2017 Calendar of Events

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


January

2
New Year's Holiday
NWLS closed

6
Mid-Winter Un-Symposium

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

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium will be hosting a mid-winter Un-symposium to help library colleagues network, share resources and discuss issues that matter to you. The event is free with limited space, so sign up today!

6
Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff
9:00 (webinar)

Participants will learn an easy self-care routine that will help to reduce stress at work and to feel recharged. (.5 CEU)

13
Youth Services Information Exchange (YSIE)
10:00 - 2:00 (Minocqua Public Library) Please send RSVP to Kris Adams Wendt (WVLS)

 

16
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 noon (online and NWLS)



24-26
Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (webinar series)

Libraries and schools in Wisconsin are invited to attend a free series of webinars sponsored by Wisconsin public library systems. Speakers from across the nation will address important current issues relevant to the future of libraries. The conference includes a keynote, five tracks and nineteen sessions. Each 60-minute session will be recorded. (1 CEU per hour webinar)


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February

16
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (Online)
NWLS Library Directors Meeting
1:00 (Online)

16
All Generation Library

1:00 (webinar)
Learn ways to reinforce services to older adults that create a vibrant community. Sponsored by the Nicolet Federated Library System. (1 CE credit)
20
Presidents Day
NWLS Closed
21
Wisconsin Library Legislative Day
Madison (Concourse Hotel)
7:45 – 3:00

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.

23
30-Minute Thursday: Big Ideas with an Itty-Bitty Budget
1:00 (Webinar)

As it is the case for most small libraries, they want to put on big programs to bring people into the building, but their budgets are really small, and possibly non-existent. Hear how the Algoma Public Library wanted to do some big programs that came with a big price tag, and no budget to support them. From a wine and canvas event to movie nights, see what your library can do even when you think money is a hindrance.
Sponsored by the Nicolet Federated Library System. (.5 CEU)

 

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March

7 (6:30pm-8:00pm) or 8 (9:30-noon)
Rhinelander Children's Book Fest
Congregational Church, 135 E. Larch St., Rhinelander, WI 

Children’s literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison will book talk and provide an opportunity for hands-on examination of the best books of 2016. Celebrating its 30th year in 2017, Children’s Book Fest continues to be the first opportunity outside of Madison for school and public librarians to receive a copy of the latest CCBC Choices! Co-sponsored by Headwaters Reading Council, the School District of Rhinelander and Rhinelander District, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and Northern Waters Library Service.

Registrants may choose either the Tuesday evening (1.5 CEU) or the Wednesday morning (2 CEU) with book browsing until 2 PM daytime program.


16

Play to Your Strengths
1:00 (webinar)

How often do you have the opportunity to focus on what you are good at each day? Is most of your day spending time and energy trying to improve the things you are not good at? What if instead you focused on what you are good at, your strengths? Learn about the 34 traits identified by the Clifton Strengths-Finder online assessment, a tool for individual growth and development, to coach and mentor others, and to create dynamic, balanced teams. (1 CEU)
 
Elizabeth Kelsen Huber is Assistant Director of CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium). She provides leadership to all library types across Colorado through CLiC’s services, resources and library related technologies, with a focus on continuing education.

18
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
Noon 

29
WISCAT State Users Group Meeting
11:00 - 12:00 (webinar)

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April

6
Civic Engagement through Library Programming
1:00 webinar
Explore ways to invigorate civic engagement at your library. This webinar will explore civic engagement strategies through the lens of Skokie Public Library's Civic Lab established to encourage dialogue and engagement on issues that affect our community and in the news.
14
Good Friday
NWLS Closed
9-15
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. The 2017 theme: Libraries Transform!

  

19
Making Your Collection Count
10:00-11:00 webinar

Part one in a Collection Development series sponsored by Wisconsin library systems will focus on measuring a collection's quality using a holistic approach to keep pace with community demands and expectations. We'll discuss policies that balance popular with well-rounded content, reflect diversity and inclusion, and provide methods for dealing with (and avoiding) challenges. Register here.

 

26
Merlin/Sierra Unavailable
All Day

Sierra Server services will not be available today. A scheduled upgrade of the operating system of the Sierra Server will prevent libraries and patrons from being able to access Sierra and the Merlin catalog.

 

26-28
Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians (WAPL) Annual Conference
Stevens Point, Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center

WAPL represents the interests of public librarians, support staff, trustees, and friends representing public libraries throughout Wisconsin. For conference information visit the Wisconsin Library Association. (3 CEUs per half day attended)

 

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May

1-2
National Library Legislative Day
Liason Capitol Hill Hotel - Washington D.C.
A two-day library advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to rally support for library issues, funding and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. New advocate training will be held on May 1st during briefing.
Note: Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the Virtual Library Legislative Day effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials any time the week of May 1-5.
2
Serving Homeschoolers
1:00 (webinar)
Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services members will provide some general information about homeschoolers in Wisconsin and programs designed to meet the needs of homeschooled families. They will share ways libraries can reach this group of potential power-users.
11
Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (NWLS)
Directors Meeting
1:00 (NWLS) 
12
Adult Selection Tools
1:00-2:00 (webinar)
The second in the 5 Part Collection Development Series. Learn some tips and tools for keeping on top of selection, including a focus on nonfiction, non-traditional resources, and how to make things work in a small library. Register here.

16
Data Into Action: Translating your web statistics into to-dos
1:00 (webinar)
Join Nina McHale, Director of Library Services at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, to learn more about how to turn raw numbers into web site improvements. 1 CE Credit
20
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 NWLS 
25
Support Staff Circulation Services Workshop
Fort Atkinson (The Fort Atkinson Club)
A one day event to learn about trends in library programs, technology, customer service, continuing education opportunities, and more! (3 CEUs per half day attended)
29
Memorial Day Holiday
NWLS closed

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June


9
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium

College of St. Scholastica (Duluth)

Educators, librarians and library advocates are invited to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. This year’s theme, “Now That's What I call Libraries!” celebrates the inspiring, bold, and creative ways libraries are meeting their patrons’ needs. For more information visit Lake Superior Libraries Symposium.

 

22-27
American Library Association Conference
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL

The ALA national conference is in our neck of the woods! Registration begins February 2, 2017. It is the largest event dedicated to the professional growth of librarians in the world. ALA divisions, round tables and committees present more than 300 programs and pre-conferences on a wide variety of topics. More than 1000 companies showcase the latest information products and services. (3 CEUs per half day attended)



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July

4
Independence Day
NWLS closed 

 

12
Effectively Managing Customer Behaviors
1:00 (webinar)

This 30 minute webinar will address challenging behaviors and how to create a formal response plan effective for a library setting. Hosted by WVLS and NFLS (.5 CE credits)

libby

14
Meet Libby, the New OverDrive App
10:00 (webinar) register to attend or to receive recording link

Learn how to get first-time users started with using the app to find their library and log in, find ebooks and digital audiobooks, and to read or listen to borrowed titles.

15
NWLS Board of Trustees
10:00 (Online)

18
PLSR Q & A Session
Noon (Online)

farewell!The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee will discuss outcomes of the PLSR Steering Retreat, including a revised timeline, efforts to connect with the library community, and their commitment to improving library services for every citizen in Wisconsin.

 

25
Farewell Party for Mike Sheehan
11:00-2:00

 

26
Starting Immigration Services at Your Library
1:00-2:00 (free ALA webinar- register now; space is limited)

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? PLA and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) have invited the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of your citizenship corner and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance.
  • Recognize the importance of providing immigration services to library communities;
  • Understand the components and features of tools like immi and Citizenshipworks and be able to guide a person through the online interviews;
  • Know the next steps to get immigration services set up at a library.

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August

4
Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom
4:00 webinar (free registration)

 

Join ALA Freedom to Read Foundation members of the Developing Issues Committee for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics, including:
• Privatizing government functions • Guns in libraries • Net neutrality • Fake news and fake information • Disappearing government information • Attempts to repeal FCC privacy protections • Email privacy • First Amendment abridgement by law as it relates to protestors

 

17
BadgerLink Workshop
9:30 (NWLS)
Merlin Consortium Meeting
1:00  (NWLS)

 

21-25
Trustee Training Week
12:00 noon (webinars)

Register now for any of the five online presentations:
  • How to Turn Your Library Board into an Effective Team
  • Policies for Results
  • Engaging Your Board, Staff and Community in Strategic Planning
  • Everyday Advocacy
  • The Beginnings, Current Status and Next Steps of PLSR
23
ALA Highlights
2:00-3:30 (webinar)


Librarians from the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) share highlights from the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference:

• No Screen Time for Kids Under 2 Years Old • Gene Luen Yang's Reading without Walls Initiative • Life Hacks for Teens • Libraries Taking on Autism: a Movement for Collaborative Solutions • To Fine or Not To Fine : That is the Question • Whole Person Librarianship: Libraries and Social Workers in Collaboration • Latest Tech Trends 

 

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September

4
Labor Day
NWLS Closed 

 

7
Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth
1:00-2:00 (webinar)

Part three in a 5-Part Collection Development Webinar Series will share tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth. Register here.

16
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 
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October

 

8 - 14
Teen Read Week

In celebration of Teen Read Week YALSA offers tips on organizing a teen writing contest: "Graphomania!: A Guide to Hosting Your Library's Teen Writing Contest." Learn how and why teen writing contests support youth development, learning, and literacy.

11
CCBC Shorts: A Monthly Look at Books for Children and Teens
9:00 webinar

Join librarians from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) for a tour of recommended new release literature for children and young adults. 

17-20
Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

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. 

26
Data Informed Collection Development
10:00-11:00 (Webinar)

Part four in the 5-Part Collection Development Series will uncover clues that data can reveal to help make informed decisions when developing and maintaining your collection! Learn ways of Interpreting data and discovering correlations and connections that drive planning and decision making. Register here.

 

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November

2
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
Library Directors Meeting
noon NWLS 

 

3
Promoting Your Collection
10:00-11:30 (Webinar)

This final webinar of the Collection Development series will feature book talks, shelf-talkers, and other colorful ideas used by libraries around the world to promote collections and boost circulation. Register here.

 

11
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Noon (Online)

 

23-24
Thanksgiving Holiday
NWLS closed

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December

 

25-26
Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

1-2
New Years Holiday
NWLS closed