On February 1, the WPLC Collection Development Workgroup launched the 2019 annual patron survey. A link to the survey can be found on the top of the homepage for Wisconsin's Digital Library OverDrive mobile and desktop sites, so users on computers and mobile devices using the OverDrive app can find it. Unfortunately, WPLC was unable to add a link to the survey in Libby.
The survey is open through February 28th. Please encourage your patrons to respond by sharing the survey http://bit.ly/dc19patron to your websites and social media accounts and by displaying printed signs in your libraries.
Here are some materials to help:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org(link is external) if you have any questions.
NEWI (Northeastern Wisconsin CE Partnership) is the place to go for continuing education activities throughout the region each year. These free workshops and webinars are designed for the professional development of librarians and trustees and, in most cases, the programs may be attended by any library personnel.
Here is a list of just some of the upcoming events:
Visit NEWILIBRARIES.ORG for a complete list of upcoming events, news, and live webinars. Webinars are provided by agencies, companies, associations, and library systems. Registration for the programs is required.
NEWI is a continuing education (CE) partnership of four library systems located in North Eastern Wisconsin: Manitowoc‐Calumet Library System (MCLS), Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS), and Winnefox Library System (WLS).
Did you know that 47% of Facebook users only access the site through the mobile app?
Or that video posts get more shares than any other post type?
If you're looking for ways to reach more library patrons or sponsors through Facebook, this article from SocialMediaToday offers some great tips for taking your Facebook marketing to the next level. READ MORE
Power Up 2019 Conference
March 28-29, 2019
A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff
Library 2.019: Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design
March 13, 2019
This is an online (and free) conference for librarians, instructional designers and educators to share their work and challenges, as well as for those who believe in the value of integrating instructional design into their practice to help them innovate and evolve library services for the future.
The Nicolet Federated Library System is excited to announce that Transparent Language Online is now available to if its member libraries their library card holders. Transparent Language Online for Libraries is one of the most complete language-learning system available anywhere.
To get started visit your Transparent Language login page:
To learn more check out some of Transparent Languages videos:email@example.com (link sends e-mail) or use the "Contact Support" tab anytime in your browser when when using Transparent Language.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has three library grant programs open right now:
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
Deadline: February 25, 2019
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) supports projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities.
Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
Deadline: April 01, 2019
Native American Basic Grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services for tribal communities.
Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
Deadline: May 01, 2018
Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services for tribal communities.
For a full list of grant programs offered by the IMLS, visit their Grant Programs page.
You can also learn how to Apply for a Grant, Manage Your Award, Become a Reviewer, learn more about the Library Grants to States Program, or search for Awarded Grants.
Congratulations go to the February 2019 WLA Small Library Section Librarian of the Month - Tracy Opper!
Tracy, the branch manager at Door County Library's Baileys Harbor Branch, is also the first LotM to be from a branch library. She was recommended by a colleague in Ephriam, who praised Tracy for all the amazing things she's done for the library.
Read more about Tracy here.
The Gates Library Foundation: How Digital Inclusion Came to the Libraries (TechSoup blog by Jim Lynch's)
The TechSoup blog post below is not just interesting on its own, it also references numerous other organizations and programs worth looking into like: Edge Benchmark project; Pew Research Center; Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries; Public Library Association (PLA); International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA).
Here is the beginning of the original post:
From 1997 to 2018, the Gates Library Foundation (a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) invested $1 billion over 21 years in public libraries both domestically and globally. Its investments have ensured that millions of people around the world have better access to digital tools that can help improve their lives. The program has left a powerful legacy, nothing less than bringing digital inclusion to many thousands of public libraries and their patrons around the world. TechSoup is deeply proud to have had the chance to work with the Gates Foundation to empower public libraries everywhere.
In 1997, Bill and Melinda Gates created the Gates Library Foundation to bring computers and digital information to public libraries in the United States and Canada. When the foundation began this work, less than a quarter of U.S. libraries were connected to the Internet, and fewer provided Internet access to patrons. Today, nearly all U.S. libraries are not just connected, they've been transformed into critical community resources for today's digital world by supplying public-access computers, software, and training to their communities.