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October 2019

In This Issue

  1. UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Named 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year
  2. Time to Order Library Cards!
  3. Money Smart Week for Libraries
  4. Libraries Are Eliminating Fines
  5. Workforce Support for Veterans
  6. Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Implementation Webinars
  7. WLA Keynote and Streamed Recordings
  8. Calendar and Continuing Education

UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Named 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year

UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library has been recognized as the 2019 Federal Depository Library of the Year.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office selected McIntyre Library for its efforts to encourage students and the community to use government resources, such as historical photos or documents.

This year, the library promoted its government documents collection as a source for middle and high school students participating in National History Day competitions.

Library Director Jill Markgraf said she and the rest of the library staff are honored to receive this recognition.

“The award recognizes not only the folks who work in the library right now, but it really recognizes decades of effort and commitment by the library to preserve, to curate, to make available and to teach how to use this information responsibly,” Markgraf said.

McIntyre Library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1951., October 21, 2019

Time to Order Library Cards!

Your library card should be the coolest card in your wallet! People look at this card every time they check something out – it's a great place to promote what makes your library awesome.

Read a recent Marketing Monday and see a couple real-life examples:

Because we've been having trouble reaching the required minimums for library card bulk orders, we're going back to annual bulk orders. After the November 2019 order, the next bulk order won’t be until November 2020!

The DEADLINE is November 7, 2019 for the 2019 bulk order.

Here’s the form link:

Reb Kilde, PR and Communications Coordinator

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Money Smart Week is April 4 -11, 2020! Join the hundreds of libraries across the country that participate in Money Smart Week each year.
Financial literacy is important to everyone at all stages of life. Everyone can learn more to be better with money.
Money Smart Week is for all types of libraries- academic, public, school, prison, corporate!
Mark the dates next April on your program calendar, and register to participate in the Money Smart Week for Librarians- Webinar on Thursday, November 21, 2:00-3:00 Central (please adjust for your time zone)

Learn how easy it is for you to participate. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you. The webinar will feature the new website and initiatives such as Money Smart Week Kids Read, Geocache for Colleges, and more.

Money Smart Week is a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and other national champions, and libraries to provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life
(This is a free webinar, and will be recorded)
If you have questions, please contact

Maureen Welch, Resource and Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

Libraries Are Eliminating Fines

Library system may end fines,” (Rickert) appeared on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday morning, October 20, 2019. The Madison Public Library is the latest to capture headlines as it continues to explore eliminating late fees as a means to improve access for library patrons and Madison area residents. 
In the wake of the Chicago Public Library eliminating late fees for overdue materials (Poon, CityLab), the topic is receiving increased exposure and reaching beyond library board meetings and staff conversations. Patrons and municipalities are taking notice. The move in Chicago erased the fines of 343,000 registered borrowers with revoked privileges because they accrued at least $10 in unpaid fines.
After looking at the data, the San Francisco Public Library could see that fines were disproportionately affecting people in low-income communities, African-American communities, and communities with lower college graduation rates. Public libraries can access community data to see which patrons overdue fees affect in the community and combine that information with economic and fine impact measures to paint a clearer picture of the outcomes of the library’s policies. Eliminating fines isn’t the only outcome of this self-reflection, many libraries also amend or revise policy to provide some form of amnesty or increased leniency to remove hurdles to library access.
As libraries see declining circulation of traditional materials as the use of electronic library materials that do not generate fines increases, revenues from fines are declining due to the decrease in circulation and a change in policy to reduce fine amounts (Rickert). An informal survey of Wisconsin public library system directors found that as many as 70 public libraries throughout Wisconsin may be fine free for all patrons as of 2018.
Public libraries make strong communities when every resident and potential patron has free access to informational materials and services they need. Public libraries should explore the data and find the path that meets the needs specific to their community.

For questions, contact Michael Dennison (608) 266-5196

WI Libraries for Everyone, October 22, 2019

Workforce Support for Veterans

Library staff members have access to a lot of excellent resources when working with veterans who are looking for a new job, hoping to change fields, or wanting to start a business.
While veterans may be well aware of resources specifically tailored to their particular needs, it’s worth mentioning them, as some of the locations and options may have changed. The Wisc Jobs for Vets site includes tools like the built-in military-cross walk to research the transferrable skills between military and civilian jobs and an Advanced Search features to find jobs with your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code.

WisJobsForVets Logo and Link to the JCW Veteran Homepage

The Veterans Job Matcher allows users to enter a military job title or code and generate a list of careers using similar skills and work experience. The tool helps users identify civilian careers and then evaluate them by typical pay grade, wages, and education.
The Resources for Veterans page displays links to online tools designed to meet a wide range of needs that a Veteran may find beneficial. For example, there is a link to the County Veterans Services Officer Association of Wisconsin CVSOAWI). The organization plays a critical role in the veteran's advocacy system and is often the initial contact in the community for veterans services.
Also on the site are details on at least six specific programs designed to assist Wisconsin veterans’ with their educational needs, such as Department of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) which sponsors several programs that advance the acceptance of military education and experience at civilian colleges and universities, and the Troops to Teachers program, which assists departing active duty military personnel, veterans and certain members/retirees who are associated with the reserve components, to transition to new careers as public and charter school teachers.
The site also includes links to a variety of programs and organizations such as the Center for Veterans Interests, Ltd. and VetFriends, designed to help veterans and active duty personnel find and reconnect with their military friends.
Check this listing of the America's Job Centers in Wisconsin sites to see if one in your area has a designated veteran's representative available.
Resources offered at the Federal level include the Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), which hosts links for vets and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Employment Services, which provides health care and education benefits and numerous job search resources.

For questions, contact Martha Berninger (608) 224-6161

WI Libraries for Everyone, October 11, 2019

Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Implementation Webinars

The Department of Public Instruction has begun identifying activities for implementing recommendations included in the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Committee’s Recommendation Report. A preliminary timeline has been drafted at the request of COLAND and was presented to both COLAND and SRLAAW.

We will be presenting this timeline of activities at two webinars this November:

November 19, 9-10 am
Join DPI PLSR Activities through Spring 2020 Meeting 1
+1 872-703-5321 United States, Chicago (Toll)
Conference ID: 221 239 616#
November 25, 3-4 pm
Join DPI PLR Activities through Spring 2020 Meeting 2
+1 872-703-5321 United States, Chicago (Toll)
Conference ID: 579 568 935#

The entire Wisconsin library community is invited to attend these sessions. The same material will be presented at both and each webinar will allow time for questions and comments about the proposed activities. Both webinars will be recorded and posted after they are completed.

To keep up to date on PLSR activities, be sure to watch the COLAND webpage. All materials developed and posted to the page will continue to be available but that website is no longer being updated with new information.

Written by Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
For questions about this information, contact Ben Miller (608) 224-6168

WI Libraries for Everyone, October 24, 2019

WLA Keynote and Streamed Recordings

Thank you for attending the 2019 WLA Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. And if you didn’t attend, there is information below about recordings of the conference keynote speaker, three streamed sessions, and a few important reminders below...

Access session handouts online, presenters can still send handouts to the WLA offices: 

View Keynote Speaker Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle-based writer, speaker and Internet Yeller. 
She’s the author of the New York Times Best Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January 2018 by Seal Press. Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle, TIME, The Stranger and The Guardian, among other outlets. 

Access recordings to three live streamed sessions from Thursday, October 10th.
  • Putting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into Action: Forming a Staff-Led EDI Committee at Waukesha Public Library 
    • Kelly Bolter, Paula Mason, Olivia Langby, & Khorye Huffman, Waukesha Public Library
    • Tick-tock, it's EDI O'Clock! It's time to make time for equity, diversity and inclusion at the library! In this session, participants will join a discussion about one mid-size library's approach to creating an interdepartmental, staff-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. Attendees will gain practical insight and strategies for getting started in their own libraries, including areas on which to focus
  • Get Ready for 2020! Voter Education & Registration Assistance Program (VERAP)
    • Kris Adams Wendt, WLA Library Development & Legislation Committee; Debra Durchslag & Yolan Mistele, League of Women Voters of the Northwoods; Laurie A. Ollhoff, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill
    • A dynamic team from the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods has been working with librarian colleagues in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties to promote voter registration for all eligible adults. The Voter Education & Registration Assistance Project (VERAP) includes an Instructional Notebook to guide library users through the voter registration process, which can usually be completed online and on the spot. There is also a Resource Notebook to easily enable library staff to answer questions about online voting registration as well as paper registration, photo ID and voting. This program will help prepare all libraries for the busy election season in 2020.
  • Defusing Tense Situations and Setting Effective Limits
    • Betsy Bleck, Oconomowoc Public Library
    • What does one do when a patron or colleague gets upset, non-compliant or out of control? Participants will discover verbal and non-verbal methods for resolving difficult situations. They will learn specific skills, such as how to set effective limits, that will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome and increase one's comfort level when faced with uncooperative behavior. This presentation complements the session on "Giving Bad News" on Friday morning. Betsy Bleck is certified in the "Prepare Training Program" by the Crisis Prevention Institute.
 You are still most welcome to access the Resource List about First Nations, the WLA Board Statement on the Kalahari. and FAQ about Cultural Appropriation as well. 
Anne Hamland, Public Library Services Consultant, Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Calendar and Continuing Education

In the past we have incldued a list of upcoming events and know you are used to seeing that, but we have a better solution that will keep you up-to-date.

Here is a link to our new calendar on the IFLS website.

Go here to get more information about IFLS meetings and workshops including Tecnology Days, Trustee Essentials, and Adult Services Swap.
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