Discontinued Digital Magazines


We regret to announce that the current digital magazine service available in Wisconsin's Digital Library will end September 30. In July, OverDrive terminated its partnership with Barnes and Noble, which provides NOOK Periodicals for Wisconsin's Digital Library. The WPLC, the managing body for Wisconsin's Digital Library, is exploring other potential digital magazine products to replace this valuable statewide service to library users. We appreciate your patronage of Wisconsin's Digital Library, and we are very sorry for this inconvenience.


LCO Awarded IMLS Grant

The Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwa College Community Library has been awarded $130,247 for a Native American Library Services Enhancement grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The award will be used to develop the Avoiding Conflict project, addressing the 1989 Wisconsin Act 31 which mandates that Wisconsin schools teach American Indian studies at least three times during the K-12 career of students. The purpose of the project is to address outdated curriculum and other materials and help school and public librarians have the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to support Act 31 endeavors in Wisconsin schools.


Avoiding Conflict project activities include collaborating with Northern Waters Library Service and the Great Lakes Convening Culture Keepers (GLCCK) as well as sharing tribal expertise and resources through training and professional development; establishment and enhancement of electronic resources; creation of an updated manual; and development of library services that will provide access to information for local and system-wide schools and public libraries.


IMLS, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums, supports exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.


Do You Have a Library Card?


September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. They are free and offer access to collections of books, movies, audios, magazines, downloadable media, discovery databases, computers, games, and more! Librarians are literacy experts and offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, while homework centers provide computers and assistance to older children after school. Summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as "summer learning loss."


Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. For students, a library card is essential. A library card provides access to computers, the Internet, and a multitude of online research tools and study resources. For those without Internet access at home, a library card may mean the difference between failing and having a successful school year.

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, it’s a great time for a visit. Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace. This September he will serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month. Programming resources are available from American Library Association. Promotional ideas include the following:

  • Peanuts story hour, costume party, comic contest, movie night
  • Snoopy dog look-alike contest
  • Library booth at school parents' night (with a Librarian is In sign)
  • Dog parade
  • Promotions with pet adoption, shelter, grooming and vetrinarian services
  • Read to a dog program
  • Free library card replacement 

Everyone can enjoy the resources of the public library! Visit the library’s website or the library online catalog for more information about your local library services.

At the Reference Desk: Voter Update

Voting season is in full swing and while many people know who's on their ballot in November, the upcoming August primary is just as important. The August 9 primary, otherwise known as the 2016 Partisan Primary election, voters will determine the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, the state Legislature and other important local positions.

View a sample August ballot (click on What's on My Ballot)


A pair of federal court rulings in July made important changes to Wisconsin election law to make it easier for citizens to obtain a photo ID and cast a ballot. At this time, the rulings are expected to be in effect for the November 8 general election:

• On July 19, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that persons who did not have a valid photo ID could sign an affidavit at their polling place in order to cast a ballot on November 8.

• On July 29, U.S. District Judge James Paterson struck down laws passed since 2010 that limited early voting to weekdays between certain hours at one location per municipality, raised residency requirements from 10 to 28 days and blocked the use of expired student IDs for purposes of proving voters’ identity.


However, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is expected to appeal both rulings and ask for a stay of the decisions.  That action could potentially lead to further changes in election law and procedures followed by municipal clerks and reshape how the November 8 general election is run.

To read more about the most recent court ruling:

Wisconsin State Journal: State and local elected officials brace for voter confusion this fall

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID, early voting laws


Wednesday, June 29 was the last day of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. On Thursday, June 30, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (voter information) and the Wisconsin Ethics Commission (campaign information) begin operations. The G.A.B. website will remain online as a resource and historical document.

Treat Yourself to Your Library This Summer

As summer approaches, libraries are gearing up with programs and resources that will reinforce learning and provide social opportunities. Library resources not only include programs and collections to stimulate a love of reading and learning, but also databases to help college bound students improve their academic skills, and technology to equip youth with digital skills that will be needed to survive in a 21st century learning environment.

It’s time to indulge! When the hustle and bustle of everyday life is getting the best of you, remember to treat yourself to your local public library. The 2016 summer library theme is fitness, health and wellness!  Enjoy the summer... while it lasts.

Trends in Library Reporting Data

Results of the data reported by NWLS libraries to the state this year show consistent trends that follow what we have seen for a few years. Overall, from 2014 to 2015, circulation saw a slight drop and resource haring has fallen slightly as well. Operating revenues and materials expenditures (directly related to the items added to library collections) increased. Programs offered dipped from the previous year; however attendance at those programs rose slightly. The number of new registered borrowers fell but some purging of outdated records accounts for this drop. Some libraries reported an increase in hours and staffing. The demand for electronic resources has continued rising, especially for electronic books. 2015 also saw a dramatic (34%) increase in search activity for the Ancestry genealogical database subscribed by NWLS.

The information below provides a quick comparison of system-wide data from 2014 to 2015.

  • Registered borrowers fell 6% 
  • Circulation fell 4% 
  • Interlibrary loans fell 3% 
  • Interlibrary borrows fell 3% 
  • Public programs held fell 9% 
  • Public program attendance rose 8%
  • The number of public Internet workstations remained the same
  • Internet use fell 3% (note: several libraries reported no data)
  • Electronic media usage nearly doubled from the previous year
  • New electronic media users fell 19%
  • Total library funding increased 3%
  • Materials expenditures increased 7%
  • Total items added increased 3%

Major WISCAT Upgrade March 29

A WISCAT database software upgrade will be installed the evening of March 29. Significant changes to the look and feel will provide a more user-responsive interface:

• Scalability – use on any device
• Flexibility - fit the needs of all the various ways to navigate, whether it is a mouse, function keys, or touch screen.
• Navigation within the system will be different, the underlying functionality will remain the same making for an easy transition.

 with an overview of the new features will be available Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00pm and/or Wednesday, March 23 at 3:00pm through the GlobalMeet conferencing system. There is no need to register: click on the link at the scheduled time. The meeting will be recorded.

OverDrive App Changes for Nooks


Barnes & Noble has recently announced that, effective March 15th, it will no longer be offering third party applications from the Nook App Store. This will not affect OverDrive users of the NOOK app for periodicals (which is still available through Google Play, iTunes, and the Windows Store), but it will impact OverDrive users in the following ways:

1) The latest OverDrive app update, v3.5.2, in the NOOK Apps Store will be the last update available to users who installed the app using the NOOK Apps Store. Any users who installed the app using the Google Play store will continue to receive app updates when OverDrive releases them.

2) New NOOK users will have to install the OverDrive app from the Google Play store.

3) Older NOOK devices that cannot access the Google Play store (like the NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet) will no longer be able to install or update the OverDrive app. Users can still use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer EPUB eBooks to these devices.

Call to Action to Support Library Funding


The proposed 2017 federal budget threatens to trim almost $1 million from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program.  In addition, funding for Native American and Native Hawaiian library services would see a reduction of more than $200,000. Federal funding provides critical assistance, giving libraries across the country the support they need to serve their communities with databases, continuing education, innovative programs, and materials delivery. 

Now is the time to urge senators and members of congress to request that the congressional appropriators support LSTA and other key library programs.  American Library Association (ALA) has set up a Call to Action page to help advocates call, tweet, and email their senators and representatives. The appropriations committee will accept these letters in the Senate until March 18, and in the House until March 24.

Your help, and these funds, make a huge difference in what libraries and librarians can do in every corner of the country and, with the deadline fast approaching to get the letters to the Appropriations Committees, there’s no time to lose!

LCO and Eagle River Chosen for Native Voices Exhibit

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College and Community Library and the Olson Memorial Library of Eagle River have both been chosen along with 104 other U.S. libraries to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” an interactive travelling exhibit. The exhibit features the interconnectedness of wellness, culture, land and spirit for Native people and explores the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today. The four year national tour of Native Voices is sponsored by the American Library Association on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit