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Program Handouts

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


Tuesday, October 25, 2016  

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Stellar Services to School-Age Kids Preconference

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

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

At the Movies with Librarians VII: Rise of the Books!
Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Erin Foley, Adams County Library, Adams

  • Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations (attachment forthcoming)

Public Library Services for Small Business, Startups and Entrepreneurs
Ed Graves, Madison Public Library; Hermoine Bell-Henderson, Milwaukee Public Library

State of the State: Wisconsin Children and Teen Library Services
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E
Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Megan Schliesman, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison

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

Play and Read: A Partnership to Engage Young Readers
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library; Emily Zorea, Brewer Public Library, Richland Center; Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library; Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library; Claire Parrish, Rice Lake Public Library

The All-Generation Library
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, Mount Mary University Justice Department, Milwaukee

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

ABCs of Leading from Anywhere
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B
Amy Koester, Skokie, IL

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Ron Larson, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison; Beth Bennett, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Madison; Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS, Madison

PDA Allowed: Archives & Libraries as Guides in Personal Digital Archiving
Sean Ottosen, Madison Public Library; Brad Houston, UW-Milwaukee Libraries; Katie Blank, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Milwaukee

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

Family Matters: Supporting Families to Learn, Connect and Grow
Amy Koester, Skokie, IL

Survey Says: Writing Questionnaires and Avoiding Common Pitfalls 
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F
Sarah Armstrong, Grayslake, IL

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

125th Anniversary Reception and WLA/WLAF Membership Meeting
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center Foyer

2016 Membership Meeting Agenda
2015 Membership Meeting Minutes
ALA Councilor Report
Resolution of Appreciation and Commendation from the Membership (WLA Resolution 01)
Resolution for the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA Resolution 02)


Thursday, October 27, 2016 

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

Demystifying the Building Process: A Library Building Project from Vision to Completion (will upload shortly)
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E
Dawn Lauber, Milwaukee Public Library; Jane Dedering, HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee

What Are You Weeding This Week?: Weeding for Small- to Mid-sized Libraries
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C
Jennifer Bernetzke, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster; Angela Noel, Brodhead Memorial Public Library

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

College and Career Planning at the Library
Petra Duecker, Milwaukee Public Library; Joy Mahaley, Milwaukee Public Library; Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Caitlin Sprague, Franklin Public Library

             Teen Job Fair Preparation

Creating, Collecting and Collaborating! Our Digitization Journey
Inese Christman, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Gus Falkenberg, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Josh Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Don Litzer, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill

It's Not Just About the Salary: Creating and Sustaining a Positive Work Culture
Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison; Jeff Brunner, WiLS, Madison; Melissa McLimans, WiLS, Madison

Librarian Dreaming: Serving on a Book Award Committee
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F
Sue Abrahamson, Waupaca Area Public Library, Waupaca; Karli Pederson, Milwaukee Public Library; Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison

Screening and Hiring Employees
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E
Geoffrey Trotier, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, S.C., Milwaukee

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Handling Problem Employees
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E
Geoffrey Trotier, von Briesen & Roper, S.C., Milwaukee

Strengthening Communites and Libraries Through Paraprofessionals
Vince Mussehl, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire; Jennifer Anderegg, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.   

Books and Babies and Teens, Oh My! How Your Public Library Can Serve Teen Moms
Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library

Librarianship Across Oceans: Reaching Out Globally (will be uploaded shortly)
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B
Ewa Barczyk, Emerita, UW-Milwaukee Libraries; Valerie Malzacher, UW-River Falls Chalmer Davey Library; Janet Padway, UW-Milwaukee Libraries

Friday, October 28, 2016 

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  

BuJo (Bullet Journaling) for Beginners 
Gerri Moeller, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Appleton; Beth Carpenter, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library, Kimberly

Duking it Out: Summer Learning vs. Summer Reading Programs
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B
Sonja Ackerman, Wausau; Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Sue Abrahamson, Waupaca Area Public Library

Practical Promotion for Your Library
Terra L. Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting, Shawano

Social Justice Programming at Your Library
Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library; Maria Cunnigham, Milwaukee Public Library

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

Develop Your Strategic Thinking Mindset or Else – The Future of Your Library Depends Upon It!
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B
Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting, Inc., Madison

The Power of the Teen Voice
Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Green Bay; Liza Wiemer, Milwaukee

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

Libraries as Youth Art Gallery 
Sarah Cournoyer, Beaver Dam Public Library; Nicole Ozanich, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point; Alison Wirth, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point; Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library

Senior Moments! Outreach and Programming
Maureen Birchfield, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Rene Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Workshop to Writers: How to Grow a Teen/Tween Writing Group
Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library; Valerie Biel, Randolph



Special Events

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WLA Conference
October 25-28, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI 



Tuesday, October 25

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

WiLS/WLA 3rd Annual Fall Classic: Sparks and Recreation
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Harmony 

Sparks and RecreationWLA is an action-packed conference, and WiLS wants to help you conserve all of your energy for the three exciting days of programs, speakers and events that will get you fired up with library inspiration. Enjoy the calm before the storm on Tuesday evening, relaxing with your colleagues and vendors, during a super chill night of board games, coloring and camaraderie. WiLS will be at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino with an arsenal of low-stress activities and snacks for you to enjoy. You can even wear your jammies because you won’t need to leave the hotel!

Wednesday, October 26

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Image result for milwaukee art museumMilwaukee Art Museum & Archives Tour - FILLED
The Milwaukee Art Museum includes the War Memorial Center, the Kahler Building, and the Quadracci Pavilion created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its collection spans four floors and 40 galleries, including 15th-20th-century European and 17th-20th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk art. Artists represented include Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, and Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe. This guided tour will also include an hour-long behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Archive, including holdings from the Brooks Stevens Collection.

• Cost: $15 per person
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 20 people


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

WLA logo Celebrating 125 Years
Celebrate WLA's 125th Anniversary Reception
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Exhibit Hall Foyer 




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

WLAF Silent Auction Get Lucky  560 x 315WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Get Lucky Team Trivia 
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity

What do you call an evening of trivia, award-winners, great food and drink, and even better company? We call it the WLA Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser! “Get Lucky” this year by joining us during the WLA Conference at Potawatomi Convention Center on Wednesday, October 26 from 8-11 PM and put your knowledge to the test! We know librarians are filled with answers to all kinds of trivial questions!

Think two brains are better than one – why not 8 brains? We welcome teams of up to 8 to form ahead or form at the event. The cost is only $25 a player if registered in advance, or $30 at the door. Come out and support Wisconsin libraries and let the games begin!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians Tour of American Geographical Society Library at UW-Milwaukee
Description: AWSL is touring the American Geographical Society Library at UW-Milwaukee! Learn how the AGS Library is one of the premier collections of its kind in North America, with collections that date from the 15th century to the present and that are worldwide in their coverage. Explore resources including maps, atlases, books, globes, periodicals, photos and geospatial data. Discover how the AGS Library can support your project, library or community through instruction, research, outreach or hosting visiting scholars. Please join us for an in-depth introduction to this unique collection!
• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 40 people 

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




719.7595: Milwaukee’s Best – Tour of Milwaukee Public Library’s Newest Branches
Flex spaces, mixed-use properties, proactive service, innovative library design and more are just a bus tour away. Join MPL Branch Managers Tony Frausto and Amelia Osterud for a tour of Milwaukee Public Library's newest branch libraries: Villard Square, East and Tippecanoe. If you're building a new library, planning a renovation, or simply curious about the newest MPL branches, this is a ride you don’t want to miss!
• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 24 people

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

Awards & Honors Reception
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity

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

Sponsored by EBSCO

7:30 p.m. - 8: 15 p.m. 

Talk About It!
Join us for a discussion of two books, The Porcupine of Truth and Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsburg, Wednesday's YSS luncheon speaker, at the Canal Street Café (1611 W Canal Street).  Feel free to join us having read one or both books, or if you just heard Bill’s talk and want to discuss what he had to say!  Sponsored by YSS and the CCBC.

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

IMG 09852Milwaukee Central Public Library Reception
Come join us over at MPL’s Central Library for a FREE fun and casual reception with appetizers and a cash bar. This beautiful and historic building, first opened in 1898, will be open to you to explore from top (on our green roof) to bottom (our underground storage). Visit our subject rooms, our rarities collection and everything in between. Hear live music from the CNJ Latin Jazz trio and socialize with colleagues and friends. MCFLS’ Milwaukee Mixers mobile makerspace will be there with neat stuff to play with. Free shuttle service to and from the Potawatomi Hotel will be available and the building is fully accessible for all needs. You won’t want to miss it!


8:15 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Youth Services Social
Join youth services librarians for a fun, relaxed time together at the Canal Street Café (1611 W Canal Street). Buy a drink or some food, share laughter and great stories, meet new friends and enjoy old ones. All youth services librarians are invited to attend this event, sponsored by the YSS Board.


Friday, October 28, 2016

9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

Image result for j. r. r. tolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien Archival Collection Tour - FILLED
The collection of J.R.R. Tolkien, housed at Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries, contains the original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the author’s most celebrated books, The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Lord of the Rings, as well as the original copy of the children’s book, Mr. Bliss. The collection also includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien’s life and fantasy writings. This guided tour will allow you to see selected original manuscripts from the collection.

• Cost: Free
• Transportation provided
• Limit: 20 people





Honoring Award Winners

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Awards & Honors Reception
Thursday, October 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by
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Library of the Year 
Schreiner Memorial Library

WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year
Elizabeth Timmins
Muehl Public Library

Trustee of the Year
Geraldine Anderson
Dresser Public Library 

Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
John Coy
(Award generously supported by the Worzalla Publishing Company) 

Literary Award
Lynsey Addario

Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductee 

Jerome P. Daniels
Dianne McAfee Hopkins
Larry T. Nix 


Conference Partners

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


♦ Boopsie


♦ Elsevier

♦ First Business Bank

♦ Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

♦ Milwaukee Public Library

♦ South Central Library System

♦ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries

• Wegner CPAs

♦ WLA Foundation

♦ Worzalla Publishing



♦ American Psychological Association

♦ e-ImageData


♦ Engberg Anderson

• Milwaukee Public Library

♦ UW-Madison SLIS

♦ UW-Milwaukee SOIS

♦ Wisconsin Historical Society Press

♦ Wisconsin Public Television












Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday, October 26

149427 451190038615_44500533615_5587020_2731029_nJohn McGivern

John is best known for his Emmy-award winning work on PBS. His one-man-shows, The Early Stories of John McGivern, Midsummer Nigh McGivern and John McGivern's Home for the Holidays, tell the stories of being the third born of six kids in a working-class Irish Catholic family in the Midwest.

His stories are personal and funny and touching and familiar. His themes are based on family and remind us all that as specific as we might believe our experiences are, we all share a universal human experience.

John has been the keynote speaker for The Alliance for Children and Families, The State Department on Aging, The Children and Family Service Agency of Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Defense League, Christ Child Association, Foundation for Children with Cancer, Employee Assistant Professional Association and has been fortunate to entertain companies such as Time Warner, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s Department Stores, Baird, Acuity, and M&I Financial.

John is proud to have been part of WE’RE FUNNY THAT WAY on HBO and OUT THERE II on Comedy Central. He was seen sitting next to Sally Field on POLITICALLY INCORRECT and knighted by Julie Andrews in the hit film THE PRINCESS DIARIES. 

Thursday, October 27

Dawn Logsdon, Lucie Faulknor

Dawn LogsdonDawn Logsdon's career has been dedicated to making films about civic issues and city life, particularly at the neighborhood level. She directed and produced Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008), which premiered nationally at the Tribeca International Film Festival. It went on to win the SFIFF Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary and was a PBS Black History Month feature presentation three years in a row. Dawn co-directed and edited Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013) and Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2008). Dawn edited the Sundance Award-winning Paragraph 175 by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman, Academy Award-nominated Weather Underground by Sam Green, Emmy award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg? by Connie Field, and the Peabody award-winning The Castro. Short films that she produced and directed include Tomboy, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum and aired on PBS. Dawn received a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. Her honors include a Soros OSI Media Fellowship, California Arts Council Artist Residency, BAVC Media Maker Award, Djerassi Artist Residency, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center Artist Fellowship, and the New Orleans Arts Council Award.

Lucie FaulknorLucie Faulknor produced and researched Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008) and has worked with award-winning directors Dorothy Fadiman and Lynn Hershman-Leeson in the areas of fundraising, publicity, outreach and community engagement. Faulknor has also produced Dublin, Ireland's first Women in Film & Television film festival and presented a lecture series that included Laurie Anderson, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, Sydney Pollack and others. She has worked for a number of arts organizations including City Arts & Lectures, SFJAZZ, Palace of Fine Arts Theater, the Irish Arts Foundation, Stern Grove Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Dublin (IRL) Fringe Festival and for a number individual performing and visual artists including Jim Campilongo, Storm Large, Tracy Snelling and Kevin Woodson. She has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from USF's School of Business & Professional Studies and a BA in Arts Management from SFSU. Lucie is a fourth generation San Francisco Public Library user.