WiLS 2017 Regional Community Meetings
Our patrons and our students are wonderfully curious and it's our job is to show them how to ask good questions and get good answers. In a world that is a tangle of unreliable or unsupported or outdated information, "alternative facts," fake news, and fake news about real news, how do we do this?

Through spreading information literacy, the skills that people need throughout their lives to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information. It's an important topic right now for all types of libraries. So important, in fact, that we're dedicating the 2017 WiLS Regional Community Meetings to it.

If you want to do more to help your patrons navigate the increasingly complex information landscape, please attend! Whether you have a full information literacy program implemented, you're just starting to create or rethink your information literacy program, or you aren't doing anything yet but want to get started, all are welcome to attend.

Here are the locations and dates of this year's Regional Meetings. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-4:00 pm at Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point

Wednesday, November 8, 1:00-4:00 pm at Kenosha Public Library - Northside Library

Tuesday, November 14, 1:00-4:00 pm at Madison Area Technical College

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00-4:00 pm at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton

Thursday, November 16, 1:00-4:00 pm at UW-Stout in Menomonie

Friday, November 17, 1:00-4:00 pm at Platteville Public Library as part of the annual meeting of the Southwest Wisconsin Association of Libraries (SWAL). Please visit https://goo.gl/forms/IadTgdFxfmVdHBTK2 to register for SWAL.

Fill out the form below to attend.

Name *
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Email address *
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Organization *
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Select a meeting location. *
Did you know that you can register for more than one? The record for a single attendee is three regional meetings in the same year. Try to beat that!
Would you be willing to share, formally or informally, about your own information literacy program or projects? *
No pressure! This can be as formal as you want it to be - no slides or handouts necessary.
What would you like to know about your colleagues' information literacy programs? Or, what would you like your colleagues to know about your program?
Remember, librarians from other kinds of libraries (K12, public, and academic) will be at this meeting. What would you like to know about their programs that might help you improve your own, and vice versa?
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Before the meeting....
We are hoping for a great conversation from attendees who are likely to be from very diverse backgrounds with regards to their information literacy efforts: some may have two staff members dedicated to it and some may be a solo librarian whose efforts have fallen by the wayside. All are welcome!

Before the meeting, think about your library's user community and what they struggle with in finding and using information. What signs or symptoms of gaps in information literacy skills do you see among your community?

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts!

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