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Friday, August 27, 2021

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WLA Announces New Membership Payment Option

Wisconsin Library Association logoYou can now pay your annual WLA membership dues on a monthly payment plan! Instead of submitting a one-time annual payment, you can now submit a payment each month. Your membership dues will still be calculated based on your annual salary.

If you would like to switch to this payment option, email Hannah at

Sunsetting of the OverDrive App

OverDrive announced at their Digipalooza conference that they will be sunsetting the OverDrive app.

For the first step, OverDrive will remove the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store in February 2022.

How this initial change will impact users:
  • Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app.
  • New users looking for the OverDrive app will be directed to Libby.
  • All users can continue to use, borrow, and open titles from your library’s OverDrive website via a browser.
OverDrive recommends that all partners actively promote Libby and remove references to the OverDrive app from library websites and promotional materials.

Please bookmark this page on the Resource Center, as it provides an overview of the app sunset plan, FAQs, Libby promotional materials, recommended best practices, and more. OverDrive recommends using this resource to start updating your library’s website links, digital resource pages, and marketing materials to solely point readers to Libby.

Employment Opportunities

""Library Director Position Open at Oconto Falls Public Library

The Board of Trustees of the Oconto Falls Public Library in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, is seeking an organized and spirited leader to direct the operation of its community library.

Get more information at

Library Programming & Resources

NEWI Youth Services Grassroots Meeting Recording


If your Youth Services staff weren’t able to attend the August 17th NEWI Youth Services Grassroots meeting, please let them know they can go to the Resources from Youth Services Grassroots Meetings page on the NEWI website to find these items:

  • recording
  • resources shared by attendees, including Art To Go kits and Take & Make kits

Introducing Beanstack for School Libraries""

This school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is taking off on a new and exciting adventure into reading by offering Beanstack to all Wisconsin DPI schools with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Services and Technology Act grant!

Beanstack is likely being used at many students’ public libraries, in which case they may be able to link their school and library accounts, offering new opportunities to collaborate with your local public librarians.

Learn more at

Continuing Education Opportunities

In-Person ARSL Conference to Require Proof of Vaccination


ARSL: The Biggest Little Library Conference, October 20-23 in Sparks, NV"In the interest of ensuring the safety of our attendees and presenters, and based on the best available information from the CDC regarding large indoor gatherings, Board of Directors of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries has voted in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to attend the 2021 ARSL Conference in person.

Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination or a medical exemption will be denied admission to the in-person conference.

Please visit the 2021 Conference homepage for further details."

Youth Library Leadership Conference - Call for Proposals

The Power Up: A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff has some big changes to announce. 

"Due to the rising cases of the Delta variant, this conference is now taking place virtually in a format that we’re calling “Pop-up Power Up.” There will be several slots of up to two concurrent virtual sessions running from late February through early March 2022.

Sessions are about 45 minutes in length, with about 15 minutes for questions.

Learn more at

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were just added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.
Trustee Leadership: Bringing it All Together
August 27

WLA Award Nominations Due
August 27

Data Literacy for Youth: Using Census Data in Public Library Programming from PLA
August 31

Taking a Stand for Employee Well-Being: The Science of Helping Employees Move More for Better Health
August 31

Library Card Sign-up Month

Family Homelessness and Libraries from Niche Academy
September 1

From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Your Library from Library Journal
September 1

Kicked Out!: How to safely ask someone to leave (without calling the police)
September 9

Libraries & Veterans National Forum
September 13 - 24

Tech Days Webinar Series
September 15-16

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Grant Applications Due
September 16

Using Slack for your team’s communications from WiLS
September 17

Mental Health First Aid Training
September 20

Mathical Books: Inspire Joyful Curiosity in Math-Themed Kids' Literature from Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and School Library Journal
September 21

CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals: Financial Empowerment for Your Community
September 22

Compassion Resilience and Anxiety Management During Tough Times
September 22

LJ Day of Dialog featuring mysteries and thrillers from Library Journal
September 23

I Love My Librarian Award Nominations Due
September 27

Hiring in 2021 and Beyond
September 29

Actively Anti-Racist Library Service to Leisure Readers: A Discussion
September 30

Best Practices in Volunteer Management
October 6

Mental Health First Aid Training
October 6

School Library Journal Day of Dialog 2021 Fall
October 7

“Should we do (or keep doing) this?” Assessment and evaluation for strategic decision-making from WiLS
October 15

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

Libraries as Community Anchors Mini Conference from San Jose State University
October 21

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

From Collection to Action: A One-Day ‘Read Woke’ Mini Course with Cicely Lewis from Library Journal
November 9

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)


Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3, 2022

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

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

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