Friday 10/19

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7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


KI Convention Center


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Bird Watching and Nature Hike at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Ty Baumann, Director, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary; Ida Baumann, Animal Handler, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

(Transportation will be provided; limited to first 50 registrants)

An early morning stroll with field guides through Green Bay’s Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge and one of Wisconsin’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites. Participants will enjoy bird and animal watching on a short hike through scenic nature trails and exhibits escorted by the director of the sanctuary Ty Baumann and his wife Ida, both professional birdwatchers and life-long nature enthusiasts.


7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Conference Breakfast

Regency Suites Hotel


7:30  a.m. – 8:30  a.m.


Resource Sharing Round Table Business Meeting

Technical Services Section Business Meeting


8:30  a.m. – 11:30  a.m.


Internet Cafe


9:00  a.m. – 10:15  a.m.

BadgerLink: Best Practices for Branding and Access

James Leaver, BadgerLink Coordinator, Reference and Loan Library, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning


This program will focus on best practices for BadgerLink branding and linking to the site and its related full-text resources to provide the broadest possible access for patrons, both from within the library setting and remotely.

How to Weed Your Library With Out Losing Your Mind

Denise Anton Wright, Director, New Glarus Public Library New


Over the years, we all become exceptionally fond of our libraries and all of the items within them. As librarians, most of us have hard time weeding our collections and ‘throwing things out.’  This program will focus on why every type of library needs to regularly weed its collection.  The focus will be practical and will use tips and tricks that every library can use.

Manga and Anime: It's All Japanese to Me

Rachel Strehlow, Circulation Librarian/Graphic Novel Selector, Brown County Library; Jeanne Heuer, Young Adult Librarian, Brown County Library

Does all Manga look alike to you?  What makes it different from Anime?  Why is it so popular?  Which ones are appropriate for a library collection?  Rachel Strehlow, who has a personal collection of 1,000+ Manga, has selected these materials for the Brown County Library for the last two years.  She will focus on the differences between Manga and Anime, terminology, genres, boy vs. girl Manga, core titles, notable authors, budgeting for Manga and several resources.  Examples will be abundant!

In the “Palm” of Your Hand

Robert Wagner, Coordinator of Educational Technology Program, School of Education, Marian College


Get “schooled” for the future using Handheld Computers. This session will show you some basics to start using the built-in applications of a Palm One ™ handheld computer.  Learn how Handheld Computers can help educators address No Child Left Behind, 21st-century skills in the classroom, and help them work within their budget at the same time.  The first 20 participants will be able to use a handheld computer during the session!

Tracing your Ancestors through Genealogy Tips and Tricks

John Leonard Berg, Coordinator of Public Services, Karrmann Library, UW-Platteville


Genealogical research has expanded beyond the scope of my particular ancestor to our shared immigrant standing in a new and evolving world.  Discover not only a “how-to” on grafting a few additional branches onto the traditional family tree, but also discover the rich ethnic and historical context of our pioneer heritage.  This presentation will summarize years of genealogical research on a German immigrant family who settled in New Ulm, Minnesota.  A “show & tell” format will be frequently employed, so come prepared to share your own unique research stories!  The presentation will wrap up with ideas for practical and unconventional strategies and approaches.


What’s Toxic in Your Neighborhood? 

Michael Watkins, Head of Government Documents, Polk Library, UW-Oshkosh


The EPA has been closely monitoring toxic emissions into our local environments for several decades.  This program will provide a demonstration on how to access that information using the Landview 6 DVD, a joint publication of the Census Bureau and the EPA, and the Toxic Release Inventory, which is an annual report released by the EPA.  There are concerns whether this information will continue to be gathered as the current administration is cutting back on EPA’s information services.  Will several EPA libraries be closed?  Will the Toxic Release Inventory be discontinued? 

The Wisconsin Court System's Self-Help Family Law Site - An Overview

Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library; Judge Gary Carlson, Taylor County Circuit Court

In over 65 percent of Wisconsin family law cases, at least one of the parties is unrepresented by counsel.  This “Home Depot” phenomenon led the Wisconsin Court System to create statewide standard family law forms and instructions which can be accessed and completed online.  Take a tour of the website, see a demonstration of the family law forms generation program and learn about additional resources and tips to help you help your patrons with their day in court. 

Wisconsin Public Library Standards and Certification, Here and Now - Mapping the Future

Barbara Arnold, UW-Madison SLIS, Council on Library and Network Development-- COLAND (Moderator); Jane Pearlmutter, Associate Director, Director of Continuing Education, UW-Madison SLIS; David Polodna, Director, Winding Rivers Library System; Linda Bendix, Director, Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon-Thiensville; Elizabeth Timmins, Director, Muehl Public Library, Seymour; Ellen Connor, Director, Sturm Memorial Library, Manawa

The scope and purpose of this program is to evaluate current public library standards and certification in Wisconsin, mapping the future for the next generation of librarians today by giving perspectives on the changing roles of public libraries and librarianship.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The 411 on Mashups

Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Seeley G Mudd Library, Lawrence University

Choose, create and host your own mashup!  Learn how to “mash” data together from two content sources.  Julie Fricke will discuss what mashups are and why you would want to use them.  Examples will be shown!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Live Animal Program

Ty Baumann, Director, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary; Additional animal handlers: Ida Baumann, Shannon McCarthy

Animal experts and naturalists from Green Bay’s Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge and one of Wisconsin’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites, offer a hands on learning experience involving live animals. These live animals are shared up close with the opportunity for touching. Featured animals presented are Reptiles, Mammals, Birds of Prey, and Owls. These educational sessions can be scheduled at local libraries to encourage children and families to visit. 

The Effects of Intervention on Students' Information and Communication Technology Literacy (ICT) Skills at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dave Dettman, Head of Library Instruction / Reference Librarian, Cofrin Library, UW-Green Bay

Using an assessment instrument created by the Educational Testing Service we undertook a study to determine if library instruction and additional ICT related exercises throughout the semester allowed students to demonstrate a higher degree of mastery of the seven proficiencies measured: Define, Access, Evaluate, Manage, Integrate, Create, and Communicate. Details of the test and results of the study will be shared.

Helping Patrons Understand Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Internet Map Tools and Related Resources

Adam Mednick, Natural Resource Educator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Dreux J. Watermolen, Chief, Science Information Services, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


A number of on-line resources can help library patrons in Wisconsin better understand environmental issues facing their communities. We will highlight several library-maintained environmental sites. We also will demonstrate free, intuitive Internet tools that patrons can use to map and understand natural resources features (soil type, location within a watershed, air quality advisories, etc.) and evaluate some of the impacts of local land use decisions.

Hiring Tips to Strengthen Your Workforce

(Speaker TBA)

What is appropriate to ask and not to ask on job applications?  How does one conduct reference and background checks, as well as post-offer considerations?  What is permissible under ADA guidelines?  A management lawyer from Quarles & Brady LLP will discuss this information and laws applicable to the hiring process.

The Original Information Highway

Bruce Smith, Delivery Coordinator, South Central Library System


How do we improve the Physical Delivery Support of Library Resource Sharing with the increases in Inter-Library Loans and Intra-Library Loans due to state grants for more shared automation systems in Wisconsin?  As resource discovery tools continue to improve, libraries must be equipped to provide delivery fulfillment of patron requested materials.  Bruce Smith has worked in the delivery industry for 19 years, including 13 with South Central Library System.  Bruce coordinates all aspects of both providing delivery to member public libraries within SCLS and managing the Wisconsin Libraries’ Delivery Network.  This program will explore practical delivery alternatives, best practices, and building/equipment changes to improve efficiency.

Poets as Peacemakers, Poets as Healers

Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s First Poet Laureate

Poetry is the language of the heart.  Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s first poet laureate, invites us to explore the many ways the act of poetry, peace making and healing can help us find peace in our relationships with one another, other living things and with the earth.  She’ll share the work she does as a poetry advocate in workshops, at medical conventions for physicians and psychologists, and with poetry students of all ages.  She is intent on creating the awareness that we can all make our presence felt by words and deeds for a peaceful world. 

Private Soldiers:  A Year in Iraq with Wisconsin's 2-127th

Captain Benjamin Buchholz, Author, Training Officer for the Wisconsin National Guard; Staff Sargeant Joseph Streeter; Lieutenant Nathan Olson

In April 2005, the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2-127th Infantry Battalion received word of their mobilization.  The 620 soldiers would serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom on a mission that would take them into the most dangerous regions of Iraq, withstanding hundreds of attacks, see dozens wounded and lose three members killed in action.  Get an inside look at the war when battalion members as well as authors and photographers of the new book Private Soldiers (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2007) show photos and discuss their experiences in Iraq and in putting together their stories for publication.  This fall, a traveling exhibit will be going around to libraries throughout the state!


Reaching Out to Homeschoolers

Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator, Indianhead Federated Library System

Learn about ways to reach out to elusive homeschoolers, find out about resources for homeschooling families, discuss some of the advantages of working with this group, and brainstorm solutions to some of the challenges of serving homeschoolers.  Leah Langby has worked with homeschooling families at libraries for over ten years and her family is in its fifth year of learning at home.