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The News: March 2021

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Wait, can I go inside the library?

For our member libraries, the decision to open the library building for in-person services is a local one. The best way to find out what’s happening at your local library is to go to their website or give them a call. If you don’t have that information handy, the IFLS website has a directory of all our member libraries.
Every single one of our libraries has a contact-free delivery option, so rest assured that you can check out what you want. Many of our libraries have returned to regular services, or are open to the public with some restrictions.
Our creative librarians have added additional services like online programs, remote printing services, and personalized help picking out your next book–and so much more! 
National Library Week is coming up in April. We hope you’ll join us in thanking your local librarians for the exceptional work they do serving their communities.

Trustee Tip: Managing Gifts and Donations

Library boards have exclusive control of all funds collected, donated, or appropriated for the library fund. [Wis. Stats 43.58] That same statute outlines alternatives for the handling of gifts, bequests, devises, or endowment funds:

  1. The library board may transfer the funds to the treasurer of the municipality or county that established the library.
  2. The library board may deposit the funds with a bank, credit union or savings and loan. (A library board resolution must designate one or more public depositories to be used for these funds.)
  3. The library board may entrust the funds to an elected financial secretary to invest. There are certain restrictions and limitations, outlined on the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website.
  4. The library board may pay or transfer the donation, bequest, or endowment to a charitable organization like the library's Friends group or foundation.
For all the details you need to manage your library’s gifts and donations responsibly, go to the AE 14: Managing the Library's Money page on the DPI website. John Thompson, IFLS director, is always happy to offer guidance and support to our library Trustees.

Neighborhood News

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in our communities.
  • Barron Public Library is proud to be chosen to be part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an
    American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
  • Rice Lake Public Library's innovative use of TikTok was featured in School Library Journal.
  • Menomonie Public Library Foundation to fund building improvements. (This also appeared in local news media which requires you to complete a survey to view.)
  • News that the Eau Claire City Council approved the $18.5 Million L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Expansion project got print and television coverage. Work will start this spring.

Did You Know?

I’m always amazed at how many of my friends and neighbors don’t know they can load up on e-books and e-audiobooks with their MORE library card! Share this great resource with your favorite book lovers.
Click this button on the MORE home page. Download the Libby app so you can:
  • Sync across devices
  • Download for offline access
  • Listen in the car
  • Send to your Kindle
(You can also listen or read on your browser!)
Freading: always available e-books
This is the button to click if you’d like to explore the Freading collection:
  • Always available, never any holds
  • Rotating content updated weekly
  • Easy to search by category
  • Use on your browser and most other devices
Your local librarian is happy to help you if you run into any snags. 


Information and Resources on the IFLS website
For Trustees

Staff Spotlight: Libraries Win Website Services

This month, I’d like to introduce you to Anne Hamland. Anne is actually a WVLS employee; I’m introducing you to her today because she’s one of the masterminds behind the Libraries Win Website Services, a collaboration between IFLS and WVLS. 

These collaborative partnerships are one way that IFLS provides excellent service to our libraries. I’ll be highlighting other collaborative efforts here in the coming months.

Anne’s support services include website development and maintenance, regular webmaster online training, and development of a library of website resources for our libraries.

Her work has improved our libraries’ presence on the internet, and her ongoing training keeps library staff up to date on website best practices.
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