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Friday, January 22, 2021

What's News

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2021

The mileage reimbursement rate has changed to 56 cents per mile for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020. (source:

The Expense & Travel forms have been updated and can be downloaded from the NFLS Travel and Expenses page. Please do not use the 2020 forms for expenses accrued as of January 1, 2021.

Virtual Library Legislative Day: Registration Due TODAY

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) will host a virtual Library Legislative Day over February 16-18, 2021.

The traditional morning agenda will be held via video conference on February 16 and virtual appointments with legislators will be spread out during the week.


We hope many of you will participate. The cost to register is $25. 

Thank you for your support of Wisconsin Libraries!

Continuing Education Highlights

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference: January 27-28

Don't forget to register for this 9th annual web conference, geared toward public librarians in Wisconsin. This year's conference has 14 programs with tracks in Management, Small Libraries, Public Services and Marketing. Participate in the comfort and safety of your own home or library workspace.

Register at

RIPL Data Boot Camp Series: January 27 - March 16

A free professional development series from the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is being offered. This webinar series features five sessions from the 2020 event, remade into 90-minute live webinars and 60-minute follow-up recorded sessions for those who want to dive deeper into the topics.

Learn more about the RIPL Data Boot Camp Here

Grant Opportunities

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries


The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers in small and rural communities to apply for Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries.

Up to 450 grants will be awarded in 2021 through ALA’s community engagement funding initiative. Participating libraries will receive training in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to 21st-century librarianship, and receive $3,000 to support community engagement efforts.

Register now for a January 26 pre-application webinar to learn about the application process. The webinar will be recorded.

Learn more and apply online by March 4 at

Click here for more details.

Programming & Resources

Check out the Libraries Transform Newsletter!

Topics Include: > > Read the Latest Libraries Transform Newsletter Here

Free, Ready-to-go Library Program: Understanding America's Longest War


Virtual Panel Discussion January 28, 2021 @ 3:00 PM.

From WI Libraries for Everyone:

"CEAS East Asia Now programming and Public Libraries, The US & The Korean Peninsula: Understanding America's Longest War

Guest post by David Field, UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison takes the Wisconsin Idea very seriously and sees Wisconsin public libraries as a natural partner in making this idea a reality. This past fall CEAS piloted a grant program for Wisconsin Public Libraries as well as a Sijo poetry writing competition with incentives for libraries and their patrons to become involved.

But the Wisconsin Idea is not a one-way exchange in which the “beneficence” of the university is distributed across the state. It is a conversation between the university, policymakers, and the community. . . "

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

Virtual Library Legislative Day Registration Due
TODAY, January 22

"Fly Like a Girl" Virtual Movie Screening
January 23

ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting
January 22-26

Focus Grant Pre-Application Webinar: Libraries Transforming Communities, Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
January 26

Getting Started with Digital Preservation in a Small Institution
January 26

Library as Small Press
January 27

RIPL Data Boot Camp Series
January 27, February 2 & 23, March 2 & 16

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 27-28

Understanding America's Longest War
January 28

REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections
January 29

DEADLINE to sign up for Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture Course
January 29

Showcasing Social-Emotional Learning
February 2

Building Your Data Confidence Workshop: Applications Due
February 3

Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries
February 5

Successful Programs for Youth, This Summer & Year-Round
February 5

Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series)
February 8, 10

Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation 
February 10

2021 Library Legislative Day
February 16-18

Envisioning Future Library Experiences: Service Design Techniques for Responsive Libraries
February 18

WiLSWorld Shorts: Communication During a Crisis
February 19

Library Journal Winter Summit: Building the Next Normal
February 23

Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture
February 23, March 2 & March 9

Project Outcome 101 (PLA)
March 2

Focus Grant Application Deadline: Libraries Transforming Communities, Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
March 4

Civic Engagement in Action
March 25-26

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26 (Madison)

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

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