Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. 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.
Managing stress & building resilience, click title to register:
Equity, diversity and inclusion, click title to register:
Google tools, click title to register:
A sample of webinars on other topics; click title to register:
Covering Wisconsin is a non-profit that connects Wisconsin residents with health insurance and other programs that support health.
Here are links to county-specific sheets created by Covering Wisconsin that provide your patrons with the contact information they need to obtain health insurance and other services.
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Website design presents many challenges and considerations. From thinking about the user experience to accessibility to navigation, websites are a true extension of the library's services. Thanks to the New Jersey State Library, a new course is available in the WebJunction Course Catalog (for free) to help library staff improve their websites to better serve the community. The Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp is an online course made possible in part by a 2020 award from the Catalyst Fund at LYRASIS.
The training is designed to help libraries improve the overall look and function of their websites. Through the boot camp, learners have the self-guided instruction, tools, and support to improve the user experience and design of their websites.
Source: Crossroads newsletter from WebJunction
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The conference will take place on January 27-28, 2021. Fourteen sessions will be available in four different tracks, including Public Services (new!), Management, Marketing, and Small and Mighty.
Presenters include Dipesh Navsaria, Angela Hursh, Beck Tench, Helyn-Luisi Mills, Julie Biando Edwards, and more.
Planning has been underway since April to give those who work in public libraries an excellent conference experience, without having to leave their library or work space.
All 16 public library systems in Wisconsin, along with the Department of Public Instruction, are providing support for this conference. All of the sessions will be recorded and captioned in the event people are unable to attend the live session.
Each session is worth 1 contact hour for public library certification.
For more information on the conference, contact Jamie Matczak at email@example.com or 920-455-0668.
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As of September 15, 2020, Gillett Public Library's official website address has changed to www.gilpubliclibrary.org. The new web address also comes with a new look.
We encourage you to check it out - and please let the library's staff know what you think.
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During the COVID-19 stay home orders, Whatcom County Library System kept staff whose library work couldn't be done from home busy by having them work from home to close caption the many videos on the WCLS YouTube channel. Getting this closed captioning done to make the videos accessible to more patrons had been on the system's to-do list for a long time, but they hadn't had the staffing to take up the project. It was a great way to keep staff busy from home during the closure, and they are proud of the fact that (almost) all of the videos they are creating about library services are now accessible to those who are hard of hearing. (They are still working through some of the backlog.)
If you still have library staff who can't return to their normal schedules 100%, this might be a good project for them to take up.
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Following are the headings in the June 11, 2020 Libraries Transform newsletter:
DC’s Wonder Woman will champion the power of a library card this September as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In the coming weeks, there will be free graphics starring Wonder Woman as well as media tools like a template press release, sample social media posts, and much more.
The free graphics and tools will be available on the Library Card Sign-up Month webpage.
Starting this June, GLBT Book Month™ will be observed by a new name: Rainbow Book Month™.
The month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Visit the Rainbow Book Month webpage to download free resources to support the observance, including social media graphics and ideas for virtual programming and book discussion groups.
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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.
Deadline Extension to May 29, 2020
Please see below the call for program proposals from the WLA Conference Program Committee:
The WLA Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2020 WLA annual conference! The conference will be held in Green Bay from October 27-30 at the KI Convention Center. The Conference already boasts a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers, including Sarah Vowell, Stephen Franck and Nigel Poor. Now we invite you to share your expertise and experiences with your colleagues this October.
National Library Week is April 19-25, 2020
The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic forced most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. Most people can’t visit their libraries in person, but libraries are still very much open for business. To celebrate that, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever. You are free to use any of the NLW materials with either theme. If your library plans to participate in NLW, please use the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesStrong to bring attention to the valuable role libraries are continuing to play.
The new “Find the library at your place” digital graphics and media tools in English and Spanish are available for download on the National Library Week webpage. For libraries that don’t have plans yet for NLW, or are unsure about how they can get involved this year, check out ALA's 20 Easy Ways to Participate in NLW 2020 tip sheet. ALA also has new Because statements that are relevant in our time of social distancing that can be posted to websites and social media.
“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.
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