Visit Nicolet Federated Library System's website
Nic News Weekly
Friday, May 21, 2021

What's News

Portable Sound System Recommendations

child yelling into microphone(Source: Youth Services Shout-Out: YSS Blog)

"With summer hard upon us, many libraries are not only continuing virtual programs but also taking advantage of the warmer weather to plan live outdoor programs again.

While a robust presenter's voice is nice in the outdoors, a portable sound system can help immensely in saving energy, vocal chords and making it easier for the audience to actually hear.

Last month, Angela Meyers, Coordinator of Youth and Family Services at Bridges Library System, asked for your recommendations on portable sound systems that worked for you. 

Today, we share the ongoing results in a literal "snapshot" google doc of recommendations. The doc lists the name and type of system along with website, price, and opinion about each one.

Please bookmark this google doc which will be updated if additional recommendations come in. If you have a system that works for you and you want to share, please fill in this google form with YOUR recommendations!"
Grant Opportunities & News

WiLS Receives NEH Grant for Curating Indigenous Digital Collections

WiLS recently announced that they've "been awarded an NEH grant to advance the creation and preservation of digital collections in Wisconsin’s tribal archives, libraries, and museums. The three-year program, Curating Indigenous Digital Collections, will fund a series of post-graduate fellowships to support knowledge preservation and language revitalization in Wisconsin Native Nations."

"In year two of the NEH grant, WiLS will work with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Tribal Archives to help digitize and provide access to historic documents, including constitutions and treaty materials." (Source: WiLS Community Chronicle, May 2021)

Congratulations to WiLS and to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin on receipt of this grant!

Programming Updates

Beanstack New Features Tour

Beanstack is releasing new features throughout the month of May. Want a recap of these recent feature releases? You're in luck! Register for their upcoming Recent Feature Tour to hear all about how their product team continues to innovate with input from us and our communities.

Time: May 27th, 11:00 AM CST

Register at

Continuing Education Highlights

CEA Wisconsin Presents Live Webinar on Post-Incarceration Perspectives

When: May 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Topic: Recovery, Reentry, and Redemption
Description: Four stories of change and empowerment: Tamra Oman, Jerome Dillard, Deborah Mejchar, and Ramiah Whiteside are all at different stages of their post-incarceration lives, but what connects them is that they live lives of service to others.  We will walk you through our personal journey with education and what it was like 20 years ago and how it is today.  As experts of our own journey, we will explore how educators can support incarcerated individuals seeking to increase their knowledge and skills.  There are many opportunities to utilize education as a foundation for reentry.  We hope our perspectives will help you better use your knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist in increasing opportunities for success with the individuals you work with.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

OCLC Cataloging Community Virtual Meeting

OCLC logoRegister to attend the free OCLC Cataloging Community Virtual Meeting on June 18th at 1:00 pm to join the conversation on current cataloging trends and hear cataloging updates from OCLC staff.

All registrants will receive links to the meeting recording, notes, and slides. 

Trustee 301 Online Workshop Added


You and your board members are invited to attend this online workshop presented by Clairellyn Sommersmith, Assistant Director of Winnefox Library System.  Please share the information with your trustees.

Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Register at

Clairellyn will discuss different aspects of Wisconsin’s open meetings law and the Records Retention Schedule for Wisconsin public libraries, and you'll have a chance to meet and network with trustees from other area libraries. Topics covered will include:

  • agendas and posting meetings
  • closed sessions
  • meeting minutes
  • records retention under Wisconsin law
Get more information, including details about Trustee 101 and Trustee 201 workshops, at

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.

Working towards Wellbeing: Resources for Deeper Understanding & Broader Impacts from Southern Tier Library System
May 21

Creating Accessible Virtual Programs for Children with Disabilities and their Families
May 21

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 1 of 2)
May 24

Marketing Toolkit Survey Due (LAWDS/Job Center of WI)
May 24

Co-designing with communities for better library services from Bibliotheca
May 25

Rural Libraries Summit
May 25-26

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

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
May 26, or June 3

Recovery, Reentry, and Redemption (Correctional Education Association of WI)
May 26

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
May 26

Beat the Heat: Easy, Breezy Books to Head Off Summer Slide from Booklist
May 26

Beanstack's New Features Tour
May 27

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

BCALA's Best of the Best Booklist: Ensuring Equity and Diversity in Public and School Libraries
May 27

ARSL Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 28

Working towards Wellbeing: Practices and their Evaluation from Southern Tier Library System
May 28

PLA Webinar Proposals Due
May 31

Amazing Audiobooks from BookList
June 1

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 1 of 2)
June 1

Affecting Change in a Middle Management Role (PLA)
June 1

Trustee 201
June 2

PLA Panel Discussion: Re-Weaving the Culture through Inclusive Norms in the Public Library
June 3

Building Connections with Community Assets
June 3

Talking about the COVID Vaccine In Your Community (Part 2 of 2)
June 3

Food Access and Seed Libraries in Rural Public Libraries
June 9

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

National Preservation Program: Preservation Needs Assessment and Preservation Plan Grant Applications Due
June 15

Eliminating Library Fines: Improving Community Access, Equity and Usage
June 15

eForum: Does Better Training Lead to Greater Job Satisfaction? From CORE (ALA)
June 15-16

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

OCLC Cataloging Community Virtual Meeting
June 18

PLA 2022 Program Proposals Due
June 21

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Due
June 28

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

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

Library Card Sign-up Month

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

PLA Conference
March 23-25, 2022

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

""Visit the NFLS Blog for more news and updates:

Adult Services
Continuing Education
Employment Opportunities
Grants / Scholarships
Inclusive Services

Facebook Facebook
Website Website
Copyright © 2021 Nicolet Federated Library System, All rights reserved.

Click here if this e-newsletter was forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Nicolet Federated Library System · 1595 Allouez Ave Ste 4 · Green Bay, WI 54311-6267 · USA