Leah Wants to Know

IFLS is planning an in-person one-day fall mini-conference for the folks who don’t often get to attend workshops and conferences, but who are essential to keeping the library doors open and things functioning smoothly—people who are not directors, managers, department heads.  In order to make this opportunity as relevant and useful as possible, we are seeking input!  If this description fits you, please take a few moments to fill out this survey by the end of April.   If you work with a colleague who doesn’t have an email address or who is not on any IFLS lists, please pass this along to them!

Grant Alert

If you have a Dollar General store in your town you can apply for a literacy grant. Deadline is May 19th. Cricket says, “I have applied for this grant before, it is quite competitive and quite complex to fill out. Not one for beginners.”


Delivery Study Starts Monday

Count your bins! Questions to Katelyn.

How a Rubber Band Can Save a Life (of a Book) 

We recently had a brand-new book damaged in the courier bins during transit. This book had never even been checked out! During transit, another item must have shuffled its way inside, bending the cover and tearing a page. Every library wants their materials to travel safely and stay in the best condition possible – a great way to prevent this from happening is to put a rubber band around the book before putting it into the courier bin. That will prevent another item in the bin from jostling open the cover or the book opening to cause damage to pages.

When it doubt, rubber band it out.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katelyn Noack at noack@ifls.lib.wi.us

*Note: While we want materials protected, please keep your rubber band usage to a minimum per item. We don’t want libraries to spend a significant amount of time removing rubber bands while processing bins. 

WLA Conference proposals: submit by Monday

The Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next conference to be held November 1-4, 2022 at the Grand Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Rising to the Challenge.”

Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops are welcome. Sessions will run 45 minutes in length (with a limited number of 90 minutes sessions available) and with a maximum of four presenters.

You can submit a proposal via this link by Monday, April 25, 2022.

Please note:  IFLS will again be able to provide full or partial scholarships for attending the conference to a limited number of IFLS library workers.  While we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will receive a scholarship, we will give priority to those with accepted program proposals (especially if you have not received a scholarship in the recent past).    If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact Leah.

Understanding Farming

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Farm Center has produced a free virtual course that will help you understand the unique stresses and challenges of farming, handle difficult conversations, and recognize signs and symptoms of stress with farm clients. The course is available at no cost on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Continuing Education Program website until the end of April.

Each module includes a 15 to 20-minute video presentation followed by interactive questions. The course is self-paced and the five modules can be viewed in any order.  They include information about the culture of farming, recognizing farmer stress, learning about financial unpredictability for farmers, navigating difficult conversations with farmers, and additional resources.  Funded through Gov. Tony Evers’ 2021-23 biennial budget, this course is a part of the Farm Center’s Farmer Wellness Program that creates and connects Wisconsin farmers to mental health resources.

Coming Up in IFLS-land

Spring Webinar Series: Where Does the Money Come From? Public Library Funding in Wisconsin

Thu Apr 28th 1:00pm – 2:00pm on Zoom
IFLS Director John Thompson will talk us through how public libraries are funded in Wisconsin, making clear the muddy waters of Act 150, county reimbursement, municipal funding, and other sources. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how libraries are funded, as well as some ideas about how this knowledge can help inform advocacy for maintaining or improving budgets. This webinar is designed for library directors and staff, as well as library board members and Friends. Register

Go to the IFLS Calendar for all the upcoming events.

New on the Website

The COVID-19 page is gone: most of the information was dated, and the page wasn’t being used. Any relevant information is still available in the Article Index under the COVID-19 heading. Questions/comments to Reb.

The right to read, like all rights guaranteed or implied within our constitutional tradition, can be used wisely or foolishly. In many ways, education is an effort to improve the quality of choices open to all students. But to deny the freedom of choice in fear that it may be unwisely used is to destroy the freedom itself. For this reason, we respect the right of individuals to be selective in their own reading. But for the same reason, we oppose efforts of individuals or groups to limit the freedom of choice of others or to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.

The right of any individual not just to read but to read whatever he or she wants to read is basic to a democratic society. This right is based on an assumption that the educated possess judgment and understanding and can be trusted with the determination of their own actions. (https://ncte.org/blog/2014/09/the-right-to-read/)

National Council of Teachers of English, 1962