According to a recent blog post by Microsoft, cybercriminals have been "taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to defraud customers in 62 countries around the world. Our civil case has resulted in a court order allowing Microsoft to seize control of key domains in the criminals’ infrastructure so that it can no longer be used to execute cyberattacks."
Because this issue directly affects our librarians, we thought it important to relay the following information regarding these phishing attacks. Read more below for highlight that have been pulled from the article...
Below are the headlines from the 7/10/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Application Deadline is October 2, 2020
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2021 proposals for National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21).
Applicants have through October 2, 2020, to submit their two-page preliminary proposals.
Apply Now to Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization for the Affordable Care Act
The Public Library Association, in partnership with Community Catalyst and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are working together to inform communities about the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act for 2021. Applications are now being accepted to offer financial and staff support for public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) for the 2021 open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.
Click here to learn more about this grant opportunity.
Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.
The pilot program project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020, and it will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.
Public and academic libraries are invited to apply between July 1 and August 28, 2020.
Learn more and apply here.
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:
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.
Below are the headlines from the 06/12/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Following are the headings in the June 11, 2020 Libraries Transform newsletter:
Below are the headlines from the 06/05/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The latest version of reopening guidelines for public libraries has been released. The Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin public library community, provides a process to help libraries develop their own reopening plans.
This reopening guide focuses on the safety of staff and the community and is specific to the needs of libraries and library services during this COVID-19 public health event. The decision about how and when to reopen a library remains a local decision.
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