What's Simmering

Scheduled Power Outage

UPDATE: Power has been restored. All InfoSoup services should now be available. Thank you for your patience.

Due to a WE Energies scheduled power outage that will affect the Appleton Public Library building, the InfoSoup catalog will be unavailable from 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 17th until sometime Sunday morning (August 18th) around 7:00 am to 8:00 am. OverDrive users will also not be able to checkout new material during this time.

Sorting "Refine by" in InfoSoup - UPDATE

UPDATE: The default sort for Location has been reset to alphabetical order. The only diffrence from before is "Children" is now also listed in alphabetical order, rather than as second in the list. 


There has been a recent change in InfoSoup that has been causing some minor confusion. After you do a search in InfoSoup, you can use the Refine by column to limit your results by format, location, genre, language, etc. In the past, the location list always began with Adult & Young Adult and Children, and then three libraries in alphabetical order. Clicking on more > would continue listing all the InfoSoup libraries in alphabetical order.

Like the other Refine by sections, Location now sorts by "hit count" rather than by alphabetical order.

Before Now

After clicking on more > the locations continue to list in order of hit count.

Fortunately, it is easy to put the list back in alphabetical order -- after you click on more >, just click on Name to reorder the list alphabetically.

If you want to return to ordering the list from most to least, you can click on Hit count. A number of other libraries have also complained to the vendor managing the catalog software that it makes more sense for Refine by: Location to sort alphabetically by default. They plan on addressing this issue in a future release of the software.

One area where this new feature might be useful is with sorting Format by Name. If you are looking for a DVD, and you don't care if it is a regular DVD or a Blu-Ray, it is easier to find all the DVD formats if you sort the format results by Name.

Check the formats you want, and hit Apply. As always, if you have any questions about using InfoSoup, just ask at your local library.

Online Newspapers - Historic & Current

InfoSoup users have online access to thousands of historic and current newspapers, including hundreds of Wisconsin newspapers. These newspapers, unfortunately, are not all in one place. Whether doing genealogy and historical research or looking to keep up with the latest regional, national, or international news, our InfoSoup guide Online Newspapers: Historic & Current will help you identify the best resources for your task.

What's Simmering? Audiobooks!

Audiobooks continue to be the fastest growing segment in digital publishing. Check out our latest What's Simmering video and see why InfoSoup is the place to go for Audiobooks.

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online - Learn 100+ Languages

InfoSoup libraries are excited to announce that Transparent Language Online is now available to all InfoSoup library card holders. Transparent Language Online for Libraries, is one of the most complete language-learning system available anywhere.

  • 100+ foreign language courses.
  • English-Learner language courses: choose from Immersion or 29 native speaker options.
  • Immersion courses in six languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish) for kids (known as KidSpeak™).

To get started visit our Transparent Language login page. From outside a library you will need to enter your library card number and PIN. Once you have signed up, you can go directly to the Transparent Language site or download the mobile app.

To learn more check out some of Transparent Languages videos:

Have questions? Email the the Transparent Language Online support team at support@transparent.com or use the "Contact Support" tab anytime in your browser when when using Transparent Language.

Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive) Survey

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) seeks your valued feedback on your experience with and the collection of materials in Wisconsin's Digital Library. Your input will help guide us as we continue to grow and develop the collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital materials so it is most relevant to Wisconsin library patrons.

This survey is performed annually, and some questions are repeated from year to year.  It will take an average of 10-15 minutes to complete and is available through February 28th. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Take the Survey