In 2015, NFLS provided two grants up to $300, geared toward support staff at NFLS-member libraries.
Support staff are typically the first line of contact with patrons, but often don’t have the time or funds to attend events or conferences to further their skills.
The program was beneficial for everyone involved in 2015, and the program will continue in 2016.
Grant Guidelines and Stipulations
Please talk to your library director to see if this would be a good opportunity for you, or to get the application link.
Ditching Dewey (web)
Thursday, March 17; 1 pm
Presented by: Jessica Summer, Youth Services Librarian
Winooski Memorial Library; Winooski, Vermont
Learn how to adapt genre systems to fit your community needs as quickly and inexpensively as possible. This presentation will include an overview of "Dewey Lite" and Metis, how to adapt these systems to fit your needs, and a full cost of the transition process. Jessica will discuss how her library implemented their own blend of hybrid systems for its youth collections and BISAC for its adult collections. 1 CE Credit
Managing Employee Performance; or, How to Boss Your Friends Around (web)
Wednesday, April 6; 1 pm
Presented by: Rebecca Lemons, Director
Huntington City-Township Public Library; Huntington, Indiana
This presentation will focus on managing employees in a small or medium library where relationships are often close. The objective will be to give people a good strategy for dealing with the tough conversations that they may have to have with people who are friends or maybe even family. The session will feature tips and tricks for managing performance and will allow attendees to share their own experiences and role play to practice some of the real world situations that they might encounter.
1 CE Credit
Can We All Get Along?: Internal Customer Service
Friday, April 8; 9:30 am-12 pm
Stephenson Public Library, Marinette
Presented by: Krista Ross, Director
Southwest Library System; Fennimore, WI
Libraries are very skilled at providing excellent customer service to their patrons. But when it comes to how we treat our coworkers, we sometimes forget that they are our customers, too. Krista Ross, director of the Southwest Wisconsin Library System, will provide tips on how to resolve conflict, improve listening skills and build a culture of respect in the library.
2.5 CE Credits
Poverty Awareness Through Library Engagement
Thursday, May 12; 9:30 am - 12 pm
Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay
Presented by Erica Brewer, Director
Demmer Public Library, Three Lakes
This in-person workshop will focus on rural poverty that is custom-designed for library directors and staff. Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement (PACE) presentations by a UW-Extension agent will provide key lessons regarding poverty challenges and class awareness. A former UW-EX agent and PACE trainer who now directs the public library in Three Lakes will serve as a bridge between PACE concepts and the library environment. 2.5 CE Credits
Kristin Laufenberg at Farnsworth Public Library has won a scholarship to take a free library director certification course through SLIS-Continuing Education Services this spring. Kristin’s short essay stood out among several other excellent submissions received.
General news for the Nicolet Federated Library System.