Hello fine people! The Weekly Digest is taking a little vacay next week, March 4. Look for the Digest in your inbox on March 11.

The Group Supply Order Is Due Today

Look for the emails from Kathy Setter for details.

That Libby-Overdrive Thing

The Digest has gotten questions about publicity and details about the Overdrive sunset. Here’s what our resident in-the-know person, Maureen Welch, had to say about all that.


The details

As of February 23, Libby, by OverDrive is the App choice in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft store for new patrons wanting to use the Wisconsin Digital Library (WDL). The original OverDrive App remains available in the Amazon store for Kindle Fire devices. The OverDrive help website now starts with links to either the Libby help site or original OverDrive help site.

Users who already have the OverDrive App (mobile or desktop) installed will still be able to use it without disruption.  All users can continue to access our Wisconsin Digital Library website.

Marketing and Help Tools

On our IFLS E-Resources page we have links to the Libby App PR materials available from the WPLC Social Media Committee and the OverDrive Marketing materials – some of these can be customized with Canva.  NOTE: Requests for the WPLC printed posters/cards are on hiatus until April. The Outagamie-Waupaca Library System (OWLS), which provides the printing service, is getting ready to move to a new location while Appleton PL also gets ready to move to a temp location for their building renovation.

If you have printable guides for the Libby App, the icons changed with one of their last App updates.  Here’s a snip of the current Libby App navigation icons:


  Search, Home Page, Notifications/help menu, Shelf (loans/holds), Timeline)

What’s Ahead

OverDrive hopes to move more of our OverDrive App users to the Libby App if they have devices which will handle it, but for now the OverDrive App will continue to work.

If you have any questions, please reach out. (welch@ifls.lib.wi.us)

Call For Proposals: Virtual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2022: Thrive

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our tenth conference, which will be held virtually on June 10, 2022. The registration cost for this year’s conference is $20.

This year’s theme is Thrive. This theme was developed based on feedback from past LSLS attendees about topics they want to learn about combined with current library and world challenges. Some topic ideas include: Wellbeing and Care, COVID-19 Silver Linings, Marketing, Collection Management. Details and guidelines are on the LSLS website.

Submit proposals to z.umn.edu/proposals by March 18th. For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Lisa Wheeler at ljwheele@d.umn.edu. A complete listing of speakers and agenda will be released in April.

$300,000 in Grants Available for Libraries Looking to Adopt Solar Power

If you’re eager to show your community the benefits of solar energy or to add to your sustainability plans, consider applying to the EBSCO Solar Grant now through April 29th. This year, we are providing $300,000 in grants available for our libraries looking to fund a library solar project to offset electricity costs. The winner will be announced in June 2022 online and at ALA Annual.

Adding Your Library Love Stories to the Spreadsheet

If you have Love Stories you’d like to add to the spreadsheet, the easiest way to do that is to just use the form, which will automatically populate the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet can’t be edited directly.

The Marketing Committee will be launching a refresh for this campaign seasonally. Watch for a Spring update late in March.

Big Library Read (from Overdrive)

The next Big Library Read kicks off on April 4 with Music is History by Questlove. “Questlove’s in-depth, witty, creative, personal, and authoritative musical history will keep people reading, listening, questioning, and musing for many years to come.” – Booklist

Download Overdrive’s marketing materials to help get the word out. Readers can use #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods Pro. See the official rules.

Coming Up At IFLS

  • Thu Mar 3rd: Oceans of Possibilities–In Our Backyard!
  • Fri Mar 4th: MORE Executive Committee Meeting
  • Tue Mar 8th: Using the main MORE Catalog

Get the whole scoop and schedule on the IFLS calendar.


I grew up in the south, and never really mastered skating. Full disclosure, I really can’t even stand up in them. So this blows my mind. Happy Weekend, y’all.