Program - Wednesday

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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.