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Friday, March 26, 2021

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Ancestor Approved Stories: Intertribal Stories for Kids (edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith); and Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley

Indigenous Representation Newsletter


"MN's Minitex News blog recently introduced a new quarterly newsletter: the Indigenous Representations Newsletter. 

They write: 'Welcome to the first installment of the Indigenous Representations quarterly newsletter. In this newsletter, we will be sharing book and resource recommendations for use in your classroom or library. Indigenous Representations is a statewide project that began in 2016 and aims to connect Minnesota’s youth with positive and appropriate books by and about Indigenous people with a focus on Dakota and Anishinaabe nations. Beyond the resources shared in this newsletter, educators and librarians are encouraged to think critically about Indigenous representation in other resources and continue to seek out materials that truthfully reflect Indigenous cultures.'

The newsletter is a collaboration between Fond du Lac Tribal and Community Collecoge, St. Cloud State University, the St Kate's Master of Library and Information program, the University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection, Birchbark Books, MN Department of Education State Library Services and MN Department of Education Office of American Indian Education. 

This first newsletter includes book and resource recommendations for use in the classroom or library.

To read this March 2021 newsletter stop here."

Nominate someone exceptional for the WI Library Hall of Fame!

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee is accepting nominations for individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2021. Nominations must be submitted by September 10, 2021.

Procedures and nomination form may be found at

Participate in WiLS’ Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Survey

""(Source: WiLS Community Chronicle - March 2021)

"WiLS recognizes that many organizations, including libraries, have been increasingly focused on equity, diversity, and inclusiveness (EDI) efforts both internally and externally. One of WiLS’ values is an explicit commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To that end, in mid-2020 we initiated an EDI working group composed of WiLS staff to formalize these efforts and ensure that we are doing the best we can to support member organizations in their EDI work. The following survey is one way for us to learn from members about the EDI work they have in place already and what additional resources may be of use to them.

Please complete this survey by March 31, 2021 and connect with us at if you have any questions."

Continuing Education Highlights

Spring Webinar Series

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Northern Waters Library Service, and the Southwest Wisconsin Library System are excited to announce a Spring Webinar Series focusing on Public Services.  The webinars occur on three consecutive Thursdays (April 15, 22 and 29). They will be recorded and are worth 1 contact hour for library certification.

From Plexiglass to Physical Distancing: Library Spaces in 2021
Thursday, April 15; 1 p.m.
Curt Beyler, Facilities Manager
Brown County Library; Green Bay, WI

Diversifying Your Collection as a Small Library
Thursday, April 22; 1 p.m.
Elizabeth Timmins, Director
Muehl Public Library; Seymour, WI

RA for All: Flip the Script and Think Like a Reader (Covid Edition)
Thursday, April 29; 1 p.m.
Becky Spratford, Reader’s Advisor

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

2021 ARSL Conference

Save the date for the 2021 ARSL Conference.

When: October 20-23, 2021
Where: Reno/Sparks, Nevada

The Request for Preconference and Conference Session Proposals is now open!

Submit your proposals by April 27, 2021 to be considered for this year's conference.

Grant Opportunities

WiLS Ideas to Action Fund: Helping bring your ideas to life

Save the Date to Apply for WiLS Ideas to Action Funds

(Source: WiLS Community Chronicle - March 2021)

The 2021 Ideas to Action Fund application period is May 3rd - June 28th. Get your ideas ready and submit a proposal to be awarded up to $5000 and bring them to life!

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR)

From the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):

Application available: May 15, 2021
Application due: July 15, 2021
Project start date: June 1, 2022
About the Program:
The NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. This program strengthens efforts to extend the life of books, manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images, and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.  
Learn more about HCRR GRANTS 

Eligible Grant Activities:
Planning; Assessments; Digitization; Rehousing; Conservation treatment leading to enhanced access. 
The grants can also support digital reformatting of analog sound recordings, as well as initial planning and prototyping activity that might be important in certain cases, in order to establish a clear blueprint for full implementation.

Grant amounts: 
Up to $50,000 for Foundations grants
Up to $350,000 for Implementation grants

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

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

Registration DEADLINE for (April) Streamline for Success:
Library Programs & Services Reboot

March 29

Libraries and Workforce Development: Connecting the Dots between Your Patrons and Public Policy
March 30

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue
March 30

Qualitative Data Analysis with Taguette
March 30

Break Barriers:  Get Kids Thinking Critically About Bias from BookList
March 30

Strong Women & Girls from BookList
March 31

WiLS' EDI Survey Due
March 31

Data that Counts: Intro to Census Data for Public Libraries
April 6

Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot
Session 1: April 6 or 7
Session 2: April 20 or 21

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at your Library
April 7

Prejudice: Responding to Prejudicial Comments from Customers
April 8

Helping Patrons to Improve Their Financial Decision Making and Outcomes (ARSL)
April 8

Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons
April 13

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries
April 13

Health Information Online:  Finding Information You Can Trust--Train the Trainer (Webinar)
April 14 PART ONE  Register here
April 15 PART TWO Register here

From Plexiglass to Physical Distancing: Library Spaces in 2021
April 15

Diversifying Your Collection as a Small Library
April 22

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

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

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

WAAL Virtual Conference
April 29-30

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

WAPL Annual Conference
May 4-7

Library Journal's Day of Dialog
Mary 6

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

ARSL Roundtable: Topic TBD
May 20

Support Staff & Circulation Services One-Day Conference
May 27

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

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1, 2022

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