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Friday, June 4, 2021

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Changes to Claiming WI Unemployment Insurance

Beginning May 23, 2021, the COVID-era Unemployment Insurance (UI) work search waiver disappeared. Wisconsinites filing for unemployment insurance benefits (with certain exceptions) must now complete and document four work search activities per week.

Assisting residents with filing Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims and with job seeking are among the top priorities as libraries are able to resume service delivery within their communities. The Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project is well-situated to enhance the ability of public library staff to meet those needs.

The Department of Public Instruction is working closely with partners from the Wisconsin Library Association, Wisconsin’s public libraries and systems, the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Boards to re-envision the activities of the grant to align them with current needs.

A number of partner resources and previously recorded webinars might be the refresher you need to help you help UI claimants.

LEAD WITH US: Become a WLA VolunteerWLA Calls for Volunteers


WLA is currently looking for volunteers to fill several roles! Roll up those sleeves, get involved, and let the memory-making begin!

If you are interested, or if you would like to nominate a colleague, please submit the short interest form. Wondering how being involved can benefit you? Check out WLA'S Member Spotlights to see how volunteering makes a difference!


Wisconsin Library AssociationWLA 2021 Conference Call for Program Proposals

The WLA Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2021 WLA annual conference. The conference will be held in Green Bay from November 16-19 at the KI Convention Center.

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

Program Proposal Forms are due July 7.

Learn more at

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships Available through WLA

Did you know there are scholarships available through the Wisconsin Library Association? They are for continuing education! Conferences! Librarians seeking their Master’s Degrees!

And did you know scholarships are due on June 15?

 Read more about scholarships available to those pursuing a career in Library Sciences:

Read more about scholarships available for continuing education including conferences:

And if you are thinking about applying for the George Bauer or the Gloria Hoegh Scholarships, considering using those funds to attend the Wisconsin Library Association Conference, which will be held in person November 16-19 in Green Bay.

hand holding bag of money$15 Million in IMLS American Rescue Plan Act Grants Available for Museum and Library Services

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced it is accepting applications for up to $15 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) projects.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, June 28, 2021. IMLS will directly award competitive grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to eligible libraries, Native American and Native Hawaiian communities, and museums.

The grant program will fund projects that advance digital inclusion, support hiring and training staff, build community-focused partnerships, support the creation and delivery of educational programs, provide trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue to foster recovery and rebuilding, and preserve information and materials representing the COVID-19 experience.

WHRAB Professional Development Scholarships

Wisconsin Historical SocietyThe Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board (WHRAB), with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering scholarships to attend the 2021 Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting. The conference will be held online from August 2-6, 2021.   

To be considered for the scholarship, the application should be received no later than Friday, July 2, 2021. Recipients will be notified by email of their status by Monday, July 19, 2021.   

Learn more at

Programming Resources

CSLP Newsletter

Be sure to check out the latest CSLP Newsletter - it's full of valuable information, including:
  • 2021 Supplemental Manual has been completed and added to the Online Manual.
  • Library "Tales" for 2021
  • Libraries and Summer Food
  • 2020 CSLP Survey Results (way to go, Wisconsin!)
  • And more!

Smiling woman and girl reading a bookSummer Reading Activities with BadgerLink

Summer is almost here! BadgerLink resources are here to help you with all your summer reading needs for all ages.

Click here to learn read more about BadgerLink's resources.

Continuing Education Highlights

Webinars in June (Collected by NEWI)

Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. Topics include:
  • Managing stress & building resilience
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • And more!

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.

Picture Book Parade from Booklist
June 8

Enhancing Personal Wellbeing at Work and at Home
June 8

The Power of Our Shared Stories: Early Childhood First Nations Webinar
June 8

Where to Start with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
June 8

Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Embedding Music Activities to Support Texts and Engage Participants
Tuesday, June 8

Designing Libraries to Meet Evolving Community Needs
June 8

Bedbugs in the Library?!
June 9

Ten Tips for Managing Conflict With Co-Workers and Patrons
June 9

Overcoming Pitfalls in Diversity: Making the Workplace Better for All Employees
June 9

Mental Maintenance
June 9

Dismantling Racism in Collaborative Collections (PLA Webinar)
June 9

Food Access and Seed Libraries in Rural Public Libraries
June 9

WiLSWorld Shorts: The Wisconsin Latinx History Collective
June 11

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

In the Chaos, Stick with Emotional Intelligence and Accountability
June 11

Introduction to Evaluating Gifts and Donations
June 15

How to Practice Empathy at Work
June 15

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

Building Business Know-How through Data Literacy from PLA
June 16

Community Homelessness: What Can Libraries Do?
June 16

A Publishing Accord for a Global Audience from BookList
June 17

Data Summit on Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry from the U.S. Census Bureau
June 17

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

Defining Library Accessibility: Services, Programs, & Technology
June 21

PLA 2022 Program Proposals Due
June 21

Fights: How to Prevent and Stop Them (Safely!)
June 24

Hire Right the First Time
June 24

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Due
June 28

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

ARSL Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Opens
July 7

WLA Annual Conference Proposals Due
July 7

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

Civil Legal Programming: Libraries Bridging the Justice Gap
July 22

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

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)

PLA Conference
March 23-25, 2022

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

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