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Date: Thursday, September 20, & Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Comfort Inn and Suites: W10170 Highway 54 E, Black River Falls, WI (map)
5 Contact Hours (count toward technology-related training)

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9 – 9:30 a.m. – Register and Refreshments
9:30 – 12 p.m. – Welcome and “Trends and Tools” Presentation with Laura Solomon
With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. Laura will talk about emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.

Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!”? Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them? The second part of Laura’s presentation will cover online (and free!) tools that can help you improve your workflow. Come discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have.

Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network. She has been doing web development and design for twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. Laura is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and blogs at What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? She’s written books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally these and technology-related topics. And as a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences.

12  – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch ($10 payable at the door)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.Break-Out Sessions (Choose One)
Contemporary Web Design: 5 Must-Do’s for Contemporary Audiences: Your audiences come to your website with expectations formed by their digital experiences. To meet those expectations, you don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money. But you do need to stay contemporary in user experience, visual and interaction design. This seminar will focus on 5 web design must-do’s to give your audiences what they expect from your website.Kyle Henderson is a Web Team Lead for DoIT Communications.
5 Ways to Make Your Library Facebook Page Outstanding: Join Joe Hammes, Communications Coordinator for the La Crosse Public Library, to learn five simple ways you can get the most out of your library’s Facebook page. Learn how to share your amazing library resources and programs on Facebook using events, targeted ads, creative posts, community partnerships, and fun promotions.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Break-Out Sessions (Choose One)
Google Drive: Introductory Tips and Tricks: Google Drive is an amazing set of tools to help you create, store and share documents. But it can be baffling to organize and find those documents. This seminar focuses on Google Drive basics — tips and tricks to use in order to build a shared document repository and to avoid common pitfalls. Kyle Henderson is a Web Team Lead for DoIT Communications.
The Privacy Paradox: What It Means for your Library, Your Patrons, and You: Librarians are well aware of the importance of privacy. But our actions online and in our libraries don’t always reflect it. We often need to balance the desire for privacy with a need for convenience and efficiency. Where do we draw the line? What tools do we have to help us make better choices? You’ll learn more about the ways data you and your patrons generate online are used and get tips and best practices to balance privacy and convenience both for you personally and for the libraries and communities you serve. Ben Miller works at the Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction.  

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. – Wrap Up
Wrap up the day as a large group.

Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00 – 12 p.m. –  Finding the Digital Happy Place with Kevin King
What is your library doing to provide patrons with the essential digital skills to operate in the world? In this entertaining and interactive workshop, participants will not only learn about the importance of digital literacy but also methods, tips, and ways to instruct patrons of all ages. Most importantly, participants will learn tactics to help them get into the their “digital happy place” before helping patrons.
Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. He has presented all over the country (but seems to come to Wisconsin a lot) on topics like leadership, customer service, innovation, and recognition. Kevin currently serves on PLA’s Digital Literacy Committee

12  – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch ($10 payable at the door)

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Contact Brooke Newberry for questions on this workshop, at brooke@wrlsweb.org or 608-789-7137.
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