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Friday, July 29, 2022

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Welcome, Katie!

""Katie (Kathryn) Essermann is the new director of the Lakes Country Public Library in Lakewood, WI.

Katie has worked in the library setting for several years: four years in a school and two in a public library. She is thrilled to be the Director of the Lakes Country Library; especially because her passion for librarianship was discovered there, as she was its intern for two back-to-back Summers when she was in High School. She is also a dog mom to an amazing corgi, Pudgy.

Katie has come full circle from intern to Director and is ready to serve her community and help build up the Lakes Country Public Library.

Welcome, Katie!

WLA Awards & Honors Committee announces acceptance of nominations for Library of the Year, Librarian of the Year, and more


""Consider taking a few moments to recognize a colleague or institution by nominating them for one of WLA's annual awards listed below:

WLA's Awards & Honors Committee streamlined the award process to make it more inclusive. Nomination forms are shorter and digital. Annual awards will now recognize the recipient's work within the past 18 months. Criteria has been made more clear for nominators and rubrics are currently being developed to provide feedback to all nominees.

More information about the awards can be found here. The deadline for nominations is September 15 and nominees do not need to be WLA members for consideration. Please take some time to nominate yourself or a colleague/institution - it goes a long way!

Continuing Education

Homeless Training by Ryan Dowd

Sexual Harassment: How to respond to a customer's inappropriate comments


Live training with Ryan Dowd
August 11, 2022, at 1:00 PM CT

Some of the issues covered:

  • How to respond to inappropriate comments (with LOTS of scripts and video examples)
  • What to do when the “Basic Assertive Response” doesn’t work (the harassment doesn’t stop, involves touch, etc.)
  • Getting “Pennies in the Cup” and sexual harassment (are the two connected?)
Register at - it's free for Wisconsin libraries!

Making neighborhood GAMES and outdoor STORIES with community history, monuments, and art

Open call: more than 20 public libraries will be selected starting August 15 to “engage beyond our walls.” Each library will receive modest funding, live workshops with experienced game designers, and support to launch public events.

There is a growing need for digital media in public space – and “low-tech” for everyone. By joining this program, libraries can become a hub for making neighborhood games and outdoor stories – from escape rooms with local history to audio tours with resident voices.

The authoring tool is called Hive Mechanic, and it does not require any programming experience to use; it was made by the Game Center at American University in collaboration with the DC Public Library. Urban, tribal, and rural public libraries are all welcome. Information sessions are available by Zoom.
5 smiling adults joined in front of a blackboard

Save the date for NFLS Staff Development Day on September 3

Save the date for Staff Development Day: Friday, Sept. 23 from 8:30-noon. All NFLS member library directors and staff are invited to participate in this training and networking event.

Training will be held at the Central Branch of the Brown County Library in Green Bay.

Stay tuned for more details.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

WISL CE scholarship to WLA Conference applications due
August 1

Play Make Learn Conference
August 8-9

First Amendment Audits- How to Respond from Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company
August 10

Sexual Harassment: How to respond to a customer's inappropriate comments (live training with Ryan Dowd)
August 11

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Service Members, Families and Communities from WebJunction
August 12

WiLSWorld Shorts - Reproductive Health and Library and Information Science August 19

BiblioCon'22 from BiblioCommons
August 24-25

Emerging Tech Trends for 2022 and Beyond from WebJunction
August 30

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week
August 22-26

NFLS Staff Development Day @ Brown County Library
September 3

ARSL Conference (Chattanooga, TN)
September 14-17

WLA Awards & Honors nominations due
September 15

Community-Led Planning for Equitable, Responsive Services from WebJunction
September 15

Tech Days webinar series
September 20-21

Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help from WebJunction
September 22

Conversation Cafés: Engagement Strategies to Encourage Dialog with WLA Outreach Services Roundtable
September 28

Back in Circulation Conference in Madison, WI
October 3-4

WLA Annual Conference - Lake Geneva, WI
November 1-4

How to Train Your Community on Libby - from OverDrive
November 9

2023 WLA Annual Conference - Madison Marriott West in Middleton, WI
October 25 - 27, 2023

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