Mango Languages Webinar
Recording here:
.5 Contact Hours

Learn all about this new resource WRLS is offering to all of it’s member libraries.


Biblioboard Webinar
February 7th, 2pm 
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Learn all about Biblioboard and all of it’s offering during this webinar. WPLC offers access to Biblioboard to all libraries in Wisconsin.

Library SNAPS! (Youth Issues Meeting)
February 7th- Viroqua
February 21st- Mauston
February 28th- Blair
9:00 am-Noon
3 Contact Hours
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Join your WRLS peers for a wild morning of youth CE fun and brainstorming might! We will be tackling two topics in this workshop series: Topic 1: School Age Services and Topic 2: Early Literacy Programming. 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.

This workshop will be repeated two more times in different locations. Please register for one 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. She currently works for Southwest WI Library System as Youth Services Consultant.

Devices 101
February 14th at 1:15pm
WRLS Headquarters
2 Contact Hours
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If trying to support your Overdrive users on a dozen different devices is causing distress, this is the workshop for you.  Brendan Hubbs and Noreen Fish, from La Crosse Public Library, will talk about different varieties of phones, tablets, and readers, go over some common support issues and pass on some handy tips.

Noreen Fish is an Adult Services librarian at La Crosse Public Library, specializing in electronic resources.  Brendan Hubbs is an adult services programming and instruction librarian, who has been assisting with tech support since he was 10 years old.

Reference USA Information Session
March 11th
9:00am- 10:30am: Shirley Wright Library (Trempealeau) 
12:00pm-1:30pm: Westby Public Library 
1.5 Contact Hours
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Our representative from Reference USA will be visiting us in person to give an in-depth look at the resources and tools to help you and your patrons. We have both morning and afternoon sessions. Refreshments will be providing in the morning and a full lunch will be provided in the afternoon. 

Collection Development, Intellectual Freedom, and Choices
March 14th 
9:00 am- 3:30 pm 
Holmen Public Library
4 Contact Hours

9:00 am-9:15 am: Registration
9:15 am-11:45 am: Collection Development and Intellectual Freedom Presentation
11:45 am- 1:00pm: Lunch 
1:00pm- 2:30 pm: CCBC Choices Presentation
2:30 pm-3:30 pm: Browsing
*Co-sponsored by Southwest Wisconsin Library System*

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How do you make decisions about what goes—or stays—in your collection?  What tools are at your disposal? What role does your Collection Development Policy play? Are you ready to have a conversation with someone who asks you a question about why something is on the shelf, or in their child’s hand? Spend the morning talking about these and other essential questions related to collection development and intellectual freedom with your peers in a workshop facilitated by CCBC librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman. 

 All participants should:

  • Review their collection development policies ahead of the workshop and bring a copy along
  • Bring an item they are unsure about weeding/relabeling/reclassifying OR bring information about a resource they are struggling with whether or not to purchase (there will also be books on hand to examine from which participants can choose)
  • Think ahead of time about the recurring kinds of questions/concerns they have in terms of collection development
  • Everyone present will be an important part of creating a safe space for talking about questions and concerns and sharing perspectives with one another

Plain Language: How to Make Your
Publicity Easier to Read

April 8th at 10:00am
1 Contact Hours
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This webinar on April 8 at 10am, will focus on the fundamentals of using simple vocabulary in publicity materials and how it can benefit your workplace. Introduced in this hour-long webinar are several strategies for clear written communications such as simplifying word choice, grammar tips, active vs. passive voice, and layout and design. Attendees will be able to ask discussion questions online at the end of the presentation and will learn improved communication strategies that can be implemented immediately.


WordPress and Libraries
April 11th
WRLS Offices
2 Contact Hours
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Patrons are visiting your library’s website every day. Are you sharing the information they need to find? Join us as we go in-depth on WordPress websites for libraries and how to make your site the best it can be. This workshop includes practical steps in document structure and writing for digital as well as WordPress theme and plugin recommendations specifically for libraries. 

Kyle Henderson, the workshop presenter, is a Web Team Lead for DoIT Communications at UW Madison.



OneNote and WRLS Knowledgebase
May 9th
9:00am- 3:00pm
WRLS Offices
5 Contact Hours

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9:00am-11:00am: OneNote Presentation
11:00am-12:00pm: Time for individuals to create own OneNote project
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm: WRLS Knowledgebase
2:00pm-3:00pm: Time for individuals to continue working on OneNote project of exploring WRLS Knowledgebase

Are you ready to take a deep dive into all the possibilities of OneNote? All Office 365 users have access to One Note, but it can be overwhelming to start. Join Sam Link as she helps participants navigate through the ins and outs of One Note and the WRLS Knowledgebase during this all day training. Lunch will be provided.

Participants will have time to create their own OneNote folders or staff page. Please bring an idea and any paperwork needed to work on this project during the workshop. WRLS will have a limited number of laptops available, but please bring your own if possible.



Working with Patrons Experiencing Trauma
May 16th
10:00am- 4:00pm
Viroqua Area Medical Office Building- Conference Room
407 S Main St. 
Viroqua, WI 

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9:30am-10:00am: Registration
10:00am-12:00pm: Ryan Down Presentation
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm-4:00pm: Ryan Dowd Presentation

*Co-sponsored by Southwest Wisconsin Library System*
5 Contact Hours

This interactive training focuses on working with patrons experiencing trauma, such as homelessness, mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. By sharing very practical tools you can use every day, participants will leave knowing how to compassionately manage problems and prevent conflicts with all patrons who enter their libraries. (e.g. how to stand, what to say, what not to say, etc.) 

Ryan Dowd has spent most of his career as Executive Director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to running the shelter, Ryan train libraries, nonprofits, police departments, hospitals, and other organizations in how to work and help homeless and difficult individuals. His book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness was published by the American Library Association. Ryan is a licensed attorney and has a Master’s of Public Administration. 

Infographics for Libraries
June 13th
1:00pm- 3:00pm
WRLS Offices
2 Contact Hours

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In a visual world, it is increasingly important to visually communicate your information to stakeholders in the best way and most efficient way possible. The use of infographics as a form of data visualization for stakeholders has grown with the popularity of social media and the internet. The DesignLab (at UW-Madison) has worked to develop a method for teaching infographics as a form of communication. Join us as we discuss the who/what/where/when/why of infographic development. This workshop will introduce you various styles and types of infographic designs, as well as tools for developing effective infographics and data visualizations.


Design Basics and Canva
August 8th
 Contact Hours

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Learn a few design basics to incorporate in your marketing to make your flyers, website and social media more engaging. Then we’ll tour Canva to see how this tool can help you make beautiful designs with half the work in half the time. Over half of this session will be hands on, so bring program information to start creating flyers, social media images and more!


HR Round Table: Managing Difficult Employees
August 22nd 
9:00 am-3:15 pm
 Contact Hours

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9am-Noon: Morning Workshop
Noon-1:15: Lunch Break
1:15-3:15: Afternoon Workshop

Have you ever struggled with employee drama or different working styles? Perhaps you have a new hire who isn’t meeting expectations or you’re new to the job and inherited employees who need some extra guidance? This workshop will provide great tools for managers and directors who are navigating change. Whatever your unique situation is, Mabel Gehrett a Human Resource instructor at Western Technical College will provide advice and insight from an HR perspective.



WRLS Planning Meeting
September 26th
WRLS Offices

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Join us as we work on prioritizing the direction and initiatives WRLS will take on in the next two years. We are anticipating engaging and interactive conversation from the membership, and lunch will be provided.

WRLS Bus Tour
October 24th
Bus Departs From WRLS Offices
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We will be touring five wonderful libraries in the Winding Rivers Library System during this exciting bus trip. This is a great opportunity to see different library spaces, reimagine your own space, and spend time with colleagues. We will be visiting: 

  • Necedah Public Library
  • New Lisbon Public Library
  • Kendall Public Library
  • Elroy Public Library
  • Wonewoc Public Library 

Technology Days
November 7th
Jake’s Northwoods, Sparta
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WRLS is offering a variety of technology sessions, all in one day! You, your staff, and trustees are invited to attend. We will have a keynote presentation and a variety of breakout sessions to choose from. You can find more information here!

Stop! Collaborate and Listen!
Make Working Together Work For You
November 21st
WRLS Offices
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Let’s be honest: collaborations are intimidating.  Learn how to make connections that bring people together, grow programs that defy expectations, and experiment with new ideas to better serve not only your patron base, but the community as a whole. Get out of the “either or” mindset and embrace AND.  To quote the immortal words of Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, “It takes two to make a thing go right. It takes two to make it out of sight.” Katherine and Emily want to show you how beneficial, fun, and attainable collaborations of all sizes can be!

 Get ready to rethink what you thought you knew about collaborations with examples, suggestions, motivation, and yes…most likely dance breaks.  We’ll be covering ideas and suggestions for all ages– both for your regularly scheduled programming needs and for SRP 2020—so buckle up, buttercup!  We’re about to have a boatload of fun.

Katherine Schoofs is the Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Director at Aram Public Library in Delavan, WI.  In addition to #librarianlife, you can often find her spending time with her family, participating in impromptu song and dance parties, rocking out the thrift store, sharing memes and puns with reckless abandon, and incorporating shenanigans and pop culture references into everyday situations.

Emily Sanders is the Youth Services Librarian at Barrett Memorial Library in Williams Bay WI. In addition to #librarianlife, you often find her giving unsolicited book recommendations to strangers, struggling with a knitting project, baking cookies, and trying to make her way through her Netflix queue.



Holiday Workshop: Adult Storytime
December 5th
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Why should kids have all the fun?  Join us for a special “Holiday Workshop” edition of Storytime for Adults. Your favorite local librarians will be sharing their favorite stories with you. After the stories have unfolded, Barry McKnight, one of the creators of the program, will share tips and tricks about how to make this program work for your community.

After Storytime for Adults, we will be feasting at The Old Crowe for lunch at noon. Please include $12 in the bins to Brooke when you register.

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