Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is Near

What are you doing on Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21 this year? With luck, you will be attending one (or more!) of the amazing free webinars at the Wild WI Winter Web Conference - all from the comfort of your desk or home.

What is W4?

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, now in its fourth year, is a state-wide virtual conference developed by Wisconsin's own Jamie Matczak at Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.  Eight-per-day, 60-minute web presentations, focusing on public libraries, are given over two blustery days in January.   

This year there is an amazing youth services track with nationally recognized speakers. Here is who's on deck:

Wednesday Jan 20
2:30 pm:
Developing Library Leaders 

Gretchen Caserotti, Director, Meridian Library District; Meridian, Idaho
What does it take to become a leader? Youth Service Librarians are in a natural position to move into administration and is it more important  than ever to take that leap as libraries evolve to deliver better, more effective services. In this session, Caserotti will reflect on what it takes to make that transition from front-line staff to management, based on her own experiences. She rose through positions from NYPL to Darien Library to Meridian Library, where she is now the Library Director. In this session, attendees interested in growing into positions of leadership and wanting to develop their own skills will learn about management, skill development, leadership, advocacy and more.

Thursday, Jan 21
10:30 am
Punch Up Your Teen Programming: Knockout Ideas Under $30 
Heather Booth, Teen and Tween Services Coordinator, Thomas Ford Memorial Library; Western Springs, Illinois (Teen Librarian Toolbox blogger)
It's the old bob and weave! Teens are a moving target, and by the time we've planned a program for them, they're often in a different place all together. This session will address the program qualities that teens respond to and how to employ those qualities in low-cost, high-interest events. Heather will draw on personal experience, share winning ideas from the field, and address promotion and marketing tools.

1 pm
Press Play! Injecting Play into Library Programs for Kids 
Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks, Children's Librarians
Vancouver Public Library; Vancouver, British Colombia (jbrary bloggers!)

Play is one of the five early literacy practices but it is often overlooked and undervalued in children’s programming. In this webinar, we’ll explore practical program examples that infuse children’s programs with playfulness and creativity. We’ll feature programs and literacy messages for ages birth - 12. Discover new programming resources and learn how youth services staff are putting this new trend into practice.

2:30 pm
Road Maps and Sign Posts: Planning Ahead for a Successful Storytime 
Melissa Depper, Supervisor of the Storytime Specialists Team Arapahoe Library District; Centennial, Colorado  (Mel's Desk blogger; Flannel Fridays cofounder)
Our storytimes are packed full of enjoyable early learning experiences, and adding some basic organizational strategies before, in-between, and during our books, songs, and activities can help children have even more successful storytime sessions. Craft a message about behavior expectations that will address your community's needs and help everyone stay focused in storytime. Develop verbal transitions to maintain a smooth pace and direct children's attention between storytime elements. Consider intentional ways to turn standard storytime practices--including songs, rhymes, and flannels--into even richer opportunities for dialog and engagement.

Plus there are amazing sessions on leadership, small library power and so much more. To register for any and all sessions, visit the W4 website.

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