Thursday 11/3

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

♦ Registration

   Frontier Airlines Center -

7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  

♦ Continental Breakfast

   Hilton - Empire

♦ Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table Business 


   Hilton - Empire

♦ Government Information Round Table Board Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

♦ New Member Round Table Business Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

♦ Outreach Services Round Table Board Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

♦ Readers Section Business Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

♦ Reference & Adult Services Section Business Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

♦ Resource Sharing Round Table Business Meeting

♦ Support Staff Section and Circulation Services Round Table Business 


   Hilton - Empire

♦ Technical Services Section Business Meeting

    Hilton - Wright A

♦ WLA Foundation Board Meeting

    Hilton - Wright B

♦ Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends Board Meeting

    Hilton - Wright C

♦ Wisconsin Small Libraries Section Board Meeting

    Hilton - Empire

♦ Youth Services Section Board Meeting

   Hilton - Empire

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

♦ Exhibits

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

♦ Internet Cafe

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

♦ WLA Foundation Silent Auction

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

Bid on items to benefit the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries.  Pay and pick up at 3:30 p.m.

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

♦ Avoidance is Not Management

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 E

Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Director, Viterbo University Todd Wehr Memorial Library, La Crosse

Are you intimidated by performance discussions (good or bad) with your employees? Does your annual review process seem like an exercise in paperwork? Are you looking for a good way to talk with your staff and organization about their work? In this program, managers will learn skills that will help them approach employee performance as an ongoing conversation, as opposed to a once-a-year event. Learning outcomes include: learning about good performance management; defining competencies for staff; setting and measuring goals; managing good and bad performance.

♦ Diversity in Librarianship

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 C

Julie Kamikawa, Director, Mt. Mary  College Haggery Library, Milwaukee (moderator); Alberto Herrera, Jr., Diversity Services/Reference Librarian, Marquette University, Milwaukee; Yang Zhuo, Mt. Mary College Haggerty Library, Milwaukee; Ethelene Whitmire, Associate Professor, UW-Madison School of Library Information & Studies

Librarians with different cultural backgrounds share their education and work experiences in a panel format with time to discuss issues facing a diverse workplace.

♦ Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Wisconsin Children's Book Awards

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 C

Members of the Children's Book Award Committee; Dori Chaconas, Author

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.

The committee is joined by Dori Chaconas, winner of this year's award for Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters.  Dori is the author of 16 picture books and the Cork and Fuzz series of seven easy-to-read boks.  In Making the Most of Memories, Dori talks about where her ideas come from for developing stories, characters and themes.

♦ Getting Out of Your Own Way

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 B

Alonzo Kelly, Kelly Leadership Group LLC, Milwaukee

After the blame game has been played, we end up looking at ourselves as the biggest obstacles to reaching goals.  This session is intended to help us recognize who and what may be slowing us down on our personal professional journey.

♦ LAMP:  LIS Access Midwest Program

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 B

Amani Ayad, LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP)

Since its inception in 2006, LAMP ( has worked collaboratively with libraries and library and information science (LIS) graduate schools to address the current diversity shortfalls in the library profession.  The goal of LAMP is to increase awareness and representation of members from statistically and historically underrepresented groups in the LIS profession through a holistic approach, based on collaboration between partner institutions and on a student-centered approach to recruitment and retention. LAMP is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

♦ Morale Boosters in Difficult Times

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 A

kross152010Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore

With all the bad news these days, it can be hard to keep a positive attitude. So what can trustees and library directors do to keep up staff morale? Join Krista for a discussion on ways to keep smiling through the tough times.

♦ "Nobody Mentioned This in Library School"

    Frontier Airlines Center - 203 D

Jeff Gilderson-Duwe, Director, Oshkosh Public Library; Cherie Sanderson, Director, Boulder Junction Public Library; Lynn Stainbrook, Director, Brown County Public Library, Green Bay; Ewa Barczyk, Director of Libraries, UW-Milwaukee Libraries

Join the directors of several public and academic libraries for a lively discussion of the skills and aptitude needed to excel as a library leader in the 21st century. In addition to prepared remarks, members of the panel will be available to address audience questions ranging from best practices to insights gained on the job.

♦ One Conference - One Read Book Discussion

    Frontier Airlines Center - 201 A

Gary Warren Niebuhr, Director, Greendale Public Library


Gary will lead a discussion of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" as we look back on the ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

♦ WISCAT Update

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 D

Christine Barth, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning, Madison; Vickie Long, WISCAT Training/Technical Support, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison

WISCAT strides forward connecting libraries of all types for resource sharing.  What's new? What's changing?  Updates on interlibrary loan, cataloging, and search resources are covered.  Bring your questions and comments to this informational session!

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

♦ Exhibits - No Conflict

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

♦ Autograph Garden

Dori Chaconas

Cork & Fuzz, the Babysitters

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

♦ E-Books in Libraries:  Opportunities, Challenges and Realities

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 B


Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries, Dayton, Ohio

During this session, Sue, moderator of the No Shelf Required blog, will explore the ever-changing e-book landscape, highlighting the trends, challenges and opportunities for libraries.

♦ Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 B

Julia Pferdehirt, Author, Middleton

Freedom Train North tells the stories of fugitive slaves who found help in Wisconsin. As both a historian and a storyteller, author Julia Pferdehirt shares these exciting and important stories of a dangerous time in Wisconsin's past for young readers.  Pferdehirt is also the author of the new publication for young readers, Blue Jenkins: Working for Workers.


♦ Keeping in Touch with the Library World

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 A

Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator,Nicolet Federated Library System, Green Bay; Desiree Bongers, Director, Ripon Public Library; Stef Morrill, Director, WiLS, Madison; Becca Berger, Director, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay; Barbara Kelly, Retired Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library, former WLA President

Several well-connected Wisconsin librarians will advise new WLA members on how to stay connected with the wider community between conferences. Many libraries have cut travel and professional development budgets, putting regular conference attendance out of reach for staff. Some new librarians might find themselves isolated from the larger profession in small, rural libraries.  These librarians will address opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and building a community of peers year round. Speak from your own experience. How do you stay connected?

♦ Media Permissions and Ethics for 21st Century Skills

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 D

Barry Britt, Soundzabound, Atlanta, GA

As technology speeds forward in education, parents, students, teachers and administrators are held liable for everything from copyright laws to internet safety and security.  A new educational program designed by Soundzabound will address 21st Century Skills, Digital Citizenship, individual state-standards and methods on educating our students for a stronger, more innovative workforce through the MP&E Program.

♦ Reading Images in Multicultural Children's Literature

   Frontier Airlines Center  - 201 C

Laretta Henderson, UW-Milwaukee

This presentation focuses on identifying stereotypical images in children’s literature.  It will begin with a critical review of the representation of racialized characters and give evaluative criteria.  Laretta will then lead the group in evaluating various picture books and relevant pedagogical approaches. Finally, reliable reference sources will be discussed. 

♦ RDA: Where Are We Now with the New Rules?

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 A

Debra Shapiro, Instructional Program Manager, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies; Steven Miller, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies; Vince Jenkins, UW-Madison; Elizabeth Huggins, Student, UW-Madison School of Library Information and Studies; Jean Zanoni, Associate Dean, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Milwaukee

RDA, Resource Description and Access, the successor to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, was published in Summer 2010, and underwent testing and assessment during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.  What was the outcome of this testing?  What decisions did the U.S. national libraries (LC, NLM, NAL) make about implementation?  How will this now affect Wisconsin libraries?  This panel consists of faculty, staff and students from UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee who participated in the testing.

♦ Strategic Planning For The Library Board

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 B

Rose Frost, Director, Platteville Public Library

Rose will discuss her Strategic Planning Library Board Orientation, which explains who is involved in the strategic planning process and the board's responsibilities, from identifying community needs to setting goals and objectives to the process of implementation. Something needed in these times.

♦ Tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum Research Library (tour filled)

Established in 1916, the Milwaukee Art Museum Research Library houses an extensive collection of materials on fine art and architecture including painting, graphic arts, sculpture, drawing, design, and photography. Located on the West Mezzanine Level of the Museum, the library contains a collection of over 20,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 60 art and design publications. In service of the Milwaukee Art Museum's Collection, library resources include national and international museum and gallery publications, Milwaukee Art Museum publications, monographs on art and artists, catalogue raison©s, auction sales catalogues, and an exceptional rare books collection, along with extensive artist files.

♦ Tour of the Villard Avenue Library

    Transportation provided    

♦ Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 E

Lee Somerville, Author, Sturgeon Bay

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens introduces readers to the region's urban/ornamental gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Join Lee as she traces the changes in Wisconsin gardening and relates them to the state's cultural landscape.

♦ When Leaders Become Managers and Managers Become Leaders:

   Understanding When to Make the Switch

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 C

Alonzo Kelly, Kelly Leadership Group LLC, Milwaukee

The distinction in definition is simple, but not always difficult to detect in performance.  Learn the various types of management and leadership styles in achieving goals and how they, and we, influence the outcome of set goals.

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

♦ Autograph Garden

Lee Somerville

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens


12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

♦ WLTF Luncheon and Annual Meeting

   Hilton - Wright AB


Tony Driessen, Attorney and WLA Lobbyist, DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC,   Madison 

Library advocacy for trustees in today's political environment.


2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

♦ 2011 WLA Literary Award Winner — Burned: A Memoir

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 D

Louise Nayer, Author, San Francisco, CA

In 1954, when Louise Nayer was four years old, her parents were severely burned in the basement of a rented Cape Cod Cottage.  Her father, a physician, and her mother, a nurse-educator, were going on their first family vacation with Louise, four, and her sister, Anne, six.  The book chronicles the nightmare of the explosion, the years of surgery (her mother had 37 operations on her face and hands), and the reconstruction not only of her mother’s face, her father’s soul, but of the family itself. Anne and Louise lived on a farm in up-state New York, surviving one of the coldest winters, while separated from their parents for nine months, yet loving the warm family environment they shared with their aunt, uncle and cousins. When their father finally came to pick them up and bring them back to New York City, he was changed in the way people are changed who come back from war or lose a child.   In the end, though, the book is about the resilience of families and the strength of the human spirit.

As an adult, Louise suffered from panic attacks brought on by childhood trauma.  A writer and a teacher for many years, the material of the accident haunted her. She knew she had to write the book. She wrote a number of versions of the book, worked with three agents and finally, last year, the book found a home at Atlas and Co.

♦ Creating Creativity

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 A

Jay Rath, Writer and Reporter, Madison

A fast-paced and funny look at the two forms of creativity, and how to engender them. Break habits that limit passionate thinking, release your inner "thought athlete" -- and learn to draw cartoons, too!

♦ Creating Dairyland

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 C

Ed Janus, Author, Madison

Join Ed as he explores the fascinating story of Wisconsin dairy farming.  Ed's new book, Creating Dairyland, pays tribute to the many thousands of Wisconsin farmers who have found a way to stay on their land with their cows.  Their remarkable effort of labor, intelligence and faith is one of the great stories of Wisconsin - a story still being written.

♦ Ethics and Conflict of Interest

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 A

Heather Eldred, Retired Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Marla Sepnafski, Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau

Heather and Marla will present various scenarious illustrating possible situations that invoke ethics or conflict of interest concerns. 

♦ Hungry to Read or Just Plain Hungry:  Outreach at the Library

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 B

Gina Wilson, Director of Agency Services and Programs, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison; Laura Wichert, FoodShare Outreach Specialist, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison

Learn how to better assist your patrons find resources to meet their basic needs such as food. Misunderstanding and confusion about FoodShare (food Stamp) eligibility guidelines and online applications threaten those in desperate need of this benefit.  FoodShare helps low-income people get healthier foods from grocery stores and drives badly needed federal tax dollars into local economies. This interactive session will cover: upcoming changes in application processing, myths and facts about FoodShare, and creative strategies to help your patrons obtain food assistance.

♦ Technical Services and the Koha ILS

    Frontier Airlines Center - 203 E

Amy Gannaway, Cataloging/PAC Technology Specialist, South Central Library System, Madison; Joanna Messer, South Central Library System, Madison

The South Central Library System migrated from Dynix Classic to Koha earlier this year and did extensive development in the Technical Services areas.  In this session, we'll provide a "tour" of the Cataloging and Serials modules, as well as the add-in GetIt Acquisitions module. We will also talk about our migration experience as we moved to a new system after using Dynix Classic for the past 15+ years.

♦ The Technology Connection and Children's Programming

    Frontier Airlines Center - 201 D

Many authors and publishers are integrating 21st century technology into popular books and series. It may be Skyping with an author, visiting an interactive website or viewing a short movie on YouTube. Join the conversation to find new ways to incorporate technology with books and create interactive programs for children of all ages.

♦ Who Gets the Job and Why

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 B

Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library; Peter Gilbert, Director, Lawrence University Library, Appleton; Jean Zanoni, Associate Dean, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Milwaukee

Attitude. Skill set. Experience and how it benefits the organization. Dynamic resume and interview skills. These factors translate into who gets the job and why. A group of established library leaders will offer helpful hints to job seekers to attain the edge they seek in gaining fulfilling employment.


3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

♦ Exhibits - No Conflict

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

♦ Autograph Garden

Louise Nayers

Burned: a Memoir

Ed Janus

Creating Dairyland (Wisconsin Historical Society)

Jay Rath

♦ WLA Foundation Silent Auction - Pick up and Pay

   Frontier Airlines Center - Hall C

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

♦ Between Storytime and the Prom: 'Tween, Programming Fills the Gap

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 B

Pamela Westby, Director, Middleton Public Library; Amanda Struckmeyer, Librarian, Middleton Public Library

Pamela and Amanda will provide two perspectives on programming for ages 8 to 12: why it's in the best interest of your library and how to implement it.  Pamela has advocated for the creation of a 'tween program, and Amanda has put it into action.  Their library now offers a multitude of well-attended 'tween events.  Come away with lots of fresh 'tween programming ideas!

♦ Hosting a Culturally Correct Program or Event @ Your Library

   Frontier Airlines Center - 202 A

Theresa Seidel, American Indian Library Association; Renee Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Using the information in the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culturemanual from the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), participants will learn the importance of providing, and how to create, culturally correct programs at their libraries.

♦ The Library Board as Employer

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 C

Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore

Library boards have incredible responsibilities in overseeing the library. One of the most important is as the employer of the library director. Join Krista for a discussion on how to ensure a positive, working relationship with the library director, the importance of evaluations and the board's relationship to library staff.

♦ Museum Metadata: From Cephalopods to iPods

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 D

Claudia Jacobson, Milwaukee Public Museum; Debra Miller, Milwaukee Public Museum, Paul Bourcier, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison

Panelists from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Milwaukee Public Museum will discuss how cataloging metadata has evolved at their institutions, how the metadata is reflected by the collections management needs of the museums, and how controlled vocabularies and shared thesauri are used with metadata.  The discussion will be illustrated with examples of cataloging and indexing from the manual era as well as examples from two museum collections management systems, Argus and KE Emu.

♦ Teen Ideas Swap

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 A

Swaps are a great way to share ideas and creative new ways to enhance teen programming at your library. Sometimes all it takes is another person's creativity to spark a new approach or idea for serving teens in your community! If you have ideas and suggestions to swap with other youth services staff, please bring 25-30 handouts, briefly describing your ideas, to share at the teen swap.

♦ Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 D

Louis Wasserman, Louis Wasserman & Associates, Milwaukee; M. Caren Connolly, Louis Wasserman & Associates, Milwaukee

Wisconsin's Own tells the story of the considerable contribution Wisconsin's historic homes have made to American residential architecture. The houses profiled in the book are a mix of public ones you may have visited and private homes you've been hoping for an invitation to explore. These homes are representative of the varied architectural styles in Wisconsin, from an Italianate mansion along the Mississippi River and an Adirondack-style camp in the North Woods to a 14-bedroom Georgian Revival mansion on Lake Geneva. The Prairie School is also represented, with examples by Frank Lloyd Wright and his mentor, Louis Sullivan.

♦ What's New Under the Dome

   Frontier Airlines Center - 201 A

Paul Nelson, Chair, WLA Library Development & Legislation Committee; Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning

After the excitement and challenges posed by state budget politics, recall elections and last-minute negotiations on the federal debt ceiling, there is still much to be done to make sure libraries survive and thrive amidst uncertainty. Come join WLA's Library Development & Legislation Committee for a lively recap of the year's activities, plus a look at ongoing and new legislation and funding issues. Get ready for a lively discussion.

♦ Women, Financial Literacy and Retirement Savings

   Frontier Airlines Center - 203 E

Margery Katz, MA, JD, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, Madison

Women as a group save less money for retirement than men due to their shorter work careers, lower earnings and investment choices.   At all ages, women save less than men.  Margery will highlight findings from a financial literacy study and discuss useful resources relating to women, financial literacy and retirement. library/year1projects/year2projects.aspx


5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

♦ WLA/WLAF Annual Business Meeting Agenda

   Hilton - Wright ABC


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


♦ Awards & Honors Banquet**

  Hilton - Empire

They have left their imprint on our libraries.  Please join us for this annual celebration in recognition of those professionals who symbolize the best in librarianship and support of libraries.  Dinner will be followed by presentation of various awards.