Workshops and CE Opportunities


September 2014: Free CE and Training Options Online
This list was compiled by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission
9/3 Resource Description and What? RDA for Non-Catalogers (NCompass Live)
9/3 Stressed About Pests? Part 2 – Treating Infestations (C2C)
9/3 Basic Developmental Milestones of Early Childhood (Infopeople)
9/4 The Art of Narrating an Audiobook (Booklist)
9/5Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Facebook – 2014 edition (TSLAC)
9/8 Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition (#TLChat)
9/9 The Reader’s First Initiative: Fighting for Fair Access to ebooks (First Tuesdays)
9/9 Variety Is the Spice of Romance (Booklist)
9/9 The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips (LJ)
9/10 Teen Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools! (NCompass Live)
9/10 Coaching for the Time-Crunched Manager (AMA)
9/10 MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts (Georgia Carterette)
9/10 Wayfinding the San Jose Way (Demco)
9/10 Storymakers Get Your Story Noticed! (TechSoup)
9/10 Is Your Program Ready and Safe for Emergencies? (Early Childhood Webinars)
9/10 Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds (AASL)
9/11 Embracing the Next Generation Science Standards (Booklist)
9/12 Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Twitter 2014 edition (TSLAC)
9/12 Building Cutter Numbers: An Overview (ALA)
9/12 Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
9/15 EatPlayGrow! (Children’s Museum of Manhattan)
9/17 Storymakers: Tell Your Library’s Story (TechSoup)
9/18 Taming Tech Tools for Libraries (WebJunction)
9/18 Library Self-Service Software and Devices (AL Live)
9/18 Funding Rural America: Finding Support for Small Communities (TechSoup)
9/18 You Can Do I.T. On Your Own (Infopeople)
9/18 RDA Demystified Part Two: Introduction to FRBR (TLA)
9/19 Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Google Drive (TSLAC)
9/22 Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning (EasyBib)
9/23 Everything You Want to Know About PubMed (FDLP)
9/23 Consistent Communication: Coordinating Marketing Efforts Across Platforms (Infopeople)
9/24 Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (NCompass Live)
9/24 Accounting for Numberphobic (AMA)
9/24 Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment (WebJunction)
9/25 Technology User’s Advisory: Guiding Consumers through the Digital Marketplace (Infopeople)
9/26 Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MailChimp (TSLAC)
9/30 Worlds Away: New SF/Fantasy for Fall and Beyond (Booklist)
–check the CE calendar to see what’s happening today.

September 2014: Free CE and Training Options Online
This list was compiled by the Wyoming State Library
Sept. 4: How to Get Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday (Charity HowTo)
Sept. 4: #GivingTuesday and Year-End Fundraising Strategies (TechSoup)
Sept. 4: Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
Sept. 9: Tons of Money in the Mail! (Wild Woman Fundraising)
Sept. 9: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook (VolunteerMatch)
Sept. 10: The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program (Charity HowTo)
Sept. 10: Silent Auction Secrets: 5 simple changes to generate bigger bids (4Good)
Sept. 10: Developing and Using Effective Interview Questions for Better Hiring (4Good)
Sept. 11: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
Sept. 12: Stats Don’t Lie: Small Libraries Make Big Impacts (Cengage Learning/Gale Marketing Event)
Sept. 17: Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive (4Good)
Sept. 17: RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials (edWeb)
Sept. 18: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)
Sept. 19: Managing Conflicts of Interest (DC Bar Pro Bono Program)
Sept. 23: Speaking with Sizzle, Substance and Style (InSync)
Sept. 24: Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)
Sept. 25: Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)
Sept. 29: How to Approach a Foundation (GrantSpace)
Sept. 30: 3 Keys to Getting Employee Engagement Right (Training Magazine Network)

Strategic Planning for Libraries workshop
Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 9:30am to 12:30pm
Berlin Public Library, 121 W. Park Ave., Berlin, WI (map)
Register here:
Presenter: Mark Arend, Assistant Director of Winnefox Library System

Things are changing so fast your head won’t stop spinning. Library budgets are tight and you can’t do everything you’re being asked to do. Your board wants to set long-range goals for the library and you can’t think further ahead than next week. What do you do? Come to this workshop to get tools to help you set service priorities and keep your library a vital part of your community.

Mark Arend is Assistant Director of the Winnefox Library System, and was part of the team that built the Winnefox Library System strategic plan for 2011-2013 and 2014 – 2016.
Continuing education contact hours: 3

Discovering Your Data: Where It Is and How Libraries Can Use It
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
Presented by: Jamie McCanless, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison

Every year, Wisconsin public libraries and library systems submit hundreds of thousands of fields of annual report information to DPI. Then what? We’ll look at local, state, and federal sources of library data and online comparison tools, talk about how data is changing, and provide suggestions for using data to tell the library’s story. Discover how to get as much out of the annual report as you put into it from this presentation and discussion.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Grassroots Meeting
Thursday, September 18, 2014; 1-4 pm
NeighborWorks Green Bay, 437 S Jackson St, Green Bay, WI 54301
Featured Presenter: Rebecca Van Dan, Head of Young Adult Services, Middleton Public Library (Middleton, WI)

Our annual meeting will cover literacy-related, popular culture, STEAM-related, and historical teen-related programming, as well as using teens as presenters and involving them into the community. We will also discuss the idea of meeting for “Tinker Times,” and YOU will also get a chance to share. Pizza and soda included!

Why Your Community Needs You More Than Ever
Friday, September 19, 2014; 9 am – 2 pm
Brown County Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Register with Kristin at NFLS: 920.448.4410 or
Cost: $8 (pay at the door)
Presented by: Valerie J. Gross, President and CEO, Howard County Library System (Columbia, MD)

Would you like to learn about a simple strategy that will make you, your library, and our profession indispensable for centuries to come? Join in to learn how a growing number of libraries are ushering in a new era with this effective approach. What are these libraries doing differently? They are repositioning their libraries as a key component of the education enterprise, alongside schools, colleges, and universities.

As libraries from all U.S. regions begin implementing this concept, they are finding that their inherent value is no longer questioned. They no longer need to constantly explain why they are important. No one looks at them anymore with a puzzled look, asking, “Tell me again what you do?” Instead, the library systems enjoy heightened respect in their communities and optimal funding. This is because they are now assigned the same enduring worth assigned to schools.

At the conclusion of this three-part Professional Development Day–including presentations, a workshop, and discussion–you will have gained the skills and confidence you need to describe your work and profession in terms that people understand and value. You will explore, discuss, and practice proven techniques to:

  • Redefine libraries in a new, innovative way
  • Align your library with what the community values most: education
  • Incorporate intuitive, value-enhancing words into your everyday lexicon
  • Heighten your library’s visibility and stature
  • Develop strategies that you can integrate immediately into your work

Signature Events for Small Libraries
Tuesday, September 23, 2014; 10 am
Presented by: Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System (Canandaigua, NY)

From “chocolate in the stacks” tastings to mini golf courses to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends.  This webinar will be a “show and tell” of library fundraisers, whith quick tips on how to get started in your community.

Focused Innovation with Joan Frye Williams
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CDT
Presented by: Joan Frye Williams

Whether you see the wealth of new technologies as a candy store to be savored or a minefield to be navigated, sooner or later you’ll need to decide which innovative opportunities to pursue.  Library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams offers practical advice for sizing up your needs, resources, culture, and readiness, and matching your situation to the kinds of projects that will be a good fit for your organization.  There’s no need to chase every trend, and no point in making the work of innovation much harder than it needs to be. Learn how you can apply simple criteria up front to focus your efforts and greatly improve your likelihood of success.

10 Ways to Engage Facebook Fans (30-Minute Thursday)
Thursday, September 25, 2014; 2 pm
Presented by: Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nicolet Federated Library System (Green Bay, WI)

Is your library’s Facebook page stuck in a rut?  Are you looking for some new ways to engage your patrons? Jamie will talk about some cool things other businesses are doing on Facebook and how they can be applied to libraries

HR for Librarians workshop
Thursday, October 2, 2014;  9:30am to 12:30pm
Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson St., Ripon, WI, 54971 (map)
Presenters: Ron Montgomery, Human Resources-Labor Relations Specialist and Public Information Officer, Winnebago County; Julie Schmude, Administrative Coordinator, Winnefox Library System; Mark Arend, Assistant Director, Winnefox Library System

Ever feel like you’re looking into a pot of alphabet soup?
Have you ever wondered…

  • when you have to give staff a break or lunch period?
  • what exactly is unemployment insurance, and why is the state billing us?
  • what’s the law on employees out sick for an extended period?
  • what restrictions are there on what your teenage page can work?
  • when do you have to make accommodation for a disability?

Come to this workshop to get tools to decode the alphabet soup, and learn how to stay on the right side of employment laws.

Sponsored by Winnefox Library System
Continuing education contact hours: 3

Lead the Revolution: Leading Change by Changing Leaders
Monday October 6, 2014, 1:00-4:00 pm
Franklin Public Library, 9151 W Loomis Rd, Franklin, WI 53132 (map)
To Register:
Presenters:Felton Thomas, Jr., Director, Cleveland (OH) Public Library and Dr. Rachel Rubin, Director, Bexley (OH) Public Library

Public libraries have unique potential to create opportunities for those they serve: opportunities for growth, learning, and literacy; community and civic engagement; exposure to the joy of discovery and to the challenge of new ideas.  We live in an era when equitable access to these opportunities is shrinking and threats to public libraries are growing.  This is our call to arms.  Now is the time for a library leadership revolution.

Before libraries can successfully combat these challenges, they first need to be healthy organizations.  The long-term success of libraries has to start from within. This workshop will introduce library employees to the leadership skills they need to fortify themselves, each other, and the cultures of their organizations. From developing leadership self-awareness to navigating constant change to creating an environment in which employees are encouraged to support each other, the focus of this program will be on developing strong employees and strong organizations. Participants will leave better prepared to take on the challenges facing the modern public library and to help start the library leadership revolution.

This program is sponsored by the public library systems in Southeastern Wisconsin:  Eastern Shores Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Waukesha County Federated Library System, and also UW-Milwaukee SOIS.

Finding Demographic Data on the Web
Thursday, October 9, 2014; 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Mead Public Library, 710 N 8th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081
Please register with Kim Dalhaimer via e-mail or call 920-459-3400 x3438
Workshop Flyer

Presenter: David Egan-Robertson, UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory

This workshop will cover recent changes to the FactFinder site and simpler pathways to obtain a great deal of the available information. In addition, ways to help patrons understand the similarities and differences of data and estimates from the decennial Census and American Community Survey will be described. Finally, the presentation will outline some new tablet-based applications, and other non-Census web sites, that may aid your customers.

Branding Your Organizational Culture
Tuesday, October 14, 2014; 1 pm
Presented by: Stacie Ledden, Communications Director & Susan Dobbs, Human Resources Director, Anythink Libraries (Thornton, CO)

In this session, Anythink Communications Director Stacie Ledden and HR Director Susan Dobbs discuss how a strong brand and vibrant culture influence each other and can transform an organization. Build a strong culture, and you build a strong brand because your staff IS your brand. Explore language, storytelling, and core values as a means of shaping an organization’s personality, and ultimately creating brand loyalty, helping staff and customers alike fall in love with the library.

LibraryReads, Edelweiss & NetGalley (30-Minute Thursday)
Thursday, October 23, 2014; 2 pm
Presented by: Jean Anderson, Continuing Education Coordinator, South Central Library System (Madison, WI)

If you want to read the next Rainbow Rowell or Michael Perry book before they’re published, you need to know those three words. Jean will show you how to use all three of these fun resources to connect with publishers, authors, and your patrons. (P.S. She read Landline by Rowelland Scavengers by Perry before they were published.)

I’m Stressed Out and You Want Me to Stay Positive?!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014; 1 pm
Presented by: Stephanie Zimmerman, Training & Development Coordinator, Library System of Lancaster County (Lancaster, PA)=

According to, “Librarian” is one of the top 10 least stressful jobs of 2014.  Hmmmm, what do you think?  What about depleting budgets due to funding cuts?  What about cuts to staffing?  What about the torrent of new technologies that are crashing down on your head?  Feeling a little dizzy?  Feeling a bit stressed?  Don’t panic!  You have the power to shift your mindset and find the calm in the storm.  Find out how a positive outlook can cut down on the harmful stress in your work and in your life!

Ebooks & Audiobooks: What the Vendors Didn’t Tell Us
Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 10 am
Presented by: Colleen Eggett, Library Trainer and Consultant, Utah State Library (Salt Lake City, UT)

Our public is clamoring to know how to get downloadable eBooks and audiobooks from the public library.  No techie answers, just what to do. Come and learn the best practices of teaching people to use these new downloadable parts of our public library collections.  You may just learn how to do it yourself. Topics include:

1.  How to really teach the public about eBooks and Audiobooks: what works and what doesn’t
2.  The audience may be different for reading eBooks and listening to audiobooks
3.  What you need to know
4.  What your public needs to know
5.  How we can find success in offering downloadable books

Library Marketing Words to Avoid (30-Minute Thursday)
Thursday, November 20, 2014; 2 pm
Presented by: Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nicolet Federated Library System (Green Bay, WI)

Whether you are writing a Facebook post, composing a tweet, creating a press release or brainstorming copy for a flyer, there are certain words that are buzzkills when it comes to marketing your library.  Jamie will talk about words to avoid and what could be used instead.  Some of them might surprise you!

Two Banks & A Square (30-Minute Thursday)
Thursday, December 11, 2014; 10 am
Presented by: Kay Rankel, Director, Gillett Public Library (Gillett, WI)

In May, the Gillett Public Library (a former bank) purchased another bank building right next door to allow for more collection, computer, and socializing space in its current location, and to convert the second bank building into a community center with additional space for meetings and displays.  The area in-between will become a Community Square utilizing input from the entire community.  Kay will talk about the process, progress, and roadblocks along the way in choosing this unique concept.