Friday, October 23, 2009

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Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Like Magic:  A shortcut to check out Thursday again!


7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

♦ Registration

    Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Pool Dome Area


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

♦ Continental Breakfast



7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

♦ Government Information Round Table Meeting


♦ Media and Technology Section Meeting


♦ Outreach Services Round Table Meeting


♦ Readers Section Meeting



8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

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

♦ Creating Diversity in the Workplace to Ensure Success: Changing the

     Way We Do Business

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Ronald G. Edwards, Director of Library Services, Western Technical College

The session will focus on creating a diverse workplace by developing a diversity initiative charter and vision, establishing goals and an action plan, enhancing the communication process, and annually maintaining a budget in support of this initiative. Other issues examined include recruitment and retention, assessment and leadership development.


♦ English Conversation Circle, a Librarys First Attempt

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Dawn M. Lauber, Literacy & Extension Services Coordinator, Milwaukee Public Library

Supported by a grant from the American Library Association and Dollar General, Milwaukee Public Library developed an English Conversation Circle series, held at its Forest Home Library branch. Hear how the series went what worked and what didnt. See sample lesson plans and supporting material and share experiences from your own program. 

♦ Federal Funding for Broadband and the National Broadband Plan


Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning

This program will highlight the $7 billion available in federal broadband grant funding. An update will be given on likely grant applications to bring optic fiber broadband connectivity to all public libraries throughout the state. Other related information, such as the development of a national Broadband Plan and ALA activities, will also be covered.


♦ Getting Your Game On



Roxane Bartelt, Head of Children's Services, Kenosha Public Library; Rebecca Spika, Programming Assistant, Racine Public Library; Jim Novy, System Services Technician, Lakeshores Library System; Robert E. Hafeman, System Coordinator, Manitowoc-Calumet County Library System

A panel discussion about the LSTA Gaming Grant that was implemented by libraries in the Eastern Shores, Manitowoc-Calumet, Lakeshores, and Kenosha Library Systems. Panelists will discuss the concept behind the grant, what the participants hoped to accomplish, and their successful and not so successful implementations of the grant. Participants will also discuss other programs that have been created because the libraries now own the gaming hardware and software, and future ideas that they might try.


♦ Grant Writing for the Terminally Frazzled



Denise Anton Wright, Director, New Glarus Public Library

Would you like to write a grant, but don't know where to start? This session will focus on library grant opportunities well-suited for beginning grant writers. You'll learn how to identify possible grant projects, where to look for grant opportunities, and how to gather the information you'll need for your grant application.   Grants that Wright has written over the past five years have resulted in over $15,000 in materials, equipment and furnishings for her library.

♦ How to Start a Friends of the Library Group


Heather Eldred, Past WLA President and Retired Director of Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System; Mary Dunn, Director, Tomahawk Public Library; Audrey Ascher, Past WLTF Chair and former President of Friends of Marathon County Public Library; James Backus, WLTF Chair and former President of Friends of Marathon County Public Library

Panel Discussion of best practices to follow in formation of a FOL group.  Discussion points will range from why to you want to have a Friends group? to what to do if at first you dont succeed?

♦ Humor at Work Really Works!



Lucy Arendt, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, UW-Green Bay

Can organizations, especially libraries, tap into the power of humor to enhance creativity, productivity and satisfaction? The answer depends on (1) who you are, (2) the kind of humor being used and (3) the purpose behind the humor. The outcomes of humorgood, bad or neutraldepend on whether youre in a position of power and whether you use positive or negative humor. They also depend on what you are trying to accomplish by using humor. The goal of this workshop is to leave you with a solid understanding of whether work humor works, and how.   Dr. Arendt conducts research on leaders use of humor and followers creative performance, psychological stress and goal setting, and top management judgment and decision making.  


♦ Oral History: A Tool for Libraries, A Tool for Life

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fridayTroy Reeves, Head of the Oral History Program, Archives & Records Management Services

In this session, Troy will touch on as many aspects of the art and science of oral history as time will allow.  Besides his overview, focusing on the three key components of an oral history inverview / project (pre-interview, interview, post-interview), Reeves will leave time for attendees to

ask questions, whether or not he will be able to answer them is another story.

♦ Quick and Dirty Library Promotions That Really Work!



Eric Jennings, Reference Librarian, McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire; Kathryn Tvaruzka, Education Reference Librarian, McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire

In todays tough budgetary times, all libraries must think of unique and cheap ways to promote the library and its services. Over the past few years, the McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire has used unique and innovative marketing tools that have promoted the library and developed positive and meaningful relationships with students, faculty, staff and the larger Eau Claire community, all for relatively little expense. Examples include Facebook contests, events for families, re-envisioning, use of library giveaways and more.  Eric and Kathryn will detail how each promotion was carried out, the cost(s) involved and how its intended audience received it.


♦ Tactile Graphics: How, Why and Where to Get Them


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

This session 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.  This session will 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. Stacy coordinated the production of tactile graphic items for the 2009 Summer Reading Program and is currently working on materials for the 2010 program.

♦ West Bend Librarians and Community Activists Share Censorship Stories

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Michael Tyree, Director, West Bend Community Memorial Library; Kristin Pekoll, Young Adult Librarian, West Bend Community Memorial Library;  Barbara Deters, Library Board President, West Bend Community Memorial Library; Mary Reilly-Kliss, former library board member, West Bend Community Memorial Library; Maria Hanrahan, Community Organizer, West Bend

The panelists will share their unique experience and insights gained in addressing multiple challenges to young adult and GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) materials in the West Bend Community Memorial Library, including a demand to publicly burn Francesca Lia Block's YA novel, Baby Be-Bop.  The controversy arose in February 2009, when a West Bend couple filed a request to reconsider books included in the library's "Out of the Closet" bibliography aimed at youth interested in GLBT issues, as well as books deemed "sexually explicit."  Over the following weeks and months, the couple helped to form a citizens' group, West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries, and circulated a petition asking the library to move particular young adult books to the adult section, label certain material as objectionable and restrict access to categories of online content.  A second citizens' group, West Bend Parents for Free Speech, was formed to oppose the requested restrictions and to support the library's existing policies.  A third organization, the Christian Civil Liberties Union, asked for monetary damages and demanded that "Baby Be-Bop" be publicly burned "as a deterrent to repeating this offensive conduct."  In June 2009, the West Bend Library Board voted unanimously to retain the books in its YA Zone, "without removing, relocating, labeling or otherwise restricting access."  The five panelists, librarians, trustees and community members directly involved with the challenges, will discuss their experiences and their plans to continue the ongoing work of maintaining unrestricted access to information for everyone in their community.


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

♦ Second Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition Sponsored by

     DEMCO Wisconsin

     Salons A & B


Librarians have many talents, and this years Book Cart Drill Team competition is the perfect opportunity to highlight a unique set of skills. Come and join the fun!



11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

♦ Wisconsin Genealogy and Local History Round Table Business Meeting



12:15 1:45 p.m.

♦ President's Luncheon:  The Art of Listening

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Ben 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.

Following his program, Ben will autograph his book, Uni-Tasking:  25 Tips for Better Listening.


On behalf of WLA and the Conference Committee, thank you for participating in this year's conference.  We hope you enjoyed your experience!

Keep the Magic Alive! We'll see you at the Kalahari in the Dells next year, November 2-5, 2010.