Continuing Education, Workshops and Events

January 2019

♦ Jan. 9, 1 p.m. (Wednesday) — Webinar: “Rethinking Library Programming” with Heidi O’Hare, director of the Tomahawk Public Library, arranged by WVLS. Click here to register.

♦ Jan. 11, 10 a.m. (Friday) — Webinar: Library Annual Report Webinar with Mark Ibach of SCLS. Click here to register.

♦ Jan. 17, 11 a.m. (Thursday) — Webinar: “Effective Library Advocacy” with Connie Meyer and Scott Vrieze, arranged by WiLS. Click here to register.

♦ Jan. 22, 2 p.m. (Tues.) — Webinar: Transparent Language Online Introduction and Training provided by Transparent Language Online. Click here to register.

♦ Jan. 23-24 (Wed.-Thurs.) — Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, click conference title to view conference web page, see online schedule of webinars under menu heading “Conference Tracks.”

♦ Jan. 31, 1 p.m. (Thursday) — Webinar: “What I Wish I Had Known: Reflections of a Public Library Director” with Teresa Miniatt, director of the Stanley, Wis., D.R. Moon Memorial Library, arranged by WVLS. Click here to register.

February 2019

♦ Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Friday) — Annual report workday at SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore.

♦ Feb. 7, 11 a.m. (Thursday) — Webinar: Transparent Language Online Introduction and Training provided by Transparent Language Online. Click here to register, if needed use drop-down menu to select Feb. 7 option.

♦ Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Friday) — Annual report workday in Lancaster at Schreiner Memorial Library.

♦ Feb. 12 (Tuesday) — Library Legislative Day in Madison.

March 2019

♦ March 5, 9 a.m.-noon (Tuesday) — SWLS Youth Workshop: “Some Assembly Required: Early Literacy Programming at Your Library” with Brooke Newberry of WRLS. To take place at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

♦ March 14, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Thursday) — Workshop: Discussions with Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center will include collection development policies and intellectual freedom, and will be followed in the afternoon by their CCBC Choices presentation. To take place at the Holmen Public Library.

♦ March 20, 10 a.m. (Wednesday) — Webinar: “Overcoming the Email Avalanche: Three Steps to an Empty Inbox” with Doug Crane. Click here to register.

♦ March 27, 10 a.m. (Wednesday) — Webinar: “From Inbox to Completion: The Secrets to Successful Workflow” with Doug Crane. Click here to register.

♦ March 29, 9 a.m.-noon (Thursday) — Workshop: “Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust,” a train-the-trainer workshop with Caitlyn Mowatt of Wisconsin Health Literacy. To take place at SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore. Please RSVP to Peggy Freymiller in the SWLS offices by phone (608-822-3393 ext. 1) or email.

April 2019

♦ April 8, 10 a.m. (Monday) — Webinar: “Writing in Plain English,” focusing on the fundamentals of plain language, including the benefits and some strategies for clear communication such as simplifying word choice, grammar tips, active vs. passive voice, layout and design. Provided by Wisconsin Literacy. Arranged by IFLS Library System in partnership with several other library systems. Click here to register.

♦ April 17, 1 p.m. (Wednesday) — Webinar: “Outdoor Learning at the Library: It’s Only Natural,” with Trina Evans and Susan Bednarz of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Want to create an additional avenue for early childhood learning at a currently unused outdoor space? Join us to look at the process of creating one, from the idea stage to ground breaking and from the ribbon-cutting to programming. Arranged by WVLS. Click here to register.

♦ April 26, midday (Friday) — Program: “Who’s the Boss? Your Community!” with Linda Gard and Sarah Kyrie, to take place after the NetSouthwest and PLAC meetings at SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore.

May 2019

♦ May 1-3 (Wed.-Fri.) — WAPL conference, Rothschild

♦ May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Thursday) — Workshop: “Working with Patrons Experiencing Trauma,” with Ryan Dowd. to be held at the Vernon Memorial Healthcare building in Viroqua, 407 S. Main St. Workshop co-sponsored by WRLS. This interactive training focuses on working with patrons experiencing trauma such as homelessness, mental health issues, or substance abuse issues. While focusing on very practical tools you can use every day, the goal is to compassionately manage problems and prevent conflicts (e.g., how to stand, what to say, what not to say, etc.). Dowd’s book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, is available from the SWLS professional library and the Dodgeville Public Library. The event features an optional lunch for $10. Click here to register.

June 2019

♦ June 7, 9-noon (Friday) — Workshop: “Leading through Change” with Jeff Russell of Russell Consulting, Inc. Learn how to lead staff, patrons and trustees through the uncertainties of change. At SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore. Please RSVP to Peggy Freymiller in the SWLS offices by phone (608-822-3393 ext. 1) or email.

August 2019

♦ August (dates TBA) — Wisconsin Trustee Training Week, a webinar series, speakers TBA.

September 2019

♦ September (dates TBA) — Western Tech Days 2019.

October 2019

♦ Oct. 8-11 (Tues.-Fri.) — WLA annual conference, Wisconsin Dells