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Friday, July 17, 2020

Register now for Trustee Training Week 2020

Registration is open for Wisconsin Trustee Training Week 2020, which will be held Aug. 24-28. There will be one webinar each day from noon to 1 p.m. on a topic that’s relevant to public library boards, friends, and trustees. Webinars are available free of charge and are open to anyone.

Read more about Trustee Training here.

What's News this Week

Three Things You Can Do to Promote Anti-Racism Efforts In Your Library

  1. Download and use the new Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide with Automatic Scoring
  2. Replay “Advancing Equity & Inclusion In the Workplace Symposium” sessions
  3. Respond to the Call to Action for Public Library Workers to Address Racism
Inclusive Services Assessment with Automatic Scoring
In a recent blog post, readers were asked to consider how you can play a role in taking action to make your library and community more inclusive. The Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide was designed by Wisconsin public library and public library system staff for Wisconsin public library directors, staff, and boards with the intent to foster inclusive library environments where everyone is safe, welcomed, and respected.

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COVID-19-related Cybercrime: Microsoft Takes Legal Action

According to a recent blog post by Microsoft, cybercriminals have been "taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to defraud customers in 62 countries around the world."

Because this issue directly affects our librarians, we thought it important to relay the following information regarding these phishing attacks.

Read more below for a highlight that has been pulled from the article.

Marketing Materials

Marketing Materials for the "New" InfoSoup Coming this August

InfoSoup library staff can now find a selection of digital and print-ready marketing materials by following this link:

This page will be updated as new materials are created. OWLSnet will plan on sending out a supply of printed materials as well.

Continuing Education

Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. Central

Start virtual programming for adults using Zoom! Learn about training staff to present virtually, integrating community partners into your virtual schedule, and other strategies to transition programs from in-house to online. In this webinar, community outreach specialists will cover best practices for programs, setting up accounts for maximum security and effectiveness (no Zoom-bombing!), program selection, and shifting staff to a virtual environment.

Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

Antiracist Collection Development & Programming for Middle School & High School Youth (InfoPeople Webinar)

Presented by: Adrienne Almeida
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 2PM CST

Right now, we are a profession called to lead the charge for antiracist work. It's time for listening, reflecting, and thoughtful action. If you are a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), how are you supporting the antiracist work of your white colleagues without doing all the heavy lifting on your own? If you are white, how are you holding yourself and your colleagues accountable to be transparently antiracist in your collection development and programming? Who are you listening to and learning from to improve your antiracist practice? Let's come together to unpack resources and protocols to refresh our toolboxes and inspire our communities to be agents of positive change.

This webinar will be of interest to School Librarians and Public library staff who work with Grade 5-12 youth.

Click here for a complete description and to REGISTER.
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Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations

AAC Meeting
July 17

Designing Virtual Volunteer Opportunities & Managing Remote Volunteers
July 22

Library Responses to COVID-19
July 22

Transition Planned In-Person Adult Programs to a Virtual Environment
July 22

Jerks with Homes Live Webinar
July 23

Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28

Whose Turn is it Anyway? Online Board Gaming and Libraries
July 28 (Webinar)

Reading and Talking about Race
July 29

Antiracist Collection Development & Programming for Middle School & High School Youth
July 29

Celebrating Diversity with Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Books
July 30

Opportunity Out of Adversity: Digital Access in Rural and Small Libraries
August 6

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
August 7

Power Up 2021 Conference Proposals Due
August 8

NFLS Board Meeting
August 11

The Public Library's Role in Elections: Voter Education in a Post-Truth Era
August 11
Trustee Training Week
​August 24-28

Penguin Random House Open Storytime License Ends
August 31

Library Card Signup Month

AAC Meeting
September 18

Tech Days 2020
September 23-24 (Online)

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

International Games Week
November (TBD)

AAC Meeting
November 13

Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement
November 16-17

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

Power Up 2021 Conference
March 25-26, 2021 (Madison)

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