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Friday, December 4, 2020

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Ryan Dowd Training Renewed for 2021

DPI, in partnership with the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, has renewed our subscription to the Ryan Dowd Guide to Homelessness customer service training program. Everyone’s progress will be saved in the new year and new people can be added the same way.

Ryan Dowd, executive director of a large homeless shelter, trains libraries around the world on how to compassionately and effectively manage problematic behavior from troubled and traumatized individuals.

Access training at

Supervisors & Department Heads: If someone on your staff does not have a work email address, please contact Joy Schwartz with their alternate email address and she’ll send them a personalized invitation.

WLA Legislative Newsletter: Election Summary, Budget Process Update, and More

Be sure to check out the latest WLA Legislative Newsletter - the "Need to Know" legislative newsletter for library leaders. Following is a summary of what's included in the November 30th WLA Legislative Newsletter:
  • 2020 General Election Summary
  • ACTION ITEM: Post-Election Relationship Building
  • 2021-2023 Biennial Budget process update
  • 2021 Library Legislative Day Goes Virtual! – Feb. 16, 17, 18
  • Legislative and State Government Reference Resources - NEW! WLA's 2021-2022 Legislative Guide
Click here to subscribe to the WLA Legislative Newsletter.

Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits Deployed

As Reported by WI Libraries for Everyone:

As COVID-19 continues to affect workers across the state, public libraries remain a source of support for unemployed patrons. A new extension of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance program is now in effect. Unemployment Insurance (UI) deployed the Extended Benefits (EB) program on December 2, 2020.

Unemployed individuals who exhaust their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

Click here for the rest of the story at WI Libraries for Everyone.

Programming Resources

Beanstack: 5 Steps to a Successful Winter Reading Challenge

Winter is a wonderful time to drive community engagement. Join Beanstack for a session dedicated to setting up a winter reading challenge, reaching your community, and becoming a part of the larger Beanstack community by participating in a sponsored reading challenge on Tuesday, December 8th, 1 p.m. CT.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T USED BEANSTACK YET: Please email Lori Baumgart for assistance.

Collaborative Summer Library Program Newsletter

Be sure to check out the November 2020 CSLP Newsletter, which touches on:
  • Summer Snowflakes? In 2019 CSLP made a change to its Rules of Use. Member libraries may now use CSLP artwork and programming year round. They may also use CSLP slogans and artwork on any paper object including signs, newsletters, posters custom bookmarks, craft projects and worksheets...
  • Hard to Imagine: Summer Reading During COVID-19
  • What is on the horizon for CSLP?
Click here to sign up for your own copy of the newsletter.

9th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
Registration is Now Open

The conference will take place on January 27-28, 2021. Fourteen sessions will be available in four different tracks, including Public Services (new!), Management, Marketing, and Small and Mighty.

Presenters include Dipesh Navsaria, Angela Hursh, Beck Tench, Helyn-Luisi Mills, Julie Biando Edwards, and more.

Planning has been underway since April to give those who work in public libraries an excellent conference experience, without having to leave their library or work space.

All 16 public library systems in Wisconsin, along with the Department of Public Instruction, are providing support for this conference. All of the sessions will be recorded and captioned in the event people are unable to attend the live session.

For more information on the conference, contact Jamie Matczak at or 920-455-0668.

Click Here for Conference Schedule and Registration

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.
NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
December 4

NFLS Board Meeting
December 8

Beanstack: 5 Steps to An Awesome Winter Reading Challenge
December 8

Implicit Bias
December 8

Decolonizing Subject Headings and Collections
December 8

Fill Up Your Fuel Tank With Compassion Resilience
December 8

Apps to Support Mental Health for All Ages
December 8

2020 WLA Leadership Development Institute ​Conference
December 8 - 10

Free Online Tools That Are Unique, Fun and Inspiring
December 9

The Efficient Library
December 9

Rethinking Spaces: Planning for a Return to Face-to-Face Operations
December 9

Representation in the Library of Congress Collections: Complicating the Narrative
December 9

Appraisal of Digital Records
December 9

Grief, Loss, and New Traditions During the Holidays
December 10

Accessible Library Services and Library Programs with Empathy
Meeting ID: 769 4827 3470
Passcode: zu9qGu
December 10

Accessible Libraries 101
December 10

Burnout and Stress (Updated): Strategies in case 2021 is as bad as 2020
December 10

How to Champion Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities
December 10

Rural Library Summit
December 10

Tails and Tales: Summer Library Program and Early Literacy
December 11

WiLSWorld Shorts: Data Visualization in Excel 101
December 11

Beanstack #WinterRead2021 Registration Deadline
December 14

Libraries & Public Media: Family Engagement to Advance Young Children’s Computational Thinking
December 15

Taking Care of Your Staff (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Pandemic
December 16

How to Set up Instagram's Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations
Dec 17

AAC Meeting
December 18

Registration Due - Fill Up Your Fuel Tank with Compassion Resilience
December 18

A Happier You: Work Habits to Enhance Performance and Well-Being
December 23

Video Production: Tools, Tips and Tricks
December 30

Recollection Wisconsin Steering Committee Nominations Due
December 31

Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff
January 13

Compassion Resilience Facilitator Training (4 part series)
January 20, 21; February 8, 10

ALA 2021 Midwinter Meeting
January 22-26

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
January 27-28, 2021

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

NEWI Youth Services Webinar
February 5 (SAVE THE DATE)

2021 Library Legislative Day
February 16-18, 2021

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

Nancy Drew 90th Anniversary Celebration
April 28

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