If you missed any of Ryan Dowd’s customer service training webinars, you can watch the archived recordings when you log in to your "Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness" account at https://my.nicheacademy.com/dpi-wi-staff. If you don’t have an account yet, just email Joy Schwarz (NEWI) and she'll get you enrolled!
Here are the newest webinars added this year:
Here are all the other archived webinars you can watch there:
When you finish a course, you can download a pdf of your Certificate of Completion by clicking the green "Download Certificate" button. When you complete a course, you may count it as a continuing education (CE) activity. The number of tutorials increases each month – the courses now include the 3½ hour Core Training + 19 one-hour archived webinars.
The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Intellectual Freedom Committee has published a free Intellectual Freedom Programming toolkit.
The ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee writes: "Inside the toolkit, you will find practical, easy-to-implement tips for incorporating intellectual freedom and Information literacy into library cornerstone programs and services. Sample programs include storytimes, book clubs, outreach, and STEAM activities. They include both virtual and in-person activities, so you can serve your community flexibly, regardless of your current service model. An annotated list of additional resources rounds out the toolkit, making it easy for busy practitioners to find more tips and support.
We’re living in a climate of misinformation and heightened mistrust in news media and other information sources. Raising awareness of information literacy and intellectual freedom issues with our families has never been more important. Developing these crucial skills helps keep kids informed, safe, and prepared to support their communities."
The following call for proposals comes from Cynthia Arauz (La Crosse Public Library):
"Planning for the 2021 WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Virtual One-Day Professional Development Conference is in full swing!
The conference will be held Thursday, May 27, 2021. This one-day conference will be held virtually, and the theme will be “Supporting and Serving Through Challenges” and will assist attendees with thriving in challenged times while still successfully serving their communities.
The conference planning committee is now accepting proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels, and workshops. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: diverse hiring practices, adaptivity to constant change, how to approach state, federal, and city mandates, living in a virtual world, how to advocate for those without a voice, virtual fatigue, and staying relevant with limited services. What is it that makes you and your library stand out? Successful presentations should be approximately 45 minutes, include 10-15 minutes of question and answer, showcase effective and innovative practices, and be applicable to many types of libraries. Help yourself and your fellow library staff by sharing your expertise and presenting at the SSCS Conference.
Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation in recognition of #NationalLibraryWeek, recognizing that “libraries of all types are at the heart of cities, towns, schools, campuses, and communities throughout Wisconsin." Learn more about National Library Week and Governor Evers' Proclamation at http://bit.ly/NLW2021WI.
View PDF files here: National Library Week (Accessible Version)
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are, whether in the library or working from home. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you.
COVID-19 pandemic topics, click title to register:
Managing stress & building resilience webinars, click title to register:
Equity, diversity and inclusion webinars, click title to register:
A sample of webinars on other topics; click title to register:
Below are the headlines from the April 2, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The Brown County Library Board of Trustees recently voted to allocate $275,000 of its savings towards the purchase of a new Bookmobile. This new vehicle will replace the library’s current Blue Bird bus bookmobile that has been in service since 1993 and is well beyond its life expectancy of 20 years.
Known and endeared by many, this "library on wheels" brings library services, information, materials, and programs to members of the community. Traveling to different parts of the county, the Bookmobile achieves its goals of raising awareness about the library and reaching those not served or underserved by the library by reducing barriers related to physical, economic, social or geographic reasons. The Library Board recognizes and supports the value and mission of the Bookmobile and its importance as a county service.
Brown County Library has provided bookmobile service since 1948. To ensure the continued excellence in meeting the needs of library users, the Board will contract with a consultant, specializing in bookmobile development and design. “It may take 18-24 months before the new Bookmobile hits the road, but it will be worth the wait,” said Library Board President, Brian Anderson. “With improved technology, additional route options, and increased availability for special events, the Bookmobile will be more impactful than ever!” An opportunity for naming rights of this long-standing tradition of library service will be available.
April 7 is “National Outreach Day” (formally National Bookmobile Day) – a time to celebrate library outreach, the library professionals that make it happen, and to advocate for continued support.
Library staff is grateful for the Board’s commitment to a new Bookmobile and is excited to continue offering current popular materials and reference information, promoting early learning and literacy, issuing library cards, introducing library services, presenting engaging programs and providing personalized library service to residents of Brown County – young and old - for many more years to come.
Below are the headlines from the March 26, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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Below are the headlines from the March 19, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library is among 141 Wisconsin libraries and school districts who will receive nearly $3 million in 2021 TEchnology for Educational ACHievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants.
“It is critically important that Wisconsinites across the state have access to high-quality educational resources,” said Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary Joel Brennan. “Many rural libraries and schools often do not have the funds available to invest in their technology infrastructures to ensure that accessibility and the opportunities that come with it.”
Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library will receive $210 in TEACH funds. “The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove branch has a beautiful outdoor garden space where many activities take place during good weather,” said branch manager Christina Johnson. “The new access point provided with TEACH grant will make it possible to have good quality internet which is so important to daily life. We’ve seen a big demand increase over the past few years, and this will expand the WiFi coverage into the garden, bringing more connectivity to our community which is greatly needed.”
Below are the headlines from the March 12, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Here are two things to help you choose new books to add to your library’s youth & teen collection this spring.
The annual CCBC Choices workshops will be webinars:
Both webinars will be recorded if you’re not available to attend them live. They can be found at ccbc.education.wisc.edu/education-outreach/online-presentation-archive/.
CCBC Choices 2021, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s annual list recommending 257 books for children and teens published in 2020, is available in two formats:
The Cooperative Children's Book Center, located on the UW-Madison campus, serves as a children's literature library for adults, a book examination center, and a research library.
Below are the headlines from the March 5, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
The statement below is taken from www.seussville.com/statement-from-dr-seuss-enterprises/.
"Today, on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates reading and also our mission of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship.
We are committed to action. To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.
Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families."
Below are the headlines from the February 26, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Below are the headlines from the February 19, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Access 7,000+ Digital Newspapers and Magazines from Around the World
Stay connected on a variety of topics including business, tech, news, science, design, sports, travel and others - all at your fingertips. Brown County Library cardholders can access over 7,000 digital magazines and newspapers in multiple languages, from around the world through PressReader, available online and through apps for iOS and Android.
Cardholders have instant access to issues as soon as they are published. There are no due dates and no limits on downloads. For instructions on getting started, using, and exploring PressReader, go to browncountylibrary.org/digital. To apply for a library card, visit browncountylibrary.org/apply-for-a-library-card
Popular publications include newspapers like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and The Guardian (US edition). Popular magazines include Car and Driver, Field and Stream, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, PC World, Reader’s Digest, HGTV Magazine, Smithsonian, and more!
For further assistance, call the library 920-448-4400.
Contact: Sue Lagerman
Community Engagement Manager
#4 public library system worldwide in total digital circulation
Wisconsin – February 8, 2021 – In 2020, Wisconsin’s Digital Library, provided by a collaboration of all 16 of the state’s public library systems, broke records by lending nearly 7 million digital books and audiobooks. For each of the last six years, Wisconsin’s Digital Library has seen steady usage growth between 10% and 20%, highlighting the value of public library lending of ebooks and digital audiobooks. This year, with access to physical library buildings limited throughout the state and many school districts teaching students virtually due to the pandemic, the digital library’s importance to the residents of Wisconsin was even more clear. New users of the library jumped 30% and checkouts increased nearly 20% over 2019.
Below are the headlines from the February 12, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Congratulations to the Kewaunee Public Library on receiving one of the 11, first-round ALA Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) grants!
ALA has all the info you need to apply for second-round funding. Second round applications are due March 4, 2021.
Click here to learn more about this grant - and how your library can apply for future grants.
Below are the headlines from the February 5, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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