From personal interest to educational research, BadgerLink is Wisconsin's Online Library, providing Wisconsin residents with licensed trustworthy resources from these current content providers. 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.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Library Services Team oversees BadgerLink and provides leadership, consultation, technical assistance, and training to the Wisconsin library community on best practices and effective use of the resources. 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.
Resource Procurement and Selection
Resources are selected through a Request for Bid (RFB) or Request for Proposal (RFP) governed by Department of Administration (DOA) guidelines. 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. Please see the BadgerLink Collection Development Policy and the BadgerLink Procurement Collections for additional information.
Companies interested in doing business with the State of Wisconsin can find more information on the DOA VendorNet & eSupplier page.
- 11/9/2023 RFP for three Collection areas released.
- 8/30/2023 Collection areas for July 1, 2024 contracts is complete; additional details regarding upcoming procurement will be released through Bulletin at a later date.
- 8/17/2023 RFP for the three newspaper collections is complete.