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Workforce Development – WisCaregivers

The DPI has informational materials, such as posters and brochures, about Wiscaregivers Careers that your library can request and add to your workforce development resources.

WisCaregivers Careers is an employment-first program that aims to connect people with nursing home employers who coordinate and pay for CNA training and testing and pay $500 retention bonuses.

To request materials, fill out THIS FORM.

Two from Interlibrary Loan

  1. WISCAT ILL email listserv: Do you have new staff or colleagues in your library who take care of or help with interlibrary loan, but may not be subscribed to DPI’s WISCAT ILL listserv?  Please invite them to subscribe! To subscribe to the listserv,  an individual simply needs to send a blank email to join-illwiscatlist@lists.dpi.wi.gov  –  the subject and the body of the message should be blank. The listserv is a way to  share and discuss procedures, ideas, and promotion tips. Anyone associated with Wisconsin libraries may join.
  2. February is a great time to show ILL some love and give yourself and your staff a refresher on paging slips! Check out this printable example and remember – we are always available to answer questions via email (ill@ifle.lib.wi.us) or a Help Ticket! This document is available under the “Printables” header in the IFLS Article Index.

Accessibility and Meta/Facebook

Meagan Bennet (Bloomer) passed along this tip  for using Meta Business Suite (Facebook & Instagram)and adding alt-text to post photos for accessibility.

  • After adding a photo, click on the edit icon (pencil).
  • Alt-text is at the bottom of the available options.
  • Click and then add your text to the field.
  • Click Apply, and your image will have alt-text once the post is published.

Here’s a screen shot.

Meta/facebook screen to add alt-text

Deadline Extended for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Leadership Institute Applications

After receiving several requests for individual extensions the ARSL Leadership Institute team has made the decision to extend the application deadline for all candidates by one week. Applications will now be due on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 by 3:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm MT / 5:00 pm CT / 6:00 pm ET.

Together We Read

OverDrive’s next Together We Read title is One Summer in Savanna by Terah Shelton Harris.  This title will be available for unlimited checkouts in the Libby app in both ebook and e-audiobook format from February 21 – March 6, 2024.

Feel free to take advantage of these marketing materials and share with your community: https://togetherweread.com/us/marketing-materials/

Website Basics training available

Do you have a new staff member who is starting out on websites? Do you know somebody who needs a refresher on the very, VERY basics (logging in to your website, navigating the dashboard, making a post)? Website training virtual sessions with Erica are available regularly from Libraries Win. Submit a HelpDesk ticket with your questions and requests.

Coming events and opportunities

From DPI

Although focused on schools, public library staff may find applicable tips and resources. Join DPI and the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center for a free Trauma Sensitive Schools webinar on April 9 from 9-11 a.m. The webinar will feature Alex Shevrin Venet, author of Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education. The session will explore how trauma and inequity are present in our schools and how teachers can respond despite limited time and resources.

A framework for equity-centered trauma-informed education will be introduced along with its guidingprinciples to help educators assist students who have been impacted by trauma. It will cover proactive priorities for transforming the school environment and ways to tap into larger efforts for change. Register for the webinar here.

From Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network

Wisconsin HR Carekit WDRN webinar, Thursday, March 14,11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The HR CareKit was created in 2023 by an alliance of professionals dedicated to supporting family caregivers and the businesses that employ them. This practical toolkit helps employers better understand the needs of their workforce and provides advice for how to attract and retain valued employees. The kit can be used in one-on-one meetings with employers and business groups, used as a community education tool, or be shared as a resource for any working family caregiver.

Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the Wisconsin HR Carekit and how it enhances the lives of working caregivers in Wisconsin. This is a free Zoom webinar. Registration is required.

From the IFLS calendar