New on the website

Collection Development page

Cecelia pulled together some excellent content to support your work in this area. We added a Collection Development button to the For IFLS Libraries page on the website to make it easier to find that information. The Collection Development page is an overview and will also highlight key information and events related to collection development. If you prefer to use the article index, find the Collection Development articles under the Library Administration header.

Youth Services Round-Up

Leah sends out this wonderful information by email every month. Did you know you can also find that in the Keeping Up With Kids blog? Find the blog on the Youth Services page.

Kudos to the Rice Lake Public Library team!

Rice Lake was one of the top five libraries in the state as far as engagement with Beanstack in October! (Want to include kudos for your library? Send an email to by end of the day on Wednesdays.)

Tip Jar

How big was that?

Giving something away? Using the list is a great place to do that, and it’s so wonderful to give items a second life by passing them on to another library! To cut down on additional communication and work for yourself and others, please add the dimensions and any other salient details to the information and/or photos you send out. It may get those items out your door even faster.

ILL Defined: Definitions of some ILL vocabulary and phrases

  • Hub. The South Central system delivery hub, such as Winding Rivers, Southwest, Manitowoc- Calumet. These systems should always be written on the Route To line on ILL pink slips!
  • Checkout to ILL Staff only: This prompt in Sierra means that library staff needs to check that item out to the ILL patron, such as ILL, FOND DU LAC. All ILL items travelling through courier or mail should always be checked out directly to the ILL patron first!

Coming up

Information Access for Blind and Visually-Impaired People:  Leveling the Playing Field in Libraries

Tuesday, January 9, 10-11 am Register for Information Access for Blind and Visually-Impaired People webinar (This webinar provides 1 contact hour for library director certification.)

Information access is vital for everyone, including people who are blind or visually-impaired. You will come away from this webinar with ideas that will help you provide better service to people who are blind or visually-impaired. Katherine Schneider will share specific ideas and examples to make library resources and services more accessible.Presenter Katherine Schneider, Ph.D. (blind from birth) is a retired clinical psychologist and self-described bookaholic. She is the originator of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Awards for children’s and teen books including the disability experience. She has written a chapter for a book on libraries and people with disabilities, as well as three memoirs and a children’s book.

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference registration open

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, January 24-25, 2024. No cost to attend! There is no cost to attend! Thanks to support from Wisconsin public library systems, along with the Department of Public Instruction, registration for this conference is free.

Fourteen sessions will be available in four tracks: Management, Marketing, Internal Communications (new), and Programming (new). A Stretch Break will be held during one of the conference lunch breaks.

The lineup includes renowned speakers like Kelly Jensen (Editor at Book Riot), Dara Schmidt (Cedar Rapids Public Library), Laura Solomon (Ohio Public Library Information Network), Kym Powe (Connecticut State Library), Doug Crane (Palm Beach County Library System), nine-time Jeopardy! champion, Dr. Ben Chan, and many more.

For more information about the conference, contact Jamie Matczak at

On the IFLS calendar