In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve.
Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians.
Do you have a tech tool that makes library work easier, a technology program or service that draws adults, teens or children into your doors, or apps you’ve found or created for library use?
Please fill out this form to let us know what you’d like to share and show at Tech Days East this September!
All topics at the intersection of technology and libraries are welcome.
Register in Advance and Connect on Tuesday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 pm, via Skype
The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee recently submitted the final Recommendation Report to the State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor. In response to the report, Ms. Stanford Taylor requested a final opportunity for community input. To fulfill this request the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) scheduled four listening sessions throughout the state, which were completed last week.
WebJunction has two up coming webinars:
Join the Global Family Research Project for a free Education Week webinar on April 25th at 1pm (1pm EST) and be part of the conversation about promising family engagement innovations.
“Helping Children Succeed Through Family Engagement” builds from its recent paper for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and features three powerful examples of the high-leverage areas in which investments in family engagement can be a key driver in children’s school success and for achieving educational equity.
If you are unable to attend the webinar and participate in the online chat to pose questions, share resources, and interact with the presenters and other webinar participants, the webinar will be available as a free webinar-on-demand as will a related resource center.
Join the UW-Madison Information School for its FREE 2019 Spring Alumni Webinar Series, New Librarianship: Professional Evolution Within a Team Environment!
Given by alum Kris Glodoski Wolf NEXT WEEK, April 30th!
More info and registration here: https://ischool.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/
April 18, 2019
Library’s Food for Fines to Support Local Food Pantry
Join the Brown County Library in its 2019 “Food for Fines” program. This program allows library cardholders who donate food items to clear overdue fines from their library account and also help stock the shelves at Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.
All Brown County Library cardholders can donate food items from April 29 through May 5 at any library location.
Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute
Sunday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Heartwood Conference Center • Trego, Wisconsin
Cost: There is no fee for Institute participants
The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Brown County Library announces Her Story, a four-part series that explores U.S. history from the female perspective on Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, and Thursdays, May 9 and 23, at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St., downtown Green Bay.
All programs begin at 6:15 pm in the library’s auditorium.
We have been told for years how bad it is to use the same password for more than one account, as anyone who acquires that password will then have access to more of your data/information. Yet, I am sure we are all sick and tired of coming up with new passwords and then trying to remember them. There has been a solution out there for a while now - but is it truly safe?
A password manager is a program that stores all of your passwords in a secure/encrypted place on your computer/device. These programs will enter the password for you at the website. Some even create passwords for you so you don't have to fret over coming up with another new one. They are the random kind, which are much more secure than what people usually come up with. Here is a great SCLS blog post about it: https://scls.typepad.com/techbits/2019/03/random-passwords.html
This sort of fully automated system sounds pretty sweet, but it is not perfect...
TechSoup is hosting a webinar, 5 Things Every Nonprofit Needs to Consider About Its Website, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
This webinar will walk you through five things that every nonprofit should consider about its website and will give practical advice on how to make yours better.
Reminder to NFLS member libraries: For assistance with your library's website (big or small), please contact Lori Baumgart. She is the new Marketing, Communications and CE Specialist at Nicolet Federated Library System and is ready to help!
Learn more about how the NFLS staff can assist your library at http://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/who-to-contact.html.
Mark your calendars! This year’s WPLC Annual Membership Meeting will be held during WAPL on May 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild.
Here are just a few things that will be discussed:
Invitation from Hannah Bunting, the Membership Coordinator at WLA:
Grant funds are to be used in the areas of Workforce Development, Lifelong Learning, and/or Technology. Collaboration with other libraries is encouraged, but not necessary.
This grant is a onetime only grant, available to NFLS member libraries. Sustainability for any projects started with I&I grant funding should be considered and accounted for in the recipient library’s budget.
Upon completion of the grant project, recipients will be required to give a brief report to the NFLS Advisory Committee of Librarians and work with NFLS on a short publicity presentation. Grant application forms are due June 3, 2019.
WiscNet Community Conversations: Listening Sessions on Security at Brown County Library August 1, 2019
WiscNet staff will be on the road through September at various locations in Wisconsin holding listening sessions on the topic of security. At each stop, a local WiscNet member will share what security means and looks like in their organization, where they’re at on their security journey, what problems they’re trying to solve, and what they still need to learn. This is your chance to hear from each other, to share what’s going on in your own worlds, and connect face-to-face with others in your community.
WiscNet staff will be at the Brown County Library on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
Friday, May 10, 9:30-3:30
CVTC Energy Education Center, Eau Claire
Learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Programs with Leah Hamilton, including:
**This program provides 5 contact hours (and 5 technology hours) for library directors needing hours for certification**
The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s website has a lot of information to offer library staff. What some may not realize is that CSLP has curated a list of resources related to inclusion.
Visit www.cslpreads.org, hover over the “Inclusion Resources” tab, and you will find a plethora of different topics.
The State of America’s Libraries report is a summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries.
Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning.
Here is a list of information and resources about the report:
Here are some upcoming WiLS Events for April, May, and June - including Peer Council and the 2019 Ideas to Action Fund! Learn more about WiLS at https://www.wils.org/about-wils/.
Technical Support Specialist
Door County Public Library, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Applications Accepted through 4/12/2019 4:30 PM Central
The Technical Support Specialist will provide technical support for the library system in the County. This person will be responsible for the installing, configuring and troubleshooting both the hardware and software systems. Periodic travel to the direct locations will be required.
Through the Wisconsin Author Project, made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Wisconsin residents who are authors of self-published adult or young adult fiction will be invited to submit their work. One winner will receive $1,000, inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, be honored at PLA 2020 in Nashville, and be recognized at the awards ceremony of the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October.
Submissions are due by May 31st. The submitted books will be reviewed by staff at Library Journal and by members of the Wisconsin library community. The winner will be announced this fall at the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Library Association.
For marketing materials and more information, or to submit a book for consideration, visit the Wisconsin Author Project website.