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Check out the WLA Conference At a Glance for a quick overview or the Conference Booklet for complete descriptions of activities and programs.


Tuesday, November 3

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Decision-Making Boot Camp for Leaders
Salon F/G
Kathleen Paris, Consultant, Madison, WI  

Wednesday, November 4

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

Keynote Address: The City as Classroom...How Can We Embed the Library in the Community?
Ballroom D and E
Mita Williams, Librarian, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 

New Jack Librarian: The City As Classroom 

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Mission Possible: Dealing with Difficult Customers
Track: Leadership/Professional Development
Salon H
Randa Noble, Professional Public Speaker and Customer Service Trainer, Rockford, IL

Mission Impossible (PDF)

Yes, And: Improvising Your Way to A More Creative and Positive Library
Track: Engaging People
Salon B
Jill Markgraf, Professor and Head of Research & Instruction, UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Doing RDA: Identifying and Producing RDA-friendly Records (135-minute program)
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
Salon H
Elizabeth Baus, Cataloging and Metadata Training Coordinator, Minitex, Minneapolis, MN

RDA Original Cataloging Book Sample 

What Do You Mean, I Have to Teach Computers?
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Lindsay Schmitt, Technology Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Brendan Hubbs, Programming Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Maria Hertel, Reference Librarian, La Crosse Public Library

What Do You Mean, I Have to Teach Computers (PDF)

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

Notable Books Marathon
Track: Building Collections
Salon B
Jean Anderson, Continuing Education Consultant, South Central Library System, Madison; Helene Androski, Retired, UW-Madison Memorial Library; Eliot Finkelstein, Public Services Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Amy Lutzke, Assistant Director, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson

Selections from ALA Notable Books and WLA Literary Awards


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

WLA/WLAF Business Meeting
Green Bay 

Thursday, November 5 

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

Ask What You Can Do for Your Community: Planning Around Community Aspirations
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Green Bay
Bruce Smith, Community Liaison/Service Specialist, WiLS, Madison; Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library

Ask What You Can Do for Your Community (PDF) 

Digital Books: What Books Are Included and Where Do I Find Them?
Track: Building Collections
Salon B
Lori B. Bessler, Reference Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, Madison

 Digital Books.doc

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Authority Work: Where to Begin
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Green Bay
Michael Sheehan, Assistant Director, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Inese Christman, Assistant Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Services, Wausau; Kathy Setter, MORE Project Manager, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Amy Gannaway, Technical Services Consultant, South Central Library System, Madison 

IFLS Authority Control 
NWLS Authority Control

Freedom to Create! Using Process-Focused and Open-Ended Concepts in Children's Programming
Track: Engaging People
Katie Kiekhaefer, Head of Youth Services, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Valerie Morris, Youth Services Reference Librarian, Whitefish Bay Public Library

Freedom to Create!

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Build It and They Will Click It: Rebuilding a Library Website
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
Kris Turner, Reference and Technology Services Librarian, UW-Madison Law School Library 

Build It and They Will Click It (PDF)

Centralized Cataloging For Public Library Systems: What Are the Benefits and Limitations
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Green Bay
Inese Christman, Assistant Director, Wisconsin Valley Library Services, Wausau; Kathy Setter, MORE Project Manager, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore; Alan Mask, Manager, Collection Management, La Crosse Public Library

 Centralized Cataloging at IFLS

Friday, November 6

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 

Advocacy + You = Awesome
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Salon F
Jenna Nemec-Loise, Youth Services Librarian/ALSC Every Advocacy Website Content Editor, Chicago, IL

Advocacy + You = Awesome (PDF)

The Man, the Mystery, Sherlock Holmes: A Reader's Advisory Look on Collection Development in the Mystery Genre
Track: Building Collections
La Crosse
Rachel Wedeward, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL

Sherlock Holmes Book Comparison List

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

Building Teen Collections
Track: Building Collections
Ashley Thiem-Menning, Programming Librarian, Kaukauna Public Library

Building Teen Collections (PDF)
Homeschool Nature Journaling Class

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

President's Luncheon
Steve Albini, Owner and Recording Engineer, Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL

WLA Luncheon Address (PDF)


Special Events

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Wednesday, November 4

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

 Make Dessert Happen: Middleton Public Library Open  House
 Middleton Public Library (directions)
 7425 Hubbard Avenue
 Middleton, WI 53562

8:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

WiLS 2nd Annual Fall Classic: The Library Games
Keva Sports Center, Middleton (directions)
(transportation will be available) 

How many times in your life have you spent an evening building book towers, racing on carts, bowling with coconuts and flinging cats at your friends? None? Let's change that!

Join your colleagues - librarians and vendors alike - for an evening of games and trivia and food and drink at Keva. Hosted by WiLS and sponsored by WiLS' vendor partners, the event will be free to attend and transportation will be provided to and from the conference hotel. Wouldn't you like to know if cat flinging is your superpower, or if you're an all-star coconut bowler? Join us to find out, and have a lot of fun in the process!

Thursday, November 5

10:15 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Wisconsin Historical Society Tour
(Transportation will be provided)

Tour of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library and Archives Reading Rooms and highlights of recent collections and current exhibits.

1:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

Holy Wisdom Monastery Tour
(Bus transportation from the Marriott to the Monastery provided; bus will leave promptly at 1:30 p.m.)

Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton features two main buildings: the Monastery, awarded the highest LEED certification and one of the "greenest" buildings in the U.S., and the newly renovated Retreat and Guest House; two hermitages and 138 acres of land, including restored prairies, a small glacial lake, woodlands, four miles of nature trails, gardens and orchards. The Monastery has an onsite library of 4,000 volumes, with collection strengths in the areas of scripture commentary, eco-spirituality, liberation theology and feminist theology. Tour attendees will be split into two groups to tour the buildings and grounds of this beautiful, eco-friendly sanctuary.

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Awards & Honors Reception
Ballroom D and E

This is your opportunity to personally thank and interact with our award winners.

Sponsored by EBSCO


8:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

WLA Foundation Fundraiser: The Return of Librarians (Still) Rock 2.0

Two years ago, the WLAF lit up Green Bay with "Librarians Rock!", an amazing display of the musical talent within our Wisconsin libraries. But you haven't seen nothin' yet! The Return of Librarians (Still) Rock 2.0 will bring even more vocal adrenalin to the Madison Marriott West. And it's a fundraiser to boot!

•Dance contest
•50/50 Raffle

$20 advance registration / $25 at the door

Career Center Services

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Whether you're a library lifer or just embarking on your library job search, the Career Center at WLA is here for you! 

Here's the schedule of events for the two days in the Madison Marriott West Exhibit Hall:

Wednesday, November 4th

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FREE Professional Headshots with Kelly Doering of Stick People Productions
Sign up at the Career Center beginning on Wednesday, November 4, for a five-minute photo session with one of Madison's premiere photographers. There will be a limited number of drop-in, first-come-first-served slots available between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. the day of, so don't miss this opportunity to have a professional portrait to add to your website or LinkedIn profile. 

Stick People Productions
121 S. Butler Street, Suite 2
Madison, WI 53703 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rèsumè Review Drop-Off
Looking for a first job or applying for a new position and would like a second opinion of your resume? Drop it by the Career Center in the Exhibits Hall and it will be reviewed by a librarian. Come back to the Career Center between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. to meet up and chat about it.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Speed Networking
Pamela O'Donnell, UW-Madison College Library; Chloe Prosser, Graduate Student, UW-Madison SLIS 
New to librarianship? New to the conference? Just a people-person? Join us in the Exhibit Hall for this high-energy, high-fun way to meet fellow attendees and forge connections with others who share your passion for libraries. Using a round-robin approach, participants will spend five minutes sharing experiences/insights and leave the session with a dozen contacts and perhaps a buddy (or two). Here's your opportunity to put your business cards/or LinkedIn profile to good use!

4:00  p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rèsumè Pick-Up and Discussions
Conference attendees who dropped of rèsumès or curricula vitae earlier in the day will meet with their reviewers for one-on-one discussions and receive pointers on using it to make the best impression.

Thursday, November 5th

11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rèsumè Review Drop-Off
Looking for a first job or applying for a new position and would like a second opinion of your rèsumè? Drop it by the Career Center in the Exhibits Hall and have it reviewed by a librarian. Marked up rèsumès with notes will be emailed back to you.)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FREE Professional Headshots with Kelly Doering of Stick People Productions
If you signed up for a headshot, now's the time to look professional for your website or LinkedIn profile! If you didn't sign up, there may still be a chance after Kelly is through with the early birds.

Stick People Productions
121 S. Butler Street, Suite 2
Madison, WI 53703 

Conference Partners

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We gratefully acknowledge the following for their support of the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference.


♦ Beloit Public Library

♦ Demco


♦ First Business Bank

♦ Madison Public Library

♦ Middleton Public Library

♦ Portage Public Library

♦ South Central Library System

♦ UW-Madison SLIS

♦ UW-Milwaukee SOIS

♦ Viterbo University

♦ WiLS

♦ Wisconsin Historical Society

♦ WLA Foundation

♦ Worzalla Publishing




♦ E-Image Data Corp.

♦ Engberg Anderson

♦ HGA Architects & Engineers

♦ The Hope Institute of Uganda

♦ Library Strategies Consulting Group

♦ UW-Madison SLIS

♦ UW-Milwaukee SOIS

♦ Wisconsin Historical Society Press 

♦ WiscNet

WLA Foundation Fundraiser

♦ Bibliotheca











Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday, November 4

Mita Williams

Mita Williams

Mita Williams is a librarian at the Leddy Library, University of Windsor. She’s passionate about public space, civic engagement, and environmental restoration, and she keeps her spirits up by playing games and thinking about how games can improve lives and change the world.

She has been blogging since 1999 and blogs about library things at "New Jack Librarian". You can find her online in various spaces as copystar and you can find out what events she’s helped organize and contribute to at

After graduating from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc in Geography and Environmental Science and acquiring an MLIS from McGill University, Mita Williams was employed in a number of contract positions in public, corporate, non-profit, government and academic libraries before joining the Leddy Library as Science Librarian in 1999. In 2010, her position evolved into the current role as User Experience Librarian. Currently she's covering a colleague's sabbatical by acting as the  Clinical Medical Librarian for the Windsor Campus of Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

She is a founding member and on the board of directors of a community focused hackerspace in Windsor Ontario called Hackforge, is the lead of Open Data Windsor Essex, and hosts mostly monthly meetups of Maptime Windsor. 


Thursday, November 5

Jay Turner 

Jay Tanner.jpgJay Turner currently serves as Senior Consultant for Talent and Organization Development for the American Red Cross, serving as the business lead on a cross-functional project team to implement a national, enterprise-wide learning management solution that affects roughly 30K employees and over 2M volunteers and the general public. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Jay logged over 15 years serving in multiple capacities in Georgia’s public libraries, where career highlights included implementing GLEAN, the award-winning Georgia Library Education Access Network, a statewide training and development program for all of Georgia’s 63 public library systems, and introducing an organizational talent management strategy in a large suburban library system to align the library’s Training and Human Resources departments and unite employee learning with professional development goals.

Jay currently serves on the board of directors of the Public Library Association (PLA), and served as an advisor on the strategic funding priorities for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and contributed to the Aspen Institute Dialog on the Future of Libraries report.

Jay was the 2014 recipient of the Georgia Library Association’s Nix Jones Award, and was named one of Library Journal’s 2015 Movers and Shakers.