Nic News Weekly
Friday, March 27, 2020
What's News this Week

Additional Funding for Wisconsin's Digital Library

To help support Wisconsin libraries and their patrons during these unprecedented times, the Department of Public Instruction is awarding the WPLC and Wisconsin’s Digital Library $250,000 in LSTA funds as part of an IMLS grant for digital content.
WPLC project managers have created a plan to allocate the funds:
  1. Simultaneous Use Titles: Up to $30,000 for ebook and audio titles available for unlimited, simultaneous use for one year from the date of purchase.
  2. Cost Per Circ Titles: Up to $100,000 for pay-per-use ebook and digital audiobook titles, an amount that would immediately fill 18,182 patron holds.
  3. New Titles: Up to $120,000 for new ebook and digital audiobook titles, adding an estimated 2000 titles to the collection.
This was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LS-00-19-0050-19. 

If you have questions, email

Grant Opportunity

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants: Apply by March 31

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country. It has announced its annual call for proposals.

Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect the imagination and a desire to make learning fun. The foundation welcomes mini-grant proposals focusing on any subject.

View examples of exemplary mini-grants here. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

> > Apply for a mini-grant here.
Continuing Education Opportunities

Library 2.0 Webinars with Dr. Steve Albrecht

Message from Library 2.0:

Dr. Steve Albrecht has been a good friend to the Library 2.0 community. His next paid webinar, library emergencies, is this coming Tuesday, March 31st.

We know that many of you will not be in a position to pay for professional development at this time. For those of you in this situation, Dr. Albrecht has graciously allowed members of Library 2.0 to view the recordings of his past paid webinars for free at this time, and we encourage you to view those.

At the same time, Steve makes his living speaking and presenting, and like so many, is having those engagements canceled. Even if attendance at this webinar is lower than normal, I want to do my part to provide him with some income--so rather than postpone or cancel this webinar, I'm going to hold it.

Dr. Albrecht always does a great, thorough, and professional job with his training material. While many libraries are closed right now, that won't always be the case, and coping with serious emergencies for when libraries are open and functioning regularly is an important topic. His material is guaranteed to be helpful.

Thank you for your consideration,
Steve Hargadon
Library 2.0

Remote & Online Services to Children (Webinar Recording)

The recording and resources are posted for the Remote and Online Services to Children webinar, which was presented on March 25, 2020. The webinar unfortunately was not able to accommodate everyone who wanted to watch the webinar live (the Zoom license accommodates 100 viewers at a time), but iSchool hopes that the recording and resources are helpful. They had well over 300 registered so I know there is a lot of interest. Share as widely as you like!

Access the webinar at

Learning While Away from the Library

Learning something new can be a diversion from the news; you can go to the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities in which you can participate while your library is closed and you shelter in place. Most sessions are 60 minutes long and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.

Check out this month's summary of offerings here.
COVID-19-related Closures, News & Opportunities

Ancestry Library Edition: Remote Access Available while Libraries are Closed

Remote access available while libraries are closed. Access to a vast collection of Census records, birth, marriage & death records, immigration and military records, directories, passenger lists, and more.

Access Ancestry Library Edition HERE

Wisconsin Newspaper Archive Expanded to Include Entire Collection while Libraries are Closed

OWLSnet's subscription to Wisconsin Newspaper Archive has been expanded to include their entire collection while libraries are closed.

Access here:

Online Storytime Resources

If you or your youth staff are planning or doing online storytimes while you are closed, WLA's Youth Services Section blog has a number of posts up to help make the process easier: Plus, the post below has a great list of free online professional development related to youth services (including UW-Madison iSchool's 3/25 free webinar with a panel of WI YS folks sharing ideas and strategies for online and remote programming:  Please share it with others.

For Libraries Offering Online Storytimes

For those of you offering online storytimes – like using Facebook Live to do read-alouds, you may find this useful:
Copyright and Online Storytimes/Programs:
  • Publishers that have changed permission during the pandemic
  • Creative Commons
  • Public Domain
  • Content Creators Permission

Events Cancelled or Postponed

The following events have been either cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 reasons:

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting: April 3

The April Advisory meeting will be online. Hannah emailed the call-in details on Thursday, March 26th. If you cannot locate the information, please email her.

As always, a copy of prior meeting minutes are located on the website at
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Customer Service Webinar Series
April 1, 8, 15

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
April 3 (Online)

Telling Stories with Data: Making numbers meaningful
April 3 (Dubuque, IA)

Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice
Beginning April 2

Money Smart Week®
April 4-11

NFLS Board Meeting
April 14

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

WiscNet Connections 2020
May 12-13

Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning
May 19 (Green Bay)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5
GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

National Summer Learning Week
July 6-11

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

Library Card Signup Month

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

WLA 2020 Annual Conference
October 27-30 (Green Bay)

International Games Week
November (TBD)

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

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