2014 Calendar of Events

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See Professional Support to view archived NWLS webinars and more information on training resources and continuing education opportunities.


New Year's Day
NWLS closed

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Mid-Winter Un-Symposium

Superior (University of Wisconsin-Superior Library)
1:00 – 4:30

The LSL Un-symposium is an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to you with your northland library colleagues. The event is free with limited space, so sign up today!

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (details)

Libraries and schools in Wisconsin are invited to attend a free series of ten webinars sponsored by Wisconsin public library systems. Speakers from across the nation will address important current issues relevant to the future of libraries.

Sessions include: • Cloud Computing: Beyond the Hype, a Vehicle for Information • Unprogramming: Recipes for Successful Programming With School-Age Children and Teens • Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Re-Energizing Adult Programming • Library Metrics and Measurement: Counting What Counts and Making it Matter • Keep it Real, Keep it Simple • The Bad, The Good, and the Great • Tech Services for Target Audiences • From Testing to Deployment: Moving Technology from the 4th Floor to the 2nd Floor • Writing a Social Media Policy for Your Library. Each session of the virtual conference will be recorded.

NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

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Wisconsin Library Legislative Day
Madison (Best Western Inn on the Park)
7:45 – 2:30
Participating in Legislative Day is an enjoyable introduction to the practical politics of gaining support for Wisconsin libraries. Inform our legislative representatives about the many ways that school, public, special, and academic libraries serve the people of Wisconsin. Help us build support for library funding and legislation that helps libraries. For more information visit Wisconsin Library Association

WISCAT Training Session

12:00-1:00 (Online)

A discovery/searching webinar for all staff that use WISCAT. A recording will be made available.

WISCAT Training Session

An ILL Admin webinar for interlibrary loan staff or anyone who creates or manages WISCAT requests. A recording will be made available.

Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (Online)

NWLS Library Directors Meeting
12:30 (Online) 

Social Media Marketing in 20 Minutes a Week
9:00-10:00 a.m. (webinarslides)

Social media marketing consultant Shelly Cedarblade will show you how you can maximize two of the most popular social media profiles, Facebook and Pinterest, to promote you library in just 30 minutes or less per week!

In this webinar you will learn how to: • Quickly find relevant and engaging content to share on your page • learn about tools to help you manage and schedule your accounts • create and organize your Pinterest boards to be user-friendly • find images, and other time-saving tricks to ensure you stay on track with your social media efforts. Sponsored by the following northern Wisconsin library systems: IFLS, NWLS and WVLS.


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4 (repeated on the 5th)
Childrens's Book Fest
Public Library Association
Indiana (Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium)

The biennial PLA Conference holds a reputation for excellence as the largest conference devoted to public library professionals. The multi-day event offers nearly 200 top-quality education programs from innovators & professionals in the public library community, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services. For details visit http://www.placonference.org/
NWLS Board of Trustees
Noon (NWLS)

Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium
Stevens Point (Holiday Inn)

Youth services librarians, public library directors, and early childhood advocates are invited to attend this day-long professional development opportunity. State and national experts will explore the topic of engagement by discussing how books, screens, and physical spaces encourage literacy development in relationships with young children and their caregivers. Panel presentations and a display gallery will highlight early literacy innovations from public libraries around the state. For more information or with questions, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant with the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Trustee Workshop (repeated on the 29th)
Hayward (Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Public's Right to Know: Public Libraries and the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law
2:00 workshop webinar with library consultant Cheryl Becker

Wisconsin’s open meetings law supports the principle that the public is entitled to the fullest and most complete information regarding the affairs of government. The law places very specific requirements on governmental bodies, including public libraries, regarding the notice and conduct of meetings. The webinar will review the basics of the law, so that you can be sure your board meetings are in compliance, and avoid significant penalties for potential violation.

Trustee Workshop 
(repeated on the 22th)
Boulder Junction (Boulder Junction Public Library)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

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National Library Week
Each April since 1958 libraries across the country have been celebrating the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and promoting library use and support. This years theme is Lives Change @ Your Library.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
10:00 - 2:00 workshop at NWLS

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a literacy initiative encouraging parents to read aloud to their preschool children. The program is based upon solid evidence from research findings that the more children ages 0-5 hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon reaching kindergarten. 

Reading only one book at bedtime every night for three years will total 1095 books! Reading three books a day will result in 1095 books read in only one year! Beginning when a child is first born and reading just four books per week, 1040 books will be read by the time a child reaches kindergarten. 

Lacrosse Public Library Children's librarian Marge Louch Wouters will share resources for successfully starting and maintaining 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs that instill the lifelong love of reading in young children and foster a positive connection to the library for families and children.

April 29
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

An important opportunity to provide feedback on of Project WIN and to discuss issues resulting from surveys of the committee recommendations.

29-May 2
Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Annual Conference
Wisconsin Dells (Chulu Vista Resort)
Conference theme: Choose Your Adventure

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Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference
Blue Harbor Resort (Sheboygan) archived resources

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) represents the interests of public librarians, support staff, trustees, and friends representing public libraries throughout Wisconsin. The WAPL spring conference theme is "Anchoring the Past, Setting Sail for the Future." Sessions will address topics such as fundraising, budgeting, turning your annual report into gold, job center partnerships, and technology. For more conference information visit The Wisconsin Library Association.
Got Math?
12:00-1:00 p.m. (DPI webinar)
Bedtime Math, a new Collaborative Summer Library Program partner with a mission to help kids learn to love math, will be highlighting math resources for libraries. To join the live webinar enter your name in the Blackboard Collaborate login (Internet Explorer is recommended). The archived recording will be listed in the Professional Development section of the DPI Youth Services.
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
WIN Libraries Meeting
10:00 - 3:00 (Ladysmith Tee-Away Golf Resort)
Merlin consortium members are invited to send at least one representative to meet with all WIN project participants to discuss the merger feasibility study. Separate registration is required for each attendee. To register visit Project WIN.
Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (NWLS)
Memorial Day Holiday
NWLS closed

WLA Support Staff & Circulation Services Conference
Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire
A one day professional development conference dedicated to "Supporting Excellence in Service."

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NWLS Directors Meeting
10:00 Iron River

NWLS Directors Meeting
10:00 Mercer 
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
8:00 - 4:00 (University of Minnesota Duluth Library)
LSLS invites educators and librarians to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. Individuals from academic, K-12, and public libraries, IT professionals, archives, library school students, and friends of the library groups are encouraged to attend. The 2014 theme is "Bridges" and the keynote speaker is Jessamyn West. For more information visit Lake Superior Library Symposium.

26-July 1
American Library Association Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV (the McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive)
This is the world's largest annual library conference offering over 300 programs, tools for advocacy, continuing education opportunities, speakers, exhibits and social events for all types of libraries. This year's theme is "Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves"

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Independence Day
NWLS closed
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting

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Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
An important opportunity to provide feedback on Project WIN and to vote for or against the ILS merger.
Wisconsin Trustee Training Week
noon webinars (one hour each) archived presentations

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week (see brochure) offers Wisconsin public library trustees a series of webinars with new ideas and tools. All sessions will be recorded. Complete details can be found at the Nic Bits Blog.

The sessions will also be presented for anyone to attend in the meeting rooms at the following libraries:
Mercer Public Library at noon August 18, 19,20, 21
Larson Family Library (Webster) at noon August 18, 19,20, 21
Land O' Lakes Public Library at noon August 19, 20, 21

To register for the online sessions please select each session individually:
Monday:  Assessing Library Facility Needs in the 21st Century
Tuesday: The Role of Social Media in Library Advocacy
Wednesday: The Biggest, Baddest Issues Facing Public Libraries
Thursday: Building the Future by Building Your Staff

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Labor Day
NWLS Closed

Discovering Your Data: Where It Is And How Libraries Can Use It
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. webinar

Learn how six sources of data can be used to show how public and system libraries can investigate, develop, and present their own stronger picture of library service. Presenters: Jamie McCanless, Public Library Data and Finance and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Youth and Special Services. • Recorded webinar  Slides •  CE Activity Report

Making It @ Your Library
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 workshop at NWLS

Learn why a makerspace model might fit your library, see the wide variety of makerspaces and how they reflect our unique communities, and unravel the makerspace philosophies, tools, and practices that have worked in public libraries. What are the advantages and challenges of library makerspaces? Why do libraries need to consider a new mission of "library-as-platform" during tight economic times? Test drive some equipment and ideas from the makerspace movement that may move you.

Shannon Crawford Barniskis was a Wisconsin public librarian for nineteen years, and was most recently the director of the Lomira Community Library. She currently is a PhD student, with a research focus on public library makerspaces, policy, and access. 

Register by September 9 by contacting Linda Stobbe at NWLS by phone or email.

NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Reinventing Wisconsin Public Library Systems
10:00 - 11:00 online 
Jim Trojanowski will summarize current studies investigating Wisconsin public library systems and ways to provide the most efficient delivery of services for the best possible use of resources. The DPI LEAN System Study Work Group Recommendations project report was recently completed and will be used by a system service redesign committee as a guide for developing recommendations. Jim will lead discussion of what the study results may mean for member libraries. View archived webinar (please wait several minutes for the presentation to begin)
Focused Innovation
11:00 - 12:15 online webinar with library consultant Joan Frye Williams

Whether you see the wealth of new technologies as a candy store to be savored or a minefield to be navigated, sooner or later you’ll need to decide which innovative opportunities to pursue. Joan offers practical advice for sizing up your needs, resources, culture, and readiness, and matching your situation to the kinds of projects that will be a good fit for your organization. 

There’s no need to chase every trend, and no point in making the work of innovation much harder than it needs to be. Learn how you can apply simple criteria up front to focus your efforts and greatly improve your likelihood of success. Sponsored by the following Wisconsin library systems: IFLS, NWLS, SWLS, OWLS, MCLS, SCLS, WRLS, WCFLS and SLIS.
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LEAN Library Systems in Wisconsin
2 - 4:00 p.m. (archived webinar)
A presentation on the LEAN study of Wisconsin public library systems completed this summer, including time for feedback and questions. 
Patron Services Workshops at NWLS:

• 10-12:00 Speaker: Ashley Thiem-Menning, Kaukauna Public Library
Developmentally Age-Appropriate Storytimes
In times of limited library funding, library storytime programs often cater to a generic "preschool" group or a "birth to two years old" age range.  More developmentally diverse programs can serve as valuable teaching tools that support the needs of each child. In this program Ashley will show how to format a baby/pre-walker program, a one-year-old program, a two-year old program, and how to effectively "bundle" a storytime for all ages.
• 1-2:30 Speaker: Andrew McGregor, Community Support Program Director for New Horizons North
Serving Patrons with Mental Illness
Andrew will briefly discuss mental illness and how to best serve library patrons with mental health issues.  Attendees are asked to be prepared to offer experiences that Andrew can use to discuss ways to creatively explore solutions to challenging situations.
WISCAT ILL Boot Camp: Back to Basics
10-12:00 Workshop at NWLS
ILL Best Practices, the interlibrary loan process, and the WISCAT Request Manager will be presented by Christine Barth (WISCAT Interlibrary Loan) and Vickie Long (WISCAT Technical Support). They will also cover the basics of interlibrary loan etiquette, WISCAT software allow time to answer to your questions and address problems or issues. Please register by October 20 by contacting Linda Stobbe.
Everyday Leadership for Library Directors
10-11:00 webinar (Handouts)  (archived webinar)
Library consultant and trainer Pat Wagner will discuss ways for library directors and trustees to balance the demands of daily challenges while keeping their eye on the big picture, including collaboration, strategic alliances, and the better future of Wisconsin libraries. Topics include influence, vision, dealing with local decision-makers, and the future of libraries. Reserve your webinar seat now. Space is limited.
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Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Wisconsin Dells (Kalahari Resort and Convention Center)

The WLA Conference offers numerous opportunities to connect with library colleagues, fellow trustees and supporters and to engage in exciting programs, exhibits, presentations and activities. 
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Strategic Vision for Public Library Systems
The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will be conducting a webinar on the draft strategic vision for public library systems Monday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. This webinar is your opportunity to weigh in on this document that could help shape the future of library system services. If you are unable to attend the listening sessions at WLA, this webinar is your only chance to comment on the recommedations. Immediately following the webinar, the draft will be finalized for approval on November 14. The link for the webinar is https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/175146568.


Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (ONLINE)
Due to the weather, the Merlin meeting will be held online at 10:00 November 13. The webinar ID is 131-931-739 and the link for registration is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6874203134400728065.

Thanksgiving Holiday
NWLS closed

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Understanding Your Leadership Style
10-2:30 Workshop at NWLS
To be a good leader requires recognizing your own leadership style and building upon that. Kimberly Young, Associate Director of the Brown County Library, will help identify what your style is, discuss ways to use your style, and share resources for learning to be a leader in your community. RSVP by December 1, to Linda Stobbe at NWLS and indicate if any special accommodations are required.


HR for Librarians
1:00 (webinar)
FLSA, FMLA, ADA, FCRA, I-9... Ever feel like you're looking into a pot of alphabet soup? Learn how the law affects staff breaks, teenage pages, disability accommodations, extended sick leave, unemployment insurance benefits ...and more! Julie Schmude and Mark Arend from the Winnefox Library System will decode HR acronyms and help you stay on the right side of the employment law. Register now for an email confirmation with information for joining the webinar. (View system requirements.)

Wisconsin Technology News
10:00-11:30 a.m. (webinar)
Public Library Technology Consultant Ryan Claringbole will share technology news as it relates to Wisconsin public libraries.  Through the Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction Ryan participates in statewide and area-level planning for library services as well as national-level planning and policy development for library technology. Register now and you will receive a confirmation email with information for joining the webinar. (GoToWebinar system requirements)



Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

New Years Eve
NWLS closed