Online Training Opportunities 


2015 Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference Presentations


SLIS 2016 Online Courses - The UW-Madison School of Information Studies Winter/Spring online course schedule.


Understanding and Serving the Homeless -  Homelessness among children and families has risen to an historic high. This two-part series addresses homelessness and explores its impact on public libraries.


October 7
Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces
Leadership author and researcher Jim Kouzes will present the Five Practices for Exemplary Leadership that can boost productivity by 50% and keep spirits high.


October 2
Outreach and Community Connections - Effective outreach and community partnerships that help you reach more families and kids and position the library as a Literacy Leader in the community.


September 22
Senior Moments: Event Planning for the Mature Audience -
Ideas for creating and marketing events that engage seniors.


Collection Connection -  Topics include selection, working with sales reps, weeding and building a diverse collection, and promoting your collection.


September 21
Teaching 21st Century Technology to 20th Century Adults
- Library consultant Pat Wagner will discuss ways to teach skills to students who lack the personal experience necessary to expedite learning.


46 Free Webinars for Library Staff - Check out the list of learning opportunities throughout the month of August!


July 2015 (recorded)
Managing the Device Deluge
- Based on her recent Library Journal article, Jennifer Koerber will offer suggestions and resources for keeping up with the latest gadgets patrons use to access library digital services.


July 16
Crafting a Successful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part-time Libraries - A webinar showcasing successful adult education opportunities for patrons who lack a GED or other high school equivalency, sponsored by Webjunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.


July 15
The ABCs of Building Better Boards - This webinar will focus on important tools for attracting committed and informed board members, best practices in managing and retaining great board members, tips for holding effective meetings, and and keeping the best board members on board.


Library Journal Webcasts Library Journal‘s free webcasts span a wide spectrum of topics on library services, collection development, technology and author interviews. Sign up for either live or archived viewing.


Beyond Book Groups - (1:00 Wednesday May 27 WebJunction webinar) Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers


Malicious social Engineering Works: Wise Up! - (1:00 May 20 WVLS webinarSocial engineering tactics are still very successful in harvesting account and identity information. Join Joshua Klingbeil, IT Director for Wisconsin Valley Library Service, in a webinar about cyber security awareness. Register by GoToWebinarAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Power Searching - (2:00 Wednesday May 13 Infopeople webinar) Examine tools and methods for exploring online databases.


Workforce Literacy - (1:00 Wednesday May 6 WebJunction webinar) Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community.


What's New in Young Adult Literature - (2:00 Infopeople Webinar April 21) Discover new trends and the best new titles for your collection.


What's New in Children's Literature - (2:00 Infopeople Webinar April 14) Discover new trends and the best new titles for children with various interests and age ranges.


Just Say No to No - (2:00 NFLS webinar, March 12) You might be surprised by all of the ways you can create a welcoming first impressions of your library.


Sensory Enhanced Storytimes - (2:00 Infopeople webinar, February 11) Learn about the elements of a sensory storytime, and why it is an important program for your community.


Troubleshooting OverDrive - (February 26, 10:00) The Indianhead Federated Library System Reference and Loan Coordinator will address common challenges with OverDrive to help librarians troubleshoot thorny issues. Register 


Health Happens in Libraries: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library - (January 26) This WebJunction webinar will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services.


Library Programs for Teens and Tween - (January 21) An InfoPeople webinar exploring programming ideas that reflect the changing demands of 21st century educational goals.


Staying Afloat in a Sea of Change - (January 15) A WebJunction webinar exploring change, our response to change, and ways to get beyond just surviving change, to learn to embrace and thrive in new environments.


Power Searching Webinar Series - (January 14) The first in an InfoPeople webinar series exploring the common features built into search engines such as Google and Bing to help us retrieve accurate search results. Advanced tricks will also be discussed such as phrasing, relational terms, limiters, and format to make your searches more effective. 


Why Your Library's  Privacy Policy Matters - In this Booklist webinar Cherie L. Givens, a Certified Information Privacy Professional and privacy consultant, will introduce key concepts and fundamental and practical privacy information resources based on her book "Information Privacy Fundamentals for Librarians and Information Professionals".


Giving Legal Advice to Patrons -  Hosted jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and iPAC, this presentation was designed to help library reference staff build confidence in responding to legal inquiries. • slidesrecording


November 18 (10:00 a.m.) Nicolet Federated Library System
EBooks and Audiobooks: What the Vendors Didn't Tell Us
Learn best practices of teaching people to use downloadable parts of our public library collections.


November 11 (1:00 p.m.) Nicolet Federated Library System
I'm Stressed Out and You Want Me to Stay Positive?!
Find out how a positive outlook can cut down on the harmful stress in your work and in your life!


November 6
Open Government  • BrochurePreregistration is required and space is limited:

The Open Meetings Law and the Wisconsin Public Records Law endeavor to open the workings of government to the public, shed light on government actions and, in the process, strengthen our democracy. Department of Justice experts will explain key principles and discuss recent updates.
Open Meetings Law (9-10:30 a.m.)
Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law, enacted in 1976, attempts to promote openness in government and to provide Wisconsin citizens with an opportunity to observe and educate themselves about their government's operations.
Public Records Law (1-2:30 p.m.)
Wisconsin's Public Records Law took much of its present form in 1981 and is in place to provide the public with reasonable access to public records at reasonable costs.


17+ Ways to Nurture Your Patron Relationships - This 60 minute recorded webinar offers tips on how to develop a list of simple, cost-free, easy-to-implement ways to make customers feel welcome, and more likely to be a library advocate!


October 15 (2-3:00) South Central Library System
The Message is in the Details: Nonverbal Communication
Library consultant Pat Wagner will share simple physical actions that build on positive results.


October 1 (9-4:00) Library Journal and School Library Journal
The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center
A virtual conference focusing on the central role libraries play in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. Free registration includes 3 months of access to the event archives, presentations, information and handouts. Session include: • StatBase: Open source data management for libraries • Partnering with Small Organizations to Digitize Local Content • Bridging the K12-College Information Literacy Gap • Digital Strategies for Job Search Training • Hack Your Notebook: Leveraging Libraries for STEM-Literacy Connections • Identifying and Delivering Meta-Literacy Skill Sets to Adult Learners • Making Space for Play


September 25 (2:00 p.m.) Nicolet Federated Library System
10 Ways to Engage Facebook Fans
Learn tips for creating great Facebook content.


September 24 (1-2:00) School Library Journal
Finding a Formula for Independent Reading
Independent reading is key to a successful literacy program. Explore practical ideas for building an affordable, engaging, and effective independent reading program.


September 24 (1-2 p.m.) WebJunction
Affordable Care Act Enrollment for 2015
Join a free webinar to review opportunities to connect community members to health marketplace information and to learn about the Affordable Care Act 2015 open enrollment period November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.


September 23 (1-2:00) YALSA
Teen Read Week Webinar: Turn Dreams Into Reality: Exploring Your Future with Literature
A free webinar on college and career fiction/non-fiction that will not only entertain your teens, but may inspire them to explore their future and turn their dreams into reality!


September 23 (10:00 a.m.)
Signature Events for Small Libraries
A "show and tell" of creative library fundraisers with tips for getting started in your community. (Presented by Cassie Guthrie, Director of the Pioneer Library System serving small and rural libraries in the Western Finger Lakes region of New York.)


September 18 (WebJunction)
Taming Tech Tools for Libraries
Explore a toolbox of 25+ free tech tools that can help your library better engage with patrons and build digital literacy skills.


September 17 (1:00-2:15 p.m.)
Understanding Social Security
Members of the MySSA development team will provide a free webinar with an overview of
• the Social Security online resource MySSA (My Social Security)
• viewing earnings records
• receiving instant estimates of future Social Security benefits.


September 17 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Discovering Your Data:
Where It Is and How Libraries Can Use It

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Investigate ways to use the Wisconsin public library annual report information submitted annually to the Department of Public Instruction. We'll look at local, state, and federal sources of library data and online comparison tools, talk about how data is changing, and provide suggestions for using data to tell the library's story. Discover how to get as much out of the annual report as you put into it from this presentation and discussion. Presented by Jamie McCanless and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Space is limited so reserve your Webinar seat now.


Fall Courses - UW-Madison
School of Library and Information Studies
Effective Communication • Cataloging Basics • Public and Community Library Services • Intro to Research Data Management • Public Library Administration (Basic and Advanced) • Social Media Strategy • Data Analytics • Youth Services Management • Friends Forever: the Optimal Library Relationship • What's New in Children's Books • Makerspace Mindset • RDA Basics • Digitization Projects


August 14 (WebJunction)
Top 10 Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons
A guide to practical teaching techniques for helping people learn new technology. Archived resources are available.


August 5 (AbleNet Assistive Technology)
Alternative Access to Mobile Devices
Accessibility features (built-in and available for purchase) as well as an array of hardware solutions to increase access to tablet technology and mobile devices.


June 19 (11:30-12:30) DPI
LSTA Grant Training
This webinar will provide general information for public libraries writing 2015 LSTA competitive grant categories. Grant category descriptions will be posted by June 5. Competitive grant categories include: Technology (Digital Creation Technology, Digitization of Library Historical Material) and Serving Special Populations (Accessibility-Planning, Accessibility-Projects, Literacy-Planning, Literacy-Projects, Early Literacy). When you're ready to join the session follow the link: (the recording will be available on the LSTA webpage.)


June 12 (2:00) InfoPeople
Creative Spaces and Family Engagement in Libraries
Learn how to design effective arts programs for children and families. As the sole access point to the arts for many families, libraries are a key force in ensuring every child can engage with the world as a creator.


June 11 (2:00) InfoPeople
What's New in Young Adult Literature 2014
Learn to identify new trends and the best new titles for your collection development.


June 5 (3:00-4:00) WebJunction
Best Small Libraries in America: Vital, Innovative and Thriving
Learn from the most recent winners of the Best Small Library in America how creative programming, extensive partnerships, and innovative and responsive services can meet the changing needs of communities. 2014 finalist: Pine River Library in Colorado and 2013 finalist: Southern Area Public Library.


May 28 (3:00-4:00) WebJunction
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth
Learn how public libraries can leverage technology and community collaboration to better serve the health informaiton needs of patrons.


May 22 (12:00-1:00) Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
"Just to Clarify...SLP and the Annual Report
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, will review common questions regarding youth services definitions and examples. The recording will be available at the DPI Youth Services website. For background information view the following annual report documents: "Youth Services Definitions and Examples" (pdf) and "A Closer Look at Literacy Offerings" (pdf). Registration is not required. To join the webinar, accept Java applet to launch the session and enter the name as you'd like it to appear in the session. Internet Explorer is recommended.


May 22 (1:00) WebJunction
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement - Learn how library spaces can be configured to enhance and expand community engagement in the digital age.


May 21 (2:00) InfoPeople
What's New in Children's Literature
New children’s and tween books for various age ranges and reading levels, including very simple new books for those just learning to read, books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.


UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies
Spring/Summer 2014 Online Courses


April 23 (2:00)
Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs
- Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, learn from this WebJunction webinar how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. 


March 4 (2:00 p.m.)
Measurements that Matter: Analyzing Patron Behavior
Whether you're scheduling desk coverage, defending a budget, reaching out to new users, writing a grant, planning an ad campaign, or just trying to figure out which services are working well and which may need another look, this Infopeople webinar will help you make sense of the patron side of the equation.


February 19 (2:00 p.m.)
Every Budget is a Referendum
Learn tips from the best political campaigns to activate citizen support for library funding. Presented by EveryLibrary, the first national political action committee for libraries. EveryLibrary is dedicated to helping local library communities plan and win ballot measures like bonds, levies, and other referendum that renew or extend library funding.


February 11 (1:00 p.m.)
The Iron is Hot: 
Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts
This webinar helps to define the successful library as one that serves as a vibrant and active community center. Explore new ways to build partnerships, strengthen community and contribute to local development. Presented by WebJunction.



January 15 (1:00 p.m.)
Flexible Spaces - Flexible Futures
This WebJunction webinar explores ways libraries can accommodate changing patron needs with spaces that are flexible, adaptable, and affordable. 


Winter/Spring 2014
UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Education Online Courses and a series of free Webinars

How do our online classes work? They do not require a meeting time. Students and their instructor log in to the course a few times each week to read/listen to lecture material and participate in the online discussion boards. Contact Ann Palmer if you have further questions.


December 4 (2-3:00 p.m.)
Providing Financial Education to Library Patrons
This free financial literacy webinar will focus on education tools and best practices shared by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help the public library field provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals in their communities.

December 4 (2-3:00 p.m.)
Life After Desk: Implementing the New Service Models
An Infopeople webinar showcasing how new library service models are working in a variety of settings and how they affect staff, spaces, collections, and programming.


January 15-16
Wild Wisconsin Winter 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.


How Youth Services Improve Our Libraries and Communities: A DPI Webinar Series:


• Re-Thinking Summer Library Programs -  January 22, 12-1 p.m. Explore inventive ideas from around the state for improving efforts to make literacy programs more sustainable and effective. This will be recorded and posted in the DPI Youth Services "Professional Development" section. Pre-registration is not necessary. To join visit (Internet Explorer is recommended)

• Youth Services by the Numbers: Data and Advocacy - December 3, 12-1 p.m. The Department of Public Instruction examines youth services data generated in the Annual report and what it shows. This is recorded and posted in the DPI Youth Services under "Professional Development".

• Growing Wisconsin Readers - November 22, 12-1:15 p.m. An abbreviated recap of the new statewide early literacy initiative launched in fall 2013 will be recorded and posted in the DPI Youth Services "Professional Development" section. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Broadband Reference Guide  A free interactive webinar introducing the new Broadband Reference Guide will be held on November 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. The webinar will explore how to:

  • Walk through the different technologies and terms related to broadband
  • Identify strategies to get broadband into your community
  • Learn more about the custom Wisconsin-based resources available for your community

For additional information as well as instruction to connect to the webinar visit the UWExtension blogThe event is hosted by UW-Extension’s Center for Community Technology Solution in conjunction with the Public Service Commission-WI.


Fall Continuing Education Webinars - The UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies fall courses include

October 28 - November 22:
American indians @ Your Library: Improving Collections and Exploring Outreach
• The Makerspace Mindset

November 4 - 14:
• Don't Just Tell Me - Show Me: Using Pinterest and Tumblr in Libraries 


The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries - A free full-day online national conference event designed to help libraries serve their community's evolving needs with a panel of leaders in the library profession discussing insights and innovative ideas on managing new services and technologies.  Library Journal and School Library Journal are hosts for the event scheduled for Wednesday October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.


BadgerBrunch Fall 2013 - A fall series of 30-45 minute webinars exploring BaderLink's rich collection of information tools beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays (For complete information and to register: 

October 10 - New! Access NewspaperARCHIVE Interface Training
October 17 - New! BadgerLink Research Guides
October 24 - New! Text Complexity


Libraries and MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses offered by universities have been offered free of charge for no credit with the option of receiving a certificate for completing course work. The Hyperlinked Library is a free twelve week professional development MOOC focusing on the latest trends in the information profession presented by the San Jose State University this fall. For more information on MOOCs for librarians, see the Google Group MOOCs and Librarianship.


Collections: Making Smart Choices Within a Limited Materials Budget - View the August 22 webinar on collection development planning, trends, and resources.

The art of Public Speaking - Five public speaking tips for a presentation that informs, inspires, and motivates 1. People learn best in 20-minute chunks (ex. Ted Talks) 2. Avoid complicated sensory distractions 3. Audiences react to tone and body language 4. Be specific about your call to action 5. People immitate emotions - enthusiasm will be contagious.

Caring for Yesterday's Treasures Today - Free online series tailored to help libraries protect historical collections. The recordings, handouts, and resources are available.