Deadline extended: register today!

There is still some room in both sections of the Art of Conflict Transformation workshops.  If you deal with conflict of any kind—with co-workers, library staff or directors, vendors, collaborators, or even in your personal life–this workshop is for you! Two options: Sep 27 in Rice Lake or Sep 28 in Eau Claire.

The Tip Jar

  • Did you know that most ILL requests time out after a week? Timely processing of materials ensures this deadline isn’t missed and prevents issues due to cancellation. If your library cannot process ILL items within this timeframe, please let us know by sending a quick email to, or submit a Help Desk ticket!

Annual Report: what’s new?

In preparation for the 2023 Public Library Annual Report, a What’s New summary is now posted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The summary includes instructions on how to fill in and submit the annual report, a worksheet, and several training slide decks.

Library system and local directors are encouraged to review it.

Use the worksheet to begin gathering your library’s statistics before the on-line collection window opens in January 2024. In addition, an overview of the Annual Report is available which details what information is collected, why the annual report is necessary, and how statistics gathered are used.

To help in the reporting, a set of three presentations are available to provide guidance on how program and activity statistics are reported as well as a spreadsheet tool to assist in gathering the required information throughout the calendar year.

For more information, please visit the DPI’s Wisconsin Public Library Annual Report webpage and for questions regarding LibPAS, these reports, or instructions please contact

Last reminder: Intellectual Freedom Challenges in Wisconsin Libraries, WLA Survey

Through September 29th, the WLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is conducting an anonymous survey of the Wisconsin library community to gather data about censorship challenges, the feelings and confidence level of library staff in managing those challenges, and feedback on the kinds of resources needed to better prepare library staff to manage challenges.

Your responses will help lay the groundwork for creating a more holistic challenge reporting system and inform the Committee as they work to develop resources to support Wisconsin libraries.

Take the survey.

Coming up

IFLS Library Directors Retreat (from Leah)

Now that summer’s excitement is waning and everyone is getting used to the school year, I wanted to make sure you all saw this cool opportunity for IFLS Library Directors!  Please take a look!  I hope you’ll register!  We are looking to provide a restorative, connected, and edifying experience.

The Library Directors Retreat is on Wed, Oct 11 from 9:30 to 4:00 in Sarona, WI. All the details and the registration link are on the calendar. Register by October 3.

If you don’t have a confirmation email, you have not yet registered!  Let Leah know if you have any questions or concerns.

Library Workforce Development workshop

  • For Northern Wisconsin libraries whose work intersects with workforce assistance in your community
  • What: In-person workforce development collaboration workshop
  • Where: Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward, WI
  • When: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, with FREE lunch included!

Registration is open now, and closes on October 12th; spots are limited to 40 participants – so register today!

On the IFLS Calendar