What's Simmering

5 InfoSoup Library Card Tips

Check out the latest What's Simmering video! In this episode, Amanda shares some tips on some of the great services available to InfoSoup library card holders.

Resources mentioned in the video:

Or just visit InfoSoup.org and search the catalog or browse the many e-resources, all available for free with your library card.

MyHeritage Library Edition Now Available

We are excited to announce that MyHeritage Library Edition is now available for free for InfoSoup library card holders. MyHeritage.com is one of the leading destinations to discover, share and preserve family histories, with millions of users worldwide. The Library Edition doesn't have all the interactive elements of MyHeritage.com, but it does provide access to the huge database of more than 9 billion historic records and includes 3 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni. Here are just some of the resources available:

  • Complete index of US Censuses from 1790 to 1940, with all the document images
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship & naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • More than a hundred million tombstone photos
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records

100 million additional records are added on average every month, including exclusive content not available anywhere else.

One of the key features of MyHeritage, is the "Record Detective" technology that automatically finds additional relevant records. Once you find a record your are looking for, check at the bottom of that page for additional Record Detective results. In most cases, these results will contain records about the person, or relatives of the person, you are looking for.

For a brief overview, check out this tutorial video.

MyHeritage Library Edition is available to InfoSoup library users from anywhere using your library card. From outside of a library, the login page will ask for your library card number, without spaces. The vendor provides a "Sign in with Google" option but this is not currently supported by MyHeritage. Please use you libary card number for accessing this resource.

Please note:

MyHeritage Library Edition will be replacing our subscription to Ancestry Library Edition. While Ancestry is also a wonderful genealogy resource, our license limited us to only allowing access to Ancestry from inside a library. MyHeritage, on the other hand, is available to use from anywhere with your library card. We hope that this increased access will make MyHeritage a better value for InfoSoup users. Ancestry Library Edition will continue to be available until the end of February, 2019.

2019 Fox Cities Reads

The Fox Cities Reads featured selection for 2019 is Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Evicted has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival page to learn more.

In the coming months, book clubs and discussion groups will be meeting around the Fox Cites and the author will be presenting twice, on Thursday, April 11, 6:30 PM at the Menasha High School and on Friday, April 12, 10:00 AM at the Lawrence University Chapel. Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival Schedule page to learn more about upcoming events.

About Fox Cities Reads

The Fox Cities Book Festival in partnership with the public libraries of the Fox Cities has come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community to promote literacy. Each year, they select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.

Newspaper Resources from BadgerLink

Two new newspaper resources are now available from BadgerLink, free to all Wisconsin residents. The resources are U.S. Newsstream and Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection. You can also find these listed on the InfoSoup Research Tools page under Newspapers.

U.S. Newsstream contains current and archival United States news coverage dating back to the 1980s.The database includes hundreds of national and regional Newspapers including major daily papers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, & the Chicago Tribune. Many Wisconsin papers are available including the Appleton Post-Crescent and the Green Bay Press Gazette. U.S. Newsstream provides the text of articles from the newspapers, but is not a complete cover-to-cover version of each newspaper. Using the browse specific issue feature, however, you can view a single day of articles from any of the papers. The number of articles and content from each newspaper can vary. For instance, the Appleton Post-Crescent does not include obituaries, but the Green Bay and Oshkosh papers do.

Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection is an historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and other countries. The World Collection replaces NewspaperArchive, which is no longer available from BadgerLink. Like NewspaperArchive, the World Collection provides scanned images of the newspapers, so you can view and read articles in their original layout. Years covered vary greatly by newspaper, but new material is being added all the time. Check out the BadgerLink training video to learn more about using this new resource. Wisconsin coverage is not particularly strong in this collection, although there are still almost 2 million scanned pages from Wisconsin papers. If you are looking for Wisconsin newspapers, a good guide is the Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List.

BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction and is paid for with state funding and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

RB Digital Magazines

Have you tried our digital magazines yet? If not, check out our introduction to learn more!

To get started, register with your library card at https://infosoup.rbdigital.com. If you use RB Digital audiobooks, you can use the same login.

Key Features:

  • Current issues are available for over 135 magazines in a wide variety of subjects.
  • App available for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices, or read in your web browser.
  • Select "View All Issues" to check out back issues. The number of back issues varies by magazine.
  • On larger screens read page-for-page exactly like the print magazine.
  • On smaller screens select "Text" view for easy reading.
  • Keep magazines as long as you want -- no due dates!
  • Download for offline reading.
  • Select to have the next issue automatically checked out when available.
  • One click to easily "return" and delete the magazine from your device.

We have magazines on food & cooking, health & fitness, life-style, cars & motorcycles, science & technology, travel, current events, woodworking, photography, and more!


NaNoWriMo and Self-Publishing

National Novel Writing MonthDuring the month of November tens of thousands of people around the world will participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. NaNoWriMo is a fun, supportive event that encourages people to achieve their creative goals and find their voice. Last year 402,142 participants from all walks of life tackled the challenge and came away novelists.

If you are interested in Self-Publishing, even if you don't participate in NaNoWriMo, you will want to take a look at the new Self Publishing Toolbox on InfoSoup. The page includes resources for creating, sharing, and discovering self-published works.

  • Pressbooks
    • Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print ready formats using Pressbooks. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software that allows users to create professional-quality print-ready and eBook files.
  • SELF-e
    • With the SELF-e program, authors can submit their ebook to SELF-e to have it showcased in the Indie Wisconsin Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to their work. Readers across the state can discover their work with the potential for national exposure.
  • Biblioboard
    • BiblioBoard library contains local content from self-publishing authors, along with top indie ebooks selected by Library Journal. App available.
  • Wisconsin Author Project
    • Through the Wisconsin Author Project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Submissions for the next contest will begin in Spring 2019.

Pressbooks, the Wisconsin Author Project, SELF-e, and BiblioBoard Library are a project of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC)with additional funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services