Online Training Opportunities 


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.