Wednesday 11/3

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7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration

    Kalahari Convention Center -- North Atrium

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Deluxe Continental Breakfast

 

Past President’s Breakfast 

   Ironwood

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Ttable

   Business Meeting

    Tamarind

New Member Round Table Business Meeting
  
Portia


Wisconsin Small Libraries Section Business Meeting

    Tamboti        

Youth Services Section Board Meeting

    Guava

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

Keynote Address: Marilyn Johnson

   Convention A/H

Marilyn Johnson's research for the past four years now has focused on the ingenuity and creativity of librarians as they deal with the transition to the digital age in the face of mounting pressure on their library budgets. In her talk to the Wisconsin Library Association, Johnson will update the stories of some of the information professionals in This Book Is Overdue! and share new stories of resourcefulness and heroism among the librarians she has observed while crossing the country as a library speaker and activist. 

We are delighted to host Marilyn Johnson for what is sure to be an enlightening and humorous keynote address! For more information about the author and her works, please see her Web site.

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

Exhibits  

Internet Café

WLA Foundation Silent Auction

Your chance to win from the many donated items, including artwork, tasty food, valuable services and more, while benefiting the WLA Foundation!  All bids close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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

Exhibits - No Conflict

Join us for the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and visit our many new and returning vendors. Entertainment provided by the Wisconsin Dells Singers.

Autograph Garden

Marilyn Johnson

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasure of Obituaries

Dennis McCann

Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story
Rough Stuff: The Golf Columns of Dennis McCann

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story

    Marula

Dennis McCann, Author

The bodies are buried, but the stories are not. From the ornate tombs of Milwaukee beer barons to the displaced graves of the Chippewa, Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story unearths tales of Wisconsin's dead. Football great John Heisman is buried here, as is a woman whose tombstone names her murderer. But even in a graveyard, peace can prove hard to come by. Wisconsin’s Native American tribes have long fought for undisturbed burial grounds, while a patch of Belgian graves remain buried beneath a parking lot in Door County. In one of the more dramatic examples, the inhabitants of a Bayfield cemetery were actually disinterred by a raging flood in 1942. Following clues from readers, unusual epitaphs, and well-worn stones, Dennis McCann finds the  melancholy, the humorous, the tragic, and the universal in Wisconsin’s cities of the dead.

Books: Bridges to the World

    Tamboti

Theresa Danielson Wimann, Nutrition Education Program Coordinator, UW-Extension Adams County; Edie Felts-Podoll, former Family Living Educator, UW-Extension Adams County; Sue Nagelkerk, Family Living Educator, UW-Extension Sauk County; Cheryl Rew-Stapleton, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Development, UW-Extension

Learn about Gardening with Books, Multicultural Kits, Fun with Food, Book Worms, Mother Goose Read, and G'Day Mate! in this lively session. Extension agents in Adams, Columbia and Sauk counties use local and state libraries to collect data and choose books that provide a bridge to the world of learning for clients. The presenters will highlight several successful, innovative programs that started as library/Extension collaborations and participants will discover how to build partnerships between UW-Extension staff and their communities.

Can You Hear Me Now? Shhhh!: Mobile Devices in the Library

    Aloeswood

Beth Carpenter, Director, Kimberly/Little Chute Public Library; Adam Brisk, LRC Technician, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

The use of mobile devices (e.g. smart phones, portable games, PDAs, the iPod Touch, etc.) is no longer the exception, it is the norm. Should libraries address the needs of their mobile device users? Are library resources usable on these smaller platforms? Learn about mobile technology and the current applications designed for those on the go. The presenters will showcase examples of how libraries and the world at large are addressing the needs of the mobile community. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their favorite mobile device and to share why they find it so addictive!

Creating a Successful Facebook Fan Page for Your Library: Tips

   and Tricks for Establishing a Vibrant Community

    Tamarind

Judith E. Pinger, Coordinator of Business and Technology, Milwaukee Public Library

As Facebook continues to grow in popularity, it can transform how libraries connect with their users. The presenter will share her experience in creating a Facebook fan page for the Milwaukee Public Library. Attendees will discover how to utilize Facebook applications to track fan usage and interaction, integrate RSS feeds from other sites, create notes, and interact with Twitter. There are also simple applications to create an OPAC tab, as well as upload video content and images. Judy will also discuss security settings and simple daily maintenance. Discover how to connect with library fans in a powerful way!

Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Wisconsin Children's Book Awards  

    Cypress

The Children's Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section carefully examined and evaluated more than seventy titles by authors and illustrators with a connection to the state of Wisconsin. Come and hear committee members discuss this year’s winning book and the other titles they selected to honor as Outstanding Books. Be ready for some great book talks! The presenters will also reveal the process of selecting the winners and describe what it is like to serve as a member of this awards committee.

How We Hacked WordPress:  A Crash Course for Librarians

    Guava

Rasha Abdulhadi, Educator and freelance Web designer, Radical Futures Project; Kristen Anderson, CE Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System, La Crosse; David Goldfein, Technical Manager, La Crosse Public Library

Learn how a library system launched almost twenty new websites on a budget -- sites that feature events calendars, online donations, catalog search, and dynamic content. Inspired by a group of Kansas libraries, the Winding Rivers Library System and its member libraries modified WordPress, a popular free blogging software, into a platform for their public websites. Join us for an overview of this project and learn insider tricks for turning WordPress into a professional website.

Speed Networking 

    Exhibit Hall    

Katherine Clark, Library Assistant, Sequoya Branch, Madison Public Library; Pamela O'Donnell, Librarian, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison  

New to librarianship? New to the conference? Join us in the exhibits hall for this high-energy, high-fun way to meet fellow attendees and forge connections with others who share your passion for libraries. Using a round-robin approach, participants will spend five minutes sharing experiences/insights and leave the session with a dozen contacts and perhaps a buddy (or two). This innovative program offers participants the chance to meet librarian colleagues from across the state. 

Student Research Forum    

    Portia

Thomas Walker, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

The library profession has an excellent opportunity to benefit from the new, creative, and energetic talent found in practice and in research. This session will present up to four research projects by promising students who reside in or who attend a college or university in Wisconsin. This session is intended to foster significant, high-quality research in the profession and to provide a forum for future library leaders.

Wisconsin Humanities Council: A Great Resource for Library

   Programs and Book Discussions

    Mangrove

Jerry Dombraski, Adult Services Librarian, New Berlin Public Library; Debbie Kmetz, Program Officer, Wisconsin Humanities Council; Vicki York, Teen/Adult Librarian, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills; Susan Hedrick, Director, Waunakee Public Library

At a time when library budgets are being reduced, the Wisconsin Humanities Council remains an excellent resource for programs and book discussion funding. Debbie Kmetz will describe the variety of programs available for libraries through the Wisconsin Humanities Council. She is joined on the panel by three librarians who will describe several programs that were successfully funded by the Council and the process for securing monetary support.

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

♦ Autograph Garden

    Exhibit Hall

Tom Lichtenheld

Yes Day!, Shark vs. Train, Duck! Rabbit!, Bridget’s Beret, What Are You So Grumpy About?, Everything I Know About Pirates, The OK Book, Everything I Know About Cars, Everything I Know About Monsters, It’s Not Fair!, What’s With This Room?

Dennis McCann

Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story
Rough Stuff: The Golf Columns of Dennis McCann


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   

YSS Luncheon with Gordon Korman

    Convention A/H

image of Gordon Korman Gordon Korman is the author of more than seventy novels for kids and teens, most recently Framed, Pop, and two books in the multi-author series The 39 Clues. His writing career began at the age of twelve when his seventh grade English assignment became his first published novel. Now, more than three decades later, he is a full-time writer and speaker, with over eighteen million copies of his novels in print in twenty-five languages. He will talk about his signature styles of humor and adventure, and relate his experiences growing up writing for kids. 

AWSL Business Meeting

    Ironwood

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Autograph Garden

   Exhibit Hall

Gordon Korman

Framed, The Emperor's Code, Pop, Zoobreak, The Juvie Three

Tom Lichtenheld

Yes Day!, Shark vs. Train, Duck! Rabbit!, Bridget’s Beret, What Are You So Grumpy About?, Everything I Know About Pirates, The OK Book, Everything I Know About Cars, Everything I Know About Monsters, It’s Not Fair!, What’s With This Room?

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

BadgerLink: Striving to Evolve and Better Meet the Needs of Our

   Community

   Aloeswood

   

David Sleasman, Team Leader for Resource Sharing Technology, RL&LL, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

BadgerLink continues to grow -- expanding content and extending the program’s reach. In recent months, staff have conducted trainings throughout Wisconsin, revised posters and other materials, created the BadgerLunch webinar series, and aired radio ads. But, BadgerLink continually strives to be more accessible to all Wisconsin residents. One way to access their resources is through the BadgerLink Web site. Participants have the opportunity to help BadgerLink continue to evolve by sharing their thoughts and insights on how to improve the Web site. Ideas gleaned through this community discussion will have an immediate and profound effect.

Building the Future: Libraries and the BadgerNet Fiber Grant 

    Aralia

Bob Bocher, Library Technology Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Division of Libraries, Technology and Community Learning

Due to a $28.7 million federal stimulus grant, eighty percent (80%) of Wisconsin public libraries will receive fiber broadband connectivity. The grant, submitted by the state's Department of Administration with assistance from the DPI’s library division, will bring fiber to the libraries on the BadgerNet network still operating with limited, copper circuits.This program will review details of the grant, describe the benefits of a fiber upgrade, and delineate the process for fiber installation.    

“Can Children’s Books Save the World?”  Behind the Scenes at

   the Arbuthnot Lecture – by the Lecturer
   
Cypress

Kathleen T. Horning, Director, CCBC, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award is given annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of ALA.  The honoree “shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.”  The 2010 Lecture was presented by Wisconsin’s own Kathleen T. Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.  Please join Kathleen as she offers an “inside look” at the experience of making this prestigious presentation, and shares highlights from her paper, “Can Children’s Books Save the World?”

Digital (and Free!) Tools in Your Library
    Portia
 

Ian Benton, Public Services Librarian, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Anne Rauh, Liaison Librarian, Wendt Commons, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tasha Saecker, Director, Menasha Public Library    

Innovative and free digital tools are everywhere on the Web and, more importantly, they are being used in all kinds of libraries. This panel of three librarians, who have successfully implemented applications in their own libraries, will discuss several popular options and demonstrate how they can be incorporated into any library setting. From citation manager software to screen-capturing and screencasting to social networking tools, library staff will find something they, and their library users, can't live without.

One Conference, One READ, Book Discussion
   
Convention G

Gary Warren Niebhur, Library Director, Greendale Public Library; Marilyn Johnson, Author  

Join Greendale Public Library’s Gary Niebuhr in a discussion of This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson.  Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review and Ms. Johnson, as well as giving the conference’s keynote address, will be attending this discussion.  Do not miss this unique and exciting opportunity to discuss the book with Gary and Marilyn!

Online Data à la Carte: Web-based Table Makers in Social

   Science Data

    Mangrove

Joanne Juhnke, Special Librarian, Data and Information Services Center (DISC), University of Wisconsin-Madison

"How would you like your social science data?" The options for answering that question have grown steadily thanks to user-friendly options for numeric databases online. In this session, attendees will explore freely-available web-based table makers that deliver social science data, with examples from sociology, demographics, economics, and health. It's a long way from the days when the only available option was a preformatted table on a printed page! 

Raiders of the Lost ARCs (and Public Libraries): Adventures in

   Local History Digitization

    Tamarind

Steven Dast, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center; Catherine H. Phan, Research Intern, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center 

In partnership with dozens of institutions around the state and occasionally across the globe, the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center has been engaged in the digitization of library and museum collections for over ten years. Staff members Steven Dast and Catherine Phan will offer a front-line view of the pitfalls and challenges involved in converting and maintaining local history resources in digital form.

Testing RDA: How Will It Really Work?

    Marula

Steven J. Miller, Senior Lecturer, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Hur-Li Lee, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code intended to replace AACR2, is undergoing official testing this fall and the results will inform decisions for national implementation. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies is among the official testers of RDA. This session explores the conceptual models underlying the new code, how the testing process is going to date, how the online RDA Toolkit works, and how to create RDA records in the MARC bibliographic format.

What’s New With the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

    Guava

Enid Gruszka, Management Librarian, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

This session will describe a new digital technology that is making Talking Books so exciting. For visually-impaired or physically-handicapped patrons, talking books are offering a richer experience than ever before. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a digital player and learn more about the resources offered to patrons. These include the ability to download books from the Internet, obtain current magazines on audio, listen to the newspaper via the telephone, and enjoy audio-described DVDs.

Yes We Can!  Creating Effective Partnerships Between School

   and Public Libraries Through Resource Sharing

   Tamboti

Sara Gold, Consortial Licensing Associate, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), Tom Squillace, Sales Director, Midwest for Tutor.com

Collaboration is a powerful option for librarians, particularly in the present economy when librarians are being asked to reevaluate and cut back resources and services. Partnerships between school and public libraries can help librarians do more with less, especially when it comes to electronic resources. Panelists will share ideas and examples from libraries around Wisconsin who have successfully partnered to bring Tutor.com into their communities. Everything from initial conversations to marketing to the community will be discussed.

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

Exhibits -- No Conflict

♦ Autograph Garden

    Exhibit Hall

Jerry Apps

Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses, Barns of Wisconsin, Cranberry Red, Blue Shadows Farm, In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story, The Travels of Increase Joseph 

Kathleen T. Horning

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, revised edition

Marilyn Johnson

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasure of Obituaries

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

Books, Authors, Literature … BadgerLink!

    Cypress

Carin BringelsonCarin Bringelson, Information Manager, TeachingBooks.net;

Duncan Smith, Project Manager, NoveList

BadgerLink has some wonderful information tools on books, authors, and literature for librarians, students, educators and all library patrons. Learn more about two of these terrific tools—TeachingBooks.net and NoveList. Carin Bringelson (TeachingBooks.net) and Duncan Smith (NoveList) will discuss their vision and inspiration for the resource, demonstrate how to use each product, and show how these BadgerLink-supported tools support library programming and activities.


Graphically Speaking

    Guava

Ruth Adams, Librarian, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graphic novels are a hugely popular with teens and young adults. But, does everyone know the difference between a graphic novel and a comic book?  The presenter will discuss the growth of graphic novels as a literary format, help librarians understand their growing popularity, and explain just what it is that readers are looking for in these works.

Stories of Rural Life: Horse-Drawn Days and Barns of Wisconsin

    Mangrove

Jerry Apps, Author

Jerry Apps captures stories of rural life from a bygone era as he discusses his new book Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses, as well as the new edition of his classic Barns of Wisconsin. With Horse-Drawn Days, the author explores a time when teams of horses were vital to the livelihood of farm families. Combining captivating historic narrative with reminiscences of his boyhood on the family farm in Wisconsin, Apps also includes fascinating historic photos, ads, and posters, plus contemporary color photos of working horses today. Horse-Drawn Days evokes the majesty of these animals and highlights the horse’s role in our country’s early history and our rural heritage.

MacGyver Library vs Have You Heard About: Showdown of the

   Library Technology Titans 

    Aloeswood

Tasha Saecker, Director, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha; Beth A. Carpenter, Director, Kimberly/Little Chute Public Library; Jon Mark Bolthouse, Technology Projects Manager, South Central Library System; Chris Grugel, User Education Librarian, Carthage College; Stef Morrill, Associate Director, South Central Library System; Joy Schwarz, Web Librarian/Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Winnefox Library System

Every year at WLA, the "MacGyver Guys" and "Have You Heard About" present one cool technology after another, bringing library staff and their patrons the very latest in library innovations, gadgets, software and services. It's hard to say who has the better handle on cutting edge technology ... but this year attendees will find out! Come watch these two teams battle it out for techno-dominance! Can they actually fill an hour with that much technology? Will one team finally triumph over the other? Can't they just get along and ... collaborate? You paid for your whole seat ... but you're only gonna need the edge!

Notable Books Marathon

    Marula

Helene Androski, retired librarian; Elizabeth Amundson, Librarian, Madison Public Library; Jean Anderson, Continuing Education/Multitype Coordinator, South Central Library System; Eliot Finkelstein, Academic Librarian, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kirsten Houtman, Member Services Librarian, WiLS, University of Wisconsin-Madison  

An annual event offering thoughtful, inspiring, humorous, and fast-paced reviews of titles selected from the ALA Notable Books list and the WLA Literary Award Committee’s notable books. The presenters are all experienced and knowledgeable book discussion leaders. Reviews include: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish by Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Dan Chaon's novel, Await Your Reply; Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin, and Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin.

Sharing the Library Adventure in Your Community

    Aralia

Elizabeth Timmins, Director, Muehl Public Library, Seymour, Wisconsin 

In this session, several innovative projects designed to increase awareness of the library, attract patrons, and contribute to the richness of the community will be highlighted. Drawing from experience, Elizabeth will share the successes and challenges of some of the projects, which range from moderating a mayoral debate to participating in a community-wide Arbor Day celebration.

Vocera - Instant Voice Communication 

    Tamarind

Mike Hartkopf, Customer Services Manager, Marathon County Public Library; Ben Krombholz, Library Assistant, Marathon County Public Library

How can staff move throughout the library without “disappearing”? How can disruptive paging be eliminated?  How can branch locations reach staff at headquarters without playing telephone tag?  Marathon County Public Library has solved many of these problems by using Vocera, a system that allows staff to instantly communicate with each other anywhere in any of the library’s locations.

5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 

♦ Autograph Garden

    Mangrove

Jerry Apps

Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses, Barns of Wisconsin, Cranberry Red, Blue Shadows Farm, In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story, The Travels of Increase Joseph 

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   

Third Annual Bookcart Drill Team Competition —  Exhibit Hall

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Wisconsin Education & Curriculum Librarian Business Meeting

     Ironwood

New Member Round Table (NMRT) Social  

Welcome new librarians and not-so new librarians! Gather together with your friends in the profession and embrace this opportunity to make new ones. Join us for an evening of drinks, snacks, conversation, and camaraderie.   

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

University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS Reunion

    Wisteria

Gather with SLIS colleagues past and present at the SLIS reception. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All SLIS alumni, students, and friends are welcome to attend.  

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SOIS Reunion

    Portia

Join SOIS alumni at a reunion reception.


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

WLA Foundation Fundraiser
- Bowling and Boards!!

    Kalahari Resort Bowling Lanes

Enjoy a social evening at the Kalahari with a game or two of bowling, beverages, snacks and friends. Put a team together or just join in. You don’t have to be good; you just have to be there! And, if that actual bowling ball seems awfully heavy after Wii bowling, there will be board games on hand as well.

$35 entry includes a charitable contribution to the WLAF.