- Libraries Serving Families Symposium scheduled March 2
- NEK joins LINKcat
- Register now for Library Legislative Day 2017
- Difficult Choices: Filtering in Libraries
- WiLSWorld 2017 Keynote Announced
- WPLC Announces digitization grant opportunities
- Continuing Education Calendar
Libraries Serving Families Symposium scheduled March 2
The Arrowhead, South Central and Southwest Wisconsin Library Systems are sponsoring a Public Libraries Serving Families symposium on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Wintergreen Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
The symposium’s keynote speaker, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, will kick off the day with a presentation that highlights ways that public library staff can be responsive to all families, especially those who are living in vulnerable situations and who are coping with Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Additional presentations will identify planning methods and practical program ideas for all library staff to apply toward supporting public library programs for youth and families.
Registration and more details to come later in January. Contact Shawn Brommer for more information.
On Jan. 3, 2017, the Charles & JoAnn Lester Public Library of Nekoosa went live on LINKcat.
Nekoosa has spent 2016 manually linking their items, and in December library staff added patron records for Nekoosa patrons that do not already have a card from another LINKcat library.
On Jan. 3 their items were changed from “Unavailable” to “Available” and they began circulating on Koha and filling Pick Lists to loan items to other SCLS libraries.
Please join us in welcoming Nekoosa to LINKcat!
Registration is now open to attend the Feb. 21 Library Legislative Day, sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association. This is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with state legislators, and share with them stories and information about the important role your library plays in the community you serve.
Program Agenda (subject to change)
- 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. (Registration & Continental Breakfast)
- 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Briefing Session & Library Champions Awards)
- 11:00 a.m. - Noon(Morning Appointments)
- Noon - 1:30 p.m. (Lunch-on-your-own)
- 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Afternoon Appointments)
As always, the appointments will be scheduled for attendees by the Legislative Day Committee.
Take a few minutes to register today, and help make this one of the best Library Legislative Day gatherings ever. Encourage board members, local elected officials, students, and other library supporters to join you in Madison.
Filtering Internet in libraries is not a simple decision. While many libraries choose not to filter the Internet for many different reasons, it prevents them from being CIPA compliant and being able to apply for E-rate funds and certain kinds of equipment in LSTA grants.
On Monday, Jan 9, at 1 p.m., join panelists Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, and Vicki Teal Lovely, South Central Library System, in an open debate to discuss the pros and cons of filtering and if it is something that should be looked at (maybe again and again).
Register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8118133431851648771.
WiLSWorld is WiLS’ annual library technology and innovation conference and will be held on July 27 and 28, 2017, at the Pyle Center in Madison. This year, WiLS is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for WiLSWorld 2017 will be Dr. Safiya U. Noble!
Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble (@safiyanoble) is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She also holds appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology. She is the author of a monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google (forthcoming, NYU Press), and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015).
Safiya is a regular contributor to national news outlets on topics of technology and society, privacy and surveillance, and the implications of social media on U.S. culture. A highly-sought speaker, Dr. Noble regularly keynotes conferences concerned with the social implications of digital technology in society.
The following grant opportunities for digitization projects have been posted to the WPLC website:
- We Energies Foundation(Quarterly deadlines on January 31, April 30, July 31 and October 31) -- The mission of the We Energies Foundation is to “create brighter futures for the communities in which they do business, enhancing the growth and success of the company. Major funding priorities include support for educational initiatives at both the K-12 and college levels as well as arts and cultural programming that will “expand and increase accessibility to the arts through outreach and that enhance creative expression in children through educational activities.” Grant applicants must be located in a community served by We Energies. Check the Geographic Funding Area map to confirm that your community qualifies. The funding area covers much of southeast Wisconsin, east-central Wisconsin, and scattered communities in the west, southwest and central areas of the state.
- Union Pacific Foundation(Next deadline: August 2017) -- The Union Pacific Foundation offers grants to help nonprofit organizations “build their capacity by helping new or existing programs reach more people or reach them more effectively.” They are especially interested in supporting community-based organizations, such as public libraries, children’s museums, public television and radio, that “improve and enrich the general quality of life in the community.” A digitization project focused on local railroad history might be a good fit here! To qualify for a grant, your community must be served by Union Pacific Railroad – either located on or reasonably close to its railroad lines. The Foundation does not accept applications from organizations located outside areas served by Union Pacific, even though the intent may be to operate a program in a Union Pacific community or county.
More information is available on the WPLC webpage.