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


January

18
NWLS Workshop: Capital Development
9:00 - 3:30 (Red Cliff Resort)
 
Non-profit fundraising consultant Boris Frank will cover components of a capital campaigns including administration, materials, communication, fundraising strategies, and feasibility studies.
 

21
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 (Webinar)

24
NWLS Strategic Planning
1:00 - 2:00 (Webinar)
 
Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning will introduce the NWLS strategic planning process by outlining the planning environment. The current plan will be reviewed followed by a discussion of future directions. NWLS library directors and staff are encouraged to participate. Visit GoToMeeting to register prior to the webinar.

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February

1
Digital Learning Day
 
8
NWLS Workshops
9:30-10:00 Annual Report Refresher
10:00-11:30  Library Policies

Annual Report Refresher
Public Library Administration Consultant John DeBacher will provide a quick refresher on the Annual Report online process with a demo and and opportunity to address questions.
 
Library Policies
This webinar addresses the four basic policy development steps for providing high-quality library service that meet the needs of the community with a wise use of library resources and a fair treatment of staff and users.  This webinar covers why we need policies, what makes a good (and legal) policy, and the difference between policies, procedures, and bylaws. View the slideshow from the presentation:
14
Library Legislative Day
Best Western Inn on the Park (Madison)
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.

23
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (Online)
29 Postponed due to Storm Warning
Maintaining a Joomla Library Website
10:00 - 2:00 (NWLS)
Learn procedures for maintaining a Library website with Joomla. Participants should register with Mike Sauvola

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March

Children's Bookfest (Rhinelander)
The Cooperative Children's Book Center will present the best new books and current trends in children's literature.
 
17
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 (NWLS)


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April

4
Library Director Meeting
Strategic Planning, Part One
2:00 (Online)

8-14
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 You Belong to Your Library.
 
NWLS Workshop: Public Library Board of Trustees
10:00 - 2:00 
April 14 (Superior)
April 21 (Eagle River) 
 
NWLS Director Jim Trojanowski will discuss what it takes to be a great public library trustee. Public library boards play an important role in the success of the library through their authority to approve budgets, set policies, hire and supervise the library director, and many other statutorily delegated powers.
 
18  Postponed until September 19 
NWLS Workshop: The Wakanheza Project 
12:30 - 3:30 (NWLS)

Presenters from the Indianhead Federated Library System will provide an overview of the Wakanheza Project developed by the Ramsey County Public Health Department's Violence Prevention Team to help public agencies create welcoming environments and diffuse difficult situations in a positive way. Wakanheza is the Dakota word for child, and it 's literal translation is sacred being
Have you ever seen stressed out parents struggling with a children, maybe yelling, threatening or hitting them? Ever had complaints about groups of teens at the library entrance? Wonder about how to effectively approach parents using the Internet while their children run wild in the library? The Wakenheza Project has been implemented successfully in libraries, children's museums, schools, and other agencies nationwide to help people know how to respond to these types of situations positively. Learn how you can make the library a more welcoming place for visitors and staff. Great for ALL staff!

23-24
National Library Legislative Day
Capitol Hill Liaison Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
Advocate on National Library Legislative Day and make a difference. Your participation is needed to help ensure that Congress understands the positive impact well-stocked and professionally staffed libraries have on communities. Travel to Washington, contact your US Senator, or organize a campaign to promote libraries.
25
Library Director Meeting
Strategic Planning, Part Two
10:00 (Online)

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May

1
NWLS Workshop: Serving Library Users with Hearing Loss
(NWLS)
10:00 - 12:00
Hearing loss is one of the most common physical ailments, affecting 17% of Americans.  By age 65, one-third of Americans suffer from hearing loss.  How does hearing loss affect people and how can librarians work with patrons who have it?  Join Dr. Bill Holzhaeuser, audiologist at ENT Professional Associates, to find out.

NWLS Workshop: Online Accessibility Resources
12:30 - 2:00
NWLS staff members, Linda Bailen and Mike Sheehan will use BadgerLink to illustrate where patrons can research articles, find journal citations, and download eBooks related to hearing loss and other physical disabilities.  Benjamin Whytsell will demonstrate Windows 7 accessibility features.

9-11

Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference
Holiday Inn (Stevens Point)

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

19
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

24
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

28
Memorial Day
NWLS closed

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June

1
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
WITC (Superior)
This first annual conference will provide regional multi-type libraries an opportunity to participate in a day of workshops and networking. Academic, public and system librarians, library media specialists, and students are welcome! 
•  Engage in dialog about the future of libraries
•  Discover ways to deploy emerging technologies in your field of work
•  Learn leadership training practices for fundraising, regulations and coordinating volunteers
•  Network and share successes, resources and ideas
Directors Meeting
10:00 - 2:30
June 5 (Webster)
June 7 (Presque Isle) 

21-26
American Library Association Annual Conference
(Anaheim, CA)
 
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. 

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July

4
Independence Day
NWLS closed
 
21
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 (online)

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August

23
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

30
Library Directors Meeting
10:00-2:30 (NWLS)
NWLS Board, staff, and member library directors will meet to work on the NWLS Strategic Plan.


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September

3
Labor Day
NWLS Closed

5
TeachingBooks Webinar
1:00-2:00
Learn about early literacy resources and support available on TeachingBooks.net from staff presenter Amanda Kramer. At the time of the webinar, enter the meeting room as a "guest".
 
15
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 (NWLS)
 
19
Merlin Server Replacement
While the Merlin server is being replaced today there will not be access to the following services: • Merlin (the Merlin online catalog, circulation, self-checkout, cataloging, acquisitions, notices) • Pharos printing • WPLC Digital Downloads
 
The Offline Circulation client may be used to check out items until the new server is installed and ready to upload Offline transactions.
19
NWLS Workshops
10:00-3:30 (NWLS)
Children's Services Roundtable
10:00-11:45
It's time to share your summer success stories! Discuss what works, doesn't work, ideas you would like to try or problems you have encountered working with children at your library.
The Wakanheza Project  
12:30 - 3:30 (NWLS)

Presenters from the Indianhead Federated Library System will provide an overview of the Wakanheza Project developed by the Ramsey County Public Health Department's Violence Prevention Team to help public agencies create welcoming environments and diffuse difficult situations in a positive way. Wakanheza is the Dakota word for child, and it 's literal translation is sacred being
Have you ever seen stressed out parents struggling with a children, maybe yelling, threatening or hitting them? Ever had complaints about groups of teens at the library entrance? Wonder about how to effectively approach parents using the Internet while their children run wild in the library? The Wakenheza Project has been implemented successfully in libraries, children's museums, schools, and other agencies nationwide to help people know how to respond to these types of situations positively. Learn how you can make the library a more welcoming place for visitors and staff. Great for ALL staff!

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October

3
NWLS Workshop: Kids, Teens and Technology
10:00 - 2:00 (NWLS)

Explore ways to integrate technology into your youth services programming, reading advisory, and literacy services for children and teens. Presenters:  Ashley Bieber, Youth Services, Rice Lake Public Library and Colleen Zertler, Teen Services, Menomonie Public Library.
 
18-19
Northwoods Children's Book Conference
Heartwood Conference Center, Minong

The NCBC conference brings together librarians, educators, writers and readers each fall to explore the best of children's literature and programming ideas from the finest speakers and experts in the field.  Register before July 1 and save $10. Visit Facebook for the latest updates.
 
23
Merlin Server Upgrade to Sierra
While Sierra is being installed on the Merlin server today there will be no access to the following services: • Merlin (the Merlin online catalog, Circulation, Express Lane, Cataloging, Acquisitions, notices) • Pharos printing • WPLC Digital Downloads
 
The Offline Circulation client may be used to check out items until the Sierra installation is complete and the server is ready to upload Offline transactions.
 
Sierra is a new-generation software platform with updated technology supporting the Merlin integrated library system that processes, circulates and displays member library resources in an interactive online catalog that facilitates resource sharing and efficient library services.
 
23-26
WLA Annual Conference
Radisson Hotel & LaCrosse Center (LaCrosse)

Wisconsin Library Association provides professional development and network opportunities for people from all types of libraries for the improvement and development of Wisconsin library and information services.
 
21-27
National Friends of the Libraries Week

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) has coordinated this celebration to promote your local group, to raise awareness, to promote membership, and to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
 
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November

10
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 (NWLS)
 
15
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
Library Directors Meeting
12:30 (NWLS)
 
20
NWLS Workshop: Library Services for Job Seekers
1:00p.m. Webinar

Libraries have all been providing workforce recovery services for several years, and this need will continue. What services is your library providing to current job seekers? Is your community aware of the services available? Who are natural partners in your community to assist you? What does it mean to be a 21st century job seeker? This webinar will give you the opportunity to reevaluate and repackage your library services for job seekers. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www1.gomeeting.com/register/234761873

23, 26
Thanksgiving
NWLS closed

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December

13
Play more, Learn More, Fear Less
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Keeping up with technology can be a full-time job! Join Beth Carpenter, Director of the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library, and Stef Moffill, Director of WiLS, for a webinar full of tips to help you become more tech-savy with just a small daily investment of time. What's the key? Curiosity! Bring yours and be ready to share your favorite tool for staying on top of new technology. To register visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/421733504.
 
24, 25
Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

31
New Years Eve
NWLS closed


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January

16

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
8:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Libraries and schools in Wisconsin are invited to attend a free series of six webinars sponsored by Wisconsin public library systems. Speakers from across the nation will address important current issues relevant to the future of libraries. For registration and program details visit the Nicolet Federated Library System blog.  Each session of the virtual conference will be recorded.
 

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