Order Form for Annual Library Card Bulk Order is open

All the details are on the form. Details are on the form, and Reb will be sending an email out on Tuesday. The deadline is September 15.


Final Round of WI Humanities Recovery Grants opens September 15

The deadline is October 15. Need help? Contact Leah (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us)

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants help our state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Funding Priorities:

  • To support cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic
  • To assist organizations in all regions of Wisconsin

$343,877 will be awarded in the second and final grant round.

Organizations offering humanities programs that reach underserved audiences are strongly encouraged to apply. Recovery grants are intended for nonprofit organizations, accredited public or nonprofit institutions of higher education, state or local governmental agencies, or federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Applicants may request $2,000-20,000 for their work in the humanities.

Funds for general operating expenses, programming, strategic planning and capacity building, technical/consultant needs related to a digital transition, expansion of outdoor and virtual humanities programming and activities and equity assessments and planning related to coronavirus and the economic crisis as part of pandemic recovery are offered to organizations that have the humanities as their core mission.

$100 for Vaccinating

Please get the word out!

Today, Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Wisconsin residents who get their first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine from a vaccine provider located in Wisconsin beginning August 20 through September 6 can receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. Wisconsin residents ages 12 and over are eligible for the reward and can request the reward by going to the Reward Sign-up page or by calling 844-684-1064 (language assistance is available). Proof of insurance, citizenship, ID is not required to be eligible for or to receive the $100.

In order to receive the reward, Wisconsinites ages 12 and older will need to have received their first COVID-19 vaccine within the period of August 20 through September 6 and submit the request for the $100 Visa Gift Card on the DHS Reward Sign-up page. Information submitted in the form will be used to verify you received your shot. Visa cards may take up to six weeks to be mailed to participants. For more information on the incentive program, visit the DHS $100 reward page or call 844-684-1064 (language assistance is available).

OverDrive will be sunsetting the OverDrive app

From Maureen and Lori:

This isn’t something the public needs to be concerned about right now. Sounds like it will be over a year before the OverDrive app won’t work for existing users. It also sounds like OverDrive will take care of messaging to OverDrive app users to encourage switching to Libby.
I’m seeing the app links at the bottom of the Wisconsin’s Digital Library site (under “powered by OverDrive”) do go to Libby, so I think internally OverDrive is doing a good job of steering users to Libby.

From OverDrive:

Things will start to change at the beginning of 2022, when OverDrive will remove the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store in February 2022.

  • Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app.
  • New users looking for the OverDrive app will be directed to Libby.
  • All users can continue to use, borrow, and open titles from your library’s OverDrive website via a browser.

OverDrive recommends that all partners actively promote Libby and remove references to the OverDrive app from library websites and promotional materials. (Webmasters have gotten an email from Anne Hamland about her strategy.)

In future phases, OverDrive will be actively encouraging OverDrive app users to switch to Libby, with a goal of moving most over by the end of 2022. They say they’re committed to supporting a smooth transition for you and your users and will send ongoing updates on the plans and timing for the eventual retirement of the OverDrive app.

The Libby team will continue to develop updates designed to deliver an enjoyable experience for all readers. This includes improved support for screen readers and other updates for users with diverse accessibility needs. Additional Libby updates on the horizon include support for title recommendations, increased library branding, enhanced curation tools, more ways for you to connect with your users, and other features we know are important to our library partners. (Weekly Digest will let you know what Maureen hears about making Libby available on devices now served by the OverDrive app.)

The OverDrive Resource Page will keep you up-to-date. Contact Maureen (welch@ifls.lib.wi.us) with questions, comments, concerns.

DPI Needs You

From John: You may or may not have seen this request for your feedback on the LSTA Five Year Plan.  Leah developed some ways LSTA funds have been used to benefit our libraries and your patrons.  This is in addition to some LSTA funds we use to help support technology.  Please take some time to complete the survey.

DPI needs our help to evaluate the current LSTA plan.  Please see below for information on the survey.  Sometimes LSTA runs in the background and it is hard to keep track of all the things it funds.  Here is a partial list of programs you may have experienced that LSTA has helped to fund since 2018:

  • 2019 Youth Services Institute
  • 2018 and 2019 New Director Boot Camps
  • Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conferences (2018-2022)
  • Technology Days Workshops and Webinars (2018-2021)
  • Beanstack (2020-2023)
  • WISCAT (2018-2022) and staff
  • The Public Library System Redesign project (2018-present)
  • ARSL Conference Scholarships (2020)
  • Scholarships for Professional Learning (2021-22)
  • Librarians Guide to Homelessness Training with Ryan Dowd (2019-2021)

Coming Up

  • Tue Aug 31st 1:00pm – 2:00pm ADULT SERVICES Check-in
  • Fri Sep 3rd 10:00am – 11:00am MORE Executive Committee Meeting
  • Mon Sep 6th IFLS office closed for Labor Day
  • Tue Sep 7th Sierra Upgrade Sierra and connected services may be down for the full day. Prepare ahead of time: Sierra’s Offline Circulation program is a good option for recording checkouts that day. Saved passwords will be lost. Some libraries are closing for the day.
  • Fall webinar series on staff empowerment, sponsored by WVLS, NWLS and SWLS. Details in this post.

New on the Website

Resources for Disaster Planning, Recovery, and Community Resilience page in the article index under the Library Administration header.