Online Training Opportunities


January 27
Smart Libraries - News and analysis on products, vendors, and new developments in the library automation marketplace.


December 7
Growing a Library Edible Garden - Learn how one Wisconsin library partnered with gardeners to promote an outdoor learning experience that advocates healthy eating and fighting hunger.


November 15
Toddlers and Tablets in Storytime - Cathy Kolbeck, Algoma Public Library Children's Librarian, will share best practices for incorporating apps into story time programs for toddlers.


October 19
The Service Continuum - The eighth annual Digital Shift virtual conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities.


October 12
All in the Family - Explore ways to create opportunities for more family involvement in your youth programs. Sponsored by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin library Association and OWLS lLibrary System.


CCBC Shorts - Join CCBC librarians each month for 30-minute tours through some of the newest and best in children’s and young adult literature. Episodes are archived. Sponsored by South Central Library System.


October 6
Libraries of the Future Conference - Explore some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.


September 21
Down and Dirty with Social Media - A presentation for librarians of the challenges of social media with suggestions for solutions and best practices to bring the chaos under control. Sponsored by Nicolet Federated Library System


Fall UW-Madison Library Courses - Library related courses include topics on administration, PR, services, government, and programming.


BadgerLink Health Classes
August 4 - Consumer Health Information from EBSCO 
August 11 - Prepare for Health Careers with LearningExpress Library
August 18 - Information for Health Professionals from EBSCO


August 11
Beyond the Job Description: Tips for the Rural Library Director - 10 tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library.


Building Effective Library Advocacy Campaigns (recorded) from the American Library Association, co-sponsored by United for Libraries
July 14 - Building Your Base: Build a base of support for advocacy
July 21 - The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Create a campaign plan, recruit leadership and detail responsibilities
July 28 - Marketing and Media: Develop a campaign message using values, emotional branding, and media
August 4 - Connecting with YES Voters: Reach out to "yes" voters and getting them to the polls


July 19
Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the U.S. - Learn about the newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. The Explanatory Supplement are now in effect and establish principles that govern the exchange of material between libraries.


June 30
Microsoft Outlook Tips and Tricks - Learn ways to manage the volume of email hitting your Microsoft Outlook inbox every day.


May 11
Future Proofing Library Spaces - Approaches to retrofitting existing library spaces to accommodate established and emerging technologies.


May 4
25 Tools for Non-Profits - Explore free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.


December 9 - June 15 (recorded)
Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - A four part recorded series highlighting what's recent trends and their impact on library services. 


January 20 (recorded)
Managing Challenging Patrons: Security for the New Library Environment - A leading national expert on library safety and security will guide you through managing challenging patrons effectively, efficiently, and without creating major disruptions in your library environment.


February 17
CCBC Shorts - This month CCBC will focus on the summer reading theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" with literature highlights for your young adult summer readers.


Pinterest For Libraries - An introduction to using the Pinterest visual bookmarking tool to share ideas. Techsoup for Libraries provides an archive of the October webinar.


February 17
Harnessing the Power of Homeschoolers While Fostering Relevancy With All Students - Focuses on proactive services and policies for K-12 homeschooled students that build positive relationships with all students and parents.


February 4
Staying positive in the Face of Negativity - Learn how to turn difficult moments into positive customer experiences with methods for staying objective and using a caring approach.


Free Self Paced Courses for Library Workers - WebJunction offers an opportunity for library workers to learn skills related to all aspects of library service. To access this free online program simply create an account. Certificates are available after completing a course or webinar from the catalog.


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.


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


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!


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.


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.