Continuing Education, Workshops and Events

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, Wis. (near Wausau)

♦ May 10, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Friday) — Workshop: “STEAM-tastic!” with Leah Hamilton, director of the Phelps Library, New York. Learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math programs, including how to find partners and volunteers to help, how STEAM programs at libraries can help address the technical skills and opportunity gap, and practical ideas to implement with all ages (children through adults). Workshop will be held in Eau Claire, Wis., at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center. Provides five hours of technology-related CE applicable toward recertification. Optional $9 lunch available. Registration deadline is May 3. Click here to register.

♦ 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.

♦ June 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Wednesday) — Workshop: Google Apps Training with Jessica Brogley. At Platteville Public Library.

♦ June 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Wednesday) — Workshop: Google Apps Training with Jessica Brogley. At SWLS Headquarters in Fennimore.

July 2019

♦ July 23-24, (Wednesday) — WiLSWorld Conference. In Madison at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Learn more and register at

August 2019

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

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

October 2019

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

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