Keeping Kids Safe Online Month - October

October is ‘Keeping Kids Safe Online Month’ in Wisconsin to highlight the need for responsible internet practices for schools and families today. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Department of Justice, has created a website that houses numerous resources, from a number of organizations and experts, about internet safety to assist with the month-long awareness campaign.

2018 Annual Trustee Appreciation Dinner

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This year’s presenter will be Melissa Mclimans. Melissa is a consultant for WiLS, a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects and services, primarily in the state of Wisconsin. Prior to WiLS, she coordinated digital projects for the University of Wisconsin. Melissa will present on innovative uses of data, and share examples of how libraries are using data dashboards and other methods to improve the library decision-making process.

Introduction to Creativity & Aging Education for Older Adults (webinar)
June 27, 2018 at 1 p.m. Thinking about attending the July 24 or 25 in-person workshops and want to know more? Ed Friedman, Executive Director, and Lindsey Francis, Program Manager, from Lifetime Arts will provide an overview of the workshops being held in July. The webinar will be recorded if you're not able to attend live.

Register for the webinar here

More information and registration for the July workshops is here.

This program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Updated info for Trustee Training Week 2018

Webinar Series
August 13-17, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch hour)

Wisconsin library systems are sponsoring this annual webcast series, developed and coordinated by South Central Library System, geared toward public library trustees but open to everyone.  There will be one online session offered each day during the lunch hour (12-1 pm) with a different topic and speaker.  This one session per day is set so it can fit into busy schedules.  These programs will be archived.  More more information and registration is available at this link:

Arrowhead Library System "Go Live" in SHARE Coming Soon!


On January 11th 2018, the member libraries of the Arrowhead Library System will be going live on all of the library management and patron discovery systems of the SHARE Consortium. Also on January 11th, the new LLS delivery/sorting hub (located at VIP Services Inc. in Elkhorn) will begin handling library materials passing between member libraries of all three participating regional public library systems in SHARE (Arrowhead, Kenosha, Lakeshores).

We are excited about this new chapter in library resource-sharing in our extended region! We do anticipate a period of learning and adaptation as we all go through this process, and we appreciate your patience.

If you are a library staff member, supervisor, or director, here are some resources that can help with the transition:

  • SHARE Delivery Page (featuring lots of information about the new delivery model, bin tag templates, and library-system specific delivery info);
  •  Library Staff Resources Page (featuring general training resources that you can use to get up to speed or practice your skills with the SHARE automated system -SirsiDynix Symphony.


An interesting post from the "I love my libraries" initiative of ALA...

Hurricane Harvey and Libraries

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm near Rockport the night of August 25. Although soon downgraded to a tropical storm the following afternoon, Harvey was responsible for more than 60 deaths and up to $180 billion in damage, according to the latest estimates by the governor's office.

Welcome June! Welcome Summer!!

June means the beginning of summer.  Schools are ending their year and public libraries are beginning their summer programs.  Before you get too wrapped up in activities, be sure to check the opportunities that are available to you this month.  Find all of them in the SEWI Libraries Learning Opportunities page. Here are two upcoming in-person opportunities:

  • Government Information Day
    WLA Government Information Round Table (GIRT)
    Friday, June 2, 2017
    UW-Stevens Point
    Info & Registration
  • ALA Chicago Bus Trip         
    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Info & Registration

****Check out FREE CE WEBINARS available to you on the Learning Opportunities page. Wisconsin webinars are listed in red.

From DPI's Blog: Some Words on Inclusive Services

Inclusive Services: A Statement from the Division of Libraries & Technology

For the past year or so, I have made a few posts about inclusive services in Wisconsin public libraries. These posts include: Inclusive library service is an evolving theory and practice. Many elements are not new; e.g., public libraries as a free and democratic institution, while other elements are more contemporary; e.g., gender identity options on library card applications.

Emotional Intelligence: Awareness, Adaptability and Empathy for 21st Century Leadership

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Presenter:  Bill Marklein, Employ Humanity
Location:  New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI53151 [map & directions]
Info & Registration:

This workshop is for library supervisors, managers, and directors. 

What is emotional intelligence? Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to effectively manage our own emotions and the emotions around us and it is quickly becoming the #1 competency for workplace leadership in the 21st Century. Associates, customers and all of humanity crave for a workplace culture that values and is committed to Emotional Intelligence. Everybody is looking for a better human connection experience. With the rapid acceleration of technology, distractions, change, and stress—Emotional Intelligence is even more crucial for building healthy, trusting relationships both personally and professionally. Most importantly, building a healthy relationship with yourself…You can never pour from an empty cup. Learn about Emotional Intelligence and how to use self and social awareness, adaptability and empathy daily for 21st Century leadership. Participants will discover how Emotional Intelligence can be integrated into their workplace culture to improve communication, purpose and morale and all participants will take an Emotional Intelligence self-assessment.

This program is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin public library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.

ALA Exhibits Bus Trip!

Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) ALA Bus
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cost: $20 per person
To register:
Registration deadline:  Friday, June 16, 2017

Ride in comfort to the Exhibits at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago.  We will arrive at McCormick Place about 9:30 am and leave at 4:00 pm for our return.  This is open to library staffs, trustees, and library Friends groups. Seating is limited, so register early.

Saturday Morning Departure:  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.  Click on the Park & Ride links for maps and directions. 

Departure Time                      Park & Ride Lot

6:30 am                                   Goerke’s Corners Park & Ride  (Brookfield, Waukesha County)
7:00 am                                  
State Fair Park & Ride (West Allis, Milwaukee)
8:00 am                                  
Ives Grove Park & Ride (Ives Grove, Racine County)
9:30 am (est. arrival)              McCormick Place in Chicago –
ALA Exhibits Info

In the afternoon, the bus will begin to load at 3:45 pm and leave McCormick Place at 4:00 pm sharp.  Approximate drop-off times are as follows:  5:30 pm (Ives Grove), 6:30 pm (State Fair Park), and 7:00 pm (Goerke’s Corners). 


Exhibit Passes:  Attendees are responsible for obtaining their own Exhibits pass.  Cost is $75 through ALA and can be purchased ahead or onsite.  More information is available on the 2017 ALA Annual Conference Registration.  Please check with your library or Library System for any additional information regarding passes.  Exhibits Hall information is available here.

This bus trip is sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin (SEWI) library systems: Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and Monarch Library System.