Workshops and CE Opportunities


October 2014: Free CE and Training Options Online
This list was compiled by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission
10/1 The Digital Shift: Libraries @the Center (LJ & SLJ)
10/1 Money Smart Week @ your library (ALA)
10/1 What Motivates Me: How to Take Control of Your Career (AMA)
10/1 Adam Bellow’s Favorite Apps and Websites (EasyBib)
10/2 iPad: Accessibility (ATC)
10/3 Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Curation with Pinterest and Tumblr (TSLAC)
10/8 Lead with Humility: Lessons from Pope Francis (AMA)
10/9 Engage Volunteers With Yammer (TechSoup)
10/9 Digitization and Libraries (AL Live)
10/14 Digital Citizenship: New Roles and Responsibilities in the Digital Age (WebJunction)
10/14 The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: More New Titles for Fall 2014 (Booklist)
10/14 Library UX: Strategic Branding and Identity Development (LJ)
10/15 10 Secrets that Can Make or Break Your Career (AMA)
10/15 Books for Boys 2014 (SLJ)
10/16 Let’s Read! New Books for the Newest Readers (Booklist)
10/16 iPads, Mobile Devices, and the Library: Legal Issues (Infopeople)
10/16 Engaging the Reluctant Middle Grade Reader (SLJ)
10/17 6 Essentials for Teams That Work (Effectiveness Institute)
10/21 Serving the Underserved: Children with Disabilities at Your Library (WebJunction)
10/21 AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (ATC)
10/22 Bonding with Your Community: How to Craft Your Library Story (CSL)
10/22 Personal Digital Archiving: A Train the Trainer Webinar (Carterette Series)
10/28 Fall into a Good Mystery (Booklist)
10/28 Library UX: Creating Usable and Useful Websites (LJ)

October 2014: Free CE and Training Options Online
This list was compiled by the Wyoming State Library

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.