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Sometimes a request requires communication between IFLS and your library – be on the lookout for any requests appearing in Wiscat’s Conditional queue and for extra details in the Notes field of the Sierra hold!

Library Card bulk order response is required

Reminder: I need a response on the form from every library to close the bulk order. Please finish this by the end of the day on Friday, Oct 20. Please respond on the form, not by email. All the details are on the form.

BadgerLink help is here!

  • If you have need for assistance with technical aspects of providing access to the wealth of resources available through Badgerlink, you can sign up for 30 minute 1:1 consulting sessions with BadgerLink staff.
  • If you haven’t yet watched the Tech Days recording Making the Most of BadgerLink with Jen Champou, take a look! So many resources!
  • If you are looking for a deeper dive into any of the BadgerLink resources, please let Leah know and we can schedule some in-depth webinars for our system with Jen.S

$$ Public Library Association Conference Scholarships!

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • April 3-5 in Columbus, OH Conference website.
  • Maximum award per person: $2350 Eligible expenses include:
    • 4 nights at conference hotel (or substitute if conference hotels are full)
    • Registration at advanced rate (non-member rate is okay)
    • Travel (airfare, rideshare/cab if needed, transportation to airport)
    • Meals: Tuesday supper through Saturday breakfast (limits apply)
    • If you sign up for an author luncheon this can be included in your scholarship award, but it may take you over the maximum award
    • Does not include cost for pre-conferences or additional lodging

You can apply for a 50%, 75%, or 100% scholarship award. IFLS will reimburse the library for expenses, and prior permission from board president or supervisor/manager is required. Costs may be higher than the scholarship award. Individuals or libraries will be responsible for the difference.

Scholarships awards based on:

  • availability of funds
  • financial need.:
  • answer to how the opportunity will benefit the individual, library, and community
  • priority given to those who have not received a scholarship in the recent past, depending on demand

Scholarships are made possible with a sponsorship from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with funding provided by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

QUESTIONS? Contact Leah!

ARSL’s advocacy resource hub

The Advocacy Center is ARSL’s new and growing resource hub in support of advocacy efforts in rural and small libraries nationwide! Have a topic you’d like the Advocacy Committee to investigate next? Email the ARSL Office at info@arsl.org to let them know!

Libraries Talk about Race Project ISO two IDEA Team members

Planning for the 2024-25 Libraries Talk about Race Project is underway and we are looking for two new IDEA Team members for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 projects. The IDEA Team is looking for new expertise, insights, and in-the-field/lived experience and you might be just the person to provide that.

Based on feedback gathered in a variety of ways from the Wisconsin library community, here are the projects the IDEA Team is working on, and how new members can potentially help:

  • Project #1) Offer Continuing Education opportunities (workshops, speakers, etc.)
    • Provide guidance and ideas for continuing development of webinar, workshop, and coaching opportunities, as well as potential logistical assistance.
  • Project #2) Develop a statewide support network for BIPOC library staff.
    • Help determine goals and structure
    • Give input and direction on how the IDEA Team liaison can be most helpful.
  • Project #3) A BIPOC-centered one-day conference OR preconference at the 2024 WLA Conference

Time commitments and additional details:

  • Monthly 1.5 hour-long meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month from 2-3:30 PM.
  • It is not required that you do work outside these meetings, though there are opportunities to help with implementing projects if you are interested.
  • This is not a compensated role, you are expected to do this work as part of your job.

Does this interest you?

Complete the IDEA Team Member Application Form and tell us what project(s) you are interested in, how you can contribute to them; and how this opportunity can help you professionally as well.

Please note that with each of these projects there will be additional opportunities to advise and support the IDEA Team, including the creation of an advisory committee.

Have Questions? Please contact Project Leader, Sherry Machones (smachones@northernwaters.org) or contact Leah at IFLS (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us)

Check Out Wisconsin State Parks

The 2023 Check Out Wisconsin State Parks At Your Library program has been underway for about six and a half months and it continues to expand. We would first like to say, “thank you” for your participation in this rewarding program! As of Oct. 2023, we have over 195 libraires participating across the state.

Sales of daily passes to libraries have closed for the 2023 program; however, if you still have passes remaining that were purchased/received in 2023, these passes are still valid in the new year and can continue to be circulated. There are still lots of events and activities to enjoy at Wisconsin State Parks, so please continue to circulate those passes. Here’s the Fall 2023 program Info Sheet.

The 2024 Check Out Wisconsin State Parks At Your Library program will launch on Jan. 1, 2024, and passes will be available for check-out throughout the full calendar year. A pre-purchase period for 2024 passes will be Oct. 16 through Nov. 24, 2023. Only libraries who purchase passes during this pre-purchase period will receive a physical mailing of materials such as posters and guidebooks. Libraries will be able to join the program or purchase additional passes beginning January 1, and at any time during 2024.

A few other changes of note in 2024 include:

  • The passes: We will be switching to a new daily pass format for 2024. These new passes will be red and will read “daily admission pass.”
  • The registration process: The 2024 registration process will involve multiple steps
    Step 1: Contact Dawn Hirst at Devil’s Lake State Park to purchase your daily passes
    Step 2: Provide payment for passes via credit card, check or invoice
    Step 3: You will receive a survey link and confirmation code via email
    Step 4: Enter the confirmation code in the survey when prompted, then provide a library representative’s contact information to receive the delivery and implement the program.
  • Materials: Educational and informational materials for park pass patrons will be distributed to libraries in Dec. 2023 to ensure they are received prior to the Jan. 1 launch.

If you have any questions regarding the 2023 or 2024 Check Out Wisconsin State Parks At Your Library programs, use of your remaining passes, etc., please reach out to Sara Bernaski at sara.bernaski@wisconsin.gov.

Please help us continue to improve this program by providing feedback and sharing your opinions, experiences and thoughts via our 2023 Librarian Feedback Survey.

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