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Are you coding curious? The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries webpage has been updated in response to the needs and interests of Wisconsin public library staff. You asked, we listened!

The updated webpages offer:
-An interest inventory-brief quiz to identify your specific coding interests
-Searchable and sort-able resource list of coding essentials
-Concrete guides for eight coding topics,including coding basics, coding events, and finding coders.

You can also sign up to join the coding email list, or simply provide feedback on what else you'd like to see.

In case you are preparing for Black Friday consumer deals, check out the Best Buys: Coding Purchasing Guide for budgets of all sizes.

Whether you are just dipping your toe in, or taking a deep dive, we hope you enjoy these new coding resources.

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The LSTA Advisory Committee advises the State Superintendent and the Division for Libraries and Technology on the development of the long-range plan for LSTA; establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories; grant applications and grant awards; and evaluation of the LSTA grant program. Members are representative of libraries and library systems of various types and sizes and from different geographic areas of the state.

As part of the November 30, 2017 meeting at the DeForest Area Public Library, the committee will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the direction, effectiveness, or impact of the LSTA program in Wisconsin.

For more information, please view the Public Notice of Open Meeting on the LSTA webpage.

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Hello Everyone!

Our library is working on streamlining our labeling process by purchasing Zebra Gk420 203 Dpi Thermal Transfer printers which will print individual spine labels.

We have one working with the accompanying software (yay!) but would like it set it up with our ILS (Polaris) so that it will print the spine label for an item when we create the item record.

Has anyone set up an individual spine label printer to work with Polaris at their library? If so, would you be willing to share your set-up and give me step in the right direction? Any assistance, ideas or advice would be welcome!

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Call for Proposals
LibTech Conference 2018
March 14-15, 2018
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN

Have you attended an awesome presentation at the Library Technology Conference in the past? Did you leave with a new perspective on your environment or a new idea of how to approach a persistent problem? We bet you did. If so, consider contributing in-kind by presenting on a tech project you’ve been working on this year. It’ll make for good karma for you, and a great conference for everyone.

Proposals are due on September 22nd.

Does anyone have a Libby handout with download instructions that is NOT a full sheet? Something with color that would appeal to 10th graders? Thanks!

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The Internet Archive is offering grants to public libraries and librarians to build community history web archives. This includes $25,000 in web archiving services to each library, plus training and travel grants to public librarians.

This is a new program to support public librarians in developing expertise in creating collections of historically valuable web materials that document their local communities. The project, Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives, is funded by the IMLS as part of a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant.

Internet Archive is now accepting applications from public libraries across the country to participate in the program. Applications will close on August 25.

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Come to a Tech Days workshop to learn & get energized, and return to your library with new ideas! You have 3 opportunities to attend Tech Days:
- Tuesday, September 12 at Fitchburg Public Library; register here:
- Wednesday, September 13 at Mosquito Hill Nature Center (New London); register here:
- Thursday, September 14 at Franklin Public Library; register here:

Each day will begin with a presentation on emerging tech trends by guest presenter Laura Solomon, a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker who has authored three books about social media specifically for libraries, and who speaks nationally on technology-related topics. In the afternoon, choose from 6 concurrent sessions & hands-on learning activities on topics like coding clubs, promoting your library through social media, low-cost STEM programs for youth, data dashboard design, useful apps, using metadata to expand access to historical collections, rescuing & digitizing data from old formats to new, using Google tools for SLP, and using tiny robots in programs for both youth & adults.

There is no charge to attend.

Comments from attendees of last year's Tech Days workshops:
- “I've been wanting to have something similar for my own library for a while, and the presenters made the whole process seem more manageable and doable than I had thought.“
- “This tech workshop has been really good both times I attended – thanks!”
- “It was a great day with informative hands-on tech opportunities with our peers from around our part of the state.”
- “I've presented at this conference before and attended, and I always come away with something valuable, thank you!”
- “The presenter definitely knew her stuff, in terms of presenting the material and answering questions, and I came away feeling very excited and inspired.”

Continuing education contact hours for the full day workshop: technology-related contact hours: 6; total contact hours: 6

Tech Days is sponsored and coordinated by Winnefox Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, South Central Library System, and the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems – Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Monarch Library System – and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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WiLS' statewide digital preservation survey closes this Friday, August 4.

WiLS is conducting a statewide survey to identify common needs and concerns related to digital preservation. Our aim is to gain an overall understanding of the current landscape across libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the state, so even if your institution is not actively managing any digital content at this time, we encourage you to complete the survey.

The survey can be found here:

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