Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It’s finally here, folks—registration is now open for Next Generation Digital Library, the main attraction of OverDrive Training Month  -  September 5 - 28, 2012.

Who: Library & school staff
What: Next Generation Digital Library live training sessions
When: September 5 – 28, 2012
Where: From your computer with speakers or headphones
Register today!

During these live webinars conducted via ReadyTalk throughout the month of September, we’ll brief library staff on exciting developments coming to OverDrive-powered digital libraries in 2012. We’ll discuss these topics and more:
• Browser-based eReading with OverDrive Read
• APIs for integrating OverDrive content with library discovery tools
• In-library discovery of digital collections via OverDrive Media Station
• Publisher-supported device lending via Test Drive
• Efficient collection-development tools in the redesigned Content Reserve
• Self-service help & training resources

Our ticket booth is ready for action, and the show will soon begin, so get your eats and reserve your seat for Next Generation Digital Library. Simply visit the Registration page within our Learning Center to find a session that works with your schedule. Then click “Register” and enter your information. After registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email—you’ll need this in order to test your computer for ReadyTalk compatibility and join the conference. You can also click to add the session to your personal calendar.

All sessions are free to staff of OverDrive library and school partners. Coming September 5, we’ll also be offering on-demand modules for self-service training.

For more about Training Month 2012, click here.

(Christina Bernecker is a Training Specialist at OverDrive.)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Digital Literacy and Reference

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Great Dane Pub
2305 Sherman Street / Exit 191B
Wausau, WI 54403
 (715) 845-2000

9:00   Registration with coffee and rolls
9:30 – 10:00  FCC’s Digital Literacy - Bob Bocher, former Technology Consultant for DLT
10:00 – 10:30  Library as Platform - Mark Beaty, Training & Automation Librarian, Wils
10:45 – 11:45  Common Core Standards, Training Ideas - Adam Brisk
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch ($9.00) with Stef Morrill, Director, Wils and Sara Gold from Wils discussing       Libraries at the Digital Tipping Point: Trends, Impacts, and Responses
1:45 – 3:15  Planning for the Future of Libraries –   Marc Gartler, Chair of ALA America’s Libraries in the 21st Century                                                                                                  
2 CEUs for morning session; 3 CEUs for afternoon session; 5 CEUs all day.

The first person to sign up for the whole day wins a prize for their library!

Registration deadline: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lunch selection: Grilled Chicken Wrap, BBQ Pork Sandwich, or Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Pay the day of the event

RSVP to: Juanita Thomas at or (715) 261-7258

Wisconsin Valley Library Service sponsored event

Friday, July 13, 2012

WVLS PC & Networking Services

July marks the launch of PC and Network Support Services offered by Wisconsin Valley Library Service. Please see this PDF for more information. Shaun Howard, our Technology Support Specialist, has been helping us prepare for this launch. Shaun brings several years of helpdesk support expertise, as well as a strong skillset in the areas of PCs and Networking.

Our primary channel for initiating support requests is via email to which will automatically create a support ticket in our Spiceworks helpdesk system. Over the past 6 months, we’ve been guiding people to that address so for many of you the address and the Spiceworks formatted responses are becoming familiar. We will continue to improve on our internal process and support workflow and will also be helping our end users (you the library directors and staff members) to manage your own support requests with the Spiceworks User Portal, (currently accessible from within our WAN).

Our primary support phone line is 715.261.7254. WVLS technology staff who are out of the office or otherwise unavailable will be forwarding their lines to this number in order to better manage the flow of incoming calls. All support requests, whether initiated by emailing or by calling one of our technology staff members, will have a support ticket generated; automatically if by originated email or the User Portal, or manually if originated by a phone call or other means.

We’re looking forward to working more closely and directly with our member libraries to offer PC and Networking Support Services and help ease technology related budget concerns across the system.

Joshua Klingbeil – IT Director
Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Free Webinar - "Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration"

ALTAFF will host a webinar, “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration,” from 12-1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This free webinar will give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012) in their libraries and community. Those who cannot attend the webinar can view the recording on the ALTAFF website after July 24. All participants must register ( to participate in the live webinar. The webinar will led by ALTAFF’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Beth Nawalinski and ALTAFF’s Marketing/Public Relations Specialist, Jillian Kalonick.

ALTAFF will coordinate the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2012. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Friends groups, library Trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the ALTAFF website ( include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

ALTAFF is pleased to announce a sixth year of awards in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27, 2012. Application materials are available on the ALTAFF website (  Entries are due by Dec. 3, 2012.

Jillian Kalonick
Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)
American Library Association
109 S. 13th St., Suite 117B
Philadelphia, PA 19107
phone 800-545-2433, ext. 2161
fax 215-545-3821

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