Tuesday 11/2

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lessons to Lead By:  Assessing and Building Your Leadership Skills


Sponsored by WeLead

Pre-registration required: Fee: $75 entire conference (includes Campbell Leadership Descriptor); $50 afternoon only (1-4 p.m.), lunch on your own

Pamela O'Donnell, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Paul Nelson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, SLIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Peter Gilbert, Director, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University; Beth Dailey, Faculty Development Specialist, Education Management Corporation

The morning session focuses on the Campbell Leadership Descriptor, an evaluation tool designed to help users identify both effective and ineffective leaders and to determine their own leadership strengths and weaknesses. Those registered for the entire day will receive a workbook to complete before the conference and Pamela O'Donnell will facilitate a discussion on the insights gained from this reflective activity. Participants will then strategize ways to improve such leadership qualities as vision, diplomacy, entrepreneurialism, personal energy, management, etc.

The afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m. with Beth Dailey's program "Creating the Future Together." This hands-on, interactive session will explore the skills that middle managers need to "lead up" and influence others within their organizations. Participants will be introduced to concepts such as deep listening, dialogue and skillful discussion, balancing advocacy and inquiry, and systems thinking and then have the opportunity to practice one or two of these skills. Applied in a real-world setting, these tools can help build consensus, resolve conflict, create shared visions, and solve problems from multiple perspectives.

The afternoon will conclude with a presentation by Paul Nelson and Pete Gilbert who will provide insights on leadership in both public and academic libraries, discuss challenges facing libraries today, and candidly answer questions from pre-conference participants.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

The Magic, Power and Joy of Philanthropy – Embracing and Enhancing 

     the Role of Private Gifts in Managing Your Library Budget


Sponsored by the WLA Foundation

Pre-registration required. Fee: $60

Marcy Heim, CFRE, President, The Artful Asker, LLC

Whether you've never pursued raising private gifts or if you have had a successful fundraising campaign, you will benefit from this intensive workshop designed to deepen your understanding of the power and joy of philanthropy. Embrace this opportunity to improve your financial picture with artful and thoughtful practices that make this work a highlight instead of a dreaded piece of your job. Join Marcy Heim, a professional speaker and trainer with over 25 years of successful major gift fundraising success, in creating a development plan for your library. Friends groups, annual appeals, naming options and major gift campaigns will be covered - along with a philosophy of development that will leave you feeling comfortable having the conversations needed to secure support. 

System and Resource Library Administrators’ Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) Business Meeting


3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Kalahari Conference Center -- North Atrium  

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

Meeting and Mingle with Exhibitors

     North Atrium

Join us for a kickoff reception with hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar; take some time to meet and greet your colleagues, WLA members and the new class of WeLead protegés.

Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Board Meeting  


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Library Association Board Meeting