From personal interest to educational research, BadgerLink is Wisconsin's Online Library, providing Wisconsin residents with licensed trustworthy resources from these current content providers.
BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Library Services Team and our resources and staff are paid for with Universal Service Funds appropriated through Wisconsin's biennial budget, and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The resources are designed to provide a foundational collection serving all Wisconsin residents, augmenting those available through K-12 schools, public libraries, public and private universities and technical colleges, medical and health-care facilities and practitioners, and state agencies.
Resources are selected through a Request for Bid (RFB) or Request for Proposal (RFP) governed by Department of Administration (DOA) guidelines. The current resources were selected through an RFB in 2018 and will extend through June 30, 2024, unless a compelling issue arises with the resources selected. Update May, 2021: The RFP process for the three newspaper collections has begun, with new contracts expected to begin July 1, 2022.
The Department of Public Instruction is not able to change or add resources or content providers in the middle of a contract or without an awarded RFB or RFP. DPI is also unable to purchase a specific resource by name as procurement guidelines require all potential content providers be given equal opportunity to respond to an RFB or RFP.