We Love Hearing From You!
As John Thompson mentioned in his Librarian of the Year Awards acceptance speech, the work that IFLS does is deeply collaborative, a team effort between IFLS staff and trustees, and library staff. So when we hear feedback from our librarians, we want to share it with you! This is from Cricket Lafond, Director of Clear Lake Public Library, after the WLA conference where she presented a very popular session on grant-writing. Thank you, Cricket!
“I just want to say THANK YOU!
My experience at the WLA conference really put a spotlight on the level of support that IFLS has provided during the pandemic. You gave us means to communicate with staff in similar situations (Directors, Adult Services, Youth Services) via Zoom meetings. These soon became support groups and places for us to have safe landings when things were going sideways. These groups led to collaborations that would not otherwise have taken place.
You all answered e-mails and phone calls promptly. You visited libraries if necessary. You provided us with the latest COVID information but you also all stayed abreast of what was happening in the library world so we could continue to do our jobs well. You gave us "permission" to set aside time for ourselves and to keep our staff and patrons safe and healthy.
I always knew that IFLS was a great library system but the last few months have led me to believe that IFLS staff is the best and I just wanted to express my appreciation. I would not be as emotionally healthy as I am without your support and guidance during the last few months.”
The Overdrive App is due to sunset in February of 2022. What does this mean for app users? Details in the next News from IFLS.
Also watch this space for details about an Intro to Advocacy virtual event coming up in January! Jim Tripp, IFLS Board President, will share his insights and knowledge.
Save the date: Library Legislative Day, Feb 8, 2022 in Madison. This is our chance to let our elected state officials know how important libraries are to our communities! Hope to see you there.
Best of the holiday season to you!
From the IFLS family to yours, hoping your holidays are safe, jolly and bright!