Opportunities and Events

Be a Presenter!

Please remember that the deadline to submit your WAPL 2022 Conference proposals is February 25, 2022. All submitters will be notified of their acceptance status by March 11, 2022. Please use this Program Proposal Form to submit your proposals.

Be a Community Builder

The American Library Association just released the Libraries Build Business Playbook, informed by thirteen U.S. public libraries of varying sizes and service populations offering small business and entrepreneurial programs and services. There are suggestions for starting small, working with a minimum amount of staff involvement, as well as ideas for partnerships, ways to specifically promote BIPOC entrepreneurs, and more. This resource is available for free!

Be Happy

ARSL Solo-Ish Library Professionals Happy Hour is now even happier!
The hosts of the Solo-Ish Library Professionals Happy Hour are excited to announce they will be opening attendance to all solo and nearly-solo library workers regardless of Association for Rural and Small Libraries membership status. This fantastic networking opportunity creates a space for library workers to hang up their many, many hats and swap their tips and tricks for Doing It All in their libraries.

Our March Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm MT / 6:00 pm CT / 7:00 pm ET. The Zoom link is currently only listed on their member-only calendar, but you can get a link from any ARSL colleague, or email Leah and she can forward the link. (langby@ils.lib.wi.us).

Together We Read

The Five Wounds is now live on your OverDrive site until February 21 with no waitlist for your readers and at no cost to your library. The title is available in both the ebook and audiobook formats. The following resources are available:

The next Big Library Read through Wisconsin’s Digital Library will be April 4-18.

Coming Up at IFLS

  • ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE: Monday, Feb 14
    • Both Juli and John need to review the reports and then follow up with you with any questions or corrections before they are filed.  Our deadline for you to have the reports to us for review is Monday, February 14. Be sure to verify (and correct any issues) and then click submit/lock before emailing both Juli and John that you finished with your report. Thanks to everyone that has completed their Annual Report so far.
  • Tue Feb 15: Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race: Let’s Talk About Race at Work
  • Fri Feb 18: Library Director Check-In
  • Fri Feb 25: Deadline for inclusion on Executive Committee agenda, 8 a.m.
  • Thu Mar 3: Oceans of Possibilities–In Our Backyard!
  • Fri Mar 4: MORE Executive Committee Meeting

Just added: Bringing the Library to Your Community and Where Does the Money Come From? Public Library Funding in Wisconsin

Marketing and Outreach

Linda on the Radio

Linda Heimstead (director, Balsam Lake Public Library) was on the Spectrum West with Al Ross yesterday. Her interview starts about 23 minutes into the show. If you haven’t added Al Ross to your newsletter subscriber list, now’s a good time! (alan.ross@wpr.org)

Library Love Story update

Karen Furo-Bonnstetter (Woodville Community Library), Barb Kreuger (Deer Park Public Library), Monica LaVold (Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond), Shelley Tougas and Paul Berning (Hudson Area Public Library) joined John Thompson at Library Legislative Day. It wasn’t a budget year, so this year was about maintaining relationships and saying thank you. John and Monica had copies of the Library Love Story publication to share. Barb took some great pictures of IFLS representatives being recognized by Governor Evers!

The Library Love Story outreach tool will remain open for libraries to use throughout the year! We’ll change the graphic seasonally to freshen it up. Continue to encourage your users and staff to click on that link and fill out the form! (We have had ten new stories added since Library Legislative Day, almost 200 stories collected so far!)

Explore MORE Passport Program Reminder

Please fill out this form with the three things you’d like to say about your library and community! More than half of you have completed this so far, we’re looking for 100% response from MORE libraries. The marketing committee is putting our heads together to make this accessible to people who have barriers to traveling, and also to figure out a way to equalize the distance issues for our friends in areas with few nearby libraries.

There’s a Passport page on the IFLS website.

Send your news and questions to Reb: kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us

Primaries are next Tuesday, Feb. 15