Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you. Just click each title to register.
Managing stress & building resilience:
Equity, diversity, and inclusion:
A sample of webinars on other topics:
Special event this month:
Here are the headlines from the January 28, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Program Proposals Due February 25, 2022
The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next in-person public library conference to be held May 11-13, 2022 at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI.
Have you ever told yourself, “That just isn’t possible?” With a theme of INFINITE POSSIBILITIES, the goal of this year’s WAPL conference is that attendees will leave empowered to explore possibilities beyond their library and community.
We hope to offer a broad range of content from all areas of the public library world, so we welcome all library and library system staff, as well as students, trustees, and those involved in friends and foundation groups to submit proposals.
Feedback suggests attendees are looking for programs on management, leadership, patron confidentiality, "boomer" awareness, patron apathy, technology, data-driven decision making, brand management and marketing, small library, genre and reader's advisory, and sessions for trustees and support staff. Other suggested topics include change management, grant writing, handling large donations, inclusivity, and dreaming big.
Special Interest Groups are encouraged to submit proposals and meeting/social requests.
Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, demonstrations, participatory sessions, business meetings, and unit social events are welcome. Sessions will run 60 minutes in length with a maximum of four presenters - 45 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.
The deadline for submission is February 25, 2022. All submitters will be notified of their acceptance status by March 11, 2022.
Please use this Program Proposal Form to submit your proposals.
In 2021, Wisconsin’s Digital Library, a collaboration of all 16 of the state’s public library systems, broke records by lending over 7.2 million digital books and audiobooks. Since its inception in 2016, Wisconsin’s Digital Library has seen steady and occasionally explosive usage growth, demonstrating the ongoing value of public libraries lending ebooks and digital audiobooks. Even as physical library buildings reopened and collections were once again accessible, usage of the library continued to climb.
To meet last year’s growing demand from patrons, Wisconsin’s Digital Library added more copies of popular titles and collections of always-available ebooks and digital magazines for readers who want to avoid the line and start reading right away.
Of the more than 115,000 titles in the collection, the following were the most popular in 2021.
The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through Wisconsin’s Digital Library in 2021:
The top 5 digital audiobook titles borrowed through Wisconsin’s Digital Library in 2021:
Readers in Wisconsin just need a valid library card to access digital books from Wisconsin’s Digital Library, powered by OverDrive, using any major device, mobile or desktop. Visit https://wplc.overdrive.com/, download the Libby app, or call your local library to get started borrowing ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines anytime, anywhere, for free.
An Infopeople webinar presented by Nicole Hennig (recorded September 30, 2021)
How many times have you arrived at a page and found your eyes glazing over when faced with long, wordy paragraphs? On the web people don’t read, they scan, skim and select. In fact, usability studies show that less is more — people don’t find information that is right in front of them when it’s buried in long paragraphs.
When it comes to email, communicating effectively is especially important, and the same guidelines for writing web content apply. With email, you also need to consider subject lines, who else to copy, and what outcome you are hoping for with each email you send.
In this webinar, we’ll offer specific guidelines that will help you communicate more effectively in an age where people read most of your content on a screen. We’ll look at before and after examples, and attendees will get a list of resources for learning more.
Here are the headlines from the January 21, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Head of Circulation - Door County Library
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 54235
Full Time - $29.06 Hourly
Closing: 1/28/2022 at 11:59 PM Central
Tentative Interviews: February 10, 2022
General Summary of Position: This position manages and supervises the staff, services, equipment and functions of the Sturgeon Bay Library circulation department. Plans, directs and implements programs, services and activities of circulation for all Door County libraries. Responsible for providing truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.
Get more details at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/codoor/jobs/3378503/head-of-circulation.
Here are the headlines from the January 14, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) is excited to announce that it has been granted two American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants.
Learn about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Wisconsin Libraries here.
The Oconto Falls Community Library welcomed its new director, Amy Peterson, on December 20, 2021.
Amy was the library director at Lena Public Library from 2014 - December, 2021.
Prior to her role at Lena, Amy served eight years the Farnsworth Public Library Board as a trustee, taking on roles of Vice President and Secretary; served almost eight years as the president of The Friends of Farnsworth Public Library; and was awarded Best Friend of the library in 2015.
Welcome to your new role, Amy!
Algoma Public Library was recently announced as a winner of the “East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program” grant competition by the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison. "Grants were awarded to public libraries throughout Wisconsin, enriching their collections with new titles that will enable patrons to deepen their understanding of East Asia (which includes China, Japan, and Korea)."
The library purchased books, DVDs, and programming materials that will enable people to deepen their understanding of East Asia. They were able to purchase over 30 new titles that include materials for all ages. These materials include DVDs, children's fiction books, children's picture books, children's nonfiction, young adult graphic novels, and adult fiction and nonfiction titles.
With this grant, the library will also be able to host three programs.
Here are the headlines from the January 7, 2022 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you. Please click title(s) to register.
Managing stress & building resilience
Equity, diversity, and inclusion
A sample of webinars on other topics
Special events this month:
When the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) was looking for sponsors for its annual conference, Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) jumped at the chance to sponsor keynote speaker Nigel Poor.
Nigel is a woman of many talents: visual artist, author, professor, and podcast co-host. In her keynote address at the WLA Annual Conference, Nigel spoke about podcasting as a form of storytelling, the creation and evolution of her podcast, Ear Hustle, and connecting with underserved communities.
NFLS Trustee Kathy Pletcher said “I especially liked her "key components" of storytelling and how she used Ear Hustle stories to illustrate the components.”
"In her powerful keynote, Nigel Poor shared poignant anecdotes about her work with prisoners and the importance of storytelling," recalled Laura Sauser, WLA Executive Director.
Ear Hustle was the first podcast created and produced in a prison. It features first-hand stories from those incarcerated about the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison. In 2020, Ear Hustle was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting for bringing audiences “a consistently surprising and beautifully crafted series on life behind bars.”
Signed copies of Nigel’s books, The San Quentin Project (June 2021) and This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life (October 2021), were available after her keynote and sold out quickly.
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