From WI Libraries for Everyone: Thursday, April 23, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Division for Libraries and Technology is supporting libraries and library users by launching a new statewide online reading challenge platform and mobile app to support summer library programming in 2020 and beyond. The Division will award a discretionary grant for nearly $327,000 to the Wisconsin Valley Library Service to contract with Beanstack on behalf of Wisconsin public libraries. Over the course of three years, this statewide procurement will save over $761,000 when compared to local libraries procuring this service individually. The contract will run through 2023.
Library to offer pickup service: Brown County Library will offer contactless pickup service beginning Monday, April 27 at select locations
Brown County Library buildings remain closed to the public but in addition to providing patrons with access to online resources the library is committed to offering safe access to books and other library materials through a limited contactless pickup service. To provide safe pickup environments that meet the requirements of Governor Evers’ Emergency Order #28, this materials only pickup service will be offered exclusively at the Central Library, and the Ashwaubenon, Kress Family (De Pere) and Weyers-Hilliard (Howard) branches.
Library patrons will be able to schedule times to pick up library books and items that they request in advance, within various limits.
Below are the headlines from the 04/24/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) shared several upcoming and "on demand" virtual continuing education opportunities, some free and some at reduced cost.
FREE Webinar Recordings (available any time) include:
For details and registration information, visit NEDCC Preservation Training.
Below are the headlines from the 04/17/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
SCLS is hosting two webinars presented by Carol Hassler, Web Librarian for the Wisconsin State Law Library.
Public Records: Research Tips and Tricks, April 16 at 10 a.m.
Understanding the Wisconsin Circuit Court Records Website, April 23 at 10 a.m.
The webinars will be recorded and the recordings will live here.
Public library youth services staff tend to be highly creative, collaborative, and caring. Their efforts are a beacon of light during these difficult times. Whether you are looking for a webinar, article, or shelf-ready solution, look no further than the following resources.
Content to Read
Youth Service Shout-Out: YSS Blog
Tons of tips from your Wisconsin peers
Keeping Equity at the Forefront: Emergency Remote Learning (Article)
Important considerations from the ISTE Librarians Blog
Virtual Storytime Resource Guide from ALSC (Toolkit)
Not fully stocked yet, but bookmark this growing national toolkit and check back soon
Content to View
Virtual Storytime for Beginners from the Arizona State Library
A 41 minute tutorial from Arizona youth services staff
CLEL Virtual Storytime Webinar: Filming Before, During and After COVID-19
A webinar recording from Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)
DPI FAQ Friday 4/10/2020
This is a recorded FAQ session for Wisconsin youth services library staff hosted by the public library consultant for youth and inclusive services. To submit topics for next week’s FAQ, complete the FAQ Friday form.
Below are the headlines from the 04/10/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections (Webinar)
Please also read Materials Quarantine: No More than 24 Hours Needed, per CDC Epidemiologist, provided by WI Libraries for Everyone on March 31, 2020.
Below are the headlines from the 04/03/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
“InfoSoup digital services are open to you even while (libraries) are closed,” said Evan Bend, Library Services Manager with the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS). Individuals that don’t have a library card with InfoSoup can sign up for one online and library staff will contact them with a temporary card number and pin that will allow access to all the InfoSoup digital resources.
An InfoSoup library card grants patrons access to digital resources for all ages such as ebooks, audiobooks, digitized magazines, newspaper archives and genealogy research. All resources are absolutely free with a library card. Learn more at www.infosoup.info/digital.
To register for a card, simply complete an online application at www.InfoSoup.org/selfreg. Library staff will follow up with each applicant with a library card number and PIN to access the library’s online resources.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has partnered with PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS in creating at-home learning opportunities through a new television schedule and online resources aligned to Wisconsin academic standards.
The programming includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th-grade levels and covers English language arts, social studies, science, and math subjects.
The content is available to stream online on the PBS At-Home Learning web page with free corresponding digital content and teacher support.
Learn more about this project here.
Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit and other professional development opportunities for digitization projects
The Recollection Wisconsin Digital Projects Toolkit is a free online course covering the basics of digitization projects. There are 5 modules -- project planning, copyright, scanning, metadata, and storage -- that each take around 30 minutes to complete. The course was created by Recollection Wisconsin in 2016 with support from WPLC, and updated in 2019 to go along with the DPI-funded digitization kits for public library systems.
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