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Friday, July 16, 2021

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""Welcome, Kim!

Kim Cackowski is the new director of the Oneida Community Library.

​Kim has been working at the Oneida Community Library for over 15 years: first at the Oneida Community Library and then moving over to the Green Earth Branch for the past nine years.

Kim has recently stepped into the role of Library Manager. She said "Our library is a public library on the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Reservation, this gives us the opportunity to share our culture with the surrounding communities in a diverse and welcoming setting for all. I am excited to take on this new role to serve the community."

​Welcome, Kim!

ARSL Summer Newsletter Submissions Open

ARSL: The Association for Rural & Small LibrariesARSL is working on the next issue of the ARSL newsletter and would love to feature your stories! If you would like to contribute, please consider submitting an article (250 - 750 words) plus a picture and/or headshot by August 6. What's new at your library? Did you plan something completely new and different for Summer Reading? Have you gotten a grant or award that you're excited about? Have you attended a webinar or conference program that really inspired you? Have you started a new service and everyone is asking how you did it? 

ARSL has a new submission process -- Newspaper articles and "Small Victories" (very short exciting news such as promotions, new collections, or other celebrations) can be submitted via the respective online forms on the Marketing & Communications Committee page.
Back on Track & Moving Forward - WLA 2021

Deadline for WLA Conference Program Proposal Submissions Extended to August 12

The WLA Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the WLA 2021 Annual Conference through August 12. The conference will be held at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay from November 16-19.

This year, the WLA Conference Committee is proud to feature a great line-up of keynote speakers, including Sarah Vowell, Nigel Poor (sponsored by NFLS), and Felton Thomas, Jr. 

In honor of the resilience of libraries and library staff this past year, this year's theme is Back on Track. Come share your story at the WLA Conference and join trustees, academics, public librarians, special librarians, paraprofessionals, and more as we grow together as a profession. 

Looking for inspiration on program topic? Get more information at

Continuing Education Highlights

Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities

WLTC Engaged Leadership Academy: Applications Open Now


Would you like to be a more confident leader? Interested in developing deep listening and facilitation skills? Are you hoping to engage your community in an authentic, equitable process? Here’s your chance to build your skills as an agent of change within your library and the community you serve.

Apply to be a part of DPI’s Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities Engaged Leadership Academy. The 10-week series will run from September 8 through November 12, 2021. Applications are open now.

Using a flipped classroom model, the series will build skills, develop strategies, and create a network of engaged leaders across our state. There will be four virtual sessions, with homework between each session. Additionally, your registration for the October 1 Lead the Way Symposium organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool, is required and is paid for by DPI.

Many of our WLTC Trainers will be back to help build your skills and confidence as an engaged leader within your community and the library profession. Training facilitators include Erica Freudenberger, Susan Hildreth, Marsha Tonkins, and Amber Williams.

If accepted, the following are required training dates & times:

  • September 8: Online chat platform opens
  • September 17: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • October 1: 9:00-4:30, Lead the Way conference
  • October 15: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • October 29: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • November 12: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session & wrap up

Applications are due July 30.

Registration Open for Play Make Learn August 5-6, 2021


The Play Make Learn Conference promotes high-quality learning opportunities for educators, researchers, developers, designers, foundation leaders, policymakers, museum and library professionals, and school leaders who are dedicated to promoting making, gaming, and playful learning. It aims to engage attendees in cutting-edge learning science ideas and experience; communicate state-of-the-art design, education, and research; demonstrate new and upcoming games and technology; and network to spark new projects.

Topics this year include:

  • Keynote from Dr. Benjamin Stokes
  • Breakout sessions on games, maker spaces, arts, and personalized learning
  • Highlighting new top learning games in our GEE! awards

Please consider attending  August 5-6, 2021 (register here) and share with any interested individuals/networks.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were just added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
July 16

NASA@ My Library Grant Application Deadline
July 21

Civil Legal Programming: Libraries Bridging the Justice Gap
July 22

Booklist’s Graphic Novel Panel: Part I
July 23

Fantastic Fall Series Nonfiction from Booklist
July 29

Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities Engaged Leadership Academy Applications Due
July 30

Reading Graphic: Part Two from Booklist
August 3

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 3

Designed with You in Mind: Creating an Inclusive Library Space
August 4

Exploring the SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) Model
August 5

Play Make Learn
August 5-6

Mental Health First Aid Training
August 6

Project Outcome 101: Measuring the True Impact of Libraries
August 10

WLA Conference Program Proposals Due
August 12 (extended date)

ARSL Conference Early Bird Registration Closes
August 17

OurStoryBridge: Creating Community Through Stories
August 17

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 18

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

WLA Award Nominations Due
August 27

Library Card Sign-up Month

Libraries & Veterans National Forum
September 13 - 24

Tech Days Webinar Series
September 15-16

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Grant Applications Due
September 16

Mental Health First Aid Training
September 20

I Love My Librarian Award Nominations Due
September 27

Mental Health First Aid Training
October 6

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)


Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3, 2022

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

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