2015 Calendar of Events

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See Professional Support to view archived NWLS webinars and more information on training resources and continuing education opportunities.


January

1
New Year's Day
NWLS closed

7
BadgerLink at the Reference Desk
1:00 (archived webinar)

The Department of Public Instruction will highlight BadgerLink resources to enhance library reference services in support of all types of topics:

• What should I read next? • Where are your historic newspapers? • I need the wiring guide for my truck. • Where are consumer reports • I need information about a prescription. •  Where are consumer reports? • Where's the encyclopedia? • Where are the ACT practice test books?

9
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Mid-Winter Un-Symposium

Superior (University of Wisconsin-Superior Library)
1:00 – 4:30

The LSL Un-symposium is an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to you with your northland library colleagues. The event is free with limited space, so sign up today!

17
NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
10:00 (online)

21-22
Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference
9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (webinar series recordings)

Libraries and schools in Wisconsin are invited to attend a free series of ten webinars (see details) sponsored by Wisconsin public library systems. Speakers from across the nation will address important current issues relevant to the future of libraries. Each 60-minute session will be recorded.

Sessions include: • Creating Exceptional Patron Experiences • Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Special Needs • Using Tablets to Improve Customer Service • Marketing Outside the Library • Real Conversations about Love in Libraries • Library Evaluations: Community Involvement, On-going Improvement, Results! • What You Need to Know About Library Technology • Listening to the Future of Libraries • Six Essential Skills for On-On-One Tech Instructions.

 

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February

10
BadgerLearn Pro
1:00 (recorded webinar

BadgerLearn Pro (badgerlearnpro.dpi.wi.gov) is a continuing education portal for Wisconsin librarians and support staff. BadgerLearn Pro resources include archived webinars, articles, books/handbooks, handouts, online courses/tutorials, podcasts, presentation slides, screencasts, videos, and webpages on a variety of topics important to librarians including programming, management, technology, reader's advisory, and more! Register now to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

11
Interlibrary Loan Users Group

10:00 a.m. (Hurley)

Let's get together and talk about interlibrary loan. Morning topics will include best practices, guidelines, and procedures. In the afternoon we'll discuss statewide delivery. (No CE credits)

12
Interlibrary Loan Users Group

10:00 a.m. (LCO)

Let's get together and talk about interlibrary loan. Morning topics will include best practices, guidelines, and procedures. In the afternoon we'll discuss statewide delivery. (No CE credits)


17
Wisconsin Library Legislative Day
Madison (Best Western Inn on the Park)
7:45 – 3:00
Participating in Legislative Day is an enjoyable introduction to the practical politics of gaining support for Wisconsin libraries. Inform our legislative representatives about the many ways that school, public, special, and academic libraries serve the people of Wisconsin. Help us build support for library funding and legislation that helps libraries. For more information visit Wisconsin Library Association.

16
Presidents Day
NWLS Closed

19
Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (NWLS)

NWLS Library Directors Meeting
12:30 (NWLS)

25
Circulation Trends
10:00 (Webinar)

What are circulation trends for Northern Waters member libraries and public libraries across Wisconsin? What factors may be driving them and what do these trends mean? This webinar will help library directors and trustees explore these questions. Recorded webinar •  CE Activity Report

26
Google Communities
10:00 (recorded webinar)

"Google Communities" are a way to connect with like minded people.  For libraries it's a way to connect with other libraries.  It's also another way for people to connect with their library.  Google Communities allows librarians to share posts, have conversations about a given topic (or topics), and ask/answer questions.  Learn how to connect to communities of interest, how to create your own community, and tips to make your library community successful. To Join the webinar contact Linda Stobbe •  CE Activity Report

 

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March

 
10, 11
Children's Book Fest
Rhinelander First Congregational United Church
 
Children's literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) in Madison will present the best titles of the previous year for young readers, followed by a hands-on opportunity to examine the books from their exhibit. Register for the Tuesday 4-9 p.m. presentation or for the Wednesday 8:30-2:00 presentation
 
21
NWLS Board of Trustees
Noon (NWLS)

25
Therapy Dogs in the Public Library
10:00 (NWLS) • slides

A growing number of public libraries are using therapy animals in programs such as "Reading With Rover" in which children read to dogs in order to improve their reading skills. Learn why these programs are effective and how to begin your own from dog trainer and behavior specialist Jessi Hall and her canine assistant, Birk.

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April


3

Good Friday
NWLS Closed 
9
NWLS Tech News and Updates
10:00 - 2:00 (NWLS)

Michael Sauvola and Benjamin Whytsell will cover the following topics:

  • How to protect your important files and data from being lost forever. Addressing Viruses, Malware/AdWare/Spyware/RansomWare
  • Wireless Access Points: Your options for ways to gather usage statistics.
  • Printing from Mobile Devices in your library.
  • TechSoup.org 

12-18
National Library Week
Each April since 1958 libraries across the country have been celebrating the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and promoting library use and support. The 2015 theme: Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library!
 
18
Library Law for Trustees and Directors
10:00 (NWLS)
 
Public library trustees in Wisconsin are granted the authority and responsibility for running the library.  To do this effectively requires them, and library directors, to know and understand not only state library law, but also a variety of laws such as open meetings law, public records law, copyright law, employment law, and more.  Walter Burkhalter, former Public Library Administration Consultant for the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology with more than 20 years experience as a public library and public library system director, will discuss these laws, provide resources for learning more about them, and answer questions.
 
Technology Days
9:30-3:30 (archived resources)
21 Medford Public Library
22 Northern Waters Library Service
23 Eau Claire Public Library

Topics include: • Building creative spaces on a budget • Using technology to enhance STEAM programming • Digitization • Time-saving technology trends • Free and low-cost software for publicity • Building effective websites • Sierra Updates

21-24
Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Annual Conference
Manitowoc Holiday Inn
Conference theme: Be Fearless

 


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May

6-8
Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference
Hotel Mead (Wisconsin Rapids) archived resources

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) represents the interests of public librarians, support staff, trustees, and friends representing public libraries throughout Wisconsin. The 2015 theme is "Riding the Rapids of Change." For more conference information visit The Wisconsin Library Association.
11
Merlin Long Range Planning Committee Meeting
10:00 Hayward
 
16
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 NWLS

 

21
Merlin Consortium Meeting

10:00 (Online)
25
Memorial Day Holiday
NWLS closed
27
Library Directors Meeting
10:00 (Grantsburg)
28
Library Directors Meeting
10:00 (Manitowish Waters)


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June

 
5
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
8:00 - 4:00 (University of Minnesota Duluth Library)
 
LSLS invites educators, librarians and library advocates to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. This year’s theme, “Sharing Our Stories,” focuses on learning from our experiences, crafting stories to demonstrate our impact and advocate for change. At LSLS15, take your ideas off the shelf and lend them!. For more information visit Lake Superior Library Symposium.
 
20
NWLS Board of Trustees
10:00 (NWLS)


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July

3
Independence Day
NWLS closed
 
 


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August

 
1
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
 
17-21
Trustee Training Week
12:00 each day (5 webinars)


Wisconsin Trustee Training Week will provide Wisconsin public library trustees new ideas and tools to support the libraries they serve (view brochure). All sessions will be recorded. Topics include: •  Making an Artful Ask  • Starting or Revitalizing a Friends Group  • A New Vision: Why Wisconsin Needs Libraries More Than Ever  • 
Library Evaluations: Community Involvement, On­going Improvement, Results! •  Wisconsin Trustees: You Ask, We’ll Answer

20
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
 
28
Suicide Prevention, Memory Cafes & Public Libraries
10:00 (LCO College Community Library)
 
Learn more about mental health crisis, suicide prevention, and the challenges of living with memory loss. (See flyer.) Discover the QPR method of preventing suicide and providing immediate assistance to someone in crisis. Find out how libraries are creating Memory Cafes for people with memory loss.
Register by August 21: http://tinyurl.com/om9322w
 

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September

7
Labor Day
NWLS Closed
 
15
NWLS Cataloging Workshop
10:00-2:00 (Superior)
Mike Sheehan will discuss the future of cataloging and technical services in Wisconsin, as well as Library of Congress plans for the MARC format.  He’ll touch briefly on bibliographic utility options and how centralized cataloging might work in Merlin.  The afternoon discussion will address local cataloging issues.  (No CE credit)
 
18
NWLS Cataloging Workshop
10:00-2:00 (Presque Isle)
Mike Sheehan will discuss the future of cataloging and technical services in Wisconsin, as well as Library of Congress plans for the MARC format.  He’ll touch briefly on bibliographic utility options and how centralized cataloging might work in Merlin.  The afternoon discussion will address local cataloging issues.  (No CE credit)

19
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
 
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October

12
Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture
NWLS Workshop for Directors and Managers

10:00-12 (NWLS)
Carla Powers will lead an interactive session on workplace challenges and ideas for creating an effective, positive workplace environment. Carla is the director of the Duluth Public Library and previously worked as director of the Rice Lake Public Library.

12:30-2:30 (NWLS)
NWLS Technology Update
NWLS is committed to providing up-to-date technology. Mike and Benjamin will discuss the latest developments for member libraries (topics to be announced.)
 
 
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November

3-6
Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Madison Marriott West

The WLA Conference offers numerous opportunities to connect with library colleagues, fellow trustees and supporters and to engage in exciting programs, exhibits, presentations and activities.
 
12
Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (online)
 
14
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Noon (NWLS)

26-27
Thanksgiving Holiday
NWLS closed

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December

 

24-25
Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

31-1
New Years Eve
NWLS closed