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Check out the WLA Conference At a Glance for a quick overview of activities and programs throughout the conference
 

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration
Kalahari Convention Center – North Atrium


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

ZUMBA with Erika Gerhardt
Convention III 

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Convention II/VII


8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Circus World Library Research Center and Archives Tour
Bus departs from front of Kalahari Convention Center at 8:00 a.m.

Pete Shrake, Archivist, Robert L. Parkinson Library & Research Center. Circus World Museum, Baraboo
Don't miss your chance to step into three-ring history! Ask questions of the resident librarian and archivist, see their special exhibits and rare artifacts, and go behind the scenes to see how the research library is run! *Note, we will just be touring the library and archives, not the full Circus World grounds.*

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Beyond Fart Jokes: What Boys Want and Need from the Library
Track: Engaging People
Guava 

Jenny Wegener, Head of Children's and Young Adult Services, Pewaukee Public Library; Betsy Bromley, Children's and Young Adult Librarian, Oconomowc Public Library
Boys. They bring energy and life to your library -- and present a special set of challenges and opportunities for staff, collections and policies. Hear what the latest research says about boys' development and leave with some new ideas on how to support and engage boys in your library and community.

The Book Cycle: Delivering Books on Bikes
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Aralia 

Amber Garbe, Madison Elementary Reading Specialist, Stevens Point Area Public Schools
The Book Cycle requires no gas. Instead, this bicycle bookmobile simply fuels children’s love of reading. Each summer volunteers pedal three-wheel bicycles through Stevens Point neighborhoods. The bikes carry 300 books that children borrow on the honor system. Started in 2009 to combat summer reading regression, The Book Cycle continues to flourish. This presentation will feature the latest research on the summer slide and how The Book Cycle addresses that problem.

Dear Con-Anne: Prickly Questions Get Answered by Con-Anne the Librarian
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Cypress 

Diana Skalitzky, Director, Marshall Public Library; Other WISL Board members 
This program is based on a previous WLA program during which WISL members did their best to answer tough questions posed by the audience and ran out of time! Topics include working with difficult board members, dealing with patron behaviors, issues with staff and more.

Leading the Way to Yes: Building Good Will through Policy and Practice
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Mangrove 

Heather Jett, Access Services Librarian, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
The 21st century library opens doors to information and resources and those doors are unlocked and held open through access services. Libraries must maintain resources through policy and practice so that they can be used by the broadest constituency. Come hear ideas and tips to increase good will in your library using written and applied policies and practices to eliminate both real and perceived barriers to the access and sharing of information resources and services.

Making Academia
Track: Building Collections
Marula 

Kimberly Boldt, Systems Librarian, St. Norbert College Mulva Library, De Pere
Follow the journey from conception to present of a makers program at a small academic library. Gain insight into implementing a makers program at your institution. You'll get practical ideas and advice from someone in the trenches of this exciting adventure in academia.

Tactics: How to Shamelessly Promote Library Programs
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Aloeswood 

Scott Lenski, Community and Adult Services Librarian, Whitefish Bay Library; Emily Weiss, Adult Reference Librarian, Whitefish Bay Library
Library programming adds to the vibrancy and energy of any library. This program will cover choosing programs, promoting and hosting. Special emphasis will be on technical promotion through the use of public access monitors, social media and web site.

 

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Books Across Cultures: An Established Multicultural Children’s Literature Event Transforms Itself with Unimaginable Results by Connecting with a New Public
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Aralia 

Teri Holford-Talpe, Academic Engagement & Curriculum Librarian, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Marc Manke, Library Outreach Assistant, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Rick Stewart, Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator, UW-La Crosse School of Education; Karen Lange, Curriculum Collection Assistant, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
In 2014, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library’s organizing team chose to leave the beaten path of its traditional multicultural children’s literature event programming and connect directly with a new population. A local elementary school and UW-La Crosse teacher candidates were targeted. Participation directly benefited the school, students, teachers, curriculum and the teacher candidates. The organizing team has a beautiful tale to tell of how creative collaboration, innovation and transformation led to unimaginable results with a promising future.

Let’s Loop Wisconsin Libraries
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Cypress 

Juliette Sterkens, AuD, HLAA Consumer & Hearing Loop Advocate, Oshkosh; Bradley Shipps, Librarian, Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS), Appleton
Libraries all over Wisconsin have installed hearing loops to improve access for hearing aid users. Audiologist Sterkens will share the benefits of hearing loops, demonstrate best practices for library staff and explain how we can all work together to loop Wisconsin. Bradley will share how, through LSTA grants and with Juliette's help, OWLS has looped service desks at all of their member libraries and looped meeting rooms at six libraries.

Libraries and Information Inequality in South Africa
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Aloeswood 

Karla Strand, The Gender & Women's Studies Librarian, UW-Madison Memorial Library
Karla began her doctoral research on information inequality and libraries in South Africa in 2009. Since then she has traveled to this stunning country five times, conducted numerous site visits and interviews with librarians, staff and users to explore how librarians in South Africa can help alleviate information poverty. In this session Karla will describe her experiences, her research and her findings through a lens of an integrative theory of information inequality.

Secret Life, Secret Death: A Story of Family History, Big City Chicago, Small Town Wisconsin and Personal Transformation
Track: Building Collections
Marula 

Genevieve Davis, Wisconsin Author and Artist
Wisconsin author and artist, Genevieve Davis tells how she conducted her exciting, often miraculous ten-year research project, which resulted in the publication of Secret Life, Secret Death. Her book reveals the story of hunting down the mystery o f a single mother’s life in crime, in Gangland Chicago in the Roaring Twenties and in rural Wisconsin during the Depression. With themes of genealogy, Chicago mafia, Wisconsin lawlessness, trafficking, alcoholism, women’s history and the burden of family secrets, Ms. Davis seeks to educate and provoke. Ms. Davis tells how she researched in libraries, archives and historical societies and through travel to specific locations and personal interviews. This program is in keeping with the WLA Fall Conference theme of "Connect, Engage, Transform." Stories of family secrets, tied in with information on how research revealed those secrets, are very popular with the audiences. Further, Ms. Davis’ story of the transformations experienced due to her research will be uplifting for all who attend the program, read her book or watch her movie. Audience members learn about less talked about parts of Wisconsin history (i.e. prostitution, small town corruption, alcoholism) and how that history reverberates through to today’s family stories.

WIGLHR input: Genealogy is an ever-growing popular topic, with televisions hits such as: Who Do You Think You Are (The Learning Channel); Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates (Public Broadcasting Station) and Genealogy Roadshow (Public Broadcasting Station). Further, there is a plethora of genealogy websites and books, and troves of local records, that patrons can dig through to piece together their family histories. Ms. Davis’ experience with conducting such research, plus the fascinating story she unearthed involving her Grandmother Minnie, will provide an excellent opportunity for library personnel to learn how genealogy can help them Connect, Engage and experience Transformation with their patrons.

UnStorytime: Programming for Preschoolers
Track: Engaging People
Guava 

Ann Hardginski, Youth Services Librarian, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library, Kimberly; Brooke Rasche, Early Literacy Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Tiffany Meyer, Director, Dresser Village Library
Patrons love our storytimes! What else can we offer the preschool crowd? "Read, Talk, Sing, Play and Write" are calls to fun and action in easy-to-implement early literacy programs like Artsy Smartsy, Book Boogie, Book Feastivals, Gardening Bees, Fairy Tale Hunt and more. Return to your library with enough programming ideas to last till grade school!

You Need a Mentor! Tips and Advice for Getting and Keeping One
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Mangrove 

Katharine Clark, Library Assistant, Madison Public Library; Linda Vincent, Management Librarian, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, Milwaukee; Kimberly Hennings, Director, C.A. Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond
Mentorship is an excellent way to advance your career, gain professional skills and increase your network of colleagues. This program will give you advice on how to find mentors and how to keep them. Katharine will be joined by Linda and Kimberly, participants in the WLA WeLead mentorship program, to share their experiences in mentoring.

 

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

No Conflict Time 

 

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

Apps to Make Your Professional and Personal Life Easier
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Guava 

Kris Turner, Reference and Technology Services Librarian, UW-Madison 
So many apps, so little time! What apps can be used in a professional capacity? What apps can you recommend to patrons with their first smartphones or tablets? Join AWSL as we delve deep into the murky but exciting world of iOS and Android apps. We'll talk about professional apps for librarians, productivity apps for everyone and interesting new apps that may make both your personal and professional life easier!

Building and Maintaining Community Partnerships
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Cypress 

Liz Nevers, Administrator, Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
Whether you are a large library system or a small-town library, community partnerships will help you further your library’s mission. In the first half of the presentation Nevers will discuss the benefits of developing and maintaining community partnerships and collaborations as well as share specific examples and their impacts. In the second half she will ask participants to share their ideas and success stories during a round table discussion. Discussion notes will be made available to participants after the conference.

Industry Partnerships: Getting Things Done Through Support from Local Business
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Aralia 

Shawn Brommer, Youth Services & Outreach Consultant, South Central Library System, Madison; Joan Milke, Software Technician, Thermo Fisher, Fitchburg; Wendy Rawson, Director, Fitchburg Public Library 
Learn how libraries are working in partnership with businesses to sponsor library projects and programs. Panelists from both library and industry perspectives will share the stories of their experiences: How do libraries identify possible industry partners? What decision-making processes are involved for the business? In what ways can libraries thank their sponsors? How do they continue to grow their relationship? Join us to find out!

Libraries Transforming Communities: Aspirations
Track: Engaging People
Aloeswood 

Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library; Katrina Dombrowsky, Youth Services Director, Columbus Public Library; Bruce Smith, Community Liaison and Service Specialist, WiLS, Madison
The Harwood team from the Columbus Public Library will take you through an exercise to help you focus on your aspirations for your library community. You'll identify challenges to those aspirations and create next steps that can help you create change in your community by turning outward. This is a great tool for starting conversations with your community stakeholders.

Love in the WPLC Digital Library: Searching for Diversity in the E-Romance Collection
Track: Building Collections
Marula 

Adriana McCleer, Ph.D. Dissertator, UW-Milwaukee SOIS; Renee Bennett-Kapusniak, Ph.D. Dissertator, UW-Milwaukee SOIS 
OverDrive statistics show readers discover new content while browsing public library e-book collections. Over 15%, of Wisconsin residents identify as Hispanic or Latina/o, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska native and/or Asian (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Presenters will discuss findings from a study examining the diversity and accessibility of romance e-book titles in the WPLC Digital Library. Participate in an interactive session to share your perspective and ideas on the collection.

User’s Needs + Leadership + Technology Tools=ILEAD USA-Wisconsin
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Mangrove 

Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Administration Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ryan Claringbole, Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
During 2015, Wisconsin will participate in the multi-state ILEAD USA program, funded in part by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant coordinated by the Illinois State Library. All types of libraries are eligible to be part of an “ILEAD USA–Wisconsin” team and community-based projects are encouraged. This session will provide program details, walk you through the application process and discuss how your library and community can benefit from this transformative experience.

 

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

President's Luncheon: Ho-Chunk Oral History: Past Present & Future
Convention II/VII 

William "Naawacekgize" Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Cultural Resources Division Manager, Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls

An oral interpretative presentation of the Ho-Chunk People.