Continuing Education


The following are continuing education (CE) opportunities offered to all WVLS-member library staff, including workshops, online conferences and more. Where noted, some of these events count towards Wisconsin librarian certification. If you have any questions or would like to add continuing education events to this list, please email Inese Christman at

Privacy Paradox: Learn how to take back your digital identity Feb 6-10


Privacy Paradox

Take back control over your personal information and digital identity!

The podcast "Note to Self" is hosting a five day event from February 6-10th. Participants will be given daily challenges regarding the Privacy Paradox and digital privacy to build awareness, help others learn, and develop digital citizens so they become more adept in managing digital privacy.

Learn where your information goes, what the trade-offs involve, and how you can live a better life, online and off.

Sign up and learn more about the Privacy Paradox event.

Browse the FAQ covering the Privacy Paradox concept, this learning opportunity, and the "Note to Self Podcast."

Submitted by Joshua Klingbeil.

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CALL Conference Feb 9: Collaborate!


Call Conference

The 1st Conference About Libraries & Literacy (CALL) is scheduled for February 9, 2017.

Attendees can expect to network and discover new ways to collaborate with like-minded people from all library types. The theme "If Only They Knew" refers to the idea that each library has things to share that could help other libraries be more successful as they strive to advance literacy in kindergarten through college-age patrons. What better way to start the conversation then to bring everyone together for a day of connecting and sharing the things that could help libraries of different types be successful, "if only they knew" about those things.

A collaboration between the UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse, the La Crosse Public Library and Western Technical College. 

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Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference: Jan 24-26


Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 2017

Have you registered for the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference yet? 

19 webinars on staff empowerment, youth services, tech trends, leadership, and small but mighty libraries.

January 24-26, 2017. Register here!

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Rhinelander's Children's Book Fest March 7-8


Rhinelander Children's Book Fest Day
Rinelander Children's Book Fest Night

Northern Wisconsin librarians, teachers, parents, and the public interested in learning about the best books for young people are invited to attend Children's Book Fest 2017, a two-day conference held March 7-8 in Rhinelander.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about current trends in childrens' and YA literature.
  • Participants will learn about the most highly reviewed books of 2016 and integrate that knowledge to collection development.

CCBC Book Talk

Children's literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison, Wisconsin will discuss books for children and young adults at an evening presentation on Tuesday, March 7 as well as a day presentation on March 8. CCBC stafff will discuss current trends in children's literature and present a book talk highlighting some of the best books of 2016.

CCBC Choices 

Each year librarians from the CCBC publich CCBC CHOICES, an annual list of CCBC-recommended books for children and teens. Book Fest participants will receive a free copy of the CCBC CHOICES booklet at part of their $10 registration fee.

Grassroots Gathering Discussion for Youth Services Wednesday March 8; 1:30-3pm

This is an opportunity for school and public librarians to get together, network and learn fro meach other. Grassroots Gatherings are held annually in each Wisconsin library system to gather feedback for from youth service librarians, generate a report for the Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology and the state youth services consultant.


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Save the Date(s)! the Spring CE Calendar Announced



UPDATED! 1/5/2017 

See the WVLS 2017 Spring CE Schedule for full descriptions and registration information for webinars, discussion groups, listening sessions and more! 

  • Jan 13  Youth Services Information Exchange: 11-2pm Minocqua 
  • Jan 24-26 Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 1CEU per webinar
  • Feb 2  Periodic Renewal: 12-2pm Wausau
  • Feb 16 The All Generation Library: 1pm (Webinar) 1CEU
  • Feb 21 Library Legislative Day: Madison 
  • Feb 23 Big Ideas with an Itty-Bitty Budget: 1pm (Webinar) .5CEU
  • Mar 5-11 Teen Tech Week
  • Mar 7 Rhinelander Children's Book Fest 1.5CEU CCBC Book Talk March 7 Information and Registration
  • Mar 8 Rhinelander Children's Book Fest 2CEU CCBC Book Talk March 8 Information and Registration
  • Mar 15 WVLS Listening Session: Greenwood 10-12noon
  • Mar 16 Play to Your Strengths: 1pm (Webinar) 1CEU
  • Mar 23 Power Up! Teen Leadership in Your Library & Beyond: 1pm (Webinar) 1CEU
  • Apr 9-15 National Library Week
  • Apr 18 Data Into Action: Translating Web Statistics Into To-Dos: 1pm (Webinar) 1CEU
  • Apr 26-28 WI Association of Public Libraries Conference WAPL: TBD
  • May 2 WVLS Listening Session: Rhinelander 10-12noon
  • May 3 Decoding Databases: 1-3pm (Webinar) 2 CEUs

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

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Webinar: Adventures in Fargo at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference


2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting, Audrey Kohlbeck, Tammie Blomberg, and Denise Korenuk

Adventures in Fargo! WVLS Team Reports on the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference

Webinar, Monday December 5th; 10am-11am (NO CEUs)

Direct from Fargo, North Dakota, WVLS ARSL scholarship winners Tammie Blomberg, Denise Korenuk, and Audrey Kohlbeck bring their expereince from the Association from Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference to WVLS member libraries. The team will walk through major presentations from the national conference. ARSL strives to provide inspiration to rural and small libraries as they solve barriers to library access for their communities.

WVLS offers and annual scholarship to a director or branch manager of a member public library to attend the Association of for Rural and Small Libraries annual conference. More information about the WVLS ARSL Conference Scholarship.

Register for the webinar here!

Questions? Contact Anne Hamland at 715-261-7258 or

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WVLS Youth Services Workshop: December 8th!


WVLS Youth Services Workshop December 8, 2016

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service Presents:

WVLS Youth Services Workshop

December 8th, 2016

Marathon County Public Library 300 N 1st Street Wausau, WI 54403 

Please register by December 1st.

This workshop is designed for Library Professionals in WVLS and neighboring systems for all library types!

  • Attendees will explore collection development resources related to American Indians in Children's/YA literature and participate in interactive book evaluation activities.
  • Attendees will learn about STEM, STEAM, and STREAM library programming and ways to incorporate programming into collaborative outreach activities in their communities.
  • Attendees will learn new ways to create literacy rich summer activities through school/public library collaboration and apply new concepts to their own communities.

Agenda for the Day:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Coffee and conversation

9:30 – Noon


  • Robin Amado (Library Media Technology Specialist, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison) 
  • Samantha Smith (Librarian Archivist, Forest Co. Potawatomi Library and Cultural Center) 

Our state has 11 federally recognized American Indian tribes, each one with its own rich language, history, culture, and sovereignty. At the same time, mainstream media perpetuates offensive, inaccurate representations of American Indians. How can your library promote culturally relevant and accurate information about these Native communities?  Join us to see how public and school librarians can confidently and capably support learning about Native communities with a tiered purchasing plan and an interactive activity on evaluating books. You'll walk away with a ton of resources at your fingertips.

Noon - 1:00 PM Register for $8 catered in, brown bag it, or walk downtown.

1:00 - 3:00 PM (Door prize drawing to follow presentations!)


Julie Kinney, Young Adult Librarian, and Taylor Weinfurter, Library Specialist (Marathon Co. Public Library)

Wondering how to embrace Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math in your library? Julie and Taylor have collaborated to produce creative programming around STEM, STEAM, and STREAM themes for children through age 12, both in the library and as an outreach program to after school groups.


  • Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca Area Public Library Children’s Librarian) 
  • Sonja Ackerman (Retired Library Media Specialist, WVLS trustee)

Transform and enhance your library’s approach to Summer Reading Programs by learning new ways to create more effective engagement with children and families through school and public library collaboration. Sonja and Sue will explore going beyond reading record keeping to engage your community in activities that create a literacy rich experience for all.  

4.5 CEUs for the day.


School and public youth librarians from all Wisconsin public library systems are welcome!  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact us in advance and we will endeavor to assist you.

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Toolkit for Technology Training


Gail's Toolkit Logo

The South Central Library System Blog "Tech Bits" featured "Gail's Toolkit for Technology Training"  on October 13, 2016.

What do you get when very motivated librarians teaching lots of technology courses want to standardize their course templates to make life easier for everyone (and havea grant to do it)?

Gail's Toolkit, built by staff at the Gail Borden Public Library.

Funded by an American Library Association Publishing Carnegiw-Whitney Grant, this free online portal offers lesson plans, presentations, handouts, and surveys that librarians can use to teach classes ranging from Microsoft Word to LinkedIn. The portal also offers an online bibliography of training resources for those who want to learn more about instruction.

Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.

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WVLS Makerspace Resources


Send an email to to complete registration for Lend-Items, the website used to book makerspace kits for your library.

Please browse the resources available for the WVLS and Indianhead Federated Library System Makerspace Kit project. Over 100 makerspace kits and storykits are available for WVLS, IFLS, and K-12 libraries.

Makerspace Kits

See the list of makerspace kits available.

The majority of the makerspace kits are sent through courier to a local public library. A few that are too big, the flat iron heat press, and PA sound system, must be picked up at the WVLS office due to their size. K-12 libraries can also borrow kits as long as the kits are delivered to a public library through courier.

Storykits: 3 Categories

  1. Board Book Kits, which have 20 copies of the same board book (to be used for Unison reading-use for all ages)
  2. Large Motor Kits, which have things like musical instruments, beanbags, shaker eggs, a parachute, or music that goes with the activity (No Books).
  3. Themed Storytime Kits, which are geared to 2-5 year olds with lots of books (8-15), ideas for fingerplays, games, and process art projects, storytelling aids (puppets, flannel boards, etc.), and music. Some also have large motor items (one even has a balance beam!).


Idea Sheets

Idea sheet accompany many makerspace kits. Idea sheets include a description of what is in the makerspace, resources for how to use the kit, a brainstorming section on community volunteers who may be able to help with programs, and ideas for active and passive programming. A few are included below:


 Submitted by Anne Hamland

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Easy Technology Training for Librarians


Microsoft Office Products
Badger Learn Pro

Technology training is essential to Librarianship.

Librarians are fielding more technolog questions as an increasing amount of patrons bring their laptops and devices into the Library.

Resources for Training

Microsoft Office Training Center provides short, step by step video tutorials on how to use versions of their Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook, and more!

BadgerLearn Pro is a free continuing education portal for Wisconsin librarians and support staff. Find webinars, handbooks, videos, presentation slides, and more!

Submitted by Anne Hamland.

Photo courtesy of UW-Milwaukee


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