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The following article is taken directly from the Fall 2019 WLA Newsletter.
In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve. Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians. . .
You will benefit from this workshop if you work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families, and would like to learn more about how to offer research-backed programming in your library.
Thursday, October 24, 2019|10:00am-3:00pm
Hotel Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
The 2019 Public Library Public School LSTA Subawards application process will open on Monday, September 16, 2019. Applications from collaborating Wisconsin public libraries and public school libraries will be accepted on a rolling basis through January 14, 2020. For more details, view Friday’s post on the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog: https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/2019-public-library-public-school-lsta-subawards
Please take a look at this special funding available to Wisconsin public libraries for collaborative projects with local public school libraries. These subawards will offer financial and material resources that will emphasize specific aspects of library services.
Projects require focus on one (1) of the following areas:
We all know libraries and their services are supposed to be available to everyone. It’s even in Wisconsin law that public libraries have to be accessible to people with “special needs.”
But how can we predict which special needs we need to accommodate? … or which unique combinations of barriers and assets people will need us to address?
The Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries is meant to be your roadmap for these issues. To see what we mean by this, watch this short video about how one library navigated inclusive services.
The BadgerLink authentication and Super Search platform upgrade will occur next weekend, August 9-12.
BadgerLink resources and Super Search will be offline at 7pm on Friday, August 9th, and be back online at 7am on Monday morning, August 12th. This upgrade will not affect functionality of any BadgerLink resource, however the Super Search platform will see new features and more modern styling, and the BadgerLink authenticated URLs will change. Super Search screen shots and help documents will be posted very soon!
For library and school staff:
For BadgerLink users:
Thank you for your understanding during this downtime! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Please see the below Call for Applicants from the Badger Bulletin:
The BadgerLink team seeks applicants to participate in the BadgerLink Advisory Group. This group seeks to improve the ability of all Wisconsin residents to access and effectively use high-quality, licensed resources provided by BadgerLink, expand program visibility, and build stronger relationships between the program and stakeholders. By gathering the diverse opinions and expertise of Wisconsin’s learner communities, the BadgerLink team will develop strategies to adapt and grow the program as needs evolve.
We seek applicants representing diversity in race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, and professional background from libraries and schools of all types, sizes, and Wisconsin regions. Applicants from community organizations will also be considered.
Members serve staggered, two-year terms and the group meets twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. For more details, see the Participation Handbook: http://bit.ly/baghandbook.
Applications will close at the end of the day on August 16, 2019, with review and selection finalized on or before September 15, 2019.
Questions? Want to learn more? Please email email@example.com.
Please feel free to share this call for applicants (bit.ly/bagannouncement) widely.
6 opportunities to attend:
Tech Days East: September 10 – 12, 2019
Tech Days West: November 5 – 7, 2019
Tech Days is a series of full-day workshops held at locations around Wisconsin. Each day includes a keynote / plenary session by a guest presenter, and a variety of breakout sessions of presentations & hands-on learning activities.
Breakout session topics and presenters vary with venues, so check the complete list to see what & who will be where & when. There is no charge to attend a Tech Days workshop.
Registration is open for Tech Days East workshops:
Each day will include a keynote presentation, and concurrent breakout sessions and hands-on learning activities on topics like coding, digitization, partnering with the Girl Scouts, VR, free CRM software, tech classes for adults & seniors, DPI scanning kits, and computational thinking and connected learning in youth services.
Congratulations to these staff at NEWI-area libraries for having been chosen as members of the 2019 Youth Services Institute Cohort:
The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities. For these individuals, there is a need to improve skill and knowledge base, foster a supportive network, and develop stronger peer-to-peer and professional community connections within the Wisconsin public libraries infrastructure.
The Institute is supported through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
View the entire list of participants at https://dpi.wi.gov/wilibrariesforeveryone/announcing-2019-youth-services-institute-cohort.
In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve.
Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians.
Register in Advance and Connect on Tuesday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 pm, via Skype
The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee recently submitted the final Recommendation Report to the State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor. In response to the report, Ms. Stanford Taylor requested a final opportunity for community input. To fulfill this request the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) scheduled four listening sessions throughout the state, which were completed last week.
Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute
Sunday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Heartwood Conference Center • Trego, Wisconsin
Cost: There is no fee for Institute participants
The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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