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Friday, April 17, 2020

National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020

Find Your Place at the Library
The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic forced most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces.

Most people can’t visit their libraries in person, but libraries are still very much open for business.

To celebrate that, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
You are free to use any of the NLW materials with either theme. If your library plans to participate in NLW, please use the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesStrong to bring attention to the valuable role libraries are continuing to play.
The new “Find the library at your place” digital graphics and media tools in English and Spanish are available for download on the National Library Week webpage.

For libraries that don’t have plans yet for NLW, or are unsure about how they can get involved this year, check out ALA's 20 Easy Ways to Participate in NLW 2020 tip sheet.

ALA also has new Because statements that are relevant in our time of social distancing that can be posted to websites and social media.
What's News this Week

Looking for a Few Good Stories

The WPLC Project Managers are working with the ALA sharing statistics on ebook and digital audiobook usage at a national level. Larra Clark from ALA is asking for examples of traditional book readers becoming avid ebook readers due to library closures.

If you have anecdotes you are willing to share with us, please email  This information will be shared with ALA's media lead, Macey Morales and reporters on a national level so obtaining permission if names are used will be necessary. 
Thanks for your help! 

Libraries as social infrastructure: Palaces for the People Virtual Discussion

Looking for ways to connect with others during this time of physical distancing?  
While it might seem ironic/counter-intuitive to discuss the library’s place in the center of community during this time when our physical library buildings are closed, now is a great time to connect with your colleagues and discuss ways that public libraries are the foundation for social infrastructure in our communities.
This discussion will be based on the book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.  See below for options on reading the book and to find other resources (in case you don’t have time for the book or can’t access it).
We’ll release a section of questions and resources every 2 weeks.  Part One, about the themes in the Introduction and Chapter One, is available now.

> > Read more and learn how to participate here.
Continuing Education Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities: Youth Services Resources

WI Libraries for Everyone (DPI) posted some great CE opportunities in their April 10, 2020 blog post. Please pass this information along to your library's Youth Services contacts.

> > Click here for Professional Development Opportunities: Youth Services Resources

Top Ten Tips to Educate Your Board

IFLS Library System and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are pleased to bring you:  Top Ten Tips to Educate Your Board webinar with DPI staff and former library directors Shannon Schultz, Ben Miller, and Cindy Fesemyer. 

They will share resources and strategies to help you make sure your library boards have the information they need to do their jobs legally and effectively.  Join us on May 14 at 1:00 for this webinar, which will be recorded.  

Register here.

Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference

The "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries, as well as the many unique challenges that libraries face in these strange times.

>> Learn More about & Register for the Conference

All of Us Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries

Tuesday, April 28, 1:30-3:00
Register at

This interactive presentation will introduce library staff to National Library of Medicine resources, enhance understanding of the public library's role in supporting families living with dementia, and present an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of disease by participating in the All of Us Research Program, a national health research project funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Participants will also learn strategies to help libraries and their staff become more supportive to people with dementia and their care partners.

> > Learn More & Register Here

8 tips for teachers, librarians, and small business.

5-minute video on how to make videos during coronavirus.
View More CE Opportunities Here
COVID-19 Resources

Financial Resources during COVID-19 Crisis: A Webinar Event for Wisconsin Practitioners & Educators

The Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the Division of Extension, will host a webinar on April 27th at 10:30 am to noon CT.

The purpose of the webinar is to provide timely resources, information, and updates on Wisconsin state agency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the financial well-being of households across the state. The information and resources provided will be most appropriate for Wisconsin-based practitioners, educators, and those working with the public to address financial issues resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

> > Learn More and Register Here

IMLS Federal Emergency Relief Funding for Wisconsin Libraries


On Monday, April 13, 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the agency would soon award the first $30 million of the $50 million that Congress appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Under the distribution formula, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will receive $526,106 in the coming weeks.

According to the language of the CARES Act and a press release from IMLS, Wisconsin may use the funds to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support.

> > Click here to read more about is funding.

View More COVID-19 Blog Posts Here

DPI Wi-Fi Mapping Survey

Last week Ed Snow, DPI posted an initiative that the DPI, in partnership with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC), is doing to map free public wi-fi locations that can be of value to students who don't have Internet access at home.

Please help them populate this crucial information by filling out the Internet survey for locations in which your libraries provide free public wi-fi. Click here for a direct link to the Internet Survey. For additional information or questions regarding this wifi mapping initiative, contact Ed.
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice
April 7 - May 5 (online)

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Understanding the Wisconsin Circuit Court Records Website
April 23 (Webinar)

Financial Resources during COVID-19 Crisis: A Webinar Event for Wisconsin Practitioners & Educators
April 27 (Webinar)

All of Us Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries
April 28 (Webinar)

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

Top 10 Tips to Educate Your Board
May 14 (Webinar

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

Small, Rural and Independent Libraries Conference
June 17 (online)

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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