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. Michelle Gostomski, 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.
Recertification Regular 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.
News and Discussion Groups
- Streams: News for libraries from Northern Waters Library Service
- Northern Waters discussion list: An NWLS email discussion list available to member libraries and trustees.
- Google Communities for Libraries: The Wisconsin Division for Libraries provides a venue for sharing issues and news. Choose from a list of several community groups to join.
- 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.
Library Information Resources
The Administrative Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Library Directors; 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 Resources - The Department of Public Instruction provides continuing education guidelines and opportunities available for Wisconsin librarians.
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.
Online Learning Communities
• WLA Conference resources • WI Department of Public Instruction • UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies • UW-Madison School of Information Studies • Web Junction • Infopeople • Library Journal • Booklist • The Association for Small Libraries
- Rethinking Adult Programming and Displays (December) • slides • webinar
- Trustee Training Week (August) • presentations
- CIPA/eRate and WI Coding Initiative (July) • webinar • slides
- Bridging the Physical and Virtual Divide (May) • webinar • blog post
- Transitions and Transformations (May) • webinar
- Weed 'Em and Weep (May) • webinar
- Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (May) • presentations
- Meeting the Challenge (April) • slides • webinar
- Demystifying Genre (April) • webinar
- RA for All (February) • webinar
- Google Communities for Wisconsin Libraries (January) • Webinar • Slides • Community List
- Wild Winter Web Conference (January) • Webinars
- Summer Reading 2016 (December) • webinar • slides
- Joomla 3.4 Upgrade (November) • webinar
- Tech Days: Publicity (April ) • Slide presentations
- Therapy Dogs in the Library (March) • slides
- Google Communities (February) • webinar
- Working With Boards (February) • webinar
- Circulation Trends (February) • webinar
- BadgerLearn Pro (February) • webinar
- BadgerLink at the Reference Desk (January) • webinar
- DPI Youth and Special Services Webinars • Professional Development webinar archive
- Promoting Your Library with Facebook and Pinterest (February) • slides • recording
- The Public's Right to Know: Public Libraries and the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law (March) • slides • webinar
- The Lake Superior Library Symposium (June) • presentations
- Discovering Your Data (September) • recording • slides
- Everyday Leadership for Library Directors (October) • handouts • recording/slides
- Wisconsin Library Association Conference (November) • program handouts
- Strategic Vision for Public Library Systems (November) • recording
- HR for Librarians (November) • slides • recording
- Wisconsin Technology News (December) • recording
- Using Google Drive • webinar