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Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference 

November 4-7, 2008,
Madison Marriott West, Middleton

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WLA Conference Update — No. 7

Hello All,   The 2008 WLA conference is now less than a week away!  I hope you're as excited as I am to get to Middleton and partake in all the programs, activities and events that await us!  Here are a few final notes and reminders:   An Important Word about Wireless Access If you've reserved a guest room at the Marriott, you may know that in-room wireless Internet access is available for an additional per-day fee.  If you choose to purchase that amenity, it also includes wireless access capability in the hotel lobby and restaurant area.  However, it does NOT include the conference center.  The conference committee investigated several ways to try and provide wireless access in the conference area, none of which turned out to be feasible or affordable.  The WLA Internet Cafe will be open on Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm, on Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.   

Conference Programs: Now and Later! Ever had the problem of deciding between two programs offered in the same time slot?  Or wished more of your staff could have attended that really great program you just saw? Or, maybe you just can't make it to the conference this time. Well, here's some good news: This year, three WLA programs will be recorded for later viewing through a company called Conferencecaster. Those programs are:    Privacy 2.0: Implications in a Connected World (Thursday 8:45 a.m.) Challenges for Reference Excellence (Thursday 4:00 p.m.) Reflections on Intellectual Freedom: From the Local to the Global Community (Friday 10:15 a.m.)   All the details on how to access the programs through Conferencecaster will be in your conference folder, and will also be widely publicized following the conference. So stay tuned!  

"Unshelved" Update Bill and Gene, "The Unshelved Guys," will be at the conference on Friday to speak at the President's Luncheon and to judge the First-Ever WLA Bookcart Drill Team Competition earlier that morning. [Reminder to Luncheon attendees: Come dressed as your favorite Unshelved character! - optional, of course.] They'll also sell and sign their books during and after the Luncheon.    If you're not able to attend but would still like to get your hands on some of their titles - or if you just can't wait till Friday! - have Bill & Gene got a deal for you: Their books will be on sale at the Conference Registration Desk throughout the entire conference.  And, they've offered to give 50% of the proceeds from those sales to WLA!  So - buy your favorite Unshelved books at the Registration Desk, and support WLA at the same time!     

Safe travels to Middleton, and see you all soon!

Connie

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Connie Von Der Heide publicity chair, WLA 2008 conference

 

WLA Conference Update — No. 6

Hello and welcome to the next edition of WLA Conference Update.   It's just a few more weeks till the 2008 WLA annual conference.  And it's just a few days - four to be exact! - until advance registration closes.  If you haven't yet registered, be sure to do so by this Friday, October 17, to take advantage of advance registration rates AND to register for any meals.   After October 17, you will need to register at the conference.   One more reminder about voting on Tuesday, November 4:  If you'll be in or en route to the conference and unable to vote at your polling place that day, be sure to vote by absentee ballot.  

An Important Word about Wireless Access If you've reserved a guest room at the Marriott, you may know that in-room wireless Internet access is available for an additional per-day fee.  If you choose to purchase that amenity, it also includes wireless access capability in the hotel lobby and restaurant area.  However, it does NOT include the conference center.  The conference committee investigated several ways to try and provide wireless access in the conference area, none of which turned out to be feasible or affordable.  The WLA Internet Cafe will be open on Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, on Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Mississippi Blue is Back!   By popular demand, the talented David Polodna and Mike Obmascher will be back to play great tunes of their own plus covers by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, John Prine and many others during the WLA Foundation Fundraiser on Wednesday evening.  You may register for this event in advance or pay at the door.  WLA members and non-members are all welcome to attend.  More info is available on the Wednesday conference schedule.  

Attention Book Cart Drill Teams!  Be sure to register your drill team now for the First Ever WLA Book Cart Drill Team competition! Generously sponsored by Demco, this inaugural WLA event will take place on Friday morning.  Judges include Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum, aka The Unshelved guys, who will also speak at the President's Luncheon immediately following the competition.   It is not necessary for all members of a drill team to be WLA members, or to be registered for the conference.  See complete rules and registration forms.  

Program Handouts!  As you're finalizing your conference itinerary, be sure to check the website for any program handouts posted in advance - look for links within the program descriptions.  Additional handout links will be added during and after the conference.   Prepare! To help you make the most of your entire 2008 WLA conference experience, here's a list of Conference Tips compiled a couple years ago by Stephen Abram.  

Enjoy! While you're in town, be sure to get out and enjoy Middleton and Madison! When you arrive, look for a list of area restaurants on the local arrangements table near the Regsitration desk.  Also check your conference packet and program booklet for ads and coupons from local merchants, and when you visit, be sure to thank them for being a sponsor!  

The Conference Committee would also like to share these favorites: 

** From Susan Santner, Local Arrangements Co-Chair: For a unique menu with a lovely view I would recommend Morel’s Restaurant in Middleton.  Their Asparagus Morel Mushroom Pastry -  “Sautéed morel mushrooms and asparagus tips in a crispy puff pastry shell. Served with grilled ramp pesto,” is absolutely fabulous! The menu is updated frequently depending on the season.  One of their popular standards is Grilled Atlantic Salmon - “Grilled fillet served with oven roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus sautéed with bread crumbs, butter, parsley and hard boiled egg, finished with a lemon brown butter.”   A Madison favorite for a cozy atmosphere and thoughtful service is Otto’s Restaurant.  The Grilled Salmon in Grape Leaves with toasted pine nuts, lemon-currant vinaigrette, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, and sautéed spinach is delightful. All of Otto's steaks are Certified Angus Beef, chargrilled to order, and served with their homemade garlic-mashed potatoes and sautéed fresh vegetables. Perfection!  

** From Jaime Vache, Program Co-Chair: Monty's Blue Plate Diner, located on the near east side of Madison, is worth the drive from the Conference Center!  Featuring a traditional diner atmosphere and comfort food with a delicious twist, the unique vegetarian options are especially amazing and delicious.  I recommend the Sheldon, described as "Reuben's vegetarian cousin", for lunch and the Mediterranean Sunrise for breakfast.  Be sure to save room to try one of the amazing array of pies and cakes on display in the vast dessert case.  Monty's is a member of the local Food Fight Restaurants which also include Hubbard Avenue Diner, just down the road in Middleton, and another wonderful choice for nosh.  

** From Nancy "Anything Sondheim except 'Send in the Clowns'" McClements, Registration Chair: Want to listen to show tunes? Sing along to "Piano Man" ???  Request "your" song?  Then go to the Ivory Room Piano Bar, 116 West Mifflin Street, Madison, just kitty corner from the central Madison Public Library. There's live music and great cocktails every night.  My favorite performers are Anthony and Leslie Cao, but you'll have to stick around until Saturday to hear them!

**From Connie Von Der Heide, Publicity Chair: One of my favorite west side eateries is Laredo's Mexican Restaurant at Whitney Way & Odana Road. It features good food (local Mexicans eat there), fast and friendly service, and very reasonable prices.  If you go, I recommend the Combinacion no. 12: chile relleno, beef tamale and a tostada - yum!  

**From Cheryl Becker, Committee Chair: I may be a mild mannered librarian by day, but in my heart, I am a singing star.  I know, because I can “show my stuff” at the Karaoke Kid, at 614 University Avenue in the campus area.   Other venues may offer karaoke on one or two nights a week, but the “Kid” (as we like to call it), is the only spot I know that offers karaoke every night, Monday through Saturday.  If you get a chance, get on stage and become a star! 
 
I first visited Porta Bella, an Italian restaurant in the campus area (425 N Frances St), when I was in graduate school in 1986.  Other Italian restaurants may come and go, but Porta Bella has always remained my “default” restaurant­; when in doubt, it’s always a great place to go.  I have too many favorites on their menu to pick just one, but no matter what you try, be sure to pair it with their trademark Porta Salad.  
 
For an Italian restaurant with a different style and closer to the conference, try Biaggi’s at 601 Junction Road, Madison.  I can’t pick a favorite here either, but I can say the Penne Sardi and the Farfalle Alfredo are amazing.

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See you in Middleton!!

Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference Publicity Chair

 

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-sponsored Book Cart Drill Team Competition

Strut Your Stuff–Form a Drill Team!As you toil away in the stacks, do you secretly dream of a life on the stage? Do you imagine receiving rounds of thunderous applause when you help patrons find the information they need? Make those fantasies a reality! Gather a group of your colleagues, dig through your music collection, get some inspiration from Dancing with the Stars, and form your very own library book cart drill team! Are you a little shy? Then just come and join the fun by watching the Book Cart Drill Team competition on Friday, November 7.

Check out the rules at www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/general/, and include a signed copy of the rules with your registration form.

 

WLA Conference Update — No. 5

The 2008 WLA annual conference, "Wisconsin Libraries: Building a Better Tomorrow" will take place November 4-7 at the Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton. 

The latest issue of the WLA Newsletter, which you should now have in hand, contains a special conference insert including a registration form, which you may make copies of as needed.  To take advantage of early bird rates, and to sign up for conference meals, be sure to register by October 6.

Among the special events taking place at this year's conference is the first ever WLA Book Cart Drill Team Competition!  The competition will take place Friday morning, and will be judged by none other than the Unshelved guys, Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum! (They're also speaking at the President's Luncheon following the competition.)  So get a team together and start workin' up your winning routine! To register, simply fill out the Book Cart Drill Team section of the registration form, and submit a signed copy of the competition rules.  Need some inspiration?  Check out this video taken during the 2008 ALA competition - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guJrnBxFees.

Speaking of the President's Luncheon:  Bill & Gene - the Unshelved guys - encourage everyone who plans to attend to "get in the spirit" by dressing as your favorite Unshelved character!  Here's a timesaving tip: Use the same outfit as your Halloween costume, and you'll be all set for the conference!  

Another new offering this year is a Resume Review Service, available on both Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. This free service is primarily for students looking for their first jobs, but anyone who's in the hunt for new employment is encouraged to drop in and get some pointers on how to improve your resume and enhance your chances of landing job interviews. 

Volunteers are also being sought to review resumes - which leads nicely to...   Calling All Volunteers!  It takes many hands to put on a successful conference.  If you'd be willing to review resumes, work the registration desk, assist with technical and equipment setup, or lend a helping hand in any way, please contact Nancy McClements at nmcclements@library.wisc.edu .  Volunteering is a great way to meet and greet your fellow conference attendees, and to get involved in WLA!  

In these times of rising food and energy prices, we're all looking for ways to stretch our dollars. Perhaps you even had to forego attending a national conference this year because of tightened budgets.  The WLA Conference - with over 70 substantive programs, several nationally known speakers, excellent vendor exhibits, and the only time during the year you can join company with colleagues from around the entire state - is an excellent, closer-to-home professional development opportunity, and it provides a terrific return on investment.  If you're looking for some ways to make conference expenses more manageable, consider sharing a ride or organizing a carpool from your geographic area, or asking a colleague about sharing a hotel room.  And, if you haven't already done so, check out the WLA Foundation's Continuing Education Scholarships page.  Some of the deadlines have already passed, but at least two are accepting applications through Sept. 15.  Also be sure to check with your library system office and other professional organizations to which you belong for additional scholarship or grant opportunities.   

Planning ahead:  If you'll be heading to Middleton on or before Tuesday, November 4 and unable to vote at your designated polling place, be sure to cast an absentee ballot.  For more info, visit the Wis. Elections Division's absentee ballot webpage.  

And, between now and the conference, remember to pick up a couple nonperishable food items for the annual WLA Conference Food Drive. Food items and cash will be collected at the Conference Registration Desk for donation to a Middleton area food pantry.  

Another WLA Conference Update will be coming your way soon. In the meantime, visit the WLA conference website for the complete 4-1-1 on all the programs and special events awaiting you in November!  

Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference Publicity Chair

 

WLA Conference Update No. 4

Registration for the 2008 WLA conference is now open!  To find the registration form, click on “General Information” in the left sidebar of this page and go to Registration. Simply print the form, fill it in, and send it with your payment to the WLA office.  Or, beginning later this summer, you’ll be able to register and pay online! Announcements will be posted when that option becomes available.

Daily conference schedules and descriptions of programs and special events are now listed on the  “Program” and “Highlights and Speakers” pages.   Read about our keynote and other featured speakers.  Find out which authors will be signing their books in the Autograph Garden. Check on the date and time of your unit’s business meeting.  Read descriptions of the 70-plus substantive programs being presented – from the notable books marathon to gaming in libraries, from the local architects of historical Carnegie libraries to how your library can “get your green on” and become “eco-tistical” – there is truly something for everyone.  Find out more about special events such as the WLAF Silent Auction and Fundraiser event, and the first-ever WLA Bookcart Drill Team Competition! (Competition rules are found on the “General Information” page.)   Check all these pages frequently for updated information.

An important note about conference costs:  As you know, rising energy costs - and inflation in general - affect everything.  Rates for hotel rooms, conference space rental and meals are no exception.  The greater Madison area is both a favorite WLA conference location, and at the higher end of the scale with regard to rates for hotel rooms and conference space.  The Conference Committee wants you to know that it is doing everything it possibly can to keep conference costs down.  The costs of the lunches and dinners listed on the registration form are the actual costs WLA is charged by the hotel.  As in past years, breakfast costs were projected and worked into the conference registration fee.  However, this year the hotel’s per-person rates for breakfast came in a few dollars higher than projected.  This is the reason for the $4 and $9 breakfast fees.

It’s also important to consider what is gained by attending the WLA conference. It’s the one place each year where you can rub shoulders with over a thousand of your Wisconsin library colleagues and develop or renew all-important professional contacts and relationships. It’s the one time each year that you can choose from over 70 substantive programs, under one roof, from which to learn and be inspired.  It might be the only opportunity you’ll have all year to personally meet some nationally known speakers and talk with favorite authors. It’s certainly the best place to see firsthand the latest in library products and services and talk face to face with the vendors. And it’s the best and easiest way to learn about and get involved in the work of your state library association and foundation, which is critical to sustaining and improving the health and vitality of all Wisconsin libraries.  The annual conference truly does give an excellent return on investment.

Looking for a way to offset your annual conference expenses?  Apply for a scholarship.  The WLA Foundation offers several continuing education scholarships, some of which may be used for attending the annual conference. Information is available at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/scholarships/CEscholarships.htm . Remember to also check with the WLA unit(s) to which you belong, your library system, your employer, and any other resource you can think of for information about any continuing education scholarships or grants they might offer.  You won’t know unless you ask!

Stay tuned for more conference news in the coming weeks!

 

Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference publicity chair

 

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WLA Conference Update No. 3

Keynote Speaker

The Conference Committee is very excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. John J. Magnuson, Professor Emeritus of Zoology, Director Emeritus of the Center for Limnology, and Emeritus Member of the Limnology and Marine Science Graduate Program at UW-Madison. 

Dr. Magnuson played a lead role in authoring the lakes and streams portions of the 1995 and 2001 Assessments by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://www.ipcc.ch/, which evaluated the phenomenon of climate change and its implications for human society and the natural world.

In 2007, the IPCC’s fourth Assessment was published, and, that same year, former Vice President Al Gore and the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their contributions to raising awareness and understanding of global warming.  Dr. Magnuson’s research interests are in long-term regional ecology, aquatic ecology & climate change and variability, biodiversity and invasions, and fish and fisheries ecology.  He is presently co-chair of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. His most recent book, Long-Term Dynamics of Lakes in the Landscape by Magnuson, Kratz, and Benson, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005.   

 

Strut Your Stuff – Form a Drill Team!

As you toil away in the stacks, do you secretly dream of a life on the stage?  Do you imagine receiving rounds of thunderous applause when you help patrons find the information they need?  Make those fantasies a reality!  Gather a group of your colleagues, dig through your music collection, get some inspiration from Dancing with the Stars, and form your very own library book cart drill team! 

The first ever WLA Book Cart Drill Team Competition will take place on Friday, November 7, the final day of the conference. DEMCO is sponsoring the prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, and will also provide the Official Carts for the competition.  More information will be announced soon, but in the meantime, polish your sneakers, check out the library book cart drill team videos on YouTube, www.youtube.com and prepare to unleash your hidden talents!

 

Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference publicity chair

 

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WLA Conference Update — No. 2

Planning for the 2008 WLA Annual Conference is well underway! The Conference Committee is putting together what promises to be a fantastic array of substantive programs, exciting speakers, and fun activities and events, all for you.  Be sure you’ve marked November 4 – 7 on your calendar and are prepared to enjoy your stay at the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center, located at 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive in Middleton.  To make your reservation, phone: 608-831-2000 or toll-free: 800-228-9290.  Additional hotel information is available on the WLA Conference Web site, under “General Information.” http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008

The theme of this year’s conference is Wisconsin Libraries: Building a Better Tomorrow.  What are some ways libraries are doing this?

• Helping people make sense of and use information and technology to improve their lives

• Providing resources on education, health, recreation, business opportunities, job skills and more,  

  to help people achieve a better "personal future"

• Serving as an important community resource and gathering place to develop and share new ideas

• Adopting energy-saving, "green" practices - in both daily operations and new library facilities

Many conference programs will address these and other forward-looking issues. Watch for highlights in the monthly conference updates posted on the WLA e-list, and plan now to come learn and share with your colleagues all the ways that Wisconsin libraries are building a better tomorrow. 

Unshelved creators at President’s Luncheon

To balance all those fantastic learning opportunities, the conference committee is also planning plenty of “fun stuff” for you!  As library workers, we all know that sometimes we have to laugh, or else we’ll cry.  Enjoy lots of laughs during the President’s Luncheon on Friday, as the creators of Unshelved take you on a tour of the world's only library comic strip, featuring the fictional but instantly recognizable staff and patrons of the Mallville Public Library. Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum will deconstruct some of their greatest hits, and tell the true library stories that inspired them. They’ll also talk about what it's like to transfer daily life as a real-life librarian to paper, and the events that become strips more or less unchanged, the ones that get altered and why, and the ones that have to be left out!

Help Wanted

Volunteers are needed in several areas during the conference, including registration, autograph garden, tech/equipment setup, and local arrangements. It’s a great way to meet new people! If interested, please contact Nancy McClements at nmcclements@library.wisc.edu .    

All about Middleton and Greater Madison

Did you know that Middleton, our host city, was recently ranked 1st in Money Magazine’s list of 100 Best Places to Live in America? (see http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007 ) Middleton has much to offer conference attendees and their families, including unique downtown shops and eateries, beautiful parks, Wisconsin’s only “Lifestyle Center” (Greenway Station), and, of course, WLA’s 2007 Library of the Year, Middleton Public Library. To find out more, check out www.visitmiddleton.com 

For those who want to venture out a little farther, the Greater Madison area also has much to offer. Tour the State Capitol Building; visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum or the Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center.  Like art? Don’t miss the Chazen Art Museum on the UW-Madison campus, or the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on State Street.  Prefer nature and the outdoors? Visit Olbrich Gardens or the Henry Vilas Zoo. Enjoy an autumn stroll through the UW Arboretum, or take a brisk walk on the Lake Monona or Lake Mendota bike/hike path.  There’s always something showing at the Overture Center for the Arts or the UW Memorial Union Theater, and the UW-Madison campus offers a plethora of activities, from sporting events to concerts to lectures, libraries and museums. Need something to read?  Be sure to check out interesting local bookstores, such as Booked for Murder, or Canterbury Books, or Shakespeare’s used bookstore on the Capitol Square.  For information about special events going on in the area during your stay, visit the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site, www.visitmadison.com .

Don’t forget to vote!

As you’re making your conference plans, remember that Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day. If you’ll be in or on your way to Middleton and unable to vote at your designated polling place, be sure to vote by absentee ballot. 

Watch for more conference updates in the next issue of WLA Newsletter, on the WLA e-list, and on the WLA Conference Web page.  http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008 .

 

Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference Publicity Chair 

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WLA Conference Update — No. 1

Welcome to this first edition of WLA Conference Update, designed to provide monthly updates on the 2008 annual conference at the Madison Marriott West, in Middleton, November 4-7.   

Your conference planning committee is hard at work planning substantive programming, securing engaging speakers, coordinating social events, and doing all the other necessary and important things it takes to ensure that you have a great experience!  

This year's committee has selected the theme Wisconsin Libraries: Building a Better Tomorrow.  What are some ways libraries are doing this?

• Helping people make sense of and use information and technology to improve their lives

• Providing resources on education, health, recreation, business opportunities, job skills and more, 

  to help people achieve a better "personal future"

• Serving as an important community resource and gathering place to develop and share new ideas

• Adopting energy-saving, "green" practices - in both daily operations and new library facilities

Come to the conference to learn from and share with your colleagues even more ways that libraries are building a better tomorrow.    

Conference Accommodations:  The Madison Marriott West is ready to take your reservation! 

Contact information is available on the Accommodations page of the WLA Conference web site. http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/general/accommodations.htm     

What's Your Story? Why do you attend the WLA annual conference?  What aspect of the conference is most valuable to you?  We'd like to know, and so would others!  Please submit your comments to Connie.VonDerHeide@wicourts.gov and indicate whether you'd permit their publication in future issues of WLA Conference Update, the WLA Newsletter, and/or on the Conference Web Site - and whether you'd like to be named or remain anonymous. 

Thank you!  
Connie Von Der Heide

2008 WLA Conference Publicity Chair