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It's time to order your 2019 WISCAT license!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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

Please make note of the following:

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

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


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wisconsin Digital Archives

October is Cyber Security Awareness month to highlight the work state government does to protect Wisconsin’s infrastructure and to educate Wisconsin residents about how to be safe online and how to protect themselves from things such as malware, identify theft and data breaches.

The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to the strategies state government has in place to protect our state’s infrastructure. Click on the following links to view the strategies:

Additional resources about cyber security awareness are available directly through state agency websites:

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


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

U.S. Newsstream Now Available!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

*From U.S. Newsstream promotional material.


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

New Britannica and EBSCO Resources Now Available!

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

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

EBSCO will now provide 7 new, upgraded resources.

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

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

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


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

Now is the Time to Come to the Aid of Your Libraries: DPI Inviting Nominations for the LSTA Advisory Committee

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The State Superintendent’s Office and the Division for Libraries and Technology invite nominations of library professionals to fill upcoming vacancies on the LSTA Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on matters pertaining to the administration of the Wisconsin’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program. The primary responsibilities of the committee are to provide the State Superintendent and the Division for Libraries and Technology advice and feedback on the LSTA program and budget, as well as monitor future library service needs. In addition, the committee advises on the development of the long-range plan for LSTA; establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories; grant applications and grant awards; evaluation of the LSTA grant program; and resolution of policy matters arising from the administration of the program.

Members of the committee are appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve staggered 4-year terms. The committee meets at least twice each year, usually in spring and fall. In addition, online meetings may be scheduled when time-sensitive input is needed from the committee by the Division. As a part of each LSTA Advisory Committee meeting, time will be set aside for a public hearing where other persons interested in the LSTA program may make comments and suggestions. It is expected that committee members do their best to serve their complete terms, attend each meeting, and participate fully with respect for the role for which they are serving for the Division and the State of Wisconsin.

Membership on the 12 person advisory committee includes representatives of all types of libraries and public library systems and representatives from different sizes of libraries and different geographic areas of the state, with an emphasis on public libraries. Equity is a core value of the vision of the Department of Public Instruction, and the Division of Libraries and Technology strives for a inclusive representation of library professionals on the LSTA Advisory Committee. Applicants are encouraged to highlight personal identifiers and/or professional experiences that diversify the perspectives and voices on the committee. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for both full-term positions and to fill the remaining portion of unexpired terms. If you are interested in serving on the committee, wish to nominate, or have questions, please email Maria Ingraham, ( to request an application or to nominate a potential committee member.


Committee Vacancies

By January 2019 the committee will need to add 8 new committee members* to bring the number to 12.


Term ending December 31, 2020 (two vacancies)

Two new members are needed for two-year appointments to join continuing member Brian Williams-Van Klooster


Term ending December 31, 2021 (three vacancies)

Three new members are needed for three-year appointments to fulfill unexpired vacancies.


Terms ending December 31, 2022 (three new appointments for full four-year terms)

Three new members for full four-year terms serving through 2022.


*As of today we have received three nomination applications submitted for these vacancies



Written by John DeBacher, Public Library Development


Flood Resources from State Government

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wisconsin Digital Archives

As some Wisconsin residents continue to face the threat of flooding and many are trying to move forward to begin the cleanup process, I wanted to put together a list of resources about flood hazards and recovery provided by state government.

Wisconsin Emergency Management’s (WEM) ReadyWisconsin webpage provides current incident reports related to flooding throughout Wisconsin. ReadyWisconsin also has information about how to get emergency cell phone alerts and ways to prepare and plan for emergencies. 

The Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides information about how farmers, private property owners, and businesses should report flood damage. DATCP also provides information about other topics related to flooding including food and produce safety, planning for home repairs, harvesting animal feed from flooded fields, issues related to manure runoff, dealing with flooded farmland, keeping pets and livestock safe during flooding, and how to handle flood contaminated water and fuel storage tanks.

The Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) provides information for private well owners to ensure the safety of their drinking water if the well was contaminated by floodwater. There is guidance for how to properly dispose of debris and waste after flooding, including what to do with sandbags no longer needed.  Information is available for how to contact DNR staff who can assist farmers who need help storing or safely spreading manure in order to prevent run off into streams and rivers to prevent pollution and potential fish kills.

The Dept. of Health Services (DHS) provides information about potential health hazards related to flooding. The Wisconsin Flood Toolkit contains valuable information designed to keep you safe when flooding occurs and during the cleanup process.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance provides information about flood insurance.

Post written by: Abbigail Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


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

Statewide Electronic Resource Contract Options

Monday, August 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

DPI is NOT licensing the following two Collections:

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

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

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


LitFinder & Transparent Languages Online Update

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Department of Public Instruction is signing contracts for BadgerLink resources selected through the Request for Bid (RFB) led by the Department of Administration. DPI is eager to update and enhance BadgerLink resources, and plans to release them as soon as possible, and hopefully within weeks.

However, because of the cost of the selected resources is greater than the current BadgerLink budget, DPI will not be able to sign contracts for all the Collections included in the RFB (read more about the Collections in the BadgerLink Procurement Update dated 7/3/2018). Decisions about which Collections will be purchased are still being made. They are being based on feedback from the library community, usage patterns and the availability of other resources that generally meet the same needs.

At this time, the Department of Public Instruction has determined that it will not be licensing the Cengage LitFinder database, which has been a part of BadgerLink since 2008 and Transparent Languages Online from Recorded Books, which represented a new content area, vendor and product.  The previous LitFinder contract ended 6/30/2017 and therefore this resource is no longer available. 

The RFB Cooperative Purchasing clause allows municipally funded library (including public libraries, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, the CESA Support Network and libraries represented by the System and Resource Library Administrator’s Association of Wisconsin) to contract with selected vendors for the selected resources at the same rates vendors agreed to in the RFB process. Any library organization interested in exploring that option can contact for more information. Please bear in mind that DPI is not able to share any information about unsuccessful bids submitted by vendors not selected.

Thank you for your interest in the future of BadgerLink and your support. DPI will share regular updates on the process.


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

Access to Genealogy & Historic Newspapers Will Continue in BadgerLink

Friday, July 20, 2018

We’ve heard from a number of libraries and genealogists who are concerned they may be losing access to resources they value and want to reassure Wisconsin libraries and patrons that BadgerLink will continue to provide access to historic newspapers and genealogy content from Wisconsin and beyond.

While the contract for Access NewspaperARCHIVE will not be continued, the Department is contracting with ProQuest to provide historic newspapers via Library Edition World Collection. Access NewspaperARCHIVE is no longer provided through BadgerLink, and Library Edition World Collection will be available as soon as possible. We are confident the interface and ProQuest customer support will be a step forward for BadgerLink users. The collection contains newspapers from around the world, not just Wisconsin. Once a contract is signed, DPI will share the full title list.

Our current vendor of genealogy/local history resources, HeritageQuest Online, will continue to be our genealogy collection provider.  Access to their resources will continue without interruption.

The contracts should be finalized in the next few weeks and we will continue to provide updates about our resources on the Badger Bulletin as well as the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog.  We are working to restore access to historic newspapers as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.

To receive email notifications about our updates, sign up at  Contact us at with any questions.

Written by:  BadgerLink Team, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning


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

Inattentive Driving in Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wisconsin Digital Archives

Legislation was passed in 2009 to address inattentive driving in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) however, even with inattentive driving laws in place, accidents, injuries, and deaths related to inattentive driving have continued to rise. DOT statistics show an 8.2% increase in crashes involving distracted drivers between 2014 and 2015. According to a news article, even though alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin are on a downward trend for the last 30 years, there were still over 11,300 injuries in Wisconsin from distracted driving in 2016, a 6 percent increase over 2015. 

In 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers updated inattentive driving laws primarily due to the advancement of cell phone technology. Wisconsin lawmakers expanded the inattentive driving laws beyond just texting to include Facebook posting, tweeting, and snapchatting. It also increased the minimum penalty for data-distracted driving from $20 to $100.

DOT publishes statistics about inattentive driving in Wisconsin on an annual basis. These statistics are available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Currently there are statistics for 2012-2016. With the updates made to the inattentive driving laws, the 2017 statistics, due to be release later in 2018, should be interesting to analyze to see what the impact the new inattentive driving laws have had. As soon as the 2017 statistics are available, they will be added to the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Visit the DOT website to learn more about the dangers of inattentive driving.

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


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