Anne Hamland, our in-house web expert

We are so lucky to have Anne on board. She combines deep knowledge of the Divi platform, skill at communicating what she knows, and on-the-ground experience in public libraries. If you haven’t caught her recent video about adding Annual Report info to your website, you should: it’s 8 minutes packed with the good stuff. IFLS and WVLS libraries use the Libraries Win Website Services, and you can find all Anne’s resources on the WVLS website.

Other Annual Report communication tools

Because one size doesn’t fit all:

We’re updating the Survey of Library Operations

As of writing this email, 33 libraries have completed the survey. If you haven’t, please do. The responses will replace the current spreadsheet on the COVID-19 resources page on the website. This has really helped both IFLS and library staff keep up to date on the ever-changing situation. Thanks!

Coming up soon in IFLS-land

Thu Mar 18th 10:00am – 11:30am – Human Resources: Accommodations and Self-Reflection

Managing people is one of the biggest challenges of being a librarian or library director. How can we accommodate people’s needs in a way that allows the library to function well? This is especially tricky during a pandemic, but it is always a concern. Mabel Gehrett of Western Technical College will lead us in an interactive, virtual workshop to help us examine these issues:

  • Understand the what, when, and why of accommodations (legally required or otherwise)
  • How to manage the expectations and needs of staff who are not receiving accommodations
  • Tips for examining your own management style in light of these issues

This workshop has limited enrollment, and will be offered again on April 1. It will provide 1.5 contact hours for certification. Register here

Streamline for Success series

We all want our library services to be strong and strategic, but how do you ensure that your library is producing meaningful, intentional services that support your mission, rather than simply falling into the traps of “more is more” or “we’ve always done it this way”? This workshop will lead participants through perspectives on creating and implementing mission-driven library services with a design thinking lens. Participants will have an immediate opportunity to put their learning into practice in this interactive workshop. The workshop will include two 3-hour sessions, with two weeks between sessions. Participants will also be able to continue working with the presenters during select open office hours after the workshops.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn to:

  1. Conduct a library service audit and needs assessment
  2. Identify a desired service goal
  3. Apply design thinking principles to developing strong library service plans
  4. Utilize tools to enact and iterate a streamlined plan

Ideal audience: Library directors, adult and youth services managers
Presenters: Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser (St. Paul Public Library, MN) and Amy Koester (Skokie Public Library, IL)

This is a two-part workshop. Both sessions will be held online.

Session 1 (choose one)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Session 2 (choose one)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Open to public library staff. 60 seats available for each session. CE contact hours: 6. Maximum 3 people per library may register. Register here.

Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Library Systems and the Department of Public Instruction, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the form of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).