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When mailing an out of state ILL item, consider including a return address label so the item comes back directly to your library instead of making a pit stop at IFLS!

Chapter 43 Quiz

Q: Can your municipality (administrator, mayor, etc.) have access to library security cameras? What about the ones on the outside of the building? What if that building is a shared building?

A: No, your municipality cannot have access to cameras, even ones outside the building. For a shared space, they cannot have access to any cameras that view a library entrance.

Library security video is considered a library record and identifies individuals as library users. Therefore, it may not be disclosed to anyone other than library staff acting within their duties. Exceptions to this rule only include release by court order or to law enforcement if a crime was knowingly committed at the library, and/or if the library requests their assistance.

For More Information, view WI State Statute 43.30

Have a website issue?

Use the HelpDesk ticket to get that addressed as soon as possible. Really! Use a HelpDesk ticket! Thank you.

Applications for the 2024-25 ARSL Leadership Institute participant cohort are now open until February 21, 2024

The ARSL Leadership Institute is a grant-funded pilot program that seeks to provide timely, relevant leadership development opportunities for rural and small library workers.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities through their application materials:

  • Dedication to service in rural and small communities
  • Commitment to ARSL’s Organizational Values
  • Enthusiasm for learning and professional growth
  • Interest in expanding library service to reach diverse and/or under-served communities
  • Aspirations to lead in their library and community
  • Openness to change in themselves, their library, and their community
  • Thorough understanding of the commitment required to complete the Institute program
  • Support from supervisors and/or organizational leadership for their participation

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • Are currently serving in new library leadership positions, or who anticipate attaining their first library leadership position in the near future
  • Have worked in libraries for less than 10 years
  • Do not hold a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree (or equivalent)
  • Self-identify as members of communities that have experienced marginalization and/or are under-represented within the library profession

A couple Annual Report visualizations from IFLS libraries

I got permission to share the Annual Report visualizations from New Richmond and Prescott. Woot! Nicely done. The Prescott snapshot uses an IFLS-created template (find those on the Marketing Page). New Richmond has an in-house expert, and Britta set this up so it’s two to a page.

2023 Prescott Annual Report Snapshot

New on the IFLS website

  • Katelyn added a section on social media policies to the Policy Examples article in the Article Index.
  • One less click! We’re in the process of updating some of the links for printables in the Article Index. Instead of taking you to an article with a link, the pdf opens in a new window. The updated links have a little PDF icon next to them. You can try it out under “Printables and Forms” in the Article Index.
  • Another change in the Article Index: headers are in alphabetical order instead of ranked by popularity.

Coming events and opportunities

Make a point of attending Website events!

These are an excellent way to spend an hour or two a month to really improve your website management. Led by Erica Brewster (Libraries Win), there are multiple live sessions at different levels. The Llibraries Win website is a treasure trove of useful information. Upcoming Website Office Hour events are on the Libraries Win website and will be added to the IFLS calendar each month.

Recently added to the IFLS calendar

  • Supporting Transgender Individuals: A Conversation with Ben Greene and Ryan Dowd, March 14, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Contact Leah with questions, details on the calendar.
  • IFLS Youth Services Mini-Conference, April 17, 9:30-3:30, Florian Gardens, Eau Claire Register here by April 9.

Coming soon on the IFLS calendar