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!  If you have any questions, please contact Pam O’Hara, Director of Learning Engagement Services (

Previous Seasons: FY2019 | FY2018  |  FY2017  |  FY2016

FY2020 Season:  


Program Evaluation

Presented by Sara Richter, MS – Senior Statistician, Professional Data Analysts, Inc.

Data can provide valuable insights to how your library functions, which programs are most effective, and existing service gaps, but what data should you be collecting? How should you collect it? What do you do with it once you have it? This interactive workshop will provide practical advice for collecting and using different types of data. It will cover the basics of program evaluation and outcome measurement, starting with identifying the evaluation questions and ending with conveying the results through data storytelling.

Snow Date: Th, Nov 28, 2019

Th., Nov 14, 2019
9:30a – 3:30p
Registration forthcoming
(Open from 10.3 – 11.17)

Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Services (with MemoryCafes)

Presented by Angela Meyers – Coordinator of Youth and Inclusive Services, Bridges Library System (Waukesha, WI)

Providing inclusive services at your library is about more than offering large print materials and gender-neutral restrooms – it is a customer service mindset.  We will explore the entire customer experience with an inclusivity mindset, from visiting the library’s webs site, arriving at the library, using space and materials, to interacting with staff.  We will discuss how to create inclusive programs, including memory cafés, which are social engagement opportunities for people living with early-stage dementia and their family, friends or care partners.  You will leave the workshop with tips and techniques that you can implement today or in the future.

Snow Date: Th, Jan 23, 2020

Th., Jan 16, 2020
9:30a – 12:30p
Registration forthcoming
(Open from 12.5.19 – 1.9.20)

Disaster Planning

Presented by Christine Richardson – Serials & Preservation Librarian, Yale University

Are you prepared in case of a disaster in your library such as a flood or fire?  They can, and do, happen.  Be prepared!  This presentation will briefly outline why should have an emergency disaster plan and then explain how to go about creating your own.

Th., Jun 4, 2020
9:30a – 12:30p
Registration forthcoming
(Open from 4.23 – 5.28)