Below are the headlines from the September 4, 2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you can 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.
For webinars related to COVID-19, click title to register:
For webinars on managing stress & building resilience, click title to register:
Ever get emails followed by "replies to all" that do not pertain to you? This short video will show you how to ignore specific email chains in Microsoft Outlook - keeping your email inbox just a little cleaner.
Below are the headlines from the August 21, 2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Registration is now open for Tech Days 2020, a series of four webinars over two days, September 23 – 24.
The schedule of sessions is as follows:
Wednesday, Sep. 23
Thursday, Sep. 24
Below are the headlines from the 7/24/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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.
Below are the headlines from the 7/17/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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 a highlight that has been pulled from the article...
Below are the headlines from the 7/10/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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:
This newsletter contains the following headlines:
Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Expands Economic Opportunity
Apply now for $2,000 toward virtual workforce programming
The COVID-19 crisis has forced libraries to pivot into virtual services in lieu of face-to-face programming. Recognizing the critical role libraries play in supporting America’s workforce when millions file for unemployment, Libraries Lead with Digital Skills has expanded its initiative to offer public libraries $2,000 to provide virtual programming, outreach, and education to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Who should apply? Public libraries that want to start virtual digital skills programs or those that are interested in testing out new resources.
> > Click here to learn more in PLA's announcement.
Click here to view the webinar recording for WiscNet Community Conversation: Connecting People & Strategies in Strange Times.
It's not too late to join WiscNet for a special WiscNet Community Conversation: Connecting People & Strategies in Strange Times next week, May 5 from 10:00-11:00am.
Normally WiscNet Community Conversations bring WiscNet to you as they travel around the state to different areas and help WiscNet members connect to one another locally. Obviously they can't do that right now, so they're Zooming at you instead.
Partaking in a panel discussion will be a few of your wonderful WiscNet Board Members:
They'll discuss what’s working for them right now, and what’s not; how they’re connecting with their communities and improvements to be made; and how they’re reaching out to students, staff, and/or citizens that are most disengaged/vulnerable. We’ll also pick their brains about the future: how will they take what they’re learning now and apply it when this happens again?
There will also be time for you to share your own situations, experiences, expertise, and lessons already learned as well as ask questions of each other.
RSVP on WiscNet's website to join.
Learn more at https://mailchi.mp/wiscnet/well-be-online-next-tuesday-may-5-for-a-special-wiscnet-community-conversation?e=d9587b45b8
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.
Originally scheduled as part of our in-person Teen/Tween Programming Workshop, Katherine Schoofs is taking this program virtual:
Going the Distance: Library Programs for Teens and Tweens
Friday, May 8 from 10 - 11 a.m. Central Time
Providing programs for teens & tweens during 2020 requires ingenuity, creativity, flexibility, and good-natured courage. You are invited to attend this webinar to learn about innovative programs that allow teens and tweens to safely connect with the library & each other during unheralded times. Get ready to rethink what you thought you knew about programming and prepare to absorb and share inspiration with your colleagues. Katherine Schoofs of the Aram Public Library in Delavan will guide us through uncharted waters and inspire us to think about traditional programming in very UNtraditional ways to support regularly scheduled programs and the upcoming 2020 Summer Library Program. So buckle up, buttercup -- we’re about to have a boatload of fun.
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.
DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology is proud to bring Beck Tench to Wisconsin for a one-hour webinar on how to take care of ourselves in this time of COVID-19.
Webinar: Being Still in an Emergency
Tuesday, May 5, 1-2 PM
No registration required.
Simply login: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (Updated 5/4/2020)
Or call in: 608-620-9781(Toll); Conference ID: 710 600 689#
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.
A June Library 2.0 mini-conference that is being co-organized by TechSoup. It is "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central time. Register for this free event here.
This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries, as well as the many unique challenges that libraries face in these strange times. A diverse array of keynote panelists and curated presenters will cover topics that will include:
Attached is an infographic from one of the iSchool professors, Rebekah Willett. She is part of a research project that put this together for families. Feel free to share it widely!
Below are the headlines from the 03/20/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
“When people are distracted, concerned, and extremely motivated to get information," he says, "you can’t count on them to notice things they might have in calmer times.”
Remember to be on the lookout for any fraudulent COVID-19 emails. If you have any suspicion at all, it's better to Google an organization and go to its website than to click on a link.
Here is a good article from Consumer Report’s site that goes over the situation and provides great suggestions for avoiding scams: https://www.consumerreports.org/phishing-vishing/how-to-avoid-coronavirus-phishing-scams/.
Below is a press release issued by Charter Communications, Inc.
PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 13, 2020
Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More
STAMFORD, Conn. – In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
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