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“Free and Unique Tools” Webinar

“Free and Unique Tools” Webinar

The second WVLS recorded webinar of 2020, "Fun, Unique and Free Tools to Help Keep You Sane," is now available. This webinar is available for 1 contact hour in Category B. Let’s be honest: sometimes, we all just need distractions, especially during a global pandemic....

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October Newsletter Now Available

October Newsletter Now Available

The WVLS October Newsletter is now available online. Features include: WVLS Adult Services Workshop in November October Recognizes Important Observance Member Library Director Interviewed on WPR Rib Lake Hosts Online Trivia Nights Back-to-School Bag Sale at RDL MCPL...

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Inclusive Services Update

Inclusive Services Update

Ryan Dowd's Next Homelessness Webinar Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Compassionately and effectively working with people with dementia Some of the issues covered: What is the science behind dementia? How can you compassionately work with someone who is agitated or...

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How Can We Serve Seniors?

How Can We Serve Seniors?

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) presented a webinar on June 17 on providing senior services, and it was excellent. Here is more information: Webinar Recording Access the slides Full description and speaker information Highlights of the Webinar...

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Tools for 2021 Budget Discussions

Tools for 2021 Budget Discussions

One of the highlights of last month’s WLA Library Development & Legislation (LD&L) Committee webinar “Positioning the Library for a Post-Pandemic Sustainable Future,” was the section describing potential pandemic related impacts on the revenue stream for...

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Core Values. Equity. Recruiting. Inclusion.

Core Values. Equity. Recruiting. Inclusion.

Trustee Training Week registration is now open! Here's this year's lineup: Monday, August 24 -- Core Values of Librarianship with Jessamyn West Tuesday, August 25 - Recruiting and Engaging Friends and Trustees Under Age 40 with Madeline Jarvis and Tess Wilson...

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Reopening Guidelines Released

Reopening Guidelines Released

The latest version of reopening guidelines for public libraries has been released. The Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin public library community, provides a process...

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“Beanstack” Office Hours Available

“Beanstack” Office Hours Available

On April 24, 2020 the Wisconsin Department of Instruction finalized a three-year, statewide contract for Beanstack, an online reading challenge platform and mobile app, with the assistance of Wisconsin Valley Library Service as fiscal agent. This statewide contract is...

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Recorded Webinar on “Giving Bad News” Now Available

Recorded Webinar on “Giving Bad News” Now Available

The first recorded WVLS webinar of 2020 is now available, on our YouTube Channel. “Giving Bad News” is a presentation by Betsy Bleck, director of the Oconomowoc Public Library. This presentation is worth 1 contact hour in Category C.  Watch it here.      About this...

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Spotting Fake News

Spotting Fake News

In a time when information is overwhelming, it is important for librarians and other information professionals to be vigilant about the information they share and be prepared to guide others to the best information out there. Right now, many websites and other media...

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COVID-19 Webpage and Updates

WVLS created a webpage devoted to COVID-19 and assisting its member libraries. You will find: Status Updates of WVLS Member Libraries Health Resources Archive of the WVLS Covid-19 Daily Update Language Used for Library Closures WVLS Operations The WVLS Office is...

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Marketing Plan Template Now Available

Based on Kathy Dempsey’s “Cycle of True Marketing,” a state-wide public library system marketing cohort has drafted a marketing plan template that any library of any size can model and adapt. The template includes: A customizable marketing framework that can be...

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Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot

Streamline for Success: Library Programs and Services Reboot

Open to public library staff. 60 seats are available at each location. Lunch provided at no cost. Mileage reimbursement available, carpooling strongly encouraged! Choose a workshop that best fits your schedule. CE contact hours: 6 Tuesday, May 5                    ...

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Customer Service Webinar Series Starts in April

Customer Service Webinar Series Starts in April

Nationally-known library consultant Pat Wagner will present a three-part webinar series on April 1, 8 and 15, focusing on customer service in libraries. All of the webinars will be recorded and posted to the WVLS website. Each webinar is worth 1 contact hour. The...

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Miss Some Conference Sessions?

Miss Some Conference Sessions?

The 8th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference happened last month, and it's possible you weren't able to attend all of the sessions. Some of the sessions ran simultaneously, or you didn't have time to view it live. All of the session recordings are now posted...

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Conference Scholarships Now Available

Conference Scholarships Now Available

WVLS is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarships for its member libraries. The following are available: 1 ALA Annual Conference Scholarship (application deadline is March 9) 2 WAPL or WLA Conference Scholarships (application deadline is March 23), 1 WAPL or WLA...

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LAWDS Workshops Starting in March

LAWDS Workshops Starting in March

WVLS public library staff are invited to attend your choice of six workshops offered through the Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project.   The LAWDS project brings together public library staff with regional Workforce Development Boards...

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Annual Book Fest Held in Early March

Annual Book Fest Held in Early March

This year's Children's Book Fest will be held on March 10-11 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 135 E. Larch Street in Rhinelander. Agenda: Tuesday Evening, March 10 Information and Registration (1.5 CE credits for CCBC Book Talk) Wednesday, March 11...

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“Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness” Now Available

“Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness” Now Available

To help library professionals better help ALL of their patrons, Wisconsin DPI has purchased a subscription to Ryan Dowd’s Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness training. The virtual training will: Give you more confidence working with patrons struggling with homelessness,...

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