Streams 2013.04

In this April 2013 Issue:

Libraries Doing More With LessLibraries and eGovernmentThe State of American LibrariesNWLS Digital Media in ReviewEveryoneOn Digital Literacy CampaignBroadband SurveyLake Superior Library Symposium • TechnologyTrainingLinksReflection


Current Events

May 1-3 Conference: Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference, Lake Geneva
May 21
Webinar: Virtual Not Invisible, 9:30-10:30
May 23
Meeting: Merlin Library Consortium, 10:00, NWLS
June 5/6 Meeting: Library Directors, 10:00, Grantsburg/Boulder Junction
June 7 Conference: Lake Superior Library Symposium, Superior WITC

Current News

Libraries Doing More With Less

The Institute of Museum and Library Services released the results of a public library survey analysis on trends at the local, regional and state levels of services and operations, resources, and workforce. A snapshot for each state reports on services including circulation and expenditures per capita, and public use Internet PCs per capita in 2009 and 2010 with comparisons to regional and national results. Highlights from the Report:

• Libraries offered an average of one program a day, the majority designed for children. Program attendance has continued to rise.
• 2010 circulation was the highest in 10 years; more than one-third was children’s materials, an increase of 28.3%.
• The physical collections made up 87.1%. Audio, video and e-book formats are increasing.
• Computer use rate was more than one use for every five visits to the library.
• Visits averaged 5.3 times per year, a ten-year increase of 21.7%.
• Revenue decreased 3.5% in FY 2010 from FY 2009.
• Operating expenditures in FY 2010 decreased for the first time since FY 2001.
• Full Time staff declined by by 3.9%. Staff expenditures were 67.0% in FY 2010.
• Only half of all libraries are staffed with an ALA-MLS certified librarian.

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Libraries and eGovernment

As governments move services online, public libraries serve as critical community access points to electronic government services. The "Libraries and E-Government: New Partnerships in Public Service" is a program launched by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) to help public libraries provide their communities with essential e-government services and to provide support for collaboration and collective resources.

In the April 12 recorded presentation of Libraries and eGovernment:
  • Learn how to use the web portal to help serve the community's e-government needs.
  • Learn how to use the virtual Ask A Librarian feature through Government Information Online service.
  • Learn more about online resources of organizations that deal with issues such as immigration and taxation.
Due to popular demand, the American Library Association is hosting a two hour webinar on May 1, “E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs” (the webinar filled quickly but will be recorded) that will cover job-related e-government services for patrons and ways to provide patrons with job assistance. Numerous libraries will discuss innovative workforce development programs that have successfully connected people with jobs.

For more information visit The Center for Library and Information Innovation and the ALA eGovernment toolkit.

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The State of American Libraries

Libraries continue to respond to the needs of their communities. They maintain a safe harbor for youth, a place to nurture literacy and lifelong learning for all, a community hub for local  history and culture, free access to information and technology, and collaborative partnerships that deliver quality resources and services. The State of America's Libraries Report 2013 from the American Library Association (ALA) details the value and impact of libraries in the past year and the challenges of advancing technology, huge demand, facility and budget constraints, and limited public resources.

ALA has developed a new Libraries Matter portal for accessing information on hundreds of studies documenting the impact of libraries on local economies, community development, and literacy education. Visit ALA's Transforming Libraries site for resources, publications, webinars, and online discussion communities of libraries collaborating on important and sometimes daunting changes.

NWLS Digital Media in Review

2012 marked a year of big changes and growing usage of the digital media collections. BadgerLink and Wisconsin's Digital Library both offer Wisconsin residents free access to digital resources:

provides an EBSCOhost ebook database of about 250,000 nonfiction titles for full-text viewing or downloading. Access the EBSCO ebook collection by clicking the EBSCO "Database List" link in BadgerLink, then choose the "eBook Collection" link from the list. In 2012, access to the EBSCOhost ebooks included 857 searches, 52 full-text views, and 11 checkouts.

Wisconsin's Digital Library
Wisconsin's Digital Library
offers an OverDrive database of about 19,200 ebooks, 9,960 audiobooks, 319 videos, and 179 music titles. Ebook circulation has shown the most dramatic increase of all digital formats (from 4,084 in 2011 to 19,561 in 2012). OverDrive support for Kindle ebooks resulted in 10,321 (or 53%) of the ebook circulations. The highest circulating ebook title in 2012 was "The Litigators" (82 EPUB ebook checkouts, 136 Kindle checkouts). Audiobook circulation totaled 12,239, up 35% from 2011. "The Hunger Games" was the highest circulating title (63 checkouts). The music collection had 56 checkouts (down one from 2011) and the video collection had 95 checkouts (up 19 from 2011).

New for 2013 is the OverDrive Advantage program funded by NWLS to give member library patrons exclusive access to a additional titles purchased to reduce waiting time for popular ebooks. To access Advantage titles, sign in before browsing the catalog.

OverDrive upgraded to a "next generation" interface this year with improved user-friendly features for navigating the catalog and accessing titles with a one-step checkout to download to all major devices. OverDrive Read is a new built-in browser ebook reader for easy access to titles without downloads or installations. To learn more about the new features visit Wisconsin's Digital Library.

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EveryoneOn Digital Literacy Campaign

A three year "everyoneOn" national public service campaign was launched in March to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy skills, the important role libraries play in digital learning, and to provide a means to extend those services to more citizens of Wisconsin of all ages. The program objective is for all Americans to have access to free digital literacy training and to use technology to access information, educational content, and prepare for a 21st century workforce. The effort can build stronger communities and stronger libraries. The everyoneOn project is a collaboration between Wisconsin's Department of Public InstructionConnect2Compete, the American Library Association, the Institute of Museums and Library Services, OCLC, the Ad Council, and many private corporations.

A webinar recording and a slide presentation provide an overview of the program and the training locator map. A toolkit for libraries will make it easier to get involved in the campaign. Follow everyoneOn via Facebook and Twitter.

Technology learning resources:Digital LearnBadgerLearnBasic Computer SkillsGoodwill FoundationBasic Skills for the World Wide WebLearningExpressLibraryMy Web My WayALISONLynda.comLearn the NetInternet Tutorials

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Please Take a Survey

You Can Help Improve High Speed Internet Connectivity in Wisconsin!

Local Wisconsin residents and area businesses are invited to complete a survey regarding current and future broadband usage and needs.
The survey’s goal is to assess the need for expansion and development of broadband Internet services in Wisconsin. Data from the survey will help Internet providers and policy leaders at the local and state level with future broadband planning. Please complete one survey per household. The survey deadline is May 15, 2013. For more information visit LinkWISCONSIN.

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Lake Superior Library Symposium

Registration is now open for the June 7th Lake Superior Library Symposium at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior. This year's theme is "Libraries by Design" - designing services, spaces and skills to serve our communities and face the future. The event keynote speaker Nate Hill will share his ongoing efforts to keep the Chattanooga Public Library a vibrant community space that helps people access, create, and exchange information and knowledge in the modern world. Nate Hill was named one of Library Journal's 2012 "Movers and Shakers."

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium debuted in June 2012 to offer a unique regional professional development and networking opportunity to library professionals in Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. It was recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers at the annual “Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries, and Communities” awards on Friday, February 1, at the state capitol in Madison.

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Reading Rainbow - Engage youth in reading and written word activities through interactive digital experiences featuring National Geographic video field trips as well as hundreds of books with the option of a voice-over narration by professional actors.

Spreadsheet Live - An online spreadsheet sharing service with hundreds of interface functions common to Microsoft Excel, facilitating workflow without inconsistencies or alterations.

Free Barcode Scanning Apps - New iPad and iPad Touch technology includes camera functions compatible with barcode apps for conveniently accessing information from a barcode, QR code or image link to URLs, emails, maps search results or contact information. View video demo. (Use Delivr to generate QR codes with embedded links.)

Quality Apps for Digital Storytimes:Wheels on the Bus (create interactive musical book) • Puppet Pals (movies are created to build narrative skills) • Don't Let the Pigeon Run (an interactive digital book builds skills for phonolgy, vocabulary and creativity) • Go Away. Big Green Monster (interactive fun digital story builds early literacy skill • Build It Up (shapes, colors and sizes build early literacy skills)

Maintain a Secure Browser: Browser plugins can expose computers to unpatched security vulnerabilities. To protect your computer by checking for outdated plugins with websites like Firefox's plugin check. Enable automatic updates for each plugin you have installed. Chrome and Firefox offer a click to play plugin feature which runs plugins on request. Keep your browser updated (especially IE) and leave the auto-update feature enabled. When in doubt don't agree to upload ActiveX controls or EXE files, (they have access to your system and can infect your computer with malicious software). Antivirus can help if you do accidentally download a malicious program.

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BadgerLunch Spring Training - Thursday May 2 at noon explore PubMed (biomedical literature) health resources in BadgerLink

50 Great Apps for Librarians - In this presentation you will learn the potential of apps to provide innovative, value-added reference services, deliver content, and enhance library programming. Speakers discuss 50 great apps for Android and Apple devices and how to find them.

Tech Training for Libraries - A portal for sharing trainer resources for library staff dedicated to helping the public with technology,and workforce development. All materials are available for download. Includes lesson plans, handouts, links, and information on ADA assistive technology programs and support.

UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies - The summer online and location courses include instruction on next generation cataloging practices, organizing book discussions, collecting self-published works, virtual reference services, and using Pinterest and Tumblr.

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Digital Public Library of America - A new platform for America's cultural and scientific records from archives, libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, academics, and the public.

Library Programs and Displays - School Library Journal displays a Pinterest presentation of helpful tips for librarians.

Library Programs for Youth - Review lists of ideas for activities related to books, community service, crafts, performance, food, gaming, guests, science, technology, and other fun events. Provided by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Recollection Wisconsin - Formerly Wisconsin Heritage Online, the new statewide digital history website provides free acess to a growing set of historical resources including photographs, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, articles, books, artifacts, and oral histories.

The Right of Publicity Law assures individuals the right to control use of their own images for marketing or commercial purposes and gives them the right to stop others from using their image without permission.

Books Set In - Explore stories set in another time and place.

smart investing @ your library - Resources for library financial literacy programs to expand community awareness of effective and unbiased tools for managing money and navigating technology.


Libraries are society's workhorses, making available what is good and worthy and open to all who need information, reassurance or a kick in the imagination. A town without a library is irredeemably impoverished.
- Bill Peschel, author


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