University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alumni Webinars

Spring 2020 Alumni Webinars: Presented by Alumni of the UW-Madison iSchool
(free and open to all viewers!)

Looking for older webinar presentation recordings? Go here!

May 6 at 12:00 p.m. CST | Recording | Slides | Preserve This Podcast site

Preserve This Podcast
Dana Gerber-Margie (MA’13) and Sarah Nguyen

Preserve This Podcast is a Mellon grant-funded project that ended in January 2020. The collaborators are continuing to reach out to librarians and archives about how they can help independent podcasters preserve their podcasts, or what institutions need to know before preserving podcasts themselves. This persuasive webinar will make a case for paying attention to the podcast community and how to assist them. Dana Gerber-Margie (@theaudiosignal) was the Preserve This Podcast co-lead and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently a User Support Specialist and Help Desk KnowledgeBase Administrator at UW-Madison DoIT. She earned her Master’s in Library & Information Studies at UW-Madison, and has worked as an A/V Archivist for WiLS and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She is the co-founder and editor emerita of the Bello Collective, a publication about podcasts and storytelling. Sarah Nguyen (@snewyuen) was the Project Coordinator of Preserve This Podcast. She is an advocate for open, accessible, and secure technologies through a couple of gigs during her studies as a Master of Library and Information Science candidate at the University of Washington: Assistant Research Scientist for NYU Libraries and archivist for the Dance Heritage Coalition

Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00pm CST | Recording | Slides | Resources | Chat file

Remote and Online Services to Children

Looking for a place to start when developing and presenting remote and online programs for your community’s kids? Join us for ideas!


Anne Hamland (Public Services Consultant, Wisconsin Valley Library Service)
Abby Landers (Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library, WI)
Marge Loch-Wouters (Youth Services Consultant, Southwest Library System, WI)

Please note, our webinar license caps attendees at 100; if you are not able to view the webinar live, the recording will be posted here later in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25.

March 17 at 12 p.m. CST   |  Recording | PDF of Slides

Beyond WordPress: Website Builders for Libraries
Debra Shapiro (MA’91), Instructor & Coordinator of the Online MA, Information School, UW-Madison

So you have to make a website – oh, no! Learn about the wide variety of free and for-fee website builders out there in this webinar. These are products you can quickly and easily get started using for small and larger website projects. Learn more about SquareSpace, Webflow, Weebly, Wix, and Ploud to find out what will work best for your library.

Presenter: Debra Shapiro (MA’91) teaches the web design course, Information Architecture, and has been the manager of the iSchool website for almost 20 years, starting with a hand-coded site, going through 2 different content management systems, and now on WordPress.

Feb 18 at 12 p.m. CST     |   PDF of Slides   |   Recording

Say Yes to Census 2020
Cindy Fesemyer (MA’12), Adult and Community Services Consultant, Public Libraries Division, WI Dept. of Public Instruction

We all know that, “in this world, nothing can be certain but death and taxes,” right? Well, the same can be said for Census 2020. Whether you’re ready or not, it’s coming. Why not be prepared? The U.S. Census Bureau is estimating 90% of people will complete their Census forms online and libraries of all kinds need to be prepared. Get the lowdown on all the ways you can say YES to Census 2020. Census 2020 counts will potentially create changes to political representation and Federal funding and inform your local data. Good numbers are important and libraries can–and should–help! Whether you’re in a school, public or academic library, there’s information here for you on this timely topic.