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Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Rice Lake Campus (Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College), 1900 College Drive, Rice Lake, 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 on both 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 (Taco Bar, $10 payable at the door)

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.Break-Out Sessions (choose one when you register)
Easy Tips to Make Your Web Presence Pop: Learn about some relatively easy and inexpensive things you can do to make your website and social media sites more engaging.  First, you’ll learn what makes people stop and look at your site, along with some examples. Then we’ll talk about resources you can use to help you create things like attractive graphics and short videos for your own site.  Anne Hamland is the Public Library Services Consultant at WVLS. 
Online Privacy and Security: The Internet is an amazing resource and a dangerous place at the same time.  We’ll discuss ways to protect your privacy and security online, as well as effective ways to convey that information to a public that sometimes seems oblivious to the security and privacy breaches that potentially affect them.  Cole Zrostlik and Kim Kiiskinen are librarians at the River Falls Public Library.

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Break

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. – Break-Out Sessions (choose one when you register)
Improving Staff Technology Competency: In this session, we’ll discuss ways to support a culture of staff learning and exploring technology, as well as ways to hold staff accountable for competency.  Delane will describe some of the methods and tools she has used in Faribault, MN, as well as what the results have been in terms of service to the public and staff confidence.  Delane James is the Library Director at the Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault, MN.
Teaching Patrons About Technology: Patron technology needs vary widely, from needing to know how to use a mouse to learning how to get the most out of the databases we offer to learning how to use Overdrive or the Libby App, and everything in-between!  In this session, we’ll explore some tried and true methods for helping patrons learn how to make technology work for them. Mary Alice Larson and Alexander Birkholz are librarians at WITC.  Cole Zrostlik and Kim Kiiskinen are librarians at the River Falls Public Library.

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Closing Session
Gather as a group to either discuss technology issues or to work on an technology action plans for your library.  You decide!

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Contact Leah Langby about this workshop, at langby@ifls.lib.wi.us or 715-839-5082.
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