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

V-Cat Cataloger's Retreat - August 10, 2017


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V-Cat Cataloger’s Retreat

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017  

Time:  9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Place:  WVLS Office 



9:00 am – 9:30 am - Coffee and Conversation

9:30 am – 10:15 am – Introduction 

What is cataloging?

MARC Guidelines 

MARC Alerts vs Z39.50

10:15 am – 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30 am – 12:00 – MARC Alerts

12:00 pm – 12:45 pmLunch   WVLS will provide Lunch. (Please let us know about any dietary restrictions)

12:45 pm – 2:45 pmZ39.50 – What’s the big deal?!?!?!  Never done this before?  Try it – you might like this!  This session will count as Z39.50 training.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Wrap up


Please bring a variety of items to catalog as well as your questions, experiences, and tips to this workshop. 


To register please email Chris Luebbe at before August 7, 2017.

Since this is considered training on existing software, there are no Contact Hours for this workshop.


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WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule is now available!


Updated June 22, 2017.

The WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule is now available! 

Read full descriptions and find registration links for WVLS webinars and workshops in the WVLS 2017 Fall Continuing Education Schedule.

Or put the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Save the Date Calendar on your staff fridge.

WVLS webinars are made possible through a partnership with Nicolet Federated Library System and other Wisconsin library systems.


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WPLC User / Non-User Research Program Announced


First things first, if you've not yet subscribed to the WPLC Announcement List, we highly recommend doing so.
One of the recent announcements introduces the new WPLC User / Non-User Research Program. Part of that program involves 4 training webinars which build upon each other that are scheduled for Tuesdays during the month of April.  Due to the training nature of the webinars and some need to support dynamic question/answer live during the training, space is limited.  To help, WVLS has registered for each session (after approval from the trainer) and will host webinar participation by small groups in our meeting room.  If you're interested in joining us in-person for one or more sessions, please let us know.  We'll employ a more formal "registration" process if the expression of interest demands it.
Original WPLC Announcement:

Have you wondered why customers use your library, or more importantly, why they don't? Surveys and other data gathering methods can help you find out, but creating and interpreting them can be difficult. Every four years, the WPLC has surveyed Wisconsin residents to understand more about library users and non-users. This year, the WPLC and WPLC User / Non-User Survey Workgroup is taking a different approach - rather than conduct a statewide survey, we're offering a series of webinars with Morrill Solutions Research to help library staff learn how to gather and interpret data that is meaningful to them.  Each webinar will cover a different topic, including the development of research and survey questions, gathering different kinds of information, and understanding data. These will be held each Tuesday from April 4th and April 25th.
Those who have attended or watched the recordings of all four webinars will be invited to submit a proposal by May 26th to conduct their own library user and non-user research over the summer. Up to five projects will be selected to receive free private consultations with Morrill Solutions Research to refine and implement their projects and analyze the data gathered. A final webinar, available to all library community members, will focus on learning to analyze data. 
All materials developed and data gathered from these projects will be freely shared with the WPLC community, and libraries will be able to use that material to develop their own surveys or research projects.
Read more about the program and register to attend the webinars at

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Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact


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PLA partners with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for free webinar on financial literacy and outcomes.  Please join the Public Library Association (PLA) to prepare for the financial literacy programs and events at your library!

PLA is partnering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) for a special webinar presentation, Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact to be held on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central. Registration is free but space is limited.

Money Smart week (April 22-29) is quickly approaching! This free webinar will highlight how the SEC can help you plan for your financial literacy programs, including the free digital and print resources and tools available to librarians and patrons, so you can feel confident teaching your patrons about financial topics such as sound principles of saving and investing, how to spot and avoid investment fraud, and more! You'll also learn how to invite the SEC to come present at your library.

Project Outcome will show how you can use Project Outcome Surveys to measure the impact of your financial literacy programs. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences. At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  *   Understand the role of the SEC and how it can help them with their own financial planning, as well as financial programming in their library;

  *   Be able to identify and access key investment resources for themselves and their patrons; and

  *   Know how Project Outcome can help easily and effectively measure the impact their financial literacy programs are having on patrons.

This webinar is open to everyone and will be helpful for anyone interested in financial and investment planning and resources. Project Outcome is a free service provided by the Public Library Association. If you would like to enroll in Project Outcome in advance of the webinar, please do so at Project Outcome. For more financial literacy resources, visit and and See also and follow MoneySmartWeek.   The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals.  Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

Thursday, 3/16/2017    1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)


Tom Manganello is a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).  In that role, Tom researches and drafts investor alerts and bulletins, helps manage investor education content on the SEC’s website,, and conducts presentations on investor education to millennials, military, seniors, students, and other audiences, and he regularly contributes to OIEA’s social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook.

Prior to joining OIEA, Tom spent ten years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he investigated violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, Ponzi and pyramid schemes, accounting and broker fraud, and unregistered offerings.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and earned a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Emily Plagman is the Project Manager for PLA’s field-driven initiative, Project Outcome, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing its development and implementation. Prior to joining PLA, Emily worked as a project manager, at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning on an energy efficiency grant. Emily received her Master’s in International Public Affairs from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin and her Bachelor’s in Political Science at Marquette University.

THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Archived Recording    If you're unable to register for this webinar, an archived recording will be freely available typically within 1–3 business of the live event. Visit PLA On-Demand Webinars for more information.

Tech Requirements  This webinar will be presented using the WebEx Event Center platform. You may listen to the audio portion of the webinar via your computer's speakers, headphones plugged into your computer's audio jack or USB port; or by dialing in with your telephone (your carrier's charges may apply) or Skype (by following the process outlined by Skype to place calls to land lines). We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room. No microphone is required.

Please review WebEx Event Center technical requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: PLA provides its webinar audio through voice over IP (VoIP), which means the sound comes through speakers or headphones plugged into your computer. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by teleconference via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.

Credits or CEUs  PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, but will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for this webinar, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.

Contact  Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5857.

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


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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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