Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference

January 24 – 25, 2018



Media Literacy Programming 

Jeff Rand and Lindsay Schmitt  

February 8, 2018; 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Join LPL librarians Jeff Rand and Lindsay Schmitt for this workshop on putting together media literacy programming for your patrons that’s accessible, interesting, and a bit fun, too. Jeff will run through his popular “Fact or Fiction” program so you can recreate it at your libraries. We’ll also review other resources online that make it easy to throw a program together without too much staff time.

Library Legislative Day

In Madison

February 20, 2018

Library Snaps! Crowd-Sourced Power (Youth Issues Workshops)

March 1 – Strum Public Library

March 8 – Elroy Public Library

March 29 – La Crosse County Library, Holmen


Join your WRLS peers for a wild morning of youth CE fun and brainstorming might! We will be tackling two topics in this pilot workshop series: Topic 1: Passive (Drop-in) Program Power and Topic 2: Teenlandia: Serving Teens. After a brief introduction to the first topic by the facilitator, it’s your turn.  Come prepared for a lightning round of brainstorming together (facilitated by your facilitator – no fighting; no biting) sharing ideas that have worked (or wonked); strategies; written-how-tos; camera-ready handouts; photos; and/or program or service descriptions. Whatever you have to share, we want. Notes will be taken! Copies will be made! Then on to the second topic (rinse and repeat). We will finish with time to look around our hosting library. Those who have time to linger can head out for a lunch together at a spot recommended by our host.

Please register for one workshop only. Following the last workshop, the material and ideas generated will be shared with all WRLS members, along with additional information and links to follow on the subject; concrete ideas for action; handouts or printed information shared by participants; additional subject expert videos and ALL.THE.THINGS.

Marge Loch-Wouters, Loch-Works Consulting, will facilitate the workshops, take copious notes and wrangle the information into usable form. She is an educator, learner and speaker who has consulted on and presented numerous classes, workshops and webinars on all aspects of youth services.

 Public Library Association Conference

In Philadelphia

March 20-24, 2018

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Norwegian National Digital Archives, Genealogy and Emigration

March 15, 2018: 9 am – 3:15 pm

Norwegian author and genealogist Liv Marit Haakenstad will share her expertise on Norwegian emigration and genealogy.  This presentation will include a brief history of Norwegian emigration, genealogy resources in the United States, an in-depth exploration of the Norwegian National Digital Archive, with some time reserved at the end for questions.  (5 CEUs)

 CCBC at CESA 4 with staff from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

10:30am: Registration and book browsing

Lunch on your own

1:00pm: CCBC presentation

2:30pm – 4:30pm: Book browsing

4:30pm: Repeat CCBC presentation

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Final Browsing

Location: CESA 4, 923 East Garland St, West Salem WI

 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference

In Waukesha

May 2-4, 2018

Human Resources 101:  What Library Directors Need to Know

May 17:  9am – 12pm

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

During this session, attendees will participate in discussions & activities that outline the managers’ role in leading others.  Topics to be covered include:

Conflict in the Workplace: Stimulus/Response, Strategies, & Managing/Role Plays 

Performance Management and Evaluation: Formal process, Continuous Feedback, Documentation, & Progressive Discipline 

Staff Recognition: Why, Formal process, & Informal process 

Documenting Problems: When to document, Where to keep it, & What NOT to include 

Employee Hours/ Scheduling Laws: Available resources &Specific Q & A

Apply Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Self-Care and Self-Management

May 17:  1:15pm – 3:15pm

There is so much to juggle in our lives- challenging public, some of whom are facing difficult issues of their own. Sometimes we lose track of the things we need to do to keep our work–and our lives–functional and sustainable. Leah Langby will lead a workshop to examine some signs of burn-out and steps we can take to develop our own resiliency. You’ll have a chance to talk with each other and self-reflect. You will hopefully walk away feeling calmer and ready for more juggling!


Webinar:  Dealing with Substance-Abusing Patrons in the Library: From Meth to Marijuana, Opiates to Alcohol


June 7 10am – 11am

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Patrons who visit your library under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or worse, both) can range in their behavior from no problems to causing problems. They can be cyclical – cooperative one moment, then raging the next. Stimulant drug users -taking meth and crack cocaine – are particularly difficult, since they often show signs of paranoia and even schizophrenia. Heroin users are now shooting up in library restrooms an even in the stacks at an alarming rate. Some library staffers have been trained to give Narcan to overdosed patrons, as they wait for the paramedics to arrive. Marijuana use is being decriminalized and legalized in dozens of states. Some patrons have started vaping pot in the library. What do we do about all of this, to keep staff and the facilities safe? This webinar with Dr. Steve Albrecht answers these questions. You’ll learn what to do and not do when in contact with drug or alcohol-using patrons, when to call police and/or the paramedics, and how to stay safe around drug paraphernalia.

Dr. Steve Albrecht teaches library security workshops around the country. His ALA book, Library Security, was published in 2015. He worked for the San Diego Police Department for 15 years and is a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association.

This webinar is co-sponsored by IFLS, NWLS, Manitowoc-Calumet WVLS, SCLS, WRLS, WInnefox, and OWLS library systems.





Western Wisconsin Technology Days
September 20-21, 2018
Location: Comfort Inn & Suites, Black River Falls

We are having two exciting days, full of technology! This all-day Thursday, and half-day Friday, workshop will touch on many aspects of library related technology and training.

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9 – 9:30 a.m. – Register and Refreshments
9:30 – 12 p.m. – Welcome and “Trends and Tools” Presentation with Laura Solomon
With so much new technology coming at us so fast, it can be difficult to keep up. Laura will talk about emerging technology trends, and how these trends might (or might not) re-shape library services.

Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!”? Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them? The second part of Laura’s presentation will cover online (and free!) tools that can help you improve your workflow. Come discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have.

Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network. She has been doing web development and design for twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. Laura is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker (link is external) and blogs at What Does This Mean to Me, Laura? (link is external).


12  – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch ($10 payable at the door)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Break-Out Sessions (Choose one)

Contemporary Web Design: 5 must-do’s for contemporary audiences: Your audiences come to your website with expectations formed by their digital experiences. To meet those expectations, you don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money. But you do need to stay contemporary in user experience, visual and interaction design. This seminar will focus on 5 web design must-do’s to give your audiences what they expect from your website. 

Five Ways to Make Your Library Facebook Page Outstanding
:  Join Joe Hammes, Communications Coordinator for the La Crosse Public Library, to learn five simple ways you can get the most out of your library’s Facebook page. Learn how to share your amazing library resources and programs on Facebook using events, targeted ads, creative posts, community partnerships, and fun promotions.


1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Break-Out Sessions (Choose one)


The Privacy Paradox: What it means for your library, your patrons, and you. Librarians are well aware of the importance of privacy. But our actions online and in our libraries don’t always reflect it. We often need to balance the desire for privacy with a need for convenience and efficiency. Where do we draw the line? What tools do we have to help us make better choices? You’ll learn more about the ways data you and your patrons generate online are used and get tips and best practices to balance privacy and convenience both for you personally and for the libraries and communities you serve. Ben Miller works at the WI Department for Public Instruction.  

Google Drive: Introductory tips and tricks: Google Drive is an amazing set of tools to help you create, store, and share documents. But it can be baffling to organize and find those documents. This seminar focuses on Google Drive basics → tips and trick to use in order to build a shared document repository and to avoid common pitfalls. 

2:45 – 3 p.m. – Closing Session
Gather one last time as a full group for a large discussion or to work on an Action Plan for your library.  You decide!



Friday, September 21st

9:00-12:00pm- What is your library doing to provide patrons with the essential digital skills to operate in the world? In this entertaining and interactive workshop, participants will not only learn about the importance of digital literacy but also methods, tips, and ways to instruct patrons of all ages. Most importantly, participants will learn tactics to help them get into the their “digital happy place” before helping patrons.
Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. He has presented all over the country (but seems to come to Wisconsin a lot) on topics like leadership, customer service, innovation, and recognition. Kevin currently serves on PLA’s Digital Literacy Committee

12:00-1:00pm– Lunch ($10 payable at door)

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Space Camp!
October 4th, 2018

WRLS, 980 W. Hwy 16, West Salem, WI
9am- 3:15pm
4.5 Contact Hours

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Everyone is fascinated by space.  Whether it’s learning about the planets, investigating stars and galaxies or pondering the possibilities of life out there, space is full of interesting and awesome wonders.  Using a variety of experiments and art projects, Space Camp was a great experience for all attendees.  Over the course of four days students in grades 3 through 5 learned about our solar system, constellations, and alien life.  While Space Camp was a four day labor of love, learning about space doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time.  Learn about Space Camp, get ideas for creating your own space-based experiments, art projects and programs for children of all ages.  Join Julie Kinney from Marathon County Public Library as she shares all of her successes and learning moments with us. 

12:00-1:15pm Lunch


Bring your summer reading logs from 2018, and a program success! We will be sharing as a group what our summer reading looked like, and what our most successful/fun/favorite program was. There will be both large and small group time during this afternoon portion. 


 Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference

In La Crosse

October 23-26, 2018

Navigating a Still-Gendered World: Power, Politics, and Practice
November 15th, 2018

Location: Cranberry Country Lodge, Tomah
9am- 3:15pm
5 Contact Hours

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Join us as Barbara Lawton, former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, helps us understand the forces that create obstacles to doing our best work and how to implement changes to the culture. Content for this workshop will include Learning Literacy in Power: Historical Drivers and the Contemporary Landscape, and Developing Individual and Collective Strategies to Change the Game at Work and In the Community.

Holiday Workshop: Escape from the library!
December 6th, 2019

Fayze’s Restaurant & The Great Escape of La Crosse

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Have you been dreaming about trying an escape room at your library? Have you thought about creating an outreach event at a local school? We’ll be talking about all things escape rooms at our annual holiday luncheon. Hear from your peers as they discuss the things they learned and successes they created during their escape room programs.

We will be enjoying lunch at Fayze’s Restaurant. Menu options will be shared with you at registrations. Cost is $15.

After lunch we will move down the street to experience our very own escape room! Everyone wear their festive sweaters and be sure to bring your detective hat.

11am- Meet at Fayze’s for presentation about Escape Room Programming

12pm– Lunch

1pm– Participate in an Escape Room at The Great Escape of La Crosse

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