Expanded Scholarship Opportunities Available
Because in-person conferences are being cancelled, IFLS has addition scholarship funds for online conferences. IFLS staff will evaluate the applications based on these criteria:
- Financial need
- How you plan to apply what you learn to your work
- Agreement to provide some kind of report about your experience (examples include: written report, blog post, conversation with IFLS staff, presentation to other librarians)
- Agreement of your supervisor to allow you time to participate, OR your own agreement to participate on your own time
The opportunities are:
- Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, online September 28-October 2 ($65)
- Libraries Advocacy and Funding Conference, online September 14-16 ($75, or $100 after August 12)
- Back in Circulation Conference, online October 19-20 (conference costs $250, IFLS will cover $200)
- Lead the Way Conference, online November 16-17 (sliding scale depending on income: $0-$225, IFLS will cover up to $200)
- Fall iSchool Continuing Education Course, timeline varies ($100-350, IFLS will cover up to $200)
To apply, fill out the most concise application form ever by July 31. If you have questions, please let Leah know!
Today is the Deadline for Wage and Benefit Survey
Join the majority! If you haven’t yet submitted your survey yet, this is your chance. This valuable information is useful for all our libraries. Your information will make this a better tool. Thanks!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAHxUlcahvyNocTvETnnMSfnLdSZ30cTw4xO6t346EncxQGQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
COVID re-opening tips
Here are a few COVID reopening/scaling back important points, a collaborative effort from Leah and John.
- Get your board to pass a policy that allows the director the discretion to close in an emergency or scale back services to curbside if cases significantly increase.
- Work with your public health department (or if yours doesn’t want to work with you, look at the guidelines from other health departments) and/or monitor information from the County or Statewide COVID statistical dashboards.
- Use the library reopening guide as a tool to increase or decrease your service levels. Consult other resources such as the WEDC, CDC, and OSHA guidelines as needed.
- Be Safe.
New on the Website
The monthly calendar is now color-coded to make it easier to navigate. MORE meetings are orange, webinars are green,Trustee meetings and events are blue, check-ins are yellow. Not everything is color-coded, but those are the repeating events that I thought would be useful to call out. Other ways to find things on the calendar: use the calendar search bar, or click on tags that show up at the end of the event description.
Free and Good
Tech Days 2020 is a series of 4 webinars over 2 days, and you may register here.
Excellent Webinar Suggestion from Leah
Many of us are trying to think of how we can stand up for racial justice, even in the midst of the pandemic that is wreaking havoc with our everyday operations. The Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog post, Three Things You Can Do to Promote Anti-Racism Efforts in Your Library, has three concrete things you can do. In a nutshell, remember the Inclusive Services Guide (now with electronic scoring available), listen to the recordings from the Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium (Pro tip from Leah–this was excellent!), and respond to the call to action from the Public Library Association. All of these suggestions have resources for learning and thinking, as well as specific ideas for action!
EveryLibrary Institute Free On-demand Webinars
They’ve got a bunch. This month they’re highlighting:
- Assessing Virtual Programs With Nick Tanzi Many libraries have turned to virtual programming as we practice social distancing. While it is vital that we engage patrons in virtual environments, how can we measure the impact and success of these programs?
- Practical tips around privacy With Priya Keshav This talk covers privacy aspects that libraries should be considering and provides practical guidance to integrate privacy into everything you do as a librarian.
- Library Finance in the Time of COVID with Meristem Advisors What can libraries do to plan ahead, and what reasonable assumptions can be made at this point so that the impact is managed as well as possible?
Teenage Girls are Influencers
The ALA has a PSA for that.