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IFLS Newsflashes, a newsletter for west-central Wisconsin library professionals

March 2019

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In This Issue

  1. Chippewa Falls Public Library Named Volunteer of Year
  2. OverDrive - Big Library Read
  3. Scholarship Reminder
  4. Financial Literacy in Public Libraries
  5. Shop Talk Programs
  6. Youth Services Section Swap
  7. Call for Proposals
  8. Continuing Education and Calendar

Chippewa Falls Public Library 

The Chippewa Falls Public Library was named Volunteer of the Year by the Chippewa Falls Main Street at their annual meeting on March 4, 2019.

Congratulations Chippewa Falls Library and Staff!

OverDrive - Big Library Read

Big library read book
The next Big Library Read kicks off April 1 and the winning title is:
Homes: A Refugee Story
by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winne Yeung
The remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone - and found safety in Canada - with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria.
The title will be available for unlimited access in Wisconsin's Digital Library between April 1-15.
The title, along with a promotional spotlight at the top of your page, will be added at no cost.
Get your readers excited about Big Library Read
OverDrive has put together a handy-dandy checklist to help get the word out:
  • Download the bookmark, flyer, poster, social media graphics
  • Spread the word in your community with a press release
  • Let your readers know they will have a chance to win a Kobo Aura H2O by using #biglibraryread on social media – see the official rules
  • Hosting a book club event? Download the discussion guide
WPLC Project Managers

Scholarship Reminder!

There is still time to apply for scholarship assistance from IFLS for attending the WAPL Conference, May 1-3 in Rosholt, WI.  If you’d like to apply, the deadline is April 1.  We’ll let award-winners know on April 2!  Here’s the application form.
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Financial Literacy in Public Libraries

April is National Financial Capability Month, a time for families to review their financial health and for libraries to review their financial collections.  Here are a few resources that may help you build your collection and provide programming to help your patrons with their finances.
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced a bi-annual update to their LibGuide Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Guide for Building Collections.  This guide lists materials and resources about personal finance suitable for public libraries and offers two levels of collection development (the essential collection to provide a solid knowledge base for making financial decisions, and an in-depth collection to serve patrons seeking both general and specialized financial information).
If you are looking for programming ideas, the Reference division of ALA also published Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) has a resource toolkit at with social media messaging, useful website links, and a 2019 National Financial Capability Month How-to Guide.
If you need help with collection development, please let us know.
Maureen Welch, IFLS Reference & ILL Coordinator

Shop Talk Programs

The Wisconsin Humanities Council has a wonderful program, free to participating libraries, Shop Talk.  There is a whole new line-up of speakers who will be able to jump-start discussion about issues related to immigration in Wisconsin.   For more information and to learn about potential speakers about Immigration, check here.  If you are looking for a list of all the Shop Talk presenters, you can look here.

Youth Services Section Swap

The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association is holding a free discussion/tour at 2 libraries that are close to many in IFLS-land.  Join YSS members and friends on April 19 from 12:30-4:00.  The event starts in Grantsburg Public Library at 12:30 for a discussion about collections; followed by a trip to Spooner Public Library to talk about how to sunset a program that has seen better days.  Please RSVP here.  If you have questions, please contact Claire Parrish at

Call for Proposals

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our eighth annual conference to be held on June 7, 2019, at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota.
This year’s theme, Sea Changes in Libraries, invites attendees to share stories of change, transformation, revolution, growth, and innovation. At LSLS19, we will learn from each other’s’ stories of big and small changes, reflect on the changes in our profession, and leave with tools to “sea changes” in our libraries.
Possibilities for presentation topics include:
How do our professional ethics keep us anchored? What tried and true ideas still work well? How do we remain innovative and adapt to changes in our libraries while also working with long-established standards and formats? How do we value, respect, and utilize institutional knowledge?

Tidal Shift
How are our roles, attitudes, spaces, collections, processes, and services changing to stay relevant to our communities? How do we envision our future? What new programming or initiatives have been successful at your library?
Smooth Sailing
What tips and tricks have you learned to tame the choppy waters of change? How have you navigated your library through a change? How did you create change on a budget? How do you manage or combat burnout in your role?
How have you collaborated to connect with your community? What services, programs, or collections does your library offer that meet the unique needs of your community?
Successful breakout session presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. 60-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer. Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged. All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.
Breakout session presenters should submit proposals at All proposals should be submitted by March 31st. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early April.  
LSLS allows library staff to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized and supported by library staff and educators from Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin; for a full list of our supporters, see

For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Jenny Lund at A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in April.

Upcoming Events

April 5 10:00 am - MORE Executive Meeting
April 8 10:00 am - Plain Language for More Effective Communication (webinar)                                             
April 18  9:00 am - Parents Interacting with Intentionality, Part 2 (location TBD)                    
April 23              1:00 pm - Are You Ready for a Building Project (webinar) 
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