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Friday, February 21, 2020
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Now Hiring: Library Director at Gillett Public Library

The Gillett Public Library seeks a well-organized and energetic leader to direct the operation of their library. The library service area includes approximately 2000 residents in northeast Wisconsin about 45 minutes northwest of Green Bay. The library is an integral part of the community and includes a separate Community Center facility and an outdoor Community Square space.

Application & resume need to be submitted to the library by March 2, 2020.


Census 2020 Handouts for Patrons Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, all library locations in Wisconsin will be receiving a small stack of handbills about Census 2020. These are meant for patrons, especially those who might need a heads up that the Census is coming.
As a reminder, Census postcards will be mailed on March 12, arriving in households in mid-March. The postcards will have the info people need to login and do their Census form online. It’s expected that 90% of respondents will do their form online (that’s where our libraries come in). If people don’t reply in a timely manner, they’ll get additional mailings. If they still don’t reply, they’ll have paper forms mailed to them. If they still don’t reply, Census workers will knock on their door.
Let’s help people understand the importance of a good count in your area and across the state. For tips in providing assistance to Census takers, DPI is maintaining a resource page:
Of particular note, DPI recommends looking at ALA’s most recent Tip Sheet with dates and what to expect. It also recommends looking at Community Connect Lab’s screen grabs of the online Census form.  
Please share with all staff in your library so they can start familiarizing themselves with the process.

CCBC Choices Workshop: April 23

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Appleton Public Library
Register at

Library Marketing

Stats to Consider Before Your Library Dumps Facebook

In a recent episode of Super Library Marketing, Angela Hursh talks about a hot button issue: deleting your library's Facebook account.

Angela said libraries are thinking about quitting Facebook for a variety of reasons. In this episode, she goes over a few key Facebook statistics to consider before you make a decision. Stats are courtesy of Social Media Today.

> > Check out this video for more details.

If your staff needs any Facebook training (e.g. creating events or more engaging posts, checking stats, etc.) email Lori Baumgart to set up a remote training session.

WiLS 2020 Membership Meeting

The WiLS 2020 Membership Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, February 28th. Stop in, from the comfort of your own desk, to hear from Ideas to Action award recipients as well as peek under the WiLS hood and hear about what we have planned for the coming year.

> > Read more about it and register on the WiLS website.
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Together We Read Program: Lean on Me
February 19 - March 4 (OverDrive)

Outreach Programming: Finding & Serving Hidden Patrons
Feb 26

WiLS 2020 Membership Meeting
February 28

Trauma Informed Roadmap Orientation & Training (3 workshop opportunities)
March 2 @ 3:30pm
March 9 @ 3:30pm
March 11 @ 11:30am

Cultivating Protective Factors for Safe Libraries and Resilient Communities
March 5 (Webinar)

Summer Food Service and Public Libraries
March 6 (Webinar)

Getting Started with Web Accessibility
March 13 (Webinar)

WAAL Scholarship Applications Due
March 15

WLA Mentorship Program Application Due
March 16

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
April 3

Money Smart Week®
April 4-11

NFLS Board Meeting
April 14

WAAL 2020 Annual Conference
April 16-17 (Brookfield)

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2
Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

Streamline for Success:  Library Programs and Services Reboot
May 5 (New Berlin)
May 6: (Stevens Point)
May 7: (Mauston)
May 8: (Rice Lake)

WiscNet Connections 2020
May 12-13

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

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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