Nic News Weekly
Friday, March 13, 2020

Germs in the Library: Responding to and Preparing for COVID-19, the Flu or a Bad Cold Going Around

The BEST way to protect staff and patrons is to wash your hands, cover your coughs, and stay home if you are sick.

An email was sent to all NFLS member library directors on March 11, 2020, regarding Sick Staff; Prevention Measures; and the Creation of Policies on Illness and/or Pandemic Preparedness.

> > Click here to read our entire message regarding Germs in the Library.
What's News this Week

Help Families Find Your Program!
Post Your Summer Learning Event/Program with NSLA

NSLA is currently putting together content for programs and families to use during National Summer Learning Week, July 6-11, 2020. National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. 

With planning and recruitment for summer programs underway, now is a great time to enter information about your program into our Event Tracker.

Visit and start entering your programs and events now to make sure you're represented on our list of summer programs even if your event doesn't take place during Summer Learning Week.

> > Learn more about the Event Tracker and how to get started.

WLA 2020 Conference Call for Program Proposals

The WLA Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2020 WLA annual conference! The conference will be held in Green Bay from October 27-30 at the KI Convention Center. The Conference already boasts a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers, including Sarah Vowell, Stephen Franck and Nigel Poor.

Now we invite you to share your expertise and experiences with your colleagues this October. 

> > Get the details here.

WPLC Not Renewing Subscription to BiblioBoard

The Wisconsin Public Libraries Consortium (WPLC) is not renewing its subscription to BiblioBoard. This includes the following features:
  • BiblioBoard Library
  • WI Author Project Contest
  • Pressbooks
  • SELF-e
WPLC's subscription runs through March 31st and will inaccessible on April 1, 2020.
Continuing Education Opportunities

WAAL 2020: Register & Book Hotel Rooms


Registration for WAAL 2020 Conference in Brookfield, April 16-17, 2020 is now available. The cutoff date for the hotel conference rate is March 25, 2020, so book your group rate for WAAL here!

> > Learn more and get registration information here.
Library Marketing

Library Marketing Plan Template Developed by Wisconsin Public Library System Cohort

Based on Kathy Dempsey’s “Cycle of True Marketing,” a state-wide Wisconsin public library system marketing cohort has drafted a marketing plan template that any library of any size can model and adapt. The template includes:
  • A customizable marketing framework that can be adapted to suit a library’s unique needs and community
  • A sample marketing plan, budget, and calendar guides
  • Links to resources that expand on the information presented
> > Click here to learn more about the Library Marketing Plan Template and to get started with your library's marketing plan.

Lori Baumgart from NFLS and Chad Glamann from OWLS will also be presenting this new Library Marketing Plan Template at WAPL Annual Conference on the morning of Friday, May 1, 2020. We hope to see you there!

Webinar TODAY: Getting Started with Web Accessibility

Join WiLSWorld Shorts today, Friday, March 13th at 1:00 pm as we hear from Ashley Dzick, Adjunct Professor, Humanities, Social Science, and Communications Department, Milwaukee School of Engineering on getting started with web accessibility.   

Libraries are designed to build up communities. In 2020 that community isn’t just in person; library tools and resources are increasingly online. Your online presence needs to be able to serve your entire audience — especially those who physically or mentally can’t access your physical space. Inclusive design accounts for your entire audience, no matter who or where they are. We’ll walk through a brief introduction to accessibility, why accessibility matters, and the changes required to be WCAG accessibility compliant.

Participants will leave with a list of tools and resources they can immediately start to leverage, including a screen reader, magnifier, and other assistive devices that have a significant impact on how users interact with websites.
Register to Attend

Scholarships for WAAL 2020: Apply by 3/15/2020

The Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) is accepting applications for scholarships to the WAAL 2020 Annual Conference at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin, April 16-17.

Scholarships cover the registration fee for the conference and up to $250 of documented expenses. Applications are due Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
WAAL Scholarship Applications Due
March 15

WLA Mentorship Program Application Due
March 16

Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps
March 25 (Free PLA Webinar)

Customer Service Webinar Series
April 1, 8, 15

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
April 3

Telling Stories with Data: Making numbers meaningful
April 3 (Dubuque, IA)

Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice
Beginning April 2

Money Smart Week®
April 4-11

NFLS Board Meeting
April 14

WAAL 2020 Annual Conference
April 16-17 (Brookfield)

National Library Week
April 19-25

National Library Workers Day
April 21

National Bookmobile Day
April 22

Preservation Week
April 26 - May 2

WAPL 2020 Conference
April 29 - May 1 (Oshkosh)

Choose Privacy Week
May 3-9

Streamline for Success:  Library Programs and Services Reboot
May 5 (New Berlin)
May 6: (Stevens Point)
May 7: (Mauston)
May 8: (Rice Lake)
WiscNet Connections 2020
May 12-13

NFLS Librarians' Advisory Committee Meeting
June 5

GLBT Book Month

NFLS Board Meeting
June 9

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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