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Fall Webinar Series on Staff Empowerment

More than ever, library staff need access to tools and resources to feel empowered while at work. Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Northern Waters Library Service, and the Southwest Wisconsin Library System are excited to announce a Fall Webinar Series focusing on Staff Empowerment. The webinars occur on three consecutive Wednesdays (September 22 and 29, October 6) at 1 p.m. They will be recorded and are worth 1 contact hour for library certification.

BadgerLink's For Library Staff Page

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Access to trustworthy, high quality information available online 24/7 is more important than ever before. From personal interest to educational research, BadgerLink is Wisconsin's Online Library, with more than 60 online resources that provide vital information to our communities. To make sharing this information faster and easier, we are happy to introduce the For Library Staff page! Request bookmarks and posters, add links to your website, learn how to use a specific resource through recorded videos and handouts, or gather ideas for the classroom, now available on one handy page at Check out each section below and start sharing BadgerLink resources today!

Screenshot of For Library Staff page
For Library Staff page

Getting Started

New to BadgerLink or just need a refresher? Find our Set-up Guide, direct resource links, FAQs and more.

Screenshot of the Getting Started section of the For Library Staff Page
Getting Started Section

Marketing the Resources

Promote BadgerLink by sharing bookmarks, posters, printable flyers, and your own BadgerLink story with the greater user community.

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Marketing the Resources Section

Training Materials

Unsure how to use a particular resource or want to know more about key features? This section points to available info sheets, recorded videos, and vendor websites.

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Training Materials Section

For the Classroom

Check out activities and guides made with students and teachers in mind, including Scavenger Hunt, subject guides, research guides, and more!

Screenshot of the For the Classroom section of the For Library Staff page
For the Classroom Section

For the Public Library

Check out ideas for incorporating BadgerLink into library programming and the Scavenger Hunt, perfect for getting both staff and patrons comfortable with what is offered!

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For the Public Library Section

Did we miss something important, or do you have ideas and suggestions? Please contact us and we will work to make it happen!


Programming librarians, ALA seeks your opinions

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


ALA seeks feedback from the library field on library programming learning objectives

>>>Library workers, library school instructors and administrators, students and others are invited to read the report and submit feedback. The public comment period will end August 16.<<<

The American Library Association (ALA) seeks feedback from the library field on “Skills for 21st-Century Librarians: Learning Objectives for Library Programming,” a document marking the Association’s next steps toward the creation of a programming curriculum for library workers and students.

Library workers, library school instructors and administrators, students and others are invited to read the report and submit feedback. The public comment period will end August 16.

Through its Skills for 21st-Century Librarians project, ALA convened a task force of 12 leaders in libraries and library education to explore how library programming skills can be taught in library degree programs and professional development trainings.

Working with Knology, a social science research organization, the task force met virtually from January to June 2021. The result of their discussions are recommendations for learning objectives within nine core library programming competency areas: Organizational Skills, Knowledge of the Community, Interpersonal Skills, Event Planning, Creativity, Content Knowledge, Outreach and Marketing, Financial Skills and Evaluation.

The task force’s work builds on ALA’s National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), a research project to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of library public programming in the U.S.

Through their programming, libraries identify, address, and reflect community needs; enhance their institutional capacity and services; and contribute to our democratic society. Libraries are increasingly seen as players in not just access to learning materials but homes for community-building efforts as well. The role of the library is changing and growing, and programming librarians are on the front lines of that change.

However, library workers are not being adequately trained for the task, as described in the 2019 NILPPA Phase 1 white paper. Master’s-level library science programs rarely train the next generation of library professionals for the dynamic and vital work of creating and leading programs. Many library workers receive no formal program training at all; until now, informal and peer learning has been filling the gap.

Members of the task force include Tammy Baggett, director, Durham County Library, Durham, N.C.; Judy Bergeron, director, Smithville Public Library, Smithville, Texas; Nicole Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and associate professor, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science; Cindy Fesemyer, principal, Fesemyer Consulting, LLC; Rolf Hapel, affiliate instructor, University of Washington Information School; Susan Hildreth, consultant, Susan Hildreth and Associates; Tamara King, community relations director, Richland Library, Columbia, S.C.; Emily Mross, business librarian and library outreach coordinator, Penn State Harrisburg Library, Middletown, Pa.; Deb Ripley, adult services librarian, Palos Verdes Library District, Palos Verdes, Calif.; Miguel Ruiz, supervising librarian, Evanston Public Library, Evanston, Ill.; Dale Savage, Library Development Bureau director, New Mexico State Library; and Mimosa Shah, MS in LIS student at the University of Illinois, iSchool.

Skills for 21st-Century Librarians: Task Force for the Development of a NILPPA- Informed Programming Librarian Curriculum is an initiative of ALA’s Public Programs Office. The project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number RE-246421-OLS-20.

Additional information about the task force convenings is available on ALA’s Programming Librarian website.

>>>Library workers, library school instructors and administrators, students and others are invited to read the report and submit feedback. The public comment period will end August 16.<<<

About the ALA Public Programs Office

The ALA Public Programs Office empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning, conversation and connection in communities of all types. Learn more at

About Knology

Knology is a non-profit research organization that produces practical social science for a better world. The organization pursues this goal to help professionals in a variety of sectors build inclusive, informed, and cooperative societies that can thrive together with the natural systems on which we all depend. As a transdisciplinary collective of over 30 social scientists, writers, and educators, the organization's work process is built on equity, transparency, and deliberation.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


August Professional Development Opportunities

Monday, August 2, 2021

Guest post by Joy Schwarz

Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you may attend from where you are. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you.

Managing stress & building resilience; click title to register:

Equity, diversity and inclusion; click title to register:

Trustee Training Week; click title to register:

A sample of webinars on other topics; click title to register:

Missed a webinar? It might have been archived, so check NEWI’s list of webinar recordings you can watch for free, anytime.

NEWI is a continuing education (CE) partnership of library systems located in North Eastern Wisconsin. The NEWI website aims to be a central source of CE info for staff working at libraries in four library systems: Manitowoc‐Calumet Library System (MCLS), Nicolet Federated Library System (NFLS), Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS), and Winnefox Library System (WLS).

Joy Schwarz, Continuing Education/Training Librarian, Winnefox Library System & NEWI: Northeastern Wisconsin CE Partnership

Posted by Cindy Fesemyer


Elizabeth Tomev joins the DPI’s Library Services Team

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Photo of Elizabeth TomevElizabeth Tomev has joined the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Library Services Team. Tomev worked as the Director of Communications for former State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s administration coordinating the agency’s comprehensive communications plan, and in tandem with other DPI cabinet members, orchestrated the agency’s statewide crisis communication responses. In addition, she led the Education Information Services team awarded the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for redesigning the agency’s educator licensing website. Tomev’s new role has her developing and executing the Library Services Team’s strategic communication plan, while working with stakeholders to highlight the amazing work being done at libraries across Wisconsin.

Tomev came to the DPI from Illinois where she worked as the Acting Director of Communications for the Governor of Illinois. Before being called to the Governor’s Office, she ran her own P.R./Public Affairs firm supporting communication needs for organizations of all sizes up to Fortune 100 companies, including Coca-Cola and Altria. Tomev began her career in television news as a producer and video editor for WCIA, WNIT, and WNDU and as Executive Producer in the #3 market in the nation, FOX News Chicago.

Tomev has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She is married with two daughters who love to go to the library with their mom.

Posted by Ben Miller
Library Services Team


BadgerLink Newspapers Community Survey

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Request For Proposal (RFP) process has begun for BadgerLink’s three newspaper collections.

  • Newspapers published daily and weekly since at least 2005, in Wisconsin communities with populations up to 10,000. (currently Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers)

  • Newspapers published in the ten largest U.S. cities, the ten largest Wisconsin cities, and Wisconsin cities with populations of more than 10,000. Coverage should include at a minimum, the last five years. (currently U.S. Newsstream)

  • Historic newspapers from communities of all sizes, including a minimum of 150 Wisconsin cities, and other areas nationwide, published between 1850 and 1995. (currently Library Edition World Collection)

To help as we move this process forward, we want to hear from you! The 2021 BadgerLink Newspapers Community Survey is now open to gather feedback on your satisfaction with the current BadgerLink newspaper resources, and any desired features and functions of these collections in the future. Your feedback is important so please take the survey today, and share widely with other BadgerLink newspaper users. The survey will close on August 16.

Posted by Jen Champoux
BadgerLink Technical Support and Training
Library Services Team


Registration Open for Play Make Learn

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Play Make Learn Conference promotes high-quality learning opportunities for educators, researchers, developers, designers, foundation leaders, policy makers, museum and library professionals, and school leaders who are dedicated to promoting making, gaming, and playful learning. It aims to engage attendees in cutting-edge learning science ideas and experience; communicate state-of-the-art design, education, and research; demonstrate new and upcoming games and technology; and network to spark new projects.

Topics this year include:

  • Keynote from Dr. Benjamin Stokes
  • Breakout sessions on games, makerspaces, arts, and personalized learning
  • Highlighting new top learning games in our GEE! awards

So please consider attending (register here) and share with any interested individuals/networks.

Posted by Ben Miller
Library Services Team


Applications Open: WLTC Engaged Leadership Academy

Friday, July 9, 2021

Would you like to be a more confident leader? Interested in developing deep listening and facilitation skills? Are you hoping to engage your community in an authentic, equitable process? Here’s your chance to build your skills as an agent of change within your library and the community you serve.

Apply to be a part of DPI’s Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities Engaged Leadership Academy. The 10-week series will run from September 8 through November 12, 2021. Applications are open now.

Using a flipped classroom model, the series will build skills, develop strategies, and create a network of engaged leaders across our state. There will be four virtual sessions, with homework between each session. Additionally, your registration for the October 1 Lead the Way Symposium organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool, is required and is paid by DPI.

Many of our WLTC Trainers will be back to help build your skills and confidence as an engaged leader within your community and the library profession. Training facilitators include:Erica Freudenberger, Susan Hildreth, Marsha Tonkins, and Amber Williams.

If accepted, the following are required training dates & times:

  • September 8: Online chat platform opens
  • September 17: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • October 1: 9:00-4:30, Lead the Way conference
  • October 15: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • October 29: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session
  • November 12: 10:00-11:30am, virtual session & wrap up

Applications are due July 30.

Please direct questions to Cindy Fesemyer:, 608-266-8053


Youth Engagement in ARPA and ESSER III Plans

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is currently engaging in planning for use of our federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) ESSER III funds. As part of that planning, we are scheduling feedback meetings to provide a space and opportunity for different Wisconsin voices to provide input and feedback. One of the most critical voices is that of the students we serve. We’d like your help in identifying students to participate in an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts, and ideas about education in Wisconsin. The DPI will be holding two virtual meetings (60 minutes each) for youth to offer input and feedback on Wisconsin’s use of ARPA and ESSER III funds. Please share this opportunity and encourage the youth you work with or know to participate--it is open to ALL youth in Wisconsin.

Please feel free to share this invitation with others in your network who may be connected to youth willing to participate. The dates and times of the two sessions follow with the Zoom link at the end of this message:

July 14, 2021; 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

July 15, 20201; 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Interested youth should RSVP with their preferred date and time here so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Latoya Holiday at or 608-266-8009.

Thank you for all you do to support Wisconsin’s students.

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