It's raining workshops and webinars!

Well, almost.  Check out the Learning Opportunities web page for what's available this month and beyond.

In-Person Opportunities

  • Communication in a Positive Workplace
    Tuesday, April 4: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Germantown Community Library
    Info & Registration
    Wednesday, April 5: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Mukwonago Community Library
    Info & Registration


  • WAPL Conference
    April 26-28, 2017
    Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point
    Info & Registration

Wisconsin Webinars (free)

CE: Opportunities: 5-Part Collection Development Webinar Series

Register for one, all five, or anything in between!  All sessions will be recorded. 

Click here for a one-page flyer about the series.  The webinars are also listed on the SEWI Libraries Learning Opportunities web page.

April 19, 10:00-11:00 am:  Making Your Collection Count
Presented by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly.  Make your collection count! We will discuss collection development policies that balance popular with well-rounded content, reflect diversity and inclusion, and provide methods for dealing with (and avoiding) challenges. This session talks about how to measure a collection's quality. This includes the benefits and methods of taking a physical inventory, analyzing collection procedures and workflows, and the life cycle of a collection. Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities. Register here.

May 12, 1:00-2:00 pm:  Adult Selection Tools
Presented by Sarah Statz Cords, Michael Nitz, and Elizabeth Timmins.  Learn some tips and tools for keeping on top of selection, including a focus on nonfiction, non-traditional resources, and how to make things work in a small library.  Register here.

September 7, 1:00 -2:00 pm:  Tips for Building a Well-Rounded Collection for Youth
Presented by Sue Abrahamson and Shelly Collins Fuerbringer.  How do you keep on top of the avalanche of materials being produced for kids and teens? How can you make sure you are finding the best materials for your collection and your community? Collection budgets are rarely as big as we want them to be, so how can you make the best use of resources? And what about the salespeople? Join Shelly Collins Fuerbringer (Eau Claire) and Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca) for a lively discussion of the tips and tools they recommend.  Register here.

October 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am:  Data Informed Collection Development
Presented by Shanneon Grant.  Do you like language and stories far more than numbers and statistics? Do your feel like data is dull and uninspiring? Get ready to change your thinking and begin uncovering the clues that data can reveal for you! Join us for an exploration of Data-Informed Collection Development. (It is so much more exciting than it sounds…) It’s NOT about fancy data collection tools, it IS about using the basic data you have access to help you make informed decisions when developing and maintaining your collection. It’s about interpreting your data, rather than just blindly following the numbers. It’s about discovering correlations and connections that drive planning and decision making.  Register here.

November 3, 10:00 – 11:30 am:  Promoting Your Collection:  Merchandizing and More
Presented by Kathy Dempsey.  Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This final webinar of your series will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters. You’ll hear about using book talks and shelf-talkers, and will learn ways to publicize your collections outside of your buildings. This webinar will focus most on merchandising—what it really is, and how to do it effectively enough to boost your circulation. It will feature many colorful photos of great signage and merchandising from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.  Register here.

PLSR Update Message (From Feb. 9, 2017)

Update from the 1/20 PLSR Leadership meeting

Just a few weeks ago, the next phase of the PLSR project kicked off with a meeting of workgroup leads, facilitators, liaisons from DPI, and Steering Committee members. The group reviewed proposed workplans and timelines, thinking carefully about what will need to be completed to successfully offer plans for new models of collaborative services to the Steering Committee.

A new feature of the PLSR process are Topic Teams, which will meet for a short, defined period to make decisions about topics that cross many of the workgroups. The teams are made up of members of existing workgroups and the topics are as follows: Regions, Resource Sharing, Help Center, and Refining and Defining Continuing Education and Consulting. These are big topics and the teams will be asking for community feedback, via the Survey Panel, which you are encouraged to sign up for.  Findings and decisions from the Topic Teams will be ready to share with the broader community at WAPL in April.

There will be big decisions to make and a lot of work to be done in this phase. The complete timeline and workplans will be shared on the PLSR site when all workgroups and the Steering Committee have met to finalize their plans.

We also want to acknowledge that this phase will bring along with it more concerns from the community.  Some of this will be a little unnerving or let’s be honest, scary. But, please know that you will have many, many opportunities to offer feedback and to help shape the outcome and that changes that result from this process will be made carefully and incrementally.