Advocacy Alert - Net Neutrality
The public is now able to comment on the FCC’s proposal to deregulate the internet, granting commercial [internet service providers] and large content providers the freedom to maximize profits by degrading internet access and choice for consumers. The current rules passed two years ago make it illegal for internet providers to arbitrarily block or slow down traffic to websites whenever they choose and impose fees on online services in exchange for providing consumers access to their content. The commission will vote Dec. 14th on whether to adopt the plans to remove protections on how our Internet Service Providers allow us to access the Internet.
Your Senators and Congressional representatives need to know that strong, enforceable net neutrality protections are vital to free speech and entrepreneurship, and that those values take precedence over corporations boosting their already healthy profits. For more information visit District Dispatch.
Net Neutrality Update
At their December 14 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to restore the Internet to a light regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet service as an information service, reversing the 2015 Title II classification that insures all websites and online services are treated equally by broadband companies. The new proposal would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices.
Hundreds of libraries and information professionals are among the millions of internet users who weighed in to support the 2015’s Net Neutrality Order. The American Library Association is committed to preserving the open and free internet we all need to ensure intellectual freedom and equitable access in the digital age. They will continue working with supporters of strong net neutrality protections to ensure policymakers know how important a free and open internet is to libraries and the communities we serve. ALA will provide analysis of the draft order and additional options for librarians to raise their voices in support of the Open Internet in the coming weeks.
Order WI Income Tax Forms Before December 15!
Libraries that provide service to Wisconsin taxpayers by making tax forms available at your location(s). You may now order your 2017 Wisconsin income tax forms. Please submit your order (using the forms order system at revenue.wi.gov) by December 15, 2017. In an effort to reduce the cost, please order the number of forms you distributed last year.
- Click the 'Governments' tab
- Click 'Libraries'
- In the Order Forms box, select 'Forms Order System'
Step 1: Enter complete information in the Library screen.
Step 2: Click on 'Next', which opens the Selection screen. Enter the number of forms needed in the box in front of each form type.
Step 3: Click on 'Next', which opens the Review screen.
- If your order is not correct, click on 'Previous' to edit
- If your order is correct you can right click and select 'Print'
- Click 'Place Order'
- Click 'Print Confirmation Code' and 'Exit Forms Ordering System'
- Wisconsin e-file is free, secure and accurate! Wisconsin taxpayers receive their refunds more quickly using Wisconsin e-file application available on our website.
- Online Forms - All Wisconsin tax forms are available online.
Please submit your order by December 15th.
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Steering Committee members of the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) project will hold an in-person session to discuss the Public Library System Redesign project on Thursday, September 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Ashland at the Vaughn Public Library. The goal of PLSR is to investigate and develop a plan for implementation of new models of service in Wisconsin. Public library systems provide a strong network of resource sharing among more than 380 public libraries in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties.
Changes in society, resources and technologies have created new demands and opportunities for systems to explore forward-thinking solutions to better serve Wisconsin today and in the future.
Libby is Live
Wisconsin's Digital Library now links to Libby as the preferred mobile app instead of the existing OverDrive app. To help support Libby users visit https://www.wplc.info/libbyintro. The OverDrive app has not been phased out, but Libby is more user-friendly and will soon be available for Kindle Fire.
WI Libraries For Everyone Blog Relocates
Starting July 5th, the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog will be updated in its new home at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone. The site is active now, so go ahead and check it out! All new blog posts will be posted only to the new site, so be sure to bookmark it! If you’re currently signed up for email notifications, you’ll continue to receive those email notifications from the new blog.
Wisconsin's Digital Library Updates
Meet libby, the OverDrive App
A new OverDrive app for Wisconsin's Digital Library will be available to the public in August from the Apple Store, Google Play or Microsoft. Library staff can now preview Libby, the one tap reading app for phones or tablets, and then attend a training at 10:00 July 14. The training will cover how to get first-time users started with finding their library and logging in, finding ebooks and digital audiobooks, and reading or listening to borrowed titles. The session includes a chat-based Q&A with OverDrive to answer the questions you might have about Libby. Register to attend the webinar or to receive the recording and PDF: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pkfou8cl8mb3&eom
Wisconsin's Digital Library has recently added 25 always-available audiobook titles from Blackstone Audio. The audios immediately filled 1625 holds. In just one week, the titles have circulated 5,939 times! The titles are easily accessible through a curated collection titled "No Wait Audio!" in the Collections tab at https://wplc.overdrive.com/collection/98873 (link is external).
Summer Reading Lists
Summer Reading brochures are now available for libraries to download and customize with summer library hours and program information. To keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) lists reading suggestions (with descriptions) for four different age groups, almost all of which can be found in the Merlin catalog:
Birth - Preschool
Around the World: A Follow-the-Trail Book • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep • Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! • Canticos: Elefantitos / Canticos: Little Elephants • City Shapes • Cockatoo, Too • Cricket Song • Egg • I Hear a Pickle • The Lending Zoo • Let’s Play! • My Heart Fills with Happiness • Old MacDonald Had a Truck • Puddle • Sidewalk Flowers • Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3 • Thank You and Good Night • Tree • Twenty Yawns • The Whale in My Swimming Pool • The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk • When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! • Beastly Verse • Cookie Fiasco • Flowers Are Calling • Fly Guy Presents: Castles • Freedom in Congo Square • Get a Hit, Mo! • Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug • Ice Cream Summer • Little Elliot, Big Fun • The Night Gardener • ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville • Strictly No Elephants • Surf’s Up • They All Saw a Cat • Treat • Waiting for High Tide • We Are Growing! • We Found a Hat • What Do You Do with a Problem? • Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?
Ape and Armadillo take over the world • The Book Itch • A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans • Fable Comics • Fort • Freedom over Me • Full of Beans • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker • Jazz Day • Juana and Lucas • The Jumbies • The Last Kids on Earth • Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Makoons • Moo • Narwhal • Nothing but Trouble • Oona Finds an Egg • Pax • Raymie Nightingale • Two Naomis • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer • Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
As Brave as You • Beetle Boy • Booked • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler • Dream On, Amber • Fatal Fever • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods • Fish in a Tree • The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Grounded • Hour of the Bees • The Inquisitor’s Tale • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse • Listen, Slowly • Lost in the Sun • Mark of the Thief • Masterminds • Me & Miranda Mullaly • Most Dangerous • One Last Word • Presenting Buffalo Bill • Rhythm Ride • Roller Girl • Samurai Rising • Short
How IMLS Serves Wisconsin
The President’s budget proposal includes eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which administers federal funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). IMLS provides Wisconsin with vital services to schools and public libraries. IMLS meets the needs of Wisconsin citizens in the following ways:
- Statewide Technology and Resource Sharing
- BadgerLink database resources and management (including job skills, training, and test prep)
- Interlibrary loan (required by state statute) software, management, delivery
- Wisconsin digital archives system
- Wisconsin job seeker support
- WISELearn educational digital repository
- Legal consultation for libraries
- Literacy support
- Inclusive services
- Public library broadband and technology services
- Data collection including annual reports (required by state statute)
- Continuing education for library staff
- Grant management of LSTA library program (including outreach services)
- Coordination and support of high level library policy
For details view "IMLS Funding Supports Vital School and Public Library Services to Wisconsin Citizens" posted March 17, 2017 by Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent.