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Live 1-Hour Webinar!
Homelessness 201: A Deeper Understanding of the Lives of People Experiencing Homelessness
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1pm Central
(Recording available for 2 weeks)
THE MARINETTE COUNTY CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE
2020 READING CHALLENGE
The public libraries in Marinette County are challenging adults to read 50 books this year. Whether you read a lot or a little, the 2020 Reading Challenge will inspire you to discover new books.
To participate, pick up a 2020 Reading Challenge form at a Marinette County Public Library in Coleman-Pound, Crivitz, Goodman, Marinette, Mid-County (Wausaukee), Niagara, or Peshtigo. Read a book that fits into one of the categories on the form, and write down the title of the book and the author. You can read books from home, books from the library, or a book from a friend. Keep reading and filling out the form until you’ve read 50 books!
The categories on the 2020 Reading Challenge form will help you find and read books you might not have considered reading before. Some of the categories include: a book by an author under 30 years old, a book with an antonym in the title, a book of short stories, a mystery, a book that you never finished, and a book recommended by a friend.
To help you get ideas for books that fall into each category, follow us on Facebook. Please contact Mariel Carter at the Stephenson Public Library at 715-732-7570 with questions. Happy reading in 2020!
Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders (February 2020 ADA Audio Session)
The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the February ADA Audio Conference Series session titled “Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders” featuring Robert Gould , PhD, Instructor and Project Coordinator , Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC); Sarah Parker Harris, PhD, associate professor and director of graduate and undergraduate studies, Department of Disability and Human Development, UIC; and Courtney Mullin, MPA, PhD Candidate in Disability Studies at UIC.
Session Description: Discussions about the meaningful inclusion of workers with disabilities are often missing from research and practice. Join us as the presenters discuss the findings from a research study that included interviewing industry leaders involved in the diversity and inclusion efforts of more than 40 businesses across the Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). The research team worked with the businesses to better understand the process of creating an inclusive workplace culture in relation to informal and formal policies, programs, initiatives, and practices that support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of workers with disabilities. The presenters provide a summary of some of the emerging best practices and challenges to implementing them. There will be time for participants to ask the presenters about their work.
This session is offered via the telephone and/or via the web based Blackboard Ultra webinar platform. The session will be captioned via webinar platform. Registration is available at www.ada-audio.org (you will need to set up an account on the website if you do not have one already).
Questions regarding the session should be directed to email@example.com or at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY).
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Brown County Library, a 9 branch county-wide library system, is currently taking applications for a Youth Services Manager for its Central Library. It is looking for an innovative and creative leader who has experience developing responsive programming and dynamic services for youth and families. Besides leading a team of 5 staff members, this manager helps lead system wide youth services programming and initiatives. The Youth Services Manager is a member of the larger management team at Brown County Library, ensuring that library services are deployed consistently throughout the county.
Brown County Library, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Youth Services Library Manager (Full Time, Exempt)
Salary: $48,900 (negotiable)
Application Deadline: 2/3/2020
Apply Online: https://tinyurl.com/ud4orxc
An Introduction to Creating a Library Marketing Plan
Thursday, Feb. 13, 1 pm
1 contact hour
Except for the shelves of books, today’s libraries would be mostly unrecognizable to the patrons of 30 years ago. One of the challenges for libraries is finding effective ways to promote what they do, and developing a comprehensive marketing plan is an excellent starting point. A marketing plan provides focus to a library’s marketing efforts and ensures that limited resources are used effectively and efficiently. It helps keep you and your staff focused on the big picture of what you do—your vision and mission—and saves you time promoting individual events or projects. The marketing plan is the guide that provides order to your messaging and efforts.
A state-wide public library system marketing cohort has drafted a marketing plan template that any library of any size can model and adapt. Based on Kathy Dempsey's "Cycle of True Marketing," Jamie Matczak and Mark Ibach will walk through the marketing plan template that has been developed, answer questions, and seek feedback before the plan is officially presented to Wisconsin libraries.
This webinar will share:
WLA has announced the launch of a new statewide mentorship program and is seeking applications for members interested in participating as a mentor or mentee in the WLA Mentorship Program’s pilot year.
The WLA Mentorship Program is designed to provide encouragement, support, and guidance to library staff seeking professional growth through connections with experienced colleagues within a structured mentoring program. Mentees gain experience from knowledgeable library colleagues while becoming further involved in the statewide professional association. Mentors gain opportunities to give back to the profession, model volunteerism, and help influence the future of librarianship.
For more information about the WLA Mentorship Program and to see the program outline application, visit the WLA website.
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Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, wrote a post for the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog regarding two distinct national projects with resources to help us and our community:
Because we want to provide the best possible service to all people – and some patron interactions require a thoughtful and deliberate approach – you now have anytime access to online training from Ryan Dowd that will give you practical tools you can use every day. Through this training, you will learn how to compassionately manage problems and prevent conflicts with all patrons who enter your library, including those who are experiencing trauma such as mental health issues, homelessness, and substance abuse issues.
The online training is 3½ hours long and is on-demand, so you can watch it little by little or in bigger chunks, whenever works for your schedule. The subscription runs from January - December 2020.
Supervisors & Department Heads: please share this info with your staff. If someone on your staff does not have a work email address, please contact Joy Schwartz with their alternate email address and she’ll send them a personalized invitation.
There's still time to register: you have two opportunities to attend our Youth Services and SLP 2020 workshop!
Schedule for each day:
WHERE: Door County Library - Sturgeon Bay Branch
Parking is in the city lot between Michigan St. and Nebraska St., across the street from the library.
Use the staff entrance on the alley behind the library.
WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 9:00–11AM (8:45-9:00AM sign-in)
Snacks and coffee will be provided.
Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library
Presented by Emily Rogers, Deputy Director and Karla Giraldez, Branch Manager with the Brown County Library
We all have those patrons who can make library work more challenging. Maybe they repeatedly violate a policy or they seek out the staff person who is willing to bend the rules for them when you have already told them no. In this session, we will explore ways we can hold patrons accountable for behaviors and still be compassionate. Brown County Library Branch Manager, Karla Giraldez, and Deputy Director, Emily Rogers will discuss tips and tricks to use before, during, and after a behavior concern to help make the library safe for all.
Questions? Need an invite? Email Lori Baumgart
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Free webinars on teen outreach, guiding staff through change, programs for babies & more this month (NEWI)
Go to the NEWI list of free webinars to find continuing education opportunities in which you can participate without leaving your library; most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
Here’s a sample of webinars offered this month:
Missed a webinar? It might have been archived, so check NEWI’s list of webinar recordings you can watch for free, anytime.
Bonus: the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference will take place online via GoToWebinar on Wed & Thu Jan. 22 and 23. Fourteen webinars will be offered in 4 tracks + opening and closing sessions:
The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide web conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin since 2013.
This year, we welcome two new session tracks in Adult Services and Library Management.
The sad reality is that most PDFs found online are not very accessible to screen reader users. For many PDFs, screen reader users can only access the words in the document and not the structure (like headings or lists). In an online survey of over 1000 screen reader users, over 75 percent of people said PDF documents are likely to pose significant accessibility issues. By contrast, just over 30 percent said the same thing about Microsoft Word documents. Considering the large number of PDFs on websites, this is very troubling.
The good news is that the process for creating accessible PDFs can be very straightforward. For example, it often only takes a couple minutes to turn a well-structured and accessible source file (like a Word document) into an equally accessible PDF.
NFLS member library staff: if you need further assistance making your documents or media more accessible, please contact Lori Baumgart.
1/3/2020 update: Application deadline extended. Applications for both Coaches and Teams are now due Friday, January 17 at 5 PM.
The Public Library Development arm of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction is proud to partner with the American Library Association for a new state-level community engagement training, Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities.
Thriving Libraries, a team of consultants trained in community engagement and leadership development techniques, is providing the expertise for this 18-month hands on, cohort-based training. Up to 20 two-person Teams--consisting of one library staff member and one community member--will be trained in this inaugural effort.
Learn more and apply at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/wisconsin-libraries-transforming-communities.
It takes a specialized skill set to conduct a complete web accessibility evaluation, but there are several things anyone can do to evaluate a website. Below are 6 things you can do without a knowledge of HTML.
Start by watching this 6-minute video demonstrating these evaluation steps. Then use the details below to try it yourself.