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  • BadgerLink Research Guide Update

    Last Updated: 03/30/15

    The Project

    Several years ago the BadgerLink team created research guides created to help students conduct research. This spring and summer we are revising and updating our research guides and we’d like your input!

     

    Get Involved

    If you would like to provide feedback about the BadgerLink research guides, please attend one of the following webinars and fill out a short survey.

    • WEBINAR: BadgerLink Training Librarian will lead  2 webinars on April 21st at 10:00-11:00 AM OR 3:30-4:30 PM.  If you can’t attend either session, don’t worry, we’ll record the session and post the link to the recording to the Badger Bulletin
    • SURVEY: The link to the short survey will be provided during the webinar. 

    More Information

    BadgerLink Research Guide: Current Website | DRAFT Version

    This research guide is loosely based on the Big 6 and walks students (grades 5-12) through the research process. Included in the research guide are also educator resources for teaching the research process.

     

    BadgerLink Super 3 Research Guide: Current Website | DRAFT Version

    This research guide is based on Super 3 and walks students (grades K-5) through the research process. Included in the research guide are also educator resources for teaching the research process.

    Contact Us if you have any questions!


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    Library of the Month: Racine Unified School District

    Last Updated: 03/30/15

    Thank you to Racine Unified School District! In 2014 the RUSD website had the most referrals to the BadgerLink website--over 9,000 clicks to BadgerLink.net!
     
    At Racine Unified School District the library is a place to create, collaborate, and learn. Recently, RUSD updated one high school and three elementary libraries to be 21st Century Learning Centers. These new library spaces provide a fun space for students to learn. Students can conduct research, read, and work on projects in comfortable and movable furniture. Going beyond the regular table and chairs that you find in most libraries, in a 21st Century Learning Center students feel “at home” at the library. The 21st Century Learning Center is more conducive to engagement than a traditional library setting; students enjoy using technology in comfortable surroundings which leads to more studying, collaboration, and learning. The 21st Century Learning Centers have been so successful that there are plans to transform 5 more libraries this summer with the help and support from Superintendent Lolli Haws. Rosalie Daca Chief Academic Officer is also working hard to make all RUSD Libraries fun learning environments for students.
     
    Educators at RUSD find that BadgerLink is an awesome resource for students and staff to use. At Park High School, Librarian Mary McGlade teaches all freshmen information literacy skills during a Health Research Project. Students use BadgerLink and other online resources to research a health topic and then share the information gathered with their classmates. Through this assignment students learn to evaluate sources, how to use information responsibility, how to find information, and along the way students begin to understand the value of being able to locate and use information from multiple sources
     
    Students at RUSD use BadgerLink everyday for research projects, class work, and much more. In Racine, the library is a great place for students to come and learn and engage.


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    We updated our website!

    Last Updated: 03/16/15

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    Its been 18 months since our website redesign - wow how time flies! Based on both internal and external feedback, we’ve made a few changes to enhance user experience.

     

    Revision of FAQs

    • We updated our Frequently Asked Questions, removing questions that weren’t frequently asked and adding a couple that were. Did we miss something obvious? Let us know.

    Revision of About BadgerLink page

    • The About BadgerLink page was pretty text-heavy. We thought long and hard about why you use the resources and why BadgerLink is so important. All in a more visually appealing way. 

    Listing of resources on format and subject pages

    • BadgerLink has a lot of great resources, but our format and subject pages were a bit overwhelming. We re-evaluated and removed some of the options, with hopes you will have an easier time choosing the most appropriate resource. If we moved something that you used frequently, let us know.

    Videos, Webinars, and Documentation page is now called Training

    • The previous name was a really long way of saying Training.  

    New Format Pages

    The BadgerLink team is planning a few more updates to our website. Stay tuned for details!


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    See you at WEMTA!

    Last Updated: 03/26/15

    Each year the BadgerLink team looks forward to the WEMTA conferece. Our supporters in the field are our vaulable partners and we want to know how we can better serve you.
     
    Here's what we'll be up to at WEMTA:
    • Get a sneak peak of our presentation Monday, March 23 at 8 AM in the Ignite Session B.
    • Stop by our booth #103/105 for a chat and promotional materials.
    • Attend our presentation Tuesday, March 24th at 8 AM. Learn how to Shake it up with BadgerLink!

    See you at WEMTA!


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    BadgerLink Training: Copyright | May 14 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: Copyright | May 14 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Each BadgerLink resource is licensed for use by Wisconsin residents but still has copyright restrictions. In this 20 minute webinar, learn about the different ways you can use each of the BadgerLink resources. 

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule.

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: Newspaper Resources | May 7 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: Newspaper Resources | May 7 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Save time when you are searching for newspaper articles. In this 20 minute webinar, learn about about the newspaper resources available in BadgerLink.

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: Access NewspaperARCHIVE | April 30 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: Access NewspaperARCHIVE | April 30 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Explore your roots. Learn how to find full-text PDFs of local and national historic newspapers in Access NewspaperARCHIVE. 

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: Business Source Premier | April 23 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: Business Source Premier | April 23 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Stay competitive in the marketplace. Learn how to find market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, & full-text articles

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: HeritageQuest Online | April 16 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: HeritageQuest Online | April 16 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Discover the interesting history of you! Learn how to find census records, family histories, and other genealogy materials in the new and improved HQO.

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: History Reference Center | April 9 @ 3:30

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: History Reference Center | April 9 @ 3:30

    Join this training

     

    Connect with the past! Learn how to find information on history from magazines, newspapers, images, video, and book content.  

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    BadgerLink Training: EBSCO Explora | April 2 @ 3:30 PM

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

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    BadgerLink Training: EBSCO Explora | April 2 @ 3:30 PM

    Join this training

     

    EBSCO is releasing a new interface that will replace Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Search. Learn about all the search features in Explora.

     

    See the entire Spring training schedule

    Sign up for email reminders

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    Updates to HeritageQuest Online

    Last Updated: 03/16/15

    Coming March 4, 2015, HeritageQuest Online (HQO) will be materially improved and enhanced with a much richer content set and a more powerful, intuitive interface! The product will have a more modern look and feel that will make it easier to use and help streamline the research process for genealogists.

     

    Updates include:

    • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
    • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
    • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
    • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
    • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
    • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
    • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
    • All-new research aids
    • Interactive census maps

    New Browser Requirements

    • HeritageQuest Online will be optimized to perform best on current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or newer (we recommend IE 11+). This users the most up-to-date security, as well.
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or older will no longer be supported. The new HeritageQuest Online may work in discontinued operating systems (such as Windows XP) and browsers, but we will not guarantee compatibility or make fixes.

    If you have any questions, Contact Us


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    Spring BadgerLink Training

    Last Updated: 03/30/15

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    Thursdays 3:30-3:50 p.m.

    April 2 to May 14

    Sign up for email reminders

    Mark your calendar! BadgerLink has online training scheduled for April and May.

     

    April 2 | EBSCO Explora

    EBSCO is releasing a new interface that will replace Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Search. Learn about all the search features in Explora.

     

    April 9 | History Reference Center

    Connect with the past! Learn how to find information on history from magazines, newspapers, images, video, and book content.  

     

    April 16 | HeritageQuest Online

    Discover the interesting history of you! Learn how to find census records, family histories, and other genealogy materials in the new and improved HQO.

     

    April 23 | Business Source Premier

    Stay competitive in the marketplace. Learn how to find market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, & full-text articles

     

    April 30 | Access NewspaperARCHIVE

    Explore your roots. Learn how to find full-text PDFs of local and national historic newspapers in Access NewspaperARCHIVE. 

     

    May 7 | Newspaper Resources

    Save time when you are searching for newspaper articles. Learn about about the newspaper resources available in BadgerLink.

     

    May 14 | Copyright

    Each BadgerLink resource is licensed for use by Wisconsin residents but still has copyright restrictions. Learn about the different ways you can use each of the BadgerLink resources. 

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Yes you can participate. BadgerLink training is 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?

    This training 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 BadgerLink training?

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

     

    Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?

    We can 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.

     


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    Library of the Month: Western Technical College

    Last Updated: 03/16/15

    Thank you to Western Technical College, located in La Crosse, WI! In 2014 Western had the most referrals, almost 9,000 clicks to the BadgerLink website, of any technical college in the state. Students and staff are using BadgerLink!

     

    The Western Library serves a small population of students but that doesn't mean that the library is quiet and empty. The Western Library collaborates with other organizations to promote collections and programs. Some of Western’s partners include Veteran’s Services, the Multicultural Center, Violence Prevention & Student Advocacy, Health Science Center (a partnership with UW-La Crosse), and Diesel & Heavy Equipment Center. The partnerships and outreach programs are paying off and during this Fall term the library had 40,000 people come to the library--which is an amazing number because enrollment at Western is about 5,000.

     

    When students visit the library, they can and use technology like netbooks, digital cameras, and laptops. Providing these materials levels the playing field so all students have equal access to the tools needed to succeed. Also available are instruction sessions covering a variety of topics. Additionally the Western baseball team players and their coaches have participated in a variety of team activities at the library. From library instruction sessions on doing research and developing time management skills, to weekly study halls, Western ball players continue to further their education. During the Fall term alone, Western Library hosted 50 library instruction sessions reaching about 1000 students, 1/5th of the student body.

     

    Internally, Western staff use and promote BadgerLink resources through instruction sessions. Western staffs have created pathfinders to assist students use resources. Sam Wood, a reference librarian at Western, says “we are very happy with the selection of databases.” Students use search features, like the Super Search, to find recent articles for research projects, business plans, speeches, essays, and a variety of academic and personal purposes.


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    BadgerLink by the Numbers

    Last Updated: 03/03/15

     

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    Each year the BadgerLink team gathers statistical information on our resources and website, and 2014 proved to be another great year! As the usage numbers grow, you show the importance of our online resources.

     

    Here's how the use of our resources stacked up:

    Graph: sessions by year

    Sessions have more than tripled since 2009

    Sessions are unique visits to a site.

    All providers track this metric.

     
    Graph: searches by year

    Over 121 million searches performed in 2014

    Searches are the number of queries performed within a resource. 

    EBSCO, Encyclopedia Britannica, HeritageQuest Online, LitFINDER, and TeachingBooks track this metric.

     

    Graph: pageviews by year

    Pageviews rebound to previous year levels

    Pageviews are the number of page refreshes or link clicks to new pages in a resource.

    AccessNewspaper Archive, Encyclopedia Britannica, Soundzabound, TeachingBooks, Wisconsin Media Lab, and Wisconsin Newspaper Association track this metric.

     

    Here's a little about the use of the BadgerLink website:

     

    Using Google Analytics we've noticed an increase in referral traffic from Wisconsin's school and library websites - AWESOME! Some top referrers this year (in alphabetical order):

    Thank you for supporting BadgerLink! In 2015 we will continue to support your educational and recreational information needs at www.badgerlink.net.


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    Finding Lesson Plans in EBSCO

    Last Updated: 02/03/15

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    The standards-based content available in BadgerLink, makes it an excellent resource for any classroom. For example, BadgerLink has access to lesson plans that have been published in education magazines and journals. BadgerLink staff have worked hard to make this content more accessable to educators. A short training video, called a BadgerBite, is now available on YouTube to guide teachers through the steps to find published lesson plans. Watch the video below! 

     

    Learn more about other intructional tools available in BadgerLink by going to the For Educators page and then clicking on Instructional Tools

     

    Additional training is available to Wisconsin schools and libraries at no charge to the organization. Contact Kara Ripley, BadgerLink Training Librarian, to schedule training for your school's next in-service!  

     

    BadgerBite: Finding Lesson Plans in EBSCO Learn how to find lesson plans in EBSCO resources from BadgerLink.

     

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    Library of the Month: Arrowhead High School

    Last Updated: 02/13/15

    Arrowhead High School (AHS) was the top school in student referrals to the BadgerLink website in November 2014. BadgerLink staff contacted Donna Smith, Director of Library Media and Technology at Arrowhead School District, to find out what made the district so successful.

     

    At AHS, information literacy - being able to find and evaluate information - is a top priority. A strong commitment from the school board resulted in the addition of technology integrators who support the growing professional development needs of staff, as well as contribute to student training. With assistance from library staff, the technology integrators focus on helping teachers incorporate information technology and technology tools into classrooms.

     

    BadgerLink plays a major role in the district’s goal to teach technology literacy skills. For example, every AHS freshman uses BadgerLink to complete an English research project. While students are taught how to narrow search results by full text, format, and publication date, the real focus is on the evaluation of information. These research projects are just one example of how students are using technology to build 21st Century skills.

     

    Acquisition of information literacy at AHS doesn’t stop there. Students must be able to analyze and cite the resources they find. Using BadgerLink, students can locate content, discern credible information, and apply it to projects. The permalink and citation tools available in BadgerLink resources are helpful, but students still need to use critical thinking skills.

     

    All this makes the library a place to gather, analyze, and synthesize information, and discover something new.

     

    Our thanks to Arrowhead High School for your continued support of BadgerLink!


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    Teacher Previews for 2015-2016

    Last Updated: 02/27/15

    Wisconsin Media Lab offers thousands of cost-free educational multimedia resources to Wisconsin educators and students and relies on teacher input for the selection of resources.

     

    Each year Wisconsin Media Lab selects potential resources and asks for input, such as if you would use the resource in your classroom. Wisconsin Media Lab acquires the resources that educators want and provides access to the resources through BadgerLink. That means your school saves money because you do not have to pay for the content!

     

    Review, comment and vote here!

     


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    Books and BadgerLink

    Last Updated: 01/22/15

    Inevitably, as an educator or librarian, you receive gift cards for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Half Price Books. As you lounge by the fire in a post-holiday glow, remember BadgerLink!

     

    Did you know that BadgerLink has a book recommendation resource? NoveList and NoveList K-8 are fiction recommendation databases that you can use to find book lists, read-a-likes, and other fun stuff. Browse for books not just by subject but also by tone, writing style, pace, genre, and audience. 

     

    NoveList is the perfect resource for finding your next book!


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    Library of the Month: Cedarburg Public Library

    Last Updated: 01/20/15

    The Cedarburg Public Library re-opened July 12, 2014 with a long awaited new building. The 25,000 square foot facility more than doubled the size of the previous library building. With this large, modern facility CPL mixes new and old; providing traditional library services while finding inventive ways to serve the community.  

     

    Technology is a priority. Staff are trained on how to use technology and are available to assist library users with their devices. The Cedarburg Friends of the Library generously donated a 3D printer for public use and continue to provide filament. Members of the community can download the Thingaverse, design projects and “print” their designs freely at CPL. The 3D printer has attracted new users and continues to draw a crowd when a project is printed.

     

    This library is a destination. The library is a place to create, learn, and explore and learners of all ages are welcome. For kids, the Children’s Room is filled with books for all ages with interactive literacy and learning tools, and technology for children and their caregivers. Teens and adults can venture to the 2nd floor, wander the collection or reserve a quiet study room for independent work, tutoring, or small meetings. For everyone, there is a MediaScape room with technology equipment to create and share digital information.

     

    Modern facilities make connecting easier. The new building has a large community room that holds up to 100 people and has a built-in hearing loop to aid those who are hard of hearing. The room is equipped with a projector with surround sound and screen/white board are available for meetings and events. Since opening the community room has been used by individuals, local community groups, and schools for events such as book discussions, birthday parties, and lectures.

     

    See what the library has for you! Stop in and check CPL out.


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