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Questions about a delivery hub or system? Check out South Central’s delivery network list! You can browse libraries from A-Z, search for specifics, or print an up-to-date PDF version for your desk!

Chapter 43: Did you know?

Did you know that Library Board terms are set at 3 years by State Statute? This means that any member assigned to the board is making a three-year commitment to your library. There are no limits on how many terms a board member can serve in statute.

For more information, view WI State Statute 43.54(1)(b) 

Board engagement

If you are looking for ways to get your library board more involved in preparing for and protecting your library from censorship, Niche Academy has an upcoming webinar, Library Boards and Intellectual Freedom: How to Combat Censorship with your Library Trustees on March 13 at 1 pm:   Details and Registration

Katelyn recommends

Webinar: Revitalizing HR for Small Teams: How to Create a Positive Offboarding Experience

Check out this webinar from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) about Offboarding employees. You will learn some tips for handling voluntary and involuntary termination of employees and making it as positive an experience as possible.The webinar is available HERE.

Participants do have to register to view the recording; registration is free.

Invite your patrons

Invite Library Patrons to Register for a FREE Webinar: Create a Beautiful Landscape Free of Invasive Plants on Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm CTThis event is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and UW-Madison Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach

February 26 to March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Learn more and help spread the word about the threat these plants pose to gardens, natural spaces, and the economy here in Wisconsin. We can all make a difference by not planting invasive plants, managing their spread, and sharing this information with others.

Join gardening expert Melinda Myers to create a beautiful landscape that’s free of invasive plants. If you can’t join the webinar live, the recording will be housed on the Milwaukee Public Library YouTube channel or look for a link on MelindaMyers.com.

Let your patrons know about the webinar on Facebook.  Share the event post on your Library’s Facebook page.

Heads up!

A couple of things are bubbling up in library land.

  • Raynor Library partners with CharityEZ to carry on legacy of Foundations in Wisconsin database  Raynor Library has announced a partnership with CharityEZ, Inc., a nonprofit volunteer and donor management platform, to carry on the legacy Foundations in Wisconsin, a directory of every grantmaking foundation in the state of Wisconsin, which the library created and made available to nonprofit organizations.
    The service is free this year. They’ve committed to remaining affordable in the future. Cecelia is looking into it, we’ll keep you updated here.
  • Watch for news about this major grant. The application details haven’t been made available, but are due out soon. John will share details when they’re available.

Request from Chris at DPI

Hello, Wisconsin library staff!

The Library Services Team (LST) of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking input from library professionals regarding potential IT certification proctoring opportunities that could be offered free-of-charge through select public libraries to Wisconsin residents. For more information about this program as it’s offered currently, click here.

As we look to the future, in an effort to ensure DPI’s grant money is being spent on credentialing opportunities that make an impact and are desirable by our Wisconsin residents, the LST is considering other possible options, and would like your feedback*. You can help us with the process by filling out the brief survey below. The survey is very short, and should only take a couple of minutes of your time!! Link to Survey

*Note:  Any credentialing providers included in this survey (or recommended by surveyees) will go through subsequent analysis to best determine eligibility, effectiveness, and viability.

Thank you so much for your participation!

New on the website

Just added to the calendar: Re-thinking Registration (IFLS webinar)
Wednesday, March 20, 10-10:30 am  Register

Do you spend a lot of time creating and maintaining spreadsheets for registration? Does staff spend extra time finding and checking names on registration forms? Do you find yourself wondering why you are collecting names, phone numbers and other information? Do you even use that data?

In an attempt to make her job and her co-workers’ jobs easier, Kathy Larson (River Falls Public Library) has completely gotten rid of spreadsheets that track Summer Reading Registration and 1000 Books before Kindergarten Registration.

If you are interested in ways to continue to count the numbers but are sick of spreadsheets this webinar is for you, and just in time for summer program planning!

Note: because this webinar is shorter than one hour it will not count as a contact hour for the purposes of director certification.

Updated in the Article Index: the Webinar and workshop Quick Links page, which has links to recordings, handouts and other resources from recent webinars and workshops.

Updated in the Article Index: most printables now open with one click to the printable item in a new window. There is a little pdf icon to let you know which items will open that way, saving you a click or two.

Coming up on the IFLS calendar