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Friday, October 15, 2021

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"" Acquired by OverDrive

"On October 7, OverDrive, the digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the acquisition of, a long-standing, Wisconsin-founded resource provided statewide through BadgerLink."

Read more at A message to BadgerLink users from TeachingBooks.

Continuing Education


Virtual Library Marketing and Communications Conference: Nov 2-3

"The Library Marketing and Communication Conference is designed for library employees of any level who are involved in marketing, communications, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries. Conference sessions will explore issues that are important for this niche of library work...  Sessions and speakers will provide practical tips and takeaways that can be immediately applied to any library’s communication and marketing efforts."
BadgerLink: Wisconsin's Online Library

BadgerLink Training Available On-Demand

BadgerLink provides a collection of on-demand training materials, including videos, PDFs, tutorials, and websites to help you navigate and use its resources. Take a look at BadgerLink's training materials at

In addition to the training page materials, BadgerLink also provides personalized virtual training. Request Training for your next staff meeting or in-service day!

Library Program Opportunities & Resources

Dive Into Reading: The Magic of Isaiah's Summer Reading Show

Meet Isaiah, of The Magic of Isaiah out of the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. Isaiah has an all-new 2022 summer library show entitled Dive Into Reading: Oceans of Possibilities. He has been performing for libraries for the past 15 years, with an all-new show every year based on the National theme. This is much more than the average magic show! 

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grant Applications Due
October 15

“Should we do (or keep doing) this?” Assessment and evaluation for strategic decision-making from WiLS
October 15

Public Libraries and Public Health: Partners for Community Health
October 19

Inclusive Recruiting: Creating Belonging
October 19

Workers with Long COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
October 19

Libraries for All: Accessible Library Services for Children with Disabilities and their Families
October 19

Mental Health: What If We Talked About It?
October 19

How to Make Your Inner Critic Your Friend
October 20

Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis
October 20

2021 ARSL Conference
October 20-23

Bridging Workers’ Digital Skills Gaps through Libraries
October 21

Fall Summit: Libraries @ the Center of Recovery from Library Journal
October 21

Libraries as Community Anchors from San Jose State University
October 21

ARPA Grant Pre-Application Forms Due
October 25

Last day of early registration for WLA Annual Conference
October 25

Realistic Resilience: Well-Being During Challenging Times
October 26

The Read Woke Movement: What You Can Do Now in Your Library 
October 27

Using the MeL Maven Badge to Create a Statewide Standard of Reference Service Among Front Line Staff from Niche Academy
October 27

Boosting Youth Workforce Readiness
October 28

The Psychological Underpinnings of Making Inclusion a Habit
October 28

The Next Decade of Well-Being
October 28

Last day of advance registration for WLA Annual Conference
November 1

Library Marketing and Communications Virtual Conference
November 2-3

Be the Change: Best Practices for Impactful Social Justice Programs through Local Partnerships
November 3

Mental Health First Aid Training
November 8

From Collection to Action: A One-Day ‘Read Woke’ Mini Course with Cicely Lewis from Library Journal
November 9

Virtual is Here to Stay: Making Online Sessions Fun and Focused
November 11

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
November 15-17

WLA Annual Conference
November 16-19 (Green Bay)

Understanding Eviction and How Libraries Can Help
November 18

Grant Applications Due: Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage Humanities Discussion Project
December 1

Inclusive Entrepreneurship by Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference
December 2


LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
January 21-24

Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
February 1-3

Library Legislative Day
February 8

PLA Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

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