Coronavirus Contamination on Library Materials

The results are in: Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days

John sent out an email earlier this week with Shannon Schultz’s statement about this first round of testing. That’s on our COVID-19 page under the operations toggle. The recommendation is to maintain the 72-hour quarantine on library materials. For more information, please see the Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide.

From Cindy Fesemyer, DPI: New Resources Available Through Government Agencies

State Insurance Assistance

There’s a new insurance portal for Wisconsinites, built by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Through it, people can connect with a real person who will walk them through the insurance options in their community. For more info:

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Insurance will begin taking initial claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) today. PEUC is a program created by the CARES Act and pays up to 13 additional weeks of benefits to those qualified who have exhausted regular UI. An announcement will be displayed in the claimant portal to claimants currently filing weekly claims who may be eligible for PUEC, explaining how to file a PEUC initial claim. Those who are no longer filing or are unable to file online will be mailed a letter with the information on filing. Letters were first sent on June 22. For more information including who qualifies and how to file a PEUC initial claim, please direct individuals to

Black Lives Matter Community Read from WPLC

A list of all titles currently planned for the Black Lives Matter: Community Read program can be found below. All titles will be automatically added to your collection for simultaneous access on the dates listed and are paid for by OverDrive at no cost to your library.

Please see OverDrive’s blog post for additional information.

On the IFLS website

The delivery schedule for the upcoming week will be updated each week on Friday after noon and before Monday morning. You can find it under the here, linked under the delivery toggle in COVID-19 Changes to Delivery or in the IFLS Article Index.

Educational Opportunities

From Jamie at WVLS: Designing Libraries for Safety in the Age of COVID-19

As libraries cautiously reopen the doors of their physical buildings to the public, minimizing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to patrons and staff is top priority. Expert architects share design tips for how to use the building itself, and its furnishings, to reduce transmission, encourage social distancing, and get the library ready for its next phase while preserving flexibility for the long term. Register for the On Demand Now.

Just Announced: Library Advocacy and Funding Virtual Conference

Join  the EveryLibrary Institute’s virtual conference from September 14-16, 2020 to learn from some of the most advanced political, advocacy, and fundraising strategists and tacticians from some of the largest and most successful cause-related organizations.

Free Racial Equity Symposium

Leah is passing on this opportunity to you—a FREE virtual 3-day symposium on advancing racial equity and inclusion in the workplace from the Denver Public Library, coming up July 8-10.

The symposium will be a chance to leverage professional networks across a multitude of fields to dive deeper into particular issues that contribute to success in promoting racial equity & inclusion in the workplace.

This event is intended audience is folks who have been already centering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from folks that are also equally committed and engaged in the work. We recognize that folks and organizations will be at different places on their EDI journey but we are expecting that those who attend the symposium will have already begun and will be walking into the conversation with a foundational understanding of what a racial equity framework is and why it matters in the work that they do. If this sounds like you, please feel free to register by clicking this link!