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Friday, April 16, 2021

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ALSC Intellectual Freedom Programming Toolkit

The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Intellectual Freedom Committee has published a free Intellectual Freedom Programming toolkit.
The ALSC Intellectual Freedom committee writes: "Inside the toolkit, you will find practical, easy-to-implement tips for incorporating intellectual freedom and Information literacy into library cornerstone programs and services. Sample programs include storytimes, book clubs, outreach, and STEAM activities. They include both virtual and in-person activities, so you can serve your community flexibly, regardless of your current service model. An annotated list of additional resources rounds out the toolkit, making it easy for busy practitioners to find more tips and support.

We’re living in a climate of misinformation and heightened mistrust in news media and other information sources. Raising awareness of information literacy and intellectual freedom issues with our families has never been more important. Developing these crucial skills helps keep kids informed, safe, and prepared to support their communities."

Continuing Education Highlights

Trustee 101 & 201 Online Workshops in May & June


Library directors and board members are invited to attend both of these online workshops presented by Clairellyn Sommersmith, Assistant Director of Winnefox Library System.  Please share the information with your trustees.

Trustee 101
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm
This workshop is ideal both as an introduction to the job for new trustees, and a refresher for people who have been on the board for a while. Register at

Trustee 201
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Clairellyn will discuss the different aspects of the trustee’s job, and you'll have a chance to meet and network with trustees from other area libraries. Register at

Present at the WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Conference!

Submissions Due April 30, 2021

Planning for the 2021 WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Virtual One-Day Professional Development Conference is in full swing!

​The conference will be held Thursday, May 27, 2021. This one-day conference will be held virtually, and the theme will be “Supporting and Serving Through Challenges” and will assist attendees with thriving in challenged times while still successfully serving their communities.


Preservation Week - Save your stuff and pass it on!

ALA's Preservation Week begins on April 25. This year's theme is Preserving Community Archives! Some really compelling content this year including the following:

Collecting and Preserving after Tragedy
Presenter: Whitney Broadaway
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm CT

Introduction to Community Archiving Workshop (CAW)
Presenter: Marie Lascu
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm CT

For more information and other Preservation Week content, visit

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.

Global Standard, Local Choices - the new RDA Toolkit from CORE (ALA)
April 20

Building News Literacy for Tweens and Teens
April 21

Diversifying Your Collection as a Small Library
April 22

Voices from the Middle: Award-Winners and Dazzling Debuts from Book List
April 22

WLA SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year Nominations Due
April 23

Collecting and Preserving after Tragedy from CORE (ALA)
April 27

ARSL Preconference and Conference Session Proposals Due
April 27

Digital Backpack Workshops: Adapting to Student Needs
April 27

Smart Spaces are Community Places
April 27

Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation (3-Session Course)
April 27, May 4, May 11

Introduction to Community Archiving Workshop (CAW)
April 28

Library Social Workers -- Are You Ready for Any Circumstance?
April 28

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

Reimagining School Partnership Programs during the Pandemic (PLA Webinar)
April 28

RA for All: Flip the Script and Think Like a Reader (Covid Edition)
April 29

2021 Wisconsin Science Festival Virtual Kickoff Party
April 29

Libraries and COVID-19: Information, Resources and Tools (ARSL TRAIN)
April 29

WAAL Virtual Conference
April 29-30

Proposals Due for 2021 WLA Support Staff & Circulation Services (SSCS)
Due April 30

Magnificent Middle Grade from Booklist
April 30

Place your order at the CSLP Store
by May 1 (to receive by June 1)

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Period
May 3 - June 28

Training New Supervisors for Success: Don’t Start from Scratch
May 4

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Trustee 101
May 5

Police: How to reduce police calls and keep everyone safe in your organization (Ryan Dowd Seminar)
May 6

Library Journal's Day of Dialog
May 6

WiscNet Connections 2021
May 11

Wisconsin ACE Interface Training
May 10, 13, 17

HeinOnline: The Information Source You Need, Where You Need It from WI Law Library
May 13

Prioritizing and Promoting Self-Care to Avoid Burnout from WebJunction
May 18

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Available
May 15

ARSL Roundtable: Topic TBD
May 20

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

Trustee 201
June 2

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

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Due
July 15

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

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1, 2022

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