Free! Comic Books!

Free Comic Book Day is back again this year and scheduled for May 7th, 2022. Registration went live today for the event so libraries can now sign up to receive free comic books to distribute. Libraries can enroll for the FCBD Library Partner Program using this link: https://diamondcomics.wufoo.com/forms/fcbd-2022-library-program-enrollment-form/  (Thanks to Jess at New Richmond for this hot tip!)

Reminder: WISCAT Licensing

IFLS libraries order and pay for their own annual WISCAT licensePlease fill out this form to auto-generate your WISCAT invoice for 2022. WISCAT licenses remain $200 each for the 2022 calendar year. Questions? Contact Maureen at welch@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Events, Professional Development & Calendar Items

It’s Winter, it’s Wild

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, on January 26-27, 2022.

Webinars, curated for you

Take a look at the compilation of December free webinar offerings on the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog!  These are compiled by Joy Schwarz of Winnefox Library System. ,

Coming Up on the IFLS Calendar

  • Tue Dec 14th and 16th, 10:00pm – 11:00pm: Webmaster Office Hours
  • Fri Dec 17th: Deadline: Item Cleanup Form and Patron Cleanup Form (Lots of deadlines at the end of the year! Did you see Lori’s TWAM? Contact here if you didn’t: roholt@ifls.lib.wi.us)
  • Fri Dec 17th 11:00am – 12:00pm: Director Check-In
  • IFLS Office closed Dec 23, 24, 30, 31

Operations, Marketing and Tech

Answering Your Questions

Reb will pass along answers to questions she’s gotten if they apply generally. This week’s question was from Brandi (Chippewa Falls PL) about live links on Instagram posts.

  1. I’m sure you already have a link to your website in your bio, and that you know that you can add links to Instagram stories. All the big Instagram accounts I follow put links in their bios (sometimes they use link trees), including the New York Public Library, Under the Desk News and Bernadette Banner.
  2. You can add your Instagram account to your Facebook business manager, and create ads there. When you create an ad, you can insert a “learn more” slider. You could link that to a dedicated page on your website, a program page, or your homepage. This would be a good way to see what kind of engagement you’d get on ads.
  3. For a small market I’m not sure the return on investment for a paid service would be worth it. Personally I’d lean toward putting that time and money into growing your newsletter audience.

If you have good insights or tips, send them to Reb (kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us) and she’ll put them in the next Weekly Digest.

Best Link This Week

Barb shared this 1A (NPR) program about public libraries during the pandemic and looking forward to post-pandemic stuff. She said it was very interesting, and I’m passing it along.  https://the1a.org/segments/the-future-of-the-public-library/

Reb Kilde is the editor of the Weekly Digest. Submissions, questions and comments can go to her at kilde@ifls.lib.wi.us.