WiLS Ideas to Action Fund:  WiLS and the WiLS Board provide grants of up to $5000 so you can bring your ideas to life. We are seeking innovative or collaborative proposals from libraries and cultural organizations of all types in order to support the important work of WiLS member institutions.  Do you have a project that needs a boost? Are you dreaming of a service you’d like to develop but haven’t had the funding? Submit your proposal by June 6th!

Barcodes, Spine labels, Receipt Order

These three group orders have been combined. The order is due Thursday, April 21st by the end of the day. Kathy sent out an email on April 12 with all the details. Here’s the link:

Delivery Study Scheduled

Mark your calendars, the bin count is April 25th – Fri 29th. Watch for an email from Katelyn with all the details.

Upcoming Event Highlights

Engaging People Living with Dementia with Library Materials

Thursday, April 28 at 1:00 pm CT will give practical advice about how to choose books and other reading materials that are uniquely suited to each individual, following the tenets of person-centered care.  In addition, ideas for developing group programming will be shared, based on successful programs held in libraries and memory cafes across the country and around the globe.  The webinar will be recorded and archived for later access for those who cannot attend.  Speakers include Christine Damon, gerontologist and consultant; Mary Beth Riedner, creator of Tales & Travel; and Tami Hurst, outreach staff member for Olathe (KS) Public Library.   Sponsored by the Library Services for Dementia/Alzheimer’s interest group of the American Library Association.  Register here.

A Webinar for Every Question

Check out the monthly list compiled by Joy Schwarz of the Winnefox Library System.   You can find a slightly less overwhelming, categorized list on the WI Libraries for Everyone Blog at the beginning of each month!

On the IFLS Calendar

On the Website

Seen Leah’s Keeping Up With Kids Blog Lately?

Because you should (even non-YS folks will find good content in here!). View it here or on the IFLS Youth Services page.

E-letter on paper?

Want to print The News from IFLS on paper? (the archive bar will show up in the printed version). (Complete instructions for your own e-letter are in this MailChimp help article.)

Welcome to our two new IFLS staff members! In case you missed it in TWAM.

Cecelia Cole, Resource Sharing and Collection Consultant 

Hello everyone! I’m incredibly honored and excited to join the IFLS team and serve the libraries of northwest Wisconsin as IFLS’s Resource Sharing and Collection Consultant. Katelyn Noack and I will be taking over many of the responsibilities formerly held by Maureen Welch (we know we have BIG shoes to fill).   

I’m here to help, and I love answering questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out via the Help Desk or to me directly at 715-839-5082 x117 or cole@ifls.lib.wi.us. Here are some things I can assist with: 

  • Training and support for statewide/system/MORE shared electronic materials including OverDrive  
  • Training and support for shared databases such as Ancestry, Novelist, Transparent Language, and Foundations in WI 
  • Consultation on collection development/maintenance and other collection management 
  • Consultation on resource shar C ing policies, procedures, and services Training for interlibrary loan (including WISCAT) and delivery  

I grew up (mostly) in the Park Falls, WI area. While attending UW-Eau Claire, I landed my first library job at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, where I started working as a circulation page in 2004. After I graduated from UWEC with a BFA, I continued working at LEPMPL for the next four years and became a circulation desk clerk, ILL desk clerk, and finally a circulation assistant. It was there that my passion for libraries unfolded, and I knew this was the career I’d always dreamed of (it sounds cliché but it’s TRUE!). I then attended UW-Madison and earned my Master of Library and Information Studies degree in 2010. After taking a year off to teach English in China, I was offered a position at UW-Barron County (now UWEC Barron County), where I served as the campus Academic Librarian from 2012-2022.  

I live in Cumberland, WI with my husband, Aaron, and our two kids, Sam (4) and Lilly (14 months). Aaron is a Fisheries Supervisor for the WI DNR and loves all things outdoors, so in our (limited) free time, we enjoy outdoor activities like walking, fishing, and gardening. I also enjoy reading (memoirs are my FAVE) and am passionate about music (I’m currently teaching myself to play the ukulele, wish me luck…).  

I look forward to meeting you all at some point, assisting you in any way I can, and learning as much as possible from you.  Thank you for all you do in serving the communities and residents of northwestern Wisconsin! 

Katelyn Noack, Public Services Consultant

I live in Chippewa Falls with my Fiancé, our cat Nyx who is 11 years old and our dog River, who just turned one on April 8th. I grew up in the greater Green Bay area and started my library journey when I was 16 years old working in the circulation department of the Brown County Public Library-Main Branch in Green Bay and have loved working in libraries ever since. I moved to Eau Claire for college, fell in love with this side of the state and never left. Some of my hobbies include crocheting, crafting, nature walks (I don’t think they can be considered ‘hikes’), and above all spending time with family and friends.  

So, what is my job? That’s a great question, and one that we couldn’t have answered a week ago. Today, I am proud to tell you that I work with Gail on any delivery issues and inquiries; Cecelia and I handle all things WPLC; and I will be taking care of some administration tasks, so feel free to come to me with questions on personnel, trustees, orientations, strategic planning, etc. I am also excited to be working with Leah on collaborative outreach and programming! My main focus there will be partnerships, outreach, and adult services, but feel free to come to me with anything.  

I am excited to be a part of the IFLS Library System and to help you all in any way I can! 

P.S. Please enjoy these photos of my fur-babies.