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    NEW Super Search!

    Last Updated: 07/21/14

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    BadgerLink’s Super Search is getting a makeover by July 31! BadgerLink’s Super Search allows you to search most of our resources simultaneously.

     

    The Super Search will be changing to a more visually appealing interface with more search options. In the new interface, faceted searching will allow you to  narrow your results by resource, date, subject, or publisher. Want notification when new results appear for your search? Users will have the option of creating RSS feeds.

     

    The new Super Search interface will allow BadgerLink users to search more resources. Stay tuned for more information!

     

    Get a sneak peek at the new interface!

     

    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update

  • Marshall Community Library

    Library of the Month: Marshall Community Library

    Last Updated: 07/10/14

    The Marshall Community Library, a beautiful, modern building with swooping roof lines and an abundance of natural light, provides innovative services and resources to the public including meeting and learning spaces, readers’ services, and digital literacy training.

     

    The Community Room and the Math and Science Center both provide a space to gather and learn.  Built with the help of funding from the Madison Community Foundation, the Community Room has hosted politicians, performers, and fundraisers, and can be reserved by non-profit groups.  The Math and Science Center offers an open play area where kids of all ages can get their hands on abstract concepts.  A microscope, magnetic math board, plastic money, rock specimens, lab coats and much more are available to experiment with and learn from.

     

    Libraries have been, and will always be, synonymous with reading.  Supporting literacy is a key way the Marshall Community Library enhances the community.  “Automatically Yours,” is a unique program where library staff automatically place holds for new fiction titles based on a patron’s favorite authors.  “Vacation Bags” include a variety of materials suited to a patron’s age, interest and destination.  The love of books is evident in Marshall, and it is safe to say books aren’t going away anytime soon!

     

    The Marshall Community Library also became the first Village Post Office in Wisconsin on January 28th, 2013.  Satisfying the community’s needs for convenience, the library now sells stamps and accepts mail, offsetting the local post office’s limited hours of operation.

     

    Computer skills and digital learning are a high priority at the library.  Staff are always willing to sit down with patrons and teach them how to use a Kindle, download ebooks, write resumes, download pictures, and teach them how to take advantage of the many resources that BadgerLink provides.  Library Director Diana Skalitzky’s favorite BadgerLink resource is LearningExpress Library.  She said, “This fantastic resource means not having to purchase study books for the Compass, SAT, ACT, CLEP and other major tests.”  Wisconsin residents can easily access these test prep and skill building materials from anywhere with internet access.

     

    Innovation and libraries go hand in hand.  Visit the Marshall Community Library and learn about all that libraries have to offer!


    Tags: Library of the Month

  • LearningExpress Library

    LearningExpress Library Bookmarks Available

    Last Updated: 07/21/14

    LearningExpress Library bookmarks are available for Wisconsin organizations. Materials are mailed or sent through library delivery at no charge to your organization!

     

    To request materials, go to Get the Word Out! and then click on Request Bookmarks and Posters in the right-hand menu.  

     

    LearningExpress Library provides a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials perfect kids, teens, and adults! Some of the topics covered in LearningExpress Library are:

    • Computer Software Skills
    • College Preparation
    • GED Preparation
    • Entrance or Occupational Exams
    • Vocational Skills
    • Grammar
    • Writing
    • Math
    • Public and Speaking

    Get started on Learning Express!

     


    Tags: Update

  • Fond du Lac Public Library

    Library of the Month: Fond du Lac Public Library

    Last Updated: 07/08/14

    The Fond du Lac Public Library’s mission is to support a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. To that end, FDLPL provides a variety of programs including a dedicated space for job seekers in the Opportunity Center and access to online resources through BadgerLink.

     

    Fond du Lac Public Library’s Opportunity Center opened in November of 2009 and is a computer lab and resource center for job seekers. In this space, library users can use the computers to write resumes and cover letters and apply for work online. The computers in the Opportunity Center have no time limit so that users don’t have to hurry through applications and resumes. Additionally, the Opportunity Center supplies volunteers to offer assistance to job seekers like help with technology and proofreading.

     

    In the past 5 years, the center has been a success because of the convenience of the location and the reliability of the volunteers. The center is open 27 hours a week, including evening and weekend hours, and is located centrally in the downtown Main Library. The center is large enough to accommodate job seekers but small enough to provide privacy and individualized help. When open, the center is always staffed by helpful and friendly volunteers.

     

    Libraries provide a space for learning as well as materials such as books, videos, and magazines. BadgerLink acts as a supplemental resource for libraries, providing online access to magazines, newspapers, and journals. Information Services Librarian Annette Clark supplements the FLDPL collection with BadgerLink resources: “I use the Auto Repair Reference Center when we don’t have an auto repair manual on the shelf.” Additionally, Debbie Rosenberg, an Information Services Library Assistant at FLDPL commented, “We provide as many journals as is feasible for our patrons, but certainly can’t afford everything. Many have expressed their delight in being able to find full-text articles.”

     

    “I wouldn’t want to be without <BadgerLink>,” said Susan Ringer, Information Services Librarian at FDLPL. And Fond du Lac wouldn’t want to be without FDLPL!


    Tags: Library of the Month

  •  Maintenance Monday

    Maintenance Monday

    Last Updated: 06/03/14

    BadgerLink resources will be unavailable on Monday, June 2nd from 9-10 p.m. because of an update by BadgerLink’s authentication and federated search provider, Auto-Graphics

     

    We apologize for any inconvenience. Contact Us if you have any questions!

     

     


    Tags: Update

  • Soundzabound logo

    New Content Added to Soundzabound

    Last Updated: 07/07/14

    BadgerLink users now have access to new songs in Volumes 7, 8, and 9 as well as new sound effect categories for Scary, Sports, and Transportation.

     

    To access these collections, go to Soundzabound. You can find a link to Soundzabound on All Resources, Multimedia, Elementry School, Middle School, High School, and Higher Education pages.

     

    Once in Soundzabound, use the left-hand navigation pannel to browse available songs and sound effects.

     

    Here are trainings on how to use Soundzabound.

     

     Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update

  • Let BadgerLink help!

    Last Updated: 05/12/14

    Overwhelmed?

     

    Let BadgerLink help! Instead of creating your own training materials for BadgerLink resources, use what’s already on the BadgerLink Videos, Webinars, and Documentation page! Find full length webinars, short tutorials, guides, and helpful webpages for using BadgerLink resources.

     

    Looking for powerpoint slides? Can’t find a tutorial you want? Ask a Librarian. Use the link in the right-hand navigation bar to email your question to the BadgerLink librarian. BadgerLink has a librarian who can do in-person or online training, or create on-demand training materials!

     

    Sincerely,

    The BadgerLink Team


    Tags: Training/Outreach

  • Kids using tech

    Britannica School Elementary Update

    Last Updated: 06/02/14

    Looking to engage your students with new interactive content? Try the new Britannica School Elementary!

     

    Britannica School’s new Elementary home page will ignite students’ curiosity and encourage them to inquire, explore, and discover! The new scrolling activities with videos, images, and written descriptions serve to engage students with ever changing content.

     

    The tool bar at the bottom of the page allows students to; browse articles and media, explore the world around them with country and state research tools, and learn new skills with learning games and activities.

    Britannica School Elementary screenshot

     

    Contact Us if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update

  • TeachingBooks.net

    Custom Reading Lists in TeachingBooks.net

    Last Updated: 06/02/14

    The new Custom Reading List feature in TeachingBooks.net allows you to quickly and easily compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum. 

    • Create your own booklists and classroom assignments
    • Manage text sets for instructional and independent reading
    • Analyze text complexity differentiation of text sets and booklists
    • Seamlessly edit, sequence, and annotate lists in accordance with syllabi and specific assignments
    • Immediately have instructional materials about the books and authors on the lists
    • Distribute lists with QR Codes, Emails, or Permanent Links to students, colleagues, families, websites, social media, and learning management systems

    Look for the add icon to add any title to a Custom Reading List, then share that list using the Share this list link share icon.

     

    Go to http://www.teachingbooks.net/CRL to watch a short instructional video on how to use this feature. Contact Us if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update

  • Lester Public Library

    Library of the Month: Lester Public Library

    Last Updated: 06/16/14

    The modern library provides more than books. As a mutually beneficial community space, it provides information and builds relationships. The Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin embodies this community model with its library advocacy, technology literacy programming, and daily use of BadgerLink.

     

     

    Recently, in honor of National Library Week, Lester Public Library supported local commerce by partnering with 50 businesses. Library patrons got discounts by showing their library card at select local businesses. Back at the library, the receipts could be entered to win prizes, including an iPad and a Kindle. Director Jeff Dawson comments, “Two Rivers was buzzing about the library and the message was pretty clear. Shop locally and visit your library.”

     

     

    If the winner of the Kindle or iPad needed assistance using the device, they could sign up for one-on-one computer training with a librarian. Jeff explains, “This service is incredibly rewarding for staff and library users.” Patrons leave with skills that help them at work, home, and the library. Trainings include how to connect with family on Facebook, using Excel spreadsheets effectively, downloading books from OverDrive, and use of other library resources.

     

     

    When working with new or seasoned patrons, Jeff always shares BadgerLink. He says, “When presenting library services to our community, BadgerLink takes a front seat in 24/7 library services…We are not only promoting this outstanding resource, but also telling our constituency how BadgerLink makes our local library and our local services stronger.“ Whether in the library or at home on BadgerLink, access to quality information benefits the community.



    Together, public libraries and BadgerLink can grow stronger communities!


    Tags: Library of the Month

  • Girl at a computer

    New EBSCO Multimedia Search!

    Last Updated: 06/09/14

    BadgerLink is happy to announce the addition of EBSCO Multimedia Search!

     

    The new EBSCO Multimedia Search interface provides an exciting and easy way to access currently available image and video collections in EBSCO.  

    Find images, animations, and videos in:

    • Image Collection

    • Medical Image Collection

    • Literary Image Collection

    • Science Video Collection

    • Medical Video and Animations

    • Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century

     

    This long desired feature was made possible thanks to a collaborative effort between RL&LL, EBSCO, and Auto-Graphics.

     

    Get started! Access to the EBSCO Multimedia Search can be found on All Resources, Multimedia, Health, History, Literature, Science & Technology, and the For Students pages.

     

    Watch a BadgerBite about using the EBSCO Multimedia Search.

     

    If you have any questions, Ask a Librarian!


    Tags: Update, Training

  • Science & Technology

    Let us know how we did!

    Last Updated: 05/15/14

    We hope you enjoyed learning about Science & Technology resources in BadgerLink. You can view the recording of the sessions on the Videos, Webinars, and Documentation page.

     

    Please take a short survey about these trainings so that we can evaluate how we did! The survey is due May 16. Take the Survey.

     

    We are planning a webinar series in July that will cover Books & Literature in BadgerLink. Hope to see you there!


    Tags: Training/Outreach

  • NoveList and NoveList K-8

    New features in NoveList and NoveList K-8

    Last Updated: 05/09/14

    NoveList and NoveList K-8 offer some exciting new features. Enhancements include an updated, modern design and all-new autocomplete search functionality.

    More visually appealing The new look

    All of the NoveList databases will be getting a new look that is modern and clean. The layout and usability will be very familiar to most users, but also more visually appealing. NoveList removed a lot of the clutter on the page, while keeping most of the content in place. See a preview of the new look.

    Easier access to popular content New menu bar

    NoveList retooled the menu bar at the top of every page to make it easier for users to jump to different locations within the interface. There is a new section called Professional Toolbox especially for librarians looking for readers’ advisory help. There is also a new section called Spotlight On… that highlights new or special content.

    AutoComplete is faster and more accurate Improved autocomplete

    Searching NoveList is significantly improved with new autocomplete technology. Now users can start typing part of a title or author name and suggested matches are instantly suggested -- regardless of where the word appears in the results. Searching is faster and more accurate with this improved feature.

    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update

  • Books & Literature

    Books & Literature

    Last Updated: 07/31/14

    BadgerBrunch Training
    Thursdays at 10 AM
    July 10- August 7

    Each 20 minute BadgerBrunch webinar explores a resource BadgerLink where you can find book chapters or information on literature.

     

    These sessions will be recorded and archived.The archive of previous sessions is found at http://badgerlink.net/help/training. There is no registration.

     

    Date

    Session Title

    7.10 LitFINDER ARCHIVE
    7.17 TeachingBooks.net ARCHIVE
    7.24 NoveList and NoveList K-8 ARCHIVE
    7.31 Literary Reference Center ARCHIVE
    8.7

    Auto Repair Reference Center, HeritageQuest Online, and LearningExpress Library Click to Join

     
    Frequently Asked Questions

    I am not a librarian or a teacher. Does that matter? Can I participate?

    BadgerLink and the BadgerBrunch training series are available to all Wisconsin residents!

     

    What do I need to participate?

    You will need reliably fast internet connection, speakers or headphones, and a recent version of Java. To find out if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page: http://bit.ly/BbSystemTest. If Java is needed, you may download it from here: http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

     

    Do I need to register in advance?

    No, you do not need to register.

     

    What conferencing software does this webinar series use?

    BadgerLunch uses Blackboard Collaborate. To find out if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page: http://bit.ly/BbSystemTest

     

    Should I log into a session early?

    Yes, since each session is short, please log into the webinar 5-10 minutes early. If you have little experience with webinars, give yourself some extra time and log in a few minutes earlier.

     

    When I try to log in, I am asked for a password. What’s the password?

    There is no password. You can only log in 45 minutes before the session starts. When you are prompted for a password, it indicates that you have attempted to log in more than 45 minutes before the session. Wait and then try again. If you continue to have issues, please contact Kara Ripley at kara.ripley@dpi.wi.gov.

     

    I can’t make that time. Will the sessions be recorded?

    Yes, we will record these sessions and make them available from the BadgerLink webpage. Go to http://badgerlink.net/help/training for the archived sessions.

     

    Who do I contact with my questions about this series?

    For any questions about this series, please contact Kara Ripley at kara.ripley@dpi.wi.gov.

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    Complete the BadgerLink Technical Support Request Form at http://badgerlink.net/help/contact-us.

     

    Where can I get announcements about BadgerLink?

    You can join the BadgerLink email list at http://badgerlink.net/list or read the Badger Bulletin http://www.badgerlink.net/bulletin. Additionally, BadgerLink is on Facebook and on Twitter.

     


    Tags: Training/Outreach

  • Route 29 Lake Geneva, WI

    April Showers Bring May Flowers

    Last Updated: 05/12/14

    As the days grow longer and warmer, you'll want to spend more time outside. What better way than beautifying your garden? BadgerLink provides full-text articles to a variety of popular gardening magazines. Get started here with a few:

     

    Horticulture (1990-present)

    House Beautiful (1984-present)

    Mother Earth News (1990-present)

    National Wildlife (World Edition) (1990-present)

    Organic Gardening (1984-present)

    Yard and Garden (2004-present)

     

    Find more magazine articles by searching resources listed on the BadgerLink Magazines page. 

     

    If you have any questions, Ask a Librarian!


    Tags: Resource Highlight

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