Nic News Weekly
Friday, May 1, 2020

NFLS Libraries Offering Curbside Pickup

As communicated to library directors, Governor Evers stated that public libraries may provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials.

NFLS is reporting each member library's status in the website at at Please check your library's status on this page and, if any changes need to be made, please email them to Lori Baumgart.
What's News this Week

WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference Scholarship

The WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference is held in August 2020, in Madison. 

The scholarship application is due to NFLS on May 15, 2020.

Applicants will also need to submit a separate application to WLA for the program. 

>> Learn more about the WLA Leadership Development Institute Grant

WLA 2020 Conference Call for Program Proposals: Deadline Extension to May 29th

The WLA Programming Committee is still accepting proposals for the 2020 WLA annual conference. The conference will be held in Green Bay from October 27-30 at the KI Convention Center.

The Conference already boasts a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers, including Sarah Vowell, Stephen Franck and Nigel Poor. Now WLA invites you to share your expertise and experiences with your colleagues this October.

> > Read more about the call for program proposals here.

Ancestry Library Edition: Remote Access Extended

Remote access to Ancestry has been extended until May 31st for subscribing libraries. No further action is required on your part.
Continuing Education Opportunities

CE Opportunities Added Recently

So many opportunities have been made available since last week; below is a list of some of them. As always, be sure to check out the list at the bottom of this newsletter, the Continuing Education blog posts, and the NEWI CE Partnership website for all upcoming CE opportunities.

Virtual Training on BadgerLink Resources


Virtual training on BadgerLink resources is available! Sign up to receive meeting details for any or all of the sessions below:

Recordings of each session will be made available after the session. If you would like to receive notification of the recording, please feel out the sign up form, even if you are unable to attend the live session.

View More CE Opportunities Here
COVID-19 Resources

Guidelines for Reopening WI Public Libraries Released

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in collaboration with leaders from all 16 Wisconsin regional library systems that represent all 380 public libraries, have developed general guidelines, clarification, and best practices for local libraries to eventually reopen to the public. The principles of personal safety, risk mitigation, transparency, and capacity guide the ongoing development and application of these guidelines.

> > Click here to learn more on Guidelines for Reopening WI Public Libraries.

Beanstack: Investment in Online Reading Platform & Mobile App for Wisconsin Libraries

Beanstack specializes in summer reading, winter reading, 100 Books Before College, and other reading challenges for all ages, customized for individual libraries. The online platform and mobile app make it easy for patrons to register, track reading, and earn incentives while libraries gain data-driven insights.

The statewide Beanstack contract will allow Wisconsin public libraries to enhance virtual connections with patrons. This project aligns with Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) goals related to equity, shared services, and collaboration. Rollout of the Beanstack platform to Wisconsin public libraries will begin immediately, with the launch date of June 15 for the public.

Click here to learn more.

Wisconsin Humanities Cares Grant

The Wisconsin Humanities Council is providing rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus. These grants are funded by the federal CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 through the Wisconsin Humanities CARES website. The first-round deadline for grant applications is May 15. Award decisions will be announced by June 5.
View More COVID-19 Blog Posts Here
Library Programming & Resources

Magician Daniel Lusk's ONLINE Magic show Package

Magician Daniel Lusk has finalized his new ONLINE SUMMER READING MAGIC SHOW PROGRAMS PACKAGE.  He has spent many hours with librarians and other entertainers working out the best way to deliver content to libraries across the country this year. 

> > Click here to learn more about his virtual show.

Colossal Fossils Online Summer Programs: Dinosaurs and Dragons

nullUsing Facebook, Colossal Fossils is offering live programs that are designed for libraries.  We are offering them at an extremely low cost, and this will have multiple benefits:
  • Budget-friendly
  • Up to five different programs to help you plan your summer.
  • Your community can watch live videos and submit their questions throughout the program.
> >  Click here to learn more about Colossal Fossils' online Programs

View More Virtual Programming Options Here
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice
April 7 - May 5 (online)

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

WiscNet Community Conversation: Connecting People & Strategies in Strange Times
May 5 (webinar)

Being Still in an Emergency
May 5 (Webinar)

NFLS Library Directors' Weekly Meeting
May 6 (Online)

Preserve This Podcast
May 6 (Webinar)

Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit
May 7

Going the Distance: Library Programs for Teens and Tweens
May 8 (Webinar)

NoveList  Virtual Training
May 12

Britannica School Virtual Training
May 13

Britannica Escolar Virtual Training
May 13

Top 10 Tips to Educate Your Board
May 14 (Webinar)

WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 15

Wisconsin Humanities Cares Grant
May 15 (Applications Due)

Britannica Library Virtual Training
May 15

Britannica Library for Homeschooling Virtual Training
May 15

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

NoveList K-8 Virtual Training
May 20
WLA 2020 Conference Program Proposals Due
May 29

Explora Virtual Training
June 3

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference
June 17 (online)

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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