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New leader for DPI's Division for Libraries and Technology


State Superintendent Jill Underly has announced the appointment of Dr. Darrell L. Williams as the Assistant State Superintendent for the Division for Libraries and Technology. Dr. Williams succeeds Dr. Barbara Van Haren, former Assistant State Superintendent for the Division for Learning

Support, who selflessly stepped out of retirement to return to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as the interim division leader.  

Professional Development Opportunities for December


Guest post by Angela Schneider

Here are a few free live and recorded webinars you might enjoy this month as 2022 wraps up. 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.

2022 Wisconsin Public Libraries Continuing Education Topics Survey

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The continuing education coordinators from public library systems across the state recently released a survey inviting all Wisconsin public library staff to identify their learning priorities. Survey responses will help shape and develop the offerings in your region and the state. Click on the 2022 WI Public Libraries CE Topics Survey to select topics for the areas that are of interest to you or your staff. You can also suggest topics in areas not listed. This should take eight (8) minutes or less. Please submit responses by Friday, October 28, 2022.

Questions? Problems? Contact Laurie Freund (ljfreund@bridgeslibrarysystem.org or 262-896-8083).

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Professional Development Opportunities in October 2022


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:

New Workforce Assistance Resources for Public Library Staff

New resources are available on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website to help public libraries better prepare in providing workforce assistance to library users, including job searches. Visit https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/workforce-assistance and bookmark this page on staff computer stations for library staff training webinars, a marketing toolkit, and links to community workforce partners and resources.

DPI accepting grant applications for $3 million in ARPA library pandemic relief funding

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced on Monday, 9/27, that the competitive grant application process for library relief funding is now open. All Wisconsin public libraries and regional public library systems are eligible to apply for the American Rescue Plan Act funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS awarded Wisconsin nearly $3.3 million to be used for supporting digital inclusion efforts, providing rapid emergency relief to libraries, and supporting library services that meet the needs of local communities.

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