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Chapter 43: Did you know?

Did you know that your municipal board/council can appoint one of their members to be on your board? They can! However, only one municipal board/council member can be on the library board at any time. This means, if you have a library board member who decides to run and is elected to council and already have a council representative, only one can remain on the library board.

Bonus: Did you know that your board/council does not have to appoint a representative to the library board? It is their choice and not required by statute.

For more information, view WI State Statute Ch. 43.54(1)(c)

ILL Tip o’ the Week

When processing items for the courier, please ensure that all paperwork, except for the flag (pink slip, Wiscat return slip, MORE flag) are tucked inside! Anything besides the listed flags can confuse the wonderful sorters at South Central and the item may be returned. Thank you for ensuring our ILL items can move smoothly on their way!

Example: The first photo has the Checkout to ILL slip covering the pink flag. In the second photo, the Checkout to ILL slip has been tucked inside so the pink flag is clearly visible.

book with pink slip covered by checkout slip    book with pink flag in front

Survey: public e-resources

One response per library, please! Deadline is May 1.

Cecelia is guaging interest in any possible new, public-facingshared system-wide e-resource subscriptions.

  • One response per library, please. The person responding could be a director or other library staff familiar with e-resource subscriptions, needs, and interests.
  • We understand that interest may depend on cost and funding sources. For this survey temporarily set aside cost considerations.
  • We’ll use the results to consider possible new system-wide e-resource subscriptions.
  • A list of currently available system and state-wide e-resources is available on the MORE Research Page. We also have access to Wisconsin’s Digital Library (OverDrive/Libby) including magazines, and Flipster magazines.

Click here to take the survey.

ISO: Adult Program ideas

Leah is hoping to put together a webinar (or series of webinars, depending on how much interest there is) with some adult programming ideas from IFLS libraries.  We know you are doing cool things!  Leah would love to hear from you if you have some programs you are excited about that are geared towards adults (or are truly intergenerational) and you are interested in being a webinar panelist to share with other library workers about your programs. Here are some general categories she’s interested in learning more about:

  • Crafty and creative pursuits
  • STEM-related programs
  • Information programs
  • Community-building programs/playful programs
  • Book-related programs
  • Job-seeker programs
  • Another category that meets a need in your community

More to know:

  • We’ll schedule the webinar or webinars for early this June if possible, and later if it is too hard to pull together by then!
  • Panelists will be asked to share information about one or two programs or categories of program (see above)
    • Probably you will speak for 10-15 minutes
    • Slides with photos would be terrific!
    • Looking for the what, the how, and the why of your programs
  • Feeling nervous?  I’ll help you and this is a kind and appreciative audience—your peers in IFLS-land (and possibly beyond)

If you are interested: Contact Leah by April 22 with a brief description of what you’d like to talk about!

What’s up at libraries?

Collaborative program has great turnout

Deer Park, Hammond, Glenwood City, and Baldwin libraries collaborated to bring Susan Carpenter, U-W Madison Badger Talks, to talk about gardening with native plants. The Woodville Lions Club provided funding for the booklets from Wild Ones Minnesota. Many gardening and conservation organizations came out for the evening. Congratulations on a great event! (first image-event was held at the Lion’s Den in Woodville; second image-Karen Furo-Bonnstetter, Woodville Public Library director, introduces Susan Carpenter)

people sitting at tables

Two people in front of a presentation board

Packed house for author visit

Menomonie Public Library, in collaboration with Dragon Tale Books and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, hosted William Kent Krueger at the lovely Mabel Tainter theater. It was a sold out crowd! (Event was free of course.) He talked about the importance of libraries and books, took questions from the audience and then signed books down in the Spirit Room. Happy 150th Anniversary, MPL!

Send your library’s news to Reb by Wednesday each week to be included in Weekly Digest. kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us

Take a shot at $5,000: WiLS Ideas to Action Fund

(Repeated from last week for empahisis!) Do you have a project that needs a boost? Are you dreaming up a service you’d like to develop but don’t have funding? Through the Ideas to Action Fund, WiLS provides grants of up to $5,000 so libraries and cultural organizations can bring their project ideas to life.

June 3rd is the deadline. Need help? Contact Leah (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us).

On the calendar

Today! Website virtual learning

Thursday, April 18, 1 – 2 PM Topic: Website 201Regular meet-up for those with basic website skills who want to become more proficient and efficient at managing their website. Open hour to work on your website and ask questions!

Thursday, April 18, 2 – 3 PM Topic: Promoting Summer Reading Or any large event. Learn how to use a variety of website/Divi tools to promote, organize, recruit, and engage your community in Summer Reading or other large, multi-audience, multi-week, multi-activity events. Tools include: posts, pages, opt-ins for newsletters/mailings, contact forms, countdown timers, and notes and cautions about posting/downloading PDFs. This will be available as a recording if you can’t make it to today’s meeting.

On the IFLS calendar