Patron Privacy on ILL Materials

A reminder this week to uphold patron privacy on interloan materials. One of the service expectations for ILL states “Library users expect that staff will keep interlibrary loan requests confidential.  Staff is discouraged from sharing the patron’s name to potential lenders,” (2.4). Therefore, a patron’s name should be removed from any transit slips or ILL paperwork to protect their privacy before the material is sent out in courier. For more information, please view the Wisconsin ILL Guidelines 2021 or visit the IFLS website, under ILL Policies; any questions please contact Katelyn at or Cecelia at

Where’s the Money?

NEWI 6-part fundraising series

Looking for help with grant-writing and implementation?  NEWI (Northeast Wisconsin CE Partnership) has developed a 6-part series about fund-raising, and recordings from the first three are now available—all are about grants.  Our own grant expert Cricket LaFond (Clear Lake PL) is the presenter for two of these webinars.  Check out the whole line-up.


Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Grant from the WI Department of Public Instruction, IFLS has scholarship funds available to assist up to 4 library staff members or directors to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference (September 14-17 in Chattanooga, TN).  These scholarships are for up to $2200 each, and can be used to cover travel, registration, hotel, and meal costs.

Leah encourages all interested staff and directors to apply for this opportunity to attend the ARSL Conference.  You will need to indicate board or supervisor approval on your application, so start those conversations today!  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Additional scholarships: We’ll also will be providing scholarships to the Wisconsin Library Association Conference (November 1-4 in Lake Geneva, WI) and also an online, asynchronous class, Justice Work in Public Libraries:  Understanding Power, Oppression, Resistance, and Solidarity.  Information about these options will be coming later this summer.

Ideas to Action Fund Application Period Open

The application period is open for WiLS 2022 Ideas to Action Fund. The WiLS Ideas to Action Fund provides grants of up to $5,000, so all types of libraries can bring their project ideas to life. The Fund encourages partnerships and collaborations among WiLS members and with community partners, supports innovative and exploratory new work within the Wisconsin library community, and seeds the development of processes, methods, or resources that can be used by other libraries and cultural organizations.

Proposals can be submitted through June 6. Awards will be announced in September 2022 and funds will be distributed soon after.

Coming Up at IFLS

  • May 30 – Memorial Day: IFLS closed, no Waltco delivery
  • May 31 at 1p – Vendor demo on Baker & Taylor’s DEI Analysis (Will be recorded for later access; see below) Live demo link
  • Jun 8 at 2 to 3pm: Youth Services Check-In
  • June 17 at 10a – MORE Budget Hearing and Executive Committee meeting. In-person or virtual meeting option
  • July 15 at 10a – MORE Directors Council meeting. In-person or virtual meeting option
  • July 15, afternoon – Gathering for IFLS-area library staff and directors (details to come!)

View details on the calendar

New on the Website

Other IFLS Communications to Watch For

  • TWAM (This Week at MORE), concise and informative email for Lori Roholt each week. Don’t get this email? Submit a HelpDesk ticket.
  • The News from IFLS monthly e-letter. You manage your own subscription to this e-letter. You can also view archives.

Have a great weekend! Here’s a little closing-the-library dance party for you: