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Friday, April 23, 2021

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Second Phase of COVID-19 Poster Project

The Wisconsin Historical Society is announcing the launch of the next phase of its COVID-19 Poster Project with an open call for artwork. Wisconsin artists who are interested in participating should complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM before the entry period ends on May 15, 2021.

The Wisconsin Historical Society will award $600 per commission to ten Wisconsin artists selected to participate in the second phase of the project. A separate category will exist specifically for high school students. The posters will be unveiled this summer and one design will be highlighted on the Society’s website and social media channels every week. All commissioned artwork will become part of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s poster collection to be preserved for future generations.

Learn more at


WiLS Community Chronicle: April 2021 Edition

Be sure to check out WiLS Community Chronicle. This month's topics include:

Programming Highlights

A Virtual Book Talk with Walter Echo-Hawk

April 28, 2021 06:30 PM

Walter Echo-Hawk is an author, distinguished attorney, and legal scholar, having litigated and worked on several watershed cases for Native American rights and he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Echo-Hawk’s The Sea of Grass traces ten generations of his Pawnee Indian family in the Central Plains of North America. All families have ancient roots with powerful stories to tell. Echo-Hawk’s family survived the challenges of colonialism as settlers engulfed their homeland during the rise and growth of our democracy. He will explain why he wrote this book, how he gathered family history, and how he wrote this historical novel.

Learn more about, and register for, this virtual book talk.

Grant Opportunities

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund: Helping Bring Your Ideas to Life

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund: Save the Date

Save the date! The 2021 Ideas to Action Fund application period is May 3 - June 28, 2021.

Get your ideas ready and submit a proposal to be awarded up to $5000 and bring them to life!

Learn more about the WiLS Ideas to Action Fund.

Read Africa Grants Deadline Approaches: Apply by May 1

The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to offer public libraries throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to enrich their collections with new titles. Libraries across the state are invited to submit proposals to purchase books and materials that will enable Wisconsin readers to deepen their understanding of Africa.

This project is supported with federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI. National Resource Center program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Library Services team.

Wisconsin public libraries may apply here.

Award amount: up to $1,000

Applicant Eligibility: Any public library in the state of Wisconsin may apply.

Deadline: May 1, 2021, 11:59pm

Award decisions will be communicated by May 15th. Approved expenses will be reimbursed. Invoices should be submitted by September 30, 2021.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for reimbursement.

Continuing Education Highlights

U.S. Census Bureau Data Summit for Librarians

Free Webinar on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1pm

Designed for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist libraries, schools and organizations identify data-driven solutions to challenges encountered.

This Summit is a FREE Virtual Webinar that will teach users more about the demographics and economic characteristics of the patrons you serve.  Featuring data from decennial censuses and various other census surveys, this training will take a deeper dive into demographic, social, and economic tabulations and how you can access them using the Census Bureau's enterprise-level data-access tools.

At the conclusion of this session, you will:
  • Have an increased awareness of the vast data products available through the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Be better equipped to utilize some of the free online tools available on
  • Have resources and toolkits to assist with navigating data available through

Please note: Due to high interest by librarians for this topic, and limited webinar portal capacity, please click here to register early for the Librarian Data Summit to ensure your spot for this highly anticipated session.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Eight Ways to Wellness: Discover the Dimensions for a Healthier You
Series: April 23 and 30, May 7 and 14

WLA SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year Nominations Due
April 23

6 Tips for Your Reading Fundraiser and Introducing Beanstack's Read to Raise Challenge from School Library Journal
April 27

Collecting and Preserving after Tragedy from CORE (ALA)
April 27

ARSL Preconference and Conference Session Proposals Due
April 27

Digital Backpack Workshops: Adapting to Student Needs
April 27

Smart Spaces are Community Places
April 27

Managing Digital Content Over Time: An Introduction to Digital Preservation (3-Session Course)
April 27, May 4, May 11

Virtual Book Talk with Walter Echo-Hawk
Apr 28

Introduction to Community Archiving Workshop (CAW)
April 28

Library Social Workers -- Are You Ready for Any Circumstance?
April 28

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

Reimagining School Partnership Programs during the Pandemic (PLA Webinar)
April 28

Engaging Your Patrons: 5 Tips from Public Libraries and Beyond from Library Journal
April 29

RA for All: Flip the Script and Think Like a Reader (Covid Edition)
April 29

2021 Wisconsin Science Festival Virtual Kickoff Party
April 29

Libraries and COVID-19: Information, Resources and Tools (ARSL TRAIN)
April 29

WAAL Virtual Conference
April 29-30

Proposals Due for 2021 WLA Support Staff & Circulation Services (SSCS)
Due April 30

Magnificent Middle Grade from Booklist
April 30

Place your order at the CSLP Store
by May 1 (to receive by June 1)

Census Bureau Data Summit for Librarians (Webinar)
May 3

Effective Customer Service in a Socially Distanced World
May 3 - June 13 (2-3 hrs/week)

2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Period
May 3 - June 28

Classics Revisited: Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill from Bibliotheca
May 4

Training New Supervisors for Success: Don’t Start from Scratch
May 4

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Trustee 101
May 5

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: The Do's and Don'ts of Federal Stimulus Spending from Bang the Table
May 6

Police: How to reduce police calls and keep everyone safe in your organization (Ryan Dowd Seminar)
May 6

Library Journal's Day of Dialog
May 6

Introducing OUTDOOR SCHOOL from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group from BookList
May 10

Wisconsin ACE Interface Training
May 10, 13, 17

Picture Books for Summer & Beyond from BookList
May 11

WiscNet Connections 2021
May 11

Research and Scholarship Committee Online Lecture with David James Hudson On the (Anti-Racist) Politics of Anti-Racism Research from the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
May 11

HeinOnline: The Information Source You Need, Where You Need It from WI Law Library
May 13

Prioritizing and Promoting Self-Care to Avoid Burnout from WebJunction
May 18

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Applications Available
May 15

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
May 20

ARSL Roundtable: Topic TBD
May 20

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

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

Trustee 201
June 2

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

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

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

Trustee Training Week
August 23-27

Library Card Sign-up Month

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

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

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