More info to come!
Our annual Grassroots Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5th at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere. Topics and speakers are still being determined, and the workshop will be held in the afternoon.
More info to come!
The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute provides professional development and networking for Wisconsin public library staff who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute targets library staff who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural/isolated library communities. For these individuals, there is a need to improve skill and knowledge base, foster a supportive network, and develop stronger peer-to-peer and professional community connections within the Wisconsin public libraries infrastructure.
Over the course of three days, Institute participants experience foundational training related to youth services, including programming, advocacy, and collection development. In addition, emphasis will be placed on developing technology and leadership skills. Training is conducted by the state library agency's Youth and Inclusive Services consultant and experienced professionals from around the state. The Institute is limited to 25 participants in order to facilitate an effective, intimate, and focused Institute experience. Face-to-face interaction in a small group setting is considered an important element of the Institute and the basis for future networking and professional participation, online and in-person.
In addition to the in-person experience, participants can expect to communicate regularly with the cohort and trainers via email and a Google+ community. Engagement in the Institute begins upon acceptance of a spot in the 25 person cohort and continues through the 12 months following the in-person training in Trego. The Institute experience requires a commitment of time and energy. In return, participants can expect professional transformation. Graduates of the 2013 and 2015 Institutes described their experiences as "life changing." For more testimonials, see Comments from 2013 Institute Participants.
There is no fee for Institute participants; the costs are covered through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). At this time, we anticipate full funding of this event; if funding changes, applicants would be notified immediately.
The Institute will begin at 4pm Sunday evening and conclude at 1pm Wednesday afternoon. All meals, from Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch are included. Individual, single room lodging will be provided for participants. Participants are expected to stay on site throughout the Institute versus lodging elsewhere or commuting. Furthermore, the Institute is designed as an immersion experience for participants—family and guests are not welcome in this intense and intimate training. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the conference center. Carpooling from different regions of the state is encouraged.
Applications are due by Friday, April 28, 2017, through the online application process. Twenty-five applicants will be selected, preferably representing all 16 public library systems. If necessary, a waiting list will be maintained. Participants will be notified by mid-May.
Application Due Date
Friday, April 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
For more details, including the required application fields, visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Eki0lXAbaYWCQJJZiX3E3fBjug3t72T6mbkxFXonO0/edit?usp=sharing
Megan and Merri from the Children's Cooperative Book Center will be giving their annual "Choices" presentation on April 12th in Appleton, from 9:30 to 3 pm.
There will be a morning and afternoon presentation, as well as two break out sessions on Ozobots and tablets.
See the Winnefox page for more information and to register.
Powerup! Teen Leadership in Your Library and Beyond
Thursday, March 23, 1 pm
Emily Scherrer, Library Manager, Sierra Vista Public Library
Sierra Vista, AZ
Powerup! your local youth through civic engagement! Emily Scherrer, Library Manager of Sierra Vista Public Library, will give examples on how you can inspire your local teen population to become more involved in your local library community and beyond. How can the library work as a catalyst to make teenagers an important part of civic discussions in our communities? Hear how one library engaged teens in public art projects, city-wide leadership conferences, and even brought late-night laser tag to their community in this engaging webinar. 1 CE Credit
Power Up: A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff, will be held March 30-31 at the Pyle Center in Madison. The cost is $300, and registration is still open.
For more information, go to the conference website.
iSchool at UW-Madison
2017 Alumni Webinar Series
Anyone can register and all webinars are FREE. All speakers are fabulous SLIS alums. We thank them for sharing their expertise with the wider library and information community!
Sign up here!
All webinars will take place on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. CST
Read full descriptions: https://slis.wisc.edu/continuing-education/free-webinars/
April 4 at 12 p.m. CST: Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming
Emily Wichman (’02), Manager, Williamsburg Branch, Clermont County (OH) Public Library
April 25 at 12 p.m. CST: More than Storytime: Outreach to Childcare Centers and Preschools
Amy Commers (’08), Youth Services Librarian at the City of South St. Paul (MN) Public Library
May 9 at 12 p.m. CST: Find it Fast! Local History at Your Fingertips
Sue Braden (’94) and Diana McDonald (’81), Reference Librarians, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Questions? Contact Anna Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
I was asked to share the “save the date” for the annual Wisconsin AfterSchool Association conference. In the past, public library youth services staff have been warmly received as presenters and attendees. Please consider this opportunity to network with other informal educators.
Friday & Saturday, April 28-29, 2017
Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. -- keynote
Friday, 12-1 p.m. -- lunch & discussion
Friday, 1-2 p.m. -- follow up & conclusion
Saturday, 8:20 a.m.-4 p.m. -- breakfast 7-8:15 a.m.
lunch & poster session 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location & Lodging Accommodations:
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
Thanks for considering,
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
In order to fully support literacy for families, librarians need to consider digital, as well as print, literacy. Media mentors help parents and caregivers navigate digital resources to strengthen learning and create meaningful experiences. In this role, youth services staff can guide families to develop healthy media habits that will benefit them far into the future.
The iSchool at UW-Madison is offering a five-week, online professional development class on Media Mentorship starting March 27.
Course Topics in Media Mentorship:
Questions? Contact Anna Palmer, email@example.com or 608-263-4452
When I became the NFLS Youth Services/Inclusive Services representative, I wasn't sure what it would entail, but I was excited to have the opportunity to work with regional staff and work to assist all of our libraries. I understood the YS portion of the role, but had no idea what to expect in the Inclusive Services (IS) sphere. Now that I know more, I'd love to share that with you.
What do you think of when someone says "Inclusive Services"? After our recent SRP meeting in Green Bay, I would have focused on those with disabilities, both physical and cognitive. What if I told you that Inclusive Services simply means services for EVERYONE?
I recently attended a retreat focusing on Inclusive Services. We discussed what it means to be inclusive, how libraries can identify ways they are already meeting the needs of their diverse patrons, and how we can become aware of opportunities to expand our vision to be truly inclusive. This diversity may or may not be visible. It may be related to gender, race, age, vision or hearing-impairment, language, mental health issues, poverty, minority status, mobility challenges, migrant status, incarceration, color blindness, or to a physical restriction to name a few. The list seems daunting, but when we remember that we all have some challenges in our lives, we can begin to view our libraries through the lens of our users. Our goal is to help libraries identify ways to better serve their communities without relying on assumptions that these circumstances are not part of our community, and also to help our patrons view the wider world beyond what they experience.
We are at the beginning of a journey that I think can be very rewarding. I look forward to being a resource for our regional staff, helping plan how to scaffold and support this journey statewide, and making sure that our small libraries have the ability to reach these goals.
- Lara Lakari
Children's Services Librarian
Marinette County Library
The Texas Library Association is offering a series of five webinars on the topic of The Inclusive Library.
The webinars are free of charge, and are open to anyone in the library field. You can see descriptions of the first 4 of the series of 5, and register for any of them at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Here’s the schedule so far:
1.Best Practices for Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
March 21, 2017
2 - 3pm
2.Providing Excellent Customer Service to Library Patrons with Disabilities
March 29, 2017
2 - 3pm
3.Providing Service to Your Refugee and Immigrant Communities
April 13, 2017
10 - 11am CDT
4.Best Practices for Serving Your LGBTQ Communities
May 4, 2017
2 - 3:30pm
Continuing Education/Training Librarian and Inclusive Services Consultant
Winnefox Library System