Wednesday 10/17

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7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


KI Convention Center

Conference Breakfast

Regency Suites Hotel Atrium


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Library Association Past Presidents' Breakfast

Meeting Room 6B


8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address:  A Writer's Life

Meeting Rooms B1,2,3

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Storyteller, Journalist, Historian and Editor

David is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of two critically acclaimed and bestselling books, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi and First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton.  He is also the author of The Clinton Enigma and coauthor of The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate and Tell Newt to Shut Up!  Maraniss' most recent book, published in April 2006, is Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero.  David won the National Reporting Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his revealing articles on the life and political record of candidate Bill Clinton.  He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1996 for National Reporting, in 2002 for Feature writing and 2004 for History with the book They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, 1967.  This book will become a feature film in 2008. David received praise for his lengthy account of the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus in an April 2007 article in the Washington Post entitled That Was the Desk I Chose to Die Under.  He lives in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have two grown children.


10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Exhibits Grand Opening with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Exhibit Hall

Internet Cafe

Ballroom A4

WLA Foundation Silent Auction

Ballroom A4


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Applying Survey Methodology in the Real World

Meeting Rooms B1,2,3

Thomas Walker, Associate Dean, UW-Milwaukee, SOIS

This session will introduce managers and others to fundamentals of research methods involving surveys.  Long a staple data-gathering technique among librarians who want to learn more about their communities or to evaluate their services, surveys can be deceptively simple tools.  Topics covered will include general applications of this kind of instrument, how to identify a population to study, sampling methods, administering surveys, aligning the purpose of the research need and the instrument, question wording, and analysis.  Resources for advice or further consultation will also be provided.

Grants: Finding Out “Where Do I Get the Money?"

Meeting Room 6B

Nikki Busch, Grants Librarian, Memorial Library, UW-Madison

Join Nikki Busch as she explains what you need to know to apply for a grant, how to identify funding and grant opportunities that match your library or project needs, and sources and resources for funding research.  She will discuss how to use these resources effectively and how grants differentiate. 

Intellectual Freedom Issues: Hot Off the Presses


Judith Krug, Director, Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA

Judith Krug is a dynamic speaker who will present a program on important intellectual freedom issues that are prominent in Fall 2007.  With her knowledge of issues that are in the news media, she will share the most recent developments from across the nation.  Patriot Act II, censorship, privacy, and the internet are topic areas to be addressed.  She will talk about how these things affect us, challenges we face in the library profession and what we can do in our library communities. 

Library Conference Planning 101: Backs to the WAAL

Meeting Room 6A

Jim Buckett, Head, Collections, Access and Technical Services, Steenbock Library

UW-Madison;  Sylvia Contreras, Library Director, Oscar Rennebohm Library,
Edgewood College;  Julie Schneider, Information Resources Coordinator , Ebling Library
UW-Madison; Debra Duncan, Technical Services Librarian, Forrest R. Polk Library,

UW-Oshkosh; Eric J. Robinson, Wisconsin Library Services, Memorial Library, UW-Madison

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into planning a library conference?  Did you know that planning starts with conference hotel selection several years in advance of the event?  Would you ever imagine that agreeing to help plan a library conference would have a positive impact on your regular job?  If you find any of these questions intriguing come join us as a panel of members from the WAAL 2007 Conference Planning Committee talk about their experiences over the course of a year’s meetings, discussions and planning.  We’ll answer these questions and talk about what we think makes a good (or not so good) library conference.  Questions and discussion about what has worked or not worked for others that have planned conferences will be encouraged from program attendees.      

Open Holds - a Win-Win Solution!

Meeting Room 3

Susan Hedrick, Library Director, Verona Public Library; Jane Grogan, Circulation Supervisor, Madison Public Library; Pearl Mosier, Circulation Manager, Sun Prairie Public Library; Nancy McGuire, Circulation Services Supervisor, Waukesha Public Library

Do you have long lines of patrons waiting to pick up the items they’ve placed on hold?  Wondering if there’s a better way to handle this, and maybe free up staff for other projects in the process?  Have you heard about libraries placing these items on “open holds” shelves for patrons to retrieve themselves?  Would you like to know how it’s working out?  Come hear from several libraries about their experience with self-service open holds, and how it has enhanced customer service.  

Rural Library Sustainability Reunion

Meeting Room 5B

Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning;  John DeBacher, Public Library Administration Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning

Bob Bocher and John DeBacher will facilitate a discussion of successes and challenges for small and rural libraries following the “Greener Pastures Rural Sustainability Workshops.”


Meeting Room 5A

Mary Clark, WISCAT Coordinator, Reference and Loan Library, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning; Vicki Long, WISCAT Training and Technical Support, Reference and Loan Library, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning; Terry Wilcox, Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian, Reference and Loan Library, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning

WISCAT staff will provide information and demonstrations related to the WISCAT project, including updating serial holdings, interlibrary loan, the Z39.50 gateway, and new features.


Youth Issues in Mental Health

Meeting Room 7

Joan Helbing, Special Education Diagnostician, Appleton Area School District

This workshop will offer information on the impact that mental illnesses have on youth.  The importance of early identification and intervention will be discussed from the perspective of a parent and educator as well as from a young person who has faced such challenges.



12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries Business Meeting

Meeting Room 1  

Author Luncheon with Ann Bausum

Ballroom 1,2,3

The Beloit resident and award-winning author of Freedom Riders:  John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement will give a presentation titled:  Armed with Nonviolence: Two Stories from the Fight for Human Rights.


2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Changing Face of Reference

Meeting Rooms 5A and 5B

Ken Hall, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library; Lori Burgess, Information Services Librarian, Fond du Lac Public Library; Mary Leb, Information Services Librarian, Fond du Lac Public Library; Tina Potter, Executive Director, Fond du Lac Area United Way; Nan Baumgartner, Department Head, UW- Extension Service for Fond du Lac County

In May of 2007, the Fond du Lac Public Library released L.I.F.E. in Fond du Lac County, a 140-page statistical snapshot of the quality of life in the county. The Fond du Lac County United Way and UW-Extension were editorial participants in the process. The idea to create the document came from the FDL Safe and Stable Families Coalition. Learn how the FDL Library leveraged the professional expertise of their Information Services Section to create a new paradigm for reference service in the community.

Learning Games and Simulations: What Librarians Need to Know

Meeting Room B1

Ulrike Dieterle, Distance Services and Outreach Coordinator, Ebling Library, UW-Madison

As the wired generation of “digital natives” storms the portals of higher education, “digital immigrants” frantically search for innovative approaches that will actively engage learners, encourage critical thinking and produce measurable learning outcomes.
Learning games and simulations are receiving increased attention for real-world problem solving, collaborative endeavors, social networking spaces and as enhancements to existing learning systems.  As these technologies become more accessible and affordable, they are proving to be both practical and effective for many learning communities, including the military, health care, K-12 and higher education. 
This presentation will demonstrate a selection of active virtual learning environments, and describe their scope and impact to date. 

Lutie Stearns and Her Library Legacy

Meeting Room 4

Stuart Stotts, Storyteller

Lutie Stearns was a pioneer librarian from 1895 to 1914 in Wisconsin.  Driven by a passion for social justice and sharing information, she single-handedly brought traveling libraries to hundreds of rural communities while working for the Wisconsin Free Library Commission.  In this presentation, her story and the larger story of the role of traveling libraries in American history is told through anecdote, primary material and slides.  This presentation includes a hands-on personal reflection about library work, and a brief discussion of the curriculum guide that accompanies her biography, "Books in a Box."

Parents' Toolkit to Using Badgerlink

Meeting Room 2

Kate Bugher, Education Consultant in School Library Media on the Instructional Media and Technology Team, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning; Donna Steffan, Instructional Technology Consultant, Instructional Media & Technology Team

A BadgerLink Toolkit is here! The purpose of this BadgerLink Toolkit is to provide parents/caregivers, school and public librarians, teachers and community members as well as students of all ages with guides that they can use to learn about BadgerLink resources as 21st century learning tools.  This kit includes tools for adults and youth of all ages to learn how to use each database of full text magazines, newspapers, and digital media located on BadgerLink.   These tools range from scavenger hunts, video tutorials, games, topical searches, PowerPoint demos, science fairs projects and home-school or in the classroom or library lessons.  There is a print and online version of this BadgerLink Toolkit.

Podcasting as a Library Tool: A Way to Spread Literature and Promote Local Culture


Keith Schroeder, Library Media Specialist, Howard-Suamico School District

Podcasts are a remarkably efficient system. Imagine your patrons setting up their software to “build” their own newscast, talk program or another show from selected library feeds for their ipod or other mp3 player.  If someone is talking about a subject they care about, it doesn’t need the highest production values with all the bells and whistles.  For them, listening to people talk about board games might be more interesting than anything they can find on the 200 digital cable channels available to them.  Imagine your library partnering with the schools, the local historical organization or with the local public TV and radio stations.  Learn how to get started now!


Putting Library Services Where Our Users Live and Work: Future of the OPAC

Meeting Room 7

Matt Goldner, Executive Director, Cooperative Collection Services, Columbus, OH

The future of the library OPAC as an information portal is shaky at best. In today's web environment, people have changed how and where they find information.  What should libraries do to address these changes? How do we move toward exposing our resource collections in this new environment? Join us in looking at some of the ways OCLC is reaching out to library users (and non-users) as it considers one scenario for libraries' futures.


Reaching Out to the Spanish-Speaking Community

Meeting Rooms 6A and 6B

René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library; Karla Frost, Children’s Librarian, Brown County Library – East Branch; Gabriela Langholff, Library Assistant, Fond du Lac Public Library; Jean Yeomans, Reference/Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library

The members of the panel will discuss ways to attract Spanish speakers to the library and how to work with the Spanish-speaking community.  They will focus on collection development, resources for children and adults, programming, outreach and marketing.



2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Reel Librarians: Connecting Librarians & Film

Meeting Room 3

Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Reference Librarian, Karrmann Library, UW-Platteville


Librarians in the spotlight! Have you ever moaned at Mary turning into a spinster librarian in It’s a Wonderful Life? Sung along with Marian the Librarian? Jennifer Snoek-Brown will highlight how librarians are portrayed in movies. This program, complete with film clips, will shine the spotlight on stock characters and stereotypes for both female and male librarians. We can all identify and laugh (or groan!) at how we are portrayed in the reel world.

Tour of the St. Norbert Abbey Library and Archives

The Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries presents a tour of the library and archives of the St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere. 

Meet at the Regency Hotel Front Entrance and enjoy a ride on the Double-Decker Bus!


3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Break in the Exhibits Area

Exhibit Hall


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

The Best of WEB 2.0: How to Make It Work for You in Your Library and Life


Keith Schroeder, Library Media Specialist, Howard-Suamico School District

How can you collaborate effectively and at the same time improve your productivity?  There are tons of WEB 2.0 tools available for you to use, but how do you know which ones?  This session will take a look at the best WEB 2.0 collaborative tools you can use.

Burnout and YSS Annual Business Meeting

Meeting Room 3

Barbara Viste-Johnson, Counselor, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin

A speaker from Family Services will do a one-hour program on burn out.  The program would follow a short YSS business meeting which will take up the additional programming time slot. 

FLASH! The Digital Future of Talking Books

Meeting Room 1

Marsha Valance, Management Librarian, Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

This session will Introduce the new Library of Congress flash memory cartridges and players.


Library 2.0:  The Movement Explained

Meeting Rooms 6A and 6B

Tasha Saecker, Library Director, Menasha Public Library

Everyone has heard the term Library 2.0, but what does it really mean for public libraries?  Take a tour through the movement and its core philosophies at this program.  We will explore the meaning of the term, find out what is different with Library 2.0 vs Library 1.0 and learn about what it means to be a Librarian 2.0.

NAMI's In Our Own Voice

Meeting Room 2

Jennifer Lowenberg, Advocacy and Training Specialist, NAMI Wisconsin, Inc.

This workshop will highlight the In Our Own Voice (IOOV) program developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  The personal educational component of this program dispels many myths surrounding mental illnesses and increases understanding as we openly talk about our experience.

Providing Health Reference on a Budget

Meeting Room 5B

Julie Schneider, Head, Information Resources & Collection Development, Ebling Library, UW-Madison; Michael Venner, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison

With a small collection and an understanding of available resources, patrons can still count on receiving excellent health information from a well-prepared librarian.  What to buy, where to look for answers, and how to communicate health information will be discussed in this session.

Real World RSS: Developing a Current Awareness Service for Your Patrons

Meeting Room 5A

Rebecca Holz, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison; Stephen Johnson, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison; Andrew Osmond, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison


You might have heard about RSS; maybe you’ve set up a feed reader, but have you explored the possibilities of using RSS as the foundation of a valuable service for your patrons?  Learn about how the Ebling Library has cut through the hype and hassle of RSS and developed a current awareness service that has involved gathering and categorizing journal feeds, developing subject categories and feed “bundles,” and providing marketing and educational programs for helping patrons keep in touch with developments in their areas of interest.


6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


UW-Madison School of Library Information and Studies — Reunion

Meeting Room A3


UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies — Reunion 

Meeting Room A2



6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

One Thousand White Women: Book Discussion


Gary Warren Niebuhr, Director, Greendale Public Library

Join Gary Niebuhr and READ for a discussion of One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. This book begins with May Dodd's journey west, into the unknown. Committed into an insane asylum by her blueblood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is the story of May's breathtaking adventures: her brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; and her conflict of being caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives.

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


WLA Foundation Fundraiser: “WLAF Irish Fest”

Ballrooms A1, A2, A3

Celebrate the green on the 17th! Ok – we know it’s only Green Bay on October 17th, but anything Irish is always fun!  Come listen to Celtic party music by Druid’s Table, while you enjoy “a pint” with statewide colleagues.  Your ticket of $20 helps the Foundation in fundraising efforts and also entitles you to one drink and light snacks.  There’ll be some great raffle items and a cash bar available.  So come join us!  As an Irish blessing says… “…the best ships are friendships and may they always be.”