Best Practices from America’s Best Small Libraries: Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries
September 1
3:00pm EDT
For small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support. Register
Music Cataloging Basics
September 30
2:30pm Eastern
The world of music cataloging is often puzzling to catalogers that have no music background or experience. In this new workshop, Sonia Archer-Capuzzo and Mary Huismann will put the puzzle pieces in place by covering the basics of music cataloging using the current RDA: Resource Description and MARC21 standards. This workshop is designed for those with cataloging experience who are approaching cataloging of music materials for the first time. Register
How to Get the Most from Your Library Budget
September 9
1:00pm, EDT
Do you need guidance for working with your library’s finances? Learn how to better handle your budget from an expert in library management. No matter the size of your library, you can allocate your funds wisely to support your mission. In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hussey of the Simmons School of Library and Information Science will share practical advice for managing your budget. Register
Getting Started with Library Customer Service
In this self-directed course, learners will gain a beginning-level understanding of customer service in the library setting. This training addresses competencies within the Communication, Customer Service, and Ethics & Values sections of the Competency Index for the Library Field. Get Started
Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library eCourse
October 5, 2015
Lesley Ellen Harris will help you become the copyright specialist at your institution. Educators, librarians, archivists, and other information professionals are often required to understand international copyright treaties and foreign copyright laws as well as the copyright laws in their own country—at least on a practical level. In this course, Harris will provide you with the knowledge you need to complete daily activities within the confines of copyright law.
The Necessity of Joy
September 18, 1:00pm CDT—Joy allows healing, because it removes the stress of grief and pain. Joy displaces anger, because in the joyful moment, we grab the hand of our enemy so they can join us in the dance. How do we model Joy for the people we love? Joy, that over-the-edge state of physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual transcendence, is where we forget ourselves, which means we forget our limits. Register
Isn’t It Romantic?: New Romance Titles for Your Library
September 15
1:00pm CDT
Readers love to snuggle up with a good romance novel, enjoying all the drama, suspense, or humor that leads to a happily-ever-after ending. Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar full of scintillating romance possibilities as Baker Publishing Group, Riptide, Samhain, and Shadow Mountain present intriguing forthcoming romances. Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman will moderate. Register
Teen Book Buzz: Fall 2015

September 10
3:00pm EDT
Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2015 Teen Book Buzz webcast! From epic fantasies (such as Eleanor Herman’s reimagining of Alexander the Great as a teen) and suspenseful thrillers (Joelle Charbonneau’s Need) to love stories built around teen issues (Estelle Laure’s poignant debut) and timely discussions on gender identity (Robin Talley’s sophomore novel), our webcast sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Register

University of Wisconsin-Superior Courses Available Register

Principles of Fundraising and Revenue Development
September 18, 9:00am-4:00pm
Discover how to initiate and expand fundraising efforts; advantages and
disadvantages of various development strategies; and how to create a
fundraising plan for your organization.  Instructor:  Reid Zimmerman.

Strategic Planning: Tools and Best Practices
September 24, 9:00am-4:00pm 
Includes: preparing an organization for planning; the role of the board;
strategic goals and objectives; a review of major trends and how to
develop a strategic plan utilizing an accelerated planning
model.  Instructor: Carter McNamara.
Volunteer Management, Recruitment and Retention
October 8, 9:00am-4:00pm
Volunteers play critical roles in nonprofits.  Learn the best practices
for understanding volunteer motivation, designing positions,
recruitment, supervision, recognition and more.  Gain understanding of
the trends in volunteer availability and strategies to capitalize on
these trends.  Instructor:  Cheryl Skafte.
Human Resource Management
October 22, 2015 & April 14, 2016, 9:00am-4:00pm
In this session you will learn about developing performance objectives,
understanding employees, managing by expectations, team development and
dealing with “non-performers”.  This session is geared to individuals
who currently have supervisory responsibilities, but open to
all.  Instructor:  Jeff Thompson.
Building an Effective Nonprofit Board
October 29
We will examine the roles of board members; moral and legal
responsibilities, as well as best practices (effective committee
structure, recruiting and orienting board members, conducting meeting
efficiently, and current trends).  Instructor:  Ellen O’Neill.
Victory Over Violence exhibition and program
September 21-October 2
VOV seeks to inspire people, especially youth, to identify and
counteract the root causes of violence in their lives, homes, schools,
campuses and local communities through awareness, introspection,
individual empowerment and a creative commitment to dialog and action.
Since the inception of the program, which was established in 1999 by
youth members of Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) in response to
growing concern over youth-related violence, more than one million
people have participated in VOV-related activities and have signed the
pledge to work to build a culture of peace. There will be a dynamic opening event on Monday, September 21st from
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Erlenbach Lecture Hall with a reception afterward,
and you will have an opportunity to view the exhibit.  The exhibit will
be in the main level atrium of Swenson Hall.  Classes from regional
schools are invited to attend, as are all others in the community.  To
schedule a time to bring a group through the exhibit, please contact
Lisa Mattsson at or 715-394-8033.