2016 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.


New Year's Day
NWLS closed

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!

NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 noon (online and NWLS)

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 webinars 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. 

Google Communities for Wisconsin Libraries
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (webinar)
The WISPUBLIB email listerv will be replaced in February with Google Communities, a new way to stay connected with your library colleagues around the state.  Join Department of Public Instruction staff in an orientation to Google Communities for Wisconsin Public Libraries. (1 hour Tech CE credit) Register now for a confirmation webinar link.

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Wisconsin Library Legislative Day
Madison (Concourse Hotel)
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.

Presidents Day
NWLS Closed

NWLS Library Directors Meeting
10:00 (Online)

Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 a.m. (NWLS and online) 

RA for All
9:00 - 10:30 (webinar)

Readers' Advisory consultant Becky Spratford, MLIS, will share ideas and resources for helping patrons find their next great read. Sponsored by NWLS, IFLS, OWLS, SCLS, MCLS and SEWI. Register now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements


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ILL Annual Meeting
An opportunity to discuss issues and review procedures related to interlibrary loan services.
10:00 a.m. for the following dates and locations:
1 Webster
2 Ashland
3 Boulder Junction


NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting
Noon, NWLS
What Libraries Need to Know to Help Local Businesses Succeed
10:00-2:30 (NWLS)
Board members, library trustees and library directors are invited to attend a presentation by library consultant Pat Wagner. She will cover the challenges to small business success, the different kinds of business models, and how to build a community team to provide advice.


Good Friday
NWLS Closed

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Demystifying Genre: How to Help Every Type of Reader
9:00 webinar
Readers Advisory expert Becky Spratford will share time-tested tricks for working with genre readers and keeping up to date with genre fiction's biggest trends. You will leave a trail of happy patrons in your wake. Sponsored by NWLS, IFLS, MCFLS, OWLS, SCLS, and SEWI. View recording

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: Libraries Transform!
Dementia Friendly Library Training (LSTA Grant)
11 Hayward Library
19 Mercer Library

10:00 Dementia-friendly business training • 10:30 Basic dementia, caregiver concerns, brain health • 12:30 Lunch • 1:00-2:30 Memory Cafe, Treasure box kits, local and web resources 

Meeting the Challenge: Everyday Intellectual Freedom
10:00-11:00 (CCBC Webinar)
Learn to take advantage of opportunities to educate the community on principles of intellectual freedom and how they influence your library services. Participants are encouraged to review their selection policies and procedures prior to the webinar and read"Buddah at the Libraries v.35 n. 11 (December 2004):42-44. The article is available full-text as pdf or html through the BadgerLink Academic Search Premier database.
View webinar and/or slides.

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Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development
10:00 - 11:30 (Online)
Does you collection help meet your mission? Are you proud of your collection? Holly Hibner and Mary Kelley from awfullibrarybooks.net will discuss weeding personalities, collection objectives and much more. Sponsored by NWLS and WVLS. View archived webinar
Transitions and Transformations
10:00 - 11:00 (webinar)
Dawn Wacek (La Crosse), Sharon Grover (Arrowhead Library System) and Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca) will discuss strategies for taking on change. Register now.


Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians (WAPL) Annual Conference
Oshkosh, Best Western Hotel and Convention Center

WAPL represents the interests of public librarians, support staff, trustees, and friends representing public libraries throughout Wisconsin. For conference information visit the Wisconsin Library Association

Open House with CCBC
CESA 12, Ashland:
May 17 (1:00-6:30) 
May 18 (9:00-12:00) 

Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will discuss a display of some of the newest and best in children’s and young adult literature.  

Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
Directors Meeting
1:00 (NWLS) 
Bridging the Physical Virtual Divide
9:00 - 10:30 (online)
Readers Advisory expert Becky Spratford will share tips for getting the most out of virtual Readers' Advisory resources with a minimal investment in time. Sponsored by NWLS, IFLS, OWLS, SCLS, MCLS 
Register now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
College of St. Scholastica (Duluth)

Educators, librarians and library advocates are invited to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals. This year’s theme, “Now That's What I call Libraries!” celebrates the inspiring, bold, and creative ways libraries are meeting their patrons’ needs. For more information visit Lake Superior Libraries Symposium.
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 NWLS 
Memorial Day Holiday
NWLS closed

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Independence Day
NWLS closed
Library Technology Workshop
10:00-2:00 NWLS (Recording) (Slides)

Ryan Claringbole will update you with details about CIPA, the new Wisconsin Coding Initiative, and more. Find out how the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) impacts services, federal funding, and policies.  Learn how computer coding can benefit your library and your community. Ryan is a technology consultant with the Public Library Development Team for the Division for Libraries and Technology at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

NWLS Board of Trustees
10:00 (NWLS)

Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00-12:00 (NWLS) 
OverDrive Meeting
1:00-3:00 (NWLS) 

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Trustee Training Week

What are the responsibilities of the library board? How can the library reinforce its role as a powerful community anchor? How can funding resources be expanded? How can a supportive, effective relationship be established with the library director? How do library systems function in Wisconsin? Find answers to key issues for Wisconsin library trustees in a series of one hour online presentations each day at noon.
Register now for each session you wish to attend.

Library Directors Meeting
10:00 (NWLS and online) Recording


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WISCAT Usergroup Meeting
2:00-3:00p.m. (webinar - recorded)

The WISCAT users are invited to attend the annual meeting to discuss issues, the upcoming software SHAREit Update on September 6, Multi-copy Function vs. Book kit requests, and more! 

Labor Day
NWLS Closed 

NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)

Cyber Sneakers - NWLS Internet Security Workshop
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (NWLS)
A grant initiative for developing Internet privacy and cyber-security family programming with community partnerships such as school colleagues and law enforcement. 
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Library Directors Meeting
1:00 online or NWLS (lunch at noon)

Topics included in this meeting: the PLSR Toolkit (Public Library System Redesign Project) and the final discussion on e-periodicals.

Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Potawatomi Casino & Hotel, Milwaukee

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. Wisconsin Valley Library System is providing WLA conference roundtrip bus transportation (from Wausau Tuesday at 8 a.m. the 25th, returning Friday the 28th at 1 p.m.) for $50 per person. To reserve a seat or for more information contact Anne Hamland by 12 noon September 1 at (715) 261-7258 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Youth Literature Symposium
8:30-3:30 (Northland College, Ashland)

Librarians, educators, parents and child care providers are invited to explore ways to integrate environmental awareness through reading and language arts. Choose from seven sessions with authors, illustrators, and educators who aspire to teach ways to help increase young people’s ability to ask questions about the natural world around them. Speakers include Nancy Bo Flood, author of Water Runs Through This Book, and Aimee Bissonette, author of Northwoods Girl. To learn more and to register online, visit the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.

Merlin Consortium Meeting
10:00 (NWLS)
NWLS Trustee Board Meeting
Noon (Online)

Thanksgiving Holiday
NWLS closed

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Rethinking Adult Programming and Displays
9:00am (slides • webinar)

In her popular RA Rethink Series, Becky Spratford presents cutting edge programming and display ideas that work more efficiently and dynamically to increase patron engagement.

Christmas Holiday
NWLS closed

New Years Eve
NWLS closed