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.

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

Sawyer County Increases Library Funding

Following appeals made during the November Sawyer County Board of Supervisors budget hearing, funding for the public libraries of Hayward and Winter was increased by 3.5 percent. Advocates for the increase praised the libraries for their highly used resources and as valuable community centers for meetings, library programs, technology support, and for people with special needs. For more information visit the Sawyer County Record.

RADD to the Rescue!

The technology community at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) has been developing a laboratory constructed of salvaged and recycled equipment for digitizing vulnerable historic information. Old books as well as varying formats of videos, audios, films, and disks that are deteriorating or becoming obsolete are at risk of being lost. The Recovering Analog and Digital Data (RADD) service of SLIS is dedicated to digitizing materials that need to be preserved and accessible for future generations.

Local archives, libraries, museums or historical societies with unique audiovisual (A/V) materials but without funding for a RADD project are encouraged to inquire about grant partnerships, small RADD projects for SLIS classrooms or individual student practicums, and A/V digitization training for working professionals.

For information about RADD projects, standard rates, or equipment donations contact Dorothea Salo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. For RADD news and documentation visit RADD (

Presque Isle Friends Donate $12,000 

The Presque Isle Friends group has contributed $12,000 to their library's lower level expansion project. The generous donation will be used to equip the room with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system. The new edition will be available soon for training, programs, meetings, community groups and travelogues. Congratulations!

2015 Trustee Essentials


The 2015 revision of Trustee Essentials for Wisconsin public library trustees is now available on the DPI website (  Trustee Essentials is the result of the efforts of a dedicated task force of public librarians, regional library system staff, trustees, and DPI staff in 2002.


As a result of dramatic changes in technology and public expectations over the years, Trustee Essentials is no longer printed in hard copy and distributed statewide.  However, it is available online in printable .pdfs.  Several states (including Nebraska and New York) have transitioned their trustee manual into an online format with select quick reference documents being available in .pdf.  That may be the trend that our state follows for future revisions. The majority of chapters have some level of change. Revisions include the following:

  • Updated online links and resources
  • Updated several legal references and added a few more (related to consolidated county libraries)
  • Current state and federal law is referenced throughout the document
  • Revised system map, system contact information, and glossary found in the appendices

Library Advocacy in Action

"Advocacy is something that needs to happen every day, with various activities from various people. It has to happen at a local level, with all the other stakeholders and then with community members. It can’t just come from the library."

—Stacy Reyer, Youth Services Librarian Manatee County Public Library System


WebJunction provides Advocacy in Action resources to help build a successful library awareness campaign in your local community. The campaign will showcase the vital role of the library in your community and educate the public about the critical funding issues libraries face. Five sequential phases are designed to help your campaign gain momentum and make an impact: 1. Plan Your Campaign  2. Create Awareness  3. Generate Engagement  4. Encourage Action  5. Sustain the Momentum. Ten campaign tips:

1. Be an involved community member to spread awareness about the value of the library.
2. Take the library message where people gather; local events, the farmers’ market, etc
3. Make connections with influential community members.
4. Create library advocates in the community or local organizations to help spread a positive message.
5. Build consistent and strong partnerships in the community that can bring value to local organizations. Encourage partners to tell their stories to your funding bodies.
6. Empower staff to be your biggest advocates—on and off the clock.
7. Capture and feature compelling stories that humanize statistics with examples of how the library provides essential value to individuals and the broader community. Tell these stories to the media and influential members of your community.
8. Use statistics that are relevant to your community.
9. Ensure that the messages you use to solidify the library’s value is appropriate for the audience you are trying to reach.
10. Beyond your website and other communication channels, dialogue with your community where they are most comfortable. Use the power of social media to consistently and effectively communicate the value of the library—and ask your fans to pass it on.

Public Library System Revision


State Superintendent Tony Evers announces the appointment of a Steering Group to oversee a multi-year project to re-envision how Wisconsin Public Library Systems serve Wisconsin’s 384 public libraries.  Wisconsin’s library systems have provided services to public libraries in Wisconsin for over 40 years.  With the support of the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND), the Steering Group in conjunction with various work groups and the Division for Libraries and Technology, will seek to update and refine the roles and services of Public Library Systems and maximize the public investment in library systems and public libraries.


The Steering Group will:

  • Provide Strategic Vision, oversight and general leadership for the process.
  • Work with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to select a project manager to lead the service model development and implementation process.
  • Establish process to select and appoint implementation for work group members.
  • Provide feedback and guidance to the project manager in the development of the work groups and timelines.
  • Provide oversight to ensure transparency and appropriate communication to the library community, decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Work with DPI to assess, based on information gathered and progress of service work groups, budget and legislative requests for the 2017-2019 biennial budget.


BadgerLink Updates

Super Search
A new Super Search feature is now available to help you search 53 BadgerLink resources simultaneously. Results will easily identify which articles are full-text as well as filter by date, subject, and database. Go to and begin your search!

As of June 30th "Explora" has replaced Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center. The three new Explora interfaces use the same great EBSCO databases with new and improved features: