Continuing Education, Workshops and Events

August 2019

♦ Aug. 12-16 (Mon.-Fri) — Wisconsin Trustee Training Week, a webinar series for library board members, library supporters, and librarians. A different webinar is offered each day this week during the noon hour. Scheduled topics include inspiring investment in your library, how library fines policies may work against your mission, effective advocacy, inclusive services assessment, and recruiting and retaining library directors. Click here to learn more and register.

September 2019

♦ Sept. 10, 11, or 12: Sept. 10 (at Franklin Public Library), Sept. 11 (in Appleton at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve), and Sept. 12 (at Monona Public Library) — Tech Days East 2019. Watch for information at https://techdayswisc.org/

♦ Sept. 24, 9:30-2:30 (Tuesday) — Workshop: “Season’s Readings – SWLS Youth Services SLP and Grassroots Annual Workshop” with presenter Cassie Payne. To be held at the Barneveld Public Library, 107 W. Orbison St. Summer Reading is the bestseller of reading programs, but it’s only one season out of four during the calendar year. At the library, we want our readers engaging with us all year round! Let us explore and brainstorm about different seasons to find reading programs, displays, and programs for all ages. Cassie Payne is the Director of Hands 2 Grow Puppet Productions as well as an Assistant Children’s Librarian in the Fox Cities. She loves sharing ideas, books, and enthusiasm for libraries and stories with those around her.

October 2019

♦ Oct. 1, 1-2 p.m. (Tuesday) — Webinar: “How (and Why) to Do a Simple External Communications Audit” presented by Kathy Dempsey. Most of us create signs, social media posts, flyers, handouts, etc., as we need them. This webinar will discuss how to evaluate your library’s communications to get the big picture, then suggest how to make branding and marketing more consistent, which can lift your library’s visibility in the community. This webinar is part of the series “Marketing the Value of Your Library” produced by Jamie Matczak and sponsored by WVLS, NWLS, and SWLS. Click here to learn more about the series, and click here to register for this webinar.

♦ Oct. 8-11 (Tues.-Fri.) — WLA annual conference, Wisconsin Dells. Click here for the conference web page.

♦ Oct. 15, 1-2 p.m. (Tuesday) — Webinar: “Creating Compelling Copy, aka Persuasive Writing and How to Effectively Tell Your Library’s Story,” presented by Jennifer Burke. How can your words inspire your library audience to take action? Learn how to share messages that matter along with methods for effective marketing — you don’t have to be a master marketer to take advantage of best practices. This webinar is part of the series “Marketing the Value of Your Library” produced by Jamie Matczak and sponsored by WVLS, NWLS, and SWLS. Click here to learn more about the series, and click here to register for this webinar.

♦ Oct. 24, 9-10 a.m. (Thursday) — Webinar: “Top Twelve Tips for How to Be a BAD Selector,” with Marge Loch-Wouters. Most of us love the collection development parts of our job. But sometimes it can get overwhelming and we make decisions that seem to work in the short-run but have negative implications in the long-run. We all have areas that we need to improve on in our work as selectors, de-selectors and collection strengtheners. Join seasoned youth librarian Marge Loch-Wouters for a humorous journey into the “let’s not do this” of selection, and strategies to make your work stellar. Sponsored by IFLS and SWLS. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8960053695080911105

♦ Oct. 29, 1-2 p.m. (Tuesday) — Webinar: “Effective Messaging for Library Support,” presented by Patrick Sweeney. If we want our advocacy to be effective and efficient, we have to reach the right people, at the right time, with the right message. This webinar will look at how to find free or inexpensive local data, how to build and deploy messages to increase effectiveness, and how to build local support for libraries with limited staff. This webinar is part of the series “Marketing the Value of Your Library” produced by Jamie Matczak and sponsored by WVLS, NWLS, and SWLS. Click here to learn more about the series, and click here to register for this webinar.

November 2019

♦ Nov. 5, 6, or 7: Nov. 5 (in Rice Lake at WITC), Nov. 6 (in Wausau at Marathon County Public Library), and Nov. 7 (in Sparta at Jake’s Northwoods) — Tech Days West 2019. Watch for information at https://techdayswisc.org/

♦ Nov. 15, 9:30-noon (Friday) — Workshop: “2020 SWLS Youth Summer Library Program Workshop” at SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore. The 2020 CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) theme is Imagine Your Story and they are focusing on Fairy Tales/Mythology/Fantasy. Put on your thinking, brainstorming caps and we’ll share crowd-sourced ideas, plans, performers thoughts and ways you might use the CSLP theme in your programming and SLP design! Plus we’ll build shared documents to make the most of your scheduling and planning for performers. Come and share!! Registration begins in October!

2020

May 2020

♦ April 29-May 1: WAPL Conference, Oshkosh. Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center.