Online Library Resources for Librarians
OverDrive Resource Center - OverDrive’s latest training resources includes a Staff Training section to help you assist your patrons with OverDrive-related questions. The User Experience tab includes on-demand recorded trainings - the fastest way to learn about your digital library, the OverDrive app, the help resources, and Other Reading Options that will help you assist your patrons with OverDrive-related questions. Get started by viewing updated recordings on Navigating Your OverDrive Website, OverDrive Read, and OverDrive Listen.
Early Word - This valuable collection development resource issues alerts for titles with popular appeal and posts lists to best sellers, award winners, recommended titles for youth, and more.
Long Overdue: Why public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine - More and more libraries are opting to do away with overdue fines.
Libraries Resist - A curated list of resources to help support vulnerable communities, with tools for working to make a better world.
Advocacy in Action - Learn ways to educate the public about the critical library funding issues and to engage the support of local community members through fun and innovative campaigns.
From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society - As a direct result of the 2016 campaign and election, hate incidents and other forms of oppression have risen. Building a safe, empathetic, inclusive, democratic and just society involves promoting a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences. The Bank Street College of Education and the School Library Journal have provided a book list of a few suggested titles for library collections to foster learning about identity—including race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Best Books of 2016: NPRs Book Consierge - More than 300 books (limit the list by combining a number of filters) recommended by staff and critics of National Public Radio.
2017 LSTA Grant Guidelines for Wisconsin - A pdf information guide includes a Table of Contents with clickable links to chapters, category information, and examples of documents for the upcoming application and evaluations. All grant applications are due October 14, 2016. For more information visit the Department of Public Instruction.
Signing Savvy Language - Sign language resource. A few key signs used with babies can enhance communication and early literacy skills, reinforce bonding and increase contentedness.
DPI E-Rate Google Community - Join the library community forum to discuss issues related to E-Rate. Click the ASK TO JOIN button.
The Universal Services Administrative Company - Universal service is money collected from telecommunications companies for funding initiatives (such as public library E-Rate) that help all Americans stay connected with affordable telecommunications service. The USAC provides resources and tools to help understand funding mandates.
Wisconsin E-Rate News - The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides updates, instructions, and webinars to keep you informed of the latest e-rate.
FAQ on Public Library Filtering - Learn about The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance requirements for federal funding of internet infrastructure through LSTA grants and eRate.
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) - CIPA places restrictions on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and on the Universal Service discount program (E-rate). These restrictions take the form of requirements for Internet safety policies and technology which blocks or filters certain material from being accessed through the Internet.
Fencing Out Knowledge - A study of the impact CIPA has had on those who rely on public internet to access information and learning opportunities.
Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries - A report (pdf) of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries.
A Book and a Hug - devoted to helping kids, parents, teachers and librarians find just the right book for every kid.
Little eLit - A professional learning network providing resources for incorporating new media into library collections, literacy services and programs for families with young children..
Storytime Programming Blogs - Storytime Underground provides a list of blogs with ideas for early literacy and programming for kids of all ages.
Raising Lifelong Readers - Brightly is a website guide for parents featuring reading recommendations for children of all ages.
Web Design Best Practices Checklist - Recommended design elements that convey quality and professionalism with an organized, uncluttered layout, and a good use of images and text.
Wisconsin Tax e-file - It's free, secure and accurate! Each year, more Wisconsin taxpayers file their income tax returns electronically using the e-file application called Wisconsin e-file. Many taxpayers get their refunds within a week with direct deposit.
Wisconsin Online Tax Form Database - All Wisconsin tax forms.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Free Financial Education Publications are available for Libraries to help consumers learn more about money. Free copies are available for each publication.
Wisconsin Libraries Blog - News from the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology has been upgraded from the Channel weekly newsletter to a blog platform for reporting library news.
A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness - A video presented by Ryan Dowd of Hesed House, a shelter in Aurora, IL explaining the culture of poverty with practical suggestions on working with library users who are homeless or suffering from mental illness.
New Library Director Boot Camp - Resources for library directors from the 2014 New Library Director Boot Camp.
Storybird - An online storytelling community for anyone interested in making visual stories from the works of International illustrators and animators.
OnGuardOnline.gov - A federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.
Community Engagement Resources - The American Library Association (ALA) is offering free materials designed to strengthen the library's leadership role to bring positive change to their communities.
Transforming Library Spaces - WebJunction provides resources for exploring ways to transform your library space for community engagement. • An article summary • A guide (pdf format) • A webinar (1 hour recorded) and slides
American Libraries Live - Free, streaming video broadcasts about library issues and trends. Each episode discussion features a panel of library industry experts, and viewers can ask questions during the program via chat. Programs are archived. American Libraries Live is a production of American Library Association. Online registration allows viewers to receive reminders of upcoming programs.
Libraries Matter: Impact Research - A listing of studies that are useful in making the case about the economic, educational and social value of libraries. Also available are a series of short videos emphasizing the important role libraries play in the community.
Libraries Transforming Communities - An ALA initiative offering librarians free advocacy materials highlighting the library's important leadership role in the community. Several guides are available, some of which are accompanied by a webinar.
Common Sense Media - Make smart media choices using Common Sense Media, a large, trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Topic Centers and the Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
Make It @ Your Library - Librarians can easily identify and select Instructables.com DIY projects for makerspace programs that are cost, age and content appropriate for specific communities.
Kidsites.com lists safe websites by topics for Education, Fun and Grownups.
Read On Wisconsin! is a literacy program promoting high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state. Each month features Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups. These books are recommended for read-alouds, book discussion selections, feature displays, or for other ways you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books. The website provides forums for sharing programming ideas and an opportunity for kids to share booktrailers.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - A statewide public library literacy initiative, funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act, providing resources to encourage parents to read aloud to their preschool children and instill the lifelong love of reading.
American Museum of Natural History's Online Image Database - The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) research library offers free online access to the museum’s Digital Special Collections, a new database of more than 7,000 archival images, including photographs from 19th century scientific expeditions and illustrations from rare books dating back to the 16th century.
Metacritic - Media entertainment is rated with a score based on reviews from respected critics. Compare what's new this week, what's great this year, and all-time favorites—finding quality entertainment is easy with the Metacritic scorecard.
QwikLit - A tool for understanding literary studies. Various lectures and articles cover all different types of literature, including prose, poetry, theater and theory
Summer Reading Ideas - Browse hundreds of craft ideas for your science themed programs for kids of all ages when you Google Pinterest boards with Summer Library Program.
History of the Great Lakes - A public domain library of the pioneering and state-building era of the Northwest territory that became the five Great Lake states with links to rare historical maps, documents, journals, studies, as well as stories written in the early 1800's by pioneers of the region.
Government Forms - USA.gov provides federal forms (including tax forms) and applications, by agency name.
Library Reads - A new book discovery program featuring top ten books published each month recommended by librarians. Anyone who is regularly employed in a U.S. public library may participate.
Wellcome Images - Welcome Library has released this new website with over 100,000 digital images for viewing, and in some cases, downloading under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license, which enables their use for either personal or commercial use with attribution of the source. The images include “manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements,” as well as contemporary images.
Growing Wisconsin Readers Blog - The official blog for librarians and early childhood advocates promoting Growing Wisconsin Readers. In addition sharing great ideas, the blog will also highlight helpful resources and research about early literacy.
BadgerLink Resource Guide - BadgerLink now offers promotional materials and a quick start guide for navigating the discovery database home page.
Keeping Children Safe - Kids are watching how adults manage stress and conflict. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show kids there's no place for bullying. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides resources for preventing and addressing bullying, including Cyberbullying
Keys to the Whole World: American Public Libraries - National Public Radio explores the public library system in a series addressing library support, architecture, media consumption, copyright, and community.
All Star Libraries - Noteworthy examples of the 2016 All Star Public Libraries selected by Library Journal.
Library Campaigns That Made a Difference - The Public Library Association explores successful public awareness campaigns in public libraries around the country.
100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 - The National Public Radio's list of great reads for kids includes a little bit of everything: tales of adventure, stuggle, exploration, escape, coming of age, animal stories, pioneer sagas, science- fiction, and beloved classics.
Great Websites for Kids - Recommended and award-winning websites and online resources for all ages, including apps and social media, along with privacy and safety guidelines..
IFLA Report: Trends Impacting the Information Environment - The International Federation of Libary Associations and Institutions (IFLA) reports on current changes in the information environment and their affect on the role and identity of libraries.
Lists of Recommended Titles - Kirkus Review lists include overlooked novels, travel companions, indie boos, popular titles, sequels, and great teen reads.