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AutoMate: where's the usage?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

AutoMate was introduced to BadgerLink users in September of last year and we've received great reviews so far! Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

As with any electronic resource being able to track usage is extremely important for demonstrating the value of our products, and those of you working on the Annual Report may have noticed that AutoMate statistics weren't included for 2018. While the data is available, the reports are separate from the remainder of the databases and must be specifically requested from EBSCO support. BadgerLink therefore decided a few months of 2018 usage was not worth the extra work on libraries. However, if you wish to receive your library's AutoMate usage report moving forward, please contact your EBSCO rep or general support at The reports only contain session counts and we recommend adding this data to your overall Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information for the 2019 reporting year. Instructions and guidance for doing so will be forthcoming.

We hope you find this new resource a valuable addition to the statewide BadgerLink package! As always, feel free to send us any feedback or questions.

Written by: Elizabeth Neuman, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning



For questions about this information, contact Elizabeth Neuman (608) 224-5389

Statistics About Wisconsin Women in Government

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wisconsin Digital Archives

The Wisconsin Women’s Council is described online as a statutory commission on the status of women and girls meant to enhance the ability of all Wisconsin women to participate fully and equally in all aspects of life. The Council reports on the status of women in Wisconsin related to the economy and social equity.

The Wisconsin Women’s Council recently published reports about women in government. These reports are all available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few of the most recent reports you’ll find:

Click here to see all the reports published by the Wisconsin Women’s Council available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives or visit the Wisconsin Women’s Council’s webpage to learn more about the various initiatives and events they have planned.

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


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

Introducing DPI’s new BadgerLink technical support & training specialist

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hello! My name is Jen Champoux (yep, pronounced shampoo) and I am the new BadgerLink technical support and training specialist here at Department of Public Instruction (DPI). I started in this position in September 2018, and have enjoyed getting to know some of you already!

My position provides system administration and technical support, implements new resources, and manages the statewide authentication system for BadgerLink. I also resolve issues with the BadgerLink software and website, respond to reference questions, and am in the process of developing an instructional and outreach strategy to educate staff in schools, libraries, public library systems and the general public on the use of BadgerLink. Finally, my position assists in the development and management of additional statewide content collections or content sharing initiatives.

Prior to DPI, I worked at Edgewood College Library for five years as a Reference & Instruction Librarian. I also worked at WiLS as an intern, then library consultant for four years after graduating from UW Madison’s iSchool in 2009 (before it was called the iSchool). I feel that both of these positions in the library world provided valuable knowledge and experience for me to quickly acclimate to this position working on BadgerLink.

I look forward to sharing more information about BadgerLink and other exciting projects I am a part of here at DPI in the coming months. I hope to get to know more about you and your libraries in 2019. Please don’t hesitate to contact me! 

Written by Jen Champoux, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


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

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium is more than just OverDrive

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guest post from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium

What do you think of when you think of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC)? If you said “OverDrive,” you aren’t alone. WPLC and the Wisconsin Digital Library are almost synonymous for many.

But did you know that WPLC does more than just coordinate the OverDrive collection?

WPLC also…

If you’re in a public library that belongs to a public library system, then your library is a member of WPLC. You have a representative on the WPLC Board and Digital Library Steering Committee. If you have any questions about WPLC, please feel free to reach out to them directly or to the project managers at

Want to read more about WPLC? Check out the website, the brochure, or join the WPLC mailing list.


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

Understanding Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Wisconsin Digital Archives

Would you like to know more about how funding for Wisconsin roads works? The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to reports and statistics published by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation (DOT) that outlines the various aspects of funding for Wisconsin roads.

The DOT publishes a biennial report called, Transportation Budget Trends. The 2018-2019 report was recently released. This report is a biennial report intended to provide information about how Wisconsin’s state and federal transportation are distributed across all the various transportation modes. The Wisconsin Digital Archives has Transportation Budget Trends reports for 2002 through 2018-2019.

The DOT publishes a series of reports also found in the Wisconsin Digital Archives that provide information on specific transportation funding topics. Here are just a few of the reports available:

For more information about funding Wisconsin roads, visit the DOT website.

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


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

New IMLS Initiative Seeking Grant Applications

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Last week the Institute of Museum and Library Services launched a special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries, that will be accepting applications for grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 until February 25, 2019. This opportunity is designed to strengthen how rural public and school libraries support their communities. The following information from the press release illustrates the three categories for applicants:

Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.

Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.

Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

For more information about this fabulous opportunity, check out the IMLS website and consider attending  one of the webinars on Tuesday, December 18, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM, or Wednesday, January 9, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.


21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant Applications Now Available!

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds after school programs across the state of Wisconsin. The purposes of the program are to:

• Provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students, particularly students attending low-performing schools, to meet challenging state academic standards
• Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students
• Offer the families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development

Public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations) targeting students enrolled in schools eligible for Title I, schoolwide programs are invited to apply.

Applications are due on or before 4:00 PM on February 22, 2019. Information about the application process and supportive materials are available on the DPI’s 21st CCLC website at:

**Please note, this application is intended only for new applicants or current grantees in the fifth and final year of their grant cycles. Current WI 21st CCLC programs in years 1-4 of their grant cycles SHOULD NOT participate in this competitive grant process.**

The DPI will be hosting on-line and in-person workshops to assist writers in developing grant applications. Dates and locations of the workshops are as follows:

December 4, 2018
Wausau, WI
Fairchild Inn & Suites by Marriott Wausau
To register:

December 5, 2018
Madison, WI
Sheraton Madison Hotel
To register:

December 7, 2018
Abbreviated Web-Based Workshop
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Pre-registration not required, click on link at scheduled meeting time.

Additional information can be found on the 21st CCLC website Please contact Tanya Morin with questions at or (608) 267-9393.


Supporting Wisconsin's Local Economy

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Wisconsin Digital Archives

‘Tis the season to support Wisconsin’s economy by purchasing products and gifts made in Wisconsin! The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) coordinates several programs to help support local business throughout the year.

The Wisconsin Foods Program is described on the DATCP website as an economic development program designed to promote local and regional sales of Wisconsin products, keeping food dollars in the state. The Wisconsin Foods Program provides a variety of resources for producers as well as grant funding through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Program for industry innovation.

The DATCP also coordinates the Something Special from Wisconsin marketing program. Wisconsin producers can apply to be a member of the Something Special from Wisconsin program and benefit from having the logo on their products. According to the Something Special from Wisconsin webpage, the logo is a quick and reliable way to identify genuine Wisconsin products and services at grocery stores, retail outlets, farmers' markets and restaurants throughout the state.

Learn more about the impact these programs have on Wisconsin’s local economy and how to buy local by visiting the Wisconsin Digital Archives . Here are just a few publications available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

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


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

Announcing the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hands globe inclusionThe Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries was produced by the Public Library Development Team. The beta version was released in Fall 2018, and the final version will be released in Spring 2019.

Participants in the inaugural 2018 Inclusive Services Institute developed a self-assessment tool and guide so that libraries are better able to evaluate the inclusivity of their spaces, programming, services, and administrative operations. This resource was designed to be used by individuals and groups as an ongoing reflection tool. The checklist and supporting resources are meant to help libraries evaluate current services as well as plan for the future.

This initial version, the first of its kind, was designed to have a period of response from the public library professional community. Input on every aspect of the document is welcome through December 31, 2018 via this Google Form:

The checklist is organized by areas of library service identified in the WI Public Library Standards. Each section provides a straightforward checklist that can be answered with Yes, No, In Progress, or Not Applicable. Scoreable responses to each checklist will provide a snapshot of current levels of inclusion. Supporting materials, such as the reflection worksheet (available now) and next-step suggestions (coming later), offer ways for individual libraries to evaluate existing assets and opportunities for growth and change.

The comprehensive nature of the considerations asked within the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide is overwhelming. All communities are unique and therefore each library will use this guide differently. This tool might be used as an annual reflection, or utilized more often. The tool might be used as a whole, or by prioritizing sections. First and foremost, the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide is meant to assist the library in better understanding how it considers inclusion as an institution. Each library needs to determine how to connect with the tool and process the reflections it provokes. In addition, each library will determine how to best share its efforts.

The Inclusive Services Institute

The Inclusive Services Institute was a professional development and workgroup opportunity for Wisconsin public library and regional system staff committed to making Wisconsin libraries more inclusive to all community members and potential library users. The Institute offered reflective learning experiences on topics of equity and social justice. Participants worked on small teams to develop statewide resources. The Inclusive Services Statement from the Division of Libraries and Technology provides the foundation for the Institute content and workgroup efforts.

The Inclusive Services Institute is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


We thank the 2018 Inclusive Services Cohort for their time, talent, and commitment in developing the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide.

Institute Participants:

  • Martha Bauer, Brewer Public Library, Southwest Wisconsin Library System
  • Irma Keller, Tomah Public Library, Winding Rivers Library System
  • Jessica MacPhail, Racine Public Library, Lakeshores Library System
  • Glenny Whitcomb, Chilton Public library, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System
  • Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
  • Mark Jochem, New Berlin Public Library, Bridges Library System
  • Samantha Johnson, Cadott Community Library, IFLS Library System
  • Susan Younger, Wautoma Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  • Emilie Braunel, Plum Lake Public Library, Northern Waters Library Service
  • Bobbie Kuehn, Brown County Library, Nicolet Federated Library System
  • Laurie Ollhoff, T.B. Scott Free Library, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
  • Holly K. Smith, Monarch Library System
  • René Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Arrowhead Library System
  • Shauna Koszegi, Sun Prairie Public Library, South Central Library System
  • Lisa Rivers, Southwest Library, Kenosha County Library System
  • Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System

2018 Institute Leaders:

  • Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System
  • Leah Langby, IFLS Library System
  • Shannon Schultz, Department of Public Instruction
  • Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction

Written by Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team


Elder Abuse in Wisconsin. There's Help Available.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wisconsin Digital Archives

Wisconsin state agencies have been working collaboratively to promote awareness to Wisconsin residents about the growing problem of elder abuse. Programs and services have been developed by state agencies to help people identify and report cases of elder abuse and to help victims and their families receive support.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) has a website dedicated to connecting older adults in Wisconsin to a variety of programs and services to help with identifying and reporting elder abuse. A list, that includes a brief description of programs and services, is available online. Also online is a complete list of elder adults-at-risk help lines for each county.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced in a recent news release that they were awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. According to the news release, “the “Abuse in Later Life” grant program will provide training and advanced victim services on elder abuse at project sites in Wisconsin.”

In an effort to promote awareness about the risks of elder abuse, the DOJ also launched a new website earlier this year, This website provides information about how to recognize and report elder abuse and information about programs and services designed to connect victims to the help they need at the local and state level.

Learn more about elder abuse in Wisconsin in the Wisconsin’s Annual Elder Abuse and Neglect Report published by DHS. Reports for 2004-2017 are available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Life Long Learning.


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