Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference: Did you know?

  • It’s free! (Thanks for support from all 15 Wisconsin Library Systems, and the Public Library Team from the WI Department of Public Instruction with funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.)
  • You can pick and choose! Four tracks, fabulous speakers, and tremendous keynote sessions!

Learn from national and Wisconsin presenters about a whole variety of topics: Reference and Readers Advisory, Sustainability, Management, and Marketing—plus two remarkable keynote presentations. There is truly something for everyone!

See individual sessions and register here!

You’ve still got a minute to register for Library Legislative Day

This is your opportunity to connect in person with our state elected officials! Get an inside view of how effective advocacy works, and help influence state policy. Library staff, trustees, friends and advocates are welcome to attend. The deadline to register is January 13!

The IFLS Calendar

New events are being posted for March! Check it out. 

Library Love Story is picking up steam: let’s keep up the momentum!

Here’s what the digital replies look like. So far, Park Falls is in the lead with ten responses!

I bet a lot of you are also getting paper responses. Please remember that Reb needs these no later than Feb 5 if you want them included in the Library Love Story publication. The toolkit with everything you need for this campaign is on the IFLS website in the Article Index. Questions? Issues? Funny duck memes? Send them to Reb at kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us

Directors: get ‘er done

Attend the IFLS in-person Annual Report Workshop and check that off your list. Plus, hang out with other librarians – always a good time. IFLS staff will be on hand to walk you through the details. Remember to bring your own device. Feb 1 in Eau Claire, Feb 2 in Rice Lake. Register here.

Ellsworth’s moving!

They’ll be closed the week of January 16. The grand opening is Monday, January 23, 6 – 8 pm: ribbon cutting at 6 pm on the front step, Tours all evening. They also have a Children and Families Open House scheduled the following weekend. Here’s their calendar.

Say “hi” to Steph

Steph Regenauer is IFLS’s new Bibliographic Services Cataloger. She will be working with Shared Services and CABS. She has spent the last 9 years working in various roles for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation before pursuing her MLIS degree from UW-Milwaukee. She will be finishing her degree this spring and is excited to be joining the library world! She lives in Eau Claire with her husband and two cats. She enjoys reading, travel, and watching sports.

Niche Academy: learning library for staff and patrons

(from TWAM) Back in July, MORE Directors Council opted to include Niche Academy, a learning/tutorial platform, in the 2023 MORE budget. A few MORE-related learning options via Niche Academy are now available, and I welcome ideas (and help!) on additional content.

For MORE-member library staff: Find topical tutorials on the MORE Training Tutorials and Videos page. Note: most of this content isn’t new, it’s just organized better! You can still find individual videos in the lower part of that page.

  1. You’ll need to create a free account using your library email address
  2. Select a topic to start the tutorial, which is comprised of a few short videos with links for additional learning
  3. Use the “Lessons” button in the upper-right of the tutorial window to see all the contents of the tutorial

For patrons: Find “Getting started” tutorials for Libby and Flipster on the MORE Catalog homepage and in the Catalog Info page’s Other Resources section.

Call for proposals

The invitation is now open for library and educational practitioners to submit proposals to present at the 2023 Play Make Learn Conference. The conference takes place July 20-21 at the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI.

WLA Conference 2023

Mark your calendars for this year’s WLA Conference in Middleton on October 24-27. The theme is “Don’t Stop Believing.”