Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wonder Workshop

Bring coding to life in all classrooms! Sign up for @WonderWorkshop’s new online courses, #TeachWonder & get a Dash Robot + course ($450 value) for $125 through #WEMTA partnership - more info here: https://www.wemta.org/learn/teach-wonder-workshop.cfm

Monday, August 6, 2018

DPI update on Badgerlink

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently completed a Request for Bid (RFB) procurement process working through the Wisconsin Department of Administration as statutorily required.  The process was designed to maximize DPI’s buying power by selecting the lowest-cost bidder that could provide a product that best meets rigorous mandatory standards for electronic content in 13 separate Collection areas.

DPI recognized the total cost of the Collections might exceed the current BadgerLink budget and for the first time, the RFB included a clause allowing municipally funded library organizations to purchase selected Collections the DPI could not. Bidders were informed the price they provided for any Collection could be shared with those municipally-funded library organizations to make it easy for them to make purchases without having to conduct separate investigations and negotiations.

The subject areas to be included in Collections were determined with input from the Wisconsin library community. The community also provided input to the mandatory specifications for Collections.

DPI is signing contracts for all but two of the 13 separate electronic Collections included in the RFB. Public, school, or academic libraries may collaborate to identify a municipally-funded fiscal agent to purchase those two other Collections. If a statewide consortial purchase is made through this process, the DPI BadgerLink team is willing to host and provide technical support to the two additional collections on the BadgerLink website.  

DPI is NOT licensing the following two Collections:

Collection 11: Full text Works of Literature.
Vendor and product selected:  Cengage Learning (Gale) - LitFinder
Price specified for the initial two-year (FY19 and FY20) contract: $52,000

Collection12: Language Learning Resources
Vendor and product selected: Recorded Books - Transparent Languages Online
Price specified for the initial two-year (FY19 and FY20) contract: $69,000

Any library organization interested in learning about responses submitted by vendors not selected for any of the Collections included in the RFB should contact Martha Berninger (martha.berninger@dpi.wi.gov or 608-224-6161).

Thank you,
Martha Berninger
Director, Department of Public Instruction
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BadgerLink Announcement

The Department of Public Instruction is signing contracts for BadgerLink resources selected through the Request for Bid (RFB) led by the Department of Administration.  DPI is eager to update and enhance BadgerLink resources, and plans to release them as soon as possible, and hopefully within weeks. 

However, because of the cost of the selected resources is greater than the current BadgerLink budget, DPI will not be able to sign contracts for all the Collections included in the RFB. Decisions about which Collections will be purchased are still being made.  They are being based on feedback from the library community, usage patterns and the availability of other resources that generally meet the same needs.
At this time, the Department of Public Instruction has determined that it will not be licensing the Cengage LitFinder database, which has been a part of BadgerLink since 2008 and Transparent Learning Online from Recorded Books, which represented a new content area, vendor and product. 

The RFB Cooperative Purchasing clause allows municipally funded library (including public libraries, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, the CESA Support Network and libraries represented by the System and Resource Library Administrator’s Association of Wisconsin) to contract with selected vendors for the selected resources at the same rates vendors agreed to in the RFB process.  Any library organization interested in exploring that option can contact Martha.Berninger@dpi.wi.gov for more information.  Please bear in mind that DPI is not able to share any information about unsuccessful bids submitted by vendors not selected. 

Thank you for your interest in the future of BadgerLink and your support. DPI will share regular updates on the process. 

Martha Farley Berninger
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Director, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Thursday, June 28, 2018

PET Figurine Fundraiser

Check out some lovely reading-related figurines at https://sites.google.com/a/wemta.org/petfigurines/  If interested, please fill out the form on the website by July 14th. All proceeds benefit PET (Permanent Endowment Trust) which provides scholarships & grants for WEMTA members. Pick up near: Madison, Milwaukee/Waukesha, WI Dells or Wausau. Thank you to Pat Wende for the donations. Have a great summer! The PET Committee

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WEMTA is hiring!

WEMTA is seeking an Association Manager as a contract employee.The Association Manager serves as the primary staff for all WEMTA activities and provides direct support to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and other organizational committees. Major responsibilities include the handling of monetary transactions, maintenance of the membership database, publication of the membership directory, Association communications, updating web site information, on-site support for the annual conference, and other clerical support for WEMTA activities.

This is a contract employee position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please visit our website at http://www.wemta.org/about/employment.cfm for more information including a full position. Apply by July 6, 2018 to Michele Green, WEMTA President, at president@wemta.org

Monday, June 11, 2018

Special Election Tues. June 12 for Assembly District 42 and Senate District 1

Dear WEMTA Members,

Special elections are being held Tuesday, June 12 in Assembly District 42 and Senate District 1 to fill seats vacated by Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) and Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) who both left the Legislature to take jobs with Governor Walker's administration. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

State Representative Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) and former Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director  Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) are squaring off in Senate District 1, which covers Door and Kewaunee counties and portions of Manitowoc, Calumet and Brown counties.

Karate studio owner Jon Plumer (R-Lodi) and UW-Madison academic advisor Ann Groves Lloyd (D-Lodi) are facing off in Assembly District 42, which covers portions of Columbia, Dane, Marquette, Green Lake, Dodge and Fond du Lac counties.


You can find out if you live in a district with a special election and all of the other information you need to vote by visiting myvote.wi.gov  

If you don't have a special election, your next chance to vote will be on August 14 in the Wisconsin primary.

WEMTA Legislative Advocacy

Monday, April 2, 2018

ISTE Bus Trip Survey

Want to ride to ISTE with us?  As mentioned at #wemta18, here is the link to show your interest in a day bus trip to ISTE in Chicago this summer!  https://goo.gl/forms/yDcJSCdJgpNMZm283