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Friday, June 25, 2021

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Nominations open June 23 for the I Love My Librarian Award

Show your librarian some love. I Love My Librarian Award. Nominate by September 27.

ALA invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award beginning June 23. The national award recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for their outstanding public service contributions. Nominations will be accepted online through September 27, 2021.

ALA member leaders will select ten librarians from thousands of nominations, and each will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding public service. The association will honor award recipients at the I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony on January 22, 2022 at LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas. Winners also will receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages as well as a $750 travel stipend.

Spread the word. Nominate a librarian in your life or encourage others to do so. Promotional resources are available to everyone.

Learn more at

BadgerLink: Wisconsin's Online Library
Final Call: Take the BadgerLink Training Survey by July 2


BadgerLink is gathering feedback on the use and satisfaction of current training options to better meet your current needs and future interests in BadgerLink. They want to hear from you! Please take their BadgerLink training survey today. It is 19 quick questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

They will be closing the survey on Friday, July 2, so if you haven’t already, please take it today. Thank you for providing this valuable feedback!

Questions or comments about the survey itself? Contact BadgerLink.

Continuing Education Highlights

Virtual Digital Readiness Fair w/ Appleton Public Library June 29

recollection wisconsin logoParticipate this summer in one of four Digital Readiness Fairs “hosted” throughout Wisconsin. These free, virtual events are open to the public but require registration. Local history practitioners and invited guest experts will share their experiences working with digital projects including their challenges and successes, “best practices” and a few lessons learned along the way.

Presenters are excited to showcase digitization projects from around the state and help folks build their own “community of practice” with others engaged in digital projects. Participants will also learn more about ongoing digital readiness work, Recollection Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s History Outreach Program.

Take a look at Appleton Public Library's fair schedule for details:

June 29, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Appleton Public Library
Schedule and details

Questions? Contact Kristen Whitson (

WiLSWorld Shorts: Unpacking New Diversity Titles

Wednesday, July 7 from 3:00–3:30

OMNIGRAPHICS logoIn this timely webinar, Sue Maniloff, Vice President of Business Development at Omnigraphics, will cover the increasing need for diversity resources in schools and libraries as well as the benefits of conducting a diversity audit to best assess which areas within a collection need further development. Intended for school administrators, librarians, and educators, this informative session will discuss the importance of unpacking and building diversity collections for various ignored groups, helping readers see themselves, as in a mirror, and also seeing other points of view, as in a window. Sue will also spotlight two newly published Omnigraphics titles, Understanding and Navigating Discrimination in America and Women in the Workplace in America, 1900-2021.

Register to attend

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6-hour, Instructor-led Zoom Meeting.

Training is offered through the Wisconsin Rural Opioid and Stimulant Engagement (WiROSE), funded by SAMHSA to address opioid and stimulant prevention, intervention, and recovery. WiROSE is a project of the Extension Health and Well-being Institute.

Sign up for one of the following: July 14, August 6, September 20, October 6, November 8.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

ALA Annual Conference (Virtual)
June 23-29

IBLS American Rescue Plan Grant Applications Due
June 28

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Due
June 28

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
Hosted by Appleton Public Library
June 29

WiLSWorld Shorts: Unpacking New Diversity Titles
July 7

ARSL Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Opens
July 7

WLA Annual Conference Proposals Due
July 7

Users at the Center of Everything: Service Design in Rapidly Changing Libraries
July 7

On Implicit Bias and Communication
July 8

Mental Health First Aid Training
July 14

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Due
July 15

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

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 3

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

Mental Health First Aid Training
August 6

ARSL Conference Early Bird Registration Closes
August 17

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 18

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

Library Card Sign-up Month

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

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)


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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