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Need a System Delivery Hub Abbreviation cheat sheet for your workstation? You’re in luck, we’ve got a printable cheat sheet right here!

Think before you click

There’s been an uptick in spammy fake emails and texts out there, so let’s be extra vigilant. Here’s how to recognize phishing emails, and what to do about them.

PBS KIDS needs librarians

Public library staff are encouraged to apply for the 2024 PBS KIDS Community Learning Cohort! Join PBS Wisconsin Education Engagement Specialist, Mouna Algahaithi, along with other Wisconsin library staff for an exciting opportunity that blends professional development training, hands-on learning, peer-to-peer connection, and program implementation.Learn about high-quality, free educational media from PBS KIDS, get trained in media literacy, and make new library friends and connections. Participating staff will receive a stipend for program costs or staff time.  Learn more, access the application, and apply by OCTOBER 21, 2023. Limited spots available! (You may need to copy/paste the link into your browser window).https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NiE9LgH7-gqeDp2HdbjEjzoNf2Ora8nalEh1VRlq_go/edit

Library participation for teen mental health initiative needed

Is teen mental health something you are thinking about? Would you like to  gain skills in building positive teen well-being? As a part of the IMLS-funded Nourishing Minds initiative, The Seattle Public Library is seeking six U.S. public libraries to participate in a series of activities over the next year that will give library staff the opportunity to:

  • Build strategies for proactively creating services in support of teen mental health
  • Move away from a crisis approach to teen mental health
  • Attend a series of participatory design training sessions and build skills in support of teen mental health
  • Receive coaching from Meridian Library District (ID) and Charles County Public Library (MD) staff
  • Facilitate a programming series in support of teen mental health and library space that support teen mental health

Those selected to participate will receive a $6000 stipend to use in support of learning about and providing services in support of teen mental health.

Onboarding of selected library staff begins in November 2023, learning sessions for selected staff will begin in early 2024, and libraries selected will facilitate their mental health centered programs from February through July 2024.

You can apply to participate in the initiative by filling out and submitting this form.  To learn more check out the FAQ.  Applications will close on October 13 at 11:59 PM Pacific.  If you want to talk any of this over, please let Leah know!

Recognizing staff explorers

These intrepid library staff explored libraries near and far! I’m sure they have some stories to tell.

  • Martha Spangler, Altoona 54
  • Sarah Eral, Hudson 1
  • Alyssa Brown, Balsam Lake 43
  • Rebekah, Balsam Lake 5
  • Erin Anderson, Amery 20
  • Barb Sparish, Cumberland 59
  • Marilyn Amundson Barron 5
  • Anna Griffin, Centuria 2
  • Melissa Nichols Menomonie 10
  • Lisa Mulderink, Chetek 13
  • Emily Resendiz, Chetek 44

Coming events, at IFLS and beyond

The Firekeeper’s Daughter author lecture and livestream on Oct 19

Angeline Boulley will deliver the 2023 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. (Central), at Union South on the UW-Madison campus. Ms. Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her highly regarded debut novel, The Firekeeper’s Daughter, was a CCBC Choices title, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, and received many other accolades. Her new novel, Warrior Girl Unearthed, was released in May 2023. This lecture will also be LIVESTREAMED, in case you are not able to make the trip but would like to see Angeline Boulley speak. Viewers may tune in to the PBS Wisconsin home page: https://pbswisconsin.org/ . About 10 minutes before the start of the lecture of the livestream a box will appear at the top of the page with a University Place “Our program will begin soon” message. The livestream can also be viewed on the PBS WI YouTube page:

Workforce development workshop with lunch included

Northern Wisconsin Library/ Workforce Development Collaboration Workshop will be on Thursday, October 19, 10 am – 3 pm at the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward, WI.

Register by October 12. FREE catered lunch with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

  • Position your library to provide workforce assistance to your community
  • Learn about multiple area-relevant workforce development and wraparound service initiatives
  • Share networking opportunities with other libraries and workforce development staff

Please contact Chris Baker (chris.baker@dpi.wi.gov) or Mark Jochem (mjochem@scls.info) if you have questions, or if you need to cancel/edit your registration.

This workshop was made possible in part by funding from the Institute of Museum of Library Services, and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Northern Waters Library Service, the IFLS Library System, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, the South Central Library System, and the Library Workforce Connection (LWC). Workshop partners include the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, and WisCaregiver Careers.

On the IFLS Calendar

Just added: YS check-in on Nov 29. Marketing Tea rescheduled.