Nic News Weekly
Friday, March 20, 2020

NFLS to Offer Increased Support to System Libraries as More Move to Online Delivery Systems in Response to COVID-19 Concerns

With the majority of its system member libraries turning to online services and closing their physical locations in accordance with federal, state and local orders to reduce the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, NFLS will temporarily suspend its delivery services to member libraries.
In addition, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the NFLS office will close Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. Employees will work from home, monitoring the situation closely while providing the highest level of service to its member libraries.

> > Read more in yesterday's Press Release
What's News this Week

Join WLA for a virtual meeting on March 24, 2020,
​at 10:00 am to discuss Government Information Day 2020

2020 has already been an important year for government information. Funding for the National Archives, the state and federal responses to coronavirus, and the decennial census have all been in the news, just since January. Every day, librarians are called on to collect, preserve, and provide access to these vital resources, an increasingly challenging proposition as budgets continue to shrink and the volume of information continues to grow.

If you ever work with government information, even if it’s only a small part of your job, the Government Information Special Interest Group may be for you. GISIG is one of the most active small units in WLA. Each year, WLA holds a day-long conference focusing on government information.

> > Read More about WLA's Government Information Day 2020
Grant Opportunity

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants: Apply by March 31

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country. It has announced its annual call for proposals.

Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect the imagination and a desire to make learning fun. The foundation welcomes mini-grant proposals focusing on any subject.

View examples of exemplary mini-grants here. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

> > Apply for a mini-grant here.
Library Marketing

What is Web Accessibility?

The Web is for many people an essential part of daily life. Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web equally. For example, somebody who . . .
  • cannot use their arms, and uses a mouthstick to type
  • cannot hear well, and uses captions to watch videos
  • cannot see well, and uses a screen reader to read aloud what's on the screen
There are many other examples that you may not have thought of when building your library's website. Web accessibility is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all.

Take a few minutes to watch a video and to learn more about the impact of accessibility and the benefits for everyone in a variety of situations.
Continuing Education Opportunities

Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning (Workshop May 19th in Green Bay)

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay
CE contact hours for the full day: 6.5
Connected Learning happens when a peer or adult can connect a young person’s interests and skills to real-world opportunities. Whether it’s coding, cooking, or comic-con, libraries can easily nurture these interests through programming and are well-positioned to connect kids and teens to future career possibilities through community relationships. In fact, most libraries are already doing this - they just don't realize it!

> > Learn more at

Professional Development Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

Looking for a little direction as you work from home? What a great time to engage in virtual professional development activities.

System and State Continuing Education Coordinators are always working hard to bring you fresh content on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to our profession.

> > Here’s a point of entry for professional development opportunities on lots of different subjects.

COVID-19-related Closures, News & Ideas

Communicating & Updating Your Library's Status: COVID-19 Updates

ATTENTION LIBRARY DIRECTORS: As communicated via email on Monday, in order to keep our fellow libraries and DPI informed on how COVID-19 is effecting your library, please be sure to update the two forms below as your library hours and operations change. Please also see Sunday's message from the Wisconsin DPI for further information. Thank you for your cooperation.

DPI's New COVID-19-Specific Web Page for WI Public Libraries

The library team at DLT has put together a new web page specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:
For future reference, it is nested under the Emergency Preparedness-Pandemics page on the Left Menu bar. Henceforth, the pandemics page will contain only general information.

YSS Blog Posts & COVID-Specific Info for Youth Libraries

Here are links to two blog posts with online resources for community families that help with fun, learning and programming as schools and now many libraries close. Below are two blog posts from last week with COVID-specific info for youth libraries: Please feel free to share any of these with your staff.

A Few More Workarounds for Libraries

Here are a couple of workarounds libraries are putting out there for patrons:

Be on the Lookout for Fraudulent COVID-19 Emails

Remember to be on the lookout for any fraudulent COVID-19 emails. If you have any suspicion at all, it's better to Google an organization and go to its website than to click on a link.

Here is a good article from Consumer Report’s site that goes over the situation and provides great suggestions for avoiding scams:

Events Cancelled or Postponed

The following events have been either cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 reasons:
Upcoming Events, Deadlines & Celebrations
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

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
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

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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