Professional Development

Find additional resources for library directors, youth services/programming staff, and support personnel in the WRLS Knowledgebase.

What is the WRLS Knowledgebase? The WRLS Knowledgebase is a self-service library of articles, links, worksheets, templates, pre-made publicity templates and posts, and shared documents. Visit the WRLS Knowledgebase through SharePoint in your WRLS Outlook Account or through this link.

Need help accessing the WRLS Knowledgebase? Email

WRLS Continuing Education Scholarship Fund 2022-2023

CE Scholarship Fund Request Forms and More Information

WRLS Wonders Podcast

Listen to the WRLS Wonders Podcast here! Even though the podcast has been on a hiatus during the pandemic, expect an eventual return. The podcast is a great CE resource for library staff on the go.

Online Professional Journals 

This collection highlights a small portion of the more than 320 free, full-text journals and magazines in Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text, an excellent, library-specific professional development collection from Badgerlink.

Niche Academy | Ryan Dowd Training 

Recordings include advice for dealing with homeless patrons, patrons with mental health or hygiene issues, and information to help you deal with customers from all walks of life– a great resource for anyone who needs help having “tough conversations.” 

(Subscription to this resource paid for by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.)

Are you a first-time user? Email for access.

Continuing Education Opportunities- 2022

 January 2022

Records Retention Workshop with Shannon Schultz

Find out how long you need to keep those old boxes of meeting minutes here!

Shannon is the Public Library Administration Consultant with the Library Services Team at the Department of Public Instruction– she will present information and encourage discussion around keeping and trashing digital and paper files that could be considered public record– from emails to board minutes/agendas and a host of other documents. Learning objectives will include understanding what a record is, who is responsible for records, retention requirements and options, how to use a records retention schedule, and storage of records. All are welcome to attend. Have your questions ready!

View the recording here:

View slides here:

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 

January 26-27, 2021

Can you believe it’s been 10 years?

​What started as a one-day conference 10 years ago has grown into:

  • 2 Days of Sessions
  • Topic Tracks
  • Additional Lunch Break Activities

Year after year, it’s been a great way for librarians in Wisconsin to fill two blustery days in January! 

Find all archived webinars here:

February 2022

Summer Library Program: Kit Expo & Idea Share

Thursday, February 24, 10am-3pmIn-person @ the WRLS Office

April 2022

CCBC Workshop

Thursday, April 28, 9 am-4 pm

Workshop held at Holmen Public Library (121 W. Legion St., Holmen, WI, 54636).

Join CCBC librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman for this daylong workshop at the Holmen Public Library focusing on intellectual freedom in the morning, and featuring a presentation highlighting books from CCBC Choices 2022 in the afternoon. All of the CCBC Choices 2022 books will be available for hands-on book examination throughout the day.


9:15-11:45: Challenged Materials, Challenging Times: Focusing on the current discourse around books for children and teens and the increase in complaints and challenges, and how you can be better prepared to respond. All participants should bring their current,  board-approved reconsideration policy and related procedures.

11:45-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm: Great New Books for Children and Teens, featuring books in CCBC Choices 2022.

2:30pm-3:30pm: Browsing

This workshop will have a public library emphasis but school librarians and teachers are welcome to attend.

Here are other upcoming CCBC events you don’t want to miss:

May 2022

Library Bus Tour

Thursday, May 19, 9 am-5 pm

Leave from Hazel Brown Leicht Library in West Salem (702 Industrial Drive, West Salem, WI 54669)

Join us for a tour of libraries– it will be like watching an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” but IRL, more fun, and with some of the coolest library people you know! We’re working with a vendor to cater a sandwich/salad lunch– there will for sure be vegetarian and gluten-free options! No cost to you or your library! All library staff, including directors, are invited to attend.
Tour schedule: 
9 am: Meet at Hazel Brown Leicht Library (West Salem PL) 702 Industrial Drive, West Salem, WI 54669

9:15: Tour of Hazel Brown Leicht Library
9:45: Depart- Hazel Brown Leicht Library (West Salem)
10:15: Arrive- Knutson Memorial Library (Coon Valley)
10:45: Depart- Knutson Memorial Library
11:10: Arrive- Cashton Memorial Library
11:40: Depart- Cashton Memorial Library
12:05: Lunch- Bekkum Memorial Library (Westby)
1:20: Depart- Bekkum Memorial Library
1:35: Arrive- McIntosh Memorial Library (Viroqua)
2:05: Depart- McIntosh Memorial Library
2:30: Arrive- Lawton Memorial Library (La Farge)
3:00: Depart- Lawton Memorial Library
3:30: Arrive- Norwalk Public Library
4:00: Depart- Norwalk Public Library
4:30: Arrive- Hazel Brown Leicht Library (West Salem)

Contact with questions! 

July 2022

Brainfuse Demos

Starting August 15th, all WRLS libraries will be able to offer Brainfuse to patrons. Join us for one or all demos and bring questions about this tutoring/job help/veteran services tool.

Brainfuse 101: Help Now, Job Now, Vet Now, 90 minutes
Webinar Recording: Brainfuse HelpNow/JobNow/VetNow Webinar – Southwest Wisconsin & Winding Rivers Library Systems

VetNow & JobNow (60 minutes): 

HelpNow (60 minutes): 

Client Resource Center (with printables, social posts, info guides, etc.):
Password: Br@1*5e^19 

Additionally, here are some Brainfuse training videos to get your started:
Brainfuse (general video for those new to Brainfuse):

August 2022

Trustee Training Week
Online. August 22-26. Every day, Noon-1 pm.

More information and registration:

September 2022

Post-Pandemic Space Analysis and Library Design Workshop

Thu 9/8/2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

@ the WRLS Office (980 W City Highway 16, West Salem, WI 54669)

View presentation slides here!!


Post-Pandemic Space Analysis & Library Design is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a day of learning on how social and behavioral changes from the COVID-19 pandemic affect the design and operation of libraries and other public institutions in the post-pandemic era.
As a participant, you will work both individually and in groups to work the implications of the pandemic for your library’s design and operation. Throughout the day, NYU professor and space planning expert David Vinjamuri and architect Alex Ramsey will provide insights, best practices and tools to help you think clearly about your library’s current situation and create a plan to continue to adapt your space and your staff to the needs of the post-pandemic patron.

Wisconsin Tech Days

Online. September 20 and 21.

More info and registration at

October 2022

Compassion Resilience Toolkit Training
Thu, October 6, 2022, 9 am-3 pm

At the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
(3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska, WI, 54650)

Eagle’s Lookout Room

The Compassion Resilience Toolkit offers information, activities, and resources for leadership and staff to understand, recognize, and minimize the experience of compassion fatigue and to increase compassion resilience.

November 2022

Summer Reading Program Workshop

Thu, November 10, 2022. 9 am-3 pm. 

More details TBA. 

Register here.  

Past Workshops/CE Opportunities

Continuing Education Opportunities- 2021

    January 2021   Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference  January 27-28, 2021 This year's conference has 14 programs with tracks in Management, Small Libraries, Public Services and Marketing. Participate from the comfort and safety of your own home or...

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Continuing Education Opportunities- 2020

September Tech Days 2020 Online Online September 23 - 24 Learn from experts without having to travel — we've transformed our annual event from workshops to webinars! Tech Days 2020 is a series of 4 webinars over 2 days, and you may register here. You’ll find...

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Continuing Education Opportunities- 2019

Mango Languages WebinarRecording here: Contact HoursLearn all about this new resource WRLS is offering to all of it’s member libraries.   Biblioboard WebinarFebruary 7th, 2pm Register...

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Continuing Education Opportunities- 2018

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference January 24 – 25, 2018–tracks.html   Media Literacy Programming  Jeff Rand and Lindsay Schmitt   February 8, 2018; 1:00pm – 3:30pm Join LPL librarians Jeff Rand and Lindsay Schmitt for...

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Continuing Education Opportunities- 2017

JANUARY January 25-26     Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference archives link to 2016 slides and recordings:–slides.html FEBRUARY February 23:  2016 Media Conversion Lab grant equipment demonstration and training Location: ...

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