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The following information was taken directly from a WI Libraries for Everyone blog post.
As Mark mentioned in yesterday’s Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog post, beginning May 23, 2021, the COVID-era Unemployment Insurance (UI) work search waiver disappeared. Wisconsinites filing for unemployment insurance benefits (with certain exceptions) must now complete and document four work search activities per week.
Assisting residents with filing Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims and with job seeking are among the top priorities as libraries are able to resume service delivery within their communities. The Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project is well-situated to enhance the ability of public library staff to meet those needs. The Department of Public Instruction is working closely with partners from the Wisconsin Library Association, Wisconsin’s public libraries and systems, the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Boards to re-envision the activities of the grant to align them with current needs.
A number of partner resources and previously recorded webinars might be the refresher you need to help you help UI claimants:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) awarded Brown County Library a grant of $1,000 as part of the new East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.
CEAS, a federally funded National Resource Center for the study of East Asia, created the program to encourage Wisconsin libraries to augment their collections with East Asia- related materials. This program is part of the center’s focus on promoting understanding of East Asian histories and cultures, and aligns with the Wisconsin Idea mission of service to Wisconsin citizens beyond the boundaries of the classroom. CEAS partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Library Association, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center to plan and promote the new program, which launched in August, 2020.
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.
Below are the headlines from the March 5, 2021 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
Building Your Data Confidence
In an era of data-driven decision making, what does it really mean to strategically use data to support your work? Join Kim Kiesewetter of WiLS for a two-part series on research and data specifically tailored to library workers.
Part 1: By March 15, watch an archived one-hour webinar and read two reports on the foundations of research and data.
Part 2: On Tuesday, March 16, from 9:00 AM - noon, participants will join together for an interactive virtual workshop to dig in and explore your library's "data ecosystem.” The workshop begins with participants finding and using library data and ends with building together a scenario that illustrates how to apply data locally.
Application is required. Due by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2021
No prior data knowledge is required. There is no cost to applicants chosen to participate in the training.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-455-0668.
DPI, in partnership with the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, has renewed our subscription to the Ryan Dowd Guide to Homelessness customer service training program. Everyone’s progress will be saved in the new year and new people can be added the same way.
Ryan Dowd, executive director of a large homeless shelter, trains libraries around the world on how to compassionately and effectively manage problematic behavior from troubled and traumatized individuals.
Access training at https://my.nicheacademy.com/dpi-wi-staff.
Supervisors & Department Heads: If someone on your staff does not have a work email address, please contact Joy Schwartz with their alternate email address and she’ll send them a personalized invitation.
Below are the headlines from the November 20, 2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) has today awarded Brown County Library a grant of $1,000 as part of the new East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.
CEAS, a federally-funded National Resource Center for the study of East Asia, created the program to encourage Wisconsin libraries to augment their collections with East Asia-related materials, and to design new book clubs and other programing with an East Asian theme. This program is part of the center’s focus on promoting understanding of East Asian histories and cultures, and also aligns with the Wisconsin Idea mission of service to Wisconsin citizens beyond the boundaries of the classroom. CEAS partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Library Association, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center to plan and promote the new program, which was launched in August.
Brown County Library’s grant was one of 38 awarded to libraries across Wisconsin, totaling $32,765 is awards. The grants will be used to purchase books and films about China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and also to host book clubs, speakers and other related library programs.
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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
Registration is now open for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, which will be offered virtually September 28–October 2, 2020.
This is a special opportunity for staff at many of Wisconsin’s libraries to connect with quality content and engagement on topics highly relevant to their work without additional travel commitments. The 2020 conference theme is "SOAR: Sharing Our Amazing Resources." Details on the schedule and sessions descriptions can be found at https://www.arsl.org/2020-con.
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.
> > Read more about Public Libraries Reopening Guide Released
Webinar: Unemployment Insurance Basics: Assisting Library Patrons
Monday, May 18, 10:00-11:00 AM
Login here, no registration necessary. Sorry there is no option to call in via phone.
The way Wisconsinites sign up for and apply for unemployment is changing rapidly, sometimes multiple times a day. As such, the DPI Public Library Team is repeating the Unemployment Insurance webinar originally given on April 27, 2020. Ann Astin will include up-to-the-moment tips. This webinar does not have a seat capacity so everyone will be able to access it. It will be recoded and captioned, as well.
Last week, the Department of Public Instruction hosted a webinar in which four libraries shared their procedures and best practices around curbside service. The recordings and procedural documents are now available to view.
As a reminder, the decision to offer curbside library service is a local library decision and this blog post and the accompanying webinar recordings should not be viewed as endorsement or encouragement to provide the service.
Click here to review the curbside service webinar recordings.
CSLP put together a set of modified summer library program materials for service during the time of COVID-19.
Below you will find instructions for how to access the additional resources (PDF download from CSLP, or editable docs using CSLP login). Beneath the instructions, you will also find a letter from CSLP about these materials.
How to Access: Online access will be made available at https://www.cslpreads.org/. A PDF version will be located on the front page of the website for easy printing and download capabilities (a red rectangular button—the large PDF downloads as soon as you click it). For a more editable version CSLP members are encouraged to sign into their CSLP account and access content from the online manuals.
Once logged into the Online Manual:
Below are the headlines from the 05/01/2020 - 📢 Nic News Weekly:
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.
From the WI Libraries for Everyone blog (click here to visit the original post):
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in collaboration with leaders from all 16 Wisconsin regional library systems that represent all 380 public libraries, have developed general guidelines, clarification, and best practices for local libraries to eventually reopen to the public. The principles of personal safety, risk mitigation, transparency, and capacity guide the ongoing development and application of these guidelines.
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#
We are in an emergency, a worldwide emergency, and the recommend course of action for most of us to stay put, to be still. That seems counterintuitive given our understanding of the word “emergency," but if we consider its original meaning, emergere in Latin, or “to bring to light,” we find another possible meaning for this time: emergence. With this new understanding, being still may make more sense. In this talk, we will learn ways to be still, discuss why it is so hard, and reflect on what COVID-19 may be bringing to light in larger society and also in our own lives.
Beck Tench is a wife, daughter, friend, teacher, gardener, cyclist, kind stranger, and PhD student at the University of Washington Information School. She studies how to restore and have greater agency over our attention in a culture driven to distraction by the attention economy. She helps libraries become one of those rare places where we slow down and notice the world, our inner life, and each other.
This webinar will be recorded and captioned and available to watch afterward.
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