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Friday, June 5, 2020
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 Public Libraries Reopening Guide

The latest version of reopening guidelines for public libraries has been released. The Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin public library community, provides a process to help libraries develop their own reopening plans.

This reopening guide focuses on the safety of staff and the community and is specific to the needs of libraries and library services during this COVID-19 public health event. The decision about how and when to reopen a library remains a local decision.

> > Read more about Public Libraries Reopening Guide Released
Continuing Education

Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library

Join us on Thursday, June 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. for Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library.
We all have those patrons who can make library work more challenging. Maybe they repeatedly violate a policy or they seek out the staff person who is willing to bend the rules for them when you have already told them no. With many of our libraries just starting to expand services and making plans to reopen our facilities in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this session will explore ways we can explain changes to our services and enforce existing and new guidelines.  We will provide ideas for how to hold patrons accountable for behaviors, and still be compassionate. Topics include tips and tricks to use before, during, and after a behavior concern to help make the library safe for all.
Presented by Emily Rogers, Deputy Director, Brown County Library and Karla Giraldez, Ashwaubenon/Southwest Branch Manager, Brown County Library
The webinar will be recorded if you're not able to join us live.

CARL Training Registration

Please find the registration form for CARL trainings beginning June 22nd here. As discussed at the May AAC meeting, at least one person from each library should be a designated trainer, but anyone (and everyone) on your staff can participate. The webinars will be recorded for later viewing and training. TLC is offering weekly Q&A sessions during the training period, so sign up for those as well so I can forward the invitations.
Amanda Lee emailed the training plan to the AAC distribution list on June 3, 2020, in case you’d like to revisit or share it with staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda or Bradley at OWLS.

NEWI Update: Webinars in June

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.

> > View Webinars in June: Opportunities to Learn, Wherever You Are

Customer Service Online Training, via Ryan Dowd

Because we want to provide the best possible service to all people – and some patron interactions require a thoughtful and deliberate approach – you now have anytime access to online training from Ryan Dowd that will give you practical tools you can use every day. Through this training, you will learn how to compassionately manage problems and prevent conflicts with all patrons who enter your library, including those who are experiencing trauma such as mental health issues, homelessness, and substance abuse issues.
The online training is 3½ hours long and is on-demand, so you can watch it little by little or in bigger chunks, whenever works for your schedule. The subscription runs through December, 2020.
Supervisors & Department Heads: please share this info with your staff. If someone on your staff does not have a work email address, please contact Joy Schwartz with their alternate email address and she’ll send them a personalized invitation.

> > Click Here to Learn More about the Training and Get Started

Crossroads: REALM Project Updates, Phase 1

Below is an outline of the June Crossroads newsletter from WebJunction:
  • REALM Project Updates: Test Plan and Preliminary Literature Review Released
  • Recent Articles on WebJunction
    • Social Library Collection
    • Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times
    • Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – Connecting with Families
  • Upcoming Webinars
    • Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis (6/11/2020)
    • Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes (6/16/2020)
    • Whose Turn Is It, Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries (7/28/2020)
> > Read the June 3, 2020 Crossroads Newsletter Here

Youth Services Programming Palooza Recording

For those who were not able to participate in the June 3, 2020 Youth Services Programming Palooza, CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RECORDING.

Browse More CE Opportunities
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Positioning the Library for a Post-pandemic Sustainable Future: A Panel Discussion for Public Library Directors
June 5 (Webinar)

Rainbow Book Month (formerly GLBT Book Month)

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library.
June 11

Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis
June 11 Webinar

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
June 12 (Application Due)

Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes
June 16 Webinar

Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference
June 17 (online)

CARL Training
June 22 - July 14

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

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

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

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

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