The App is Here!

(From Lori) The new MORE app is now in app stores and ready for anyone to use! Search Google Play or the Apple App Store for “MORE Libraries.” My colleague Reb is finishing up some promotional materials you can use to advertise the app. In the meantime, I encourage staff and directors to get the app and try it out so you can comfortably introduce it to your patrons.

I’ll record a quick tutorial for staff next week to include new app features, and a few things that work differently from the catalog online. Things to note in advance:

  • On the login page, Password = PIN. There’s a boring reason it has to say “password” rather than “PIN”
  • You have to tap on a title to place a hold–there isn’t an option to place a hold from a list of search results
  • The app automatically creates a scannable barcode for users. Newer DataLogic barcode scanners and Envisionware self-checkscanners will read this barcode from a screen; older scanners may not
  • Users can check out OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks from the app, but they have to navigate separately to Libby if they want to open them in Libby–the MORE Libraries app won’t automatically launch Libby

We’ll add buttons for getting the app to the MORE Catalog homepage soon.

BadgerLink Wants You

The BadgerLink Advisory Group is accepting applications until the end of the day, December 10. Apply today or nominate a colleague! Please feel free to share this Call for Applicants flyer widely.

Grant Opportunity

Through the generosity of Penguin Random House, Association for Rural and Small Libraries has established of a new grant opportunity for small and rural libraries nationwide!

If selected, grants will be awarded for up to $2,500. Not all applications will be selected for funding.

This is a rolling grant application, with batches of applications going under review every 8 weeks beginning December 17, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until all available grant funds are distributed. Please visit our website for a list of grant application deadlines and application information.

This program will award grants to libraries that demonstrate a true need. Grants are not limited to literacy and may be used for everything from library programming and books to resources like hotspots that help community members access important information. In-kind donations will also be considered.

Events, Professional Development & Calendar Items

For all the details, head over to the IFLS Calendar.

  • Tuesday, November 16 – Friday, November 19, 2021, WLA Conference
  • Thu Nov 18th 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Webmaster Office Hours
  • Thursday, Nov 25 and Friday, Nov 26, IFLS closed for Thanksgiving
  • Tue Nov 30th 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Creating a Healthy Culture with Conduct, Communication, and Conflict Resolution

Operations, Marketing and Tech

Do You Have a Lend Items Account?

Starting up programming again?  Looking for some support?  Don’t forget to check out the collection of Programming Kits from IFLS, NWLS, and WVLS.  There’s everything from storytime kits to woodworking to 3-D printers to button-makers to Snap Circuits to Escape Room kits and just about anything else you can think of! If you don’t already have a Lend Items account (or don’t remember if you do), contact Leah (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us) and she’ll get you set up.

New on the Website

You can find a page dedicated to accessibility resources on the Article Index. The latest additions are:

  • Disability Language Style Guide published by the National Center on Disability and Journalism.
  • Accessibility checklist for one-time events. It’s not a perfect match (it’s for schools) but would be a good start.

New Bookmarks and Posters!

Hot off the press, BadgerLink promotional designs are now available to all Wisconsin libraries and organizations, shipped free of charge.  View Story

For Fun

The CVTC Library & Information Services program has a video that includes a couple of Eau Claire PL people.