Due to the COVID-19 closures, CCBC Librarians are presenting their Great New Books presentations as webinars this spring:
April 8 from 9 - 10 a.m.: Great New Books for Birth - Grade 5
April 15 from 9 - 10 a.m. Great New Books for Older Children & Teens
There will be no CCBC Shorts in April. The next scheduled episode of CCBC Shorts will be on May 13.
Nationally-known library consultant Pat Wagner will present a three-part webinar series on April 1, 8 and 15, focusing on customer service in libraries. All of the webinars will be recorded and posted to the WVLS website. Each webinar is worth 1 contact hour.
The series is presented by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, along with support from the Northern Waters Library Service and the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.
Registration is now open for all three webinars.
Below are the headlines from the 03/06/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Learning something new can be a diversion from the news; you can go to the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities in which you can participate while your library is closed and you shelter in place. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
Here are webinars related to COVID-19; click on a title to register:
Need a break from pandemic news? Here’s a sample of webinars on other topics; click on a title to register:
Covid-19 UpdatePosted: March 23, 2020
All InfoSoup Libraries are now closed.
In an effort to decrease the spread of the COVID-19, the following steps have been enacted:
Online Services Available
While libraries are closed, please take advantage of our online materials. Online resources include Wisconsin's Digital Library(OverDrive eBooks & Audiobooks), RB Digital Audiobooks and Magazines, and TumbleBooks Library. For OverDrive materials, we recommend the Libby app(link is external) for use on your mobile device.
While Wisconsin's Digital Library is the largest collection of eBooks and Audiobooks, it is also the most popular and waiting lists for some items can be long. Most of our other collections, however, have no waiting list for items. Learn more at:
The following information comes from Mark Jochem, Workforce Development Specialist at South Central Library System.
Impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Remote and Online Services to Children webinar
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: Noon – 1pm
Looking for a place to start when developing and presenting remote and online programs for your community's kids? Join us for ideas!
Presenters: Anne Hamland (Public Services Consultant, Wisconsin Valley Library Service); Abby Landers (Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library, WI); and Marge Loch-Wouters (Youth Services Consultant, Southwest Wisconsin Library System)
For those of libraries offering online storytimes – like using Facebook Live to do read-alouds – here are two things you might find useful:
Lots of information and resources are coming across the wire. WiLS has created this continually-updated list of them to serve as a reference point for its members. If you would like to see something added to this list, let WiLS know at email@example.com.
Click Here to Access WiLS' List of Information Resources
Following are the introduction and topics in the latest Libraries Transform newsletter.
Click here to go directly to the Libraries Transform newsletter.
In these uncertain times, we want to provide content you find relevant and useful to your library and community. With that in mind, this month’s e-newsletter has been tailored to include resources for COVID-19 and stories about how libraries can continue to serve their communities during the crisis. If there is content you’d like to see in future e-newsletters, please reach out and we’ll work on it. We hope you find these resources helpful and also serve as a way for us to stay connected to one another. Stay healthy and be well.
Below are the headlines from the 03/20/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Looking for a little direction as you work from home? What a great time to engage in virtual professional development activities.
System and State Continuing Education Coordinators are always working hard to bring you fresh content on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to our profession.
> > Here’s a point of entry for professional development opportunities on lots of different subjects.
Library-specific resource compilations
Many library organizations have compiled resources and examples for library staff and patrons.
WLA's Youth Services Section (YSS) has been gathering and disseminating resources for online programming for youth and families on their Youth Services Shout-out blog. Each post provides links to the other posts in the COVID-19 series.
Please feel free to use and disseminate the blog posts below.
Nicolet Federated Library System to Offer Increased Support to System Libraries as More Move to Online Delivery Systems in Response to COVID-19 Concerns
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 19, 2020
NICOLET FEDERATED LIBRARY SYSTEM TO OFFER INCREASED SUPPORT TO SYSTEM LIBRARIES AS MORE MOVE TO ONLINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS
GREEN BAY – With the majority of its system member libraries turning to online services and closing their physical locations in accordance with federal, state and local orders to reduce the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), Bellevue, WI, will temporarily suspend its delivery services to member libraries.
In addition, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, NFLS offices in Bellevue, WI will close Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. Employees will work from home, monitoring the situation closely while providing the highest level of service to its member libraries.
These decisions were made in consideration of, and in accordance with, Emergency Order #5 issued by Governor Tony Evers that, among other things, prohibits mass gatherings of 10 or more people. The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) has determined that libraries fall within this Emergency Order.
NFLS is the facilitator of inter-library loan and delivery services for borrowed books and library materials to and between its 42 member libraries in Northeast Wisconsin. At present, most of these libraries have closed their physical locations. According to Tracy Vreeke, Director of NFLS, "It is important at this time of uncertainty for NFLS to offer increased support to our member libraries as they make the decision to provide online versions of these materials and resources available through a variety of different mediums.”
“In a time when all must do their part to reduce the spread of a global pandemic, NFLS staff is ready and willing to help librarians with continuing education, and provide member libraries with the resources they need to help them meet the increased demand for online materials in a timely and effective manner,” Vreeke said.
As more information becomes available, NFLS will work with member libraries to determine the best course of action for implementation of a proper time frame for restoration of inter-library delivery services.
NFLS libraries will remain open online: Please contact your local library for current library services. A list of NFLS libraries can be found online at https://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/libraries.html. Future announcements will be posted on the libraries’ web and social media sites.
About the Nicolet Federated Library System:
The Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS) is a state-funded organization assisting 42 member public libraries in providing better services to the people of northeastern Wisconsin since 1976. NFLS' public libraries span eight counties: Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano.
NFLS is third largest of the 16 public library systems in the state and is organized under the WI Dept. of Public Instruction. Each system is governed by an independent board of trustees and funded by state aids to carry out the service requirements set forth in Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes. For more information, go to: https://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/
Media and other inquiries, please contact: Tracy Vreeke, Nicolet Federated Library System Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a news release from Brown County Library.
BROWN COUNTY LIBRARY
515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay, WI 54301-5194
March 17, 2020
Brown County Library goes virtual! The Brown County Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library customers, staff, and volunteers. The Library is closely monitoring the latest information and guidelines related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For the health and safety of the community, effective March 17, 2020, all Brown County library buildings are temporarily closed to the public but the library is open online!
“When people are distracted, concerned, and extremely motivated to get information," he says, "you can’t count on them to notice things they might have in calmer times.”
Remember to be on the lookout for any fraudulent COVID-19 emails. If you have any suspicion at all, it's better to Google an organization and go to its website than to click on a link.
Here is a good article from Consumer Report’s site that goes over the situation and provides great suggestions for avoiding scams: https://www.consumerreports.org/phishing-vishing/how-to-avoid-coronavirus-phishing-scams/.
WAAL 2020 Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Concerns
See the March 3, 2018 message from WLA:
We regret to inform you that the 2020 WAAL Conference scheduled for April 16-17, has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
This unanimous decision was made by the WLA Board and WAAL leadership in light of the developments over the last few days, including elevated warnings from the CDC and WHO, growing travel restrictions worldwide, and increasing numbers of requested cancellations from presenters.
We are now in the process of evaluating and determining next steps, including whether a rescheduled event may be possible yet this year.
We will reach out as soon as possible with additional information. Our priority now is communicating clearly and to all of you that the 2020 conference is canceled.
The following is a news release from Door County Library.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Door County Library Changes Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all Door County Library branches except for Sturgeon Bay will be closed through April 6th. The Sturgeon Bay branch will be open with modified operations.
In keeping with the County of Door’s recommendations, the Sturgeon Bay branch will only allow 10 people to be in the library at any one time to discourage congregation and encourage social distancing. Patrons will be allowed to come pick up items, but may not linger in the library. Persons 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Below is a press release issued by Charter Communications, Inc.
PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 13, 2020
Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More
STAMFORD, Conn. – In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country. It has announced its annual call for proposals.
Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun. The foundation welcomes mini-grant proposals focusing on any subject.
View examples of exemplary mini-grants here. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Attention Libraries: Please see the below update and request from the DLT
DLT COVID-19 Updates
Sunday, March 15, 2020
We are aware that everyone is responding to a rapidly changing set of circumstances. In the coming days, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) will post major updates to the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog. Regarding library closures, DLT is following the library community’s Google document as well as updates sent to us via email. We are prioritizing COVID-19 support above all else. Regarding in-person events in the coming weeks, DLT has moved all major meetings online. Regarding LSTA grant activities, grant administrators have been contacted regarding necessary adjustments. Our team is available for any specific assistance via phone or email.
Pandemic Prevention and Preparedness
Wisconsin Public Libraries: COVID-19 Updates
National List of Public Libraries Closed for COVID-19 (Click on "Submit a Listing")
Online Library Resources
BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Online Library
Wisconsin Public Libraries Consortium - OverDrive (WPLC), Wisconsin's Digital Library
Wisconsin Digital Government Archives
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Division for Libraries & Technology
The CCBC Choices 2020 workshop has been cancelled.
This in-person workshop has been cancelled, based on the March 15, 2020 CDC guidance on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events,
See the below invitation from WLA:
Join WLA for a virtual meeting on March 24, 2020,
at 10:00 am to discuss Government Information Day 2020
2020 has already been an important year for government information. Funding for the National Archives, the state and federal responses to coronavirus (COVID-19), and the decennial census have all been in the news, just since January. Every day, librarians are called on to collect, preserve, and provide access to these vital resources, an increasingly challenging proposition as budgets continue to shrink and the volume of information continues to grow.
Below are the headlines from the 03/13/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly: