Monday, March 1, 2010

BadgerLunch Webinar Series

Schedule for Spring 2010 BadgerLunch Webinar Series Announced
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Reference and Loan Library, has announced the Spring 2010 schedule for BadgerLunch, the webinar series which debuted in the fall of 2010 to help folks make better use of BadgerLink. This series of learning sessions will explore BadgerLink’s rich collection of information tools. Each session covers one resource, database, or interface. All sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn. Topics include a description of the information/learning resource, searching techniques, and helpful features. All sessions
are Thursdays at noon and last 30-45 minutes. An archive of previous sessions is found at .

Spanish Language Materials:
Books and Literature:
Health and Medicine:
Ecology and the Environment:
BadgerLunch Basic Information: 
  • What is BadgerLink?  BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents. Users can search approximately 20,000 full-text magazines, journals, newspapers, reference materials and other specialized information sources. Included are over 8,000 full text magazines and journals, over 1,500 newspapers and newswires, and approximately 6,800 full text books. Full text articles are taken from 2,900 historical newspaper titles. In addition the BadgerLink vendors provide access to automobile repair manuals, company profiles, country economic reports, industrial reports and yearbooks, biographies, primary historical documents, charts, images, schematics, maps, poems, essays, speeches, plays, short stories, author audio programs and book readings, author video programs, book reviews or discussion guides, and many other full text resources not available through regular internet search engines.
  • What do I need to participate? Generally speaking the requirements include a reliably fast internet connection, a recent version of a web browser, speakers on your computer or headphones to listen to the presenter. A telephone isn’t strictly required. Users can type instant messages to ask questions. Each vendor’s webinar system may have specific requirements. DPI strongly suggests checking for additional requirements when registering.
  • Do I need to register in advance? Yes, we strongly suggest you register in advance. 
  • Who is presenting?  For most of the series, a professional trainer from each of product vendors will host each session. The session on access and authentication is hosted by Lisa Reale, BadgerLink Coordinator.
  • I am not a librarian or a teacher. Does that matter? May I sign up? Badgerlink is available to all Wisconsin residents and the BadgerLunch series is also. No prior knowledge of the resource is required. We want all Wisconsin residents to understand and use these information resources.
  • I can’t make that time. Will the sessions be recorded? Yes, we will record these sessions and try to make them available on the BadgerLink homepage.
  • Who do I contact for more with my questions about this series? Contact the BadgerLink Coordinator, Lisa Reale, at OR complete the contact form at If you have other comments regarding the series or suggestions, please contact Lisa with those as well.
  • Should I log into a session early? Yes, since each session is short, please log into the webinar a few minutes early so as not to disrupt the other participants. If you have little experience with webinars, then give yourself some extra time and log in a few minutes earlier.
  • Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink? Contact the BadgerLink Coordinator, Lisa Reale, at or complete the contact form at 
  • I am a librarian. Can I get Continuing Education (CE) credits for these sessions? Yes. If you are a librarian in a public library you can accrue .5 CE credit for each 30 minute session attended.
  • What about school library media specialists, teachers and administrators? These folks can use sessions for their PDP’s (Professional Development Plans) if it fits with established goals.
  • Is there an email announcement list for BadgerLink? Yes! Visit to learn more.
  • Is there an archive of previous sessions? Yes! An archive of previous sessions is found at
(Channel: a Newsletter of the Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning - Winter 2010)

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