Continuing Education (CE)

For CE suggestions, access to past CE program recordings, or to sign up for the SWLS monthly CE email, please contact Shauna Koszegi at

This Month

Wed. Jan 12, 9amDontchya Know? Inclusive Services – An informal, virtual space to connect with other SWLS libraries. This month’s topic is Inclusive ServicesBefore we meet, take two or more of the Implicit Bias Tests from Harvard University: We’ll spend the first 20 minutes talking about what we learned. This meeting will not be recorded. SWLS library workers, trustees, or volunteers are welcome to join us. A link to join will be sent to those who are on the CE-Info list, through SWLS.

Wed. Jan 12, 1pmTalking Is Teaching—Trusted Messenger Training – Join three members of the Chippewa Valley Talking Is Teaching campaign to understand the importance of trusted messengers and discover ways to foster meaningful engagement with families, and gain tools to help parents and caregivers understand the critical role they play in their child’s early brain and language development.

Thurs. Jan 13, 2pm ($49) Plan a campaign to draw people back into your libraries 

Fri. Jan 14 10th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

Wed. Jan 19, 10am – How to Use the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide 
– Are you looking for some direct ways to improve inclusivity at your library? In this session, two of the co-creators of the Inclusive Services Assessment & Guide will show how to use a resource made specifically for Wisconsin public library workers. Join Shauna Koszegi, Outreach and Continuing Education Consultant and Martha Bauer, Library Director at Brewer Public Library, as they share how to use this tool at your library.

Wed. Jan 19, 1pmAdvocacy 101 – Jim Tripp, current IFLS Board president, will walk us through the basics of what we need to know to become effective advocates for our libraries. You’ll get a brief overview of the three levels of government, and then dig into the key characteristics of good local advocacy: what works and what doesn’t. 

Thurs. Jan 20, 1:30pm – Easy library budget tracking – Is your New Year’s Resolution to track your budget better throughout the year? Join Jen Bernetzke from SWLS to learn why it matters, and take a look at an easy method to track your budget in Excel. Attendees will benefit from this program no matter their experience level, although a basic understanding of Excel will help. You’ll leave the session with an adaptable template for tracking your library’s budget and staff time, as well as instructions on how to use it. 

Thurs. Jan 20, 1pm – Strategic planning for public libraries (free, Public Library Association) 

Jan 20–24 ALA LibLearnX Virtual Conference 

Jan 26-27 10th annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 
– This two day conference is sure to impress! The opening session includes Radically Imagining the Role of Public Libraries, and other topics include: management, wellbeing, marketing, small libraries, and more. Register today

News & Reminders

  • January 5 application due, Libraries Talk About Race: Facilitation Training. A group of WI library staff will be trained to facilitate discussions about race. Read more here and APPLYThe training will prepare participants to:
    • Understand their personal facilitation style and adapt their style to different facilitation situations.
    • Apply strategies for effective and inclusive large group facilitation where thoughtful, critical dialog can occur.
    • Manage group dynamics that may arise in a large group facilitation setting in a way that maintains a trusting, respectful environment.

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