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Featured SpeakersR. Bruce Allison, Arborist and Author

Bruce Allison has been a professional arborist in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1974. He will discuss his new book If Trees Could Talk: Stories about Wisconsin Trees.  He is also the author of Wisconsins Champion Trees: A Tree Hunters Guide (1980, revised 2005); Tree Walks of Dane County (1981); Tree Walks of Milwaukee County (1982) and Every Root an Anchor: Wisconsins Famous and Historic Trees (2005). His articles have appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review, Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, American Forests Magazine, Arboricultural Journal, and Shading Our Cities (Island Press, 1989). He earned degrees from Brown University and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as president of the Wisconsin Arborist Association and as chairman of the Dane County Tree Board and the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.


Featured SpeakersFeatured SpeakersTerese Allen, Author and Food Columnist

Culinary historian, Barbara Haber, has written that if we really want to understand our past, weve got to follow the food. Thats particularly true in Wisconsin, whose food traditions reflect the richness of an ethnically and agriculturally diverse region. In this presentation Terese Allen shares the stories behind (and recipes for) such varied foodways as cream puffs, Hmong egg rolls, and brandy old fashions. From Friday night fish fry to smashed Yukon Gold potatoes with Hooks blue cheese, Allen tracks the amazing cornucopia of what Wisconsinites have gathered, grown, produced, cooked, and eaten.


Featured SpeakersLynda Barry

Author of What It Is and winner of the 2009 RR Donnelley Award, presented by the Literary Awards Committee of the WLA Readers Section, Lynda offers us insight into how she overcame self-doubt, as well as the doubts of others, to follow her muse, and in the process become one of Americas leading cartoonists.  Part memoir, part writers guide, Lynda does a brilliant job of using her own experiences to illustrate that each of us has the power to create within us. 


Marni Y.V. Bekkedal, Program Manager, Wisconsin Division of Public Health

The Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking program is part of a national effort to better integrate data and information for environmental contaminants and their relationship to human health.  As part of this effort, the program has created a web-based data query system that includes data for a number of priority topics including childhood lead poisoning, carcinogenic emissions, and asthma.  Additionally, the site includes individual County Environmental Health Profiles that summarize the data in a printable report for each county in Wisconsin.  The site can support efforts for local agencies, community groups, advocacy groups and interested individuals to explore relevant data and obtain additional information related to environmental health.


Lynne Blinkenberg, Director of Community Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television

This annual contest, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Reading Rainbow, is for kindergarteners through 3rd graders, and libraries are a natural partner. Learn how to host a writers & illustrators event in your library, sponsor a local contest, or just get tips on helping to spread the word.


Marjorie E. Bloss, Former RDA Project Manager and Lecturer, Dominican University, GSLIS Program

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) are the building blocks on which the new cataloging code, RDA, Resource Description and Access is built. These conceptual models describe a bibliographic world in which a works relationships to its different physical formats, to translations, adaptations and interpretations, to the people or corporate bodies responsible for them, and to their subjects, interrelate. It is only now that technology has given us the appropriate tools that we can fully realize how to pull together these bibliographic relationships.


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Susan Buchanan

Susan Buchanan, Vice President, Library Partners, LibLime, will give an overview of recently enhanced modules in Koha, including a new staff interface with improvements to OPAC, acquisitions, cataloging, serials and reporting. For libraries who fear they can't take advantage of the benefits of open source, Susan will discuss the perceived barriers to implementation and show how libraries can now enjoy the advantages of open source--with or without an IT staff.



Featured SpeakersAmy Cordova
Known for her vibrant paintings that tenderly reflect culture and a sense of place, Taos, NM, artist and gallery owner Amy Cordova will discuss her world as an illustrator.  Cordova, a 2008 Pura Belpre Honors award recipient for What Can You Do With a Rebozo? (TenSpeed Press, Berkeley), will share her latest 2009 releases, Namaste! (Bellpond, NY) and Juan and the Jackalope (UNM). Cordova will present a slideshow on NAMASTE! and the early stages of developing the work in Nepal.  Cordova will also speak of the movement and value of bilingual books for children.

Amy Cordova, born in southwest Wisconsin, spent her childhood roaming river bluffs and streambedsimagining she was a deer!  Her father, a native New Mexican of Spanish/Native American descent, was part of a family whose cultural traditions were extremely dissimilar from Cordovas Midwestern upbringing.  Cordovas life of diverse cultural blending influenced the way she learned to view the world and deeply inspires her life as an artist. 

Cordova attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo College and Highlands University, NM.  She has made her living as a full time artist for the past thirty years and has served as an arts educator and advocate working with children, teens and adults. Cordova has created large scale public art projects, including the RIVERSONG windows for the St. Paul RiverCentre.  She currently teaches a special course at the University of Nebraska.

Cordova lives in Taos, NM , where she and her partner, Dan Enger, own the ENGER-CORDOVA FINE ART GALLERY, which features their original art.


Stacy Grandt, Outreach Director, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Stacy Grandt will provide information about specialized formats that include tactile graphics used by people who are blind, have a print disability, or low vision.  Participants will gain insight into how to prepare tactiles to use with existing materials, as well as resources to acquire ready-made tactiles.  She will also include specific information about materials that support the inclusion of children who are blind or have low vision, including those with multiple disabilities in public library programs.   She coordinated the production of tactile graphic items for the 2009 Summer Reading Program and is currently working on materials for the 2010 program.


Featured SpeakersMarcy Heim

CFRE, Principal, The Artful Asker, LLC

With over two decades of advancement experience, Marcy brings a sincere respect and energy for the transforming impact philanthropy can have on our organizations and throughout our communities. Recognized as an excellent and entertaining presenter, she combines her experience with a large, public research university, a small independent school and a variety of clients into thoughtful workshops, seminars and consulting on topics including fund raising, personal accountability, board development, non-profit management and creative donor relations. Her specialities include non-profit coaching in major gifts, staff motivation and retention programs, board development, fundraising planning.  Her topic at this year's conference, Motivational Magic--Keeping Your Passion in Challenging Times, promises to help us feel excited about our work and rekindle and reignite the passion we want to feel as we go through our days.


Robin A. Jones, Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center  

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the ADA, yet many entities struggle to meet their obligations under the law. The rules have remained the same, but we have learned a thing or two about creating accessible physical and virtual environments. Customers are savvier about their rights, and the growing older population is swelling the ranks of individuals experiencing one or more limitations. Learn what is new, what works and how to ensure your library is accessible to everyone.



Featured SpeakersAllan M. Kleiman, Library Consultant and Member of ALA's Gaming Experts Panel

For over 30 years, Allan Kleiman has shared his expertise as a speaker, workshop leader and library educator in the areas of library service to older adults, public libraries, diversity and technology. In 2005, he was one of only four librarians to attend the White House Conference on Aging and, in 2006, he was awarded the Margaret Monroe Award from the American Library Association. He is the past Chair of ALAs Library Service to an Aging Population Committee and is now a full-time library trainer, workshop leader and consultant.


Featured SpeakersTomas Lipinski, JD, LLM, PhD,  has worked in a variety of legal settings, including the private, public and non-profit sectors.  He has taught at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies and at Syracuse University College of Law. In summers, he is a visiting associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Lipinski currently teaches, researches and speaks frequently on various topics within the areas of information law and policy, especially copyright, privacy and free speech issues in schools and libraries, and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Information Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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Angela Maycock, Assistant Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Angela Maycock provides guidance and support to librarians, teachers and others on the application of ALAs intellectual freedom policies and the First Amendment in specific situations involving materials challenges and confidentiality in the library.  She also undertakes projects to educate librarians and the general public about intellectual freedom issues through speaking engagements, conference programming and initiatives such as ALAs National Conversation on Privacy.  Angela is passionate about connecting librarians with the resources they need to confront the complex challenges to intellectual freedom in libraries today.  Prior to her work at ALA, Angela served as Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries.  She received her M.S. degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.A. from Penn State University.


Featured SpeakersDavid McGlynn, Author and Assistant Professor of English, Lawrence University

David McGlynn was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Houston, Texas, and Orange County, California.  He graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine.  He received an M.F.A., in 2001, and a Ph.D., in 2006, from the University of Utah, where he also served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review.  His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, and other literary journals. He currently teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.


Featured SpeakersBen Merens

Host of the daily At Issue with Ben Merens, on Wisconsin Public Radio, Merens states that "after 25 years as a journalist and 15 as a talk show host, I have come to the conclusion that PEOPLE ARE DYING TO BE HEARD, and that we all need to listen better to each other. Today's society says that in order to keep up with global trends, we have to multi-task. I disagree. We can't do it all. It's just impossible. And while we can watch TV and read a book at the same time, we can't do either well. To do your best, you need to focus your thoughts. You need to listen to your kids. You need to free your mind of all the clutter and really hear your client, co-worker, boss or spouse. You need to take the time to focus on one person or task at a time. I call this ability to focus: Uni-Tasking.

Merens has been a talk show host and producer at Wisconsin Public Radio since October 1991, when he began as host/producer of "Everybody's Business," a nightly business talk show. In 1995, he became producer of "Conversations with Kathleen Dunn." At that time he was also named Ideas Network fill-in host and election-night anchor. Because of Ben's 15-year tenure at Wisconsin Public Radio, he is a known quantity to Ideas Network listeners.


Featured SpeakersFeatured SpeakersCraig Pierce, Children's Writer; Honey the Greyhound, Reading Therapy Dog

In a high-tech educational environment, one of the most profound influences on childrens literacy remains the happy, humble dog. Join Craig Pierce, the writer of the American Dog book series, and Honey, his rescued greyhound sidekick, as they take you on a journey into the evolving role of dogs in childrens literature and their positive impact in todays classrooms and libraries.


to fulfill those roles.  Jeff is a frequent presenter at local, state, regional and international conferences.Featured Speakers

Jeffrey Russell

Established in 1987, Russell Consulting, Inc., has been developing leadership programs to help organizations and businesses increase the capacity of their leaders and employees to identify and better understand the challenges and opportunities in their organizations.  Jeff has worked to design programs that define these leadership roles for every level of organizational structure and build competencies 



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Wolfgang Wallschlaeger, Counselor and AODA Facilitator, Fox Valley Technical College

Wolfgang has taught in the Addiction Studies Program for more than eight years, teaching personal and professional development, counseling theory 1 & 2, and cross cultural counseling.  His masters degree, while in education, was focused on credits for psychotherapy in Wisconsin.  He spent the first 14 years of his professional life working for Thedacare Behavioral Health.  He's worked in criminal justice programs, AODA programs and dual-diagnosed programs, before accepting a fulltime position at FVTC as the LifeLINE Coordinator.  Those current duties include: ATODA prevention, education and counseling.  Additionally, the job entails mental health counseling for staff and learners.  He brings a diverse background to the adjunct teaching staff, including 18 years as a recovering person, and over 12 years in NAADAC / WAADAC, the professional organization for the addictions field. He, with several members of the teaching staff, serves as a board member in that professional body.  His personal philosophy of recovery has always included replacement activities, involving endurance athletic activities, including triathlon and ultra-marathon, winter activities such as cross country ski marathon racing.   Work, love, play plus creativity dictate the balance he seeks in life.  AODA counseling allows him to be a part of the solution instead of remaining in the problem.


Dan White, Director of Program Services, The Rural Library Project, Inc.

The Rural Library Project is a nonprofit organization committed to the establishment of new, small libraries in rural areas. We collaborate with citizens, public library systems and governments in these areas to raise funds for and build libraries in their towns. We view these local public libraries as centers of learning, community building, and civic pride. The specific goals and services of The Rural Library Project are to: *Provide project management services necessary for small rural communities to establish new library facilities. This includes coordinating the design, coordinating and overseeing the construction and overseeing the equipping of the new library to meet community needs and budgets. *Seek and provide challenge grants for rural communities committed to building new library facilities. These challenge grants are to initiate and assist local public fundraising campaigns to establish new libraries. *Seek and provide grants to establish summer reading programs following the construction of new library facilities.