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    BadgerLink Goes Back to School

    Last Updated: 08/29/14

    BadgerLink resources can help you this school year! Explore our primary sources, articles, images, videos, skill building materials, ACT practice tests, lesson plans, and other standards-aligned materials!


    Get the BadgerLink Goes Back to School flier available as a PDF PDF or Google Doc.


    Have questions about where to find these resources? Ask a Librarian!

    Tags: Resource Highlight

  • Circuit Board

    Maintenance Wednesday

    Last Updated: 08/29/14

    On Wednesday (9/3) our authentication provider, Auto-Graphics, will install an update.  As a result, BadgerLink resources will be unavailable for an hour or less, starting at 9pm.


    Apologies for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, Contact Us.

    Tags: Update


    Vocabulary Lists Assist with Close Reading

    Last Updated: 08/29/14

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    TeachingBooks.​net now has vocabulary lists—often organized by chapter—for the books that you're teaching.

    Vocabulary lists include:

    • Definitions
    • Example sentences pulled from the book
    • Audio pronunciations

    Explore the 200+ books for which Vocabulary.​com has generously produced vocabulary lists, in partnership with TeachingBooks.​net.


    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!

    Tags: Update

  • Circuit board

    Maintenance Tuesday

    Last Updated: 08/13/14

    BadgerLink’s authentication and federated search provider, Auto-Graphics, will be running an upgrade tonight (August 12th) beginning at 9:00PM CT.  Please be aware that this will involve one hour or less system downtime.


    If you have questions, please contact BadgerLink



    The BadgerLink Team

    Tags: Update

  • Lone Rock Community Library

    Library of the Month: Lone Rock Community Library

    Last Updated: 08/29/14

    Libraries in rural settings are energetically expanding services to stay ahead of community expectations and challenges, but with limited budgets and small spaces, creating a thriving library community can seem daunting. Lone Rock Community Library has found success by providing computers with internet access, offering games and learning programming, and promoting the use of BadgerLink resources.


    With many services, from job applications to filing taxes, only available online, access to the internet is key to supporting rural communities. Lone Rock Community Library provides public computers with  WiFi, and through the TEACH/DOA Library Fiber Project, the library will upgrade bandwidth to a minimum of 10 Mbps and replace several computers. The library replaces computers on a five-year cycle to make sure the hardware and software available is suitable for the latest applications. With these changes, the library will continue to be the online information hub in the community.


    In addition to providing a sound technology infrastructure, the library also offers learning opportunities like computer classes for adults and gaming programming for kids. In June, the Lone Rock Community Library hosted classes to help users find genealogy resources and connect with others using social media. Due to their popularity, the library is planning to extend these programs in the future.


    Minecraft, a multiplayer sandbox-style online game, is another popular activity at the library. Kids play, build, chase monsters, and connect with others in the community and around the world. "I have been waiting to do this all my life"  said a 3rd grade Minecraft player. The success of the program has drawn kids in, where they become more familiar with technology and everything else the library has to offer.


    BadgerLink is another way the Lone Rock Community Library provides support to its community. Director Rita Magno comments, “When I show patrons how to use the databases, they are surprised at the depth and breadth of information that is available!” Whether looking for health information or auto repair manuals, or ideas for your next read, BadgerLink provides resources with information on your topic. “It's a wonderful resource for the Lone Rock Community Library” says Rita Magno.


    Libraries across Wisconsin provide essential support to rural communities with access to technology and information.

    Tags: Library of the Month

  • Books & Literature

    How did BadgerLink do?

    Last Updated: 08/22/14

    BadgerLink recently hosted BadgerBrunch training webinars about our Book & Literature resources. We want to know how we did.


    Please complete this short survey about the BadgerBrunch webinar training series. This survey will help the BadgerLink team create trainings that are interesting and useful to you!


    The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey closes on August 21, 2014


    Take the survey!

    Tags: Training/Outreach

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    Multimedia and Educator Resources

    Last Updated: 08/29/14

    BadgerLatté Training
    Thursdays at 3:30 PM
    September 18-November 13

    Each 20 minute BadgerLatté webinar explores a multimedia or educator resource in BadgerLink. Sign up for email reminders!


    These sessions will be recorded and archived.The archive of previous sessions is found at There is no registration.


    Date Multimedia
    September 18 Wisconsin Media Lab 
    September 25 Britannica School Online
    October 2 EBSCO
    October 9
    Date Educator Resources
    October 16 Wisconsin Media Lab
    October 23 Britannica School Online
    October 30 EBSCO
    November 6
    November 13 EBSCO (Research)
    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    BadgerLink and the BadgerLatté 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: If Java is needed, you may download it from here:


    Do I need to register in advance?

    No, you do not need to register.


    What conferencing software does this webinar series use?

    BadgerLatté uses Blackboard Collaborate. To find out if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page:


    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


    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 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


    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    Complete the BadgerLink technical support request form at


    Where can I get announcements about BadgerLink?

    You can join the BadgerLink email list at or read the Badger Bulletin Additionally, BadgerLink is on Facebook and on Twitter.


    Tags: Training/Outreach

  • Marshall Community Library

    Library of the Month: Marshall Community Library

    Last Updated: 08/11/14

    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: 08/12/14

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    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

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    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



    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!



    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


    Custom Reading Lists in

    Last Updated: 06/02/14

    The new Custom Reading List feature in 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 to watch a short instructional video on how to use this feature. Contact Us if you have any questions!

    Tags: Update