Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you can attend from where you are, whether at work or at home. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
For webinars on COVID-19, click title to register:
For webinars on racial equity, click title to register:
Brown County Library enters “Chapter 2” of reopening plan
Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, Brown County Library will reopen its buildings for controlled access to computers by appointment only. Reservations are required.
Knowing that many people lack home broadband access and that the public library is often the only source of free access to computers and the internet, this next step in the library’s phased reopening plan will benefit jobseekers, those who need to connect with services, and others.
Below are the headlines from the 06/26/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The place a hold button is back! InfoSoup users can now place holds and request items from their own library and from other InfoSoup libraries.
Due to limited transit between libraries, users will be limited to placing 10 holds. Users who already have more than 10 holds will not lose these holds. Please also note that due to changes in how holds are delivered, InfoSoup can no longer display your position in a holds queue.
Libraries as Social Infrastructure Virtual Discussion is wrapping up with Part 6 (Ahead of the Storm and Before We Lift the Next Shovel). These last two chapters talk about the challenges and responses to a changing environment and creating the world we want to live in. Discussion questions and additional resources are now ready to use.
The team hopes you’ve enjoyed the discussion of the themes and ideas from Eric Klinenberg's book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, you can join in any time! You can go back to Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 at any time. Sign up here so we know who is participating (even if you don't add to the discussions).
Please consider attending and sharing the following FREE opportunity from Denver Public Library: a virtual three-day “Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium” on July 8th-10th from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST.
The symposium will be a chance to leverage professional networks across a multitude of fields to dive deeper into particular issues that contribute to success in promoting racial equity & inclusion in the workplace. The themes for each day are as follows:
The 2020 Leadership Development Institute live event will be postponed to December 8-10.
More details and application information will be shared in the coming weeks.
Read more details in the Update to the WLA COVID-19 Response.
Original Post: 4/28/2020
After much consideration, the WLA Board at its June 12th meeting made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual conference. A workgroup is being created to explore alternative ways to provide professional development opportunities to members yet this year. Click here for more details about the decision.
ORIGINAL POST: 3/11/2020
Please see the below a copy of the email delivered on March 11, 2020, by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) regarding WLA conferences and COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019):
Free PLA Webinar
2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central
A complete count in the 2020 Census is essential to make sure that libraries and their communities don’t miss out on billions of dollars in needed funding, as well as political representation. However, nearly 40% of households have not responded yet, and the count is even lower among populations that have been undercounted historically. Participants in this webinar will learn how the Census Bureau, libraries, and community partners have adapted their operations and outreach in response to COVID-19, and how libraries can support a complete count before the Census ends in October. REGISTER NOW!
This webinar is co-sponsored by the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.
Below are the headlines from the 6/19/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Below is an outline of the June 17, 2020 issue of Crossroads: The newsletter for library learning.
Crossroads is a free publication produced by WebJunction. You can subscribe to Crossroads on webjunction.org.
"As communities across the country continue to speak out against racial injustice, libraries are seeking ways to stand in solidarity, to take action, and to ensure library services and programs are equitable and safe for all. In addition to updating Access and Equity resources on WebJunction.org, we're highlighting a few of the courses related to race and equity hosted in the WebJunction Course Catalog."
Jerks With Homes: How to deal with members of the public who are being jerks about homeless folks (Ryan Dowd Seminar)
1-Hour Live Webinar
Some of the issues covered:
When: Thursday, July 23 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central time
Cost: Since Wisconsin has a current statewide membership for this training package, staff in our libraries can take this webinar at no additional cost.
In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to the following guidelines which have been extended to August 31st, 2020. This Open License is not meant to grant permission for the posting of any pre-recorded audiobook product.
For the full announcement please visit https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/penguin-random-house-temporary-open-license/
The second round of CARES grant funding opened June 15. Applications will be due July 15. For more information, see details below or visit Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is providing rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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