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Friday, August 26, 2022

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Staff Development Day on September 23

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

Wendy Franklin from NTWC will be leading us through an exploration of Service Leadership in libraries. She will provide training on assertive communication skills and attitude and on using emotional intelligence to calm an upset patron. Wendy is an experienced trainer who provides customer service trainings to organizations throughout Wisconsin.

The training will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Brown County Central Library. Everyone is welcome to join us at 8:30 a.m. for a light continental breakfast and some time to meet new friends and catch up with people across the system. We will break at noon for a buffet-style lunch sponsored by NFLS.

An invitation with registration details was emailed by Hannah Good Zima to all NFLS member library directors on Thursday, August 25th. 
Wisconsin Library Association

WLA News submission deadline is September 1

WLA wants to hear from you! Submit your news and feature articles, announcements, event photos, and more for the fall issue of WLA News, WLA's quarterly digital newsletter. Please email your items for consideration to

The submission deadline is September 1, 2022.
Let your imagination sing at the library. Image of a singing mouse holding a library card.

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Help spread the word by following I Love Libraries on Facebook and using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUpMonth to join the celebration on social media.

Visit for sample social media posts and images you can use for your library's social media or website.
I love my librarian award 2023

I Love My Librarian Award 2023


Not all superheroes wear capes, and some just happen to be librarians!

Is your librarian a local hero? Do they go above and beyond in serving your community? Are they a champion for inclusivity or a defender of the freedom to read? Tell the world how awesome your librarian is by nominating them for the 2023 I Love My Librarian Award!

Nominations for the award are now open and will be accepted online through September 30, 2022.

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

National Endowment for the Humanities logo

NEH Announces $31.5 Million for 226 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Grant awards support collaborative and individual humanities research, preservation of historic collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, and education programs for teachers.

Learn more at

Inclusive Services Highlights

Inclusive Services Special Interest Group Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, noon - 1:00 p.m. 

Youth Services Highlights

NEWI Youth Services Annual Grassroots Meeting


Date: Monday, August 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am
Zoom link to join

This informal meetup will be an opportunity to …

  • reflect on how summer activities went at your library
  • share your successes and challenges
  • discuss ideas for next year’s CSLP “Kindness and Friendship” theme

You’ll be joined by staff serving youth & teens at other NEWI libraries in NFLS, MCLS, OWLS and Winnefox.

Continuing Education

Beyond the Post: Making Social Media Work for Your Library


""Thursday, October 6, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Register in advance for this webinar.  

Likes, posts, stories, and ads—if you are overwhelmed by social media marketing, you are not alone. Social media is an engaging way to connect with your community, but it can be hard to find ideas and stay on top of trends. In this webinar, we will step back to look at the bigger picture of social media marketing for your library. You will learn how to create an effective marketing strategy, find a workflow that works for you, and get ideas on how to make content creation a little easier. If you are looking for inspiration and a confidence boost for your library's social media accounts, you have come to the right place.

Learning Objectives: Participants will…

  • Learn about social media best practices, including best posting times, accessibility needs, and copywriting tips
  • Understand how social media advertising works, the benefits of advertising on social media, and how to create a social media ad 
  • Know how to put together a flexible social media strategy for their library 

This webinar is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.

WiLSWorld shorts

Tell Your Library’s Story

Friday, October 7th at 1:00 pm CT
Elizabeth Tomev, Assistant Director, Library Services Team, DPI
Register to attend

In this episode of WiLSWorld Shorts, we will discuss the importance of communicating positive library events, programs, staff milestones, and more. We will also look at the types of communication tools available and how best to use them, such as press releases, social media, direct calls to media, and the library’s own website. Walk away with new knowledge of how to develop a strategic communications plan that the library and staff can follow year-round!

2022 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society, in person or online, to experience high-quality sessions and thought-provoking keynotes at the 16th Annual Local History & Historic Preservation Conference, October 12 - 14, 2022. The 2022 Local History & Historic Preservation Conference will be held at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, Wisconsin, near Wausau. A concurrent online experience for those who would like to attend virtually is also available.
Recollection Wisconsin will be presenting a workshop, Getting Started with Digitization Projects, on Friday, October 14 from 9 am to noon. Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register now to secure your seat! View the schedule here or register online here.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

NEWI Youth Services Annual Grassroots Meeting
August 29

Things to Avoid When Launching Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative
August 30

Today’s Digital Fundraising Trends, and How to Apply Them to Your Nonprofit
August 30

Emerging Tech Trends for 2022 and Beyond from WebJunction
August 30

Advancing Access for Library Customers with Sensory Needs from the Public Library Association
September 7

Me Difficult? Nah, They’re Difficult! from Niche Academy
September 7

Community Fundraising Success Stories from NEWI
September 13

ARSL Conference (Chattanooga, TN)
September 14-17

Mental Health in Library Customer Interactions from the IFLS Library System, Wisconsin
September 15

WLA Awards & Honors nominations due
September 15

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

NFLS Staff Development Day @ Brown County Library
September 23

WLA Inclusive Services Special Interest Group Meeting
September 28

Tech Days webinar series
September 20-21

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

NFLS Staff Development Day
September 23, 8:30 to Noon @ Brown County Central Library

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

Graphic Design Crash Course webinar from the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems (SEWI)
September 29

I Love My Librarian Award submission deadline
September 30

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

Public Library Staff and Diversity: Results from PLA’s 2021 Survey (webinar)
October 4

2022 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference from the Wisconsin Historical Society
October 12-14

Beyond the Post: Making Social Media Work for Your Library webinar
October 6

WilsWorld Shorts: Tell Your Library's Story with Wisconsin DPI
October 7

Library of Things: The What, Why, and How of Lending Objects from WebJunction
October 19

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

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

Open Outreach Discussion with WLA's Outreach Services Roundtable
November 29

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

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