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Friday, July 3, 2020
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What's News this Week

Take Action with Collection Reflection

(taken directly from the WI Libraries for Everyone blog)

There is a steady stream of resources available related to issues of racial justice right now. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor released an editorial stating that, “We are responsible for creating the change we need.” In that same spirit, the Library Team shared a list of Race and Antiracism Resources for Wisconsin Public Libraries.

If you are looking for ways to take action, evaluating and updating your youth materials collection is one place to start., a content vendor through BadgerLink, has developed a collection analysis tool to help you quickly evaluate the holdings of specific collections in your public or school library to assess for diversity and inclusion markers. In addition, the Cooperative Childrens’ Book Center (CCBC) recently published two booklists to assist with collection development needs. The first is “Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12" and the second is “Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade 12”. The CCBC is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Education (SoE), and receives additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

We hope you utilize these valuable resources from our Library Team partners.

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt

REALM Project Updates: Round 1 Results Available and Test Set 2 Announced

OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are commonly found in libraries, archives, and museums.

As part of the REALM Project’s Phase 1 research, Battelle conducted a natural attenuation study to provide information on how long some commonly circulated library materials would need to be quarantined prior to being returned to public circulation.

The testing process included applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five selected materials, and results show that the virus was not detectable on these materials after three days of quarantine. Battelle began testing a second round of materials on June 23, 2020, and the results are expected to be released in late July 2020.

For more information on the results of the testing and other activities, visit the Happening Now project update page.

Continuing Education

Webinars in July from NEWI

Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you can attend from where you are, whether at work or at home. Most sessions are 60 minutes long and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
For webinars on COVID-19, click title to register: For webinars on racial equity, click title to register: Here’s a sample of webinars on other topics; click title to register: Missed a webinar? It might have been archived, so check NEWI’s list of webinar recordings you can watch for free, anytime.
NEWI is a continuing education (CE) partnership of library systems located in North Eastern Wisconsin.  The NEWI website aims to be a central source of CE info for staff working at libraries in four library systems: Manitowoc‐Calumet Library System (MCLS), Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS), and Winnefox Library System (WLS).

Customer Service Training Videos

Jamie Matczak, Education Consultant with WVLS, shared two short pieces of training for libraries related to customer service and reopening: Feel free to share these videos with your staff.
Browse More CE Opportunities

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations

NFLS Office Closed
July 3

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

Tips for Leading Productive Meetings with Microsoft Teams
July 8

2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count
July 8 Webinar

Emotional Intelligence, Hardiness & Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis
July 8

Advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
July 8 -10 Symposium

Book Sales & Book Donations During a Pandemic
July 9

How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis
July 14

Using Computational Thinking & Connected Learning in Programs for Teens
July 14

Libraries and Coronavirus: Leading Through A Crisis
July 14

Civic Engagement During the Time of COVID19
July 14 Webinar

Wisconsin Humanities CARES Grant: Second Round Applications Due
July 15

How to Prepare Your Organization for a Safe Re-Entry During COVID-19 
July 15

Designing Virtual Volunteer Opportunities & Managing Remote Volunteers
July 22

Library Responses to COVID-19
July 22

Jerks with Homes Live Webinar
July 23

Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28
Whose Turn is it Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28 (Webinar)

Reading and Talking about Race
July 29

Celebrating Diversity with Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books
July 30

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

Power Up 2021 Conference Proposals Due
August 8

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

Penguin Random House Open Storytime License Ends
August 31

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

International Games Week
November (TBD)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26, 2021 (Madison)

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