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

2016 ALA Annual Tech Wrap-Up (Free Webinar)


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!

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


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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 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.

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Digitize Your Local History!


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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 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.

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Annual 2016 WVLS Youth Services Grassroots Gathering


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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 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

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Children's Book Fest 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)

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.


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Wisconsin Valley Library Service presents


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


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!


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 by noon February 22, 2016.

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2016 Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference!


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Mark Your Calendars Now - January 20-21, 2016

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 14 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Eight, 60-minute web presentations, focusing on public libraries, will be given over two blustery days in January.   

We welcome anyone, in any library, of any size, to participate in our 4th annual web conference! 

For more information and to register, go to:


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2015 WVLS Youth Services Workshop - Unwrap the Fun of Library Learning!


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Wisconsin Valley Library Service presents . . .



Tuesday, December 15, 2015   Wausau Room, Marathon Co. Public Library, 300 1st Street, Wausau

9:00 – 9:30 AMCoffee and conversation

9:30 – noon  HIGH HOPES EARLY LITERACY STORYTIME!  Integrating early literacy components into library storytimes is great, but helping parents incorporate early literacy activities into their daily routines at home is better! Adeline Miller, Marie Boleman and Julia Tenor will showcase the Oshkosh Public Library’s homegrown High Hopes Early Literacy Storytime and NEW High Flyers self-paced home program which were both developed to educate, encourage and empower parents to grow their everyday interactions with their children into early literacy building activities. The discussion will include tips for teaching parents, the outcome measurements process and ideas for community outreach.

LEGO MINDSTORMS AND GAME LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS!   Are you interested in hosting a game night in your library? Do you want to start collecting video games but are worried about content? If your knowledge of games is limited to Monopoly and Chess, prepare to be amazed! Self-proclaimed gamer geek Erica Grunseth, director of the Abbotsford Public Library will take you on a journey through the world of gaming both high tech and low tech. We will have a look at digital gaming history, explore current trends, and maybe even get hands-on with some games. If you want kids to get technical in your library, think about hosting a LEGO Mindstorm series. Erica will explain the Mindstorm kit and how it can get kids (and adults) hands-on with the basics of computer programming. 

NOON – 1:00 PM Lunch provided by WVLS!

1:00 – 3:30 PM (Door prize drawing to follow presentation!)    APPS UNWRAPPED!   Denise Chojnacki (Assistant Librarian / Webmaster, Rhinelander District Library) attended the Growing Wisconsin Readers New Media Training in March and was a panelist at the WLA Conference program “Toddlers and Tablets: New Media in the Lives of Young Children, Their Caregivers and Librarians.”  She is eager to share what she learned about using apps and tablets with young children and how this media can be incorporated into your storytime.  Angela Meyers (Coordinator of Youth Services and Special Needs for Bridges Library System) and Kerry Pinkner (Waukesha Public Library Children’s Services Manager) will present resources for evaluating apps and show ways to support families with their literacy needs. They recently participated in ILEAD USA-Wisconsin where their team created a dynamic video encouraging youth services staff to begin using apps and new media in their storytimes and programs.


4.5 CEUs for the day   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 9 via email to Kris Adams Wendt  School and public youth librarians from all Wisconsin public library systems are welcome!

OPTIONAL: To participate in the gift exchange drawing, please bring a mystery package up to a $10 value.      If you require special accommodations please contact us in advance and we will endeavor to assist you.

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Poverty Awareness through Library Engagement – October 14, 2015 Workshop


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Poverty wears many faces in our libraries, impacting families and individuals of all ages throughout our communities. Librarians can make a difference! 

The ability to recognize and deal sensitively with the needs of those who are living in poverty impacts library workers in all types of libraries. Public library directors are particularly encouraged to send at least one staff member. Youth Services librarians will find participation valuable. Library trustees are also welcome!  

WHAT: Poverty Awareness through Library Engagement training

WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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

REGISTRATION:  Email Kris Adams Wendt at by October 9.

CEUs: 4.5


9:00 – 9:30: Coffee and conversation

9:30 – noon: POVERTY AWARENESS with Jackie Carattini, Marathon County UW-EX family living agent presents Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement (PACE) training

Noon- 1:00 PM: Lunch (provided on site by WVLS)

1:00 – 3:00 PM: LIBRARY ENGAGEMENT with Demmer Memorial Public Library Director Erica Brewster and Nicolet College Library Director Todd Mountjoy who will provide the bridge between PACE concepts and library operations and program.

Participants will be guided to develop a short list of library-based outreach action plans for library community outreach implementation, and encouraged to apply for a share of $800 available to fund quick-turn around mini-grants within WVLS borders. (For example, $75-$125 could be requested to begin partnerships with and create library promotional materials for placement in local food pantries.) 

Mini-grant funding requests from WVLS libraries will be due October 21 and must be spent before December 4.


A welcoming and respectful attitude is one of the most important things that makes a library accessible to people who are homeless and/or living in poverty. Needs of these populations should be considered by libraries in all aspects: planning and collaborating; accessibility; staff training; programs, collections, and services; and marketing. Poverty is a complex issue to define. Political and statistical classifications offer numbers, but do not always portray what it is like to be poor. Living in poverty generally means being without adequate food, shelter, and clothing, but can also include insufficient or unstable employment healthcare, transportation, employment, etc. Understanding the home situations and the needs of families living in poverty is required to provide effective library services. (DPI/DLT Serving Special Populations “Homelessness and Poverty.”

See also “Who is poor in Wisconsin?” At the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty website. 

CO-SPONSORED BY: Wisconsin Valley Library Service and Nicolet Federated Library System. 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 Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). 

PLEASE NOTE: A TWIN PROGRAM…featuring an identical format but different UW-Extension speaker is being offered by Nicolet Federated Library System on Tuesday, October 13, at the Shawano Public Library if that location is more convenient for you.  Please contact Jamie Matczak if you have questions.

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


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Surviving Difficult Conversations


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Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Presenter: Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting, Inc.

Location:  New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, New Berlin, WI  53151

Info & Registration: 

Sooner or later, library directors, managers and supervisors will need to have a conversation with a staff member that will be difficult and challenging.  If just thinking about it gets your heart to start racing, then this workshop is for you.  During this interactive session, you will gain insights and tools for approaching this difficult conversation with confidence and composure.  When emotions run high and there is a lot on the line, you want to be able to guide this conversation toward a productive end.  Learn the powerful tips for turning these difficult conversations into satisfying ones.  

Learning Outcomes:  You will be able to…

1.Describe the characteristics of a difficult conversation.

2.Discuss why we engage in self-defeating, self-destructive behaviors during difficult conversations.

3.Describe the two mindsets that drive our beliefs, thinking, and behaviors: The My-Way and Collaborative Mindsets.

4.Apply the Governing Values and Enacting Behaviors of the Collaborative Mindset to your own conversations (difficult or otherwise).

5.Demonstrate an integrative model for conducting a difficult conversation.

6.Describe the Amygdala Hijack – and what you can do about it!

7.Demonstrate ways to create safety for yourself and others in the midst of a difficult conversation.

8.Implement a personal plan for strengthening your ability to navigate current and future conversations.

About the Presenter:  

Jeff Russell, co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc. (RCI) with his wife, Linda, specializes in helping leaders build productive, supportive, and motivating work environments.  RCI helps companies develop their leadership and strengthen team performance to achieve their great performance goals and outcomes.  By guiding the common organizational members and developing strategies and actions to express these values-in-action, RCI helps organizations achieve their strategic vision. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems: Eastern Shores Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System and Waukesha County Federated Library System.


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