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Friday, April 30, 2021

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Welcome Shannon Nichola Stoner, Gillett Public Library Director

Shannon Stoner @ Gillett Public LibraryShannon Nichola Stoner is the new director of the Gillett Public Library. She moved to Gillett, Wisconsin in 2006 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in English from Arcadia University.

Shannon is a published author of three books: The Rise of SekhmetThe Circlet of Isis, and The Scepter of Osiris. Her hobbies include writing, playing video games, reading, painting, and drawing. She loves spending time with her three cats: Abby, Kesia Rose, and Asharra. She has also published several poems throughout high school.

If you'd like to say hello to Shannon, her email is

​Welcome, Shannon!
Go to Library Stories Collection Toolkit

Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Library Stories Toolkit

A survey has been created to collect stories from patrons. We are excited about it and are asking libraries to promote it on their websites, e-newsletters, and social media.

Graphics, copy, and instructions are located at
Please email Lori Baumgart with questions or for assistance.

Employment Opportunities

Shawano County Library is Hiring Library Assistants

3 Library Assistant Positions Available: $11.20 per hour. Previous customer service & computer experience desired.

NWTC LogoNWTC Searches for Library Circulation Technician


WHERE: NWTC Green Bay Campus, 2740 W Mason St

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week. Mon - Fri 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Flexibility to work other hours as needed.


Required online application available at

POSITION SUMMARY: Answer reference and library-related questions and instruct in the use of library resources. Provide computer support and instruction to internal/external patrons online, via phone, and within the library.  Circulate/reshelf materials and equipment, complete loan requests, maintain physical collections, send notices to patrons, and market the library through social media.

Click here to get more details and to apply.

WLA logoExecutive Director/CEO
Wisconsin Library Association

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), one of the nation’s strongest and most progressive state library associations, seeks an Executive Director.

WLA seeks an Executive Director who will work closely with the WLA and WLA Foundation Boards of Directors to continue to expand membership, oversee daily operations of the Association, promote and strengthen the library communities of Wisconsin, and advance WLA’s mission and goals with integrity, confidence, and vision.

WLA is a fully remote office. Salary $85,000/year or higher, negotiable based on experience.

Please visit for more details and to apply.

Continuing Education Highlights

Present at the WLA SSCS Conference

Submissions Due Monday, May 10, 2021, 5 pm.

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.

Click here to learn how to submit your program proposal for the 2021 SSCS Virtual One-Day Professional Development Conference.

Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas

Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 pm
Niche Academy will also send a recording to all registrants after the fact.

Paula Willey and Andria Amaral, authors of The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers Off the Sidelines, show how to turn your high concept goals into inclusive reality with practical examples of passive programming that works, taking a problem-solving approach to space, time, and money limitations - including how to create interactive programming when the doors to the library are locked. 

U.S. Census Bureau Data Summit for Librarians

Reminder: Please join the Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit for Librarians on Monday, May 3, at 1 pm

Data User Meter: Novice data user with little or no prior data experienceDesigned for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist libraries, schools and organizations identify data-driven solutions to challenges encountered.

This Summit is a FREE Virtual Webinar that will teach users more about the demographics and economic characteristics of the patrons you serve.  Featuring data from decennial censuses and various other census surveys, this training will take a deeper dive into demographic, social, and economic tabulations and how you can access them using the Census Bureau's enterprise-level data-access tools.

At the conclusion of this session, you will:
  • Have an increased awareness of the vast data products available through the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Be better equipped to utilize some of the free online tools available on
  • Have resources and toolkits to assist with navigating data available through

Please note: Due to high interest by librarians for this topic, and limited webinar portal capacity, please click here to register early for the Librarian Data Summit to ensure your spot for this highly anticipated session.

Library StrongREMINDER: WAPL Conference is May 4-7

Feeling disconnected?

Looking for strength from within your profession?

Looking for CE’s?  

Registration will remain open through the Wisconsin Association for Public Libraries Conference. It isn’t too late to take in all that this conference has to offer.  Register here.

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.

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)

Census Bureau Data Summit for Librarians (Webinar)
May 3

Effective Customer Service in a Socially Distanced World
May 3 - June 13 (2-3 hrs/week)

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

Classics Revisited: Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill from Bibliotheca
May 4

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

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Trustee 101
May 5

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: The Do's and Don'ts of Federal Stimulus Spending from Bang the Table
May 6

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

Introducing OUTDOOR SCHOOL from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group from BookList
May 10

Wisconsin ACE Interface Training
May 10, 13, 17

Picture Books for Summer & Beyond from BookList
May 11

WiscNet Connections 2021
May 11

Research and Scholarship Committee Online Lecture with David James Hudson On the (Anti-Racist) Politics of Anti-Racism Research from the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
May 11

Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas
May 12

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

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
May 20

ARSL Roundtable: Topic TBD
May 20

Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom and Library
May 25-26

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

Library Card Sign-up Month

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

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

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