Conference Committee

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Thanks to our talented and dedicated conference planning committee members!

Chair
Kelly Krieg-Sigman
La Crosse Public Library
k.krieg-sigman@lacrosse.lib.wi.us

Author Signings
Carrie Wuensch-Harden
La Crosse Community Libraries
c.wuensch-harden@lacrosse.lib.wi.us

Conference Booklet
Patt Boge
La Crosse Public Library
p.boge@lacrosse.lib.wi.us

Equipment/Technology
Gretel Stock-Kupperman
Viterbo University
gretelsk@gmail.com

Exhibits
Myrna Paulson
La Crosse Public Library
m.paulson@lacrosse.lib.wi.us

Exhibitors Representatives
Matthew Kopyar 
Quality Books, Inc. 
mkopyar@earthlink.net

Jim Schwieters
SirsiDynix
jim.schwieters@sirsidynix.com

Local Arrangements
Jessica Hutchings, Chair
UWM - SOIS
jhutch@uwm.edu

Sara Bryce
La Crosse Public Library
sara@lacrosselibrary.org

Mary Dunn
La Crosse Public Library
m.dunn@lacrosse.lib.wi.us

Heather Jett
UW-La Crosse
hjett@uwlax.edu

David Kranz 
dave.kranz@gmail.com

Programming Co-Chairs
Kristen Anderson
Winding Rivers Library System
kra@wrlsweb.org

Marcia Sarnowski
Winding Rivers Library System
mes@wrlsweb.org

Publicity
Rhonda Kasemodel Gould
Lakeshores Library System
rpuntney@lakeshores.lib.wi.us

Registration
Chris McArdle Rojo
La Crosse County Library
cmcardlerojo@lacrossecounty.org

WLA Conference Liaison
Brigitte Rupp Vacha
Wisconsin Library Association
ruppvacha@wisconsinlibraries.org



 

 

 

 


 

Program - Friday

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Conference at-a-glance (PDF)

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

♦Registration
La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby


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

♦Continental Breakfast
La Crosse Center South Hall - Second Floor Hallway
 

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

♦Resource Sharing Round Table (RSRT) Annual Membership and Business Meeting
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C 
 

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

♦Mississippi River Backwater Cruise, $15 per person; maximum of 65 passengers; depart from and return to Riverside Park, near the Radisson Hotel
Depart from and return to Riverside Park, near the Radisson Hotel La Crosse 

Booming sawmills, fur trading, and boat building once made La Crosse one of the busiest steamboat ports on the Upper Mississippi River. Today it still remains a great place to take a riverboat cruise into the scenic wildlife refuge of the Mighty Mississippi. Jump onboard the Mississippi Explorer riverboat and explore scenic backwater wetland areas away from the busy main-channel of the river and see the wide variety of plants and animals that live in the "Upper Miss" wildlife refuge. This eco-cruise will be professionally guided and narrated by qualified an experienced wildlife naturalist and licensed captain.


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

♦Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Jim Draeger, Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press; Mark Speltz, Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Beginning with inns and saloons, Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Contemporary photographs of unusual and distinctive bars and breweries of all eras, historical photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing, and the place that bars and beer hold in our social and cultural history. 

Author Signing (immediately following program): Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries

♦Can I Answer That?  Assisting Customers with Legal Information Questions
La Crosse Center - South Hall B3

Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference and Outreach Services, Wisconsin State Law Library, Madison
In July 2010, a survey by the American Bar Association indicated that 60% of judges had seen a significant increase in pro se (self-represented) litigants, with the economic downturn quite possibly being a factor. With more and more people doing their own legal research, are you prepared to handle their requests? This information session, led by a 15-year veteran of the Wisconsin State Law Library reference staff, will provide some "best practices" tips for assisting customers who have legal reference questions, and a look at several good sources of legal and government information available on the Web.

♦Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Dwight McInvaill, Georgetown County Library, Georgetown, SC, and Member, Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee
The Digital Public Libary of America (DPLA) was launched in 2010 by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society with the goal of developing a nationwide digital public library.  Come to this session to learn more about the goals of this project, where they are, what they plan/hope to accomplish.  "We aspire to establish a system whereby all Americans can gain access to access to information and knowledge in digital formats in a manner that is 'free to all.'  It is by no means a plan to replace libraries, but rather to create a common resource for libraries and patrons of all types." (John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center.)  (Repeat from Thursday, 4:15 p.m-5:30 p.m.)                             

♦Getting More Out of Your Movies
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Jimmy Gillman, Columnist, The La Crosse Tribune; and Editor and Writer, Jimmy Gillman's Past Picks online and The Jewish Film Guide
A two-part program: "The Language of Film" and "Making the Most of Your Library's Film Collection." This session will cover basic film theory and the techniques critics and cinephiles employ to wring the most out of the cinematic experience.

♦The Library Makerspace as an Outreach Tool
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Erinn Batykefer, Library As Incubator Project, Madison; Laura Damon-Moore, Youth Services Librarian, Edgerton PL; Christina Endres, Programming/Communications Specialist, Hudson Public Library:  Co-founders/Project Managers, Library as Incubator Project
MAKERSPACES,n. pl. : workshops where people come together to share materials and a collaborative learning environment in order to learn a new skill.  In this program, The Library as Incubator Project team will introduce the idea of the makerspace and profile libraries that have launched makerspace initiatives, highlighting the potential for outreach and mutually supportive partnerships with schools, arts organizations, and local artists.  We'll also share practical tips for planning a makerspace at your library (on any budget!), and share resources available on the Library as Incubator Project website.

♦Occupy MacGyver: Technology for the 99% 
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Jon-Mark Bolthouse, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library; Chris Grugel, Instructional Services Supervisor, Carthage College Hedberg Library, Kenosha
Don't have $100 for a Monster HDMI cable? Need office apps on your library PCs, but are facing budget crunches? No need to worry. Wisconsin's own MacGvyer guys are back to share the latest technology tips and tricks using low cost—and often free—solutions to your library's most pressing technological issues. Join Chris and Jon-Mark for an always humorous and always practical hour of technology talk, the latest Internet sites and, of course, some duct tape. What do we want? Inexpensive technology? When do we want it? Now! (Repeat from Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 p.m.)

♦OCLC Worldshare Management Services for Public Libraries: Unlocking Efficiency, Cooperation and Collaborative Innovation
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Mike Morey, Library Services Consultant and Public Library Specialist, OCLC; Jane Richard, Member Services Librarian, WiLS, Madison
How OCLC WorldShare Management Services addesses libraries' challenges by providing a Web-based environment that streamlines cataloging, acquisitions, license management and circulation, and offers a next-gen discovery tool for the library user. Come hear how change in the library can impact your organization.

♦Reel to Real: Hosting a Film Screen Discussion Series (screening to follow)
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library; Shawn Brommer, Youth and Special Needs Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Lynne Blinkenburg, WPT, Madison
Reel to Real (R2R) works with public libraries, college libraries and high schools across the state to combine the power of documentary cinema with community dialogue and action. Learn how to host public screenings of critically acclaimed PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussions with local experts. Libraries can choose from an array of films addressing a wide range of topics, many with a focus on Wisconsin. R2R is a joint program of the Wisconsin Library Association and Wisconsin Public Television. (Stay for the screening of Bottoms Up at 10:30 a.m.)

♦Using Twitter As a Powerful Social Medium for Libraries
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Judith Pinger, Coordinator of Business and Technology, Milwaukee Public Library
Learn to integrate Twitter as a vital part of your online presence -- with a minimal investment of staff time.  Use Twitter in concert with blogs, Facebook, digital collections and more. By way of real-world examples, the presenters will illustrate getting started, best practices, finding your voice and overcoming writer's block.  Whether you're an administrator debating opening a Twitter account for your library or a seasoned frontline Tweeter, they hope to send you away inspired, empowered and full of ideas!

 

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

♦Book Talk - The Tattooed Lady: A History
Pearl Street Books, 323 Pearl Street, La Crosse

Amelia Klem Osterud, Director of Information Services & Circulation Librarian, Carroll University, Waukesha, and Author, The Tattooed Lady: A History
Amelia's research uncovered the true stories behind the legends of courageous women who covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival and sideshow stages before scandalized audiences. Though they spawned a cultural movement--almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos--these women have largely faded into history.  Join Amelia for a discussion about her research, the research process and the long road to publishing a book that seeks to clear up the mystery and misinformation surrounding these ladies in the historical and scholarly record.

Author Signing (at Pearl Street Books): Tatooed Lady: A History 

♦Bringing Boisterous Boys Back to the Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Terry Ehle, Youth Services Coordinator, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers
Are you doing successful programs for tweens and teens but find your audience a bit on the "girly" side? Terry will share the easy, successful, inexpensive, one-staff member & a volunteer, programs that brought those boisterous boys back to the library. Angry Birds Live, Puking Pumpkins, Hot Wheels, Let's Build, Protect Your Peeps, Edible Fear Factor, Teen Late Nights and more! Audience participation is strongly encouraged; bring your ideas to share with the group. 

♦Common Threads: Our Community Tapestry
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Rene Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Michelle Dennis, Head of Circulation, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Learn about this 5-part program series and how it aimed to recognize commonalities within the community of Janesville and to build meaningful relationships across cultures.

♦Lights, Camera, Libraries! 
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nicolet Federated Library System, Green Bay
Have you wanted to create a promotional video for your library but didn't have the know-how, tools or money?  Attend this session and discover that you don't need to know much, you don't need many tools and you don't need ANY money.  Learn the step-by-steps on creating a fun, easy video to promote the fantastic-ness that is your library! 

♦Managing Social Networks, Tools and Techniques
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library; Brian Kopetsky, Community Partnerships Supervisor, Appleton Public Library
Overwhelmed by maintaining Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media for your library?  Do you find your schedule being dominated by the need to post fresh items?  This session will offer some tools and techniques to help.  Join Tasha and Brian for free ways that are sure to give you more time for the real world services you offer by streamlining what you need to do online.

♦Public Libraries Supporting Innovation: Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Clearance 101
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Kristina Gómez, Patent and Trademark Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library; Rose Fortier, Digital Projects Librarian, Milwaukee Public LIbrary
Support your local inventors, businesses and content creators. Kristina and Rose will share tips to answering patent, trademark and copyright questions at your public library.  Each participant will receive an Intellectual Property (IP) toolkit with must-have resources for libraries.

♦Reel to Real:  BOTTOMS UP...Watch Responsibly
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library; Shawn Brommer, Youth and Special Needs Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Lynne Blinkenburg, Director of Engagement, Wisconsin Public Television, Madison
Wisconsin is a tavern state. That is a simple statement of fact, but behind it lies a complex and interesting brew of politics, economics, culture and social mores, with many great hoppy stories mixed in between.  The Wisconsin bar has come in many guises, from stagecoach inn and sample room to blind pig, speakeasy and pharmacy, and from cocktail lounge, theme bar and disco to brewpub.  Each of these forms reflect the character and values of a generation, so bars are a means to learn about Wisconsin's people.  This film is largely a historical documentary, but also a cultural documentary, looking at Wisconsin as a tavern state.  Enjoy a preview screening of this upcoming WPT film, followed by a facilitated journey through the history and lore of our tavern and brewery culture.

♦Technical Services Section (TSS) Annual Membership and Business Meeting
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C 

♦To BEE or Not To BEE: Making Browsing Easier for Everyone
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Kathy Klager, Director, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex; Becky Murray, Assistant Director, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex; Janet Soofi, Technical Services Manager, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex
Staff of the Pauline Haass Public Library (pop. 20,000) will discuss the reorganization of their entire adult fiction and nonfiction collection into a Dewey-bookstore hybrid, through Project BEE: Browsing Easier for Everyone. Hear how the demise of Borders changed their lives, the rationale for Project BEE, and why this hybrid was chosen. Learn about staff buy-in, costs, time involved, the public response, missteps made, what glowing articles in national journals don’t tell you, what they wish they could have done in a perfect world, fine-tuning, what’s next, and how to determine whether something like this is right for your library.
 

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

♦President's Luncheon with Peter Yarrow
Radisson Hotel  La Crosse - Ballroom AB

Peter Yarrow


Peter Yarrow from the legendary vocal trio of Peter, Paul, and Mary will speak and perform. As a member of the trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums and numerous GRAMMY awards. He uses music to convey a message of humanity and caring. As one of America's greatest folk singers, his music has had a profound effect on several generations of musicians, as well as the nation as a whole.

Peter Yarrow's performance is made possible through a generous gift from WLA President Ron McCabe.

Author Signing:  Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life, The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Sleepytime Songs, Songs for Little Folks, Day is Done, Favorite Folk Songs: The Peter Yarrow Songbook, Let’s Sing Together! 


Program - Wednesday

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Conference at-a-glance (PDF)

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

♦Registration
La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

♦Continental Breakfast
La Crosse Center South Hall - Second Floor Hallway

♦Past Presidents' Breakfast (by invitation only)
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin I
 

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

♦Keynote Address:  America's Stake in Our Public Libraries as the New "Third Place"
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom ABC

Lewis Feldstein, former President and CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
As we get better at distancing ourselves from others, from the increasingly homogenous communities in which we live to the narrowly focused media from which we get our news, we have an ever greater stake in the few institutions with the resilience, capacity and standing to bridge these differences.  This is no easy task, made tougher by budget cuts and corrosive politics.  But there are libraries all across the country developing into the new community commons,  learning to overcome these differences and bring us together with people unlike ourselves. 

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10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Activities in the Exhibit Hall
La Crosse Center South Hall A

♦Career Center

Sponsored by WLA, UW-Madison SLIS and UW-Milwaukee SOIS

Need advice on choosing a MLS program? Need to touch up your resume? Wonder where the jobs are? Come to the new Career Center in the exhibit hall.  The Career Center will feature the following:

  • Individual resume review service
  • Demonstration of WLA's online jobs and resume board
  • Take-aways on career resources
  • Photo booth: Get a free professional-looking headshot for social media accounts and WLA's membership directory 
    (Limited hours; check in at the booth for details.)
♦Consultants' Table in the Exhibits Hall
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with some of our state’s most experienced practitioners to talk about your top library concerns.  The consultants will be available for one hour and will answer questions one-on-one or in small groups.  Sample topics could include fundraising for building projects, starting a technology gadget lending program, and invigorating a Friends of the Library group.  You’ll find the Consultants in the Exhibits Hall,  Wednesday and Thursday, near the Career Center.

Wednesday Schedule
10:00 a.m. – Youth and Special Services: Tessa Michaelson Schmidt 
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt is the Youth and Special Services Consultant for the Division for Libraries and Technology. Before joining DLT, she was the Assistant Director of the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library in Colorado and also worked for the Cooperative Children's Book Center in Madison. 

11:00 a.m. – Friends of the Library: Patricia Boge
Patricia Boge has been the staff liaison to the La Crosse Public Library Friends of the Library for over 30 years. In addition to working with La Crosse's successful Friends group, she has also provided consulting expertise to many Winding Rivers Library System libraries on starting and managing Friends groups.

1:00 p.m. – Building Projects: Mike Gelhausen
Mike Gelhausen is the director of the Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford. He has been a professional librarian for over 30 years, and has worked on three building projects throughout his career, along with a major fundraising campaign for the JRML which opened last October.

2:00 p.m. – Loaning Gadgets: Linda Bendix
Linda Bendix is the director of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, the first public library in Wisconsin to circulate Kindles, starting in spring 2009. "We keep our policies nimble and simple, and we have fully integrated the e-reader into our collection development efforts. 

3:00 p.m. – Trustee Relations: Walter Burkhalter
Walter Burkhalter is the Public Library Administration Consultant for the Division for Libraries and Technology. Before joining DLT, Walter was the Director of the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System in Horicon for 10 years. 

4:00 p.m. – Job Seeking Skills: Kelly Krieg-Sigman
Kelly Krieg-Sigman has been a library director since 1985; La Crosse Public Library is her third directorship. By her own reckoning, she has participated directly in the interviewing and hiring for over 30 full time professional library positions as well as many part-time support positions. Her mantra: do the ingredients of the person match the recipe for the job?

 
♦Exhibits
 
♦WLA Foundation Silent Auction
 

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

♦Exhibits — No Conflict
La Crosse Center South Hall A 

Join us for the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall and visit our new and returning vendors. 

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

♦Developing a Concert Series at Your Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Elizabeth Eisen, Adult Programming Librarian, Appleton Public Library; Ron McCabe, Director, McMillan Memorial Library; Gretchen Raab, Assistant Director, Neenah Public Library
Learn how to organize and implement a popular concert series in your library. This session includes recruiting musicians, performance contracts, scheduling, marketing, funding, sound systems, room requirements and much more. Our panel will relate personal experiences involving the joys and challenges of offering this cutting-edge adult programming option. There will be time for a question and answer period.

♦Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from a Teen Book
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Ruhama Kordatzky-Bahr, Consultant, Burlington; Linda Jerome, Teen Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
Do you know why you should add creamer before you add coffee? Do you know how parasitic wasps saved 20 million lives? What were Winston Churchill’s last words? These questions and more will be answered as we explore fresh and inventive ways to book talk both well-known and brand new books while we learn fun and useful information found in a most unexpected place: teen fiction.

♦FRBR in Your Catalog Under RDA
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Illinois

Scott Piepenburg, Catalog/Metadata Librarian, UW-Stevens Point
A look at the impact that FRBR can have on your library catalog and how your users access information.

♦In Transit: New Directions in Physical Delivery for Libraries
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota A

Bruce Smith, Delivery Coordinator, South Central Library System
For the past twenty years, the physical delivery of library materials has grown to become a vital support service for resource sharing between libraries. The growth of shared catalogs in Wisconsin has caused an explosion in the number of library materials shipped between libraries. This has led to the development of best delivery practices and the sharing of information among library delivery professionals around the country as we looked to what seemed like a never ending growth pattern. However, in the last few years the increased use of digital content electronically delivered to the user has begun to make an impact on the volume handled through library van delivery systems. This program will review how physical delivery has grown over the last two decades and how the efficient management of delivery may help in the transition to larger digital collections and increased use of electronic delivery.

♦Letters About Literature
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota B

Mary Lou Santovec, Author and Board Member, Wisconsin Center for the Book; Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library; Kate Thompson, President, Wisconsin Center for the Book; Thomas Walker, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee
Find inspiration through "Letters about Literature" (LAL), a reading promotion program of the Library of Congress, Center for the Book, in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for the Book (WCB). LAL asks students, “How has an author’s work changed your view of the world or yourself?” In response, students in grades 4 through 10 write letters to an author, living or dead, in any genre. The WCB coordinates and promotes LAL Wisconsin, attracting over 1000 entries in 2011. Among the prizes, first-place winners advance to nationals, where they are eligible for a grant for their library. The WCB welcomes librarians to help promote the program in their libraries, provide application materials, and suggest reading materials their young patrons might write about. This session introduces the LAL program and showcases some inspirational student letters.

♦Not Another Boring Inventory Story: Development and Implementation of an Inventory Process Without the Price Tag
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Jodi Bennett, Circulation Supervisor, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee; Nathan Mundell, Assistant Circulation Supervisor, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee
Taking regular inventory of the stacks is necessary for a library to keep its collection organized, but it can be time-consuming and expensive. Without the budget to purchase any inventory software or equipment, Jodi and Nathan created their own method using the library's existing resources. They will explain how they developed and implemented a homegrown inventory process using only a barcode scanner, a laptop, spreadsheet software and an exported shelf list from the ILS. They will also discuss the benefits and weaknesses of their method compared to systems used by other libraries.

♦Open Source on a Budget
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison SLIS
You might have heard all sorts of things about open source software. Perhaps you've heard how wonderful the open source community is, or maybe you've instead swapped horror stories of working with non-tech-supported programs.... Come learn how open source really can be a viable option for techies and non-techies alike!

♦Poles in Wisconsin
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

Susan Gibson Mikos, Historic Preservation Consultant, Milwaukee, and Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Susan traces the history of Polish immigrants as they settled in America’s northern heartland. The second largest immigrant population after Germans, Poles put down roots in all corners of the state, from the industrial center of Milwaukee to the farmland around Stevens Point, in the Cutover and beyond. In each locale, they brought with them a hunger to own land, a willingness to work hard and a passion for building churches.

Author Signing (immediately following program):  Poles in Wisconsin

♦Poverty Simulation
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Kim Cable, Director, Housing and Community Services Department, Coulee Cap, Inc.
Imagine not having enough bus passes to get your child to daycare and yourself to work. Imagine losing your home because you have lost your job. Imagine having no food to feed your family. Sadly, for many Americans, this is not an exercise in imagination — it's their reality. Experience first-hand the effects that poverty can have on an individual and a family by attending a Poverty Simulation. You’ll never be the same again. Presented by Coulee Cap, a nonprofit agency whose main purpose is to provide the tools and resources that empower low-income people to meet their needs, develop self-confidence and reach self-sufficiency. Couleecap strengthens communities by identifying resources, developing opportunities, and advocating for local adults, youth and families.

♦Servant Leaders: Champions of the Common Good 
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Tom Thibodeau, Program Director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership and Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Philosophy, Viterbo University, La Crosse; Dave Skogen, Chairman, Festival Foods
Servant leadership is an ancient idea whose time has come as each of our institutions and communities are facing increasing human need, decreasing resources, and higher levels of accountability. In this presentation we will focus on the positive power of our words and presence in our commitment to serving and leading for the common good.  Viterbo University’s Graduate Program in Servant Leadership offers the only master’s degree of its kind in the nation.  (Repeated today at 2:15-3:30 p.m.) 

♦Servant Leadership: Ethical Decision-Making for the Common Good
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Richard Kyte, Director, D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Professor of Philosophy, Viterbo University, La Crosse
All people face ethical decisions on a daily basis, and public servants have to make ethical decisions that have significant effects on others.  Making decisions for the common good requires attending not only to the results of one's actions, but also to the process used to decide on an action.  The process should take into account the different ethical perspectives people bring to the issue in question and be able to generate consensus as to the appropriate action to be taken.  This presentation will provide participants with a model called the "Four Way Method," a process for decision making that starts with what people already know about ethical reasoning and helps them to use their abilities more consistently and intentionally. (Repeated today at 2:15-3:30 p.m.)

Author Signing (immediately following program): An Ethical Life: A Practial Guide to Ethical Reasoning

♦Speed Networking
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Rachel Arndt, Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library; Jamison Hein, A/V Librarian, Clintonville Public Library
This annual conference favorite is a great way to meet fellow attendees by chatting for ten-minute intervals, "speed dating" style. After the program, at the very least you'll have a friend to say hello to in the hallway, or, at best, a new job lead!

♦Tame Your Tech
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Kim Kiiskinen, Reference & Technology Librarian, River Falls Public Libary; Tami Richardson, Adult Services Manager, Rice Lake Public Library
Join Tami and Kim as they discuss the programs they have held to help the folks in their community learn about electronic gadgets, how to choose them and how to use them.


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

♦YSS Luncheon with Joyce Sidman
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom

Joyce Sidman is the author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books: Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (also a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner) and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (which won the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award). She teaches poetry writing to school children and participates in many national poetry events, including the annual Poetry Blast at the American Library Association meeting. Her recent book, Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, has been critically acclaimed and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. 

Author Signing (one hour after program in front of Ballroom 2-3): Dark Emperor, Swirl by Swirl, Red Sings From Treetops

♦AWSL Business Meeting
Radisson Hotel - Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant and Bar


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

♦Are You Listening? Audiobooks and Links to Learning
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Sharon Grover, Head of Youth Services, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Lizette Hannegan, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Arlington (VA) Public Schools
News flash: Research shows listening to audiobooks enhances and increases literacy skills! Join Sharon and Liz, authors of Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy and the new School Library Journal column “ListenIn,” for an entertaining, informative session on selecting and promoting audiobooks to children, teens, parents and teachers. Discover great audiobooks for young people and learn how to create successful partnerships between schools and public libraries by connecting audiobooks to Wisconsin Academic Standards.

♦Cheerleading for Your Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Sandy Grams, Adult Services Librarian, Greendale Public Library; Jessica Newman, Undergraduate Services Librarian, UW-Madison Steenbock Memorial Library; Lora Bray, Librarian, Credit Union National Association, Madison
Three librarians walk into a conference... A panel consisting of an academic, a public and a corporate librarian will discuss how they market their library. How much do we have in common? What can a law librarian learn from a public librarian? Can the marketing tactics from a university library appeal in some way to a library board? Join us as we search for common threads — marketing is often about creative angles.  See if you can't come away with some new ideas.

♦Every Library is a Government Documents Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Constance Behrens-Huffstetter, Government Documents Reference Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library; Abbigail Swanton, Wisconsin Documents Depository Librarian, RLLL, Madison
As more government information becomes available online, it's important to stay on top of the great resources readily available at your fingertips. Let us show you how to make government information relevant to your patrons as we highlight some of the many electronic resources provided by both state and federal agencies.

♦Facebook for Books! Using Social Media to Provide Readers' Advisory in Your Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Jackelyn Potratz, Acquisitions Librarian for Fiction, Milwaukee Public Library; Kristina Gomez, Business and Periodicals Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library; Ben Miller, Director, Sauk City Public Library; Brett Rohlwing, Community Partnership Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Library
In this session, the speakers will discuss fun and unique ways to use social media tools like Facebook and Pinterest to provide RA to your patrons. They will talk about methods, plans and strategies they've used to reach readers and how you can apply similar methods in your library.

♦Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

Jerry Apps, Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Step into the garden with writer and rural historian Jerry Apps. In this treasure trove of tips, recollections and recipes, Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land. From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening year, imbuing his story with humor and passion, and once again reminding us that working even a small piece of land provides many rewards.

Author Signing (immediately following program):  Garden Wisdom

♦How to Approach Patrons to Inform Them of Library Rules
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Warren Graham, Black Belt Librarian
Learn how to approach patrons to inform them of library rules in a way that will most likely insure their compliance and keep you as safe as possible at the same time.  (Repeated at 4:15-5:30 p.m.)

♦New Librarians Panel: Feedback From the Field
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Anjali Bhasin, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison SLIS; Anna Fulton, Research Intern, UW- Madison; Brianne Markowski, Research Intern, UW-Madison; Kris Turner, Daytime Circulation Supervisor, UW-Law Library; Madeleine Diemer, Youth Services Librarian, Madison Public Library
A group of freshly hired librarians will lead a discussion of what they've learned in their new positions. Come with questions about getting hired, what it's like to be the newbie or any other topic related to your first days "on the job."

♦Reading Through Changing Vision
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota A

Jean Kalscheur, Vision Rehabilitation Teacher, Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Handicapped; Debby Meyer, Fund Development Director, Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
About one-quarter of older Americans experience changes in vision that alters their ability to read. Today there are alternative formats combined with technology that can increase seniors’ access to and enjoyment of reading again. Using simulation goggles and discussion, participants will experience reading under four-eye conditions (macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, legal blindness). Learn how a continuum of alternative reading formats and characteristics can overcome these challenges to reading.

♦Resource Sharing: How Interlibrary Loan Morphed from a Boutique Specialty to Mission Critical Service
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Collette Mak, Head of Resource Access and Delivery, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
Interlibrary loan is a growing service in the United States while dwindling in Europe; what are we doing so right and where is our success taking us? Traces the growth of interlibrary with seminal events, changes in technology and changes in user expectations driven by the commercial market.

♦Servant Leaders:  Champions of the Common Good
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Tom Thibodeau, Program Director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership and Associate Professor, Religious Studies and PhilosophyViterbo University, La Crosse; Dave Skogen, Chairman, Festival Foods
Servant leadership is an ancient idea whose time has come as each of our institutions and communities are facing increasing human need, decreasing resources, and higher levels of accountability. In this presentation we will focus on the positive power of our words and presence in our commitment to serving and leading for the common good.  Viterbo University’s Graduate Program in Servant Leadership offers the only master’s degree of its kind in the nation. (Repeat from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

♦Servant Leadership:  Ethical Decision-making for the Common Good
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Richard Kyte, Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Professor of Philosophy, Viterbo University, La Crosse
All people face ethical decisions on a daily basis, and public servants have to make ethical decisions that have significant effects on others.  Making decisions for the common good requires attending not only to the results of one's actions, but also to the process used to decide on an action.  The process should take into account the different ethical perspectives people bring to the issue in question and be able to generate consensus as to the appropriate action to be taken.  This presentation will provide participants with a model called the "Four Way Method," a process for decision making that starts with what people already know about ethical reasoning and helps them to use their abilities more consistently and intentionally. (Repeat from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Author Signing (immediately following program):  An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning

♦Stop Duplicating Efforts: Creating a Unified Community Calendar
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Anna Haase Krueger, formerly Youth Services Librarian/ Assistant Library Director, Antigo Public Library; Sarah Repp, Park, Recreation and Cemetery Supervisor, City of Antigo
Tired of holding programs where no one attends because it conflicts with x, y, or z? Sick of hearing people exclaim "I didn't know about that!" after your event is over? If this sounds familiar, your community might benefit from a unified community calendar. Using an online subscription service and widgets, learn how to set up a single calendar for everything that happens in your community. Users see the same calendar no matter whose website they visit and program planners can easily check for conflicts and duplication. Bring your own ideas and experiences to share best practices for community communication.

♦Stronghold of Stories: Women, Children, Libraries
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Illinois

Betsy Hearne, Professor Emerita, University of Illinios Urbana-Champaign
Storytelling is a gendered activity, and women have used it both privately and publicly as a form of self-definition and social action. Librarianship, in turn, is a gendered profession, and, within it, women have been a telling force for balancing tradition and innovation. As we shall explore, their work has crossed boundaries of oral, print and electronic traditions for all ages.

Author Signing (immediately following program): A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives, ed. by Betsy Hearne & Roberta Trites; Seven Brave Women; Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs; Beauties and Beasts: The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series; Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide. 3rd ed; The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People; Hauntings: Tales of Danger, Love, & Sometimes Loss; Who's in the Hall? A Mystery in Four Chapters 


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

♦Exhibits – No Conflict
La Crosse Center South Hall A


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

♦At the Movies with Librarians: Books Coming out as Movies at a Theatre near You
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Stacy Lunsford, Director, Irvin L. Young Public Library, Whitewater; Sherry Machones, Director, Edgerton Public Library; Betsy Bromley, Children's Librarian, Oconomowoc Public Library; Stephanie Reister, Children's Librarian, Germantown Community Library; Amber McCrea, Director, Aram Public Library, Delavan
The panel will be discussing popular books being made into upcoming movies in late 2012 and 2013. We will screen the trailers for these films and talk about how well (or how poorly) we think these books will translate to the screen. Get to know some of the books that will be coming out as movies soon! We'll have popcorn!

♦Best Use of Donor Dollars
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Erica Hill, VP Relationship Manager, BMO Private Bank, Madison; Victor Schultz, VP Estate Planning Specialist, BMO Private Bank, Milwaukee
Your library receives a large special bequest in someone's Will. What are the options available to insure the best use of these funds for the long term future of your library?

♦Beyond the Body Count: Using Data Sources to Create a Picture of Library Use
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Collette Mak, Head of Resource Access and Delivery, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
Gate trackers will tell you when people are in your library, but where are they in the library, how are they using the space and services? Libraries tend to track numbers, but fail to understand what the numbers really show. This session gives examples of data sources and how they can be combined to provide a basis for data-informed decision making.

♦How to Approach Patrons to Inform Them of Library Rules
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Warren Graham, Blackbelt Librarian
Learn how to approach patrons to inform them of library rules in a way that will most likely insure their compliance and keep you as safe as possible at the same time.  (Repeat from today 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

♦It Takes Two…Partnerships Between Schools and Public Libraries
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Public Library Development Team, Madison; Nancy Anderson, School Library Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jamie Matczak, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nicolet Federated Library System, Green Bay; Marge Loch-Wouters, Head of Youth Services, La Crosse Public Library, and Blogger at Tiny Tips for Library Fun
In an environment of shrinking budgets and staff, new mandates and increasing emphasis on school readiness, public libraries can be amazing partners with their K-12 colleagues. Join a panel of seasoned pros and learn about successful collaborations, service models for bringing school and public librarians together, important updates about Wisconsin’s “Read to Lead” initiative and information about the new State Common Core Standards for curriculum. If you are a youth services librarian, you cannot afford to miss this discussion.

♦Life, Death and Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds: A Settlers' Fortification of the Black Hawk War
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

Robert A. Birmingham, Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Focusing on the strategically located Fort Blue Mounds in southwestern Wisconsin, Mr. Birmingham summarizes the 1832 conflict and details the history of the Fort, which played a major role not only in U.S. military and militia operations, but also in the lives of the white settlers who sought refuge there. Birmingham then transports us to the site decades later, when he and fellow Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists and dedicated volunteers began their search for the Fort. The artifacts they unearthed provide fascinating, and sometimes surprising, insights into the life and material culture, and even the food of the frontier.

Author Signing (immediately following program): Life, Death, and Archaeology at Fort Blue Mounds

♦Occupy MacGyver: Technology for the 99%!
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Jon-Mark Bolthouse, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library; Chris Grugel, Instructional Services Supervisor, Carthage College Hedberg Library, Kenosha
Don't have $100 for a Monster HDMI cable? Need office apps on your library PCs, but are facing budget crunches? No need to worry! Wisconsin's own MacGvyer guys are back to share the latest technology tips and tricks using low cost—and often free—solutions to your library's most pressing technological issues. Join Chris and Jon-Mark for an always humorous and always practical hour of technology talk, the latest Internet sites and--of course—some duct tape. What do we want? Inexpensive technology? When do we want it? Now!  (Repeated on Friday, 8:45-10:00 a.m.)

♦Open Access in Interlibrary Loan: Sources and Strategies for Locating Free Online Materials
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Tina Baich, Assistant Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Even though open access materials are free for all, library users continue to request them through interlibrary loan. ILL staff are able to provide a service to users and a cost savings for their libraries by utilizing these materials. In this presentation, Tina will demonstrate open access resources that all libraries can use to fill interlibrary loan requests. She will also briefly discuss possible workflows for handling requests for open access materials.

♦RDA Implementation: An Update and Overview
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Mark Ehlert, Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education, MINITEX, University of Minnesota
This session will be a general overview of RDA, and give an update on the implementation as done by the Library of Congress and its national partner libraries. The RDA implementation date is defined by the Library of Congress as the date when all its new catalog records will be in accordance to RDA instructions and all catalogers have completed their training. The Library of Congress has set its implementation date for March 31, 2013.

♦Reference and Adult Services Round Table (RASS) Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB

Come join us for the annual meeting of the RASS Board as we revitalize our unit!  All RASS members are welcome. 

♦Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning Presents
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Kara Ripley, Reference and BadgerLink Training Librarian, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Elizabeth Neuman, Digital Librarian, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Jean Anderson, Continuing Education/Multitype Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Steve Ohs, Library Development Coordinator, Lakeshores Library System, Waterford; Charles Clemence, Resource Sharing Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System, La Crosse; Noreen Fish, Reference and Information Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Constance Behrens-Huffstetter, Government Documents Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
Formerly the Reference and Loan Library, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning has gone through many changes in the past several years. This session is an update of their program areas and what they can do for you and your library. Program areas include: BadgerLearn, BadgerLink, BadgerLink’s Songbook Database, Interlibrary Loan, Found in Wisconsin, WISCAT and Wisconsin Digital Archives.

♦Taking the Next Step: Identifying, Pursuing and Embracing Leadership Opportunities
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Kelli Keclik, PUblic Services Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Brian Kopetsky, Community Partnerships Supervisor, Appleton Public Library; Chris Stape, adult Services Librarian, Mukwonago Community Library; Kati Tvaruzka, Head of Access Services and Education Librarian, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library
In a climate of perpetual change, how do you prepare yourself for taking the next step in your professional career? Our four panelists, all of whom have recently assumed greater responsibility within their individual libraries, will discuss strategies for successfully and effectively transitioning into new roles. With tips on integrating additional duties, managing work relationships and cultivating leadership skills, session attendees will be better prepared to face the future – whatever it may hold.


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

♦Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians Social Hour
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant and Bar

♦New Member Round Table Social Hour
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Three Rivers Lodge Riverview Restaurant and Bar

Rachel Arndt, Librarian, Milwaukee PL; Anjali Bhasin, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison SLIS
Kick back and unwind after a long day of conference activities with a beverage at the hotel bar and a chance to meet other new WLA members. Hosted by NMRT chairs it's a great chance to find out how to be involved with future conferences and NMRT activities.

♦Youth Services Section Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB


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

♦UW-Madison SLIS - Reunion
Pump House Regional Arts Center

Join your SLIS colleagues past and present for hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and friendly conversation in a unique setting. All SLIS alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome.  Watch the SLIS website and Facebook page for details.

♦UW-Milwaukee SOIS - Reunion
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin I and II

Please join us at the annual UW-Milwaukee SOIS (formerly SLIS) reunion from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel.  There will be hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a complimentary beer tasting.  All past and present SOIS Alumni, Students, Faculty & Staff and Friends are invited to attend.


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

♦WLA Foundation Fundraiser – Storytelling on a Fall Night and Battledecks
Pump House Regional Arts Center

Join nationally known storyteller Betsy Hearne and librarian/tellers Sue Searing, Kathy Prestidge, Marge Loch-Wouters plus local tellers who will regale you with tales for grown-ups from 8-9 pm followed by this year’s Battledecks – top library conference speakers present an impromptu talk using random PowerPoint slides they have never seen before. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, you’ll cry and you’ll cringe at this improvisational comedy crossed with American Idol event. Who will be crowned WLA’s 2012 champion?

Co-Sponsors: WWLW, MATS

Partners: Engberg-Anderson, Inc., Innovative Interfaces, Maris Associates, Quality Books, Inc.
 

Program - Thursday

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Conference at-a-glance (PDF)

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

♦Registration
La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby


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

♦Hearty Continental Breakfast
La Crosse Center South Hall - Second Floor Hallway


7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

♦Bookin' It 5K Fun Run & Walk
 
Riverside Park

Sponsored by the New Members Round Table

New Route for Bookin' It in La Crosse 5K Run/Walk! The race will begin and end right behind the Radisson Hotel La Crosse in the Riverwalk area where participants will follow a trail alongside the Mississippi River for approximately 1.5 miles, and then turn around and head back to the starting point. Be sure to dress warm and wear bright clothing (it might still be a bit dark that early). Registration will start at 7:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby. See you there!


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

♦Tour of Amish Farms
Pick up Bus in front of Radisson Hotel La Crosse

Patsy and Kevin Alderson, local historians, relate the history as we travel around the Amish farms of Vernon County.  Cost is $25.00 per person.  Breakfast rolls and light refreshments are included.  Departing from and returning to the Radisson by noon (lunch is not included).  Please register by October 1st.  Total seats available: 45.

 

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Activities in the Exhibit Hall
La Crosse Center South Hall A

♦Career Center

Sponsored by WLA, UW-Madison SLIS and UW-Milwaukee SOIS

Need advice on choosing a MLS program? Need to touch up your resume? Wonder where the jobs are? Come to the new Career Center in the exhibit hall. The Career Center will feature the following:

  • Individual resume review service
  • Demonstration of WLA's online jobs and resume board
  • Take-aways on career resources
  • Photo booth: Get a free professional-looking headshot for social media accounts and WLA's membership directory 
    (Limited hours; check in at the booth for details.)

♦Consultants' Table in the Exhibits Hall
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with some of our state’s most experienced practitioners to talk about your top library concerns. The consultants will be available for one hour and will answer questions one-on-one or in small groups. Sample topics could include fundraising for building projects, starting a technology gadget lending program, and invigorating a Friends of the Library group. You’ll find the Consultants in the Exhibits Hall, Wednesday and Thursday, near the Career Center.

Thursday Schedule
10:00 a.m.
 – Library Boards: Tom Sleik
Tom Sleik has served on the La Crosse Public Library Board for over 30 years, the last 7 of which as president. During this time, he has been part of the hiring process for three different library directors and has participated in three major building renovation/remodeling projects. His interest in public libraries dates back to high school, where he helped on the library referendum that passed by over 80% and resulted in a new building. He has recently retired from over 40 years of practicing law.

11:00 a.m. – Job Seeking Skills: Kelly Krieg-Sigman
Kelly Krieg-Sigman has been a library director since 1985; La Crosse Public Library is her third directorship. By her own reckoning, she has participated directly in the interviewing and hiring for over 30 full time professional library positions as well as many part-time support positions. Her mantra: do the ingredients of the person match the recipe for the job?

1:00 PM – Loaning iPads: Isa Small and Renee Ponzio
Isa Small is a Reference Assistant at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Isa has worked for the library for five years. She helped set up the technical procedures for the iPad program, and created several video tutorials for patrons on how to use the iPad. Renee Ponzio is the Reference Services Manager at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Renee has been involved with libraries in one capacity or another for over 32 years. Renee was part of several committees working on the iPad project, such as the committee deciding on content and policy and procedures.

2:00 p.m. – Youth Services: Marge Loch-Wouters
Marge Loch-Wouters has 36 years in youth services under her belt including 10 years at La Crosse Public Library and 24 years at Menasha. She is also active in statewide and national library organizations related to improving library service

3:00 p.m. – Advocacy: Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson was the director of Middleton Public Library from 1986 to 2008. He is currently semi-retired/Adjunct Asst. Professor at UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies and received the 2011 WLA President's Award in recognition of his legislative and advocacy efforts.

 

♦Exhibits

♦WLA Foundation Silent Auction (pick up and pay at 3:30 p.m.)

 

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

♦Back to the Front:  A Library Educator Returns to the Public Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Catherine Hansen, Lecturer and Director, Professional Development Institute, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Taking advantage of a new program offered by UW-Milwaukee's School of Information Studies that puts SOIS faculty and staff back in the library for a summer. Catherine spent her summer working at both a public library and an academic library. Taking advantage of this opportunity to bring together theory and practice was a benefit to the libraries that hosted her and also informed her teaching methods. Always willing to poke fun at herself, her tales from the frontlines of teaching and librarianship are witty and inspiring.

♦Creating an Engaging Library: Marketing from the Ground Up
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Renee Ettinger, Head of Reference and Marketing, UW-Green Cofrin Library; Joe Hardenbrook, Head of Library Instruction and Information Literacy, UW-Green Cofrin Library
Libraries can't afford for marketing to be an afterthought. It's a way to connect with your community, campus and school. Join UW-Green Bay librarians as they discuss how their library built a comprehensive marketing plan, utilized the talent of students, experts, partnered with stakeholders and designed popular events for its patrons. The end goal? Creating a vibrant and engaging environment. The session will wrap up with a lightning round, where you will be invited to share your ideas and experiences with marketing. We hope to see you there!

♦Creating Quality Library Programming for Boys
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Melissa Carollo, Programmer/Reference Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Katie Kiekhaefer, Head of Youth Services, Community Library (Salem, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes)
It can be difficult to dream up programs that work well for boys once they've left storytime. Join us for a discussion on creating programs boys from elementary school through high school will want to attend. We'll also discuss ways to make them feel welcome, how to fill your library with the stuff they want and how to take gender out of the planning process. Bring questions, concerns as well as success stories to share.

♦eReaders for the Common Good: Instituting an eReader and Other Device Lending Program @ Your Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Jean Anderson, Continuing Education Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Sara Gold,Project Manager for the Wisconsin Public LIbrary Consortium Digital Library, WiLS, Madison; Nicole Hardina-Wilhelm, Adult Services Librarian, Neenah Public Library; Christy Ross, Director, Brandon Public Library; Kent Barnard, Director, Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose
Journey with us as we take you through the jungle of trials and tribulations necessary to establish an eReader lending program and policy at your library. Our distinguished panel offers tips and tricks they learned setting up their programs, so you won't have messes only successes in your program. The presentation will include a Q/A period at the end.

♦E-Textbook Project @ UW-Stout
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Illinois

Robert L. Butterfield, Director of Instructional Resources Service, UW-Stout, Menomonie
The cost of printed college textbooks has become overwhelming in recent years. And there’s that instant obsolescence! UW-Stout has launched a program to replace them with E-books and other digital materials. Bob will give you a history of their project, their goals for the future, and the status right now as the program launched this semester. He’ll also address how digitization may affect college libraries as well as other libraries in their communities. 

Author Signing (immediately following program): 

♦Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable Annual Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB

♦Explore the Wakanheza Project™
Radisson Hotel La Crosse- Wisconsin I

Melissa Binder, Deputy Director, Head of Youth Services, New Berlin Public Library; Kelly Wochinske, Supervisor, Central Library Children's Room, Milwaukee Public Library
Do you work in a public place? Have you ever witnessed a parent struggling with children, trying to keep them in line and well-behaved? Have you ever felt uneasy or afraid when a group of teenagers comes into the library? Did you wonder, and are you still wondering now, what you could have done? “Wakanheza” is the Dakota word for child and the English translation is “sacred being.” Imagine if we were to treat each other as sacred beings. Come and explore strategies for creating more welcoming environments and interactions for children, young people, families and ourselves.

♦From Madonna's Sex to 50 Shades of Grey: Collection Development Decisions
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Jane Pearlmutter, Consultant and Instruction, Senior Lecturer, UW-Madison; Jennie Stoltz, Director, Pewaukee Public Library; Barbara Vey, Contributing Editor and blogger for Publisher's Weekly
Join this program for a lively discussion about the phenomenal success of the "50 Shades" series.  Has something changed in the world and in libraries since Madonna's "Sex," or is it even possible to compare "Sex" to "50 Shades?"  We will hear different viewpoints on this particular book and the more general issues surrounding erotica in publishing and libraries today: perspectives from a library school academic, a public librarian and a blogger for Publishers Weekly's "Beyond Her Book" blog.

♦OCLC ILL: "Danger, Warning Will Robinson"
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Mark Beatty, Training Librarian, WiLS, Madison
Watch out! The same old everyday usual OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing ILL system is moving to a whole new platform and interface. Find out the scoop at this session by Mark, one of the new WorldShare Management System ILL trainers. The new platform will have full functionality by November 2012 and there will be continual major enhancements through May 2013. The old FirstSearch based system is likely going away by December of 2013. Show up and "be prepared."

♦Outreach Services Round Table (OSRT) Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

♦Partnering With Your Community: DIY Steps to Construct a Successful STEM Curriculum
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

John Jax, Collection and Resource Development Librarian, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Tim Gerber, Professor, UW-La Crosse Biology Department; Karen Lange, Collection and Resource Development Assistant and Curriculum Center Assistance, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Less than 300 academic curriculum centers remain nationally. Of those remaining, many still struggle to remain relevant to their parent institutions and area communities. Teaching faculty from the Biology Department and Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have collaborated since 2003 to revitalize the PK-12 Alice Hagar Curriculum Resource Center; specifically in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Presenters will outline the methods to their success, provide a short overview of this popular collection and allow time for attendees to browse a sample selection of award winning materials used in Murphy Library’s annual “Teacher Resource Day.” Piloted in April 2007, Teacher Resource Day is an event held for area PK-12 teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, library media center specialists and local public librarians to give them a chance to both peruse the latest quality, nonfiction STEM and Social Studies trade books, DVD’s, etc., but to also explore our STEM website, which provides supporting materials.

♦People Who Go Bump in the Night: Paranormal Genres Explained
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Amber McCrea, Director, Aram Public Library, Delevan
Super Natural Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Steampunk are four closely related genres that are very popular right now. Learn how to identify each genre, get suggestions for purchases and get a brief history of the rise in popularity of these books.

♦Tour the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Pick up Bus at front of La Crosse Center South Hall 

Lisa Hein, Research Librarian, USGS/Upper Midwest Environmental Services Center, La Crosse
Join Lisa as she shows everyone around the United States Geological Survey Library and Archives. Supporting the UMESC scientific staff in their work fighting invasive species and monitoring the health of the Upper Mississippi River, the library provides essential research support to the facility in La Crosse.

♦Why WeLead?
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

2010-2012 WeLead Proteges: Cynthia Bachhuber, Librarian, Globe University; Jennie Bahnaman, Youth Services Librarian, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids; Molly Hamm, Research Librarian, ERDMAN Architecture and Engineering Company, Madison; Cheryl Nessman, DIrector of Library Support Services, UW Colleges; Teresa Schmidt, Director, Mercer Public Library.  2010-2012 WeLead Mentors:  Karen Jander, Academic Librarian, UW-Milwaukee Libraries; Marge Loch-Wouters, Youth Services Coordinator, La Crosse Public Library; Sue Riehl, Public/Technical Services Librarian, Carroll University Todd Wehr Library; Mark Rozmarynowski, Access Services Librarian, UW-Stevens Point
A panel discussion with the current WeLead proteges and their mentors as they explain why they chose to participate in this program, what they learned and achieved while in the program, and why they believe leadership in the library community is so important.

♦Wisconsin and the Great War: Digitizing and Sharing WWI Materials
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Emily Pfotenhauer, Wisconsin Heritage Online, Madison
Join Emily to discuss plans for commemorating the approaching World War I centennial in Wisconsin libraries, as well as digitizing and promoting WWI-related materials in library collections across the state. She’ll also highlight WWI materials available through Wisconsin Heritage Online and other online collections in Wisconsin and beyond. We’ll also provide time for attendees to share plans and ideas for celebrating the centennial at their libraries and discuss the potential for a coordinated effort to digitize WWI collections statewide.


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

♦Exhibit - No Conflict
La Crosse Center South Hall A


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

♦Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Award
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Pat Schmatz, Author, Burr/Worzalla Award winner; Children's Book Award Committee: Ruhama Kordatzky, Library Consultant, Burlington; Barbara Huntington, Library Consultant, Verona; Jennifer Bahnaman, Youth Services Librarian, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids; Jeni Schomber, Head of Youth Services, Beloit Public Library; Elizabeth Timmins, Director, Muehl Public Library, Seymour; Dawn Wacek, Director, Rice Lake Public Library; Arin Wilken, Director, Mondovi Pubic Library
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 Wisconsin connection. Come and hear this year's winner, Pat Schmitz, discuss her book, Bluefish, and the committee's review of the books they selected to honor as Outstanding Books.

Author Signing (immediately following program):  Bluefish, Mousetraps, Mrs. Estransky and the UFO, Circle of Truth

♦Intertextuality, Goblins and Poop! Issues in Translation of Korean Children's Stories
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Wooseob Jeong, Interim Dean, UW-MIlwaukee School of Information Studies; Bonnie Withers, Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
What challenges arise when you translate a set of Korean story books into English? You can start with the issue that Korean has no plurals! Or articles! And folk and historic heros unknown to English speakers. And a seeming preoccupation with poop. We translated 280 picture books as part of a series of Multicultural Storytelling Projects funded by the National Library for Children and Young Adults in Korea. We will address our methodology as well as challenges relating to faithfulness, read-aloud-ability, cultural differences, words for sounds and motions and more. Come hear the story “Poop Bomb” and record  your “acceptability” score.

♦It’s Not a Trapeze Act: 20 Tips to Achieve Home and Work Balance
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Rhonda Gould, Youth Services and Special Needs Consultant, Lakeshores Library System, Waterford; Marge Loch-Wouters, Head of Youth Services, La Crosse Public Library; Jennifer Thiele, Director, Marinette County Consolidated Library Service, Marinette
Feel like you're having trouble keeping all those knives in the air and avoiding falling into the net below in times of increased usage, more budgetary pressure and "I-better-do" and "I-have-to-do" urges? Join veterans of "circulean" (circus + herculean) careers who will give you 20 tips on how to achieve the balance you seek. You'll learn time-saving, mind-saving and family-saving tips to create peaceful effectiveness in your job no matter who your clientele is and how big your library — or bigtop. Large dollops of humor will be given out as well. There will be time to try to "Stump the Speakers" and share your burdens to see if they can offer solutions or go down in flaming defeat.

♦Notable Books Marathon 2012
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Helene Androski, Retired Senior Academic Librarian, UW-Madison Memorial Library; Elizabeth Amundson, Librarian, Madison Public Library; Jean Anderson, Continuing Education Coordinator, South Central Library System, Madison; Kirsten Houtman, Member Services Librarian, WiLS, Madison; Eliot Finkelstein, Academic Librarian, UW-Madison College Library
The READ Section is happy once again to host the Notable Books Marathon. Librarians from across the state will be discussing books from the ALA's Notable Books List as well as titles from the current WLA Literary Awards Committee list of Outstanding Achievement winners. This will be a fun and rousing discussion!

♦Reach Out and Read: Libraries and Clinics Collaborate on Early Literacy Promotion
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Ruth Sias, Youth Services Specialist, Madison Public Library, and Reach Out and Read Program; Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UW-Madison School of Medicine
Health care providers in Wisconsin are increasingly incorporating advice about reading into their routine pediatric checkups. Learn basic concepts of early brain and child development, which relate to the mission of public libraries. Learn how libraries can partner with clinics and hospitals to promote reading at early ages and draw families into libraries. A mixed format will allow for the presentation of innovative projects as well as attendees brainstorming and sharing of new engagement ideas.

♦Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From and What Really Matters
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Illinois

Jennifer Wilson, Author and Travel Journalist, Des Moines, IA
Many people do geneaology research by using resources online or at their local libraries. Jennifer decided to go right to the source in her search for her ancestral roots in Croatia.  Running Away to Home is the story of her family's odyssey to learn about their past, see the actual locations where her relatives had lived and find their own places in the continuing story.  She will share insights and wonderful photos as she describes the process of documenting their journey and how she used social media to help her write the memoir.  Jennifer may also bring some Croatian rakja (moonshine)! 

♦Using Technology to Make Local History Accessible to the Community
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Gay Strandemo, Waunakee Public Library; Katie Brenner, Waunakee Public Library
After gathering dust for decades in tucked-away file cabinets, historic photographs became community resources when uploaded to an online photo album. No longer trapped in the memories of village citizens, immigration stories came alive when videotaped and posted online. With a few technological tools and the library website, the presenters made their area's history accessible worldwide and increased community involvement. In this program they will show how they accomplished it.

♦WiscNet: Addressing Library Broadband Infrastructure Needs
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4 

John Pederson, Educational Technology Liaison, WiscNet
84% of Wisconsin libraries receive less than 4 Mbps capacity.  The FCC defines broadband as a minimum of 4 Mbps. Thus, based on this definition, most libraries do not have what is considered "broadband." This issue was among those at the forefront of debates in the 2011-13 biennial budget process, particularly as it relates to WiscNet as well as communities interested in solving this problem.  This session will outline the problems faced by libraries, discuss strategies to address those needs and provide an update on what is happening regarding broadband across Wisconsin.

♦WLA Foundation Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

♦Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Annual Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB

WLTF is undergoing some reorganization as they prepare to cope with the needs and demands of the Library of the Future.  This year, they are foregoing their traditional luncheon speaker so there is adequate time for members to express their views during the business meeting.  We look forward to an overwhelming attendance at this meeting to help plan our future.

♦Workflow Assessments for Better ILL Service
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Kathryn Mlsna, Milwaukee Public Library; Eric Robinson, ILL Coordinator, WiLS, Madison; Jane Richard, Member Services Librarian, WiLS, Madison
How Milwaukee Public Library and WiLS participated in library workflow assessments to help themselves and others gain efficiencies in library processes. Features Milwaukee Public Library's circulation studies, as well as ILL and cataloging studies done in consultation with WiLS.

♦The World We Live In: Libraries and Reading Multicultural Literature in Schools
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Mary Kisken; Rosalind Krajewski
Want to build a collaborative project that benefits tomorrow's world citizens and future library patrons? Come hear about a successful ten-year library/community network that builds young children's and young adults' love of reading, fosters awareness of themselves and the environment and encourages understanding of our many multicultural societies.

♦Would You Like Some PIE with That? Eau Claire's iPads Lending Project (PIE = "Presto iPads Endeavor")
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Renee Ponzio, Reference Services Manager, LE Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Isa Small, Reference Assistant, LE Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire
Are you interested in an iPad lending program, but not sure how to go about it, or whether it's right for your library? Renee and Isa will share their experiences with launching a program to lend more than 40 iPads. Topics covered will include issues to consider before starting a program, circulation policies, technical procedures, and how the program can impact staff and patrons.


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

♦Luncheon with Eli Neiburger:  Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom

Eli Neiburger, Associated Director, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI
The 21st century isn't just here, it's already 12% over.  The presence of ubiquitous access to a global information network, and the cultures that flourish on that network, change everything about libraries...or do they? Eli will highlight some of the contrasts between the Web Culture of this century, and the Broadcast Culture of the last century, exploring how the value, mission and focus of libraries are impacted by this cultural change, which has still barely begun.  Maybe the library of the future is not really so different from the library of the past...from a certain point of view.


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

♦The ABCDs of Relationships with Refugee Communitees
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Adriana McCreer, Doctoral Student, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies; Rene Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Institutions struggle with mobilizing limited staff to conduct outreach to refugees and immigrant populations and with limited funds to provide information resources. Success will also be limited without engaging the rest of the community to create joint solutions. Learn to apply basic concepts of Asset Based Community Development to mobilize staff and community members towards forming more powerful partnerships that will help identify your refugee and immigrant community and serve their information needs and interests.

♦Challenges of Joint Libraries
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa 

Linda Bendix, Director, Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville; Ed Hughes, Director, Rhinelander District Library; Walter Burkhalter, Public Library Administration Consultant, Division for Libraries and Technology, Madison
Designed for directors and trustees of joint libraries, this session will explore the  challenges unique to joint libraries.  What are the advantages of a joint library? Who is your fiscal agent? How do your participants determine how much each should contribute? How does a joint library know when they are grandfathered in an older part of Chapter 43? How do you create a contingency fund? Does a joint library option lessen the emotional attachment of a community towards its library? Join us for idea sharing.

♦College Access Programming for Teens
La Crosse Center South Hall - B4

Laurie Bartz, Young Adult Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Diana McDonald, Reference Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Tammi DeVooght-Blaney, Director, TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS), UW Fox Valley; Jill Hassenfelt, College Access Advising Supervisor, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
Discover how you can provide college access programming at your library by utilizing free services and resources to hold your own workshops on test preparation, college applications, admissions, financial aid and scholarships. Learn detailed information about hosting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion event like College Goal Wisconsin. Get tips about collaborating with school and university staff and find out how to promote your events effectively.

♦The Effect of Licensing on Resource Sharing
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Eric Robinson, ILL Coordinator, WiLS, Madison; Kirsten Houtman, Member Services Librarian, WiLS, Madison
This session will focus on the affect that license negotiations has on resource sharing (copyright, fair use, new format usage) as well as spend time discussing the many ways that ILL and Electronic Resources teams (catalogers and purchasing units) can work together to navigate these complicated issues. The discussion will include the potential for change in copyright law that could affect interlibrary loan in the near future.

♦Library Interiors: Maximum Impact for Minimum Input
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Traci Lesneski, Principal, Head of Interiors, Library Design Firm MS&R Ltd, Minneapolis
At a time when swelling library use puts pressure on dwindling budgets, it's tempting to ignore the updates your library interior needs. But increasingly savvy customers expect more from their library experience. Fortunately, re-imagined library interiors don't have to be costly. With creativity and resourcefulness you can make a great impact even with small investments. Hear tips and see images from recently completed library projects of all scales from around the country.

♦On the Hill & Under the Dome -- What the Government is Doing to (and for) My Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C

Terry Dawson, Chair, WLA Library Development & Legislative Committee, Appleton; Julie Schneider, WLA Federal Legislative Advocate; John De Bacher, Director of Public Library Development, DPI, Madison
DPI staff and members of the LD&L Committee will report progress on the legislative review of library system law and other library legislative hopes and dreams, including those at the federal level. What's happening, and what we should do about it, will be discussed.

♦Orientation for New Trustees
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom B

Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore
Becoming a new trustee can be an intimidating experience.  There’s that huge DPI Trustee Manual, there are all those acronyms to learn and the decisions you have to make can affect people in your area for years.  Krista will simplify the process of orientating new trustees.  A few basic principles to know and understand will enable new trustees to hit the ground running, be effective early, and set the tone for continuous learning of all the information they need to know to represent their library or system in an efficient manner.

♦Prepare to Be Challenged!
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Jean Preer, Professor Emerita, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis
While most public libraries have some sort of process allowing patrons to challenge works in the library’s collection that they find objectionable, the controversy in West Bend, Wisconsin, provides an opportunity to reexamine this process. Using hands-on exercises and role plays, this program will consider the challenge procedures and forms adopted by Wisconsin public libraries and explore how the challenge process can affirm the library's commitment to intellectual freedom and educate the community about its stake in free access to information.

♦Project Compass and Job Creation Programs
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Hollis Helmeci, Director, Rusk County Community Library, Ladysmith
An overview of the Project Compass National Convening will be shared, and information relevant to local application will be highlighted. There will be discussion about the process Rusk County Community Library used in 2012 to bring information to residents about creating home-based businesses, details about working with the Chamber of Commerce, the Rusk County Office of Economic Development (and Tourism) and local banks to do this. Successes and disasters will be shared.

♦Rescarta: Open Source Software for Digitization Programs
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A 

John Sarnowski, Director, The ResCarta Foundation, www.ResCarta.org
Have you heard the buzz about Library ScanDays?  Do you want to bring your local history to life?  Now you can bring your community’s oral histories, unique photographs and important local materials to the digital age using low-cost systems and free software to create standard, long-lasting digital collections.  Come and see a demonstration of open source software tools you can use to create fully searchable Library of Congress metadata and industry standard file formats, for lasting results.  No geeks required. 

♦Safely Manage Disruptive Patrons, Tips to Help Library Staff
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Raquelle Solon, Associate Director, Prepare Training®, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), Milwaukee
Prepare Training® Awareness Presentation: Safely Manage Disruptive Patrons, Tips to Help Library Staff. Participants will be empowered to: observe early warning signs of problematic behavior; define the reciprocal relationship between one's own behavior and the behavior of others; explore the nonverbal and verbal elements of communication that can impact a crisis situation; employ basic de-escalation strategies in defusing escalating behavior; examine the issues that impact Respect, Service and Safety at Work®

 

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

♦Exhibit - No Conflict
La Crosse Center South Hall A


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

♦Accessibility Best Practices for Instruction Librarians
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Illinois

Anjali Bhasin, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison SLIS; Anna Fulton, Research Intern, UW-Madison; Brianne Markowski, Research Intern, UW-Madison; Trisha Prosise; Librarians at UW-Madison
As champions of information literacy and access, librarians often intend to provide universally accessible service, but don’t always have the  knowledge to do so. At UW-Madison, the Instructional Design Working Group developed accessibility best practices to help our librarians make learning content, whether delivered online or in-person, accessible to all students. In this presentation, we will talk about these best practices as well as how to handle accommodation requests, write curriculum and accessibility statements, and create accessible documents and tutorials.

♦Collaborating for the Common Good: Bringing History to Life @ Your Library
La Crosse Center South Hall - B2

Anita Doering, Senior Archivist, La Crosse Public Library; Linda Jerome, Teen Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Cindy Mischnick, Reference Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Dayce McAndrews, Language Arts Teacher, Holmen Middle School
Want to attract students to your library doing research every year? Using the example of one public library's experience with the National History Day program, learn how you can create successful collaborations with local schools, teachers and students while promoting library resources and research skills. Over the course of each year, La Crosse Public Library hosts over 500 middle school students from western Wisconsin on personalized NHD tours that include research time. Panelists will discuss their journey to collaboration with local schools, interdepartmental efforts and strategies to assist and support student research, as well as the creation of a research awards program and community exhibit, bringing the NHD life-cycle full circle.

♦Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room B

Dwight McInvaillDirector, Georgetown County Library, Georgetown, SC and Member, Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) was launched in 2010 by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society with the goal of developing a nationwide digital public library.  Come to this session to learn more about the goals of this project, where they are, what they plan/hope to accomplish.  "We aspire to establish a system whereby all Americans can gain access to information and knowledge in digital formats in a manner that is 'free to all.' It is by no means a plan to replace libraries, but rather to create a common resource for libraries and patrons of all types." (John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center.)  (Repeat on Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.) 

♦Do You Read On Wisconsin?
La Crosse Center South Hall - B3

Megan Schliesman, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison; Merri Lindgren, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison
In 2011, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at UW-Madison took over the Read On Wisconsin literacy program begun in 2004 by former First Lady Jessica Doyle. This literacy program promotes high-quality literature for children and teens with featured books each month at five different age/grade level ranges. The Read On Wisconsin program is looking to expand its reach to Wisconsin public libraries. Find out about Read On Wisconsin programming possibilities, and share ideas of your own, at this program that will also feature some of the 2012-2013 Read On Wisconsin titles for readers and listeners from birth through high school age.

♦Madison Metropolitan School District and UW-Madison: Building an Information Literacy Partnership
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom A

Eliot Finkelstein, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Carol Kaufman, Education Reference Librarian, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Resource Manager, Madison Media Institute; Kristine Brown, Library Media Specialist, James Madison High School, Madison
Beginning in late 2011, UW-Madison Libraries and the Madison Metropolitan School District developed a series of discussions regarding information literacy needs of college freshmen, in order to prepare high school students for the rigors of college-level academic research. This program will cover the main content of these discussions, the exciting new partnership that resulted from our conversations, as well as plans for future collaboration.

♦More Ways to Increase Circulation in Your Youth Department
La Crosse Center South Hall - B1

Katrina Collins, Youth Services Manager, Neenah Public Library; Jodi Leslie, Assistant Librarian, Neenah Public Library; Deb Andrews, Assistant Librarian, Neenah Public Library
Is your library struggling in the face of Kindles, Nooks and iPads? If so, you're not alone. Statistics show that many libraries are seeing decreases in circulation. While nothing takes the place of good youth programming, there is more that we can do. Come hear our story about the strategies we've been using that have resulted in a significant increase in our youth circulation.

♦Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Membership Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Iowa

SSCS Board will hold an information session, open to all members, about the current goals and activities of the unit. Discussion items include security and safety in libraries and a wrap-up of the SSCS Conference.

♦Taking the Lead: The Public Library Concentration at SOIS
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room A

Dr. Joyce Latham, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR), UW-Milwaukee SOIS; Catherine Hansen, Lecturer and Director, Professional Development Institute, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
The University of Milwaukee School of Information Studies has developed an educational program focused on the public library as a social institution and the public librarian as a community leader. This program will discuss the SOIS approach to educating for communal engagement in the 21st century through enhancing the role of the public library as a resource that incorporates the educational, recreational, technical and information needs of a community into an organic social presence for all members of the service area.

♦Using Space Analysis to Improve User Experience
La Crosse Center - South Hall Ballroom B

Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Director, Todd Wehr Memorial Library, Viterbo University, La Crosse; Liz Bass, Information Services Manager, Todd Wehr Memorial Library, Viterbo University, La Crosse
Space-use analysis is a technique used in retail to identify how customers interact with products and services. By capturing and identifying user behavior, assumptions held by staff can be challenged or validated. Libraries can use these techniques to find out how their space is being used by patrons, and find opportunities for enhancing patron’s experiences. Gretel and Liz will discuss how the Todd Wehr Memorial Library used space-use analysis to make the case for changes in the library facility.

♦What's up with Library Renewal Project? 
La Crosse Center South Hall - Ballroom C 

Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Library Renewal is a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 by Michael "Libraryman" Porter with the goal of developing digital content solutions that work for libraries.  Come hear Eli, a Library Renewal board member, talk about why the organization was formed, who is involved, how libraries and staffers can help, and what the organization hopes to do to deliver a sustainable approach to digital distribution for libraries.

♦Wisconsin Open Meeting Laws
La Crosse Center South Hall - Board Room C

Marla Sepnafski, Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Heather Eldred, Director Emerita, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Augo Hildebrand, Accounting Manager, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau
The ladies from WVLS are back.  This fall they will address the subject of Wisconsin’s Open Meeting Laws  and how they relate to libraries and library systems.  Once again you can expect a very informative and extremely entertaining session.  Despite all the humor, you’ll come away with much useful information that will help you in your job.

♦Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Wisconsin III


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

♦Wisconsin Library Association and Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Business Meeting
Agenda (PDF)
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Minnesota AB
 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

♦Registration materials available
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom Foyer


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

♦Awards Banquet
Radisson Hotel La Crosse - Ballroom AB

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 supporters of libraries.  Dinner will be followed by presentation of various awards.

Entertainment provided by JeanLuc Rondreux, pianist
 

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

♦Tweet Crawl, Downtown La Crosse (Meeting in Radisson Hotel La Crosse Lobby)
The Local Arrangements Committee wants to take you on a tour of downtown nightlife! Put on some comfy shoes and meet in the lobby of the Radisson right after the Awards & Honors Banquet for networking and socializing as we "crawl" some of our favorite establishments. All are invited; start the night off with us or join up later by following @WLA12Local and hashtag #WLA12 on Twitter.



 

 

Special Events

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Librarians Build Communities - at La Crosse Public Library

Begun by ALA, Librarians Build Communities seeks to provide librarian volunteers with an opportunity to use their specialized skills to assist in communities where conferences are held.

This year, we invite interested WLA conference attendees to assist the Friends of the La Crosse Public  Library weed down their massive overload of books.  In La Crosse, people love their library and love donating their books. With the addition of weeded materials, the shelves are overflowing and the Friends, who have recently lost some of their key members, are struggling to swim above the flood of books.  The Friends use book sale money raised to fund the majority of programs for LPL patrons.  

We are looking for your skills as a selector to de-select some of the overflow and decide what books might be passed on to Better World Books. Gather Tuesday. October 23, 10 a.m. to noon at the La Crosse Public Library Friends Book Sale Room. Treats will be available during the project.   To register, please contact Marge Loch-Wouters marge@lacrosselibrary.org by Friday, October 12.

Meet & Greet Vendors Reception

Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel La Crosse 

Join us for a kickoff reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, and take some time to meet and greet your colleagues and WLA members.

WLA Foundation Fundraiser 

Storytelling for a Fall Night & Battledecks

Wednesday, October 25, 8:00–11:00 p.m.
Pumphouse Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse

Join nationally known storyteller Betsy Hearne and librarian/tellers Sue Searing, Kathy Prestidge, Marge Loch-Wouters plus local tellers who will regale you with tales for grown-ups from 8-9 pm followed by this year’s Battledecks – top library conference speakers present an impromptu talk using random PowerPoint slides they have never seen before. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, you’ll cry and you’ll cringe at this improvisational comedy crossed with American Idol event. Who will be crowned WLA’s 2012 champion?

Co-Sponsors: WWLW, MATS

Partners: Engberg-Anderson, Inc., Innovative Interfaces, Maris Associates, Quality Books, Inc.

One drink, light snacks, plus a charitable contribution to the WLA Foundation! Cash bar available. Short walk from hotel. . . . $35 in advance/$40 at the door. 

 

5K Run/Walk - Bookin' It in La Crosse

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Looking to incorporate a little physical activity into your conference visit this year? The New Members Roundtable is sponsoring a Booking It 5K Fun Run & Walk.  Registration is $15, and all participants will receive a T-shirt.

Thursday, October 25
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. in the Radisson lobby; you can register onsite if you did not pre-register. Walk starts outside Radisson, Riverwalk area.

Run/Walk begins at 7:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Tour of Amish Farms and Round Barns

Thursday, October 25, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Depart from and return to the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, tour limited to 45; morning refreshments. . . . $25

 

Tour of the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Thursday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Depart from and return to the La Crosse Center, tour limited to 40



Mississippi River Backwater Cruise 

Friday, October 26, 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Boat will depart and return to the south end of Riverside Park across from the Radisson Hotel, seating limited to 65. . . .$15
 
Booming sawmills, fur trading and boat building once made La Crosse one of the busiest steamboat ports on the Upper Mississippi River.  Today, it still remains a great place to take a riverboat cruise into the scenic wildlife refuge of the Mighty Mississippi!  Jump onboard the Mississippi Explorer Riverboat and explore scenic backwater wetland areas away from the busy main-channel of the river and see the wide variety of plants and animals that live in the "Upper Miss" wildlife refuge.  This eco-cruise will be professionally guided and narrated by qualified and experienced wildlife naturalist and licensed captain.