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Registration Open for Virtual Library Legislative Day

Registration Open for Virtual Library Legislative Day

This year all legislator visits will be virtual, held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 16-18. This will let more library champions meet legislators and tell their stories of how libraries have adapted: we’re not only open, but more important than ever!...

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Best of 2020 Book Lists

Best of 2020 Book Lists

Best of 2020 Book Lists A few resources for filling out your collection with the best selections.  Save the date for the Youth Media Awards scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT  during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits virtual conference. Follow...

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Need Some Help With Virtual Programming?

Need Some Help With Virtual Programming?

We have posted our third recorded webinar of 2020! View it here.  Virtual programming in the library has become the norm in 2020. Marge will share some tips, tricks and resources to help you up your programming game. This webinar will explore: •  tips on purposeful...

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Registration is Now Open

Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference.  The conference will take place on January 27-28, 2021. Fourteen sessions will be available in four different tracks, including Public Services (new!), Management, Marketing, and Small...

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Inclusive Services Update

Inclusive Services Update

There continues to be amazing continuing education on inclusive subjects! A lengthy list is below, including some new classes that start next year. After that, I've listed a month and a half of upcoming diverse holidays to help plan displays, storytimes, or virtual...

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Graphic Novel Recommendations for Kids and Teens

Graphic Novel Recommendations for Kids and Teens

School Library Journal recommends 18 Superb Graphic Novel Adaptations for Kids and Teens in an article from October 28, 2020. All things manga and graphic novel enthusiast Steph Cherrywell, Antigo Public Library's Youth Services Librarian, has a few more your library...

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WVLS December Newsletter Available

WVLS December Newsletter Available

The WVLS December Newsletter is now available. Features include: 2021 Wild Wisconsin Conference Registration Open Compassion Resilience Training Abbotsford Hosts In-Person Adult Book Club Colby Holds “Foodsgiving” Antigo Public Library Showcases Recycled Art Minocqua...

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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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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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