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Friday, May 7, 2021

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2021 Rural Libraries Summit: May 25-26


ALA's Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. Conversations happening at the summit include partnerships with academic libraries as well as tribal libraries, avenues for unique library funding, and more. All summit attendees are encouraged to join these conversations and share resources from their library and communities.

The Rural Libraries Summit is May 25-26 and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so please save your seat!

Learn more and register; feel free to share with your networks as well.

If you have any questions, please email

Submit PLA Webinar Proposals through May 31

""Do you have an idea, innovation, collaboration, or case study you think other public libraries would benefit from? Share it with your peers by submitting a PLA webinar proposal!

PLA webinars are a great opportunity to expand your presentation skills, grow your professional network, advance the public library field, and become more involved with PLA. Webinar proposals are reviewed by PLA staff and member volunteers on a biannual basis. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 31.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the proposal form, please contact

ADANN 30th Anniversary Spotlight on ADA Resource Portals

Great Lakes ADA Center: Celebrating 30 Years (1991-2021)The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network is hosting the "ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Spotlight Session focused on Regional Center Resource Portals" on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 1-2:30pm CT.

Description:  Locating reliable and accurate resources and information on the Americans with Disabilities Act via the internet can be a challenge. Browser searches can bring up thousands of responses but it's hard to know which ones to trust. Members of the ADA National Network have built out extensive resource portals with links to key resources across all aspects of the ADA and related legislation. Join this session to learn more about these resources and what is available through the ADA National Network.
  • Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • Time: 1-2:30pm CT
  • Method: Via Zoom Webinar Platform with Live Real-time captioning provided
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Questions? Call 877-232-1990 or by email at
Grant Opportunities
WiLS Ideas to Action Fund: Helping Bring Your Ideas to Life

WiLS 2021 Ideas to Action Fund Application Period Is Open

Apply for up to $5000 from the WiLS Ideas to Action Fund!

The WiLS Ideas to Action Fund provides grants so member organizations can bring their project ideas to life. This message is to let you know that, as a WiLS member, you are eligible to apply and that the 2021 application period is open! The deadline to apply is June 28th.

Get more information about the fund here.

ARSL Conference Scholarship Applications Now Accepted

ARSL: The biggest little library conferenceARSL Annual Conference
October 20-23, 2021 | Sparks, NV

The application window for the four (4) ARSL conference scholarships (the ARSL Angels, Dr. Vavrek, Founders, and Ken Davenport scholarships) is officially open. Interested applicants will have until  Friday, May 28 to submit their applications.

Scholarship winners will all receive:
  • complimentary registration to the full ARSL annual conference
  • 3 paid nights in the conference hotel
Dr. Vavrek and Founders Scholarship winners will also receive a fixed travel stipend.

None of the ARSL conference scholarships require applicants to have an MLIS or other degree to be eligible. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application before the opening of Early Bird Registration on July 6.
Programming Resources

ARSL Program-Palooza Round Table: May 20th

ARSL: The Association for Rural & Small Libraries
Thursday, May 20 | 1 pm CT

Are you ready for summer programs? Bring your best program ideas, tips, and stories to share with your colleagues! How are you handling summer reading? What have you learned from virtual programming over the past year? As libraries start to reopen, how do you plan to put on in-person events safely?

ARSL wants to hear about your most successful programs—and the disasters that at least made a great story. Leave this roundtable with new program ideas for children, teens, and adults, as well as new connections in your ARSL community. Registration will open in early May. This TRAIN is free for all ARSL members. Non-members can join ARSL in the registration form.

Tails and Tales themed poster covers

CSLP Newsletter: April 2021

Be sure to read the April 2021 CSLP Newsletter, which includes important reminders, 2021 program resources, stories, and 2020 CSLP Survey infographics.

Learn where to purchase "Stealing Away stories" by Kevin RevolinskiStealing Away: Stories (by Wisconsin author Kevin Revolinski)

Kevin Revolinski, the author of a number of popular Wisconsin travel, outdoor, and brewery guidebooks, recently alerted us to his newest book: Stealing Away: Stories.

The book was published by Back Burner Books in January, 2021, and has received praises from bestselling Midwestern-oriented authors Nickolas Butler and J. Ryan Stradal.

Kevin is available for library events, book clubs, and presentations (on Zoom and eventually in-person again).

Continuing Education Highlights

The “Marketing Funnel” Approach to Customer Engagement

Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm

Most of us who work in marketing in libraries spend our time thinking about how to promote library programs, services and collections. We create and share messaging across platforms such as email, social media, website, news media and more. But have you ever paused to think about the many ways your customers interact with your library outside of your promotional messaging?

In most libraries, the policies, procedures and processes that dictate the customer experience are managed separately from marketing. But they shouldn’t be! After all, your marketing messages are promising an experience that your library has to deliver.

Join Cordelia Anderson, APR, to learn about the traditional concept of the “marketing funnel” to look at the ways that libraries get, keep, and sometimes lose customers.

Register for The "Marketing Funnel" Approach to Customer Engagement. This free webinar will also be recorded.

Don't Forget . . .

Encourage Your Library Patrons to Share their Stories

Everyone has a story to tell - especially library patrons! Collect your patrons' stories by asking them to complete a short survey.

Get started at

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

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

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

Wisconsin ACE Interface Training
May 10, 13, 17

Leadership during COVID-19: Pivoting from Reactive Survival to Proactive Planning for the Future (PLA Webinar)
May 11

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

Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas
May 12

Teaching About Juneteenth Webinar
May 12

Building a WOW Recognition Culture to Keep Employees Engaged & Motivated
May 12

Managing Difficult Conversations at Work
May 12

Tribal Nations at Your Library: Discussion and Reflection
May 13

Designing for the Future:
The Post-Pandemic Library
May 13

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

ADA National Network 30th Anniversary Spotlight Session focused on Regional Center Resource Portals
May 13

Working towards Wellbeing: Belonging: Practices, Beliefs and Impacts from Southern Tier Library System
May 14

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

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

Understanding the Role of Public Library Directors
May 18

Accessibility Features of Apple iOS Devices
May 18

e-FORUM: We Faceted our Seatbelts, Now What? Advocacy for Implementing Faceted Vocabularies in Public Facing Interfaces from CORE (ALA)
May 18-19

The "Marketing Funnel" Approach to Customer Engagement
May 19

Spanish Language Collection Development
May 20

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
May 20

ARSL Program-Palooza Roundtable
May 20

From A to Z: An Amazing Array of Awesome Antidotes for Zoom Fatigue
May 20

Be More Productive, Powerful & Persuasive with Board, Staff & Donors
May 20

Working towards Wellbeing: Resources for Deeper Understanding & Broader Impacts from Southern Tier Library System
May 21

Creating Accessible Virtual Programs for Children with Disabilities and their Families
May 21

Rural Libraries Summit
May 25-26

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

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

BCALA's Best of the Best Booklist: Ensuring Equity and Diversity in Public and School Libraries
May 27

ARSL Conference Scholarship Applications Due
May 28

Working towards Wellbeing: Practices and their Evaluation from Southern Tier Library System
May 28

PLA Webinar Proposals Due
May 31

Trustee 201
June 2

Building Connections with Community Assets
June 3

Food Access and Seed Libraries in Rural Public Libraries
June 9

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

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

eForum: Does Better Training Lead to Greater Job Satisfaction? From CORE (ALA)
June 15-16

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

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund Applications Due
June 28

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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