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. If you’re not signed up for email notifications but would like to be, you can do so here.
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.