Mix it up!

IFLS all-library casual get-together on July 15, noon to 4 pm at the farmer’s market pavillion at Phoenix Park

Let’s get together and have some fun! We’ll gather at the farmer’s market pavillion at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire. (We’ll get you logistics like parking closer to the date!)
Anyone who works at an IFLS library can attend! Please RSVP by July 1, 2022! 
  • Dogs are welcome in Eau Claire parks on a leash.
  • In case you’re itching to get your outdoor gear on, Phoenix Park has water access and is right on biking/hiking trails.
  • You’ll be within walking distance of downtown and we’ll bring a list of things to do to the event, so wear comfy shoes if that sounds fun.
  • Planning an after-party party? There are lots of options! Watch the Weekly Digest for more.

Save These Dates!

Beyond the Desk, an in-person workshop specifically designed for IFLS library workers who are not directors, managers, or department heads.

We’ll talk about communication and share tips about MORE and resources for helping people find information and leisure reading/viewing.  Plus best-selling author and humorist Michael Perry will spread a little library love in a lunchtime talk. There’s an optional discussion and networking opportunity in the afternoon, too.

Watch for more details and registration information coming soon. 

In the meantime, start planning to attend (or to work the desk so your colleagues can attend).  Lunch is free!  Offered twice to allow as many participants to come as possible:  Rice Lake:  Wednesday, October 26; Eau Claire:  Thursday, October 27.

Opportunity: Promote Virtual Reality Experiences in Rural Libraries

Want to bring the Arctic and Antarctic to life in your library? Field Day Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison is looking for librarians in rural communities throughout Wisconsin to help envision and implement a series of new Virtual Reality experiences designed for use in informal learning spaces like libraries.

If this is an opportunity you’d like to bring to your community, please review the full call for applicants and follow the link to apply. Applications are due by July 3.

Coming Up

Katelyn’s Pick This Week

Registration is OPEN for: Hands-on, Hands-off, and Hands-down Helpful: Digital Literacy Resources for Community Members and Staff webinar scheduled for June 23 at 10 AM. Register Here.

Digital literacy is more vital than ever as ways of working and living have significantly changed before, during, and for the foreseeable future after the COVID-19 pandemic. A startling 1 out of 3 adults (ages 16-54) have “no digital skills” or “limited digital skills” (National Skills Coalition, 2020). Digital literacy is a critical skillset necessary for many people to fully participate in work, school, and life.

Many libraries have limited staff time to dedicate to teach these skills. So where can you find free, comprehensive, and largely self-directed resources to support these skills?

In the, Hands-on, Hands-off, and Hands-down Helpful, webinar participants will learn the ins-and-outs and uses of three accessible and interactive resources to support digital living and job seeking. The resources highlighted will include GCFGlobalDigitalLearn, and Northstar Digital Literacy. They were selected for their wide applicability, usability, and versatility for patrons and staff.

The webinar will be recorded and handout of additional resources will become available shortly after. This webinar is presented by Mark Jochem (mjochem@scls.info), Workforce Development Consultant at South Central Library System. Register Here.

Trustee Training Week 2022: Registration is Open!

The ninth annual Wisconsin Trustee Training Week is coming up August 22-26, with one webinar from noon to 1:00 each day.  Sessions are full of relevant and applicable information designed for library trustees but are open to all. This year’s sessions are:

  • Materials Challenges and Your Library from the Trustee Table
  • Here to Stay: Recruiting & Retaining Dedicated Library Workers
  • Effective & Efficient Meetings: Parliamentary Procedure
  • Making Sense & Cents of a Library Building Project: The Library Trustee Role
  • From Stories to Action: How to Talk about Your Budget to Activate Support and Secure Funding

Check out all the details and register on the  Trustee Training Week website or the IFLS calendar, and be sure to share the information with board members!

On the IFLS Calendar

  • June 17 at 10a – MORE Budget Hearing and Executive Committee meeting. In-person or virtual meeting option. Meeting materials in the Executive Committee section
  • July 15 at 10a – MORE Directors Council meeting. In-person or virtual meeting option
  • July 15, afternoon – Gathering for IFLS-area library staff and directors at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire. RSVP by July 1!