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Friday, May 28, 2021

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Sign: "Door County Library and Miller Art Museum"Door County Library: A Digital Readiness Case Study

Recollection Wisconsin recently published an interesting case study entitled Door County Library: A Digital Readiness Case Study.

Active since 1866, community libraries throughout Door County, Wisconsin combined in 1953 to become branches of the Door County Library (DCL). Online, DCL hosts the Door County Library Newspaper Archive, a free-to-the-public service sharing digitized newspapers encompassing the years 1862 - 1979. The Door County Historical Museum was founded in 1939 as a one-room exhibit and has evolved to a modern, multi-level facility in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Archives, operating since 1988, are a special service of the Door County Library. Archival collections include church, business, and personal records, photographs, audiovisual materials, genealogy collections and research aids.

Read the entire case study at

Grant Opportunities

NASA@ My Library: A National Earth and Space Science Initiative that Connects NASA, Public Libraries and Their Communities

Apply Now: NASA@ My Library

"Public and tribal libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education initiative that will increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education.

60 public and tribal libraries in the U.S. will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners. 

Applications will be accepted from May 17 to July 21. View the project guidelines and apply online. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to apply. 

NASA@ My Library Partners will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university subject matter expert (SME) to support patron engagement, and a $1,600 programming stipend to purchase materials for NASA STEAM activities and/or support presentations by local NASA-funded SMEs.

This opportunity is open to public and tribal libraries in the U.S. Priority consideration will be given to libraries in communities with above average populations of demographics underrepresented in STEM education and professions. For more details on priority consideration and eligibility, visit the project guidelines.

The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Education Development Center (EDC). Support comes from NASA's Science Mission Directorate as part of its Science Activation program."


Programming & Resources

Wisconsin DNR Explorer Program

child exploring a caterpillar on her handGet Kids Out and Exploring Wisconsin's Wonderful Natural Resources with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Wisconsin Explorer Program!

Get more information about the Wisconsin Explorer Program at

Continuing Education Highlights

Dismantling Racism in Collaborative Collections

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central
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"In 2019, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a strategy that emphasized its commitment to empowering institutions and communities that have been historically marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented, and promoting diverse and inclusive collections and stories. As part of this work, DPLA recently launched the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection, a collaborative project that provides access to 200,000+ archival materials that help tell the story of the critical role Black women played—and continue to play—in the voting rights and civil rights movements. In order to address the inclusion of harmful language in collection metadata, the DPLA Metadata Working Group created a harmful language statement to explain the work librarians and archivists must do to balance the preservation of the history of people who have experienced trauma and harm with sensitivity in how it is presented to users.

In this webinar, DPLA staff and representatives from DPLA’s network will discuss opportunities, challenges, and learnings encountered during this work; outline next steps for DPLA and member institutions in creating more diverse and equitable collections; and cover anticipated challenges as this work continues."

Get more details here.

Digital Readiness Fairs

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 (

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Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp

Website design presents many challenges and considerations. From thinking about the user experience to accessibility to navigation, websites are a true extension of the library's services. Thanks to the New Jersey State Library, a new course is available in the WebJunction Course Catalog to help library staff improve their websites to better serve the community.

The training is designed to help libraries improve the overall look and function of their websites. Through the boot camp, learners have the self-guided instruction, tools, and support to improve the user experience and design of their websites. The Build a Better Library Website Boot Camp is available through the WebJunction Course Catalog for free.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

Recovery, Reentry, and Redemption (Correctional Education Association of WI)
May 26

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
May 26

Beat the Heat: Easy, Breezy Books to Head Off Summer Slide from Booklist
May 26

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

BCALA's Best of the Best Booklist: Ensuring Equity and Diversity in Public and School Libraries
May 27

ARSL Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 28

Working towards Wellbeing: Practices and their Evaluation from Southern Tier Library System
May 28

PLA Webinar Proposals Due
May 31

Amazing Audiobooks from BookList
June 1

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 1 of 2)
June 1

Affecting Change in a Middle Management Role (PLA)
June 1

Trustee 201
June 2

PLA Panel Discussion: Re-Weaving the Culture through Inclusive Norms in the Public Library
June 3

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
June 3

Building Connections with Community Assets
June 3

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
June 3

Dismantling Racism in Collaborative Collections (PLA Webinar)
June 9

Food Access and Seed Libraries in Rural Public Libraries
June 9

Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2021: Mapping Our Identity
June 11

Eliminating Library Fines: Improving Community Access, Equity and Usage
June 15

National Preservation Program: Preservation Needs Assessment and Preservation Plan Grant Applications Due
June 15

eForum: Does Better Training Lead to Greater Job Satisfaction? From CORE (ALA)
June 15-16

From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking
June 17

Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World Mini conference from SJSU School of Information
June 17

OCLC Cataloging Community Virtual Meeting
June 18

PLA 2022 Program Proposals Due
June 21

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Due
June 28

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

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

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 3

Digital Readiness Fair (free & virtual)
August 18

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

Library Card Sign-up Month

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

PLA Conference
March 23-25, 2022

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1, 2022

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