Trustee Training Week is a series of five webinars that will take place from noon to 1pm each day, August 12 – 16, 2019.
All library board trustees, directors, library staff, volunteers, and Friends group members are welcome to participate.
There is no charge to attend, and all webinars will be recorded.
Contact hours for continuing education toward public librarian re-certification: 1 per webinar.
Monday, August 12
Governing Libraries that Inspire Investment
A primary role of the board is to secure adequate funding for the library. Making the case for funding and inspiring stakeholders to invest in your library has never been more critical. With fierce competition for public and private funds and changing perceptions about what a library actually does, it has never been more important to talk about the essential nature of your library to those you serve to those who make funding decisions about your library. During this webinar you will receive an introduction to the basic building blocks that need to be in place to inspire investment of funding and good will into your library and get a front row seat to some of the latest thinking in the profession on how to ensure your library's future in an uncertain world. Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System (NY).
Tuesday, August 13
Free is Key: Ensuring Your Library is Meeting its Mission
Join Dawn Wacek for a discussion of your library's mission and how fine policies may be working against you! Learn the ins and outs of going fine free, and what library research and best practice recommendations show about the benefits of making your collection more accessible. Presenter: Dawn Wacek, Youth Services Manager, La Crosse Public Library.
Wednesday, August 14
Effective Library Advocacy
We are excited to share some advice for effective library advocacy with Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L) Co-Chairs Connie Meyer and Kathy Pletcher. Covering everyday advocacy to decision-makers and stakeholders as well as Library Legislative Day, hear tips on who to talk to, when, and how from our presenters.
Thursday, August 15
What Does Inclusivity Look Like at Your Library?
What does inclusive mean to your library and its daily operations? Is your library inclusive? Join Shauna Koszegi, Adult Services Librarian from the Sun Prairie Public Library, as she gives you an overview of the newly released Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide. This guide will help you reflect on how your library can be a place where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.
Friday, August 16
Recruiting and Retaining Library Directors and Staff
Expectations are changing when it comes to how long library directors (and other library employees) stay at one job. How can library boards attract and retain quality leadership and personnel in a competitive market? What is the New Normal in terms of director recruitment? Topics include improving board-director relations, reviewing finances and job descriptions, investing in support for better salaries and benefits, setting realistic goals, and being better talent scouts for future hires. Presenter: Pat Wagner, Library Trainer and Consultant.
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Contact hours for continuing education toward public librarian re-certification: 1 per webinar
The Wisconsin Trustee Training Week webinar series, coordinated by the South Central Library System, is supported by Arrowhead Library System, Bridges Library System, Indianhead Federated Library System, Kenosha County Library System, Lakeshores Library System, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Monarch Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Northern Waters Library Service, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Winding Rivers Library System, Winnefox Library System, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Public Library Development Team with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.