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Friday, August 14, 2020

What's News this Week

New InfoSoup Catalog Launches this Weekend

As InfoSoup libraries all know, the new InfoSoup library catalog launches this weekend. Make sure to visit the InfoSoup Marketing Toolkit for bookmarks, posters, flyers, Web banners, videos, and other resources to help promote the new look and features of InfoSoup. And check back frequently for updates and new materials.

Back to School Considerations for Wisconsin Public Libraries


Wisconsin is a local control state; every public school district determines its own policies, including whether the 2020-2021 school year will begin with virtual, in-person, physically distanced, or other instructional options.

Other schooling options, such as private schools or home-based private education (homeschooling), will likely reflect programming changes this school year, such as new schedules or new students. In addition, colleges and universities will offer an array of choices for fall learning. As a result, higher education students might find themselves taking online classes while living in their home communities rather than on campus.

All of these factors contribute to the ways in which students, families, and educators might engage with their local public library this fall and beyond.

Read more about these Back to School Basics, What to Anticipate, Where to Start, and Resources to Review at WI Libraries for Everyone.

Continuing Education

Virtual Training: TeachingBooks' Diversity Toolkit

Join on August 19, 2020, at 1 pm for virtual training on the Diverse Books Toolkit available through TeachingBooks, just one of BadgerLink's many resources that focus on supporting K12 learning.

Learning Objective: Attendees will leave this session with resources that reflect global perspectives to include in their literacy work.
  • Integrate award-winning diverse books into all content areas
  • Bring culture and race to the forefront of literary conversations
  • Explore primary source materials from authors sharing personal insights
Sign up to receive live meeting details or notification of post-session recording.

Making It Stick: Creating an Engaged Organization with Thriving Libraries

You’ve committed to turning outward, centering your community in the work you do at the library and your organization. This means you’ll be spending a lot of time doing things that may not look like traditional work to the casual observer.

To be successful, you’ll need to build buy-in, support, and capacity from your board. Find out how to get your board excited about community engagement, and bring them on as motivated collaborators.

Click here to watch this recorded webinar.

19 Suffrage Stories: Help Create & Edit Wikipedia Content

19 Suffrage Stories is a Wikipedia event coordinated by the Library of Congress, National Archives, and Smithsonian. During the month of August, they’re inviting cultural heritage organizations to join the effort to increase coverage of the 19th amendment and women in the suffrage movement on Wikipedia by making 19 edits to Wikipedia during the month of August
To facilitate this work, they are also offering eight free training webinars throughout the month. Attendees of all experience levels will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia by updating articles related to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Adding your knowledge to Wikipedia can help bring to light lesser-known aspects and stories of the movement, as well as increase discovery and use of your materials.
Learn more about DPLA’s ongoing partnership with Wikimedia to help increase access to our contributors’ collections.

Register for Library Journal's Fall Day of Dialog

Fall's most anticipated day-long gathering of librarians is back by popular demand, still fully virtual and free to attend!

The next all-day event is scheduled for September 25 and will feature a close-up look at the biggest forthcoming books from winter/spring 2021.

Once again, you’ll hear from top authors in genre fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction and learn about more titles and trends from speakers on our popular Audio panel.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys as well as other free resources and giveaways. Certificates of completion will be provided to submit for CE credits.

Click here for more details about the Library Journal Day of Dialog.

Job Center of WI for Job Seekers Webinar Recording


Originally presented August 6, 2020, with Linda Williamson, Department of Workforce Development, presenting.

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.

Click here to access slides, DPI CE Activity Report, and recording.

Visit NEWI for more CE Opportunities

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations

Last to export InfoSoup reading history and lists
August 15

TeachingBooks' Diversity Toolkit Webinar
August 19

Strategic Planning Cohort Grant App Due
August 24

Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

RIPL Webinar - Libraries Build Pathways to Wellbeing
August 26

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

Banned Books Week
September 20-26

Tech Days 2020
September 23-34 (Online)

Library Journal's Fall Day of Dialog
September 25
ARSL Conference
September 28 - October 2

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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