Resources for Librarians

What you need to help you use and share digital resources

Maureen ( put together a page that has training and marketing resources for:

  • Wisconsin Digital Library
  • Libby
  • Novelist and Novelist Plus
  • BadgerLink
  • Ancestry
  • Flipster
  • Foundations in Wisconsin
  • Transparent Language

Libraries Win website services

Anne Hamland moved her website development information and resources to the LEAN WI page.

Free ALA Rural Libraries Summit

ALA’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. Conversations happening at the summit include partnerships with academic libraries as well as tribal libraries, avenues for unique library funding, and more. All summit attendees are encouraged to join these conversations and share resources from their library and communities.

The Rural Libraries Summit is May 25-26 and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so please save your seat!

Learn more and register; feel free to share with your networks as well.

If you have any questions, please email

Feeling anxious?

You are not alone! According to this article in The Atlantic, the pandemic is messing with your brain.

It’s hard to plan for the unknown. How do you manage everybody’s expectations (including your own)?

Some suggestions from other librarians: Talking to your library director about concerns expectations can be useful. Reach out to colleagues. (Of course, you can always reach out to John, Leah, or any IFLS staff if you need a sympathetic ear.)

What if your anxiety is really impacting how you function day to day? There are some options available. It’s a sign of strength and resiliency to ask for help if you need it!

Library News

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Library staff demolishing some walls.
  • Monica LaVold is heading upstream to take over as Director in New Richmond.
  • Amery and Glenwood City are designing new spaces.

(Do you have news to share? Send it to Reb at

Coming Right Up

  • Register Now, Space is LimitedHuman Resources:  Managing Outside the Lines Offered twice: Wednesday May 12, 10:00-11:30 am OR Thursday May 13, 10:00-11:30 am Register here for either session.Managing staff is one of the most difficult parts of being a librarian or library director, especially when it comes to handling challenging employees or employees facing challenges. Mabel Gehrett of Western Technical College will provide a virtual, interactive workshop to help you figure out strategies to:
    • Know how to handle challenging situations and employees
    • Manage with confidence and support

    This virtual workshop provides 1.5 contact hours for certification.  It is designed for library directors and managers.  

  • Meet Your Partners NW Region: Workforce Resources (LAWDS), Wed May 19th 10:00am – 11:30am
    Especially designed for NW Region, including Price and Rusk counties. Meet your partners in providing workforce and community resources! Go to the calendar event, or register.
  • Details for Check-ins, MORE meetings and Webmaster Office Hours are all in the calendar as well.