Thursday, April 2, 2015

YSS Powerhouse Presents -Peek Behind the Curtain

You have probably read a few posts about YSS Powerhouse Presents webinars or seen them publicized...but what's the story behind them?

What is YSS Powerhouse Presents?
These webinars are an idea of the Youth Services Section (YSS) board of the WI Library Assocation. Our section has over 300 members who are experts on all things youth. The board reasoned, "Why not give our members a chance to shine and get an opportunity to present to peers across the state?" So each webinar is presented by YSS members (just like you) who have a passion for youth services and a yen to share successes.

Why webinars?
Many people cannot get to state level conferences. Webinars are a perfect bite of CE (an hour or so) that can happen right at a person's desk on a variety of topics. It extends the program work YSS does at conferences.

How does it all work?
Each webinar is planned by a YSS committee. The committee reaches out to members to get volunteers or encourage members to take the leap and learn a new skill -webinaring! Then the committee reaches out to WI library systems to find willing partners to schedule/host the webinars.

What are we hoping for?
We believe that YSS is in a perfect position to provide leadership in youth services continuing education. Along with the DPI, the CCBC and SLIS and SOIS, we can offer expertise on many aspects of youth services. Plus we want to provide value to our members!

How many have been done?
The first webinar: Programming 101 (link to the archived webinar) was presented in January and hosted by South Central Library System. The second at the end of March on Teen Services (link to the archived webinar) was hosted by Nicolet Federated Library System. The third is scheduled for April 27 on School Age Programming and presented by Outagamie Waupaca Library System (registration/information link)

Are there more coming?
You bet. We have 2-3 more in the works for fall.

How can I get involved?
Be a YSS member! Drop a line to one of the organizers with a topic you'd like to present or co-present on and we'll get you in the queue. Or volunteer to help be on the organizing committee. Contact:, or

Together we ARE stronger!

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