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Friday, April 10, 2020
What's News this Week

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund

The 2020 application period for the WiLS Ideas to Action Fund is open!

WiLS encourages your ideas that are collaborative and have the potential to benefit other organizations in the state and beyond. Has our current unpredictable world made you think of a new way to get work done? Did you hatch a good idea that you’d like to implement? Or maybe you have a project that has already been successful and you’d like to scale it up? Apply for project management support and up to $5000 from WiLS in a short and simple application process. 

The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Read more about the program, eligibility, and selection criteria on the WiLS Ideas to Action website.
Continuing Education Opportunities

Crossroads: Youth Programming Goes Virtual and a COVID-19 Town Hall

The April 2 edition of Crossroads (the newsletter for library learning) has some great topics for library staff during these uncertain times, including:
  • Virtual Youth Programming
  • Virtual Town Hall: Libraries & the COVID-19 Crisis (as well as others)
  • Lots of webinars
Check out the newsletter here.

Plain Language Webinar Recording available for One Month

Last year, IFLS hosted Wisconsin Literacy’s Beth Gaytan for an outstanding webinar about clearing up written communication to make it easier to read and comprehend for everyone, and especially for people who struggle to read. The recording was only available for 2 weeks after the fact, but Wisconsin Literacy has graciously agreed to make the recording available for another month.
It’s especially relevant now, when even more of our communication is written. It’s so good!   Available until May 7.
Here’s the recording.
View More CE Opportunities Here
COVID-19 Resources

Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections (Webinar)

Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry, from the Centers for Disease Control, provide an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. 

Provided by IMLS Webinars on March 30, 2020

> > Access the webinar recording here.

Please also read  ​Materials Quarantine: No More than 24 Hours Needed, per CDC Epidemiologist, provided by WI Libraries for Everyone on March 31, 2020.

Tips for Parents: Families & Tech During COVID-19 (Infographic)

An infographic was created by one of the iSchool professors, Rebekah Willett. She is part of a research project that put this together for families. Feel free to share it widely!

> > View/Download Infographic on our Blog
View More COVID-19 Blog Posts Here

Wiscat: How to Suspend an Account

  1. Once logged in, click the "Participant Record" under the ILL column.
  2. Click the "Holiday List" across the top.
  3. Type a start date (March 17 or today's date) and an end-date. (DPI suggests using 6/30/2020 for an end-date)
  4. Click Submit in the upper right-hand corner.  
If your staff doesn't have access to Wiscat at this time, email Holly Handt so she can suspend your account for your library.
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice
April 7 - May 5 (online)

NFLS Board Meeting
April 14

Customer Service Webinar Series (3 of 3)
April 15

CCBC Choices: Great New Books for Older Children & Teens
April 15 (Webinar)

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

Top 10 Tips to Educate Your Board
May 14 (Webinar

Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning
May 19 (Green Bay)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month
NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

Library Card Signup Month

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

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

International Games Week
November (TBD)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

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