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Friday, January 14, 2022

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WLA Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group Meet-up: January 24

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)’s Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group (SIG) first meet-up of 2022 will be Monday, January 24th from 11 am -12 pm. If you are committed and passionate about intellectual freedom, be a part of re-activating the Intellectual Freedom SIG in Wisconsin! At this meet-up, participants will discuss local and national intellectual freedom trends, identify short and long-term goals for the SIG and consider SIG leadership.

Join the WLA Intellectual Freedom SIG Meet-up here. Questions? Email Kristina Gómez.

Learn more about WLA SIGs here.

Programming Resources

"Blowing in the Wind" Concert by David HB Drake

Folksinger David HB Drake was there… He played for Gaylord Nelson at the very first Earth Day in 1970, marched the streets of Madison in 1969 and has sung alongside Pete Seeger on the Clearwater. He remembers the era when folk music was shared across the country because he was there. “Blowing in the Wind” is a concert of those mighty times.

David's program is presented with a PowerPoint panorama complete with sing-along slides and a history of the 60's folk era. 60 and 90 minute (full concert) and duo / trio versions are available!

Read more about this program on NFLS' Library Programming & Resources blog at "Blowing in the Wind" Concert by David HB Drake.

Continuing Education


REMINDER: Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is Jan. 26-27

Don't forget to register for the 10th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference (WWWC), on January 26-27, 2022.

Fourteen sessions will be available in four different tracks, including Management, Marketing, Small and Mighty, and Wellbeing (new). In addition, a "Stretch Break" and "Canva Demo" will be held during conference lunch breaks.

The 2022 WWWC features renowned speakers such as Ozy Aloziem (Denver Public Library), Jennifer Burke (Intellicraft Research), Amy Franco (Glen Ellyn Public Library), Angela Hursh (EBSCO), Felton Thomas, Jr. (Cleveland Public Library), Dan Gingiss (The Experience Maker), and many more! 

All fourteen conference sessions will be captioned and recorded in the event people are unable to attend the live session. 

There is no cost to register or attend, thanks to donations from all 16 Wisconsin public library systems and the Department of Public Instruction.

For more information about the conference, contact Jamie Matczak at

Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race

Link to video about "Libraries Talk About Race" series
Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race: Webinars, Independent Study, and Group Discussion learning models available.

Wisconsin public library staff are encouraged to participate in the 2022 LSTA-funded project, Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race. This project is a continuing education series for Wisconsin library staff members interested in devoting more time to learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and ways to bring DEI to their libraries and communities. 

There are three ways to participate, based on your learning style and schedule in 2022:

  1. Group education: Participate in one, two, or three one-hour Webinars delivered once “live” virtually and recorded for later playback. The first session is "Let's Talk About Race At Work" on February 15.
  2. Group discussion: Explore the content of each webinar in discussion forums made up of no more than 10 participants from across the state. Sessions will be offered virtually to allow for maximum accessibility and will be facilitated by trained library staff facilitators. Dates are forthcoming in 2022. 

  3. Independent study and explorationIndependently explore the content provided in each webinar, with materials provided by the People Company. Prompts will be provided for participants, in order to practice essential competencies explored in the webinars. Materials will be accessible through the Wisconsin IDEA Team, and are forthcoming in 2022. 

For questions and updates, please visit the Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race website at

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Library Legislative Day Registration Due
January 14

Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey Due
January 14

Gratitude Practice for Well-Being
January 14

10th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium
January 14

WAPL Conference Volunteer Deadline
January 17

How to Use the Inclusive Services Assessment & Guide
January 19

Learning Gaps and Local Partnerships
January 19

Advocacy 101
January 19

Library Violence Prevention and De-escalation
January 19

3 Ways to Optimize Your Recruiting Efforts for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
January 19

Easy Library Budget Tracking
January 20

Homelessness: Understanding individuals experiencing homelessness with Ryan Dowd
January 20

Introducing: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries from PLA
January 20

Iowa Libraries Online Conference
January 20

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding and Responding to the Communication, Behavioral and Social Characteristics
January 20

Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library
January 20

LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
January 21-24

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits from WebJunction
February 22

Let the Children March in Library Programs
January 24

Small Scale ESL Programs for Your Library from Niche Academy
January 26

Why Psychological Safety Matters More Now Than Ever
January 26

Coping with Compassion Fatigue
January 26

Honoring Resilience
January 26

NEA Big Read Grant Applications Due
January 26

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 26-27

Respectful Human Resources for Rural Librarians
January 27

Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 
January 27

Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications
January 27

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Applications Due
January 28

Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way
January 31

Free Comic Book Day Library Program Enrollment Deadline
January 31

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant Applications Due
February 1

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3

Growing Digital Equity Through Community Partnerships from WebJunction
February 3

Library Legislative Day
February 8

Psychology: How psychology can help people to follow the rules voluntarily with Ryan Dowd
February 10

Let's Talk About Race At Work from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
February 15

Power Up Pop-ups: A (mini) Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers & Staff
February 21 – March 4

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits
February 22

Creative Communities Project Grant Applications Due
February 24

WiLS 2022 Annual Membership Meeting
February 25

Engaging in Sensitive Conversations & Handling Pushback from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
March 9

De-escalation Skills: Practical tools and techniques with Ryan Dowd
March 10

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

National Library Week
April 3-9

Understanding Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter in Majority White Spaces from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
April 14

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

WAPL Annual Conference - Waukesha
May 10-13

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

NHPRC Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives Grant Applications Due
June 8

NHPRC Archives Collaboratives (Planning Grant) Applications Due
June 8

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