This week’s high points, in the order I got them!

Delivery Study Next Week: Oct. 24 to 28 

Don’t forget that the delivery study will be starting on Monday, Oct. 24th. Look for an email from Katelyn this Friday containing the instructions and the chart to fill out. A big thank you to the libraries that offered to count the items in their bins! It is important that every library participates in this study, and please let Katelyn ( know if you have any questions. Happy counting! 

Anti-racism tools

A reminder to all Wisconsin libraries and library staff that EXCELLENT tools designed and curated to support you on your anti-racism journey still exist on the WisLibIDEA website. Check out the “Additional Resources” section for a curated list of thought-provoking resources, and visit the “Independent Study” tab to find conversation prompts that will help you lead your community through a deeper dive into topics concerning race and equity. Go to to check them out!

In order to protect some of the proprietary information provided to the Wisconsin Library Community on the website by The People Company,  a free account is required to access some areas of the website. You can register for a WisLibIDEA account, login to your account, or recover your WisLibIDEA password here:

New: Spanish Language Resource Guide

Made for BadgerLink users, the Spanish Language Resource Guide‘s main purpose is to provide a listing of BadgerLink’s resources that are offered in Spanish.

Answer questions about voting

From Kris Adams-Wendt

Are you ready to vote? The election is Nov. 8 and is your one-stop shop for all election information. See below for a few extra links for specific questions and attached for information specific to WVLS member library counties.

The deadline to register by mail or online is Wednesday, October 19. Voters may register in person in their municipal clerk’s office until 5 PM on November 4, or at the polls on November 8.  CLICK HERE for more details about registration, as well as absentee ballots. (Scroll down past primary election information.)

For additional information regarding the ID Petition Process (IDPP), please visit the WEC’s Bring It to the Ballot website: 

Those free Job Center bookmarks

If you’re interested, let Katelyn know by Friday at 4 p.m. (

Do you work at an IFLS library? Do this survey.

There is an overwhelming amount of tools and resources about data! Southwest Wisconsin Library System and WiLS (funded through the Library Services Technology Act monies allocated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) are working on a staff-focused “data landscape” project. The results will be disseminated across the state in late spring 2023.

We need your input to make sure the report is based on real information. The first step is a survey about how you use data. ALL public library and public library system staff are encouraged to complete it so that our system is well represented.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here, and should take about 10-15 minutes. Your responses are confidential and will only be reported in aggregated format.

Trivia anyone?

The Ellsworth Public Library would like to invite IFLS libraries and their patrons to join us for a virtual trivia night November 10 from 7-8 pm on Zoom.  To celebrate International Games Month we’ll be playing a game of trivia with questions about board, video, and card games along with some puzzle questions. We play using Kahoot! and meet up on Zoom. Librarians can put together a team or play solo and the same for your patrons. It is great fun for adults or for adults and their teens.  Families are also welcome to play together.
A canva poster and social media promotion pieces to those interested as well as a link to our Zoom registration are available.
For more info, if you have questions or if you are game to join in – contact Caroline Herfindahl at the Ellsworth Public Library. (

Coming up

from the calendar
  • Thu Oct 20th 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Marketing Is Not a Dirty Word
  • Fri Oct 21st 10:00am – 11:00am: Library Director Check-In
  • Mon Oct 24th – Fri 28th: Delivery Study Week
  • Wed Oct 26th OR Thu Oct 27th 10:00am – 2:00pmBeyond the Desk: A Workshop for non-management library workers
  • Tue Nov 8th 10:00am – 11:00am: Webmaster Office Hours