Below are the headlines from the 02/28/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The Lakes Country Public Library is hiring a part-time library assistant for 60-80 hours per month, includes some weekends. High School diploma or GED required; applicants must have good computer skills. Duties include: circulation desk and patron assistance, office assistance, shelving and shelf maintenance, help with library programs.
Starting wage: $11.00 per hour.
Stop in, mail, or email a resume to:
Lakes Country Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 220, Lakewood WI 54138 (Subject line: LIBRARY ASSISTANT 2020)
Resumes will be accepted until March 10, 2020.
Get more details at Help Wanted: Library Assistant
Do you link to Explora for Middle & High Schools, MasterFILE Complete, or any other BadgerLink resource on your website or in another application? As of September 30th, 2019, all BadgerLink authenticated URLs changed. Our vendor is providing a redirect for up to 6 months.
Any library or school that places these authenticated URLs on a website, within a proxy, or in another SSO application such as OpenAthens, will need to edit the URLs no later than early March 2020 in order to continue providing users access outside of the BadgerLink website. Find current URLs on the BadgerLink Resource URLs Google sheet.
In the coming weeks, all library locations in Wisconsin will be receiving a small stack of handbills about Census 2020. These are meant for patrons, especially those who might need a heads up that the Census is coming.
As a reminder, Census postcards will be mailed on March 12, arriving in households in mid-March. The postcards will have the info people need to login and do their Census form online. It’s expected that 90% of respondents will do their form online (that’s where our libraries come in). If people don’t reply in a timely manner, they’ll get additional mailings. If they still don’t reply, they’ll have paper forms mailed to them. If they still don’t reply, Census workers will knock on their door.
Let’s help people understand the importance of a good count in your area and across the state. For tips in providing assistance to Census takers, DPI is maintaining a resource page: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/census-2020-wisconsin-counts
Of particular note, DPI recommends looking at ALA’s most recent Tip Sheet with dates and what to expect. It also recommends looking at Community Connect Lab’s screen grabs of the online Census form.
Please share with all staff in your library so they can start familiarizing themselves with the process.
Updated 2/26/2020: Tip Sheet link was updated. PDF can also be downloaded below.
SALARY: $11.00 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 02/24/2020
CLOSING DATE: 03/13/2020 04:30 PM
LOCATION: Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI
HOURS: Averages 11.25 hours per week–year round – every other weekend
GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: This position will require someone that likes to work with the public and is organized and detailed. Responsibilities could be anything from sorting and shelving books to aiding patrons in the proper use of equipment and technology.
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill thousands of temporary positions across Wisconsin to assist with the census count. Paid training, flexible hours and a chance to keep Wisconsin moving forward together await!
Apply now. Call 1-855-JOB-2020 or go to this U.S. Census Bureau web page to learn more.
The Door County Speaks Oral History Kit is an exciting tool for promoting oral history projects, building community memory, and fostering deeper collaborations between public libraries and community organizations.
Each kit contains a set of tools for planning and conducting a professional-quality oral history interview: a Zoom H2n audio recorder, studio monitor headphones, a tripod and other essential accessories, and a resource binder with instructions for every stage of the oral history process.
Kits will be available for checkout in 2020 at every Door County Library branch.
The Door County Library would like to thank NFLS for its support for this ongoing project, through its 2019 Library Improvement & Innovation Grant, which funds programs in the areas of workforce development, lifelong learning, and/or technology.
Check out what other NFLS libraries have purchased with their grants here.
Get more information about the kits below:
More historical content added to Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
More than 100,000 pages of early newspapers from thirteen WI communities are now available.
Below are the headlines from the February 21, 2020 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The Gillett Public Library seeks a well-organized and energetic leader to direct the operation of their library. The library service area includes approximately 2000 residents in northeast Wisconsin about 45 minutes northwest of Green Bay. The library is an integral part of the community and includes a separate Community Center facility and an outdoor Community Square space.
Under the direct supervision of the public library board of trustees, the library director is responsible for the operations of the library and the development and implementation of its service program.
Grade 3 Wisconsin Public Librarian Certification - 54 college semester credits including at least 27 in the liberal arts and sciences; supplemented by 12-semester credits approved by the Division in Public Library Administration (within one year).
Starting salary range is dependent on qualifications and experience, and includes full-time benefits.
Application & resume to be submitted to the library by March 2, 2020:
Gillett Public Library, 200 E Main Street, Gillett, WI 54124
WebJunction’s free, online Course Catalog has 55 self-paced courses on library topics, as well as over 260 curated webinar recordings ready and available when you are. From customer service, to managing staff development, to designing programming for patrons of all ages, there is something to meet your learning needs!
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The following upcoming webinar is open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.
Cultivating Protective Factors for Safe Libraries and Resilient Communities
Thursday, March 5, 2020 ◆ 2:00 pm Central ◆ 60 minutes
You're invited to WiscNet Connections 2020
Join WiscNet at the Monona Terrace in Madison on May 12 and 13 for its annual conference all about connecting people and strategies!
You can register on its website. That's also where you'll find details about the conference schedule (the content is still in progress as it works hard to bring you a wide variety of topics, ideas, and avenues for teaching and learning), keynote speakers, and hotel reservations.
Mark Ibach and Jamie Matczak, along with Kathy Dempsey, discuss how a library can create a marketing plan using "The Cycle of True Marketing." They introduce a template that will be finalized soon and available for use.
Below are the headlines from the February 14, 2020 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Following are the headings in the February 13, 2020 Libraries Transform newsletter:
Infographics can explain complex ideas and convey a lot of information in a simple way that is accessible to many audiences. Libraries deal with a lot of data. Our products and services are sometimes difficult to break down into steps. A good infographic will take facts and figures, difficult instructions, or confusing concepts and present them in a way that everyone can understand.
Call the University of Wisconsin Extension - Winnebago County at 920-232-1970 to register.
Attendance is limited to two people per library, so please call to reserve your spot early!
Location: United Way Fox Cities, 1455 Midway Road, Menasha, WI
Together We Read: Open to all US OverDrive Library Partners Get the Word out about the Program (Feb 19 - Mar 4)
The Together We Read program is open to all OverDrive library partners in your country. The title will automatically be added to your digital collection at the start of the program(*). To borrow the Together We Read title, your users will simply log in to your digital collection and the eBook will be prominently displayed on your OverDrive-powered website and discoverable through the digital library catalog.
*Participation in the Together We Read program is on an opt-out basis.
Registration is now open for the webinar Summer Food Service and Public Libraries webinar.
When: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: your computer. The program will be recorded and archived
Speakers: Amy Kolano, Summer Food Service Coordinator, Dept. of Public Instruction and regional public library staff
The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to low-income children during school vacations. More than 26 million children eat school lunch every day when school is in session, and about half of them receive their meals free or at a reduced price due to low household income. But what happens during the summer months? The Summer Food Service Program offers those children nutritious food when school is not in session. During Summer 2018, Wisconsin served 2.9 million meals at 965 sites operated by 240 sponsoring organizations, including public libraries.
This webinar will provide information about Wisconsin’s program and will share ideas about ways that public libraries in the state have partnered with local agencies to become host sites for the summer program. Join us and as we hear from Summer Food Service coordinator, Amy Kolano, and public library staff about ways that libraries have successfully hosted the Summer Food Program in their communities.
Below are the headlines from the February 7, 2020 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The US Census Bureau released a sneak peek of the 2020 Census online form during the National Advisory Committee Fall Meeting. This walks you through the whole form so you can make sure your library is ready for Census 2020.
Please share these screenshots with library staff who might be in a position to help patrons with their Census survey so they can provide the best possible service to folks who need a hand.
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:
WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a free national training initiative for public library staff to help strengthen access to civil legal justice.
Barriers to civil legal justice disproportionately affect low-income people in the US, creating the justice gap—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs. Though legal issues can be intimidating for library staff, public libraries are well positioned to help reduce this justice gap by providing more access points to legal information and services.
“Legal matters are unfortunately one of life’s necessities, yet too many Americans lack the knowledge and resources to access civil legal justice. There is a larger role for public libraries to assume in improving access to legal justice for all our community members, and this free training intends to fill this void,” says Chris Le Beau, former President of ALA’s Reference & User Services Association.
WebJunction will host a webinar on February 11, Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries, where participants will learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system, the vital role public libraries can play in reducing the justice gap, and about the live, multi-week course to be offered in April, which takes a deeper look at supporting people to navigate the complexities of the legal system.
Event: PBS KIDS Early Childhood Edcamp Fox Valley
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 8am - 12:30pm
Location: Community Early Learning Center Fox Valley, 313 South State Street, Appleton, WI 54911
PBS Wisconsin Education and Community Early Learning Center Fox Valley have partnered to bring a free professional learning experience to librarians and others who care for young children. A PBS KIDS Edcamp is a local gathering of educators connecting through shared experiences and peer-led conversations with a PBS twist.
Here are a few things you can expect to find at PBS KIDS Early Childhood Edcamp Fox Valley:
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.
Questions? Contact Katy Kraemer at email@example.com