Practical Librarianship topics were pulled directly from a survey of our membership. Four professional development workshops are scheduled throughout our fiscal year.  This series brings in professionals from many areas of librarianship and covers a wide range of topics designed to help you keep on top of the latest developments, learn innovative techniques, and ensure that you are constantly learning skills to provide the best service possible to your patrons.  Sign up for one or all four! 

Previous Seasons:  FY2018  |  FY2017  |  FY2016

FY2019 Season:  

Upcoming:  Volunteers  |  Grant Writing  |  Website Topics     Past: Google Suite Elements


Presented by Marilyn Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator, Rochester Public Library

Is your library thinking about starting a volunteer program or re-energizing an existing one?  There are many advantages to building volunteer engagement.  Volunteers help to expand existing programs, increase public support, and can accomplish critical tasks with limited funds.  In this workshop, participants will learn more about best practices to help you establish, run, and retain a volunteer program.

Snow Date: 3.19.19

T., March 12, 2019 – 9:30a – 12:30p

Click HERE to register

(Open from 1.22 – 3.5)

Grant Writing

Presented by Stephanie Gerding, MLIS, Author of ALA’s Winning Grants

Discover the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to win library grants.  Practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists will be shared.  In this interactive and fun workshop, you will learn all the steps necessary for successful library grant work, including where to look for library funding sources and what key elements go into a great proposal.

Th., April 25, 2019 – 9:30a – 3:30p

Registration forthcoming

(Open from 3.14 – 4.18)

Website Topics

Presented by Terry Glidden, Web Development Specialist

Looking to keep your website relevant?  In this workshop you’ll learn some common website terms and their applicability, delve further into what you can and cannot do with accessibility, and finally, you’ll discuss low budget, practical ways to do usability testing with your stakeholders to make sure you’re building the best user-friendly website you can.

     T., May 7, 2019 – 9:30a – 12:30p

Registration forthcoming

(Open from 3.19 – 4.30)



Google Suite Elements

Presented by SELCO Staff

Join SELCO/SELS in this beginners workshop on how to harness the power of Google through:

Drive  |  Slides  |  Docs  |  Sheets  |  Calendar  |  Forms  |  Photos

Participants will walk away with how-to handouts of how Google can benefit your library.

Snow Date: 1.29.19

T., January 15, 2019 – 9:30a – 12:30p

 Registration closed on 1.8.19