This year, Google will visit all 50 states, including Wisconsin, to deliver these trainings. Grant funding will also be available to individual libraries as part of this initiative.

Grow with Google is a suite of free, online tools and trainings created by Google aimed at workforce development. This suite of resources is aimed at six audiences: students and teachers, small business owners, job seekers, startups, veterans, and software developers. Google staff will travel throughout the country to provide trainings on how to use these resources as a way to promote these tools and trainings. This training started last year and Google discovered that visits to library locations had the biggest impact and highest attendance. They subsequently shifted their strategy to exclusively visit libraries in 2019.

As part of their focus on libraries, Google partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) division of ALA to better work with local libraries and state library agencies. Trainings at libraries will be full day events. The morning will be reserved for library staff and will be focused on helping libraries support their users in using Grow with Google resources. If your library isn’t selected as a training location, you can attend or send staff members to these trainings. The afternoon will be open for the general public to get training on Grow with Google resources. Registration will be available once visits in Wisconsin are scheduled and will be offered at no cost.

In addition to hands-on training, Google and PLA are offering grants to local libraries to build on workforce development activities already happening at their libraries by incorporating at least one Grow with Google resource. Applications that include outcome measurement, partnerships, and a focus on equity, diversity, or inclusion will have the best chance of receiving funding. Visit the PLA grant page for more information, eligibility requirements, and details about the application process. The grant application window will open the first day Google visits Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s Grow with Google visit hasn’t yet been scheduled. States are generally given 6-8 weeks advance notice before the visits and DPI will work with PLA and selected libraries to coordinate these activities. Keep reading the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog for more details. We will share additional information and selected locations once we hear from Google and PLA.


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

BadgerLink on your Website

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Do you want to link to BadgerLink resources on your website so your students and patrons can access these resources easily and effectively? Or do you wish you could link to a BadgerLink database or two but aren’t sure how to do that? Could your links to BadgerLink resources be outdated? Look no further than the BadgerLink on your Website page.

Here you can access a Google sheet with all the direct links to BadgerLink databases and resources so your patrons can seamlessly access from your library web pages. We only ask you credit BadgerLink when linking to these resources. We provide an example of this on the BadgerLink on your Website page.

If you plan on attending the WEMTA conference, please check out our session on BadgerLink in your library on Tuesday, April 2. We hope to see you there!

Written by Jen Champoux, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


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

Wisconsin Takes Part in National Youth Services Project

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Two women fold paper airplane using algorithm
Workshop participants fold a paper airplane using an algorithm, 
a core concept of Computational Thinking

Last fall, the Public Library Development Team was selected to participate in the first cohort of the three year IMLS funded YALSA Transforming Teen Services Train the Trainer project, T3 for short. The Wisconsin T3 Team participating in this project includes Caitlin Schaffer from Oconomowoc Public Library in the Bridges Library System, Laurie Freund and Angela Meyers from the Bridges Library System, and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt from the Public Library Development Team. The Wisconsin team attended an in-person training in Chicago in October 2018 on the topics of Connected Learning, Ages & Stages, Computational Thinking, and Facilitation Skills. Since October, the team has been working with pilot state peers (AL, ME, MN, RI), YALSA staff, and a personal team coach to develop trainings for Wisconsin library staff.

The main training events in Wisconsin for 2019 are two workshops hosted by SEWI -- Sequences and Stories, Part One: Connected Learning and Sequences and Stories, Part Two: Computational Thinking. The workshops are connected, and participants will be encouraged to attend both parts. Mini-grants for technology and/or professional development will be an option for dual attendees. The first workshop will be held on April 23 and the second on September 23, both at the Franklin Public Library (Registration details). Library staff serving youth in the SEWI region, or anywhere in the state, are invited to attend. Note: While the YALSA grant emphasizes teen services, we will be adapting the content for the range of ages (0-18) served by Wisconsin public library youth services staff.

On the horizon, the Wisconsin T3 Team will be looking for at least one other system or region to host these workshops in 2020. The Wisconsin T3 Team will work with hosts to customize the content and offerings to meet the needs of youth services staff in different areas of the state.

Written by:

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team


McMillan Library a Finalist for 2019 National Medal for Service

Thursday, March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced on March 11, 2019, that McMillan Memorial Library of Wisconsin Rapids is among the 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant, innovative and exceptional contributions to their communities.

McMillan’s application highlighted a tradition of building community and meeting local needs. Their program includes concerts, foreign films and art displays. The facility has a social commons, environmental learning station, makerspace, podcast studio, coffeehouse and 235 kW solar roof. The Youth Services space is modeled after a children’s museum, with many hands-on activities. The staff initiated and operates an online community calendar. Their digital archives range from corporate newsletters to plat books, maps and photographs. Many of McMillan’s innovations have been in response to their numerous community partners, the fruit of an “outward facing” staff initiative.

Library Director Andy Barnett said “McMillan’s selection as an IMLS National Medal Finalist gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many community partners who have enriched our program. If McMillan is an exceptional library, it is because we have received exceptional support from our community.”

For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference in their communities. National Medal winners will be announced at the end of April. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored at the National Medal Ceremony on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Previous Medal winners from Wisconsin include Appleton’s History Museum at the Castle (2018), Wausau’s Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (2017) and Madison Public Library (2016).


Congratulations to McMillan Memorial Library for the hard work and exceptional services they provide to their community. For more information, visit McMillan's website at

Submitted by Shannon Schultz, Public Library Development



Google Communities for Libraries to Sunset April 2

Friday, March 1, 2019

Google has announced that on April 2, 2019, Google+ consumer accounts will be shut down. Google will delete consumer account content and shut down any associated Google+ pages. All members and moderators with a G Suite account will continue to have access. However, members and moderators who have a consumer Google+ account will lose access. Consumer accounts are free Google accounts, while G Suite accounts are typically paid for and managed by an institution.

Google Communities for Libraries will continue to exist for the time being, but because most members of the Wisconsin Public Library Community are not G Suite users, this communication venue will sunset on April 2, 2019.

We are exploring possible alternatives and will continue to share updates on social communication options for libraries on the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog and via email with the Public Library Systems for distribution to member libraries.

Not sure if you have a G Suite account or a consumer account? To find out your account type, go to:

If your page looks like this, you are a member of a G Suite account, and your account and associated content will remain active:

Screenshot of Google Suite Account

However, if your page looks like this, your account is a consumer account and all associated content and pages will be deleted on April 2nd:

Google Consumer Account

Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. DPI will not retain any information posted by community members. If you want to retain your content, we recommend you download and save it before April:

If you have questions, contact the Google+ moderator of your community in question.

Posted by Ben Miller
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


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

BiblioBoard 101 and the Wisconsin Author Project Webinars

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

BiblioBoard 101 Webinar - March 8, 2019

Are you looking to provide tools to support your local authors while also growing your readers' access to digital resources - all available for free and with no waiting? In the last year, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) introduced new resources for Wisconsin writers and readers, in partnership with BiblioBoard and with funding from IMLS. For creators, those resources include Pressbooks, SELF-e, and the Wisconsin Author Project (which is about to enter its second round!). For readers, BiblioBoard Library provides access to much of this content created by Wisconsin authors and a lot more, all available to read immediately - no waiting for holds and no logging in.

Join WPLC Project Managers from WiLS, Melody Clark and Andi Coffin, in a free and virtual webinar as they share information about these four resources and how you can help users find and use them on Friday, March 8th at 1:00PM.

This presentation will be recorded and shared. Register to attend by visiting

In case you missed it….

An introductory webinar on the Wisconsin Author Project, which launches again on April 1, was held earlier this month. If you want to learn more about how the Indie Author Project works, hear about the success of the 2018 contests, get news on the expansion of the project in 2019, and most importantly hear about how you and your library can get involved, please access the recorded version at:

This information provided by Ster Morrill, WiLS Director


For questions about this information, contact Monica Treptow (608) 575-6065

Award-winning Translated Books for Kids

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Recently, I served on the 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award committee. Administered by the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the Batchelder Award is awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year.

The Department of Public Instruction has a big focus on equity, especially in regard to the lives and experiences of children. By sharing high-quality texts with youth and families, libraries encourage conversations and discovery. These award-winning titles offer many ways to explore how humans are the same, and different, all over the globe.

Considering accessing these titles through WISCAT or purchasing for your library’s collection.

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development TeamCollage of 2019 Batchelder Award book covers

The ALA press release for the 2019 Batchelder Award follows.

2019 Award

The Fox on the Swing, published by Thames & Hudson, Inc., written by Evelina Daciūtė, illustrated by Aušra Kiudulaitė, and translated by The Translation Bureau

Originally published in Lithuanian in 2016 as “Laime Yra Lape,” the book was written by Evelina Daciūtė illustrated by Aušra Kiudulaitė and translated by The Translation Bureau. The book tells the story of Paul, who lives a fairly ordinary life with his parents, but whose routine is interrupted by a moody and deep-thinking fox who challenges Paul’s perspective on happiness and predictability. His friendship with the fox vacillates between moments of whimsy and philosophical ponderings in this exceptional picture book.

“The outstanding writing in this book reflects a deep respect for childhood and the importance of adaptability and absurdity,” said Batchelder Award Committee Chair, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt.

2019 Honor Books

Run For Your Life, published by Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books, Inc., written by Silvana Gandolfi, translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Originally published in Italian in 2010 as, “Io Dentro Gli Spari,” “Run For Your Life,” was written by Silvana Gandolfi and translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. “Run For Your Life” is a deeply affecting contemporary novel set in Italy and inspired by real-life mafia events. The stories of Santino in southern Sicily and Lucio in northern Livorno are told in alternating chapters until they connect in a surprising and compelling way.

“This highly-absorbing page-turner is more sophisticated than it appears at first glance,” said Michaelson Schmidt.

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, published by Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., written and illustrated by Nie Jun, and translated by Edward Gauvin

Originally published in Mandarin, and then published as a French translation in 2016 as, “Les Contes de la Ruelle,” “My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder,” was written and illustrated by Nie Jun and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. There’s a story around every corner in this graphic novel about a young girl navigating life with a mobility limitation who lives in a hutong neighborhood of Bejing with her devoted grandfather. Yu’er engages with family and friends to explore the wonders and difficulties of everyday life--without losing sight of her dreams.

“Especially noteworthy is how the four stories integrate tough realities, humor, magic, and delight in depicting their adventures,” said Michaelson Schmidt.

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written by Torben Kuhlmann, illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann, and translated by David Henry Wilson

Originally published in German in 2018 as, “Edison: Das Rätsel des verschollenen Mauseschatzes,” “Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure,” was written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann and translated by David Henry Wilson. In a quest for treasure, Pete, an excited and persistent young mouse, appears in the Professor’s class at the University of Mice. A simple request for assistance turns into a complex and technical adventure with a unexpected conclusion that parallels one of the most important inventions of all time.

“This lavishly illustrated text brilliantly marries intergenerational teamwork with science and discovery,” said Michaelson Schmidt.

Jerome By Heart, published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Thomas Scotto illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson

Originally published in French in 2009 as, “Jerome Par Cur,” “Jerome By Heart,” was written by Thomas Scotto and translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson. This subtle, yet powerful picture book portrays the unabashed love and unconditional friendship between young boys Jerome and Raphael.

“The succinct and clear writing impressed us with its tenderness and honesty.” said Michaelson Schmidt.

Members of the 2019 Batchelder Award Committee are: Chair Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin State Library, WI Dept. Public Instruction, Madison, Wis.; Sandra Farag, Ingram Library Services, La Vergne, Tenn.; Lorrie Anne Hansen, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Madeleine Ildefonso, Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library; and Kathy G. Short, University of Arizona, Tucson.



Highlights of BadgerLink Website

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Many libraries link directly to BadgerLink resources from their website, rather than sharing the BadgerLink website with students and patrons. The BadgerLink team encourages you to do so and thanks you for your support of BadgerLink! We also want to take this opportunity to remind you of a few links and resources available on the BadgerLink website that may have been missed.

Many popular magazines with full text articles are available in BadgerLink at We recently added a few new titles upon upgrading to MasterFILE Complete this past summer. These include AllRecipes, Better Homes & Gardens, Eating Well, Martha Stewart Living, Midwest Living, and Motor Trend, among others.

In addition, EBSCO’s Multimedia Search provides access to EBSCO’s Image Collection, Medical Image Collection, Literary Image Collection, Science Video Collection, Medical Video and Animations, and Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century. These collections Include more than 10,000 videos and almost a million images.

Screenshot of BadgerLink website showing Read More link

Each database available through BadgerLink has a webpage devoted to the resource, with a description of the resource, and many also include training tutorials and info sheets. Simply click Read More under each resource when on the Browse Resources page to view.

The BadgerLink team is presenting a session on providing access to BadgerLink resources through your website and classroom tools at the WEMTA conference on April 2. Come join us to hear more about how you can easily share these resources at your school!

Contact us at with questions or for more information on using BadgerLink.

Written by Jen Champoux, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


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

LAWDS Launches

Thursday, February 14, 2019

If you work in a Wisconsin public library, you will soon be invited to activities offered through the Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project. LAWDS will bring together public library staff with the staff of regional Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and Wisconsin Job Centers, to facilitate more seamless support of job-seeking patrons, business owners and entrepreneurs. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Starting this May, public library staff will be invited to “Meet and Greet” sessions led by members of WDBs. The focus will be on sharing and learning about the skills and resources WDBs can offer to public libraries and the communities they serve. The spring sessions are the first of four training opportunities public library staff will be offered. Any member of the library community who is unable to participate in LAWDS training sessions live or online will be able to access archived recordings or slide decks on the concepts and resources discussed.

At their February 11th meeting, members of the System and Resource Library Administrator’s Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) agreed to work with WDBs to help organize the initial meetings.
SRLAAW is one of eight organizations that form the LAWDS Project Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC will provide input on the training sessions and resources, to ensure they correspond to the activities and objectives contained in the project narrative as approved by IMLS. SRLAAW is represented by Mark Jochem, South Central Library Association’s Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning specialist.

The other PAC members are:
WLA, represented by Kristen Anderson (Director, Winding Rivers Library System)
Wisconsin Workforce Development Association (WWDA), represented by Jon Menz, CEO, Workforce Development Board of West Central Wisconsin
DWD, represented by Theodore Anderson (Milwaukee WDB), Miranda Lezcano (North Central WDB)
DPI, represented by Martha Berninger and John deBacher
UW-System, represented by Ann Palmer
Wisconsin Technical College System, represented by Scott DuBenske
Great Lakes Educational and Training Association, represented by Barb Chaffee. CEO, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. and Jan Norlander-Jensen, Workforce Investment Administrator, City of Lincoln, NE

The PAC advises the four organizations that collaborated to design and submit the project application: WLA, DPI, DWD and WWDA. The first meeting of the PAC will be held April 24 at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning.
On May 2, at 10:00, members of the PAC will be presenting, “Lawdsy, Lawdsy - come learn about Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS)” at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries 2019 conference.

Please look for more information about the initial spring training sessions, coming soon. If you would like more information on the LAWDS project, please contact Martha Berninger, Director, DPI’s Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning team, at, or Kristen Anderson, or Mark Jochem, mjochem


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