Tech Grant Deadline Jan 12

We have a tight turnaround on this. If you would like one of these items, please respond on this form by January 12.

Library systems across Wisconsin have the opportunity to receive a small grant administered by DPI from Google for technology-related equipment to benefit member libraries in service to job-seeking patrons. IFLS, WVLS, and NWLS are collaborating, and we are offering each library across all three systems the chance to receive one of the following:

  • A microphone/headset to allow for better participation in meetings for staff (or to allow patrons to meet with job center staff or employers)
  • A webcam (for the same reason)
  • A light/phone stand combination to allow for more professional virtual programs (or to allow patrons to use for job-seeking connections)

…and This Grant

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers in small and rural communities to apply for Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural LibrariesDid you catch the email from Leah? Contact her if you need more info or support.

Our Stars

Library Journal has released its list of Star Libraries. Three of the eight libraries recognized are IFLS Libraries: Deer Park, Turtle Lake and Elmwood. Library Journal rates libraries each year based on per capita output measures: one way to measure success. How does your library shine?

One of the resources listed was from WI-DPI: Understanding the Numbers: Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information on the Public Library Annual Report. Since Annual Report season is upon us, I thought I’d throw that link in here. Speaking of Annual Reports…

Coming Up

on the IFLS calendar

  • Annual Report Help webinar is on Mon Feb 1st 1:00pm – 2:30pm, and there are two follow-up Office Hours sessions on Feb 3 & 9 from 1-3pm. You can get your whole report done with help from John and Juli!
  • And don’t miss the9th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference on Jan 27&28. Registration is now open.
  • Webmaster Office Hours, Tue Jan 12th 1:00pm – 3:00pm

DPI Broadband Speed Test

People are responding to this! All the details are in the Speed Test Toolkit, and I’ve added a bag-stuffer (your choice of printable pdf or customizable Canva template). Please talk this up! The more data we collect the better we can advocate for accessibility. People can run the test several times until the data collection ends on March 13. Anne’s getting this up on websites.

Library Legislative Day has gone virtual

And it’s more than a day: Tuesday, February 16 – Thursday, February 18, 2021. It would be great if we could represent all of the IFLS service area, and nobody will have to drive in nasty weather! Do you have a trustee or passionate volunteer that might like to participate? This would be a great option.

We’re also putting together a Libraries Step Up postcard campaign that will roll out before LLD, and will continue right through budget listening sessions. Watch for more details in the next week.

In Case You Missed It: Resources gleaned from your conversations

(UI) deployed the Extended Benefits (EB) program on 12/02/20.

EB pays up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to those who exhausted regular UI and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Those individuals will be able to submit a new initial application to continue their benefits payment under EB.

EB pays up to 13 weeks between UI week 21/20 (week ending May 23, 2020) through UI week 45/20 (week ending November 7, 2020).

Claimants may apply for PUA if they have exhausted or are not eligible for regular UI, PEUC, and EB. (To be eligible for PUA, their reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 scenarios.)

If you receive questions, please refer individuals to the EB website at Information, including how to file the EB application, is available there.

For help using online services, or for questions not answered online, individuals can call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661.

Resources for Low-Vision and Blind People

  • Bonnie (Milltown) mentioned the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library
  • Kris mentioned Frederic’s kits for older adults that include tactile wooden and large piece puzzles.
  • Leah added this info:
    • Several libraries in our system have created Caregiver Kits with a variety of materials in them.  That might be something to look into, either as something for you to create or something to try as an interloan:
    • In addition, if this person likes watching videos but misses out on important things that are not dialog, videos with audio description is an option, here’s a link to the ones on MORE (thanks to Lori Roholt for helping me find the right descriptor, which is “Video recordings for people with visual disabilities”)
    • I did a quick online search for “large print activity sheets for adults” and came up with lots of results for free materials.  This might be something you could print off for them?
    • Other options:  has she tried the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center)?  They might have some suggestions for activities that would be fun:
    • Center for Independent Living Western Wisconsin might have some other ideas, including some peer support that may be of interest to him:

Ancestry Library Edition remote access extended until the end of March!