Professional Support

Agencies and Associations

American Library Association - Provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Wisconsin Library Association - Brings together people from all types of libraries to advocate and work for the improvement and development of library and information services for all of Wisconsin.

Division for Libraries and Technology
: The website of Wisconsin’s state library agency

Association for Library Service to Children (ASLC)

A division of the American Library Association whose mission is to support the profession of children's librarianship by enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library services to our nation's children.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
A division of the American Library Association that represents state library agencies, specialized library agencies, independent libraries and multitype library cooperatives.

Public Library Association (PLA)
A division of the American Library Association whose purpose is to advance the development and effectiveness of public library service and public librarians.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
A division of the American Library Association that advocates extensive and developmentally appropriate library and information services for young adults, ages 12-18.


Wisconsin statutes require public library directors to be certified by the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology. Linda Stobbe, the Northern Waters Library Service validator for continuing education, can answer questions about certification and continuing education requirements. She can be reached via email or by calling 715-682-2365.There are three grades of certification:

Grade 1 certification is required for the director of a public library in a community with a population of 6,000 or more. A bachelor’s degree in any field of study and a master’s degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association are required for grade 1 certification.

Grade 2 certification is required for the director of a public library in a community with a population between 3,000 and 5,999. To be eligible for grade 2 certification librarians must have a bachelor’s degree and three semester credits or the equivalent in each of the following areas: public library administration; selection of library materials; organization of library materials; and reference and information services. Library coursework must be approved by DLTCL.

Grade 3 certification is required for the director of a public library in a community with a population of less than 3,000. Grade 3 certification requires successful completion of not less than 54 semester hours of college level work, at least half of which must be in the liberal arts and sciences. The coursework must include or be supplemented by three semester credits in each of the following areas: public library administration; selection of library materials; organization of library materials; and reference and information services. Library coursework must be approved by DLTCL.

Temporary certification may be granted to new directors who apply within three months of their employment date. Temporary certificates are good for one year; Grade 2 and Grade 3 certificates may be eligible for renewal up to three times; temporary Grade 1 certificates may not be renewed.

RecertificationRegular certification is valid for five years and may be renewed upon completion of at least 100 contact hours of continuing education. Northern Waters Library Service offers a variety of programs and workshops that qualify for continuing education credits.

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NWLS Member Libraries

Wisconsin Public Libraries

Wisconsin Library Systems

News and Discussion Groups

  • Streams: News for libraries from Northern Waters Library Service
  • Northern Waters Library Service discussion list: An email discussion list available to staff of member libraries
  • WISPUBLIB discussion list: a venue to discuss public library issues of interest to the state's public library community.
  • Wisconsin Libraries Blog: The news from the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning
  • Wisconsin Library Association Blog - The Wisconsin Library Association engages, inspires and advocates for library workers and supporters to improve and promote library services for the people of Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Public Library Consortium: A discussion list for WPLC: a decision-making and fiscal model for public library cooperation that allows libraries to work together to collaborate on efficient information technology services, such as the Wisconsin Digital Library.
  • District Dispatch: American Library Association reports on federal policy news issues, free library and trustee policy-related webinars, federal funding opportunities, Federal Communications Commission proceedings and more. 
  • Crossroads: News from the WebJunction online library community, which provides training resources to help public librarians meet the needs of their local communities.

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Training Resources

The Administrative Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Library Directors is an important resource for new and experienced directors alike.

BadgerLearn is a digital literacy training portal for the library community.

BadgerLearn Pro is a collaborative learning space for Wisconsin librarians offering a training portal for searching resources including streaming tutorials and web-based tools for use in training staff.

Continuing Education Calendar for Wisconsin Librarians - The Department of Public Instruction displays a calendar of some of the continuing education opportunities available through Wisconsin's Library Systems. 

Library Boot Camp - Offers new Wisconsin public library directors resources on working with library boards, advocacy, human resources, state statutes relating to public libraries, budgeting, open meetings law, public records, and much more.

Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline  A narrative outline and corresponding worksheet to help public library staff and trustees estimate their library's future space needs to determine whether more comprehensive facility planning should be conducted. 

WebJunction provides free library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates are available for completing courses.

Wisconsin Statewide Continuing Education Events for Librarians - Some of the events being offered through library systems.


Training Archives

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  • OverDrive NWLS Advantage (June)  webinar
  • Tech Days: Publicity (April )  Slide presentations 
  • Therapy Dogs in the Library (March) • slides
  • Google Communities (February) • webinar 
  • Circulation Trends (February) • webinar
  • BadgerLearn Pro (February) webinar
  • BadgerLink at the Reference Desk (January)  webinar
  • Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference (January)  • webinar series



  • WLA Annual Conference • November program handouts
  • Working in Small Groups • November 4 webinar
  • Growing Wisconsin Readers • October 16 slides
  • Early Literacy Development • October 16 slides
  • Technology Trends • September 12 webinar 
  • Affordable Health Care Act • August 21 webinar
  • Lake Superior Libraries Symposium • June 7 archived resources
  • "Supporting Our Libraries and Our Communities" • WLA Support Staff & Circulation Services May 29 brainstorming ideas
  • Promoting Library eCollections • May 21 webinar
  • Effective Meetings • March 14 webinar
  • NonFiction Readers' Advisory • February 28 webinarresources
  • Five Powerful Email Maintenance Techniques  • February 12 webinar
  • Triple Your Efficiency •  January 31 webinar
  • Wild Wisconsin Conference • January 16 webinar
  • OverDrive Advantage • January 9 webinar
  • Using Google Drive • January 8 webinar


  • Play More, Learn More, Fear Less - Tips for staying on top of new technology trends. • SlidesPresentation
  • Services for Job Seekers - A discussion of workforce recovery services libraries can promote. • PresentationHandouts • What you can do
  • OverDrive Advantage - The following webinars offered directors a chance to discuss the OverDrive Advantage program:  • October 22 webinar • December 4 webinar • December 5 webinar 
  • Teachingbooks  An educational outreach coordinator for the Teachingbooks database demonstrates how to access the storytime, reading readiness and study resources through the BadgerLink.  • Presentation
  • Policy Development - A discussion on developing policies that reinforce quality library service. • PresentationSlides


  • Food Security: How Libraries Can Help - An overview of the FoodShare benefit program with helpful tips for helping people apply for benefits.  • Slides
  • Think Like Your Customer: How to Promote the Library's Benefits - Pat Wagner provides tips for effectively promoting your library services.  • Slides  • Part One  • Part Two
  • Facebook and Your Library - A guide to building a Facebook presence for your library.   • Slides  • Presentation
  • Graphic Novels - A presentation on current and classic famly-friendly titles. • Presentation


  • To Budget or to Budge It - An overview of the library budget process and tips for weathering economic storms. The webinar is presented by John Debacher, Public Library Administration Consultant for the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning.  • Slides  • Presentation
  • Social Networking and the Public Library - A presentation on using Facebook to promote your library.   • Slides • Presentation

Other Continuing Education Opportunities

Resources from Wisconsin Library Systems

Online Training Resources

BadgerLearn  • WLA Conference resourcesWI Department of Public InstructionUW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and the Professional Development InstituteUW-Madison School of Information Studies • Web JunctionInfopeople •  Library Journal • Accessible Technology Coalition • Booklist • The Association for Small Libraries