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The following are continuing education (CE) opportunities offered to all WVLS-member library staff, including workshops, online conferences and more. Where noted, some of these events count towards Wisconsin librarian certification. If you have any questions or would like to add continuing education events to this list, please email Inese Christman at ichristman@wvls.org.


WVLS Fall Continuing Education Schedule

07/25/2016

Ebsco Discovery Service Training Session #1- Marathon County Public Library, Wausau

Wednesday, August 3rd; 1-4pm 

Ebsco Training Specialist Kathy Kiely is flying in to trian V-Cat library staff on how to the new Ebsco Discovery Service interface for two sessions. Kiely will walk through features of the Discovery Service layer and provide guided training work time.

A representative from each library is strongly encourgaes to attend. Please choose the session that works best for your schedule.

Please bring a laptop or tablet, limited Chromebooks available. (3 CE credits)

Register here!

Ebsco Discovery Service Training Session #2- Medford Library

Thursday, August 4th; 9-12noon

Ebsco Training Specialist Kathy Kiely is flying in to trian V-Cat library staff on how to the new Ebsco Discovery Service interface for two sessions. Kiely will walk through features of the Discovery Service layer and provide guided training work time.

A representative from each library is strongly encourgaes to attend. Please choose the session that works best for your schedule.

Please bring a laptop or tablet, limited Chromebooks available. (3 CE credits)

Register here!

Research and So Much More! Badgerlink and Ebsco Discovery Service Workshop

Wednesday, August 17th; 9-3:30pm

Kara Ripley and Gail Murray will show how to optimize key features of badgerlink resources. WVLS Assistant Director Inese will show you how to utilize the full capabilities of the Ebsco Discovery Service interface launching for all V-Cat libraries later in August. Bring your laptop or tablet, limited Chromebooks available. (5 CE credits)

Register here!

Trustee Training Week- WI Department of Instruction

Webinar Conference August 22-26th

Speakers seek to inspire and invigorate board members and library team members. Topics include: advocacy, 21st century libraries, capital projects, ensuring director success and more!

See website for more information. 

Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development for Busy Employees

Thursday, September 8th; 1pm

Presented by Julia Huprich, Director of Continuing Education and Training, Georgia Public Library Service

Discover ways to customize staff training to fit the ever-changing needs of the modern learner using readily available e-learning tools and resources. During this session, the presenter will share tips and tricks to engage staff members using microlearning techniques that are easy to integrate into a busy library schedule. Participants will learn more about microlearning and how this instructional delivery style can help managers overcome common training barriers. At the end of the session, participants will have tools and ideas to customize and modernize their staff training program. (1 CE credit)

Register here!

Listening Session-Stetsonville Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library

Wednesday, September 14th; 9-12noon

WVLS Listening Sessions foster dialog. Listening sessions are casual, informal conversations that provide unique opportunites for colleagues to: share their stories, voice challenges and vet solutions, and brainstorm potential collaborations and opportunities!

Online Privacy, Social Media & Sharing for Tweens, Teens, (and their parents)

Tuesday, September 20th; 9-3pm 

An in-person workshop to be facilitated in Wausau by WVLS and in Ashland by NWLS will focus on online privacy, social media and online sharing. Particular emphasis will be placed on information tweens and teens (an their parents) need in order to be informed, safe and responsible digital citizens while using social media. The custom-designed training for public library directors and staff will be based on the San Jose Public Library "Virtual Privacy Lab" model for teaching online privacy. (1 CE credit)

Down and Dirty with Social Media

Wednesday, September 21st; 10am

Presented by Laura Solomon, Library Services Manager, Ohio Public Library Information Network

Laura Solomon, author of the Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media and Doing Social Media So It Matters: a Librarian's Guide, will explore the current quagmire of social media. It's not all fun and games anymore, is it? What happens when it becomes a chore? Or when comments get ugly? This session will not only delve into some of the not-so-pretty parts of doing social media work but will provide concrete solutions and practices to help bring the chaos under control. (1 CE credit)

Register here!

WVLS/IFLS Makerspace Kit Fair #1 River Falls Public Library

Thursday, September 22nd; 10-3pm

A series of four (4) Maker Kit Fairs. A chance to explore new high and low-tech makerspace kits: everything from handcrafts to robotics to button-making to electronics to animation, sound design, 3D pens, and pancake art! Get your hands on the kits created by IFLS and WVLS and learn some cool ways to use them for programs for all ages! (4 CE credits)

Register here!

WVLS/IFLS Makerspace Kit Fair #2 Rusk County Library, Ladysmith

 Friday, September 23th; 10-3pm

A series of four (4) Maker Kit Fairs. A chance to explore new high and low-tech makerspace kits: everything from handcrafts to robotics to button-making to electronics to animation, sound design, 3D pens, and pancake art! Get your hands on the kits created by IFLS and WVLS and learn some cool ways to use them for programs for all ages! (4 CE credits)

Register here!

Libraries of the Future Mini-Online Conference

Tuesday, October 6th; 2-5pm

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the futre, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future-at the intersection of information, education, and technology, and community-and this dialog will help bring our best thinking together with exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. 

This is a free event. Register here to attend live or to receive the recording links.

WVLS/IFLS Makerspace Kit Fair #3 Minocqua Public Library

Tuesday, October 18th; 10-3pm

A series of four (4) Maker Kit Fairs. A chance to explore new high and low-tech makerspace kits: everything from handcrafts to robotics to button-making to electronics to animation, sound design, 3D pens, and pancake art! Get your hands on the kits created by IFLS and WVLS and learn some cool ways to use them for programs for all ages! (4 CE credits)

Register here!

WVLS/IFLS Makerspace Kit Fair #4 Marathon County Public Library, Wausau

Wednesday, October 19th; 10-3pm

A series of four (4) Maker Kit Fairs. A chance to explore new high and low-tech makerspace kits: everything from handcrafts to robotics to button-making to electronics to animation, sound design, 3D pens, and pancake art! Get your hands on the kits created by IFLS and WVLS and learn some cool ways to use them for programs for all ages! (4 CE credits)

Register here!

Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Milwaukee, WI

October 25-28th "Better Together"

See the WLA website for more information on sessions, speakers, registration.

Asking the Right Questions: User Experience Design for Libraries

Thursday, November 3rd; 1pm

Presented by Aaron Schmidt, Principal, Influx Library user Experience Consulting

By designing your library with the user experience in mind, you have the potential to deepen the connection your library has with its community, and make your library a place that people love to use. In this webcast, Schmidt will share UX techniques that you can use to ask the right questions and improve your library. Many different aspects of libraries will be covered, from policies and customer service to websites, furniture, signage and more. (1 CE credit)

Register here!

Listening Session-Tomahawk Public Library

Wednesday, November 9th; 9-12noon

WVLS Listening Sessions foster dialog. Listening sessions are casual, informal conversations that provide unique opportunites for colleagues to: share their stories, voice challenges and vet solutions, and brainstorm potential collaborations and opportunities!

30-Minute Tuesday: Toddlers and Tablets in Storytime

Tuesday, November 15th; 1pm

Presented by Cathy Kohlbeck, Children's Librarian, Algoma Public Library

Using Apps can provide interactive extensions to any storytime theme. This webinar will discuss other benefits of using apps, how to incorporate them, and best practices. What have librarians used before and what doesn't work so well? Cathy will talk about apps she uses and then demo a short storytime using nothing but apps! (.5 CE credit)

Register here!

Rethinking Adult Programming and Displays 

Thursday, December 1st; 9am

Presented by Becky Spratford, Independent Librarian

Becky Spratford brings her popular new RA Rethink Series (Reader's Advisory) to your computer with a webinar that focuses on serving your adult populations better. Becky will help you to rethink the library mainstays of programming and displays so that you can work more efficiently and dynamically to increase patron engagement with the library. So let's take these old concepts out for a spin, air them out, and have some fun. (1 CE credit)

Register here!

Growing a Library Edible Garden

Thursday December 7th; 1pm

Presented by Leah Liebergen, Library Services Associate, Brown County Library

Gardens seem to be popping up all over the place these days, from front yards to schools to libraries. With the goals of advocating healthy eating, fighting hunger and promoting outdoor learning experiences, gardening and libraries are perfect partners. The Central Branch of the Brown County Library in Green Bay, WI worked with community partners to take an underused portion of their library property and turn it into a vibrant, colorful and educational place of learning literally outside their front door. Discover how this happened and what the garden looks like now. (1 CE credit)

Register here!

Youth Services Workshop- Marathon County Public Library, Wausau

TBD either December 8th, 13th, or 14th; 9-3:30pm

WVLS librarians serving youth in school and public library settings appreciate opportunities for face-to-face conversations and sharing of ideas. Our annual Decmber workshop will showcase the talented and creative colleagues among us in a series of short presentations designed to thaw creative new ideas heading into the new year. Stay tuned for more details! (5 CE Credits)

Anne Hamland / ahamland@wvls.org


Workshop: Research and So Much More - Badgerlink and Ebsco Discovery Service

07/15/2016

Research and So Much More!

August 17, 2016

9am-3:30pm

Minocqua Public Library

Agenda

9:00 am – 9:30 am Coffee and Conversation

9:30 am - 1:00 pm Top Ten Search Tips for Searching BadgerLink

Kara Ripley and Gail Murray will show how to optimize key features of Badgerlink resources. Learn tips and tricks that will make patron service easier! Use Badgerlink to assist students and educators with STEAM programming resources. Find resources for local historians and genealogists.

9:30 am – 10:00 am – Overview of the BadgerLink Interface

10:00 am – 10:45 am – MasterFile

11:00 am – 11:45 am – Historical Newspapers and Genealogy

12:00 – 12:45 pm – STEAM and STEM – How can BadgerLink help students succeed!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Lunch   -   On Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

What Is This Discovery Thing? It’s V-Cat Catalog Searching in Disguise!

EBSCO’s Discovery Service (EDS) is almost here! Inese will show you how to utilize the full capabilities of this new interface. Please continue to test drive the new Ebsco Discovery Service in preparation. 

Bring questions, experiences, search examples, your own discoveries and tips to the workshop. 

 To register please email Anne Hamland at comm.coordinator@wvls.org or via Eventbrite registration before August 15, 2016.

Attend the whole day for 5 CEUs

Anne Hamland / ahamland@wvls.org


Libraries of the Future - October 6, 2016

07/14/2016

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We're excited to announce the third of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Libraries of the Future," October 6th, 2016, from 2:00 - 5:00pm (CST).

As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. Sponsored with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE  to attend live or to receive the recording links.

Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. You can also use #library2016 on social media posts leading up to and during the event.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is now open at http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:  The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.

Visit Library 2.0 at: http://www.library20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

 

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


Focus on the Future: Designing Your Technology Curriculum

07/13/2016

Students and Technology

An important element of building a learning environment that prepares students for their future is to equip them with the tools that allows them to inquire, collaborate and create and that they are most likely to use after high school. That means giving them access to Windows 10 and Office 365 Education and a computing device designed for learning. Not only does Windows 10 based devices give students access to a powerful tool for learning, but getting those students comfortable with modern office technology will help prepare them for success after graduation.

Register for this complimentary webcast on July 19th to learn how your school or district can design a tech curriculum that matches the future needs of your students today. 

During this interactive presentation, you'll hear how Kennewick School District is giving its students a head start with access to modern tech tools they are likely to use in the real world. Find out how the right tech plan can enable innovative teaching and learning at your school.

Join us as Ron Cone, Kennewick School District CIO, shares:

•How to design a tech curriculum that matches your students' future career needs

•Tips for selecting the right tech to support that curriculum

•Managing the nuts and bolts of deploying and managing that tech

•Assessing curriculum and student success

Register 

Thank you,

Linda Briggs,  Senior Contributing Editor,  THE Journal

Sponsored by Dell and Microsoft

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


2016 ALA Annual Tech Wrap-Up (Free Webinar)

06/13/2016

If you’ve ever been to an ALA Conference, you know that there’s always a lot of tech to see and never enough time to see it all. Whether you’re unable to attend this year or you just want to get a good run-down of what you may have missed, our free webinar has got you covered! Our expert panel will discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference and take some audience questions as well! Please join us for this free one-hour event!

Our expert panel for this event will include:

  • Marshall Breeding, Writer, Consultant, editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter
  • Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library
  • Andromeda Yelton, Writer, Consultant and LITA Director-at-Large

Register Now!

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development - Webinar

04/22/2016

Weeding logo

WVLS and the Northern Waters Library System are co-hosting an informative and engaging webinar on May 3 entitled "Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development." 

We hope you will be able to join us on May 03, 2016 at 10:00 AM CDT. 

Register now!    

Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly awfullibrarybooks.net. Holly and Mary will discuss: “Does your collection help meet your mission? Are you proud of your collection? Weeding Personalities, Collection Objectives and much more. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements 

 

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


Digitize Your Local History!

02/25/2016

1859 Map of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Valley Library Service presents… 

Digitize Your Local History!

Seating is limited!

Choose from one of these dates/locations (9:00 am – 5:00 pm):

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at WVLS Office – Wausau

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Frances L. Simek Library in Medford

Join John Sarnowski of the ResCarta Foundation as he guides you through the process of scanning, digitizing, creating metadata and a web-friendly version of your community’s local historic photographs.

This workshop will prepare you and your library with the information needed to host a “ScanDay” at your library.  This “ScanDay” is where local materials are gathered, digitized, described, collected and hosted to a public web site. This workshop will also cover volunteer training, promotion, work flows, deed forms, equipment required, software and infrastructure necessary to pull off a successful community event.

These classes are limited to 6 persons due to the hands-on nature of the instruction.   

Laptops, snacks, and lunch will be provided at all of the sites.  

Plan on a full day of learning.  (7 CEUs)

Please register with Inese Christman at ichristman@wvls.org or call for more details at 715-261-7257 by Monday, March 21, 2016.

If you require special accommodations please contact WVLS in advance and we will endeavor to assist you.

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


Annual 2016 WVLS Youth Services Grassroots Gathering

02/15/2016

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The annual WVLS Youth Services Grassroots Gathering will take place from 1:30 to (no later than but possibly not quite) 3:30 on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Rhinelander at the same location as Children’s Book Fest. This is an opportunity for school and public librarians to get together, network and learn from each other. 

 

If attending the Grassroots Gathering, please send a response to Kris Adams Wendt at kawendt@wvls.org by Friday, February 26!

 

Annual grassroots meetings are required in each of Wisconsin’s 17 public library systems. They are a means by which public library system youth services consultants like me gather data and feedback from their member libraries to not only inform our system service and program decisions but also to generate a report to DLTCL and the state youth services consultant. It is hoped that again piggybacking it with the Children's Book Fest Wednesday program will provide more school librarians with an opportunity to attend, as well as save time and gasoline.

 

 Kris Adams Wendt

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


Children's Book Fest 2016

02/15/2016

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Northern Wisconsin librarians, teachers, parents and members of the general public who are interested in learning about the best books for young people are invited to attend Children's Book Fest 2016, a two day conference held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 135 E. Larch St., Rhinelander, Wisconsin on March 8 and 9, 2016.

Children's literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison, Wisconsin will discuss books for children and young adults at an evening presentation on Tuesday, March 8 as well as at a day presentation on Wednesday, March 9. Both sessions will include a CCBC exhibit of the best books from the year 2015 for young readers.

Each year librarians from the CCBC publish CCBC CHOICES, an annual list of CCBC-recommended books for children and teens. Book Fest participants will receive a free copy of the CCBC CHOICES booklet as part of their registration package.

Complete registration information about Children's Book Fest may be obtained at the Rhinelander District Library Children's Department.  All registrations must be received no later than March 4. Telephone may be made to Tom Hurlburt at (715-365-1070 ext.1073) hurlburt@rhinelanderlibrary.org.

This is the twenty-eight year that Headwaters Reading Council, the School District of Rhinelander and the Rhinelander District Library have invited the Cooperative Children's Book Center staff to bring the newest and best books for young people to Northern Wisconsin.

The Children's Book Fest evening presentation on March 8 includes time from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. to browse through the CCBC Book Exhibit followed by the main presentation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Additional time to examine the CCBC Book Exhibit and talk with the speakers is scheduled from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. The registration fee of $10.00 covers a copy of CCBC CHOICES, other booklists and a CCBC honorarium.

The Children's Book Fest day presentation begins on March 9 with registration and morning refreshments at 8:30 a.m. followed by a legislative update and other announcements at 9:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., CCBC staff will discuss current trends in children's literature and present a power- point presentation featuring some of the best books of 2015. The registration fee of $10.00 for the day includes morning refreshments, CCBC CHOICES, other booklists and a CCBC honorarium. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the CCBC Book Exhibit during the first hour of the day and again in the afternoon following lunch on their own.

The Cooperative Children's Book Center is a children's literature library for adults, a book examination center and a research library. Each year, the CCBC receives review copies of almost all trade books published in the United States for children and young adults. The Center helps librarians, teachers and parents across Wisconsin spend their children's book dollars wisely by giving them the opportunity to see recommended books before purchase.

Local supporters of Children's Book Fest include Ripco Credit Union. Additional assistance is received from Northern Waters Library Service and Wisconsin Valley Library Service.

 

Kris Adams Wendt / kawendt@wvls.org

PDF icon Childrens Bookfest Night Flyer
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Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


BUTTON-PROOF LEADERSHIP!

02/02/2016

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Wisconsin Valley Library Service presents

BUTTON-PROOF LEADERSHIP!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wausau Room, Marathon Co. Public Library, 300 1st Street, Wausau

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day with PAT WAGNER,a trainer and consultant who has worked for libraries since 1978. She focuses on those skills that support their success: improving productivity, workplace relationships, and career advancement. Pat has presented for libraries and library organizations in 48 states and Canada and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is known for her good-humored and practical programs.

Pat has been visiting Wisconsin libraries for 20 years. She is a proud graduate of Tremper High School in Kenosha and later lived in Milwaukee before moving to Denver.

9:00 – 9:30 AM:  Coffee and conversation

9:30 – noon:  EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP FOR LIBRARY STAFF

Regardless of your position in your workplace, you can be a leader: someone with vision, character, and influence who is comfortable with risk. Do you have a big-picture view of your workplace? Do you think about the future and talk about your vision for better technology, customer service, superior products? Do people want to follow your lead? Do they listen to your ideas and take you seriously?

OUTCOMES: Focus on future outcomes, not just today. Become a positive influence for change in your work place. Attract and build a team for achieving big goals.

12:15 – 1 PM:  Lunch provided by WVLS!

1:00 – 3:30 PM:GETTING ALONG WITH NICE PEOPLE IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

Most people are polite, with manners and goodwill. If someone is being difficult – argumentative, bullying, hostile, rude, indifferent, hurtful, demanding –assume they are nice to the core, and the bad behavior is an anomaly. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt lowers emotionality and increases positive influence. A handful of simple physical actions also can have positive effects on emotions and outcomes. And recognize when and how to set limits.

OUTCOMES: Feel more relaxed, effective and confident in difficult situations. Use nonverbal communication to become more influential. Know how to prevent and respond to bullying behaviors from library staff and customers.

SPECIAL NOTE: Colleagues from throughout Wisconsin are welcome! WVLS will provide lunch and everyone who attends will have a chance at winning the door prize - a $25O AMAZON gift certificate.Mileage reimbursement for WVLS member libraries only.  (5 CEU credits for the day)

REGISTER with Kris Adams Wendt kawendt@wvls.org by noon February 22, 2016.

Inese Christman / ichristman@wvls.org


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