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Friday, July 31, 2020

Nominations for WLA Awards 2020

It's time for you to nominate your libraries, librarian, trustees, etc. for this year's WLA Awards. Most applications appear to be due September 4, 2020.
When the going gets tough, the tough call a librarian. Nominate a Librarian today!
Visit for a list of awards and application instructions.

What's News this Week

WLA Legislative Newsletter: Fall Election Dates, Budget Discussions, Broadband Bills and More

Take a few minutes to view the July 2020 edition of the WLA Legislative newsletter. Contents include:
  • 2020 Fall Election Dates and Early Voting Windows
  • Who is Running for the Wisconsin Legislature?
  • WI Governor’s Broadband Task Force & Federal Broadband Bills
  • LD&L Webinar Shares Tips for Local Budget Discussions
  • Legislative and State Government Reference Resources
Read the entire WLA Legislative newsletter here.

Quarantine Increased to Four Days

On July 21, 2020, scientists at Battelle Labs released the results of Test 2 of the REALM Project. Library materials tested included Braille paper pages, glossy book pages, magazine pages, children’s board books, and archival folders, in varying environmental conditions. While most of these results came back acceptable under current recommended quarantine practices, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 showed a trace amount of virus at four days on certain materials

In light of these results, DPI and the system directors have determined that the recommended quarantine time for library materials be increased to four days.

Read more about this announcement by WI Libraries For Everyone.

Grant Opportunities

Scholarship: 2020 Strategic Planning Cohort for Small Public Libraries

NFLS is pleased to offer two partial scholarships for the 2020-2021 Strategic Planning Cohort for Small Public Libraries. The planning cohort will take place from November 2020 to July 2021.
The short application, which is due to NFLS on Monday, August 24, 2020, can be found here.
Please note, applicants will need to contact Melissa McLimans at or 608-515-8953 to notify her of your intent to participate by the end of August. Additional information about the cohort can be found at
Last year, Carol Petrina from the Kewaunee Public Library participated in the cohort. Carol would be happy to field questions or discuss the program with applicants.

Grant: 2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute

NFLS is pleased to offer one grant for WLA’s Leadership Development Institute, which will be held from December 8-10, 2020, in Madison.
The application is due to NFLS by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The application and additional information can be found on our website at:
Please note, applicants will need to submit a separate application to WLA for the program. Additional information about the Institute will be provided by WLA in the coming weeks and can be found at
Please contact NFLS if you have any questions regarding the grant.

Continuing Education

Racial Justice Challenge: August 3-7

The Racial Justice Challenge is a program sponsored by UMaine's Fogler Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Each day, for five days, you'll receive an email with several tasks designed to learn, listen, share, and take action regarding race, racism, and antiracism. Participants will explore how to be antiracist (versus "not racist"), move beyond a single story, examine issues of race in the media, and design a personalized racial justice plan. 

The Challenge will take place from August 3 - August 7, 2020. To join, sign up online.  Everyone who's interested in the materials are encouraged to sign up - even if they won't have time to complete the tasks during the Challenge week.

All are welcome to participate, wherever they may live!
Have questions? Contact Jen Bonnet,

REALM Project Update Webinar

Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are commonly handled in archives, libraries, and museums.

Join staff from OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle for a free WebJunction webinar on August 4, 2020, to learn more about the testing process, how to present results to your stakeholders, project resources to inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.  

Register for the webinar

REALM questions submission form
Archive, library, and museum staff can use this form to submit their questions about the REALM project to the team. We will do our best to respond to questions submitted. The form can be found at

HR Issues in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Our society has gone through an unprecedented period. But as we begin the process of reopening, renewing and reinvigorating – including our HR function – what are the key points to consider as we move forward?  “Business as usual” is likely not the answer.  Instead, we must assess challenges and create solutions.  During this interactive webinar, we will discuss “best practices” being adopted by employers and compliance with rapidly changing laws and regulations surrounding re-opening in the midst of a pandemic.

Click here to learn more and register.

Job Center of Wisconsin for Job Seekers

Thu, Aug 6, 2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

A demonstration of the Job Center of Wisconsin website for job seekers, including account creation and registration, job searching and creating a resume. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.

Register Here

Healing Reading Trauma: Rebuilding a Love of Reading Through Libraries for Liberation

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hosted by South Central Library System
Too many of our youth have had their love of reading systematically stolen. This trauma enacted on our youth includes a lack of meaningful representation, high-stakes testing culture, unhealthy fixation on the “Classics”, and the shaming of students for what they love to read. The result can be youth who associate reading with pain, insecurity, embarrassment, and humiliation. Not only is this affecting the academic achievement of our students, it’s taking away our teens' ability to act powerfully upon the world. When we damage someone’s language, we are taking away a piece of their humanity. This work of healing reading trauma is an essential part of liberatory and anti-racist education. In this session, the facilitators will share how they are building liberatory reading spaces at their secondary school libraries where youth are beginning to heal their reading trauma. Specific tools--including teaching methods, collection development strategies, and program/policy changes--will be shared.

Click here to learn more and register.

How to deal with problem behaviors related to COVID-19: Ryan Dowd's 1-Hour Live Webinar

Thursday, August 13 at 1:00 pm Central time

Some of the issues covered:
  • How to ask someone to wear a mask.
  • How to get social distance when someone is standing too close.
  • How to handle someone showing symptoms (coughing, etc.)
Pre-Registration Required: REGISTER HERE
A recording (with closed captioning) will be available on a few days after the live event.

Virtual Training on BadgerLink Resources: Recordings Now Available

The BadgerLink Team hosted a number of vendor-led virtual trainings in May and June, and the recordings are now available, fully captioned and all under 30 minutes each.

These recordings, along with other guides and tutorials, are available on-demand from the BadgerLink training page, and a full playlist can be found on DPI’s YouTube channel.

Click here to read more about this topic provided by WI Libraries For Everyone.
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Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations

Racial Justice Challenge
August 3-7

REALM Project Update
August 4 (Webinar)

Taco Tuesday (WILS)
August 4

HR Issues in the Time of COVID-19
August 5 Webinar

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (Call for Proposals)
August 5

Job Center of Wisconsin for Job Seekers
Thu, Aug 6

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries
August 6

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

Power Up 2021 Conference Proposals Due
August 8

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

The Public Library's Role in Elections: Voter Education in a Post-Truth Era
August 11

Healing Reading Trauma: Rebuilding a Love of Reading Through Libraries for Liberation
August 12

Last to export InfoSoup reading history and lists
August 15

Strategic Planning Cohort Grant App Due
August 24

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

ALA Digital Access Grant Application Due
August 26
Penguin Random House Open Storytime License Ends
August 31

Library Card Signup Month

WLA Leadership Development Institute Grant App Due
September 15

AAC Meeting
September 18

Tech Days 2020
September 23-34 (Online)

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

International Games Week
November (TBD)

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference
November 5-6

AAC Meeting
November 13

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
November 16-17

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

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

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