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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Thanksgiving Message from Tracy

As we begin the holiday season with a time of Thanksgiving, I encourage you all to spend some time sitting in gratitude. If we think too long and hard about the pandemic, it feels insurmountable. Yet just outside our window the morning frost glistens as the day begins and we are given the opportunity to start again.

All that we are facing is difficult, to be sure. But amidst whatever else is going on in the world, there is also the most beautiful kindness and a sense of collective camaraderie. We are lucky to be a part of that. One team brought together to support one another through this process. There is something quite beautiful about that and I hope we remember that feeling when this has all passed.

In the meantime, please take care. Seek out joy where you can, stay connected to what nourishes you, and enjoy your days of giving thanks.

Tracy Vreeke

What's News

WPLC Digital Library Patron Survey


WPLC recently launched its annual patron survey. A link to the survey can be found on the top of the homepage for Wisconsin's Digital Library OverDrive mobile and desktop sites, so users on computers and mobile devices using the OverDrive app can find it. Unfortunately, WPLC is still unable to add a link to the survey in Libby.

The survey is open through December 4th. Please encourage your patrons to respond by sharing the survey link,, to your websites and social media accounts and by displaying printed signs in your libraries.

Find some materials to help at

Become a WLA Volunteer

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) virtual conference in May 2021 will share success stories, ideas, and plans for the future around WLA's conference theme, "Library Strong!"

WLA needs a few more volunteers for its conference planning committee. Would you like to gain experience in conference planning, work with fun and dedicated WLA members from across the state, and help put together an engaging and informative conference for our Wisconsin public library community? Contact conference chair Teresa Schmidt at or 715-476-2366. 

Recollection Wisconsin Steering Committee: Call for Nominations

The Recollection Wisconsin Steering Committee is seeking nominations to fill three vacant seats. The Committee helps shape the priorities and future directions of the Recollection Wisconsin statewide digital consortium.

The Committee is made up of librarians, archivists, curators, educators, and other digital practitioners representing a broad range of cultural heritage institutions throughout Wisconsin.

To submit a nomination, please use the form below. Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2020.

Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination.

Programming Resources

Register for Beanstack's #WinterRead2021

If you're looking for a way to pass the time over the holiday, consider registering for #WinterRead2021. 

Not registered yet? You have until December 14 to take the plunge!

Click here to learn more about #WinterRead2021 and more from Beanstack.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.
The Science behind the Preservation and Conservation of Archival Records
November 28

PLA Webinar Proposals Due
November 30

Preserving Digital Archives
December 1

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Progress and Promise
December 2

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

Fill Up Your Fuel Tank With Compassion Resilience
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

Representation in the Library of Congress Collections: Complicating the Narrative
December 9

Appraisal of Digital Records
December 9

Grief, Loss, and New Traditions During the Holidays
December 10

WiLSWorld Shorts: Data Visualization in Excel 101
December 11
Beanstack #WinterRead2021 Registration Deadline
December 14

AAC Meeting
December 18

Registration Due - Fill Up Your Fuel Tank with Compassion Resilience
December 18

Recollection Wisconsin Steering Committee Nominations Due
December 31

Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff
January 13

Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series)
January 20, 21; February 8, 10

ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting
January 22-26

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 27-28, 2021

2021 Library Legislative Day
February 16-18, 2021

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

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

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