Thursday 11/6

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7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

♦ Registration

   Madison Marriott West Convention Center Lobby


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


♦ Hot Breakfast Buffet




7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


♦ Unit Business Meetings

   Circulation Services Round Table 

   Salon F

   Library User Education Round Table


   Outreach Services Round Table

   La Crosse

   Readers Section

   Salon H  


8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


♦ WLA Foundation Board Meeting




8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

♦ Exhibits


♦ WLA Foundation Silent Auction



8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


♦ Internet Café

   Green Bay


8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


♦ Best Books for Young Adults: 2009 Nominees

   Salon G

Tessa Michaelson, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center; Megan Schliesman, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center


Find out about books that have been nominated to be 2009 ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will share opinions on some of their favorite books from the 2009 BBYA nominations list, along with thoughts on books they think don’t quite make the cut. (The final 2009 Best Books for Young Adults list will be determined at the American Library Association 2009 Midwinter Meeting in January, 2009.)

♦ Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

   Salon C


Lisa Fox, Manager, Cross Sector Initiatives


This presentation will lead people through the basics of energy efficiency and renewable energy—from sources of energy to ways to save. Lisa will also explain the Focus on Energy Program and ways that Focus can help people save energy.

♦ Keeping it all Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management
   Ballroom D

William Doering, Librarian, Murphy Library, UW-La Crosse

As the number of licensed electronic resources in libraries increases, so does the need to manage and keep track of them. Bill Doering will discuss how his library approaches these tasks. He has created a Microsoft Access database to track everything from vendor contacts, passwords, journal subscriptions and database payment information to ILL rights and collecting statistics for electronic resources.  The database is made available free of charge to libraries.

♦ The Library Reformation: 95 Edicts You Should Nail to Your Library's Door

   Salon F


Nathan Deprey, Director, Osceola Public Library; Brian Simons, Director, Verona Public Library


This interactive program will focus on 95 things that the speakers and audience will recommend to either change or seriously consider changing in our library profession.

♦ Notable Book Marathon

   Salon A


Gary Warren Niebuhr, Director, Greendale Public Library; James A. Gollata, Retired, Miller Memorial Library, UW-Richland; Helene Androski, retired; Elizabeth Amundsen, Librarian, Madison Public Library


An annual event offering thoughtful, inspiring, humorous and fast-paced reviews of notable titles selected from the ALA Notable Books list and the WLA Literary Awards Committee’s notable books. Our presenters are all experienced, knowledgeable book talk and discussion leaders.

♦ Powerful Presentations: What Every Presenter Needs To Know

   Salon B


ThursdayNovember62008Pat Seidel, Author and Consultant


Sooner or later, many of us are asked to get up in front of a group and speak. Attend this informative and humorous session and take home tips you can put to work immediately. Reduce word count for highly effective slides; grab audience attention with proven opening techniques; avoid common mistakes most presenters make; and answer three critical questions that help build a successful presentation.


♦ Privacy 2.0: Implications in a Connected World
   Salon H

Helen Adams, retired School Library Media Specialist; Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning, DPI

Wisconsin statutes were amended in 2007 to require publicly-funded libraries (including academic libraries) to provide library surveillance records to law enforcement officers, without a court order, under certain circumstances. Nationally, privacy is at risk due to encroaching government surveillance and data collection. Presenters Helen Adams and Bob Bocher, authors of the book Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, will discuss a broad range of library privacy issues. Whether it's local library issues or threats of a broader nature, librarians need to stay informed.


♦ Student Research Forum

   La Crosse

Moderator: Tom Walker, Associate Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies; Student Researchers TBA


The library profession has an excellent opportunity to benefit from new, creative, and energetic talent that manifests itself in practice and in research. This session will present up to four research projects by students who reside in or who attend a college or university in Wisconsin. The purpose of this session is to foster significant high-quality research in the profession and to provide a venue for promising future leaders of the profession.

♦ What's New With Your EBSCOhost Resources?

   Ballroom E


Kathy Kiely, Implementation Specialist, EBSCO Publishing

An overview of the recently implemented new features of EBSCOhost,

focusing on effective searching, retrieving and manipulating results.  Topics that will be covered include search modes, including the new search option: Smarttext Searching; increased navigation features; My EBSCOhost folder as well as creating search and journal alerts.  A review of additional

EBSCOhost resources will also be covered.



9:45 a.m.

♦ Autograph Garden

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

James Campbell, author of

• The Final Frontiersman

• Ghost Mountain Boys


10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


♦ Exhibits - No Conflict



10:15 a.m.

♦ Autograph Garden

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Helen Adams and Bob Bocher, authors of Privacy in the 21st Century:  Issues for Public, School and Academic Libraries


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


♦ Helping Patrons Better Understand Environmental Issues: An Introduction to On-Line

   Tools and Resources

   Salon F

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

A number of Internet resources are available that can help library patrons in Wisconsin better understand environmental issues facing their communities. They will highlight several library-maintained environmental sites, and will demonstrate free on-line tools that enable users to make maps of important natural resources (such as soil type, location within a watershed, and air quality), as well as environmental assessment tools that enable users to evaluate the impact of alternative land use decisions. They will also provide guidance/suggestions for how libraries might develop resource sites focused specifically on local environmental concerns.

♦ From Queer to Gay and Back Again: Young Adult Books with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content,



Christine Jenkins, Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The first young adult novel with gay/lesbian content was published in 1969.  In the nearly 40 years since then, approximately 250 YA titles with LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/

questioning) content have appeared in the U.S. This presentation introduces and examines the books that comprise this body of literature from the 1970s to the present. Elements of character, plot, setting, gender, race, and class all contribute to a portrait of this increasingly complex subgenre over time.

♦ I Can't Thank you Enough: The Importance of Good Stewardship
   Salon A

ThursdayNovember62008Marcy Heim (CFRE), Principal and Founder, Heim Consulting Services

Salon A

With over two decades of advancement experience, Marcy Heim joins us to discuss one of her favorite topics – good stewardship.  Why?  It's the right thing to do!  So why is stewardship often just an afterthought instead of an integral part of our planning process?  We'll look at the role stewardship plays in enhancing our major gift relationships by increasing our giver's

connectivity and enjoyment in their philanthropy.  We will highlight elements of a thoughtful stewardship plan that serves all donors.  Finally, we'll discuss being good stewards to….ourselves!

♦ Managing Your Carbon Emissions: An Innovative, Wisconsin-Based Web Tool
   Salon H



 Eileen Vandoros        Kim Koss          Sonjia Short        

Eileen Vandoros, MGE Community Project Manager and former President, Middleton Public Library Board of Trustees; Sonjia Short, MGE Marketing Communications Manager; Kim Koss,

MGE Director of Marketing Information & Web Services and Co2gether Project Manager

Co2gether is an innovative web-based service and network for individuals seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their homes, organizations and other local groups. Discover how this website helps people track and manage their carbon emissions individually and together by connecting them to online calculation and data-logging tools, best practices information and other resources, and to each other through online discussion groups. Find out about the benefits it offers to anyone in Wisconsin and beyond interested in managing their carbon footprint, with special features for customers of Madison Gas and Electric (MGE). Co2gether is an ongoing collaboration between MGE, the UW-Madison’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.

♦ Marketing as a Team Sport
   Ballroom E

ThursdayNovember62008 Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies, Inc.

Can everyone on your staff deliver the library's key message?  This workshop focuses on what everyone on your staff needs to know about marketing and how it relates to good customer service.  Participants will learn basic marketing

principles, how to build an overall marketing/communication plan, how to promote good two-way communication between the library and its key audiences, and how to develop and deliver an effective message.


♦ Public Library Resources for Children with Autism and their Families

   Salon B

Roxane Bartelt, Head of Children's Services, Kenosha Public Library; Lisa Langsdorf, Children's Librarian, Kenosha Public Library; Patricia Herr, Leader, Autism Support Group, Kenosha Achievement Center; Theresa Heberling, Early Intervention Program Teacher, Kenosha Achievement Center

Autism is a lifelong, neurological disorder significantly affecting how a person perceives the world, interacts with others, communicates, and is often referred to as a spectrum disorder (ASD). Symptoms and characteristics can present themselves from mild to severe. Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries, occurs more in boys and has no single cause. In 2007, one in 150 eight-year-olds were affected. Early diagnosis, intervention and support are vital, and this session will teach you about resources that can help educate and inform parents, educators, staff and children.

♦ Meet the RR Donnelly Award Winner

   Salon D


James Campell, Author and 2008 RR Donnelley Award Winner for Ghost Mountain Boys ,

The RR Donnelley Award is given each year to the most notable, outstanding literary work published in the previous year and created by a Wisconsin author. The award winner is selected by members of the Literary Awards Committee.

Join author James Campbell as he discusses his books.

♦ WisconsinEye: A Progress Report

   Salon G

Christopher Long, President & CEO, WisconsinEye

WisconsinEye, a statewide public affairs network launched in 2007, and is now providing its digital cable television and Internet audience with an independent, nonpartisan view of Wisconsin civic and public life, beginning with gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government activities in Madison. Chris Long, a former C-SPAN executive who became the network’s President & CEO in 2006, will provide an overview of WisconsinEye’s mission and history, current programming and operations, web services, planned development, and governance.


12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

♦ WLTF Luncheon and Business Meeting
   Poverty in Wisconsin:  Challenges, Opportunities & Action


ThursdayNovember62008Vicky Selkowe, Mobilization Strategies Manager, Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

What would happen if as many people in Wisconsin cared about ending child poverty as care about the Packers win-loss record? Is it actually possible to create a statewide network of concerned residents & advocates who know about poverty and its impacts, were knowledgeable about solutions, and who are working to put poverty at the top of policymakers’ agendas?  In fact, across Wisconsin, communities are systematically and strategically getting smart and organized about how they tackle poverty, and they’re working diligently to put – and keep – poverty issues in the public spotlight. Wisconsin’s state motto “Forward” suggests a place where all families have the opportunity to prosper. Yet, in 2007, more than 588,000 Wisconsin residents (including187,000 children) lived in poverty. In the last year, quietly and without fanfare, individuals and communities around the state have begun to come together to ensure that this is no longer our

reality and their examples provide optimism and possibility. This presentation will describe what

poverty looks like in Wisconsin, the impacts it has on all of our communities and discuss ways to

ensure that all Wisconsin families have the opportunity to prosper.

♦ Wisconsin Small Libraries Round Table Business Meeting



2:00 p.m.


♦ Tour of American Girl Inc. Library and Marshall Erdman Resource Center


Amy Doyle, Resource Director, Marshall Erdman & Associates; Meagan Eggers, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, American Girl Inc.


The Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries presents a tour of two area special libraries: American Girl Inc. Library and Marshall Erdman Resource Center. Attendance is limited to 50, and American Girl Inc. requires visitors to sign a non-disclosure form. All attendees will need to do so.



2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


♦ Community Based Research and the Relevance of Libraries


Louise Robbins, Professor, UW-Madison SLIS; Chelsea Couillard, Student, UW-Madison SLIS; Christina Johnson, Student, UW-Madison SLIS; Catherine Phan, Student, UW-Madison SLIS


Based on an experimental course using community-based research to explore barriers to participation in the global knowledge society and the role of libraries, this program will demonstrate the applicability of community-based research for determining community information needs and making public libraries even more valuable to their communities. SLIS students will share their experiences with determining community needs and planning and carrying out specific projects.

♦ Information Literacy Across the Library Spectrum


Moderator:  Steven Baumgart, Instruction Coordinator, Memorial Library, UW-Madison; Keith Schroeder, Library Media Specialist, Bay Port High School, Green Bay; Kati Tvaruzka, Education Reference Librarian, McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire; Gretchen Revie, Reference Librarian &  Instruction Coordinator, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University; Mark Luetkehoelter, Library Coordinator, Madison Area Technical College; M. Christine Chamness, Reference Librarian, UW Fox Valley Library


This program is a moderated panel discussion of multi-type library approaches to information literacy instruction, information literacy levels, and expectations. The goal is to help librarians achieve a better understanding of both what is being taught before students reach them and what is expected of students as they move on. The panel will speak about their experiences with the level of information literacy they are seeing/ teaching and their expectations of information literacy readiness as students reach them. This discussion is intended to improve students' transitions from one institution to another.

♦ Meet the Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Award Winner!

   Salon F

ThursdayNovember62008George Shannon, Author; Laura Dronzek, Illustrator


Meet the creators of this year's Burr/Worzalla award winning children's book, Rabbit's Gift.  The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award is given each year to a single publication published the previous year to the most notable, outstanding contribution in children's literature published in the previous year and created by a Wisconsin author or illustrator. Hear about their work and the experience of creating it. 


♦ The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing 

   Ballroom E


ThursdayNovember62008Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies


A workshop based on the premise that all of us who believe in libraries can help deliver the message and can by our own enthusiasm inspire others to use and support our unique resources. In this age of dot.coms, cell phones, and road rage, caring and conviction still rule. It's time to get passionate about "selling" libraries. Learn about the most powerful form of advertising of all (what/why/how/when/where) and how to make it work for you.


♦ Project Play: Play More, Learn More, Fear Less
   Ballroom D


Stef Morrill, Associate Director, South Central Library System; Beth Carpenter, Library Services Manager, Outagamie Waupaca Library System; Joy Schwarz, Web Librarian, Winnefox Library System


Project Play was a very successful Library 2.0 learning project among three library systems during 2007-08. Learn from the coordinators how it worked, what library workers learned from participating, and how your library can successfully replicate the project.

♦ The Role of Digitization in Enhancing Knowledge Discovery

   Salon G

Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UW-Milwaukee Libraries


Digitization is frequently presented as a conversion process that simply enables access to documents in another format. The potential of digitization in enhancing knowledge discovery and creating a new model for assisting users is often overlooked. In addition to more convenient access, digitization also offers opportunities for enhancing intellectual control and for creating new pathways in resource discovery. Using her experience of building a digital collection of early images of Tibet and other related primary resources, the presenter will explore the potential of digitization in bringing together disparate materials.

♦ Small Town Characters

   La Crosse

Greg Peck, Editor & Author


Greg Peck will explain how he came to write his non-fiction book, Death Beyond the Willows, about a couple from two small towns who met a tragic death on their wedding day. Rural history and characters fill his book, and noted author Ben Logan says the work shows that time and place can be characters, too. Peck will explain how he found a publisher, and how librarians can help other writers with their research and in finding publishers.

♦ Volunteers in the Library: A Public Library and Special Library Share their Experiences
   Salon B

Debbie Bird, Technical Services Librarian, Sun Prairie Public Library; Gayle Martinson, Archives Collections Manager, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison

Libraries regularly utilize volunteer help whether it’s to read shelves or serve on the board. Debbie Bird and Gayle Martinson will share their experiences and insights in dealing with volunteers in their libraries. Debbie will talk about the importance of conducting background checks, orientation and providing job descriptions. These are critical elements because volunteers are often treated as unpaid staff and the responsibility of commitment and performance rests with the volunteer. She’ll also talk about eliciting the help of your Friends of the Library organization to meet their own needs for programs and activities. Gayle will address meeting the needs of volunteers – intellectual stimulation, networking, and providing an inviting environment – so they want to continue volunteering at the library. She’ll also talk about the importance of connecting volunteer talents with library needs.

♦ What’s New Under the Dome: The Saga Continues

   Salon A

Rick Grobschmidt, Administrator, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, DPI; Jessica MacPhail, Director, Racine Public Library & WLA Federal Relations Coordinator; Paul Nelson, Retired, Former Director of Middleton Public Library, WLA Library Development and Legislation Committee Chair


Catch this opportunity to learn the current status of library legislation at the state and federal levels and to review progress and assess efforts on behalf of the 2008 WLA legislative agenda. Speakers will provide a summary of the 2008 election results and a preview of the state’s 2009-2011 biennial budget.


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

♦ Exhibits - No Conflict



3:30 p.m.

♦ Autograph Garden

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Greg Peck, author of Death Beyond the Willows

George Shannon, author, and Laura Dronzek, illustrator, of Rabbit's Gift


♦ WLA Foundation Silent Auction - Pickup and Pay



4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

♦ Challenges for Reference Excellence: Realities & Possibilities

   Ballroom E

ThursdayNovember62008 Marie L. Radford, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies

We all know that library budgets are really tight and users have high expectations for reference service. Coping with constant change, technology upgrades, and multiple demands on our time threaten our professional equilibrium. Despite these realities, this program challenges you to consider the possibility of outstanding and personalized service to every library user. Come to this engaging and provocative presentation to be inspired and to reaffirm excellent service as a core library value.


♦ Library for the Blind: Update on New Audio Formats

   Salon G

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

Last year we were given information on changes in audio formats, and the new formats are ready for our patrons. We will learn how and why the new formats made the cut and learn how they differ from formats we currently offer.

♦ The National Broadband Problem: A Library Perspective
   Salon F

Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology  and Community Learning; Mike Mietz, Manager, BadgerNet Services

Acquiring sufficient broadband is a nationwide problem and libraries are not immune.  Over half of the country's public libraries report insufficient broadband to access the Internet and 72% of Wisconsin's public libraries have increased their bandwidth just since January.  Most of this increase has been on BadgerNet, the state's telecommunications network.  This program will review the broadband
issues and will solicit suggestions on what factors the state should consider for the next BadgerNet network.

♦ Reel to Real: a New Season of PBS Films for your Library

   Salon A

Lynne Blinkenberg, Director of Community Outreach, Wisconsin Public Television

Many are surprised to discover the abundance of thought-provoking films available on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT); films dealing with diversity, history, environment, and civic engagement; topics that resonate in communities throughout Wisconsin. Reel to Real (R2R) provides tools and education on hosting local screenings and discussions, bridging the gap between viewing a film and creating community dialogue and action. Whether you are experienced or new to R2R, this session is for you.


♦ Resume Review Drop In


This resume review is offered specifically for students looking for their first jobs, but if you’re in the hunt for new employment we encourage you to drop in and get some pointers on how to improve your resume and enhance your chances of landing job interviews.

♦ Roadmap to the Future of Wisconsin Libraries
   Salon H

Richard Grobschmidt, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction; Kathy Pletcher, Associate Provost for Information Services, UW-Green David A. Cofrin Library

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) sponsored a Visioning Summit on May 5-6, 2008, with 100 key library leaders and supporters to explore the future of Wisconsin libraries.

This program will present the vision, values and strategic directions that resulted from the Visioning Summit.  COLAND is interested in feedback from the WLA community on these ideas.  Come and let your voice be heard!

♦ The Shared Ideal: The Carnegie Libraries of Claude & Starck

   La Crosse

Sheridan A. Glen, Board Member, Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts, and an avid architecture enthusiast

The Madison architectural firm of Claude & Starck received commissions for 25 of 63 Carnegie libraries built in Wisconsin. This slide show, illustrated by postcards, will show the different styles—Classical, Sullivanesque, Prairie, Original, English Gothic, and Swiss Chalet—that Claude and Starck developed for Wisconsin libraries. The legacy of their beautiful libraries seems particularly meaningful, given the importance these libraries were to the development of small town America.

♦ WISCAT Update!
   Ballroom D

Vickie Long, WISCAT Training & Technical Support: Terry Wilcox, Interlibrary Loan; Beth Palmquist, WISCAT Database Manager, Reference and Loan Library

New or improved features will be demonstrated including: federated searching of BadgerLink databases along with the union and virtual catalogs within WISCAT; the addition of Cooperative Children’s Book Center's CCBC Choices reviews viewable in WISCAT bibliographic records; and more. Updates on interlibrary loan, cataloging, and the Z39.50 gateway will be presented, so bring your questions and comments to this informational session.


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


♦ Wisconsin Library Association and Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Business

   Meeting (Agenda)
   Ballroom D



7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


♦ Awards Banquet


They have left their imprints on our libraries.  Please join us for this annual celebration in recognition of those professionals who symbolize the best in librarianship and support of libraries.  Dinner will be followed by presentation of the following awards:  RR Donnelley Award; Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award; WLA/Highsmith Library of the Year Award; WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year Award; Trustee of the Year Award and Special Service Award.  There will also be acknowledgement of the winners of the Media & Technology Section's Webbies and Outreach Services Round Table Frances de Usabel Awards.

Entertainment provided by Robin Avery, Harpist, prior to start of banquet; cash bar