Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Don't Miss These Two WLA Programs

PRECONFERENCE Tuesday, October 23rd 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Youth Services Information Exchange - FREE
Sponsored by Department of Public Instruction and WLA Youth Services Section

Take part in a special pre-conference hosted by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Youth Services Section (YSS). The Youth Services Information Exchange is open to anyone interested in discussing youth services trends, issues, and ideas for public libraries in Wisconsin. This mega-session will offer attendees the opportunity to share, show, talk, meet, and connect. Discussion topics might include collaborations with school libraries or local agencies, grant opportunities and success stories, program sharing within systems, and professional development on a budget. DPI and YSS hosts will emphasize the structure and role of youth services networks in Wisconsin and how these networks can improve support and leadership to youth services librarians. The preconference conversation will be top-down, bottom-up, and every direction in between. Please join us—your voice matters! (Note: Attendees do not need to be members of YSS)

 Wednesday, October 24th 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
It Takes Two…Partnerships Between Schools and Public Libraries
La Crosse Center - South Hall
In an environment of shrinking budgets and staff, new mandates and increasing emphasis on school readiness, public libraries can be amazing partners with their K-12 colleagues. Join a panel of seasoned pros and learn about successful collaborations, service models for bringing school and public librarians together, important updates about Wisconsin’s “Read to Lead” initiative and information about the new State Common Core Standards for curriculum. If you are a youth services librarian, you cannot afford to miss this discussion.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Public Library Development Team, Madison; Nancy Anderson, School Library Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nicolet Federated Library System, Green Bay; Marge Loch-Wouters, Head of Youth Services, La Crosse Public Library, and Blogger at Tiny Tips for Library Fun

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin DPI, Public Library Development

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