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Volume 27, No. 3, Fall 2010
Co-Editors: Julia Trojanowski, Northland College and Linda Hartig, Carroll University

In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair Future Events
ACRL Chapter Councils Rep Update People & Places in the News
A Visit to Czech Libraries Calendar of Meetings & Events
WITC and IFLS host DLK Education & Enrichment Opportunities


Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Dennis Unterholzner

D. Unterholzner, WAAL Chair, photo
Greetings everyone. Summer is over, the weather is turning cooler, and the smell of fall is in the air. Being retired, this is the first fall in several decades that I wasn’t part of all the excitement associated with the beginning of a new school year. Although I had thought I would never miss what often seemed like controlled chaos, I must admit I do miss all the activity. 

The WAAL Board has been busy working on several projects that will provide better communication to both current and potential members. The Directory Committee is working on developing a new structure for the designated contact system, the Communications Committee is looking into creating a space on the WLA website to promote WAAL membership, and the Conference Planning Committee is planning for the 2011 WAAL Conference in Stevens Point, April 26-29.

In August, I attended WLA’s Strategic Planning and Revitalization Conference at the De Forest Public Library. Through a number of exercises and a lot of brainstorming, the group worked to identify key elements we believe would make WLA more effective and responsive to the needs of our profession. We then identified those activities and organizational structures that will ensure that these key elements are implemented. It was both an informative and exciting conference, and I look forward to all of us working together in the coming years to create an organization that will enable librarians to thrive in the future.

Don’t forget the upcoming WLA Annual Conference. This year we will be meeting at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, November 2-5. WAAL is sponsoring and co-sponsoring several programs this year, including

  • Staff training at a combined services desk,
  • Stealth marketing & clip art: doing a lot with a little,
  • Adventures in space design: a creative process for designing library spaces that meet the evolving needs of our users and staff 
  • Student research forum.

There are many additional programs being offered that will be of interest to you. In addition, it is a great opportunity for professional development to see what others are doing in the profession or just to renew acquaintances. By the way, if any of you would like to assist with program introductions, please contact Lisa Viezbicke at Beloit College.

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, there’s still time. Follow this link to the conference site http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2010/index.htm. I hope to see all of you at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells this November.

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ACRL Chapter Councils Rep Update

--Laurie Swartwout, ACRL Liaison

At our June Chapters Council meeting at ALA in Washington, DC, we were privileged to have Dr. Megan Oakleaf speak to us about the comprehensive report that she has been working on over the past year, “The Value of Academic Libraries: A comprehensive Research Review and Report.”  The focus of Megan’s report is on the value of academic libraries from an institutional perspective. Some of the questions she addresses are how the library affects student recruitment, achievement, retention, and overall student learning. She encouraged us to explore where the library can have an impact on our students’ learning experiences and assist them in successfully completing their academic program. Her enthusiasm to make libraries a vibrant part of a student’s academic experience is catching! The final report has recently been made available online: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/value/val_report.pdf

Once you have read through the report, I encourage you to think about your library and its value to your institution – what might you change or promote that would make a difference for your students?  If you have recently implemented changes, were they successful? Now, what can you share at the next WAAL conference that might help other academic librarians and staff?

The bi-annual ACRL conference is coming up quickly! Don’t miss it -- March 30-April 2, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA. This conference is smaller than the ALA conferences and geared specifically to academic library needs. It’s a wonderful way to share ideas, learn new skills, talk with vendors, visit poster sessions, and make connections with peers. Information about the conference can be found here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/national/2011/index.cfm.

Also available to you are e-learning options through ACRL – Online Seminars and Live Webcasts. Check out the options on the ACRL website!

As representative for the Wisconsin ACRL chapter, I meet with other Chapter reps and ACRL national officers and staff twice yearly at the Annual and Midwinter ALA meetings. If you have questions, suggestions, comments, or feedback that you would like me to share at this level, please feel free to contact me.

Laurie Swartwout, Cardinal Stritch University Library
lgswartwout@stritch.edu    
414.410.4264

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A Visit to Czech Libraries

--Patricia Kuntz, SLIS Alumna, MA/MS/PhD, Wisconsin

In 2003, library school staff at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill negotiated a study abroad program in Prague for librarians and library school students. Since that year, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members have led groups for two weeks of library visits that are coordinated by faculty and students of the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at Charles University (established in 1348). Participants in the UNC-CUNI program visit more than 20 urban and rural libraries of various types during the trip. The actual libraries visited change yearly, depending on availability and interpreters or English speakers.

Several Wisconsin librarians have participated in the course: Judith Louer, Anne Rauh, Deborah Copperud, Katie Curler, and Katie Hull. This year I enrolled in the course to focus on various collections of African content materials held in Prague’s religious libraries, as well as in university and museum collections.

The Czechs have a long history of literacy and books. John Hus, a protestant theologian, standardized the Czech alphabet. The Bible was the first book to be translated into Czech, contrary to Papal authority for the Catholic Church. Since Prague was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, it is logical for contemporary librarians to come to Charles University for information concerning manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages. 

The two-week UNC-CUNI program in Prague was packed with librarianship as well as cultural activities. Everyone left impressed with the accomplishments of the Czechs in terms of literacy, which has led to general library use. The library school hosts at CUNI were most gracious and informative concerning the status of librarianship in the country. On this trip we visited several university libraries, two monastic libraries, one aristocrat’s library, and several public libraries in a large urban center and a small rural setting. The program was well designed for interaction with local librarians. Several students returned to libraries for further inquiries and to gather data for a research paper. Participants were well aware that, as individuals, they would have had a difficult time meeting all 26 librarians and archivists and visiting the 13 libraries in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia in such a concentrated time.

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WITC and IFLS host DLK

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Indianhead Federated Library System partnered to host renowned library technology expert David Lee King in northwestern Wisconsin for a unique event offered to public, academic, and K-12 librarians. The event was held at the WITC-Rice Lake campus on October 1 from 9:30-3:30 and was open to all librarians.

In the morning session, King described the current social media transformation taking place and how those changes apply in a library setting.  He then discussed the changes a library needs to make to meet and participate in our new online, participatory world, and provided pointers to plan for and implement the changes.

Following King’s morning presentation, the afternoon was dedicated to collaboration among librarians, including hands-on lab time to explore some of the issues discussed during the morning session.

Prior to the event, WITC’s Learning Resources Director, Matt Rosendahl said he was “very excited to hear what this leader in library technology has to say, but I’m also looking forward to the opportunities for librarians to learn from each other and discover new ways to serve our communities, schools, colleges, and universities.

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Future Events

ELUNA Annual Conference

--Sue Dentinger, Library Technology Group, UW-Madison Libraries

The ELUNA (ExLibris Users of North America) annual conference is being held in Milwaukee this coming year, on May 11-13, 2011. Prior to the conference on May 9-10, there will be a technical seminar covering more in-depth training issues of some ExLibris products. ExLibris is the vendor for SFX, BX, MetaLib, Voyager, ALEPH, Primo, Verde and Digitool/Rosetta. UW System libraries are providing the local arrangements; Ewa Barczyk is our local arrangements chair.

The program for 2011 is not out yet but you can get a feel for the conference from last year's program at:  http://eluna2010.tcu.edu/ .

The first day of the conference will have a plenary session given by ExLibris staff at which they will discuss the company’s overall directions and future plans. They will also have a seminar by their lead technologist on their upcoming product URM (Universal Resource Management), which, as I understand it, is the years-away upgrade path for Voyager. It is looking like there will be an opening night reception, possibly at the Harley Davidson Museum, but plans are still in process for that. The plenary session will be at the Milwaukee convention center, with the conference in general being hosted at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center Hotel.

If you work with any of these products, this would be a good year to attend or (even better) present at this conference.  Sometimes we don't realize some of the innovative things we are doing. It would be great to see a good showing by Wisconsin library staff.

WAAL Annual Conference, Call for Conference Programming

--Andrew Prellwitz, WAAL Conference Planning Committee

WAAL Annual Conference 2011 logo graphic

The WAAL 2011 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Renew, Energize, Sustain: WAAL 2011 at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, April 26-29, 2011.

Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Target areas for sessions from the 2010 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability
  • Information Literacy
  • Resource Sharing
  • Access Services
  • Technical Services
  • Distance Librarianship
  • Managing student employees
  • Weeding
  • Instruction and Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Small Libraries
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Preservation

To submit a breakout session proposal, please forward the following information:

1. Abstract of the program (300 words or less).

2. Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information.

3. Format (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.).

4. Equipment needs.


Proposals are due by October 15, 2010.
Please send via email all proposals and questions to Andrew Prellwitz

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People & Places in the News

WISPALS Library Consortium

The WISPALS Library Consortium (www.wispals.org ) welcomes Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) as its newest full member. It has been a participating member since 2004. This brings WISPALS full membership to eleven Wisconsin Technical College School districts. One of WITC’s first projects is converting to a new ILS (Voyager) in collaboration with WISPALS staff.

Jennifer Brosek was hired as the WISPALS Library Consortium Coordinator in March. She is a 2009 graduate from Indiana University SLIS and has previous experience working at the University of Chicago Libraries both as a student and full-time staff member. She looks forward to learning more about Wisconsin!

Beloit College

--Joshua Hickman, Digital Resources Librarian

In July 2010, Beloit College Library and the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College launched a digital collection of holdings at the museum. Designed to serve as a virtual catalog of the museum’s artifacts, the initial collection contained 849 items housed in CONTENTdm. This collection has already expanded to more than 1100 items and is expected to continue growing over the coming months and years. 

CONTENTdm will afford the collection heightened visibility in Google searches as well as in WorldCat. In addition, it allows for a variety of search capabilities for users of the museum’s collection. Although the items comprise a single collection, visitors to the collection’s homepage (http://www.beloit.edu/bcdc/logan/ ) are presented with the option to view featured collections.  These featured collections use hidden metadata fields to display subcollections of items related to specific bequests or groups of artifacts.

The Logan Museum digital collection is intended to support the coursework of Beloit College faculty and students, as well as to raise awareness of the museum and its artifacts among the general public. A similar collection for the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College is currently under way.

Lawrence University

--Peter Gilbert, Library Director

The Mudd staff welcomed 100 new students to the library for their annual Welcome Week Open House. Students made notebooks from recycled paper and cereal boxes, played Mario Kart, took Library tours, ate delicious sandwiches (not to mention Dum-dums and Smarties), put together a puzzle, learned about Library and CTL services, and won fabulous prizes. View our Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/sets/72157624802358969/ .

The Mudd is delighted to welcome Jill Thomas as our new Director of Technical Services. Jill comes to us from Boston College where she was Jesuitana Librarian at the Burns Library. Before that she was Digital Resources Cataloger at  the O'Neill Library at Boston College and Head of Technical Services at the Botany Libraries at Harvard.

Over the summer the Mudd continued its popular Mudd Coffeehouse series. More than 80 faculty and staff stopped by for coffee, cookies, and content. Our four programs this year ran the gamut from using Google in conjunction with library resources to new-fangled gadgets like iPads, Nooks, and Kindles to streaming audio services to digital art collections. A fine time was had by all.

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

The Libraries’ Funding Information Center announces publication of its all-new 2010 (29th) edition of Foundations in Wisconsin. The unique tool documents a record 1,314 active foundations in the state, including 123 new foundations. Reflecting the nation’s economy, both total grants ($473 million) and total assets ($5.6 billion) decreased from last year, 7% and 18% respectively. Both spiral-bound and online subscription formats may be purchased through the library. 

Postcards from Manhattan
On October 1st the Department of Special Collections and Archives will publish the final installment of photographs for its digital collection, Postcards from Manhattan: The Portrait Photography of Carl Van Vechten. More than 800 postcards depicting notable ballet and modern dancers will join the nearly 1,600 portraits already online. The completed site will boast images of 359 individuals, embodying a “who’s who” of prominent persons in the mid-twentieth century arts. Celebrated photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) mailed these portrait postcards to his friend, Karl Priebe (1914-1976), a Wisconsin artist whose papers reside in Raynor Memorial Libraries. An exhibit of the original postcards will be displayed on the first floor of Raynor Library during October to celebrate Wisconsin Archives Month, which focuses on historical postcards. More about the project or view the collection.

See the Libraries’ fall newsletter, featuring collection news, new staff, spotlight on research and instructional services, latest research guides, and more...

UW-Eau Claire

Robin Miller is the new research and instruction/government publications librarian at McIntyre library, where she is also the federal and state depository coordinator. She had the following to say about her new job, “You will see me teaching information literacy classes, assisting patrons at the reference desk, and consulting individually with both students and faculty. I am also the liaison to the American Indian studies program, the environmental public health program, and the political science department; I look forward to working with faculty in these departments, and throughout the University, to foster our students’ critical thinking about information and research.” Robin and her husband are new to Wisconsin and, as avid cyclists, they are looking forward to getting to know the state by bicycle. In her spare time, Robin also spends a lot of time cooking and fantasizing about vegetable gardening.

UW-Milwaukee

--Steve Burnham, Editor, UWM Libraries

The Libraries celebrated the launch of a new digital collection, March On Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project, on Sept. 16 at the Milwaukee Public Library.

Curative Care Network--a service organization, founded in 1919, that works to improve the quality of life for thousands of persons with disabilities or limiting conditions--has made a generous gift of its historical records to the Libraries.

Arijit Sen, assistant professor in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, will present the Libraries’ 41st  annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture on October 21 in the Golda Meir Library's Conference Center. The title of Sen’s lecture is “Charlotte Partridge, Layton School of Art and the Pedagogy of Social Engagement, 1920-1954.”

New York City collector Jerome Buff has donated to the Libraries more than 1100 literary first editions, about a quarter of which are inscribed.

Photographer and book artist Clarissa Sligh will offer a presentation in the Ettinger Book Artist Series on October 19 in Special Collections. Her widely acclaimed work, held in library and museum collections around the world, centers on issues of race, identity, cultural constructs, and social justice.

Frederick E. Nelson, Department of Geography, University of Delaware, will give the annual Wilkommen GeoFocus lecture on “The American Geographical Society’s Transcontinental Excursion of 1912” on October 7 in the American Geographical Society Library.

Lisa Schelling has joined the American Geographical Society Library as GIS Librarian. Lisa’s MLS is from Indiana University, where she was previously working as an Instruction Assistant.

More information about the UW-Milwaukee Libraries is available in the Fall 2010 newsletter.

UW-Oshkosh

Jeanne Foleyreceived a heartwarming retirement send-off from Polk Library staff in December, 2009. After 30 years of state service, she finds that she still misses her working days and the statewide network of library friends she has made. She additionally reports that retirement affords more quality visiting time with family and friends, the opportunity to enjoy less-crowded midweek travel, and time to join a third book-club. Time flies when you are having fun, both then and now, apparently!

UW-Platteville

--Zora Sampson, Library Director

On Tuesday night, August 31st, the last night that students had without classes the next morning, the 2010 Karrmann Library Ball Drop took place at 9:40 p.m. More than 500 students crowded around the library’s patio outdoors to count down and watch 1250 super balls drop from the 3rd floor balcony onto the 1st floor patio. There were three strobe lights to accentuate the falling and bouncing motion of the balls. Five hundred of the super balls glowed in the dark, tracing the path on and off the patio. WSUP 91 FM, the UW-P campus radio station, brought a terrific sound system to the event. 

After the ball drop, nearly one-hundred students came into the library to enjoy a paper airplane challenge and web cam "studying in the library” photos. In the paper airplane challenge, the longest flight was over 52 feet! The biggest challenge for this game was to keep the airplane going straight down the paper runway.

On the library’s 2nd floor students enjoyed rock music with card and board games set up by the UW-P Gaming Society.

Peanuts, candy bars, and water were provided for the crowd, yet there was almost no trash left by our environmentally alert Pioneers. UW-P students can look forward to more fun library events throughout the year and to a bigger, better ball drop in 2011!

UW-Platteville Karrmann Library acquires new materials for three cutting-edge programs

At the end of the 2009-10 academic year at UW-Platteville, Provost Emerita Carol Sue Butts awarded the UW-P Karrmann Library $3,600 from the Opportunity Fund for new materials in the forensic investigation, micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology, and sustainable and renewable energy programs. The new books and DVDs were chosen by UWP library staff members Charlene Ingebritsen, Regina Pauly, and Kay Young, and are available for the fall semester.

Young, a senior instructional specialist, explained that when the library is short of materials for a specific program, staff must rely on the UW System’s Inter-Library Loan system to meet patrons’ needs. But when a program is new, other libraries often don’t have enough materials in their collections, either.

The Opportunity Fund is a one-time source of funding and is not part of the university budget allocated to the library annually. In their capacity as liaisons to the criminal justice, chemical and physical engineering, and general engineering programs, respectively, Ingebritsen, Pauly and Young decided to combine their requests into one grant proposal to reinforce quickly each growing discipline.

Ingebritsen, who is part of the library’s government publications department, said, “In order to support student learning and faculty teaching, we need to have up-to-date, current materials, and if we can’t get them someplace else, then it’s very difficult to give the students and the faculty the information that they require.”

The trio went through a careful research process for choosing the new materials, which include around 50 new books and DVDs. Along with soliciting input from faculty in each specific department, they read book reviews in industry journals and considered the needs of the collection for the future. 

Pauly, curriculum librarian and director of the Instructional Materials Laboratory located in Doudna Hall, said, “We are really grateful for this funding. Provost Emerita Butts saw the need we have, and she supported it.”

"It’s a real windfall for the library, students and faculty to be able to have these resources right at their fingertips so that they are truly on the cutting edge,” Ingebritsen said.

For more information about the new materials or other resources, visit Karrmann Library on the UW-P campus, or contact Young at (608) 342-1134 or young@uwplatt.edu .                               

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

WLA Annual Conference November 2-5, 2010, Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
WAAL Annual Conference April 26-29, 2011, Ramada Inn, Stevens Point

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Education & Enrichment Opportunities

CCBC Calendar & Events SOIS Podcasts
e-Learning from ACRL SOIS Professional Development Institute
SLIS Continuing Education & Online Short Courses Wisconsin State Law Library Classes and Tours

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Fall 2011

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Volume 28, No. 3, Fall 2011
Co-Editors: Jeff Brunner, UW-Oshkosh and Julia Waggoner, Northland College

In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair People & Places in the News
The Question of Time Calendar of Meetings & Events
WAAL Announces 2012 Officers Education & Enrichment Opportunities
Library Legislative Day


Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Lisa Viezbicke, Beloit College

L. Viezbicke, WAAL Chair

Solidly into the fall season and semester, the bustle of welcoming new faculty and students and working through the flurries of start-of-term orientation sessions is something of a memory.  The lively pace, at least at Beloit, has turned toward securing the best citations, articles, and inter-library loan materials to complete research papers and capstone projects.

This year’s WLA conference included three successful WAAL-sponsored programs, including the Best of WAAL award-winning program, “IT Interested? Encouraging IT Experimentation in the Library. Attendees at the spring conference voted to share this program with the larger WLA community; Tom Durkin (UW-Madison Social Science Reference Library), Ian Benton (UW-Madison College Library), and Jim Jonas (UW-Madison MERIT Library) obliged with an encore performance of their standing room-only session.

Attending the conference and completing conference evaluations is but one way to make your voice heard. If you are looking for more, consider contributing your voice and ideas to the organization.  Board elections are complete for the coming year, but there are still plenty of opportunities to lead or serve as members on WAAL committees.  Contact the WLA office wla@scls.lib.wi.us to indicate your interest.  Spread the word, too, encourage peers – new and old – to join WAAL and add their voices, share their experiences, meet, greet, and learn from and enrich our Wisconsin academic library community.  

Speaking of meeting and greeting, mark your calendars now for April 17-20, 2012 to treat yourself to an engaging conference (and perhaps a spa treatment) at the Grand Geneva Resort in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Stay warm and healthy this winter; the spring thaw is right around the corner.

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The Question of Time

--Ane Carriveau, UW-Fox Valley, WAAL Vice-Chair

We are all being asked to do more with less: less staff, fewer resources, and, ultimately, less time.  So how does serving your professional organizations factor into this all-consuming time crunch?  Here are two comments I frequently hear (because I'm on many committees): "How do you find the time?" and "I don’t have any time."

Now the answer to comment two is easy for me. If you tell me the maximum amount of time you might be able to give, I can find a spot for you to match the time commitment.  Or you can tell me where your interest lies and when you’d have the time available to give.  The organization always needs volunteers, whether it’s for a committee, staffing the registration desk, introducing or presenting a program at a conference, editing the newsletter or the website.  Virtually everything WAAL and WLA do is because of volunteers.  How much time does it all take?  Individually, not a lot.  Over the course of a year, probably a week for the most time- intensive tasks, though many require a commitment of 10 hours or less.

So back to that first comment: How do I find the time?  Personally, I only give my time to things I believe in.  I believe passionately in WAAL.  Without this organization, I don’t think I would be where I am professionally this early in my career.  Volunteer opportunities within WAAL and WLA gave me the chance to “cut my leadership teeth”, in small ways at first that eventually have grown over time.  So I make the time and “bill” it as the time it takes to keep me engaged and motivated to continue to learn and develop.  For example, I wrote this while at my sons’ karate practice.

So I challenge each of you to think about what you are passionate about, and then take it to the next level and think about how much time you could give to the organization.  Maybe it is an hour a month, a day a quarter, or whatever amount of time you think you can commit.  Then contact me (ane.carriveau@uwc.edu ), and I’ll find the opportunity for you to leave your mark on our organization.

WAAL is currently looking for volunteers for the following committees: Nominations, Communications (Chair and WAAL Webmaster), Professional Development, and Information Literacy. 

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WAAL Announces 2012 Officers

Congratulations to our next group of officers, and many thanks to all who served as candidates!

Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Kathy Myers, Carthage College
ACRL Liaison: Sheila Stoeckel, UW-Madison
Secretary: Josh Hickman, Beloit College

If you are interested in running for office next year, we welcome your interest. Contact Ellen Engseth, Nominations Committee Chair, at engsethe@uwm.edu.

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Library Legislative Day

Library Legislative Day is Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Legislators need to hear from you about important library issues.

Major issues in 2012 include gaining support for:

  •  A bill extending the deadline for changes to the UW System's research functions and WiscNet.
  •  Protection of the Common School Fund for school library use.
  •  A bill to enable public library districts.
  •  A bill to improve options for recovering overdue library materials.

Participate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative district. Background materials and briefing provided in advance give you talking points on the issues. Professional lobbyists will provide tips on having an effective meeting.

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People & Places in the News

Matt Blessing named Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library-Archives Division

M. Blessing, photo

The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the appointment of Matt Blessing, head of special collections and archives at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as the director of the Society's Library-Archives Division. Blessing, who formerly worked as an archivist at the Society from 1991 to 1999, will begin his new duties on Jan. 17.

Blessing has worked as an archivist for Marquette since 1999, overseeing some of the university's most widely used collections, including the original manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" as well as manuscript collections documenting Catholic social justice movements such as Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker Movement. Part of his role has been to digitize significant amounts of material in the university's archival collections for Internet access, something that is also a priority at the Society.

The Society's archives maintains many collections of national scope, including mass communications history; U.S. labor history; social and political collections; and the Draper Manuscripts, which document critical stages in the Westward Movement between the French and Indian War and the War of 1812. The archives also include extensive visual and sound records, including more than a million historical photographs, posters, oral history recordings and motion picture films.

The Society's library serves as the North American history library for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds nearly 4 million printed and microform items on history, genealogy and related topics. It also maintains a massive newspaper collection dating to Colonial days and is an official documents depository for the governments of Wisconsin, the United States and Canada.

"The Society's research collections are extraordinary, not only for Wisconsin history, but also across many aspects of American history," said Blessing. "People recognize and value the leadership that the Historical Society continues to provide in preserving and presenting history. I'm excited to join an organization committed to doing such important work."

Blessing will oversee a professional staff of 45 positions. His appointment follows a yearlong national search.

UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

Save the date!

April 14, 2012


UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies Annual Ted Samore Lecture featuring:
Cindy Romaine, Special Libraries Association President


The UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies invites you to attend our Annual Ted Samore Lecture featuring Cindy Romaine. Cindy has worked in the information and research field for the last 28 years in a variety of public, academic, and special environments. She worked for 16 years at Nike, Inc. as the director of the Design Library and as Corporate Archivist. She is currently the principal of Romainiacs Intelligence Research, an information consultancy that provides in-depth research solutions to corporate clients.

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

Library Legislative Day February 14, 2012, Best Western/Inn on the Park, Madison
WAAL Annual Conference April 17-20 2012, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

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Education & Enrichment Opportunities

CCBC Calendar & Events SOIS Podcasts
e-Learning from ACRL SOIS Professional Development Institute
SLIS Continuing Education & Online Short Courses Wisconsin State Law Library Classes and Tours

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The WAAL Newsletter welcomes articles of interest to academic librarians. Please consider sharing summaries of research or research in progress, announcements/results of meetings or conferences, and news of staff changes and/or accomplishments. 

Deadline for the next issue:

WAAL Communications Committee:
Peter Gilbert (Chair), Jeff Brunner and Julia Waggoner, (Newsletter Co-Editors), Karen Dunn (Technical Support)

© 2011 Wisconsin Library Association. ISSN 0743-3468
Portions may be quoted or copied if credit is given. Contact the WLA Executive Director when quoting or reproducing extensively. WLA Phone: (608) 245-3640; Fax: (608) 245-3646

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Spring 2011

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Volume 28, No. 2, Spring 2011
Co-Editors: Jeff Brunner, UW-Green Bay and Julia Waggoner, Northland College

In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair Conference Summary, ER&L
Introducing Candidates, WAAL Office People & Places, In Brief
Scholarship Recipients' Conference Comments Calendar of Meetings & Events
New Co-Editor for WAAL Newsletter Education & Enrichment Opportunities

 


Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Lisa Viezbicke, Beloit College

L. Viezbicke, WAAL Chair

Some days are up, some days are down, and some are overwhelmed by question marks. Much of the discussion and debate over the state budget crosses all three categories. With scarcely enough time to keep track of the details flying around the capital, I am grateful for the timely digest assembled by our devoted colleagues in the WLA office. Response to these legislative alerts and calls to action by WAAL membership and friends reflect the community’s engagement and concern. Raise hands and voices. Up!

The summer season brings a different and slightly more welcome set of ups and downs–the pomp and excitement of graduation with the heaviness of farewells to favorite students and researchers. Here at Beloit we are filled with a mixture of pride and sadness as we celebrate the graduation of our thirteen senior student workers. That a third of them are moving on to graduate study or employment in libraries, archives, and museums pushes our pride up a notch. More ticks in the up column: a bright spot for today and the future, theirs as well as ours.

An undisputed high point for the spring was this year’s WAAL conference in Stevens Point: Renew, Energize and Sustain.   See for yourself! Presentation materials are available in the post conference section of the website: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/waal/conferences/2011/resources.html

Bank a bit of up and cheer for yourself this fall by marking your calendar and planning to attend the WLA Annual Conference, November 1-4, in Milwaukee at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. If you missed WAAL this spring, this will be your chance to see an encore presentation of the “Best of WAAL” as voted by conference attendees.

Here’s to more ups than downs for this summer and the coming year!

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Introducing Candidates Running for WAAL Office

Vice Chair/Chair Elect Candidate: Kathy Myers

Vice Chair/Chair Elect Candidate
Kathy Myers

As User Services Librarian at Carthage College’s Hedberg Library, I oversee circulation, interlibrary loan, and the combined information and reference desk. I also participate in information literacy instruction and planning, as well as collection development. I started my 20+ years at Carthage in a paraprofessional position, as a circulation supervisor, received my MLIS in 2001, and assumed a professional librarian position, and have taken on numerous additional responsibilities, including bibliographic instruction, role of departmental liaison, and various supervisory roles. For the past eight years I have been active in WLA/WAAL.

 

I am honored to accept the nomination for Chair-Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians. My involvement with the WAAL board since 2007 has allowed me to see the importance of WAAL and the WLA. I have always enjoyed the networking and sharing of work practices that are part of these organizations, but my experience on the WAAL board has helped me better understand the need for librarians to build political support through advocating for the importance of libraries and librarians.

 

WAAL has a proven record for supporting our libraries. In these changing times and unsure future, it is more important than ever that librarians come together to support each other and market ourselves to our administrators and users. It is important that you, as a member of this organization, do your part in keeping libraries strong in Wisconsin. I want to advocate and encourage everyone to take advantage of all educational opportunities through workshops and conferences that are offered to you. By working together we can keep librarianship alive and thriving.

 

WAAL and WLA activities: 
WAAL Board Member at Large (2008-2010)

WAAL Secretary (2007-2008)

WLA Circulation Services Round Table Member at Large (2007-2008)

WAAL conference Planning Committee (2005)

Other activities:
2007 WLA Highsmith Award winner, coordinator of Carthage Family Fun Night
Hedberg Library named 2004 WLA Library of the Year.  Several projects and activities that I supported helped contribute to Carthage’s award.
Multiple presentations at WLA, WAAL, and support staff conferences

 

K. Myers, photo

ACRL Liaison Candidate: Sheila Stoeckel

ACRL Liaison Candidate
Sheila Stoeckel

I am honored to be nominated to serve as WAAL’s ACRL Liaison.  Through my position, I have many opportunities to collaborate with campus, state, and national organizations and librarians. I am an Instruction Librarian for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s General Library System’s Library & Information Literacy Instruction Program Office, specializing in instructional services, instructional technology, and library marketing/outreach. 

 

Through my participation with WAAL as a board and committee member, I have learned that WAAL’s success is driven by the quality of librarians that serve it. I have been very active within WAAL and WLA since early in my career. In the past few years, I have become increasingly active within ALA and ACRL. This year I had the chance to work nationally with many great professionals on information literacy and instructional technology issues.  Also, I have worked with the current and in-coming presidents of ACRL on the ACRL President’s program and contest. I look forward to bridging my experiences with ALA/ACRL with WAAL. Thank you for considering me as your next WAAL ACRL Liaison.  

 

WAAL and WLA activities:
Professional Development Committee (Chair)
WAAL Board
2012 WAAL Conference Planning Committee
2008 & 2009 WAAL Conference Planning Committee (Co-Chair)
WLA Committee on Organization
WLA Leadership Committee

 

ALA/ACRL activities:
ACRL Information Literacy Professional Development Committee (Vice Chair)

ACRL Instruction Section’s Instructional Technologies Committee

ACRL 2011 President’s Program Planning Committee

ACRL Instruction Section’s 2010 Conference Program Planning Committee


Other activities:
UW-Madison Center for the First-Year Experience Advisory Board

UW-Madison Campus Libraries Marketing Committee (Co-Chair)

UW-Madison Teaching & Learning Symposium Planning Committee (Co-Chair)
UW-Madison Campus Common Book (a.k.a. Go Big Read) Steering Committee

 

S. Stoeckel, photo

Secretary Candidates: Josh Hickman and Emily Rogers

Secretary Candidate

Josh Hickman

Secretary Candidate

Emily Rogers

J. Hickman, photo E. Rogers, photo

I am delighted and honored to be nominated to serve as WAAL Secretary in 2012. I graduated from SOIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 and have been a WAAL member since I began my master's program. Since graduating, I have sought opportunities to interact with and assist my colleagues in any way possible. In so doing, I have served on the Upper Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting planning committee for three years and on the WAAL Conference Planning Committee in 2011. I have worked in Wisconsin academic libraries throughout my college and graduate school years: at Marquette and UW-M, and, currently, as a professional librarian at Beloit College, where I have been for nearly four years. I look forward to working in Wisconsin and with WAAL for many more years to come!  If elected, I will provide excellent service to the organization and to my professional colleagues.

 

WAAL activities:
2011 WAAL Conference Planning Committee

 

Other activities:
Upper Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group planning committee member (2008-2010)
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies Instructor

 

 

I am grateful for the opportunity to be nominated as WAAL Secretary. We are all fortunate to live in a state with such a strong library association; the value WAAL and WLA add to our professional lives is immeasurable. I am excited for the opportunity to continue working with the WAAL Board, if elected. I have been an active member of WAAL for more than 10 years, most recently serving as WAAL Secretary for the past two years, as well as working on the Professional Development Committee. I have also worked on a past Conference Planning Committee and served as the Chair of the Circulation Services Roundtable. In my role as Coordinator of Public Services at UW-GB, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of local and statewide committees as well. Currently, I serve on the Cofrin Library Leadership Team as well as Marketing Committee. Within UW-GB, I am serving on the Awards & Nominations Committee and Leadership Taskforce. I truly value my experience as a member of each of these committees, and would welcome the possibility of continuing in my role as WAAL Secretary. Thank you for considering me for this nomination. 

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WAAL Conference Scholarship Recipients' Conference Comments

WAAL Annual Conference, 2011, logo

I am very grateful to have been awarded the WAAL conference scholarship. It was wonderful to learn about current issues and how academic libraries across the state are addressing them. As a newcomer in the field, I really appreciated the chance to meet and converse with so many library professionals. I'll admit that it was a bit intimidating to be a presenter when I had not previously attended a conference, but my initial nervousness was eased by the welcoming environment. I look forward to continuing to participate in WAAL throughout my career.

Jodi Bennett, Cardinal Stritch University, paraprofessional scholarship

Some highlights of the WAAL Conference in Stevens Point were the keynote presentation by Char Booth on “Instructional Literacy and the Library Educator” and practical sessions on the use of technology, such as “Circulating iPads in an Academic Library." I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the culture of academic libraries and about library trends. It was also a pleasure to meet colleagues from all areas of the state. 
Linda Gau, Northcentral Technical College, paraprofessional scholarship

I couldn't have asked for a better experience at WAAL. My mentor, Peter Gilbert, gladly answered all my questions about the conference and his career, as well as went out of his way to introduce me to library professionals I wouldn't have otherwise met. I learned so much from the variety of sessions I attended, especially the keynote presentation by Char Booth. It was a pleasure to meet the other scholarship recipients and to share some advice for those getting ready to attend library school in the fall. It was a great way to make connections with people at every level of their professional careers. Attending WAAL gave me the opportunity to network and learn about projects and research happening in Wisconsin. The WAAL conference was just what I needed to "renew, energize, and sustain" my passion for library school and future career as an academic librarian.

Ashley Guy, SLIS UW-Madison, graduate student scholarship

I had a fantastic experience at WAAL 2011. I was very impressed with the quality of the presentations I attended, and I benefited greatly from the feedback and questions I received at my own talk. Most importantly, I met a lot of wonderful people and strengthened existing relationships with a great group of colleagues. I was also paired with an amazing mentor who I have already turned to for career advice. The WAAL conference definitely exceeded my expectations.
Andy Johnson, SLIS UW-Madison, graduate student scholarship

Attending my first WAAL Conference was a wonderful experience for me. Being surrounded by people who were just as passionate about libraries as I am and getting to listen and talk to them about the issues that librarians are facing in the professional world was a great precursor to graduate school for me. I was able to make connections with professional librarians from all over the state, including UW-Madison, where I'll be attending graduate school in the fall. My first WAAL Conference was awesome, and I can barely wait for next year's conference.

Jacob Ineichen, UW-Stevens Point, undergraduate student scholarship

I had a wonderful experience at this year’s WAAL conference. Because it was my first professional conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but through the presentations, keynote speakers, and poster session, I found I was able to learn a great deal about academic librarianship. I met librarians of all different ages and experience levels: from current SLIS students to individuals who have been working in academic libraries for many years. Everyone was very friendly, and I feel lucky to have been able to interact with the librarians I met both in formal and informal settings. I made several connections that I plan to keep maintain even after I move to Bloomington to attend Indiana University’s SLIS this fall. Thank you again to everyone who enabled me to receive my scholarship! 
Brianna Marshall, UW-La Crosse, Undergraduate student scholarship

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New Co-editor for the WAAL Newsletter

With the retirement this winter of Linda Hartig, the hunt was on for a new co-editor for the WAAL newsletter team. Jeff Brunner, currently at UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Library, volunteered to fill the position. Jeff graduated from UW-Milwaukee’s SOIS with an MLIS in December of 2010. He will be joining the staff at UW-Oshkosh’s Polk Library on July 1st as Electronic Resources Librarian. 

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Conference Summary, Electronic Resources and Libraries

University of Wisconsin-Parkside librarians, Anne Rasmussen, Serials Librarian, and Qinghua Xu, Electronic Resources Coordinator, attended and presented at the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference held in Austin, Texas in late February, early March. The title of their presentation was “Individual E-Journal Subscriptions: Assembly Required.” Anne and Qinghua co-presented with Kate Silton of North Carolina A&T State University. This panel presentation described the approaches taken by two different universities to manage individual e-journal subscriptions. Librarians in both schools aim for a streamlined workflow to activate these subscriptions. Working with different collection sizes, different serials vendors and link resolvers, the presenters discussed the processes developed, strategies for altering and simplifying workflow, and benefits to the library community.

Sessions they attended at the conference underscored the importance of sharing experiences and learning with and from others working with electronic resources. Summaries of a few of the sessions they attended are provided below.

"LibX 2.0 New Realities Directions and Possibilities"
Presenters: Kyrille Goldbeck, Sony Vijay, and Annette Bailey, Virginia Tech

LibX is an open source browser plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer that provides direct access to a library's resources. UW-Parkside has implemented and promoted the use of LibX 1.0. LibX 2.0 is currently being developed and will be released soon.  The goal is to integrate library resources into users’ web experience such as discovery tools (e.g. Primo central, EBSCO discovery service, and Summon), next generation ILS and links to subject guides, etc. The first release will support Firefox and Chrome but not Internet Explorer. The presenters performed a live demo and introduced several changes that have been made to LibX1.0.  While Libx1.0 requires each institution to customize and maintain its own edition builder, with the new release there will be a single, central build for all editions. Make “live” does not require users to reinstall updated plug in, and end users will be able to switch editions on the fly.

LibApp builder was introduced as part of the LibX2.0 package. LibApp are shareable and adaptable modules that allow non-programmers to create applications and publish them for their own libraries and the LibX community. For example, the presenter demoed how to create a LibApp YouTube video to be embedded in a database’s homepage as a video tutorial.
 
"ROI – Why, Oh, Why? How to Use Return on Investment Data to Tell Your Library’s Story"
Presenter: Doralyn Rossmann
"Making Data Work: Telling Your Story with Usage Statistics"
Presenters: Levine-Clark, Brooks-Kieffer, and McDonald

One of the themes addressed in multiple talks was using data to tell and teach lessons about a library’s value to the community. Doralyn Rossmann discussed the importance of using quantitative and qualitative material to craft an effective story to administrators in her presentation.  She outlined different ways to measure value that reach beyond return on investment, or value for money, including circulation, impact the library is having on its community, alternative comparisons, and customer satisfaction and outcomes. All of these are important to consider when building a statement of the library’s worth. Both Rossmann and the presenters of “Making Data Work: Telling Your Story with Usage Statistics” emphasized the importance of knowing one's audience and providing the audience with only the information pertinent to an institutional goal. Telling a data story about the library should be focused on a single topic, and the scope should be narrowly defined. When presenting, it is important to exclude information that may be very interesting or tangential but not germane to the topic.

"Metrics-based journal value analysis"
Presenter: Chan Li, California Digital Library  

The presenter reported on an overall weighted value metric, developed by California Digital Library during the journal review process.  The method has been adopted by all UC libraries since 2009.

“Overall Weighted Value Metrics measures a title’s relative local value against the other local licensed titles within the same broad subject categories from utility, cost effectiveness and quality perspectives.” During the journal review process, librarians collect data based on metrics including usage, citations, SNIP, impact factor and Cost-Per-Use and Cost-Per-SNIP and Eigenfactor.  They then begin a data analysis by comparing a group of licensed titles against benchmark values assigned to each metric by subject. Last they assign scores to show the value result of those titles. This strategy is aimed to preserve highest quality titles and foster a more open and sustainable scholarly publishing environment.

"Assessment of electronic resources"
Presenter:  Hana Levay, University of Washington

The presenter introduced methods and tools they developed at University of Washington Library to assess the value of e-journals, including packages. The process includes three steps:

1. Gather data, including usage reports, bibliometrics (includes ISI Impact Factor, Eigenfactor and custom metrics), title lists, costs, package and license restrictions, archive/perpetual access rights, etc.

2. Assemble data using MS Access or Excel for decision-making.

3. Analyze data by generating fund-level report so selectors can scan usage, cost, and perpetual access, for all titles in their funds; comparing value of entire packages to other packages and determining the value of the bundle vs. individual title subscription by comparing Impact Factor, Eigenfactor & Averages, cost-per-use, etc.; and determining the value of unsubscribed titles within packages. 

As a result, based on journal bundle analysis, the UW unbundled the Springer package and cancelled individual titles from packages based on metrics.

"You’ve Flipped: The Implications of E-journals as Your Primary Format"
Presenter: Kate Seago

This talk provided a window to a possible future at the library at UW-Parkside. As the Director of Acquisitions at the University of Kentucky, Seago outlined the chronology of the change from print to e-journals between 2005 and 2010, including workflow and staffing changes. She also outlined some implications of this change, including the need for flexible and evolving workflows, an increase need for staff to be able to trouble-shoot, creating a balance between access and ownership, and whether the distinction between monographs and journals in electronic format will continue in the future. Seago hopes to see a future with an acquisitions system that can manage electronic resources and their usage statistics, licenses and contracts, while distinguishing monograph from serial, and package deal from individual subscription.

"eReaders, Our readers, and Electronic Collections"
Presenter: Danielle Pollock, Sandia Technical Library

This presentation highlighted strategies developed and lessons learned during the 2010 pilot study at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a high security research institute with about 4000 researchers and scientists. The pilot project came out of desire to meet patrons’ need to access electronic content via eReader devices. Five of the most popular models, including Kindle 2 and Kindle DX, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Sony Daily Edition: PRS900, Sony Pocket Edition: PRS300 and iPad, available as of January 2010, were chosen for evaluation.

The study invited more 40 library users for their input in terms of what, where, and how they are reading. Many users mentioned features such as the ability to highlight, text-to-speech, enlargeable print, easy-to-use controls, light weight, and speed to be important to them. Apparently, there is no one-size-fits-all eReader available to Sandia users, but among the eReaders tested, iPad had the highest overall score. Of the dedicated eReaders, Kindle DX was ranked highest.

The presenter further discussed the potential use of eReaders with regard to the library’s electronic collections, as well as issues and challenges related to eReader lending, support, and future collection development considerations.

"Do Students want mobile library services and are librarians ready to deliver?"
Presenters:  Angela Dresselhaus and Flora Shrode, Utah State University

The presenters reported on a survey result that Utah State University conducted to find out if USU students desire mobile access to library functions. Sample questions included: "If library resources were easily accessible on your mobile devices, and if you had such a device, how likely would you be to use any of the following for assignments or research?" and "What mobile services would you like the library to offer?"  The presenters offered some advice on how to plan and implement mobile services. For example,  how to identify which vendors support mobile interface and then how to conduct an environment survey to find out what students would like to access via mobile devices.

"Standard Panel, Parts I & II"
Hosted by NISO

Standards were another important topic addressed at this conference through a multi-part panel, which was hosted by Todd Carpenter of NISO. IOTA (Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics) is a voluntary effort to standardize OpenURLs.  The intent is predictability in order to reduce the one million failed URL requests that occur daily. The aim of KBART (KnowledgeBases and Related Tools) is to create a universally acceptable holdings data format. This will improve the OpenURL Knowledgebase metadata supply chain. The ESPReSSO (Establishing Suggested Practices Regarding Single Sign-On) update discussed progress toward using federated identity management to ensure easier access to e-resources. Additionally, the CORE (Cost of Resource Exchange) protocol was introduced. This protocol allows for cost data to be transferred electronically from one automated library system to another (for example, from a serials vendor to an ILS, or from a library’s ILS to their ERM system).  All of these standards have the potential to positively impact a library’s efficiency, accuracy, and access to information. I was especially impressed that panel presenters, which included a combination of librarians and individuals from the industries of publishing, book vending, and integrated library systems. Working together towards a common cause will increase the likelihood of positive change and progress for all.   

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People & Places, In Brief

Lawrence University 

Lawrence University bookplate, photo

On Friday afternoons this term, we've been doing half-hour programs called "Things Worth Knowing."  Topics range from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire to Dungeons and Dragons to Librarians in Popular Culture to Superstitions -- whatever we feel like talking about that week. It's been fun and has brought some new people into the library.
See http://guides.lib.lawrence.edu/things

We rolled out our mobile website (http://www.lawrence.edu/library/mobile/ ) with posters (http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/5638895466/in/photostream ) and smartphone-shaped cutouts distributed around campus.

Each May, we present our graduating senior library student workers with a thank you card and a copy of the bookplate we will place in a book in their honor.

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries 

The Libraries’ 14th annual Dittman Library Research Competition awards were announced during National Library Week. Three student winners received $200 checks and will be featured on a new READ poster this summer. The competition recognizes effective library research and is funded entirely by staff in honor of former instruction librarian Maria Dittman, who served the university for more than 25 years before her retirement in 1996. More about the competition here.

Librarian appointment: Faith Steele has been appointed to a permanent position in Research & Instructional Services effective July 1. Faith joined the Marquette Libraries in August 2009 in a two-year library residency following completion of her Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Since her move to Wisconsin, Faith has been an active WLA member, having spearheaded the 2010 formation of EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable.

NAXOS Streaming Audio Services have been added to the Libraries’ digital resources. Together these services include a music library of more than 50,000 CD-length records of all genres and a Spoken Word audiobook database comprised of more than 750 American and German classics, plays, and philosophical works. See details.  

Fundraising for Japanese relief. Two staff-initiated events raised more than $2,000: a bake sale, held April 5, and the May 3 raffle of an anonymously-donated iPad 2. All proceeds were donated to the Red Cross, earmarked for Japanese relief efforts. More here.

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire 

McIntyre Library welcomes Stephanie H. Wical, a new Periodicals and Electronic Resources Librarian. Stephanie worked for five years as the Electronic and Technical Services Librarian at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro, New Mexico after receiving her MLS degree in Library and Information Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Additionally, she received an MA degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a BA degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

WLA Annual Conference, "Libraries: A Renewable Resource" November 1-4, 2011, Hilton Milwaukee City Center & Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee
WAAL Annual Conference April 17-20 2012, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

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Education & Enrichment Opportunities

CCBC Calendar & Events SOIS Podcasts
e-Learning from ACRL SOIS Professional Development Institute
SLIS Continuing Education & Online Short Courses Wisconsin State Law Library Classes and Tours

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