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Friday, November 20, 2020

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ALA Midwinter Virtual: Registration Open

Join fellow library professionals for this five-day virtual event packed with educational sessions, celebrity speakers and author talks designed to inspire and help your library navigate the year ahead. Hear new ideas from civic, social and educational innovators and learn the latest insights from experts on policy, research and technology. And get a front row seat to the Youth Media Awards, I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, and other events.

Visit the Midwinter Virtual website to register and learn more about featured speakers and programs.

SIJO: A Ready-to-Go, Virtual Library Program and Contest for People of All Ages

The Wisconsin Sijo Competition is open to Wisconsinites of all ages, offers monetary prizes of up to $400 to winning entries, and includes inducements for schools and libraries to promote participation in the competition.

Please visit the Wisconsin Sijo Competition page for details on how to enter as well as on how to write sijo. The deadline for entry is 18 January 2021.

Click here to learn more about the Wisconsin Sijo Competition.

WiLS Helps Small Libraries Develop Strategic Plans - Together!

In this month's WiLS Community Chronicle, read about WiLS' first small library strategic planning cohort for public libraries - AND about this year's six libraries taking part in the second cohort.

If you are interested in taking part in a future cohort, let us WiLS know by emailing Melissa McLimans. They plan on offering the cohort in the Fall of 2021 with room for up to 10 libraries.

Apply for Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training
Four sessions in Jan & Feb


Small teams from Wisconsin public libraries and systems are invited to apply for the Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training

  • Facilitator training prepares you to bring the Compassion Resilience Toolkit resources to your colleagues.
  • Small teams ideally include one leader and 1-3 people who will facilitate with staff.
  • Your team will learn how to implement the toolkit in ways that match the realities of your library’s current organizational commitments and goals.

The Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training is free, and space is limited. 

  • Click here to apply—ONE APPLICATION FORM PER TEAM
  • Teams must apply by 4pm on Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified in early January 2021.

Dates of the Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series):

  1. Wednesday, January 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  2. Thursday, January 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  3. Monday, February 8 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  4. Wednesday, February 10 from 9:00am-12:00pm

All four sessions are required and will not be recorded.

To learn more, register to attend the Fill Up Your Fuel Tank With Compassion Resilience overview webinar on Tuesday, December 8.

The staff at Appleton Public Library started using the toolkit in 2019.  Assistant Director Tasha Saecker reports, “The toolkit will change how you approach public library service by giving you a common language to better care for yourself, your coworkers, and your community.”

This training is conducted by Rogers InHealth and brought to you by the Department of Public Instruction using LSTA funding from IMLS.

For questions about this information, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt.

Grant Opportunity

Annual Grant: American Dream Literacy Initiative

Through the American Dream Literacy Initiative, the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation offer annual grants to U.S. public libraries to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator.

Please select from the following options:

Marketing Resource

Promote Digital Resources Using OverDrive's Resource Center

Just a friendly reminder that OverDrive's Resource Center has lots of ways to promote digital services to patrons - AND offers staff training in the form of webcasts and on-demand staff training recordings.

Click here to access OverDrive's Resource Center.

Programming Resources

On-Line Music Programs for Your Library Community

Right now, we need ways to connect, and nothing does that like music – even on-line!

​​Dan Robinson has performed music for communities of all kinds for over 25 years. He would love to share music that inspires and brings people together with your library community.

Click here to learn more about what Dan Robinson has to offer.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.
AAC Meeting
November 20

LSTA Advisory Council Applications Due
November 20

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

AAC Meeting
December 18

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

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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