Below are the headlines from the August 7, 2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Discover the power of connecting with your children's library professional.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has a new campaign called #LooktoLibraries. ALSC encourages parents and caregivers to look to libraries as they consider their options for the education and well-being of their children during a global pandemic and racial unrest.
In response to this rise in digital media use and other challenges posed in recent months, ALSC has compiled a suite of tools and resources to support library professionals in all types of libraries. ALSC's Look to Libraries in Times of Crisis webpage provides a host of free resources including tip sheets, articles, booklists, and other resources, including. . .
Registration is now open for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, which will be offered virtually September 28–October 2, 2020.
This is a special opportunity for staff at many of Wisconsin’s libraries to connect with quality content and engagement on topics highly relevant to their work without additional travel commitments. The 2020 conference theme is "SOAR: Sharing Our Amazing Resources." Details on the schedule and sessions descriptions can be found at https://www.arsl.org/2020-con.
Below are the headlines from the 7/31/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
10:30 – 11:30 am
Presenter: Geoffrey Trotier, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
Info & Registration: https://sewilibraries.org/?p=6671
Our society has gone through an unprecedented period. But as we begin the process of reopening, renewing and reinvigorating – including our HR function – what are the key points to consider as we move forward? “Business as usual” is likely not the answer. Instead, we must assess challenges and create solutions. During this interactive webinar, we will discuss “best practices” being adopted by employers and compliance with rapidly changing laws and regulations surrounding re-opening in the midst of a pandemic. We will address:
Below are the headlines from the 7/24/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
During the COVID-19 stay home orders, Whatcom County Library System kept staff whose library work couldn't be done from home busy by having them work from home to close caption the many videos on the WCLS YouTube channel. Getting this closed captioning done to make the videos accessible to more patrons had been on the system's to-do list for a long time, but they hadn't had the staffing to take up the project. It was a great way to keep staff busy from home during the closure, and they are proud of the fact that (almost) all of the videos they are creating about library services are now accessible to those who are hard of hearing. (They are still working through some of the backlog.)
If you still have library staff who can't return to their normal schedules 100%, this might be a good project for them to take up.
Below are the headlines from the 7/17/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
According to a recent blog post by Microsoft, cybercriminals have been "taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to defraud customers in 62 countries around the world. Our civil case has resulted in a court order allowing Microsoft to seize control of key domains in the criminals’ infrastructure so that it can no longer be used to execute cyberattacks."
Because this issue directly affects our librarians, we thought it important to relay the following information regarding these phishing attacks. Read more below for a highlight that has been pulled from the article...
Below are the headlines from the 7/10/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Application Deadline is October 2, 2020
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2021 proposals for National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21).
Applicants have through October 2, 2020, to submit their two-page preliminary proposals.
Apply Now to Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization for the Affordable Care Act
The Public Library Association, in partnership with Community Catalyst and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are working together to inform communities about the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act for 2021. Applications are now being accepted to offer financial and staff support for public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) for the 2021 open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.
Click here to learn more about this grant opportunity.
Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.
The pilot program project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020, and it will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.
Public and academic libraries are invited to apply between July 1 and August 28, 2020.
Learn more and apply here.
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you can attend from where you are, whether at work or at home. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
For webinars on COVID-19, click title to register:
For webinars on racial equity, click title to register:
Brown County Library enters “Chapter 2” of reopening plan
Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, Brown County Library will reopen its buildings for controlled access to computers by appointment only. Reservations are required.
Knowing that many people lack home broadband access and that the public library is often the only source of free access to computers and the internet, this next step in the library’s phased reopening plan will benefit jobseekers, those who need to connect with services, and others.
Below are the headlines from the 06/26/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The place a hold button is back! InfoSoup users can now place holds and request items from their own library and from other InfoSoup libraries.
Due to limited transit between libraries, users will be limited to placing 10 holds. Users who already have more than 10 holds will not lose these holds. Please also note that due to changes in how holds are delivered, InfoSoup can no longer display your position in a holds queue.
Libraries as Social Infrastructure Virtual Discussion is wrapping up with Part 6 (Ahead of the Storm and Before We Lift the Next Shovel). These last two chapters talk about the challenges and responses to a changing environment and creating the world we want to live in. Discussion questions and additional resources are now ready to use.
The team hopes you’ve enjoyed the discussion of the themes and ideas from Eric Klinenberg's book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, you can join in any time! You can go back to Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 at any time. Sign up here so we know who is participating (even if you don't add to the discussions).
Please consider attending and sharing the following FREE opportunity from Denver Public Library: a virtual three-day “Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium” on July 8th-10th from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST.
The symposium will be a chance to leverage professional networks across a multitude of fields to dive deeper into particular issues that contribute to success in promoting racial equity & inclusion in the workplace. The themes for each day are as follows:
After much consideration, the WLA Board at its June 12th meeting made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual conference. A workgroup is being created to explore alternative ways to provide professional development opportunities to members yet this year. Click here for more details about the decision.
ORIGINAL POST: 3/11/2020
Please see the below a copy of the email delivered on March 11, 2020, by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) regarding WLA conferences and COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019):
Free PLA Webinar
2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October. REGISTER NOW!
This webinar is co-sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
Below are the headlines from the 6/19/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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