- DLT shares information about EveryoneOn project
- Promotional materials available for OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library
- Member/Staff News
- Survey responses needed about SCLS bus to ALA Conference
- Jamie McCanless appointed DPI’s new Library Data and Finance Coordinator
- Wisconsin Heritage Online is now Recollection Wisconsin
- Continuing Education Calendar
DLT shares information about EveryoneOn project
A three-year national public service campaign to promote digital literacy -- called EveryoneOn -- will launch March 21, 2013. This project has great potential to raise awareness about the role libraries play in digital learning, and provides a means to extend those services to more Wisconsin citizens.
EveryoneOn is a collaboration between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Connect2Compete (C2C), the American Library Association, the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC, the Ad Council, and many private corporations.
A webinar explaining the project was held on Feb. 21, and if you weren’t able to attend, a link to a recording is available on the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) website. This page also has more information about the project.
Public libraries are fundamental to the success of this effort because of their demonstrated commitment to providing free access to the Internet as well as to supporting digital literacy; e.g., computer skills, searching for information, using e-books, and applying for jobs online.
The national campaign will include TV, radio, print, billboard, and mobile public service announcements (PSAs) directing people to the EveryoneOn.org website. There will also be a social media effort focused on “digital newbies.” On March 21, general public service announcements will be distributed to media across the country to voluntarily air/display as part of their commitments to public service.
In preparation for this project, libraries are asked to review information in a Library Locator resource to ensure that it is current. If it is not current, please update the information. Directions for this process are available on the DLT website.
The following resources for libraries are highlighted on the DLT website.
- The EveryoneOn website includes a training locator tool to help users find free digital literacy training courses, public computer access, and/or WiFi hotspots in their area, which includes public libraries and all participating partners such as Goodwill International, 4H, public computer centers, and American Job Centers.
- The EveryoneOn website will feature an online toolkit/resource center containing training materials, instructional guides for localizing the EveryoneOn campaign, PSAs, social media, PR materials and downloadable campaign collateral (brochures, posters, etc.). These materials will be print ready and in most cases, customizable for any library.
- Throughout the year, libraries will be able to share their digital literacy training stories (successes, photos, videos) with EveryoneOn through a simple submission page on the website. Stories will then be shared with the rest of the nation through EveryoneOn's various social media channels. This is a powerful opportunity to highlight libraries as trusted training and access points -- we encourage you to share your stories as the program develops!
- Premium materials will be
available through EveryoneOn for special events:
- small, fun giveaways; e.g., USB flash drives, t-shirts, stickers, pens, mouse pads, bookmarks;
- informational and promotional materials (preprinted posters, palm cards, postcards, table tents, brochures);
- window clings
Wisconsin’s Digital Library, sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC), has migrated to OverDrive’s Next Generation digital library. To help you spread the word in your community, new promotional materials are available.
If you have questions about any of the new features, or about using different electronic devices with OverDrive, please contact Jean Anderson for more information.
Nathan Schulte (pictured) is a Reedsburg Public Library patron who went to Ecuador to take a Spanish immersion course and stopped in Peru on the way home. He wanted to see Machu Picchu, and thought it would be cool to have his picture taken in Machu Picchu, holding a Reedsburg Public Library National Geographic magazine with a picture on the cover of where he was standing. Nathan ended up going back to Peru to teach English.
When 2-year-old Beckett Kucher was 11 months old, he spoke a language that most of us don’t understand. And that was before he learned to talk. Sue Ann Kucher, Beckett’s mom and the director of Reedsburg Public Library, taught him American Sign Language, which once was reserved for the deaf community. But now parents are using it to teach babies how to communicate. Reedsburg Public Library offers ASL classes each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Read more in the Reedsburg Times-Press.
ALA is in Chicago this summer and SCLS is investigating the option of chartering a one-day bus to the conference. We need your input.
The exhibits are open on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Monday, July 1, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please complete this short form to indicate your interest in participating. If there's enough interest, we'll move forward with the plan.
The Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology is pleased to announce that Jamie McCanless will join the Public Library Development team in a new position, Library Data and Finance Coordinator. In that position, Jamie will assume many of the duties previously carried out by Al Zimmerman, who retired at the end of 2008, including public library and library system annual report collections, public library system plans and state aid payments, and the federal library data submission. Jaime will also work with the rest of the Public Library Development team on forms and website development and the LSTA grant program.
Jamie brings to the team over 25 years of experience in information systems support, technical writing and editing, as well as website development and training. In addition, Jamie has worked at the DPI as an Information Systems Resources Support Technician, both in IT and for the Public Library Development Team.
Jaime assumed his new duties at DPI on Feb. 14, 2013, joining consultants Walter Burkhalter, Terrie Howe and Tessa Schmidt, and team director John DeBacher.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 17 -- Feb. 14, 2013)
What did Mineral Point’s High Street look like in the 1870s? How did a Milwaukee magazine help lead the American craze for bicycling in the 1890s? Which stars performed at the Northernaire Resort in Three Lakes in the 1950s? The answers can be found on the newly redesigned website of Recollection Wisconsin, the collaborative statewide digital program formerly known as Wisconsin Heritage Online.
Recollectionwisconsin.org provides free access to history resources from the collections of libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies across the state. Students, teachers, family history researchers, and the general public can use the website to explore more than 120,000 historic photographs, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, articles, books, artifacts, oral histories and other materials from dozens of Wisconsin communities.
But this site is a place for more than just viewing digital resources. Visitors are also invited to contribute their own memories, images, knowledge and comments through a variety of social features. These new features, which incorporate social media tools including Tumblr, Pinterest and Flickr, are central to the updated vision of the program: to create opportunities for audiences to discover personal connections to the past. Since 2005, the program has offered training and guidelines for Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies to share their collections online, and has provided the technology to bring together these disparate digital collections in a single search portal.
DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology has played a role in the program from the start as the state’s administrator for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. These grants provide financial support for public libraries in Wisconsin to work with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center to digitize and make available online thousands of historic photographs, books, maps, and other unique local materials.
New features visitors can find on recollectionwisconsin.org include:
- Share a story. Recollection Wisconsin has partnered with Wisconsin Life, an audio essay series on Wisconsin Public Radio that celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique, to collect and share stories contributed by visitors.
- Stories from Wisconsin collections. This ongoing series provides a closer look at small slices of state and local history, told through photographs and documents from participating organizations.
- Browse by category or on a map. A user-friendly browse interface enables visitors to explore collections by subject categories, such as cranberries, music or World War I, or by types of materials, such as plat maps or scrapbooks. Visitors can also use an interactive map to locate digital collections in or near their hometowns or other locations of interest.
The Recollection Wisconsin program is sponsored by Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library, the UW-Madison, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Financial support is provided by a grant from the Nicholas Family Foundation.
--from Channel Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 17 -- Feb. 14, 2013)