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IFLS Library System: Inspiring and Facilitating Library Success
The News: February 2021
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Welcome to the new newsletter!

In the past you’ve gotten Newsflashes, packed with news about the libraries and people in the IFLS system area. Whether you’re a trustee, Friends Group member or a fan of libraries, this monthly newsletter will keep you in the loop. 

Fill out this short, easy survey to tell us what you want to hear about!

Tell Us What You Think!

Two opportunities to make a difference.

Libraries Step Up in 2020

It's a good time to step up for libraries.

We want our elected officials to know how libraries stepped up for their communities in 2020! Your voice makes a difference!
Here’s how to step up:
  • Find your elected officials.
  • Request a Libraries Step Up postcard from your home library, or send an email.
  • Share a couple sentences about how thankful you are for how your library stepped up for you in 2020.
  • Don’t forget to include your library’s name, and your name and address.
  • Thank you! Need more details? We’ve got a Libraries Step Up page for you.
3 clicks. No Questions. It’s that easy. Help make Wisconsin’s internet better.

The easiest test you’ll ever take.

The Wisconsin DPI is partnering with library systems to collect data about internet connection speeds across the state. What we learn will help us target underserved areas. More data is better!

Annual Reports: Insight for Trustees

Every year libraries are required to file the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Public Library Annual Report. The annual report is a standardized form that compiles statistics from all public libraries in the state.

Your library director is compiling your library's report right now, and will be presenting it to you this month (or may have already presented it to you). It is your job to approve it.
The board is also required to confirm if the library system has provided effective leadership and has met the needs of the library. This gives you the opportunity to tell the state how IFLS Library System is doing.

The Annual Report contains fourteen sections which cover the library’s finances as well as materials, facilities, personnel, operations and “such other information as the division requests.” You might be especially interested in these sections:
  • Make sure the trustee information in Section IV is current and correct.
  • Sections V through IX include all the library’s financials. As trustees, you are custodians of community tax dollars so these sections require your attention. If you have additional funds beyond the support of the municipality, your director will have to supplement the Report with those details as well.
  • The Annual Report concludes with the “Public Library Assurance of Compliance with System Membership Requirements.” Some of these requirements include the director’s education and hours worked, the library’s collection spending, and the board membership and duties.
When you have approved the Annual Report it’s sent to IFLS and the DPI. It’s compiled and made available on their website, along with the statistics from the other 380+ Wisconsin public libraries’ annual report statistics . This makes it easier to make comparisons. Want to know how many hours other libraries are open? How many programs they run, or how many staff they have? This is a great place to look.

John Thompson, IFLS Library System director, is always happy to answer your questions. 
E-mail John

Neighborhood News

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in our communities.
  • Our libraries shine! Deer Park, Elmwood and Turtle Lake public libraries were recognized by Library Journal as Star Libraries, 3 of the 8 Wisconsin libraries recognized! Read more about it on the Library Journal’s website.
  • St. Croix Falls installed nifty lockers to allow easier contact-free pickup services.
  • L. E. Phillips Family Foundation Pledges $1.5 Million Gift to the L.E. Philips Public Library Story Builder Expansion Campaign. This is the largest single donation in the history of the library! 
  • Amery Area and Glenwood City public libraries are embarking on new building projects.
  • Ellsworth got approval from the Village Board to buy a beautiful bank building on Main St.. We’ll let you know when they launch their fundraiser!
February is Love You Library month.

Did you know?

You don’t need a library card to attend library events, like this one hosted by Ellsworth Public Library. Everyone is welcome! Share the library love with your friends, neighbors and colleagues!
Inga Witscher: Midwinter Smorgasbord virtual program, Feb 13 at 10 am.
Register for this Event


Information and Resources on the IFLS website
For Trustees
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