New CCBC Web Site Offers Robust Book Search, Much More

With today’s launch of the new Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) web site, the children’s and young adult literature library of the UW-Madison School of Education is providing Wisconsin librarians, teachers and others new ways to find out about CCBC-recommended books and diverse books for children and teens.

In addition to overall robust site search capability, the new site’s features include:

The book database searches allow users to create and print custom booklists. Additional enhancements, including the ability to download custom lists, will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

The book search database was developed with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds.

The new site also features content migrated from the CCBC’s old site, including an online exhibit of The Westing Game manuscript, which was given to the CCBC by author Ellen Raskin in 1977, and information for Wisconsin librarians and teachers about intellectual freedom in libraries and classrooms.

The CCBC thanks the many individuals who’ve played a role in the new site development, including:

  • Members of the CCBC’s external Advisory Board, comprised of librarians and educators from around the state, who gave feedback on the overall site and database search design in addition to helping us make decisions on some of the content to migrate. Special thanks to Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Division for Libraries and Technology of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, for her early vision and ongoing support in our quest to leverage technology to expand what the CCBC can offer Wisconsin librarians and teachers.
  • Beth Atkinson and Amanda Schwoegler of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) Technical Services department, along with WCER’s database developer team (Ryan Wilkinson, Zeke Witter, Jared Mehl, Megan DiVall, Jun Zheng, Justin Svetlick, Michael Sherry, Tim Vertein, Angela Milock, and Christine Olson), who made our vision a reality with the searchable database design and a new site template that aligns to UW-Madison and School of Education design standards while offering a unique look for the CCBC. WCER’s Bonnie Sullivan helped with posts for our Book of the Week archives.
  • CCBC current and former student employees who worked on database bibliographic entries and site content: Susannah Duncan Gilbert, Isabelle Ibibo, Katie Killian, Stacy McCarthy, Alexis Paperman, and Charmaine Sprengelmeyer-Podein. Thanks also to Anjali Beck and Bailey Anderson, who handled many other responsibilities in recent months.
  • Chris Dowling of MERIT in the School of Education, who handled stewardship and archiving of our old site and database.
  • Felipe Gacharná and Andy Cunningham of the School of Education Office of Communication and Advancement, who oversaw the details of the new site migration and launch.

If you have questions about the new site’s content, contact CCBC librarian Megan Schliesman (schliesman at