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Friday, July 24, 2020

Be Ready to Help Patrons Prepare for the InfoSoup Update

Please be prepared to help patrons export their reading history and lists before InfoSoup is updated - they'll have until August 15th do to so. Here's a page with short, step-by step videos and instructions for patrons and library staff alike:

What's News this Week

Closed Captioning Library YouTube Videos

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. 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.

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. 

Click here to learn more about using Amara's free software to add closed captioning to your library's YouTube Videos.
ALA COVID-19 Recovery: Making connections during crisis and plotting a path to reopening.

COVID-19 Recovery Resources Guide

The American Library Association launched its COVID-19 Recovery website to help guide communities, library workers, and library supporters as they plan for reopening and recovery. This collection of tools, developed and updated by units across the ALA, provides information on funding opportunities for recovery efforts, the latest research on the impacts of COVID-19 on libraries and library staff, and up-to-date safety guidance and protocols.

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference is open through August 5th. The conference will be held virtually on November 5th-6th. Consider sharing your experience and expertise!

Learn more at

Grant Opportunities

Community Connect: digital access at home

Rural Libraries Invited to Apply for Digital Access Grants


The Community Connect: Digital Access at Home initiative is encouraging public libraries to apply for grants and resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide. Interested libraries can learn more about the program and apply for the grant through the Community Connect webpage. Twenty rural public libraries will receive five Wi-Fi hotspots (including service contract) for lending to patrons, a $2,000 stipend to support implementing financial capability programs, curated book lists, and more. The deadline for applications is August 26, 2020.

Continuing Education

Register for September 23-24 Tech Days

Learn from experts without having to travel — we've transformed our annual event from workshops to webinars!
Tech Days 2020 is a series of 4 webinars over 2 days.

Learn more and register here.
The Public Library's Role in Elections: Voter Education in a Post-Truth Era (InfoPeople Webinar)

Presented by: Haley Samuelson and Nate Gass
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 2PM CST

As the 2020 election quickly approaches it promises to be the most watched election in our lifetime and is only complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This presentation will equip library staff to gather user-friendly information from reliable and nonpartisan sources in order to offer an invaluable, evolving online voting guide tailor-made for their communities.

By exploring resources-everything from a glossary of common terms used during elections to information on changing voting laws and options due to the pandemic-this webinar will illustrate how libraries can gather the most useful information in order to address their community's needs. With a focus on citizenship and voting, attendees will learn to serve their diverse populations in a welcoming and nonpartisan way.

Click here for a complete description and to REGISTER.
Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
Expand the possibilities of community engagement at your library!
The UW-Madison Information School (iSchool) is excited to offer Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement as an all-virtual conference on Nov 16-17, 2020. Wherever your library is on its community engagement journey, you will learn how to plan new engagement efforts or view existing initiatives with a fresh perspective at this inaugural conference. Keep the library at the heart of your community by leading, engaging, and adapting with the ideas and skills featured at the conference.
Registration and conference details are available at The registration fee cost is a sliding scale based on job status and salary range; click “Registration” for more details.
PLA 2020 Virtual Conference: Available On-Demand

Ten recorded programs from the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference are now available on-demand. These programs were selected from among the highest-rated in the PLA 2020 session preference survey and were originally presented on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28.

Click here to learn more about the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference.
Browse More CE Opportunities

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations

Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28

Whose Turn is it Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28 (Webinar)

Reading and Talking about Race
July 29

Antiracist Collection Development & Programming for Middle School & High School Youth
July 29

Celebrating Diversity with Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books
July 30

Taco Tuesday (WILS)
August 4

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (Call for Proposals)
August 5

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries
August 6

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

Power Up 2021 Conference Proposals Due
August 8

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

The Public Library's Role in Elections: Voter Education in a Post-Truth Era
August 11

Last to export InfoSoup reading history and lists
August 15

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

ALA Digital Access Grant Application Due
August 26
Penguin Random House Open Storytime License Ends
August 31

Library Card Signup Month

AAC Meeting
September 18

Tech Days 2020
September 23-34 (Online)

Banned Books Week
September 20-26

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
October 2

NFLS Board Meeting
October 13

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 18-24

International Games Week
November (TBD)

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
November 5-6

AAC Meeting
November 13

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
November 16-17

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26, 2021 (Madison)

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