Online Training Opportunities


4 Easy Ways to Get the Most out of Your CSLP Manual -  Organizational Coordinator for the Collaborative Summer Library Program shares 4 basic suggestions for ways to get the most out of the tool.


Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff (YALSA) - Beginning in March YALSA will host a series of free live webinars on the second Thursday of the month for staff involved in library services for teens.


February 21
Whats New in Children's Literature (2:00 InfoPeople) - Discover new books published in late 2017 and Spring 2018 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. Also, find out about books that fit the 2018 summer reading themes of music and travel.


January 18
The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do (2:00 InfoPeople) - Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent) and when to seek help from social services agencies and substance abuse professionals, and the police.


2018 Winter/Spring
UW-Madison iSchool Online Professional Development Classes
Copyright in Libraries (Jan 16-Feb 25) • Research Data Management (Jan 22-Mar 18) • Introduction to Survey Design (Jan 22-Feb 18) • Introduction to Metadata (Jan 22-Mar 18) • Services to Homeschoolers (Feb 5-Mar 4) • Babies in the Library (Feb 5-Mar 18) • Design Thinking in Libraries (Feb 5-Mar 18) • Organization and Management of Collections (Feb 12-May 6) • Basic Public Library Administration (Feb 12-May 6) • Coding Together, Learning Together: Starting a Coding Club at Your Library (Feb 19-Mar 18) • Graphic Design for the Non-Designer (Mar 12-Apr 8) • Media Mentorship in the Digital Age (Mar 19-Apr 22) • Basics of Archives (Apr 2 – May 20) • Personnel Management (Apr 2-May 6) • Pop-up Libraries (April 9-22) • Homeless Library Patrons (Apr 9-May 20)


Free November webinars for Libraries -
Whether you're looking to learn how to manage your collections, to find new resources to meet your community's changing needs, or to create a volunteer handbook, you're sure to find fresh insights and inspiration in this month's list of over 70 free webinars posted by WebJunction.


November 1
Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries (1:00) - Consumer health services and programming resources available for public librarians interested in staying current and in developing new programs and services for their communities. 


November 1
Get Ready for Money Smart Week 2018 (2:00 Webinar) - Valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources for financial literacy programming for people all stages of life.  Retirees, school kids, college students--everyone can learn more to be better with money.


October 24
Making Training Stick
(12:00) - An Interactive Webinar for Supervisors hosted by InfoPeople.


October 24
Getting Started with Social Media for Your Library (1:00) - Part 1 in the Libraries and Social Media webinar series, jointly hosted by WebJunction and TechSoup.


OverDrive Staff Training Resources - Learn how to help people browse, borrow, and place holds on titles from the OverDrive website.


October 18
New Books for Storytime (2:00) - A discussion of websites useful to storytime planning and new picture books that will engage the storytime audience and promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness. Hosted by InfoPeople.


September 28-29
Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Part 1 and 2 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT) - Many literacy and learning programs are experiencing a decline in attendance by immigrant and refugee families. Join NCFL for a discussion of what you can do to help families.


Fall 2017
UW-Madison i-School Continuing Education Schedule -  Courses subjects include administration, programming, technology, cataloging, genealogy, and customer service.

Real Life Library: An Interactive Experience that Transforms People into Books - (July 18 and recorded) An introduction on how local organization WHOA! (We Help One Another) and Madison Public Library partner to offer a Real Life Library program that builds empathy, relationships, and community through a unique storytelling and listening event​.


Summer 2017
Online Professional Development with the iSchool at UW-Madison
- Classes on marketing, volunteer management, homeless patrons, grant writing, and more!


June 6 (12:00) will be recorded
Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Child-lead play in public library programming - This webinar will introduce you to a radical new library program idea being pioneered in Madison, Wisconsin, based on a groundbreaking new educational philosophy called Anji Play. Learn how to adapt this approach, originally developed for schools, into a library-friendly format that both kids and parents love.


Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - This seven part series explores emerging technology trends, and how they may influence library services. 


2017 Big Talk From Small Libraries - Conference presentations are now available from this one day online event for small libraries with topics ranging from technology and programming to the new and changing roles of the library.


April 27
Art of Coding - Learn how to engage kids of all ages in a coding club or workshop specifically for visual design. 


March 23
What's New in Children's Literature - Learn about new books for various age ranges and reading levels and find out about titles that fit the 2017 summer reading theme.


March 22
A Culture of Acceptance and Kindness - A variety of ideas and strategies to use in early childhood programs - sponsored by the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education. 


March 16
Protecting Patron Privacy - Learn practical tips and advice on how to better protect patron privacy.


UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies
Ongoing Free Webinar Series - Register for presentations by talented alumni or view archived webinars.

  • May 9: Find it Fast! Local History at Your Fingertips
  • April 25: More than Storytime: Outreach to Childcare Centers and Preschools
  • April 18: Health Information Resources
  • April 4: Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming


January 27
Smart Libraries - News and analysis on products, vendors, and new developments in the library automation marketplace.


December 7
Growing a Library Edible Garden - Learn how one Wisconsin library partnered with gardeners to promote an outdoor learning experience that advocates healthy eating and fighting hunger.


November 15
Toddlers and Tablets in Storytime - Cathy Kolbeck, Algoma Public Library Children's Librarian, will share best practices for incorporating apps into story time programs for toddlers.


October 19
The Service Continuum - The eighth annual Digital Shift virtual conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities.


October 12
All in the Family - Explore ways to create opportunities for more family involvement in your youth programs. Sponsored by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin library Association and OWLS lLibrary System.


CCBC Shorts - Join CCBC librarians each month for 30-minute tours through some of the newest and best in children’s and young adult literature. Episodes are archived. Sponsored by South Central Library System.


October 6
Libraries of the Future Conference - Explore some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions.


September 21
Down and Dirty with Social Media - A presentation for librarians of the challenges of social media with suggestions for solutions and best practices to bring the chaos under control. Sponsored by Nicolet Federated Library System


Fall UW-Madison Library Courses - Library related courses include topics on administration, PR, services, government, and programming.


BadgerLink Health Classes
August 4 - Consumer Health Information from EBSCO 
August 11 - Prepare for Health Careers with LearningExpress Library
August 18 - Information for Health Professionals from EBSCO


August 11
Beyond the Job Description: Tips for the Rural Library Director - 10 tips for working with staff, boards, and the community to create a strong and vibrant library.


Building Effective Library Advocacy Campaigns (recorded) from the American Library Association, co-sponsored by United for Libraries
July 14 - Building Your Base: Build a base of support for advocacy
July 21 - The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Create a campaign plan, recruit leadership and detail responsibilities
July 28 - Marketing and Media: Develop a campaign message using values, emotional branding, and media
August 4 - Connecting with YES Voters: Reach out to "yes" voters and getting them to the polls


July 19
Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the U.S. - Learn about the newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States. The Explanatory Supplement are now in effect and establish principles that govern the exchange of material between libraries.


June 30
Microsoft Outlook Tips and Tricks - Learn ways to manage the volume of email hitting your Microsoft Outlook inbox every day.


May 11
Future Proofing Library Spaces - Approaches to retrofitting existing library spaces to accommodate established and emerging technologies.


May 4
25 Tools for Non-Profits - Explore free and low-cost tools that range from photo editing and design apps to time management and collaboration tools.


December 9 - June 15 (recorded)
Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - A four part recorded series highlighting what's recent trends and their impact on library services. 


January 20 (recorded)
Managing Challenging Patrons: Security for the New Library Environment - A leading national expert on library safety and security will guide you through managing challenging patrons effectively, efficiently, and without creating major disruptions in your library environment.


February 17
CCBC Shorts - This month CCBC will focus on the summer reading theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" with literature highlights for your young adult summer readers.


Pinterest For Libraries - An introduction to using the Pinterest visual bookmarking tool to share ideas. Techsoup for Libraries provides an archive of the October webinar.


February 17
Harnessing the Power of Homeschoolers While Fostering Relevancy With All Students - Focuses on proactive services and policies for K-12 homeschooled students that build positive relationships with all students and parents.


February 4
Staying positive in the Face of Negativity - Learn how to turn difficult moments into positive customer experiences with methods for staying objective and using a caring approach.


Free Self Paced Courses for Library Workers - WebJunction offers an opportunity for library workers to learn skills related to all aspects of library service. To access this free online program simply create an account. Certificates are available after completing a course or webinar from the catalog.


Understanding and Serving the Homeless -  Homelessness among children and families has risen to an historic high. This two-part series addresses homelessness and explores its impact on public libraries.


October 7
Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces
Leadership author and researcher Jim Kouzes will present the Five Practices for Exemplary Leadership that can boost productivity by 50% and keep spirits high.


October 2
Outreach and Community Connections - Effective outreach and community partnerships that help you reach more families and kids and position the library as a Literacy Leader in the community.


September 22
Senior Moments: Event Planning for the Mature Audience -
Ideas for creating and marketing events that engage seniors.


Collection Connection -  Topics include selection, working with sales reps, weeding and building a diverse collection, and promoting your collection.


September 21
Teaching 21st Century Technology to 20th Century Adults
- Library consultant Pat Wagner will discuss ways to teach skills to students who lack the personal experience necessary to expedite learning.


July 2015 (recorded)
Managing the Device Deluge
- Based on her recent Library Journal article, Jennifer Koerber will offer suggestions and resources for keeping up with the latest gadgets patrons use to access library digital services.


July 16
Crafting a Successful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part-time Libraries - A webinar showcasing successful adult education opportunities for patrons who lack a GED or other high school equivalency, sponsored by Webjunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.


July 15
The ABCs of Building Better Boards - This webinar will focus on important tools for attracting committed and informed board members, best practices in managing and retaining great board members, tips for holding effective meetings, and and keeping the best board members on board.


Library Journal Webcasts Library Journal‘s free webcasts span a wide spectrum of topics on library services, collection development, technology and author interviews. Sign up for either live or archived viewing.


Beyond Book Groups - (1:00 Wednesday May 27 WebJunction webinar) Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers


Malicious social Engineering Works: Wise Up! - (1:00 May 20 WVLS webinarSocial engineering tactics are still very successful in harvesting account and identity information. Join Joshua Klingbeil, IT Director for Wisconsin Valley Library Service, in a webinar about cyber security awareness. Register by GoToWebinarAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Power Searching - (2:00 Wednesday May 13 Infopeople webinar) Examine tools and methods for exploring online databases.


Workforce Literacy - (1:00 Wednesday May 6 WebJunction webinar) Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community.


What's New in Young Adult Literature - (2:00 Infopeople Webinar April 21) Discover new trends and the best new titles for your collection.


What's New in Children's Literature - (2:00 Infopeople Webinar April 14) Discover new trends and the best new titles for children with various interests and age ranges.


Just Say No to No - (2:00 NFLS webinar, March 12) You might be surprised by all of the ways you can create a welcoming first impressions of your library.


Sensory Enhanced Storytimes - (2:00 Infopeople webinar, February 11) Learn about the elements of a sensory storytime, and why it is an important program for your community.


Troubleshooting OverDrive - (February 26, 10:00) The Indianhead Federated Library System Reference and Loan Coordinator will address common challenges with OverDrive to help librarians troubleshoot thorny issues. Register 


Health Happens in Libraries: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library - (January 26) This WebJunction webinar will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services.


Library Programs for Teens and Tween - (January 21) An InfoPeople webinar exploring programming ideas that reflect the changing demands of 21st century educational goals.


Staying Afloat in a Sea of Change - (January 15) A WebJunction webinar exploring change, our response to change, and ways to get beyond just surviving change, to learn to embrace and thrive in new environments.


Power Searching Webinar Series - (January 14) The first in an InfoPeople webinar series exploring the common features built into search engines such as Google and Bing to help us retrieve accurate search results. Advanced tricks will also be discussed such as phrasing, relational terms, limiters, and format to make your searches more effective. 


Why Your Library's  Privacy Policy Matters - In this Booklist webinar Cherie L. Givens, a Certified Information Privacy Professional and privacy consultant, will introduce key concepts and fundamental and practical privacy information resources based on her book "Information Privacy Fundamentals for Librarians and Information Professionals".


Giving Legal Advice to Patrons -  Hosted jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and iPAC, this presentation was designed to help library reference staff build confidence in responding to legal inquiries. • slidesrecording


17+ Ways to Nurture Your Patron Relationships - This 60 minute recorded webinar offers tips on how to develop a list of simple, cost-free, easy-to-implement ways to make customers feel welcome, and more likely to be a library advocate!


Broadband Reference Guide  A free interactive webinar introducing the new Broadband Reference Guide will be held on November 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. The webinar will explore how to:

  • Walk through the different technologies and terms related to broadband
  • Identify strategies to get broadband into your community
  • Learn more about the custom Wisconsin-based resources available for your community

For additional information as well as instruction to connect to the webinar visit the UWExtension blogThe event is hosted by UW-Extension’s Center for Community Technology Solution in conjunction with the Public Service Commission-WI.


Collections: Making Smart Choices Within a Limited Materials Budget - View the August 22 webinar on collection development planning, trends, and resources.

The art of Public Speaking - Five public speaking tips for a presentation that informs, inspires, and motivates 1. People learn best in 20-minute chunks (ex. Ted Talks) 2. Avoid complicated sensory distractions 3. Audiences react to tone and body language 4. Be specific about your call to action 5. People immitate emotions - enthusiasm will be contagious.

Caring for Yesterday's Treasures Today - Free online series tailored to help libraries protect historical collections. The recordings, handouts, and resources are available.