New on the website

Tanya (River Falls) shared their library’s Service Level Plan related to COVID numbers that was developed in partnership with County Public Health. It’s under the Operations toggle on the COVID-19 page.

We added a new self-care toggle on COVID-19 page, with new resources from DPI. Do you have ideas to share? Send them along to Reb or Leah.

County Library Tax document: from John

Here’s the document that your municipality can use to determine if they can exempt from the 2021 County Library Tax. Please contact John if you have any questions.

Make Sure Your Website is Phone-friendly: from Anne

“Mobile Modules Rather than Slides/Sliders”  ALL website video tutorials that Anne has created can be found on the WVLS YouTube Channel. (Are you a webmaster but not on Anne’s list? Contact her:

The e-Stats: from Maureen

Usage stats during the pandemic for Wisconsin’s Digital Library were shared during the Annual Membership Meeting in May, and here’s a new update through June 2020.
The WPLC saw checkouts increase by 23% from February to a peak in April. While May and June checkouts are lower than April, they remain higher than before the pandemic. Both new and unique users have increased as well.

Having trouble finding Ryan Dowd archives?

  1. Go to the and sign up. If you are already signed up you can still use that link.
  2. Once signed up, click WI Dept of Public Instruction (see below).  All the webinars and core training will come up!

Two Scholarship Opportunities! Apply by September 3!

  1. DPI is sponsoring 2 people from each system to attend the Lead the Way:  Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement Conference, November 16-17.  Another scholarship opportunity!  Please consider applying for the chance to attend this conference.  Many IFLS-area librarians will already be attending via scholarship, wouldn’t it be cool to join their ranks?  Please apply here by September 3!
  2. In addition, IFLS is offering scholarships for 2 youth-focused conferences that have gone virtual for 2020!  Please read on, and apply here by September 3 if you are interested. (different application)
  • The ALSC Institute, October 2-3* has gone virtual.  Registration is $75 for this high-quality offering.  IFLS will reimburse you or your library if you receive this scholarship.
  • The YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, November 6-8 is also virtual this year.  Registration is $249 for non-members.  IFLS will reimburse you or your library if you receive this scholarship.

If you want to attend both, please submit 2 applications.  We will prioritize sending as many people as possible, but if we have extra funding we would definitely consider sending you to 2 conferences.  Apply by September 3.  If it is competitive, we will be considering how you will be applying specifics of these opportunities to your work, as well as financial considerations.  If you have questions, please let me know.

*Some of you may have signed up for the ARSL Conference, which runs through October 2.  If you would like to also apply for this conference, it is acceptable to take time away from the ARSL Conference to attend if you are able to attend ARSL on other days.

Coming Up Soon: from Leah

(Check the IFLS calendar for IFLS-sponsored events this week: too many to list!)

From Library Journal: How to use “WELL” Design Principles to Address Covid-19 and Create Healthier Libraries  Tuesday, August 25; 1 p.m. CST

Concepts of WELL design directly address the physical challenges created by the pandemic with space configuration, flexible furniture arrangements, new technology and adjustments to building systems. However we will go beyond the physical and discuss how WELL design principles can improve patrons sense of wellbeing, safety and ability to relax and focus. Register here. 

WiLSWorld Shorts: Redesigning Library Spaces for Health and Safety

Public health recommendations have all of us scrambling to reconfigure our indoor spaces so they are safe and continue to serve the mission of our libraries. Join Kurt Zastrow, Business Development Manager at Demco in the next WiLSWorld Shorts on Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00 pm for advice and potential solutions. Register here.

Marketing plan template now available

Based on Kathy Dempsey’s “Cycle of True Marketing,” a state-wide public library system marketing cohort has drafted a marketing plan template that any library of any size can model and adapt. The template includes:

  • A customizable marketing framework that can be adapted to suit a library’s unique needs and community
  • A sample marketing plan, budget, and calendar guides
  • Links to resources that expand on the information presented

For more information watch the webinar introducing the marketing plan template. Contact Reb with questions.