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Friday, January 31, 2020

Annual Reports: It's that time of year again!

By now you should all have received an email from Michael Dennison at DPI (WI@Countingopinions) with login information and instructions for completing your annual report.  If you did not receive this please let Tracy know as soon as possible.  

Tracy also forwarded to directors an email from Tessa Schmidt at DPI that gives further instruction and clarification in regard to program counting.

Please do not hesitate to contact Tracy if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.
What's News this Week

2020 Collection Development Grants

Information regarding the 2020 Collection Development Grants was emailed to directors this week. The Collection Development amounts will remain the same as last year. 

Please complete and email the 2019 evaluation and 2020 application to Lori as soon as possible (even if it is later than February 14) and we will turn it around and issue your check as soon as possible on our end.

The updated policy and required forms can also be found at
Continuing Education

Homelessness 201: A Deeper Understanding of the Lives of People Experiencing Homelessness (Free Webinar)

Live 1-Hour Webinar
Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 1 pm Central
(Recording available for 2 weeks)

Issues covered:
  • What effect does poverty have on IQ?
  • What is the intersection between homelessness and autism?
  • Why are "possessions" different after you lose your home?

Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend this ADA Audio Conference Series session on February 18, 2020.

Discussions about the meaningful inclusion of workers with disabilities are often missing from research and practice. Presenters discuss the findings from a research study that included interviewing industry leaders involved in the diversity and inclusion efforts of more than 40 businesses across the Great Lakes Region. 

The research team worked with the businesses to better understand the process of creating an inclusive workplace culture in relation to informal and formal policies, programs, initiatives, and practices that support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of workers with disabilities. The presenters provide a summary of some of the emerging best practices and challenges to implementing them.


Advisory Meeting: February 7th

Don't forget to attend our NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting next Friday, February 7th at 9:30 a.m. in the NFLS office. As usual, we will email call-in information ahead of time for those who aren't able to attend in person. Please contact the NFLS office at 920-448-4410 if you are unable to attend.

Voices of Women in America: Survey Due TODAY

Today is the last day to participate in the Voices of Women in America Survey conducted by the National Association of Commissions for Women.

The survey is designed to identify important issues in our communities that impact women's daily lives at home and in the workplace. The association will use your feedback to focus its outreach projects on the issues that matter most to women in the United States.

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Take Your Child to the Library Day
February 1

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant Application Due
February 3

Homelessness 201 (Free Webinar)
February 6

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
February 7 (NFLS Office)

Library Legislative Day
February 11

Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries (Webinar)
February 11

Youth Services & SLPO 2020 Workshop
February 12 (Green Bay)

Creating a Library Marketing Plan
February 13 (Webinar)

Collection Development Grant Applications Due
February 14 (or as soon as possible)

Youth Services & SLPO 2020 Workshop
February 18 (Oshkosh)

Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders (Webinar)
February 18
Money Smart Week®
April 4-11

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

GLBT Book Month

Library Card Signup Month

Banned Books Week
September 20-26

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 18-24

WLA 2020 Annual Conference
October 27-30 (Green Bay)

International Games Week
November (TBD)


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