There will be no Weekly Digest next week. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, however you spend it. (Holidays not all that great for you? Some resources are listed at the end of this newsletter.) See you in the New Year!

Have Money to Spend in 2021?

There’s still a little time, and Maureen can help! The Wisconsin Digital Library/OverDrive is a great place to spend those end-of-year funds. (Juli can do invoices through Dec. 29 and I can do purchasing through Dec. 30--but don’t wait!) Contact Maureen for all the details: welch@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Feedback Needed

Do you assist your patrons with Libby, the OverDrive app and Wisconsin’s Digital Library? If so, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) needs your valuable survey input. WPLC will use this to inform future development. The survey will be open through January 7, 2022.

There’s new web app for A Line Meant

This statewide poetry exchange was launched for Dasha Kelly Hamilton’s Laureateship project. A Line Meant will offer 12 poetry prompts between November and March. Submit poems for current prompts, vote for your favorite poems from past prompts. Every new poem will be matched with another written by a poet elsewhere in the state. Each entry accesses prompt collections, submission recommendations and, potentially, could be included in an anthology at the conclusion of the project next year. Please take a look!

More from Dasha: “Participants without computer or internet access can submit handwritten poems via postal mail and will receive printed chapbooks of the prompt collections rather than digital digests.

Thank you, in advance, for trading your best words and joining the ALM experience. Please let me know if you have questions about the project or any concerns with the new site.  I am SO excited to celebrate poetry–and the people–with all of you.”

Events, Professional Development & Calendar Items

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

A reminder to get this great event on your calendar (January 26-27, 2022). Info and registration on the 10th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference website.

December Alzheimer’s & Dementia Class Offerings

Find a list of upcoming presentations, updated monthly at alz.org/wi. They can also help you develop classes and programs for your library.

Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

Join us January 14, 2022 for our virtual Unsymposium for invigorating discussion with other library folks and be prepared to take that enthusiasm back to your library! Registration is open now!

On-demand Library Staff Training Videos: OverDrive

A wide range of useful training videos is always available on the OverDrive Resource Center. Recent titles include Getting Started with Libby, Mythbusting with OverDrive: Innovative Ways to Talk About Your Digital Library and How to Train Your Community on Libby.

Coming Up on the IFLS Calendar

Get all the details on the calendar.

  • December 17 – Deadline to complete year-end record clean-up questionnaires (from this week’s TWAM).
  • IFLS office closed Dec 23, 24, 30, 31.
  • December 31 – Deadline for submitting MORE Executive Committee agenda items.
  • January 3, 2022 – Deadline to volunteer for workgroup to explore MORE-wide standards for damaged item billing (see November 12 TWAM). Sign-up form
  • January 7 – MORE Executive Committee Meeting
  • January 12 – Talking is Teaching webinar with Amy Fink, Jerissa Koenig and Jessi Peterson
  • January 19 – Advocacy 101 with Jim Tripp

Operations, Marketing and Tech

Thank You!

The news nobody missed this week was the terrifying new log4shell exploit. Kris works quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us safe from ongoing security risks. It seems like the Wild West out there! Thanks, Kris.

Thanks also to Lori for timely and informative updates. (This is the short list! Any omissions aren’t intentional.)

Do You Use Acquisitions in Sierra?

If so, you need to do fiscal close. If you missed that email, contact Bridget for all the details: krejci@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Coming in January: Collect Library Love Stories

The IFLS Marketing Committee is developing advocacy and marketing tools that are effective and easy to use. In January we’re gearing up for Library Legislative Day and annual report presentations. To support you we’ve developed the Your Library Love Story promotion. Stories from patrons are one of the best ways to communicate your library’s value to your community! This promotion will help you collect those stories to use throughout the year to the public, trustees and funding bodies. Watch this space for details.

You Are Not Alone!

We’ve collected a couple resources for you if the holidays get you down.

  • Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues, from NAMI. Did you know 64% of people say they experience holiday blues? This site has a good infographic with a list of strategies, and a link to a video.
  • You’re important to us–reach out for help if you need it. If it’s a crisis, please get help!
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7 toll-free lifeline for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crises. Call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to a trained listener.
    • Crisis Text Line:
      Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential text message support for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crises. It is available 24/7. Text “MHA” to 741-741 for support.

Reb Kilde is the editor of the Weekly Digest. Submissions, questions and comments can go to her at kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us.