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SAY WHAT? BadgerLink is “a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning” Basically, a suite of databases. $2.2 million a year worth.
WHAT’S THERE?Database Name Description FieldAccess NewspaperARCHIVE Searchable newspapers, from the General interest; genealogy; 1700s historyEBSCO Access to 36 of EBSCO’s Health; science; education; databases reference; general interestECB VideoLink Streaming and downloadable Music; video; education videos and images for K-12 students and teachersEncyclopedia Britannica English and Spanish language General interest; education; encyclopedias for K-12 students Spanish language and teachersHeritageQuest Online Genealogy resource (American) Genealogy; history including primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aidsLearningExpress Library Skill-building resource including Education; job and workplace; practice tests, ebooks, and online admissions and placement; courses Spanish languageLitFINDER Primary literature content, Literature; education including plays, poems, essays, and shot storiesTeachingBooks Movies of authors and illustrators, Literature; education book readings, and guides to children’s and young adult literature
ANYTHING ELSE?Resource Name Description FieldEducation Sites Free websites for K-12 teachers EducationFound in Wisconsin Index of digitized books, photos, History; education; videos, and other resources available through WI libraries, historical societies, and museumsGovernment Sites Index of state and federal Education; politics; general interest government informationLibrary Directories Index of all Wisconsin libraries General interestSongbook Database Search engine for locating printed Music; general interest sheet musicWeb Portals A list of library-related websites General interestWISCAT Online catalog of Wisconsin library General interest holdingsWisconsin Digital Archives Database of full-text state General interest; politics documents (2001-present)Wisconsin Heritage Online Collection about Wisconsin history, General interest; history heritage, culture, and peopleWorldCat Catalog of national and General interest international holdings
WAIT! THERE’S MOREHoly crap, right? Toolkit for Parents Toolkit for Educators A giant archive of how to do almost anything related to BadgerLink: http://www.badgerlink.net/training.html Access to BadgerLatté seminars Thursday afternoon webinars designed for teachers and library media specialists
HOW DO I FIND IT? Here at UW: The librarians have already done the work for you http://ebling.library.wisc.edu/portals/consumer/ On the outside: Your local (Wisconsin) public library (hidden) http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/databases/subject (advertised) http://www.west- bendlibrary.org/wordpress/?page_id=38 From home: BadgerLink is free to all Wisconsin residents. If your internet service provider (ISP) is Wisconsin-only, you will automatically be logged in http://www.badgerlink.net/
SO WHAT?As a library user: Research: Academic Search Premier, LISA, LISTA Consumer Advocacy: Consumer Reports, Auto Repair Reference Center, government websites (DATCP) Reader’s Advisory: NoveList, LitFINDER, Literary Reference Center Health Resources: Health Source, Alt Health Watch, LEXI-Pals Drug Guide Business & Job Seeking Business Source Premier, Job Search and Workplace Skills
As a public librarian: Consumer Health: Consumer Health Complete, Health Source, Medline History/Genealogy: History Reference Center, HeritageQuest, Found in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Heritage Online Reader’s Advisory: NoveList, NoveList K-8, LitFINDER, Literary Reference Center Reference: Encyclopædia Britannica, Mke PL Reference Portal, Consumer Reports, Science Reference Center Spanish-language: EBSCO, Enciclopedia Juvenil, Enciclopedia Universal Homework Help: Searchasaurus; History, Literature, and Science Reference Centers
As a school librarian: Curriculum Development: BadgerLink “Education Sites” page, Toolkit for teachers Teacher Support: ECB Videolink, ERIC Student Research: Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, Kids Search, Encyclopædia Britannica (multiple editions), Access NewspaperARCHIVE Test Prep: LearningExpress Library Reader’s Advisory/Literature: NoveList K-8, LitFINDER, TeachingBooks
I’M “GEOGRAPHICALLY MOBILE” BadgerLink is only available with a valid Wisconsin library card or access through a WI IP address BUT...there are similar programs in other states: Minnesota: http://www.elm4you.org/ Maine: http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/ California: http://www.library.ca.gov/ Louisiana: http://lalibcon.state.lib.la.us/ Most often, it’s through a state public library, rather than a separate entity within the department of education
HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH?http://www.badgerlink.net/training.html