Wednesday 11/5

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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.

♦ All Conference Continental Breakfast

   Madison Marriott West Hotel Atrium


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


♦ Unit Business and/or Board Meetings
   Government Information Round Table


   New Member Round Table

   Salon H

   Youth Services Section

La Crosse


♦ Past President’s Breakfast 



9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


♦ Keynote Address: Climate Change: Local to Global and Back Again

   Ballroom D and E

WednesdayNovember52008John J. Magnuson, Emeritus Professor of Zoology and Limnology, UW-Madison

While climate change is global in extent, the impacts are felt locally and can provide strong evidence for climate change. Ice cover of Lake Mendota and other Wisconsin lakes is as useful as a miner’s canary, and when combined with global ice information can indicate global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the Nobel Peace prize in 2007 for its science synthesis. Its analyses reveal that the pattern of change in temperature and precipitation are heterogeneous around the world. These differences point to markedly different impacts in different regions of the globe. The challenges of climate change are to mitigate the causes to reduce the magnitude of change and to adapt to the inevitable changes that are occurring. In Wisconsin, the Governors Task Force is considering the mitigation issues and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) is considering adaptation. Both require action and taking a long-term view.

Partner:  3M Company


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


♦ Internet Café

   Green Bay


10:00 a.m . - 11:00 a.m.


♦ Exhibits No Conflict (10:15 a.m. Grand Opening)




10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


♦ WLA Foundation Silent Auction


♦ Exhibits



11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


♦ BadgerLink Update!
   Ballroom D

Lisa Reale, BadgerLink Coordinator, Reference and Loan Library

BadgerLink access and resources will be reviewed. Federated searching of BadgerLink databases, BadgerLink linking with Google Scholar, and EBSCO’s Page Composer will be demonstrated.

♦ Choosing and Migrating to an ILS in the 21st Century
   Ballroom E

Paul Onufrak, Automation Librarian, Eastern Shores Library System; Lauren Blough, Automation Project Manager, South Central Library System

A library's integrated library system (ILS) can be the single most important piece of software in its infrastructure. The ILS touches nearly every part the library, from acquisitions to cataloguing, from patron management and lending, to the OPAC and more. Given the recent spate of library system vendor acquisitions, plus an expanding field of alternative open source offerings, the challenges of choosing and migrating to an ILS can be daunting. Come to this presentation to get advice on how to best navigate your course to a new ILS.

♦ Constructing Questionnaires and Questions: It’s Harder than it Seems

   La Crosse

Tom Walker, Associate Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

A session to follow “Applying Survey Methodology in the Real World” (presented at the 2007 WLA Conference), this session will introduce managers and others to fundamentals of questionnaire construction, including suggestions for overall structure, built-in redundancy, question construction, pre-testing, and consistency. Questionnaires or other surveys are the instruments of data collection that are the most visible to those taking part in a study and are prone to problems that range from researcher bias to “impossible” questions.

♦ Creating a Vision for the Future of the Wisconsin Document Depository Program in the

   21st Century : A Discussion

   Salon G

Abby Swanton, Wisconsin Document Depository Librarian, Reference and Loan Library

Librarians are invited to participate in an active discussion about the changing world of government information and the Wisconsin Document Depository Program. What collection development policy modifications need to be made to build stronger state government document collections? What should be distributed in print vs. electronically? How can we best help you provide access and make it easier to maintain your status as a depository library? Results from a brief survey distributed to designated depository libraries spring 2008 will also be discussed

♦ Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past

   Salon F

Erika Janik, Editor and Writer, Wisconsin Historical Society

Odd Wisconsin captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn't make it into conventional state histories, lowering a bucket into the depths of Wisconsin history and bringing to light curious fragments of forgotten lives. Author Erika Janik unearths the stories that got lost to history, even though they may have made local headlines at the time. Odd Wisconsin features strange but true stories from Wisconsin's past that will surprise, perplex, astonish, and otherwise connect readers with the state's fascinating history. "[A]n amazing collection of stories about people and things that have made this state a great place in which to live… A fun book from start to finish." —Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio - Erika Janik is a writer and editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society by day, and obsesses about food, the environment, farms, architecture, history, and anything else she recently read or saw by night. Her work has been featured in Madison's Isthmus, Wisconsin Trails magazine, Renewing the Countryside: Wisconsin (UW Press), On Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, the Wisconsin State Journal, and on the EatFeed Midwest podcast.


♦ Quality Improvement Teams - Analyze and Improve Process Flow in Your Library

   Salon H

Jim Backus, Trustee, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Garrett Erickson, Supply Services Manager, Marathon County Public Library; Rebecca Lemons, Clerical Assistant and member of the QPI Team, Marathon County Public Library

This program will give a brief history of the quality improvement movement. We will then discuss why the organization decided to create a quality and process improvement team, the team's charter, how the staff were selected, which tools were used, what projects were chosen and competed, how it affected the other library staff and the team's future.

♦ Welcome to WLA! How To Get The Most Out of Your WLA Conference Experience

   Ballroom E

Bernie Bellin, Administrator, Lakeshores Library System; Lisa Strand, Executive Director, WLA; Nancy McClements, Head of Reference, UW-Madison Memorial Library; Alice Sturzl, 2007 WLA Librarian of the Year and Instructional Media Specialist, Laona School District

Are you new to WLA? Is this your first WLA Conference? Being a new member in any organization can be daunting, and getting the most out a professional conference can prove to be challenging. A panel of WLA Conference pros will help you make the most of your WLA Conference experience.



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


♦ YSS Luncheon—Library Memories: Visions of Yesterday

   Geneva & Mendota

WednesdayNovember52008Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Author

Catherine Gilbert Murdock burst onto the scene of young adult literature with her award-winning and best-selling debut novel, Dairy Queen (2006). The sequel, The Off Season, soon followed and met with the same success. Her newest title, Princess Ben, was released in May 2008. Catherine Gilbert Murdock and her family live outside Philadelphia, where she is hard at work on a third book starring D.J. Schwenk. For more information, visit


♦ AWSL Business Meeting

   Salon H

♦ Autograph Garden

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Erica Janik, author of Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past


1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

♦ Wisconsin Genealogy and Local History Round Table Business Meeting


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

♦ Autograph Garden

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of

• Dairy Queen

• The Off Season

• Princess Ben

♦ The Cross-Generational Workforce
   Ballroom D


Rachel Singer Gordon, Consulting Editor, ITI Books, and Web master for

Today’s multigenerational library workforce faces a number of both internal and external challenges. To meet these challenges, we need to learn how to work together effectively and draw on individuals’ unique strengths. In a graying profession, we also need to pay attention to succession planning, passing on institutional wisdom, and recruiting, retaining, and mentoring the next generation of librarians.


♦ Email as Public Records

   Salon G

Amy Moran, State Records Manager, Department of Administration

This program will explore the complex issues of trying to determine when email is a public record—and thus must be retained—and when it is not. Also explored will be the broader issue of determining when any document in electronic format is a public document and thus subject to retention. The state’s Department of Administration will soon release an email retention “best practices” document. A draft will be reviewed.


♦ The Future of Bibliographic Control: A Report from the Library of Congress

   Salon B

WednesdayNovember52008Diane Dates Casey, Dean, Library Services/Academic Computing, Professor of Library Science, Governors State University

In January 2008, the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control released its official report on that topic. The group had as its central goals the redefinition of bibliographic control, of the bibliographic universe, and of the role of the Library of Congress. The report, which deals with everything from productivity to LIS education, rare items, and beyond, has generated a great deal discussion in the library technical services community. Diane Dates Casey of Governors State University was a member of the LC Working group and will discuss the group’s findings as presented in the report.


♦ Gaming, Libraries and Literacy:  Redefining Gaming in the Academic and Public Library

   Ballroom E

Jeannie McBeth, Oshkosh Public Library; Terrance Newell, Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

A panel of librarians whose libraries offer video game programming will talk about How Their Library Does It Good (best practices, marketing, etc.), and offer counterpoints to the argument that gaming doesn’t belong in libraries.

♦ How to Reach Hard to Reach Populations

   Salon A

Pam Peterson, Door County UW Extension Family Living Educator; Mary Driscoll, Dane County Library Service Outreach Librarian

Designing innovative programs for library users is challenging, but creating programs that focus on previously non-user populations is even tougher. Mary Driscoll and Pam Peterson will talk about reaching out to members of the community that aren’t regular library users.

♦ Local History and Genealogy Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society
   Salon C

WednesdayNovember52008Rick Pifer, Director of Reference and Public Services, Library/Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society

Did you know that the best place in the world to study Wisconsin local history is the Wisconsin Historical Society?  Did you know that most of the Historical Society’s family histories are now on Google Books?  This session will focus on how to find and use the local history and genealogy collections (virtual and physical) available through the Library and Archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

♦ READ Book Discussion: The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer

   Salon F

Gary Warren Niebuhr, Director, Greendale Public Library

Join READ and Gary Niebuhr as we discuss The Poet of Tolstoy Park.  From Publisher’s Weekly: “A dying man's decision to move from Idaho to Alabama becomes a quixotic spiritual journey in Brewer's ruminative, idiosyncratic first novel, based on a true story.  In 1925, widowed Henry Stuart learns that he has tuberculosis and will probably be dead within a year.  Stuart's initial reaction is optimistic resignation, as he regards his illness as a final philosophical journey of reconciliation, one that sends him back through the writings of his beloved Tolstoy and other literary and spiritual figures to find solace and comfort.  Despite the protests of his two sons and his best friend, he decides to move to the progressive town of Fairhope, Ala.  There, he begins to build a round, domed cottage where he seeks to "learn in solitude how to save myself" and earns himself the sobriquet "the poet of Tolstoy Park."  The plot, such as it is, runs out of steam when Brewer makes an ill-advised decision to jump forward in time in the last chapters, but the heady blend of literary and philosophical references and some fine character writing make this a noteworthy debut."

♦ Services to Special Populations: Hospital In-patients, Jails/Prisons, and Other Institutions

   Salon H

Jennifer Friedman, Librarian, Mendota Mental Health Institute Patients Library; Casey Petersen, Consumer Health Librarian, St. Mary's Health Resource Center; Wendy Cramer, Librarian, Racine Correctional Institution

If serving the general public is a challenge, serving the general public while they are ill, incarcerated, or both brings a whole different set of challenges. Working with people under unusual stress means never a dull moment in the library—but it can also be very fulfilling. Hear from a prison librarian, a mental health institute librarian, and a hospital family resource center librarian about their jobs and the particular issues they face.

♦ Status of Standards-Based Interlibrary Loan in Wisconsin

   La Crosse

Bob Shaw, WiLS ILL Services Librarian; Terry Wilcox, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Reference & Loan Library

Standards-based interlibrary loan allows interlibrary loan requests to travel from one library to another, regardless of which ILL software each library uses. Since February 2008, WiLS has been receiving Wiscat AGent ILL requests within WiLS' resource sharing management software called ILLiad. Terms such as ISO, Z39.50, SIP2, NCIP are also beginning to creep into discussions. What does implementing these standards actually mean? How might it change workflow in your library?


♦ Users and Non-Users of Public Libraries: An Analysis of Their Household Characteristics


Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, Doctoral Student, UW Madison SLIS; Kyung-Sun Kim, Associate Professor, UW-Madison SLIS

Understanding who the users/non-users are is crucial for public libraries’ strategic planning. Analyzing data from the Current Population Survey and Public Libraries Survey, this study examines characteristics of households (n=50,000+) using public libraries. Findings suggest that the distance from the library, school attendance status, and use of other types of libraries are among the variables affecting public library use. Less advantaged groups, including ethnic minorities and recent immigrants, are more likely to be non-users of public libraries.


3:00 p.m.

♦ Autograph Garden
   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Thomas Maltman, author of The Night Birds


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


♦ Exhibits - No Conflict


♦ Webbies Awards (presented by Media & Technology Section)

   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)


3:30 p.m.

♦ Autograph Garden
   Superior/Michigan (Exhibits)

Rachel Singer Gordon, author of

• The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide

• What's The Alternative?  Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros

• The Accidental Library Manager


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


♦ Discussing Leadership: An Open Forum with Library Directors

   La Crosse

Peter Gilbert, Director of Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University; Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library, UW-Madison; Lysianne Unruh, Director, Mount Horeb Public Library

Bring your leadership questions for seasoned library directors to this informal panel! Four library leaders will be available to address questions ranging from best-practices to things they wish they had known earlier. We encourage any and all library directors or library leaders to attend and share their wisdom.


♦ From Idea to Epic: Shaping a First Novel

   Salon A

Thomas Maltman, Assistant Professor of English, Silver Lake College

Join author Thomas Maltman as he talks about the inspiration and the writing process for his 2008 Alex Award-winning book, The Night Birds. He will read excerpts from the novel and describe the story-behind-the-story for each scene. Research, insight, history, and vision will all be covered from a first time novelist’s perspective. Writers, historians, and lovers of the art of storytelling will find something to enjoy in this session.


♦ Get Your “Green On”:  Practical and Quirky Advice on Becoming an Eco-tistical Library
   Ballroom D


Pam Bosben, Director, Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Cross Plains

Ballyhoo is the operative word when it comes to the growing force of the environmental movement.  Considering the fact that libraries have long been unintentional front-runners in this movement simply by virtue of reusing print materials, media and other assorted ephemera, it makes sense to step-up our act by “greening” internal practices and public services.

Stop on by this session for an hour of dazzling tips, reverberation of well-known advice and hopefully a few new ideas on how to sustain the environmental movement through actions, practices and services at your library.

♦ Intermingling Worlds: How Access Services, ILL, and Reference can Work Together

   Salon G

Heather Weltin, Librarian, UW Memorial Library; Martha Farley Berninger, Librarian Supervisor, Reference and Loan Library; Connie VonDerHeide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, Wisconsin State Law Library

The skills required to be an effective librarian in Access Services, ILL, and Reference often overlap. This session will present librarians from three types of libraries–academic, public, and special—who work in all three areas. They will show how the skills, e.g., citation searching, customer service, supervision, and training, that they developed in each area complement each other.

♦ Literacy Coaches and Programs for Tweens and Teens: How Schools and Libraries Can

   Support Adolescent Literacy

   Salon H

Kelly J. Meyers, Associate Executive Director, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators; Emilie Amundson, English Language Arts Consultant, DPI Content and Learning Team; Marcia Sarnowski, Library Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System; Barbara Huntington, Public Library Youth Services and Special Services Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, DPI

Wisconsin is making adolescent literacy a priority. Learning to read proficiently is a critical element in adolescents’ ability to be successful in all learning, in the workforce, and as global citizens. Statewide assessments of reading achievement show that the proportion of students proficient in reading declines as they move from elementary and middle school to high school. Join us for a discussion of how schools and libraries can work together to provide high-quality services to tweens and teens, supporting their continued literacy development.

♦ 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.

♦ Technical Services Workflows in Times of Diminishing Budgets
   Ballroom E


Kristin Hewitt, Director, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Michael Nitz, Technical Services Supervisor, Appleton Public Library; Susan Lee, Technical Services Manager, Madison Public Library

Different libraries execute technical services in different ways. These days, however, they are all trying to do more work with fewer funds. In this discussion, technical services librarians from three different libraries will discuss how they have altered their workflows to respond to this challenge.


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


♦ Resource Sharing Round Table Business Meeting

   La Crosse


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


♦ UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Reunion


♦ UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Reunion



8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


♦ WLA Foundation Fundraiser — Wee? Wii? Que?? ... Gaming!


Show your support for the WLA Foundation (WLAF) by attending this year's fundraising event, Wee? Wii? Que?? ... Gaming!  Whether you're a gaming wizard or you've never played one in your life, join in the fun of friendly competitions in Wii bowling and boxing, Guitar Hero, and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR for short).  Who knows, you might discover a hidden talent and win one of the “coveted prizes” awarded to the top finishers in each contest!  Need a little practice before the main event?  Stop by the Highsmith exhibit booth during the day, where several Wii stations will be available. 

You’ll also be able to check on your WLAF Silent Auction bids during the evening. Wee? Wii? Que?? ... Gaming!  is open to conference registrants and non-registrants alike, so bring a friend, join your colleagues, and Get Your Game On!

And, back by popular demand, Mississippi Blue!  The talented David Polodna and Mike Obmascher play great tunes of their own plus covers by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, John Prine and many others.