Program - Thursday

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

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.



♦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,
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.