Finding Lexile Level in Britannica School11/25/2013 - 16:30
A Lexile level is one way to quantitatively decide the difficulty of a book. A Lexile text measure is based on the semantic and syntactic elements of a text and is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text. Help you and your students find articles at the appropriate level of difficulty with Britannica School.
Locate the Lexile level of any Elementary or Middle school article on Britannica School by clicking the Teacher tab. The below images highlight where you can find the Teacher tab.
If you have any questions about this feature, Ask a Librarian!
BadgerLink Press Release11/25/2013 - 11:51
It’s now much easier to use BadgerLink, Wisconsin’s online library that provides access to valuable resources and knowledge without the usual subscription charges. The DPI redesigned the site based on user feedback, following a period of rapid growth.
Details are available in the news release, http://news.dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2013_131.pdf (also available from the DPI News Room, http://news.dpi.wi.gov/newsroom).
Please direct comments or questions regarding this news item to Patrick Gasper, communications officer, 608-266-3559. The voicemail at that number is monitored regularly every day.
Bill Nye Videos now available!11/07/2013 - 16:37
Bill Nye knows how to provide easy access to hard science with humor and hands-on activities. Through BadgerLink, ECB Wisconsin Media provides access to 36 Bill Nye The Science Guy episodes. These episodes encourage students to ask questions and uncover the answers. Bill Nye The Science Guy covers a range of topics including health, math, nature, and the environment.
To access the 36 episodes, go to ECB Wisconsin Media Lab. Under "Science & Technology" click on Bill Nye the Science Guy. Click on Play Video and then select the episode you would like to stream!
In addition to the episodes, there are many teacher guides available!
BadgerLink Quickstart Guide11/04/2013 - 09:59
The BadgerLink Quickstart Guide is a one page PDF that shows you how to naviagate the BadgerLink Homepage. Get started with BadgerLink by downloading this guide HERE.
LearningExpress Library 3.0 Coming to BadgerLink in 2014!10/21/2013 - 10:57
On January 3, 2014 LearningExpress will be updated to LearningExpress Library 3.0!
LearningExpress Library is a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for children, teens, and adults. Improve your academic skills, achieve educational goals, and prepare for careers with LearningExpress Library!
LearningExpress Library 3.0 is a whole NEW experience! It offers improved functionality and content including:
New and improved site design
Easier to use navigation
New interactive tutorials
Multiple test modes for study and practice
Recommendations for additional study
Please note: the update of LearningExpress and the shift to a new platform requires users to re-register their accounts. Existing accounts will not be carried over to the new version. Work done on the old LearningExpress will be not be available after January 3, 2014. Users should register for a new account at their earliest convenience after January 3rd.
For questions about the update to LearningExpress Library 3.0, please contact BadgerLink.
Going to WLA?10/17/2013 - 09:16
Stop by booths 603/605 and Play, Create, and Innovate with DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology. Learn about Wisconsin’s statewide library and learning resources and get great conference swag!!
Stop by our sessions and learn with DPI! The sessions below are sponsored or co-sponsored by DPI. Hope to see you at WLA!
Tuesday 12:30PM - 5:00PM, October 22, 2013
Play & Read: Early Literacy in Libraries
Sponsored by DPI and YSS- Pre Registration is necessary.
Jim Gill, celebrated musician and author, will serve as the keynote speaker as well as offer additional breakout sessions on the topic of music and play for young children. Other breakout sessions include: Bringing “Every Child Ready to Read 2” to Diverse Audiences—Tanya Misselt and Yee Vue, Appleton Public Library; Early Literacy Library Spaces—Ashley Bieber and Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, L. E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Developing an Early Literacy Collection: Books That Work for Kids, Parents, and Librarians--Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC); Engaging Early Literacy Storytimes—Flannelboards, Puppets, Props, and More!—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN.
Wednesday 1:45PM – 2:30PM, October 23, 2013
Online Games and Learning: Technology & Digital Services Track
Kara Ripley, DPI, Reference and BadgerLink Training Librarian; Shawn Brommer, Youth Services & Outreach Consultant, South Central Library System
Learn about screen time, appropriate apps and software for early learning, resources in BadgerLink, and ways to use technology in youth programming.
Thursday 7:30AM - 8:45AM, October 24, 2013
The Cost of Sharing
From staff time to shipping, even when libraries are working with reciprocal partners, there are costs involved with sharing materials. With tightening budgets, staff in all areas is under increased pressure to establish the costs associated with specific services. In this roundtable discussion ILL staff will be invited to establish a standardization of expenses for ILL with the goal of providing a framework for examining costs at individual institutions.
Thursday 7:30AM - 8:45AM, October 24, 2013
Supporting the Needs of Libraries: Help Us Help You
Martha Berninger, Director, DPI Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) acts a voice for libraries and library patrons statewide. It is the one and only council appointed by the Governor to work on library issues. Come and share your feedback on past and current COLAND goals and activities, and pass along your ideas for future projects.
Thursday 11:00AM - 11:45AM, October 24, 2013
EveryoneOn: Connecting to the National Digital Literacy Campaign
Martha Berninger, Director, DPI Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning; Kara Ripley, Reference/Training Librarian, DPI Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning; John DeBacher, Director, DPI Public Library Development Team
"EveryoneOn" is a national digital literacy campaign launched on March 21, 2013. This 3-year program, supported by the national Ad Council, can help libraries spread the word on the great digital literacy training they offer. Learn more about the Public Service Ad campaign. Come and see free digital literacy training tools you can use in training patrons and hear more about how you can get hooked in!
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:30PM , October 24, 2013
Trustee Topics & Trends: Library Issues & Challenges Track
Walter Burkhalter, Public Library Administration, Public Library Development Team, DPI; Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System; Kathy Pletcher, WLTF Chair
These are challenging times to be a public library trustee. This panel presentation will focus on not only those challenges but also the resources and support that are available both within Wisconsin and nationwide for public library directors and trustees.
Thursday 3:30PM - 4:15PM, October 24, 2013
The Affordable Care Act in Your Library: a Q&A and Resource Share
Christina Jones, Director, Altoona Public Library; Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library; Terrie Howe, Public Library Development, DPI
Join a group of librarians and staff from the DPI for an informative Q&A and "resource share" about the Affordable Care Act. Learn what libraries around the state are doing to educate and support their communities after the ACA rollout in early October, and find out where to go for more information.
Need help searching BadgerLink?07/30/2013 - 12:03
Click on Ask a Librarian in the right-hand menu. Enter your question and email address. A librarian will respond to your email in the order it was received, during our business hours (M-F 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).