Government Information Day 2015 Round Up, Part III

“Time for Change? UW-Madison Re-evaluation of Regional Federal Status Discussion.” This presentation/discussion features Doug Way, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services at UW-Madison.

In November of 2014, the UW-Madison’s Vice Provost for Libraries/University Librarian charged Doug Way with re-evaluating UW-Madison’s status as a regional federal depository library (FDLs). UW-Madison is one of two regional FDLs in the state, the other being Milwaukee Public Library. UW-Madison is seriously considering becoming a large selective FDL rather than a regional FDL. Since November UW-Madison has been reaching out to stakeholder groups around the state. The discussion at Government Information Day was one such opportunity to talk with and listen to depository librarians and other library staff interested in government information; however, it will not be the last. UW-Madison is currently having conversations with Milwaukee Public Library and the Government Publishing Office. In the fall depository library directors in Wisconsin will be contacted by letter and invited to give feedback, and forums will be held for faculty and staff at the UW-Madison campus. Way expects to have a recommendation to the University Librarian by the end of the calendar year.     Submitted by Beth Harper

Public Immunization Record Access

Students in elementary school, high school, and college or university are asked for their immunization records every year.  Parents and guardians have access to those records online in Wisconsin.  The website is Wisconsin Immunization Program – Public Immunization Record Access at  The website will ask for the student’s first name, last name, birth date, social security number or Medicaid ID or provider chart number.

One caution about this website – if the student received his/her immunizations out-of-state, the record may not have that information.  Try it anyway, we moved here from another state, and her record was complete.