New Services Archives

July 5, 2011

New digital collection: Historic Recipe File

Golden Zither Schaum TorteCelebrate National Culinary Arts Month in a brand new way! MPL's newest digital collection comes from a familiar source for many long time patrons of the library's Ready Reference service. For many years, librarians clipped recipes from the newspaper and kept them on file at Ready Reference. These recipes allowed the librarians to answer various cooking questions before the heyday of the internet.

The new collection consists of recipes from local sources (mostly the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel) that were collected from through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. They include ethnic recipes, local favorite foods, and concoctions from area restaurants.

New recipes will continue to be added, so don't forget to check back.

Check out the Historic Recipe File and view a snapshot of Milwaukee's culinary history.

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April 18, 2011

Text Us Your Questions: New Text Messaging Reference Service at MPL


Get answers to your reference questions via MPL's new text messaging reference service! Text questions from your phone to 414-939-0829 and connect with a librarian at the Milwaukee Public Library.

This new service is available during the following hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!

January 25, 2011

IM the Milwaukee Public Library! New Instant Messaging Service at MPL


With MPL's new Instant Messaging (IM) service, it's easier than ever to connect with the Milwaukee Public Library! You can IM the Milwaukee Public Library simply by typing your question into the chat box on the "IM the Library" page.

The new IM service is available:

Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. -8 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the newest service MPL has to offer! Ask us a question today!

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July 23, 2010

New CountyCat mobile app!

If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you are in luck!
New CountyCat app
Access to MPL's online catalog CountyCat is now available through the CountyCat app. The app is available for free from the App Store or iTunes, simply search for CountyCat.

The app allows you to search the catalog for availability, place holds, and check the hours and locations of all Milwaukee County public libraries.

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June 17, 2010

King Went Live This Week

The new self-checkout stations (using RFID technology) are now "live" at King Library.

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Anthony tries self-checkout for the first time.

Now@MPL Blogger: Anthony, how old are you?
Anthony: Eleven years old.
Now@MPL Blogger: What do you think about the new self-checkout system?
Anthony: It's awesome! I love it!
Now@MPL Blogger: Any problems?
Anthony: No problems. Just read the screen is all.
Now@MPL Blogger: Do you think anyone could do it?
Anthony: Yes I do. Even old people like you could do it!

There you have it. Stop in at King Library--we're right off the freeway. King is convenient and the staff will be happy to show you self checkout and all the other wonders of the library.
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July 28, 2009

Digital Collections @ MPL blog

A new blog has been added to MPL's family of blogs. The Digital Collections @ MPL blog has been created to act as a resource describing and featuring MPL's digital collections.

New additions to existing collections will be featured, as well as the addition of new collections. Tips, tricks, and tools for using the collection will also be discussed. The blog will be updated as events warrant, so there may be a number of additions over a short period.

Check out MPL's newest blog, for one of MPL's newest features! Don't forget to sign up for the RSS feed of this blog to follow the latest developments as they happen.

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July 21, 2009

Index to Historic Photo Collection subject headings

While MPL's digital collections continue to grow, the majority of the photos that will be included in these collections still only exist in physical form.

At this date, the photos in the Milwaukee Historic Photos digital collection number somewhere around 950 images. Currently, the estimated size of the Historic Photo Archives is closer to 50,000 images, so the Historic Photos digital collection represents a very small percentage of the photos available.

The remaining, non-digitized portion of the collection is available for viewing. The Historic Photo Collection Subject Index is arranged by subject headings and sub-headings. The sub-headings break down the major subject headings and give a specific idea of what is held in the collection. Each sub-heading refers to a specific folder or area of one of the many collections included in the Historic Photo Archives.

Each folder may contain one to a few hundred images.

The subject heading index can be found with the rest of the Finding Tools for MPL's special collections and unique resources.

For more questions about the Historic Photo Archives, call the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061. Questions can also be addressed through MPL's Ask?Away email service.

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January 2, 2009

New tools available

The Milwaukee Public Library has just made two more tools for finding information in MPL sources available online. These are two great sources for those who may be interested in various aspects of Milwaukee's history.

These Finding Tools, as they are aptly named, are available for searching the Milwaukee History Clipping Index and the Trostel Collection of German Theater Scripts.

The Milwaukee History Clippings Index is a subject listing of people, places, events, etc. represented in newspaper articles that were clipped from Milwaukee area newspapers published mainly in the middle to late 20th century. Librarians selected articles of local importance and assigned subject headings; staff cut the articles out of the paper.

The Trostel Collection is housed at MPL thanks to the widow of Albert Trostel. In 1943, the Milwaukee Public Library received a gift of the Albert O. Trostel Collection of German plays which had been used by the German Theater stock company in Milwaukee. Dated from 1865 to 1936, these acting editions of more than 1500 items were donated by Trostel’s widow, Clara Uihlein Trostel, upon his death.
The front page of a version of Goethe's Faust.
To access the Finding Tools, go to the library's home page, and click on the Research Resources button on the left of the screen. Finding Tools is one of the options in the drop down menu.

More Finding Tools will be added to those that are already available as they are completed.

August 4, 2008

Milwaukee Waterways digital collection is now available!

The Milwaukee Public Library and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society present the Milwaukee Waterways collection.


The final product is expected to include 1,000 photos. Currently, there are 602 photographs, with more to come shortly.

The photos for this digital collection come from photos from the Port of Milwaukee, the Great Lakes Marine Collection, and the Historic Photo Collection. Together, they make up a collection that covers the history of Milwaukee's waterways from the Milwaukee Harbor to the lakefront and Milwaukee's rivers. The photos cover a time period from the 19th century through today, and it is possible to see how Milwaukee's waterways have changed.

This digital collection has been made possible through a matching grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

You can access MPL's digital collections from the home page. Down toward the bottom of the page is a button that says "Digital Collections" just click on that to be directed to the Digital Collections front page.

June 30, 2008

Milwaukee Historic Photos online!

The Milwaukee Public Library is proud to present its latest digital collection: the Milwaukee Historic Photos collection.


This is the beginning of the digitization process of the Historic Photo Collection, part of the Photo Archives that are housed in the Humanities Department at the Central Library. So far, over 150 photos of historic Milwaukee buildings and streets have been added to this collection, with more to come!

This is only the beginning of the project. The Historic Photo Collection numbers over 50,000 photographs of historic Milwaukee, and what has been added to the digital collection so far is only a drop in the bucket. So if you don't see the photo you're looking for, make sure that you contact the Humanities Department at (414) 286-3061. Also, make sure you're checking back to see what new photos are being added.

You can access MPL's digital collections from the home page. Down toward the bottom of the page is a button that says "Digital Collections" just click on that to be directed to the Digital Collections front page.

February 20, 2008

Playaway Collection


Thanks to our generous Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, the neighborhood and Central libraries will each receive new digital audio book collections. The library submitted a single-grant request to the Friends for $10,000 to purchase new “Playaway” audio books. Playaways are the digital content of an entire book pre-loaded into a pocket-size player. There is no need to load CD’s or cassette tapes; you just press “play” and begin listening. Very simple to operate and light to carry, the library is excited to be able to offer this type of media to its patrons. These will hit the shelves in early 2008.

December 8, 2007

A helpful online service

Holiday catalogs got you down?


The holiday season is in full swing, and that means that on top of all that goodwill towards your fellow humans, your mailbox is probably stuffed with catalogs of all shapes and sizes. If the catalogs are starting to outnumber the holiday cards, you may want to consider Catalog Choice.

Catalog Choice is a free, online service that lets you opt out of those pesky catalogs that clog up your mailbox. It will save you time and aggravation, and also helps to preserve the environment.

It's also easy to use. You just sign up, you search for the catalogs you want to decline, and Catalog Choice contacts the companies for you. It can take up to 10 weeks for the process to complete, but once it does you shouldn't receive any more of the unwanted catalogs. If the catalogs continue to come, you just need to let Catalog Choice know, and they will report the infraction for you.

November 14, 2007

Recommend a purchase to MPL

Have you ever searched the library's catalog and not found the item you are looking for? Did you know that you can request that MPL add something to its collection? You can even make the recommendation online! Simply go to MPL's Website, click on "Ask a Question", then click "Recommend a Purchase." Just fill out the online form with information about the item and submit it. Don't forget that when you are filling out the form, you can place a hold on the item. So if the item is purchased for the library, you'll be the first to check it out!

October 27, 2007

Value Line now available from home

Did you know that you can get the latest information on stocks right from home? Value Line, a popular online database for investors, is now available remotely through the Milwaukee Public Library's Website. All City of Milwaukee residents with valid library cards can use this great resource.


To access this database from your home computer:

Go to the Milwaukee Public Library's home page.
Select "Research Resources," then "All Library Databases".
Scroll through the alphabetical list until you reach Value Line.
Click on the Value Line link.
Enter your library card number and PIN, and you're in!

Having trouble? Check out some database troubleshooting tips.

October 23, 2007

Drop in Job and Resume Help at Center Street Library

Work on your resume or online job application on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday evenings. Staff will be available to help with resume hints and assist in creating e-mail accounts and passwords for online job applications. Tuesdays at 1:30pm and Thursdays at 5:30pm, June through August. Center Street Library is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA) City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Center Street Library
2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53210 (414) 286-3090
Monday & Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Closed Saturdays June through August)

October 22, 2007

Drop-In Job Help at Central Library

Need Help Getting a Job Online? A job trainer speicialist with help you learn how to:

-Complete online job applications
-Write a resume online
-Search online job listings
-Obtain a free e-mail account.

Every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. -- No Appointment Necessary

Come to the Central Library's Computer Training Lab on the 2nd Floor.


October 19, 2007

MySpace is now OurSpace!

MPL Young Adult Services is proud to debut our MySpace page!

Teens can connect directly with young adult authors from all over the world, and learn about the many programs and resources for teens MPL has to offer. We encourage teens to submit artwork, book/game/website reviews, and any questions or comments on what they need from the library. Bookmark the site, and keep coming back to see what’s going on at your branch!

October 10, 2007

There's no such thing as free money...

But if there were, you could find it in the new Grant Resources section of the Milwaukee Public Library's Web site. You can get to it by going to Research Resources, then clicking on the Recommended Links option, from there you can navigate to "Grant Resources".


Whether you're looking for funding to start a new business, or you're thinking of starting a non-profit group, you should check out our Grants Resources to see what resources are available to you on the web. We have done the hard work for you by bringing these sites together and providing a short description of them.

The Grants Resources section contains information on Federal grants, on state grants; it also includes links to websites that will help you put your proposal together. There is more grants information available in print as well. If you are interested in those additional resources, be sure to check them out at the Business, Science, and Technology desk at the Central Library.

October 3, 2007

More Computer Terminals Available at Central Library

Good news! The Central Library now has 17 additional Internet Terminals available on weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Whether you're conducting research or surfing the Internet, come on up to the 2nd floor Training Room for a two hour session. See you there!


October 1, 2007

"USB drives" on sale now at MPL

Tired of those unreliable floppies that never seem to work
and can only hold a tiny amount of information?? Then......
Purchase a Milwaukee Public
Library USB drive today for $10 and get as much memory in just one
256mb USB drive as you do in 180 floppy disks!
The MPL USB drive can be used on library computers to store
documents, photos, musical files and more.

Available at all MPL circulation desks

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