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 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration
Madison Marriott West Convention Center Lobby
 

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

Mindful Morning Yoga to Refresh and Energize
Geneva

Jillian Jacklin, Certified Yoga Teacher, Madison
Gentle yoga exercises to stretch, rejuvenate and start your day right.  Suitable for all ages and abilities.
 

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

Marriott Breakfast Buffet
Madison Marriott West Hotel Atrium 

 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Business Meeting
Salon C

Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Business Meeting

La Crosse

Resource Sharing Round Table (RSRT) Business Meeting
Salon F 

Support Staff & Circulation Services Section (SSCS) Business Meeting
Green Bay

Technical Services Section (TSS) Business Meeting 
Milwaukee

Youth Services Section (YSS) Board Meeting
Salon G 

Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends (WLTF) Business Meeting
Salon A
 

 

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Career Center
Sponsored by UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, WLA
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall 

Free Professional Headshots with Kelly Doering of Stick People Productions
Sign up for a five-minute photo session with one of Madison’s premier photographers. There will be a limited number of dropin, first-come-first served slots available between 1:00 and 3:00 P.M., so don’t miss this opportunity to have a professional portrait to add to your website or LinkedIn profile.
 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Activities in the Exhibit Hall

Demo Stage 

          DCLS Book Mobile

          Tracy Herold, Dane County Library Service, Madison

 Makerspace...stop by to play, experiment and make with your WLA makerspace  coordinators!

WLA Foundation Sweet 16 Silent Auction
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

The auction will be open for business until 3:30 p.m. today, at which time you can check to see if you won your bid and, if you’re the lucky winner, pick up and pay!
 

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

Keynote Address:  Shift Happens (And I Helped)
Ballroom D and E

Jay Turner, Senior Consultant for Talent and Organization Development, American Red Cross, Lilburn, GA

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Organizations say it all of the time: “People are our most valuable asset.” When times are good and budgets secure, cutting edge libraries identify those with leadership potential and mentor them to grow them into the leaders of tomorrow. But when times are tough and workloads heavy, professional development is often the first item on the budgetary chopping block. In such an environment, those who learn to align their learning trajectories with organizational goals begin to lead themselves, and then branch out to lead others. When this alignment occurs throughout the organization, employee engagement peaks and the library has the capacity to be a game changer in its community.

During this brutally honest and enlightening conversation, Jay Turner shares insights and anecdotes from his non-traditional career about how taking charge of your professional development and applying your learning in the workplace can lead to meaningful change. Regardless of job classification or library type, attendees will walk away from this session feeling inspired to be the change they want to see in the communities that they serve. 

 

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

No Conflict Time in Exhibit Hall 
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall
 

10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  

Wisconsin Historical Society Tour
(Bus will leave Madison Marriott West from the Convention Center entrance at 10:15 a.m.)

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

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

WLA Foundation Board Meeting 
Madison Marriott West Falling Water Grill - Private Dining Room
 

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
Every public library is part of a community. As we plan our services, how do we identify the goals and aspirations of the community and how our libraries can best support the community in meeting these goals? Join Cindy and Bruce as they talk about their experiences with planning processes designed to capture and act on what the community aspires to be. The session will get participants thinking about techniques and outcomes of planning, as well as why we plan and how to best prepare for a planning process.

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
There are many sites that host digital book collections. This presentation will provide you with guidance on the top sites and what you can expect from those sites. such as HathiTrust, FamilySearch.org, Internet Archive as well as many other sites. Access to offline books will also be discussed.

Discovering and Sharing with OCLC: Using OCLC's New WorldCat Discovery and OCLC's Knowledge Base for Resource Sharing
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
Greenway

Mitchell Scott, Collection Assessment and Analysis Librarian, UW-Milwaukee; Rachel Watters, Director, Wisconsin TechSearch, UW-Madison
Are you ready? OCLC is launching their new WorldCat Discovery service, which will replace FirstSearch and WorldCat Local, in December. Come hear about the changes and improvements you'll find for searching and discovering items, as well as how WorldCat Discovery interacts with WorldShare ILL.  OCLC's Knowledge Base is a great tool for resource sharing operations. UW-Green Bay uses its features to streamline workflows in borrowing and lending, and to automate certain portions of ILL borrowing. Find out how the Knowledge Base could reduce your operation's turnaround times and expenditures.

Let's Make It Happen: One Book, One Conference Discussion 
Salon G

Nyama Marsh, Director, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Kathy Manning, Head of Circulation Services, North Shore Library, Glendale
We all know the benefits of having One Book campaigns in our communities: bringing people together to discuss the same story –increasing feelings of community – providing a conversation starter for people who may not typically talk with each other. In that vein, it’s time to revamp the One Book, One Conference with Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  ♦Extra points if you also read To Kill A Mockingbird.

Join other people who have read the book to bandy about opinions of this much anticipated title. The full program will involve breaking into smaller groups for discussions.  Also, a table in the vendor hall coffee area will be set aside for impromptu discussions.

Libraries Through Planner-Tinted Glasses: Lessons in Collaboration
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Salon H

Catherine Duarte, Library Planner, Madison Public Library; Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Librarian, Madison Public Library
In 2014, Madison Public Library created a staff position for an urban planner to take on a comprehensive plan for library growth in the Wisconsin capitol’s dynamic east side. Concurrently, one of the city’s busiest locations, Pinney Library, is scheduled to move to a new development in 2016. How does Madison Public Library apply community planning lessons to its design and construction process? How will the lessons from one neighborhood library move transfer to the overall comprehensive plan? What are some lessons learned about community engagement, interagency support, communicating through data and racial equity?

Catherine and Sarah will present the challenges, advantages, frustrations and joys of collaboration between the two fields under one roof. They will discuss the process of working concurrently with staff, neighborhood advocates, city planners, developers, patrons and traditionally underserved populations to build a culture of engagement before the design process even begins. Lastly, it wouldn’t be a party without some culture shock! Catherine will share some lessons learned as a professional of color new to the Midwest and how that perspective is invaluable in designing and practicing methods of equitable engagement.

Maker Boxes: the Makerspaces of Small Libraries
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Milwaukee

Jamison Hein, Director, Clintonville Public Library; Trinitie Wilke, Director, Marion Public Library; Sue Vater Olsen, Director, Scandinavia Public Library
Six public libraries in Waupaca County joined forces and applied for and received a 2015 LSTA grant in the Digital Creation Technology Level 2 category. Each library dedicated staff to obtain ‘Maker Boxes' of equipment that will be shared between the participating libraries for portable 'Maker Spaces.' At least three librarians from participating libraries will present on procurement, program planning, and successes and failures to date.

The following 'Maker Spaces' will be featured:
Electronic Cutting Machine Maker Box
3D Printer Maker Box
Canning Maker Box
Music and Sound Recording Maker Box and a Coding Maker Box
Makey Makey Inventor Maker Box
Sewing Maker Box

Solid Foundations for Funding
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Salon F

Bob Sorge, President, Madison Community Foundation
Community foundations benefit public libraries by managing trusts and donations.

Sustaining Partnerships: From Red Cliff to Regional Movement
Track: Engaging People
La Crosse

Carmella Hatch, Student, UW-Madison SLIS; Megann Schmitt, Graduate Student, UW-Madison SLIS; Samantha Link, Graduate Student, UW-Madison SLIS
Hear these UW-Madison SLIS students tell stories of a project seven years (and more to come) in the making: how activist administrators, devoted community organizers and students interested in making a difference have come together to support tribal cultural institutions of the upper Great Lakes. Their milestone in April was helping the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reopen a community library called Ginanda Gikendaasomin, which translates to 'We Seek to Learn.'

Who's Listening? Bringing Candidates, Representatives and Citizens into the Library
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Salon C

Ali Chase, Director, Alice Baker Memorial Library, Eagle; Laurie Freund, Coordinator of Library Development, Waukesha County Federated LIbrary System, Waukesha; Nick DiMassis, Director, Beloit Public Library; Steven Conway, Attorney, DeWitt, Ross and Stevens, Madison
Get your library involved in the community by hosting a candidate forum or listening session. Learn how you can bring people together, share information about your library and legislative issues that may impact library services. Learn from personal experiences and find resources that can make this easy to do.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Hackathon! Create Visualizations for OverDrive Statistics
Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison 

What is a statistics hackathon? It’s YOUR opportunity to help create templates that libraries around the state can use to present data about OverDrive usage. We’ll have a list of OverDrive statistics that would benefit from a chart or other visualization. You’ll get data for that statistic from OverDrive Marketplace (we’ll help you do that!) . You’ll make a visualization for that data. We’ll work together to take that visualization and convert it into a template that other libraries can use. Have some fun and do some good! (Note: Please bring your own laptop if you have one!)
 

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Career Center
Sponsored by UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, WLA
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

Resume Review Drop Off
Maggie Heckelsmiller, Reference Librarian, Verona Public Library (11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.); Pamela O’Donnell, Senior Academic Librarian, UW-Madison College Library (12:30 P.M.–2 P.M.)

Reviewers: Pamela O’Donnell, Senior Academic Librarian, UW-Madison College Library; Miguel Ruiz, E-Learning Resident Librarian, UW-Madison; Sheila Stoeckel, Interim Director, Teaching & Learning Programs, UW-Madison; Taryn Resnick, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, UW-Madison; Pamela Westby, Director, Middleton Pubic Library; Leah Langby, Library Development/Youth Services Coordinator, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire

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 and have it reviewed by a librarian. Marked-up resumes with notes will be emailed back to you.
 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New Member Round Table Business Meeting 
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

WLTF Luncheon: Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Mendota/Geneva 

Wayne A. WiegandWayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University
Dr. Wiegand, former UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies faculty member and F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University, has written a history of the American public library from the user's point of view.
He will share some of the conclusions he reached during the research and writing of this just-published book.
 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Career Center
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

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 earlybirds.
 

1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Holy Wisdom Monastery Tour
(Bus will leave Madison Marriott West from the Convention Center entrance 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. It also includes 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.
 

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
Join this panel discussion about various methods for getting an authority project off the ground--and how to keep it going.

Building Community Around Openness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Salon F

Carrie Nelson, Digital Curation Coordinator, UW-Madison General Library System; Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, UW-Madison General Library System
In this talk, the presenters will provide an introduction and overview of the concepts of open access, open data and open educational resources. They will also discuss existing efforts to spark discussion and create community around these issues at UW-Madison, providing lessons learned for those who may be interested in doing the same at their institution.

Freedom to Create! Using Process-Focused and Open-Ended Concepts in Children's Programming
Track: Engaging People
Salon G

Katie Kiekhaefer, Head of Youth Services, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Valerie Morris, Youth Services Reference Librarian, Whitefish Bay Public Library
Want to make your library programming easier and more budget-friendly? Wishing your toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-school age kids could explore, create and problem-solve in a way that makes them feel confident and proud? You need process-focused and open-ended programming in your library life!  Katie and Valerie will discuss successful examples, the types of supplies to have on hand, and ways to encourage reluctant children and their parents.

Pair Up!: School Libraries and Public Libraries Form Rich Partnerships
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Milwaukee

Maegan Heindel, School Librarian, Marquette Elementary School, Madison; Lesley Kircher, Youth Services Librarian, Madison Public Library; Dana R. Prager, Library Media Specialist and Reach Teacher, Vane Hise School, Madison
Have you ever wondered how to pull more students into your public library programs? Have you thought about reaching out to school librarians? In this session, one public children’s librarian and two school librarians will share how they have forged a collaborative relationship. They will describe the resulting programs, which have brought together not only schools and public libraries, but also community members and volunteers. Bring your questions and ideas to share!

The Role of the Public Library: Historical and Modern Perspectives
Track: Building Collections
Salon C

Moderator:  Paul Nelson, Chair, WLA 125 Anniversary Task Force; Panelists: Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University; Kathy Pletcher, Board President, Brown County Public Library, Green Bay; Jon Mark Bolthouse, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library; Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library
F. William Summers Professor Emeritus and premier public library historian Wayne Wiegand's latest book, Part of our Lives: a History of the American Public Library, focuses on the perspectives of library patrons. Following his presentation at the WLTF luncheon, a panel of 3 library directors will respond to Wiegand's premise and provide their own perspectives. With time provided for questions, this is an opportunity to take this discussion to the next level.

Six Teams, Eight Months, Thirty People and a Ton of Coffee: an Overview of Wisconsin's ILEAD USA Experience
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
La Crosse

Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Administration Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ryan Claringbole, Technology Consultant, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
During 2015, Wisconsin was one of ten states implementing ILEAD USA, a nationwide leadership program. Our state's six ILEAD teams included staff from public, school and academic libraries as well as regional library systems. Each team identified a specific need in their community that could be addressed using participatory technology and then formulated a project. Members from each ILEAD team will discuss their experiences and what they learned in the process.

Trustee Education: Not a "One and Done"
Track: Other
Salon B

Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore 
At every stage of a trustee's service, certain informational and educational needs arise. Krista is developing a three-four prong trustee training plan. This program will describe her training plan for the newly appointed to the veteran trustee, which includes, for example, creating multiple ways for trustees to get advice and guidance from one another. She will also discuss what worked and what did not in her implementation of the plan in her system. 

Wisconsin Science Festival = Awesome Events
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Greenway

Jenny Wegener, Head of Youth Services, Pewaukee Public Library; Adam Erdmann, Development Officer, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison
What is the Wisconsin Science Festival and why should you participate? Discover the answers at this collaborative presentation that includes a representative from the Wisconsin Science Festival and program ideas and photos from libraries around the state that have participated in the Festival. We will be sure to have many good ideas to share.

 

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall

DPI Job Portal Feedback
Martha Berninger, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Kara Ripley, Department of Public Instruction; Grant Lynch, Waukesha Public Library 


2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Demo Stage
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall 

Alexandria Library Automation
Chris Plummer, Regional Sales Manager, COMPanion Corporation, Alexandria Software


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

Advocacy with a Big "A": The Aspen Institute Report
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Salon B

Gina MilsapGina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS
A presentation of the Aspen Institute’s new report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries, within the context of advocacy and changing the way the general public views public libraries. How do we implement the strategies outlined in the report at the local level, such as holding community engagement meetings to help people understand the potential of public libraries in facilitating real and lasting change in their communities? 

Build It and They Will Click It: Rebuilding a Library Website
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
Milwaukee

Kris Turner, Reference and Technology Services Librarian, UW-Madison Law School Library
Library websites can be complicated creatures. They are becoming the new portal where many users first interact with the library. Helping create content for a website and deciding on how to present it can be a daunting task. This session will give you pointers and highlight how one library redesigned their website for the better. What should be included on the home page? How do library users find content on the web? What can I do if I am not an IT nerd? These questions and many more will be answered as AWSL dives deep into the depths of web design and online web content.

Burr/Worzalla Children's Book and Notable Author/Illustrator Winner
Track: Building Collections
Salon A

Crystal Chan, Author, Chicago; Jeni Schomber, Head of Youth Services, Beloit Public 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 winning titles and meet Chrystal Chan, author of this year’s Burr/Worzalla Winner for Bird

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
A panel from public library systems currently providing centralized technical service to member libraries will speak to the advantages and limitations of such a system.

Defeating the Zombies of Inequity with ILEAD Team MKE Mixers
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Greenway

Sandra Speare, Library Media Specialist, Greendale Middle School; Beth Henika, Children's Supervisor, West Allis Public Library; Emily Passey, Assistant Director, Shorewood Public Library; Jennifer Loeffel, Assistant Director, Franklin Public Library; Krista Hutley, Adult & Administrative Services Librarian, Whitefish Bay Public Library

Hear from the six-person Team MKE Mixers on their 2015 ILEAD USA-WI experience and team project: a free-for-all mobile makerspace for MCFLS librarians to bring technology out into their communities. They want to leverage their skills, shared resources and community partners to address barriers in providing technology access in schools, libraries and community organizations with limited space and funding. Come see why they're not afraid of the zombies…they have all the tools needed to defeat them together! During the program you'll be invited to do a 'make and take' activity of your own.

Engaged and Inclusive: Strategies for Racial Equity and Social Justice
Track: Other
Salon G

Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Madison Public Library; Tariq Saqqaf, Neighborhood Resource Team Coordinator, City of Madison
In many communities, libraries seek to address staggering racial disparities and create more inclusive public spaces. Madison Public Library is working with local government to establish racial equity and social justice as core principles in all decisions, policies and services.  Learn about a model that focuses on dismantling structural barriers to equity through use of an “equity impact tool” and participation on Neighborhood Resource Teams: action groups supporting communities in identifying and addressing community needs.

Guerrilla Storytime
Track: Engaging People
La Crosse

Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
Oh, you mighty storytime providers! Come share your expertise with colleagues from around the state! This free-form sharing of tips, tricks, songs and silliness will pack your story bag with new ideas and materials!

Making Waves with Research: Lessons from RIPL Participants
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Salon H

Jamie McCanless, Library Data and Finance Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; John DeBacher, Director, Public Library Development,Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries & Technology, Madison; Judith Pinger, Assistant Director, IT and Technical Services, Milwaukee Public Library; Josh Cowles, IT Specialist, Fond du Lac Public Library; Stef Morrill, Director, WiLS, Madison
Make data work! Participants who attended the 2015 Research Institute for Public Libraries will share aha! moments from the Institute as well as how they are using what they learned to collect and analyze data for decision-making and communicate library successes. Panelists represent public libraries from small to large, urban to rural, and hope to inspire you to help drive a culture shift in public libraries and be purposeful in gathering, analyzing and using data.

Not Your Momma's Library:  Lending Nontraditional Items to Your Patrons
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Salon C

Kent Barnard, Director, Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose; Linda DeNell, Director, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake; Nicole Overbeck, Director, Wautoma Public Library
Three small libraries in a relatively poor area have a seed library and lend other nontraditional items: rubber stamps, cake pans, fishing equipment, card creator kits, embossing machines and A/V equipment.  Why do they provide these things? Service to their patrons! You won't want to miss this introduction to the way they catalog things and how they’re checked out. Each library will give a short presentation on what they circ, and there will be plenty of time to answer questions.

Materials will be available for review.


3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

No Conflict Time in Exhibit Hall
Madison Marriott West
 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WLAF Sweet 16 Silent Auction: Check to see if you won your bid! If yes, pick up and pay for items!
Madison Marriott West - Exhibit Hall 
 

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

Agents?! We Don't Need No Stinkin' Agents!
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Salon C

Moderator: Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus Public Library; Panelists: Zachary Howe, Author, The Heir of Olympus and The Forest Realm; Silvia Acevedo, Author, God Awful Loser; Valerie Biel, Author, Circle of Nine: Beltany
Whether you have patrons who are writers or you're a writer yourself, you don't need an agent to get those works published. Now that self publishing is hotter than ever, library professionals need to know a little something about the variety of methods available. Join our three authors as they detail their self-publishing experiences using three different publishing platforms: Smashwords, CreateSpace and DIY (no platform at all).

Building Better Library Friends Groups, Part II
Track: Engaging People
Salon H

Carol Chapman, President, Friends of the Madison Public Library; John Thompson, Director, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Grace Rich, Book Sale Manager, Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Doug Lay, Trustee, Wisconsin Valley Library Services, Wausau
As a continuation from Part I at WAPL, a moderated panel discussion by representatives of library friends groups from small, medium and large communities. Based on the questions and comments from part I, the format and subject matter will be refined for part II.

Dream Big. Learn Code
Track: Technology & Digital Services
Salon A

Melody Clark, Arrowhead Library System, Janesville; Holly Storck-Post, Youth Services Coordinator, Monroe Public Library; Joshua Cowles, IT Specialist, Fond du Lac Public Library; Kimberly Boldt, Branch Manager, Milwaukee Public Library Villard Branch
Join team WisCode Literati as they share their plan for world domination! They see coding as a way to teach computational thinking by identifying small steps, exploring new solutions and creating big answers. This session will examine how they seek to prepare librarians and educators for bringing coding and problem solving to their communities. This project started as part of the ILEAD USA initiative.

Every Picture Tells (and Needs) a Story: Outreach Through Cataloging
Track: Building Collections
Green Bay

Christina Johanningmeier, Visual Materials Assistant Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison
The job of a cataloger can seem distant from patrons, but the records we create are often the first things patrons or researchers encounter when they begin their search. Describing the collections and items patrons are seeking is, in essence, telling stories: stories of collections, their contents and creators. The presenter will talk about the experience in cataloging visual materials at the Wisconsin Historical Society, including a restrospective conversion project, and what the changing cataloging landscape means for libraries, archives and museums, and their collections. What will the future bring for professionals and patrons? What will the stories of the future look like for patrons?

IFRT's 3rd Annual "Bring It!" Banned Books Read-In
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Salon B

Kristina Gomez, Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
Bring your favorite banned book and bring your voice to a read-in celebrating the fight against censorship.

It's All About the Story: Building Community through Partnership Programs
Track: Other
Milwaukee

Jaime Vache, Librarian, Madison Public Library; Robin Krueger, Librarian, Madison Public Library-Pinney; Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Madison Public Library
How can libraries develop partnerships that bring arts and culture to the ground level and get people involved in learning, sharing and creating?  How can the library serve as an access point for cultural opportunities and greater social integration? Learn how two neighborhood librarians formed exciting partnerships to create community-based extensions of citywide festivals and helped people from diverse backgrounds and experiences connect with film and literature in new ways.  This program will present a model that can be applied in libraries of all sizes and that reimagines the library’s role in elevating the idea that everyone has a story to share.

Making Justice: Maker-Focused Programming for Underserved Teens
Track: Collaborations & Innovations
Salon G

Nancy Buenger, UW-Madison; Kay DeWaide, Expressive Arts Facilitator, Baldwin Grant/Bubbler MPL; Jesse Vieau, Madison Public Library; Dana Johnson, Project Assistant, UW-Madison SLIS; Emma Rothensluf, graduate student, UW-Madison SLIS
Can libraries make a difference for teens entangled in the justice system? Learn how a campus-community initiative is building on Madison Public Library's Bubbler program to address the educational opportunity gap for court-involved youth, who are overwhelmingly low-income youth of color. Connecting with local black makers, artists and activists, teens are creating visual, audio and performance projects documenting themselves and their communities. The presenters will discuss their partnerships, projects and plans for the future.

So You're Nearing the End of Your ILS Contract, Now What?
Track: Mix-It-Up Programs
La Crosse

Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Director of LIbrary and Instructional Design Services, Viterbo University, La Crosse; Steven Heser, Library Systems Administrator, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Milwaukee; Mellanie Mercier, Library Automation Coordinator/Assistant Director, Waukesha County Federated Library System, Waukesha; Jennifer Schmidt, SWITCH Library Consortium, Milwaukee; Karl Holton, Systems Integration Specialist, SWITCH LIbrary Consortium, Milwaukee
This is a panel discussion on how to thoughtfully begin the search for a new ILS, as well as tips for negotiating ILS vendor contracts--whether during a renewal process or with a new vendor.

Thief of Joy: An Overview of the Annual Report
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Salon F

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jamie McCanless, Library Data and Finance Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Comparison is the thief of joy! While annual reports seem to fit the bill, compiling and comparing their data contributes to the state and national landscape. Tessa and Jamie offer an overview of the 'why' and 'what for' of the report, changes for the next report year, a mid-level review of the report itself and trends in Wisconsin Public Library Service Data for the ten years from 2005 through 2014. You won't leave joyless.

 

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

Awards & Honors Reception
Ballroom D and E

Sponsored by EBSCO

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

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Business Meeting 
Green Bay
 

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

New Member Meetup
Madison Marriott West Falling Water Grill

Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS) Board Meeting
La Crosse
 

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

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Board Meeting 
Green Bay
 

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

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

Lights and Sound Sponsored by Bibliotheca

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!

Additional Sponsors: Engberg Anderson, Maris Associates, Quality Books