In This Issue: November 2011

LCO Library Awarded IMLS Grant • Expanding the  eBook Collection •  Library Worldwide Conference • Take the Mobile Merlin SurveyNovember Native American Read-In • BadgerNet Contract Extended • Access Wisconsin Case Dismissed • Net Neutrality Update •  Connect America Fund  • Databases • Resources • LinksReflect

Current Events

November 17  Merlin Consortium Meeting (NWLS) 10:00
November 17  Library Directors Meeting (NWLS) 12:30
December 8 Workshop: Technology Petting Zoo (NWLS) 10:00-2:30

Current News

LCO Library Awarded IMLS Grant

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College Community Library has recently been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Enhancement Grant for Native American Library Services. This two-year project for the amount of $149,960 will play an enhanced role in offering language and cultural resources to area schools and the community at large. An evaluation workshop will introduce criteria for selecting high quality Ojibwa materials for area school libraries and centers. In addition, small in-house collections will be purchased for these institutions. The library will also increase its collection of cultural and language materials and provide seasonal programming based on the seasonal activities of the traditional Ojibwa.

IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to “create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas”. This year, fifteen Enhancement grants were awarded for the amount of $2,010,695.

Expanding the eBook Collection

As of October all public library systems in Wisconsin have committed to funding a substantial increase in the statewide econtent collection of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) Download Digital Center. The WPLC project goal is to invest one million dollars of new econtent for Wisconsin residents and to introduce some level of new content and support resources in anticipation of an increase in ereader activity from the holiday season. NWLS contribution to the project is $20,395. 

Library Worldwide Conference

More than 4,000 information professionals from 149 countries recently joined the global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. The free event featured 160 presentations scheduled over two days. Presentations covered a variety of pertinent subject strands that affect the library and information science industry and the changing roles of libraries and librarians in our digital world. All conference sessions were recorded for later viewing

Take The Mobile Merlin Survey

Mobile Merlin is a new portable catalog interface enabled since August for mobile library users. The new interface for customers on-the-go automatically detects wireless devices and redirects to a mobile version with an optimized web-browser and clean, user-friendly pages specifically formatted for portable devices. Anyone with an Internet-enabled cell phone or PDA can access local library information, search the merlin catalog from anywhere, maneuver through the browse titles, peruse records or items lists, and access their account to check out or renew items. Mobile Merlin also displays book covers and material type icons. 

A quick Mobile Merlin survey is available until December 16 to help NWLS evaluate the mobile library catalog interface. If you have used a portable device to access the new mobile platform please take a moment to share your experience. The project was made possible through an LSTA grant to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and was selected to extend library web service to the mobile technology.

November Native American Read-In

The Wisconsin State Reading Association invites you to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month by taking an active role this during the month of November in the sixth annual Wisconsin Native American Read-In. This is an opportunity to celebrate Native American literature. It is our hope that communities across Wisconsin will participate by hosting Wisconsin Native American Read-In Chains, thus creating a state-wide chain of readers. Please find more information in the following PDFs:

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BadgerNet Contract Expanded

The Department of Public Instruction anticipated significant reductions in circuit costs for library and school bandwidth funded by the Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) program after the state Department of Administration declined the federal fiber grant last February and opened negotiations to extend the Badgernet contract with AT&T. Currently 50% of libraries have just 1.5Mpbs of bandwidth and will be able to upgrade to 3Mbps at no additional cost under the new contract. However 47% of libraries with only 3Mbps will be required to pay $250/mo for 5Mbps or more. 

TEACH service request applications required for increases in bandwidth for libraries will be coordinated by library system headquarters through a new TEACH online portal. The impact of increased bandwidth on the overall performance of the library system's wide area network (WAN) will need to monitored by system staff. System technology staff will be meeting with DPI library division staff and DOA TEACH staff in early December to review details. 

Many libraries will have increased bandwidth within the first two months of 2012. TEACH will subsidize up to 5Mbps of bandwidth for libraries with less than 10 patron PCs, up to 10 Mbps for libraries with between 10 and 30 patron PCs, up to 20Mbps for libraries with over 30 patron PCs, and up to 100 Mbps per library system headquarter location. Libraries currently with bandwidth greater than or equal to 10 Mbps may request additional bandwidth after the first round of increases have been funded, and will be evaluated and subsidized based on need and available funding. TEACH sites will be required to pay the incremental difference between the TEACH-subsidized amount and the retail cost of upgraded bandwidth and equipment. 

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Access Wisconsin Case Dismissed

The lawsuit filed by Access Wisconsin against a broadband initiative for four locations around the state was dismissed in court last week. The lawsuit named the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, WiscNet, CCI Systems Inc. and the state Department of Transportation. The Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) initiative to expand broadband Internet will connect 182 community anchor institutions with fiber optic infrustructure, including libraries, schools, government, health care and public safety (police and fire). Demonstration community partners include Superior, Wausau, Platteville, Chippewa Valley, and the College of Menominee Nation.

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Net Neutrality Update

An attempt to repeal net neutrality legislation scheduled to go into effect November 20 failed in Congress last week. The Federal Communications Commission will administer the rules to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against those who send content and other services over their networks. The House voted last April to repeal the rules; repeal S.J. Res. 6, "Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices" stated:

Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (Report and Order FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

Democrats and the White House in support of the FCC rules stated the repeal would imperil openness and freedom on the Internet. "It would be ill-advised to threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world." Interferance with the flow of online content would undoubtedly be, according to American Library Association, ‘a severe violation of intellectual freedom’. The ALA defines intellectual freedom as the right of all people to seek and receive information from all points of view, without restriction. Libraries and the public depend upon a free and open access to all types of information, essential to our nation’s educational achievement, freedom of speech and economic growth.

The FCC net neutrality rules are also being challenged in federal court. Net neutrality opponents object to federal regulation while supporters of net neutrality object to the rules' serious loopholes, including a lack of protection for the wireless Internet.

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Connect America Fund

The American Library Association (ALA) has filed comments in support of funding high-capacity broadband networks for libraries through the new Connect America Fund created by the Federal Communications Commission. The new program replaces the Universal Services Fund with five goals, including universal availability of modern networks capable of providing voice and broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions. Carriers that receive funding will be expected to include community anchor institutions, which play a vital role in expanding digital literacy training in a world where broadband skills are necessary for accessing employment, health, government and economic, and educational resources. The ALA Washington Office will share additional information about the potential impacts for rural and tribal libraries. The FCC also is expected to take up proceedings related to Lifeline/LinkUp and E-rate later this year or early 2012.  The Department of Public Instruction will keep the school and library communities informed as the program is being implemented.

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Job & Career Library DatabaseJob & Career Accelerator provides step-by-step guidance on how to create a professional resume. This advice is useful for job seekers of all levels-from recent college graduates to experienced professionals. Browse over 120 resume samples in hundreds of industries for examples of strong resumes. Full functionality and style formats make it easy to create a resume that gets hiring managers' attention.

EBSCO Training A web-based training center offering online sessions with overviews on research databases, including the new Auto Repair Reference Center interface, and Ebooks on EBSCOhost. Sessions are repeated and recorded. 

EBSCO web-based tutorials are also available and can be searched by database, by service or by using an advanced search tool.

BadgerLatteAn archived webinar series exploring BadgerLink's rich collecction of information tools for anyone interested in an overview of the featured resource, database, or interface.


WLA Program Resources - Visit Wisconsin Library Association as resources from the annual conference professional presentations earlier this month are made available from presenters. Conference events covered important library issues including fundraising, customer service, programs, technology, management, collection development and more.

Windows Accessibilty Webinar - Windows accessibility features, helpful for anyone struggling to read a computer screen or use a mouse, will be the focus of a one hour webinar presented by Vision Rehabilitation Specialist Jean Kalsheur with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired on Wednesday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m.. Registration is required for a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Updated Rural Library Advocacy Toolkit - Updates have been made to "The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Library" developed by the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Trigal Libraries of All Kinds, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and the AKA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. WebJunction will offer a free one hour webinar to introduce the revisions on December 14. 

Revised ADA Standards for Building Projects New ADA standards governing the construction and alteration of local government facilities as well as commercial facilities take effect March 15, 2012. If a public library has a current project under way or it has one planned, then the library administration should have their architect and/or local government building inspector or attorney make sure that the project will conform to all applicable parts of the ADA law, regulations, and standards.

Library Broadband Issues - Resources are available from "Building the Future: Addressing Library Broadband Connectivity Issues in the 21st Century" presented by Robert Bocher, Wisconsin State Library at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference. 


Teen Librarian's Toolbox - A Young Adult Services Librarian shares ready made resources to use with teen patrons.

Value of Public Libraries - The use of libraries in the USA has been impressively illustrated.

EarlyWord EarlyWord helps libraries stay ahead of demand with the earliest information possible on books customers will be looking for. Includes links to awards, reviews, previews, trailers, publisher catalogs, movies, and spreadsheets with ISBNs and formats.

WAVE - Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries and death, offers a "No Weapons Allowed" sign to download and print. (Since the Wisconsin Statute sec. 43.58 gives the library board exclusive charge, control and custody of buildings used for library purposes, it is the likely "local government unit" set forth in sec. 943.13(1e)(c) to make policy decisions to prohibit weapons and firearms in the municipal library.)


"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries"
- Ann Herbert


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