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

February 2019

Open Book and Cocoa

In This Issue

  1. WLA Conference Scholarships
  2. Lake Superior Libraries Symposium - Seeking Proposals
  3. Leaders Who Notice make a Difference
  4. Resources for the Visually Impaired
  5. LAWDS Launches
  6. Upcoming Events

WAPL Conference Scholarships

This year, IFLS has some funds set aside to help defray the costs of library staff to attend both the Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians  (WAPL) Conference (May 2-3 in Rothschild) and the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference (October 8-11 in the Wisconsin Dells).
Right now, we are offering three $400 scholarships to attend WAPL.  This can help cover the cost of registration ($130 for members, $245 for non-members), hotel, meals, mileage, or membership dues.  $400 will help defray these costs, but individuals or libraries will probably have to contribute funds as well.
If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please fill out this form by April 1.  We will notify scholarship winners by April 3, and require registration by the early-bird registration deadline of April 8.
(Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator)

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium - Seeking Proposals

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2019: Sea Changes in Libraries
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.
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 others’ 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 15th. 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. 

(Leslie Mehle, Superior Public Library)

Leaders Who Notice Make a Difference

Leaders can all too easily go through the paces on auto-pilot. Go to this meeting. Deal with that situation. Those leaders who are adept at taking notice of what’s less obvious are more likely to innovate.

The radio station I listen to during my morning routine has an occasional bit in which the program co-host becomes “The Noticer.” It’s a silly segment that features oddball news stories, puzzling consumer products, or otherwise absurd societal observations. While it makes for an entertaining diversion, it occurred to me how much of my own leadership revolves around noticing things. Most of what’s noticed, whether it’s about librarianship, higher education, or something altogether different, leads to nothing in particular. Every so often, however, just taking notice of something can have an impact on what we do and why we do it. It may lead to an innovation or waking up to a needed change. If you lead but fail to take notice of things that could make a difference for your library, perhaps becoming a Noticer would lead to new discoveries.

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(Library Journal Express, February 26, 2019)

Resources for the Visually Impaired

Here at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (RL&LL) we recently had several interlibrary loan requests for materials in braille.  If you have patrons who need audiobooks on CD, large print, or other resources because they are visually impaired, interlibrary loan can help.
Additional resources are also available at these libraries:

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library provides books and magazines in two formats: braille and audio recorded books. The library also lends audio-described DVDs and equipment.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
These libraries serve the blind, as well as those with impaired vision, physical limitations, and reading disabilities.

(WI Libraries for Everyone, February 20, 2019) 

LAWDS Launches

If you work in a Wisconsin public library, you will soon be invited to activities offered through the Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS) project. LAWDS will bring together public library staff with the staff of regional Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and Wisconsin Job Centers, to facilitate more seamless support of job-seeking patrons, business owners and entrepreneurs. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Starting this May, public library staff will be invited to “Meet and Greet” sessions led by members of WDBs. The focus will be on sharing and learning about the skills and resources WDBs can offer to public libraries and the communities they serve. The spring sessions are the first of four training opportunities public library staff will be offered. Any member of the library community who is unable to participate in LAWDS training sessions live or online will be able to access archived recordings or slide decks on the concepts and resources discussed.

At their February 11th meeting, members of the System and Resource Library Administrator’s Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) agreed to work with WDBs to help organize the initial meetings.
SRLAAW is one of eight organizations that form the LAWDS Project Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC will provide input on the training sessions and resources, to ensure they correspond to the activities and objectives contained in the project narrative as approved by IMLS. SRLAAW is represented by Mark Jochem, South Central Library Association’s Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning specialist.

The other PAC members are:
WLA, represented by Kristen Anderson (Director, Winding Rivers Library System)
Wisconsin Workforce Development Association (WWDA), represented by Jon Menz, CEO, Workforce Development Board of West Central Wisconsin
DWD, represented by Theodore Anderson (Milwaukee WDB), Miranda Lezcano (North Central WDB)
DPI, represented by Martha Berninger and John deBacher
UW-System, represented by Ann Palmer
Wisconsin Technical College System, represented by Scott DuBenske
Great Lakes Educational and Training Association, represented by Barb Chaffee. CEO, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. and Jan Norlander-Jensen, Workforce Investment Administrator, City of Lincoln, NE

The PAC advises the four organizations that collaborated to design and submit the project application: WLA, DPI, DWD and WWDA. The first meeting of the PAC will be held April 24 at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning.
On May 2, at 10:00, members of the PAC will be presenting, “Lawdsy, Lawdsy - come learn about Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills (LAWDS)” at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries 2019 conference.

Please look for more information about the initial spring training sessions, coming soon. If you would like more information on the LAWDS project, please contact Martha Berninger, Director, DPI’s Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning team, at, or Kristen Anderson, or Mark Jochem, mjochem

(WI Libraries For Everyone, February 15, 2019)

Upcoming Events

March   6              10:00 am - Everything You Wanted to Know About Google Grants (webinar)
March 15  10:00 am - MORE Directors Council
March 20 10:00 am - Overcoming the Email Avalanche: Three Steps to an Empty Inbox (webinar)
March 22  1:00 pm - Escape Room Demo and Youth Programming Idea Swap--New Richmond
March 27  10:00 am - From Inbox to Completion: The Secrets to Successful Workflow (webinar)
March 27  12:30 pm - IFLS Board of Trustees
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