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"Pushing the Limits" Grants Available to Rural Libraries

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July 4, 2013 I am proud to announce that two public libraries in Wisconsin were awarded the phase two grant of $2,500: the Alice Baker Memorial Public Library in Eagle and the East Troy Lions Public Library. 75 rural libraries across the United States will offer STEM programming for adults in 2013-2014 through this program. by Alli Chase ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Access the grant application at http://bit.ly/xA4Am4. Online applications must be submitted by May 15, 2013. Grant Awards will be announced June 21, 2013. The CALIFA Library Group is opening a national search for 75 rural libraries to join a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to strengthen adult science programming and resources in small and rural public libraries and to enhance public interest and involvement in STEM topics -- science, technology, engineering, and math. The “Pushing the Limits” public programs will explore these ideas through a discussion led...
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Everyoneon Ad Campaign

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On March 21, 2013, a three-year national public service campaign to promote digital literacy is launching, called EveryoneOn. The program has great potential to raise awareness about the role libraries play in digital learning, and provides a means to extend those services to more citizens of Wisconsin.  This project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction, Connect2Compete (C2C), the American Library Association, the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC, the Ad Council and many private corporations. First Steps | Kickoff Date | Publicity | Training | Resources The objective is for all Americans to have access to free digital literacy training, online or in person, and to use technology to access information, educational content and prepare for a 21st century workforce. The project encourages public libraries to teach digital literacy to citizens in your community, and encourage participation through the ads run by the Ad Council...
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One of Nine Honored

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Matt Rosendahl, Director, Learning Resources, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, was part of a diverse group of school, academic and public librarians who found geographical distance a barrier to professional development opportunities and started a grassroots effort, the Lake Superior Symposium. This rural collaboration was one of nine honored by State Superintendent Tony Evers – Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin awards.   Article from Indianhead Federated Library System's newsletter:  newsFlashes...
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DPI budget requests funding for library services

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MADISON — An elementary student uses the web to explore an encyclopedia, a high school student gets start-to-finish lessons on conducting research projects, and business owners and hobbyists find targeted information from more than 20,000 full text magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference materials through Wisconsin’s online library called BadgerLink. Started in 1998, BadgerLink provides information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state’s public, school, academic, and special libraries. BadgerLink users will conduct more than 99 million searches during 2012, growth of more than 18.8 million searches from last year. The Department of Public Instruction works with about 200 Wisconsin-based and national Internet Service Providers to ensure that libraries, schools, and many individuals throughout the state have easy access to BadgerLink. Currently, the agency contracts with nine vendors to provide online information. To maintain BadgerLink services and increase funding for access to Wisconsin newspapers, the department is requesting $5.2 million...
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Wisconsin's No Child Left Behind Act Waiver Request Approved

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DPI News Release MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers announced that Wisconsin’s request for waivers from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Wisconsin submitted an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request in February and has been working with the federal education department and the peer review panel since mid-April to clarify details of the plan.“Wisconsin’s NCLB waiver is an ambitious education reform package. We are setting higher expectations for students, educators, and schools with a clear focus on our graduates being college and career ready.“Our reform agenda will change academic standards, instructional practices, and assessments; it will more accurately and meaningfully assess and report how our schools are doing; it will recognize schools that are doing well at educating students and closing achievement gaps and will provide support for those schools that need to do...
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