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Immerse yourself in a full day of technology trends, networking, break-out sessions, and more.
The Tech Days Workshop Series is here, and registration for Tech Days “West” is open!

The workshop in Wausau will take place on Wednesday, November 6.
Register for This Workshop.

9:00 – 9:25 am — Register and light refreshments
9:30 – 9:35 am — Welcome, orientation, and introductions
9:35am – 12:00pm — Keynote Presentation

Kris Turner

Part 1: I Hate This Website: Updating Websites to Stay Current While Still Keeping your Patrons Happy.
We’ve all been the victim of the dreaded website update – your favorite website gets an update and suddenly you can’t find anything that you need. It’s like being put in a new city without a map. However, websites cannot stay the same – they must update to stay current, hip, accessible and eye-catching. Library websites are no exception. How do we ensure that when we are giving our websites a facelift that our patrons can still successfully navigate the page? Our first session will focus on website trends and examine how websites have evolved over time to give us a better idea of where we are going. If we know where we are going, we can provide a better user experience for our patrons.


Part 2: Mind the Gap: How to Navigate your Way Across the Digital Divide (and Why That isn’t as Easy as it Sounds).
The headline version is simple – the ‘born digital’ generation can handle any technology changes that come their way and the older generations cannot – but is that true? How do librarians keep themselves up-to-date on new tech developments and ensure that patrons who need help with tech are able to find it?  In this session, we’ll explore the concept of the digital divide, examine just where this divide exists, and how we as librarians can help bridge the gap to keep all our patrons, digitally competent or otherwise, happy.

12:00 – 1:00pm — Lunch. Options: pay $10 for a taco and nacho bar, or you may bring your own.
1:00 – 2:00pm — Break Out Session 1: Digital Security or Privacy Basics
2:00 – 2:15pm — Break
2:15 – 3:15pm —  Break Out Session 2: You Can Do IT! or Database Down Low
3:15 – 3:30pm —  Wrap Up

The workshop is worth 6 contact hours, and also eligible for technology credits.
You can also register for the Tech Days Workshop in Rice Lake on Nov. 5, or in Sparta on Nov. 7.

For more information, contact Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org or 920-455-0668.