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RIPL Scholarship Opportunity Available

RIPL Scholarship Opportunity Available

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT), with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries...

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It’s About To Get Wild

It’s About To Get Wild

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference. The conference will take place on January 22-23, 2020. Fourteen sessions will be available in 4 different tracks, including Library Management (new!), Adult Services (new!), Small and...

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WVLS Director Receives Legislative Citation

WVLS Director Receives Legislative Citation

Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) Executive Director Marla Sepnafski has received a Legislative Citation recognizing her accomplishments as 2019 Wisconsin Library Association Librarian of the Year.   The special recognition was presented to Sepnafski on behalf...

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Census 2020: Why should we care?

Census 2020: Why should we care?

Why should the libraries and the public care about the 2020 Census? Below are four key points. It’s about $675 billion dollars of federal funds and grants. State, county, and community grants are based on Census data. This money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads,...

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Annual Youth Services Workshop: Super Storytimes!

Annual Youth Services Workshop: Super Storytimes!

Annual Youth Services Workshop Wednesday, Dec. 4 Wausau Community Room, Marathon County Public Library 300 First Street, Wausau 54403 4.5 contact hours Register by November 27 Participants will learn about intentionality in promoting literacy skills during storytime....

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Time to Tend

Time to Tend

Now that summer reading season is over, it’s a great time to tend to your youth collection. Below is a brief overview of weeding, collection audit and assessment, and purchasing tools. Where do I start? Create Lists/Weed Use Create Lists in Sierra to find youth titles...

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Free Stock Photos

Free Stock Photos

If you are unable to use real photos in your library marketing, high-quality stock photos are your next best option. But finding good stock photos can be a challenge, especially if you don't want to pay a fee. Stock photos should be of high quality, not blurry, and...

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WVLS Director Wins “Librarian Of The Year”

WVLS Director Wins “Librarian Of The Year”

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) has selected Marla Sepnafski as its 2019 WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year.  Sepnafski will be honored on October 10 at the Awards and Honors Reception during the WLA Annual Conference at the Kalahari Convention Center in...

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Need An Easy-To-Use Website or New Design?

Need An Easy-To-Use Website or New Design?

WVLS and IFLS member libraries have access to website services. Website services are included in member library technology membership fees.  Anne Hamland and the LeanWI website team will begin with building a draft website for you. Your current website will remain...

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Public Library & Public School LSTA Subawards Now Available

Public Library & Public School LSTA Subawards Now Available

The 2019 Public Library Public School LSTA Subawards application process will open on Monday, September 16, 2019. Applications from collaborating Wisconsin public libraries and public school libraries will be accepted on a rolling basis through January 14, 2020. For...

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Teen Reader’s Advisory Tools

Teen Reader’s Advisory Tools

How do we assist reluctant teen readers in reader's advisory? Put the tools in their hands! One idea is to print out this poster for your teen area. It shows teens what tools they can use to find their next read. If you have a social media account of any kind, look up...

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How Many Adults in the U.S. Have Smartphones?

How Many Adults in the U.S. Have Smartphones?

The following blog post was written by David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. You can follow more of his work on his website, http://www.davidleeking.com/. The Pew Research Center just released their newest report on...

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How Much Time Do We Spend In Meetings?

How Much Time Do We Spend In Meetings?

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend per week in meetings? The answer might surprise you.  According to an article from The Muse, a website dedicated to work and careers, the average manager spends 35% of their time a week in meetings. How can we make...

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Inclusive Services Update

Inclusive Services Update

Here is a smorgasbord of inclusive services items for you to read at your leisure: The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute will take place July 29 - August 2, 2019, in Black River Falls, WI. This is an active, highly participatory, week-long...

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Need Basic Computer Skills?

Need Basic Computer Skills?

Two topics that the Library Advisory Committee (LAC) members discussed during the meeting on April 4 were assisting library users in completing specific tasks on computers and library staff wanting to improve their computer skills. What are some challenges? Users have...

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Marketing Series Set for October

Marketing Series Set for October

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Northern Waters Library Service and Southwest Wisconsin Library System are proud to present a webinar series this October called “Marketing the Value of Your Library.” Webinars will be presented at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1;...

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Youth Services Development Institute Announces Winners

Youth Services Development Institute Announces Winners

Twenty-five participants were recently selected from a large pool of applicants for the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute, representing 14 of the 16 regional library systems. WVLS will have three representatives participating in the Institute, which runs...

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Registration Open

Registration Open

Registration is now open for Trustee Training Week, set for August 12-16.  There is a great line-up of speakers this year, including Rebekkah Smith Aldrich Pat Wagner Dawn Wacek Connie Meyer and Kathy Pletcher Shauna Koszegi There will be variety of topics covered,...

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Inclusive Services Update

IDEA Team, Census Guide Among Updates

IDEA Team update The IDEA Team met on May 23 and discussed possible CE opportunities for our libraries in 2020 including: the inclusive services toolkit presentation, collection development and weeding, mental health first aid workshop, ACEs (Adverse Childhood...

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