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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Guest post by Jean Anderson, South Central Library System Continuing Education Consultant

Registration is now open for Wisconsin Trustee Training Week 2021, which will be held Aug. 23-27. There will be one webinar each day from noon to 1 p.m. on a topic that’s relevant to public library boards, friends, and trustees. Webinars are available free of charge, and are open to anyone.

The schedule of presentation is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 23—Wisconsin Library Ecosystem—What is a library ecosystem and why is it important? In general terms, an ecosystem is a complex network or interconnected system. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the different partners involved in this ecosystem, beginning with a statewide perspective on how Wisconsin’s public libraries work with Shannon Schultz, Public Library Administration Consultant, We will move our way through the public library system and the importance of system membership with John Thompson, Director of IFLS Library System, then finish with libraries at the local level with Jennifer Thiele, Director of the Marinette County Library System. Along the way, we’ll explore the statutory language that comes into play at each level, and we’ll provide links to resources that can be helpful.

Tuesday, Aug. 24—Departures & Arrivals: Transitions and Succession Planning—Trustees will learn how to successfully prepare for the departure of a director due to retirement or moving to a new library. We will cover what the current director and board must put in place prior to the placement of a new director and discuss the role of trustees in successfully onboarding a new director and the transition of them into their new role. We will provide a checklist of items to prepare for new library directors that will be supplied after the presentation. Presented by Kate Hall, Executive Director of the Northbrook Public Library, and Kathy Parker, Library Consultant.

Wednesday, Aug. 25—Self-awareness for Social Justice Ally-ship—In this session, participants will be invited to explore privilege, prejudice, and inclusion through story-telling and critical self-reflection. This session is interactive and will explore both individual and collective aspects of practicing social justice. Presented by Ruth de Jesus, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Northland College.

Thursday, Aug. 26—Library Ethics 101: What Would You Do?—Public libraries face ethical issues all the time. This session aims to create an open discussion about library core values and ethics. Inspired by a session at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference, our program provides real library ethical scenarios, followed by a discussion with a panel of experienced trainers. We will discuss sticky situations when personal ethics and professional ethics differ. This is a highly interactive session; audience participation is encouraged. Attendees will leave with a list of helpful resources and books. Presented by Patty Collins, Gail Santy, and Maribeth Shafer, Library Consultants for the Central Kansas Library System.

Friday, Aug. 27—Trustee Leadership: Bringing it All Together—It’s the end of Trustee Training Week! It’s time to take what you’ve learned and apply it at your library. Join Melissa McLimans, consultant at Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), and Stef Morrill, executive director of River Valley Commons and a current Friends of the Library Board Member at Spring Green Public Library, as they discuss how to support and develop the library’s vast, interconnected ecosystem by applying servant leadership.

You must register for each webinar individually at More information is also available at that link, and you can also access recordings from the 2015-20 webinars.

Trustee Training Week is coordinated by the South Central Library System. This year, Trustee Training Week is supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Public LIbrary Development Team, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Jean Anderson, Continuing Education/Multitype Consultant, South Central Library System,, 608-246-5613

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