January 25-26     Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference archives link to 2016 slides and recordings:  http://www.wildwiscwinterweb.com/recordings–slides.html


February 23:  2016 Media Conversion Lab grant equipment demonstration and training

Location:  La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St, La Crosse WI 


March 23:  CCBC at CESA 4 with staff from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
10:30am – 3:00pm: Book display and book examination
Lunch on your own
1:00pm:  Lecture and book examination
Location: CESA 4, 923 East Garland St, West Salem WI 

2018 date:  April 11 (Wednesday)


Webinar:  April 19, 10:00-11:00 am:  Making Your Collection Count

Presented by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly.  Make your collection count! We will discuss collection development policies that balance popular with well-rounded content, reflect diversity and inclusion, and provide methods for dealing with (and avoiding) challenges. This session talks about how to measure a collection’s quality. This includes the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.  

The archived recording is available here: https://vimeo.com/213883214 

April 26-28, Stevens Point, WI: Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference



Webinar:  May 12, 1:00-2:00 pm:  Adult Selection Tools

Presented by Sarah Statz Cords, Michael Nitz, and Elizabeth Timmins.  Learn some tips and tools for keeping on top of selection, including a focus on nonfiction, non-traditional resources, and how to make things work in a small library. 

The archived recording is available here: https://vimeo.com/217533859

May 25

Terra Fletcher Consulting:  Communication Planning and Using Social Media to Promote the Library 

Location: WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, Suite 1, West Salem WI


May 25, Fort Atkinson, WI:  2017 WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services One-Day Conference:  SSCS: Libraries Fort-ify Communities.


ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017


August 21-25  Trustee Training Week (online)


Webinar:  September 7, 1:00 -2:00 pm:  Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth

Presented by Sue Abrahamson and Shelly Collins Fuerbringer.  How do you keep on top of the avalanche of materials being produced for kids and teens? How can you make sure you are finding the best materials for your collection and your community? Collection budgets are rarely as big as we want them to be, so how can you make the best use of resources? And what about the salespeople? Join Shelly Collins Fuerbringer (Eau Claire) and Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca) for a lively discussion of the tips and tools they recommend.  Register here.

Look for the archived recording link here, after the webinar:  https://owlsnet.org/ce/past 

September 21:  Project Outcome, featuring WRLS Library Directors Tammy Peasley, Trina Erickson, Cindy Brown and Shannon M. Schultz, Public Library Administration Consultant

Project Outcome is designed to give libraries simple tools to measure the true impact on the people served. While libraries are experienced at measuring outputs like circulation and computer usage, stakeholders want to know what difference library programs and services are making in the community. Insights from Project Outcome tools can help libraries allocate existing resources more efficiently and advocate for new resources more effectively.

12:00 – 1:15pm: Lunch

Location: WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, Suite 1, West Salem WI


WLA Annual Conference 2017: Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, October 17-20 

(Note for future planning:   WLA Annual Conference 2018: Radisson Hotel La Crosse and La Crosse Center, October 23-26, 2018)                             

October 26:  WRLS Planning Meeting

12:00 – 1:15pm: Lunch

Location: WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, Suite 1, West Salem WI

Webinar:  October 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am:  Data Informed Collection Development 

Presented by Shanneon Grant.  Do you like language and stories far more than numbers and statistics? Do your feel like data is dull and uninspiring? Get ready to change your thinking and begin uncovering the clues that data can reveal for you! Join us for an exploration of Data-Informed Collection Development. (It is so much more exciting than it sounds…) It’s NOT about fancy data collection tools, it IS about using the basic data you have access to help you make informed decisions when developing and maintaining your collection. It’s about interpreting your data, rather than just blindly following the numbers. It’s about discovering correlations and connections that drive planning and decision making.  Register here.

Look for the archived recording link here, after the webinar:  https://owlsnet.org/ce/past


Webinar:  November 3, 10:00 – 11:30 am:  Promoting Your Collection:  Merchandizing and More

Presented by Kathy Dempsey.  Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This final webinar of your series will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters. You’ll hear about using book talks and shelf-talkers, and will learn ways to publicize your collections outside of your buildings. This webinar will focus most on merchandising—what it really is, and how to do it effectively enough to boost your circulation. It will feature many colorful photos of great signage and merchandising from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.  Register here.

Look for the archived recording link here, after the webinar:  https://owlsnet.org/ce/past

November 16:  Summer Library Program 2018:  Theme:  Music – “Libraries Rock”, presented by Anna Stange, a former elementary school teacher and longtime music teacher in the Chicago area. She incorporates music and the arts into all aspects of her work. Her hands-on programs reach participants through many styles of learning and engagement and are linked with academic subject areas for all age levels, including Early Childhood programs. Her workshops for teachers and other adults give participants the inside information on presenting music and doing music with children and students.

Anna Strange

12:00 – 1:15pm: Lunch
Location: WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, Suite 1, West Salem WI


November 30  1:00 – 3:00pm:  Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Regional Meeting



December 7:  Holiday workshop:  The Martindale Sisters Project Play, presented by Teri Holford, Academic Engagement & Curriculum Librarian, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library and Beth Cherne, Theatre Arts Professor at UWL

Holiday workshop


In 2010, Teri Holford, engagement librarian at UWL’s Murphy Library, discovered the story of the Martindale sisters of La Crosse, Katherine and Henrietta, who stood out for their boundary-pushing interests and achievements in early 20th century midwest America. After poring through boxes of letters and family photos in the library’s local history archives, Teri approached Beth Cherne, Theatre Arts professor at UWL, to consider creating a theatrical adaptation of the letters.  The result is a dramatic play reading, a form of theater without costume and with minimal stage movement, which was presented on June 7 in La Crosse.  Teri and Beth will discuss the play, the process, and the 2017 spring semester theatre arts class which connected students to the project, for which Teri was the embedded librarian. 

Location: WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, Suite 1, West Salem WI


12:00pm Holiday Lunch

Location:  Café D’Vine, 9550 UW Highway 16, Frontage Road, Onalaska

Menu:  Soup, salad and sandwich buffet

Zucchini parmesan soup (vegetarian)

Studio 16 Salad & Arugula Walnut Salad

Turkey Havarti, Ham Pepperjack, and Veggie half sandwiches

Mini cupcakes

Cost:  $15

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