Continuing Education


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

Webinar: Adventures in Fargo at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference


2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting, Audrey Kohlbeck, Tammie Blomberg, and Denise Korenuk

Adventures in Fargo! WVLS Team Reports on the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference

Webinar, Monday December 5th; 10am-11am (NO CEUs)

Direct from Fargo, North Dakota, WVLS ARSL scholarship winners Tammie Blomberg, Denise Korenuk, and Audrey Kohlbeck bring their expereince from the Association from Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference to WVLS member libraries. The team will walk through major presentations from the national conference. ARSL strives to provide inspiration to rural and small libraries as they solve barriers to library access for their communities.

WVLS offers and annual scholarship to a director or branch manager of a member public library to attend the Association of for Rural and Small Libraries annual conference. More information about the WVLS ARSL Conference Scholarship.

Register for the webinar here!

Questions? Contact Anne Hamland at 715-261-7258 or

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WVLS Youth Services Workshop: December 8th!


WVLS Youth Services Workshop December 8, 2016

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service Presents:

WVLS Youth Services Workshop

December 8th, 2016

Marathon County Public Library 300 N 1st Street Wausau, WI 54403 

Please register by December 1st.

This workshop is designed for Library Professionals in WVLS and neighboring systems for all library types!

  • Attendees will explore collection development resources related to American Indians in Children's/YA literature and participate in interactive book evaluation activities.
  • Attendees will learn about STEM, STEAM, and STREAM library programming and ways to incorporate programming into collaborative outreach activities in their communities.
  • Attendees will learn new ways to create literacy rich summer activities through school/public library collaboration and apply new concepts to their own communities.

Agenda for the Day:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Coffee and conversation

9:30 – Noon


  • Robin Amado (Library Media Technology Specialist, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison) 
  • Samantha Smith (Librarian Archivist, Forest Co. Potawatomi Library and Cultural Center) 

Our state has 11 federally recognized American Indian tribes, each one with its own rich language, history, culture, and sovereignty. At the same time, mainstream media perpetuates offensive, inaccurate representations of American Indians. How can your library promote culturally relevant and accurate information about these Native communities?  Join us to see how public and school librarians can confidently and capably support learning about Native communities with a tiered purchasing plan and an interactive activity on evaluating books. You'll walk away with a ton of resources at your fingertips.

Noon - 1:00 PM Register for $8 catered in, brown bag it, or walk downtown.

1:00 - 3:00 PM (Door prize drawing to follow presentations!)


Julie Kinney, Young Adult Librarian, and Taylor Weinfurter, Library Specialist (Marathon Co. Public Library)

Wondering how to embrace Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math in your library? Julie and Taylor have collaborated to produce creative programming around STEM, STEAM, and STREAM themes for children through age 12, both in the library and as an outreach program to after school groups.


  • Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca Area Public Library Children’s Librarian) 
  • Sonja Ackerman (Retired Library Media Specialist, WVLS trustee)

Transform and enhance your library’s approach to Summer Reading Programs by learning new ways to create more effective engagement with children and families through school and public library collaboration. Sonja and Sue will explore going beyond reading record keeping to engage your community in activities that create a literacy rich experience for all.  

4.5 CEUs for the day.


School and public youth librarians from all Wisconsin public library systems are welcome!  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact us in advance and we will endeavor to assist you.

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Toolkit for Technology Training


Gail's Toolkit Logo

The South Central Library System Blog "Tech Bits" featured "Gail's Toolkit for Technology Training"  on October 13, 2016.

What do you get when very motivated librarians teaching lots of technology courses want to standardize their course templates to make life easier for everyone (and havea grant to do it)?

Gail's Toolkit, built by staff at the Gail Borden Public Library.

Funded by an American Library Association Publishing Carnegiw-Whitney Grant, this free online portal offers lesson plans, presentations, handouts, and surveys that librarians can use to teach classes ranging from Microsoft Word to LinkedIn. The portal also offers an online bibliography of training resources for those who want to learn more about instruction.

Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.

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WVLS Makerspace Resources


Send an email to to complete registration for Lend-Items, the website used to book makerspace kits for your library.

Please browse the resources available for the WVLS and Indianhead Federated Library System Makerspace Kit project. Over 100 makerspace kits and storykits are available for WVLS, IFLS, and K-12 libraries.

Makerspace Kits

See the list of makerspace kits available.

The majority of the makerspace kits are sent through courier to a local public library. A few that are too big, the flat iron heat press, and PA sound system, must be picked up at the WVLS office due to their size. K-12 libraries can also borrow kits as long as the kits are delivered to a public library through courier.

Storykits: 3 Categories

  1. Board Book Kits, which have 20 copies of the same board book (to be used for Unison reading-use for all ages)
  2. Large Motor Kits, which have things like musical instruments, beanbags, shaker eggs, a parachute, or music that goes with the activity (No Books).
  3. Themed Storytime Kits, which are geared to 2-5 year olds with lots of books (8-15), ideas for fingerplays, games, and process art projects, storytelling aids (puppets, flannel boards, etc.), and music. Some also have large motor items (one even has a balance beam!).


Idea Sheets

Idea sheet accompany many makerspace kits. Idea sheets include a description of what is in the makerspace, resources for how to use the kit, a brainstorming section on community volunteers who may be able to help with programs, and ideas for active and passive programming. A few are included below:


 Submitted by Anne Hamland

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Easy Technology Training for Librarians


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Badger Learn Pro

Technology training is essential to Librarianship.

Librarians are fielding more technolog questions as an increasing amount of patrons bring their laptops and devices into the Library.

Resources for Training

Microsoft Office Training Center provides short, step by step video tutorials on how to use versions of their Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook, and more!

BadgerLearn Pro is a free continuing education portal for Wisconsin librarians and support staff. Find webinars, handbooks, videos, presentation slides, and more!

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

Photo courtesy of UW-Milwaukee


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Nov. 4: Children's & Young Adult Literature Conference- Ashland


Children and Young Adult Literature Conference- Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

Educators, including public librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents and college students are invited to Planting the Seeds of Literature Conference, a one day symposium at Northland College featuring award-winning authors Aimee Bissonette, Nancy Bo Flood, Claudia McGehee and Cheryl Blackford.

Explore the ways to integrate nature-themed literature into your classroom or story hour. This conference will include breakout sessions, keynote speakers, vendors, book signing, networking time, and lunch. Get excited and inspired!

$85 conference fee

Find the conference agenda and registration information here!

Featured Authors

  •  Aimee Bissonette, author of North Wood Girl, winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children's Literature.
  • Nancy Bo Flood, author of Water Runs Through This Book, winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Young Adult Literature.
  • Claudia McGehee, author of My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure, honorable mention of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children's Literature and illustrator of the North Woods Girl.
  • Cheryl Blackford, author of Hungry Coyote and Lizzie and the Lost Baby.
  • ... and many more!

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt



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Ugly Comments: Social Media Webinar


Laura Solomon, The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media

Down and Dirty with Social Media

Wednesday September 21 @ 10am (1CEU)

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

Register here!

Laura Solomon, author of The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, will explore the current quagmire of social media. It's not all fun and games anymor , 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 chaos under control. Bring questions!

Submitted by Anne Hamland

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WiLS Fall Regional Community Meetings


WiLS 2016 Regional Community Meetings: Who are the people in your neighborhood?

WiLS Invites You to Attend a Regional Community Meeting This Fall

Strategic partnerships are kep to effective library service, but identifying and approaching potential partners can be daunting. WiLS' 2016 Regional Community Meetings, held in various locations across Wisconsin during the fall, are free half-day opportunities to learn about and use community asset mapping, a powerful tool to help you engage and connect with the people you serve by revealing the assets and potential collaborators in your community, be it your school or university, neighborhood, business or city. You'll also be able to develop practical approaches to reaching out to the potential partners you've identified, connect with your colleagues in the area, and learn more about WiLS' projects and services.

Registration information here. 

  • Tuesday September 27, 1-4pm @ UW-La Crosse
  • Wednesday September 28, 1-4pm @ Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Rice Lake)
  • Thursday September 29, 1-4pm @ Tomahawk School District
  • Tuesday October 4, 1-4pm @ Appleton Public Library
  • Wednesday October 5, 1-4pm @Verona Public Library
  • Thursday October 6, 1-4pm @ UW-Waukesha
  • Friday October 7, 1-4pm @ Schreiner Memorial Library (Lancaster)

From WI Libraries for Everyone Blog, 9/12/16

Submitted by Anne Hamland

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Cyber-Sneakers Workshop


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Managing Your Digital Footprint without Falling Prey to Cyber Sneakers

A workshop for Library Professionals who design programs for Tweens/Teens/Parents.

Attendees will learn more about online sharing and privacy and digital citizenship and social media safety.

4.5 Technology CEUs

DATE: Tuesday, Sep 20 from 9-3pm 

LOCATION: Wausau Room, Marathon Co. Public Library, 300 N 1st Street, Wausau, WI 54403

REGISTER: Online Here or email Anne Hamland ( by Sep 15th. 


Training for public and K-12 library staff interested in developing proactive local programming for youth ages 9-18 and parents on the topic of practicing good digital citizenship while dealing with internet privacy and cyber-security challenges. Librarians who attend will emerge with an overview of the problem and how their library can become part of the solution. Micro-grants will be available to public libraries to develop implementation plans for local programming with school colleagues, law enforcement and other collaborative partners.


9-9:30am Coffee and Conversation

9:30-12 Libraries, Privacy and Ethics in a Digital World (via videoconferencing)

Michael Zimmer (UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and Center for Information Policy Research) providing an overview of internet and social media ethics and privacy issues.

Erin Berman (Technology and Innovation Librarian, San Jose Public Library) introducing the SJPL "Virtual Privacy Lab" model for teaching online privacy.

12-1pm Lunch (provided on site by WVLS)

1-3pm Designing Library Sponsored "Cyber Sneakers" Programs

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes (Nicolet College Adjunct Faculty Instructor and national instructor for Leadership in Police Organizations for the International Association of Chiefs of Police) will demonstrate successful community presentations on cyber security, as well as providing advice on identifying appropriate audiences and working with community partners.

WVLS will distribute $1,500 in micro-grants to libraries within WVLS borders represented at the training who submit implementation plans for their communities. Attendees will be asked to identify 2-3 areas on which micro=grants can be spent after submitting an action plan. Examples: speaker expenses, PR materials, informational brochures, library materials.

Mini-grant funding requests from WVLS libraries are due by October 15 and must be spent before March 1, 2017. 

Co-sponsored by Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) and Northern Waters Library Service (NWLS). This program was funded in part through the Department of Public Instruction Division for Libraries and Technology with a Youth and Special Services Continuing Education Project grant from the Insitute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Special Accomodation: Please contact WVLS inadvance and we will assist you. A TWIN PROGRAM, identical format but with different afternoon speaker, will be hosted by NWLS in Ashland on September 20. Please contact Sherry Machones or Kris Adams Wendt with questions.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt

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Maker Space Kits- 4 Workshops!


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Maker spaces and STEAM programming are hitting libraries by storm and provide many learning benefits according to the August 25, 2016 School Library Journal Article "Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces."

Over one-hundred (100!!!!!) maker space kits are available to all library types and systems. All types are welcome to borrow kits as long as the kits can be picked up at a courier stop or from WVLS in Wausau or IFLS in Eau Claire.

WVLS YouTube- Maker Space Kit Videos

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service YouTube page will feature 3-5 minute videos showing how to use the maker spaces while also providing ideas for programming and partnership. Yes, you heard right, WVLS has a YouTube!

Maker Kit Fair Workshops

Register here for one of four Maker Kit Fairs near you to learn more about all the maker space kits offered and get hands-on experience with the kits!

Some maker kits will come with an ideas sheet with programming ideas and kit instructions.

These workshops provide 4 Technology CEUs

  • Sep 22nd; 10-3pm River Falls Public Library
  • Sep 23rd; 10-3pm Rusk County Library, Ladysmith
  • October 18th; 10-3pm Minocqua Public Library
  • October 19th; 10-3pm Marathon County Public Library, Wausau

Reserving Kits

Start reserving kits by sending an email to Once a library has been registered, libraries can log on to the Lend Items website to browse all the makerspace kits and start reserving kits.

Each maker space kit entry on Lend Items contains information for each kit such as: kit contents, padlock combinations and passwords for locked kits. 

Submitted by Anne Hamland

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