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Better Together FINAL

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Third Floor

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity 

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

WLA Foundation Silent Auction Drop-Off
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

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

Past Presidents’ Breakfast
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Progress

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: John McGivern - Memories of a Boy Raised by a Wisconsin Mother with an Obsession for Books: "Come on Mom, PLEASE let us watch TV".
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Woodland Dreams Ballroom

IMG 0357Raised by a woman who spent her entire career reading, knowing and treasuring books, and having spent his own career telling stories for TV, historian and host of the Emmy award-winning Around the Corner with John McGivern, be ready for an entertaining hour of stories that will feel familiar to everyone!

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Activities in Event Center
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

  • Makerspace...stop by to play, experiment and make with your WLA makerspace coordinators! 
  • WLA Foundation Silent Auction
    Your chance to bid on the many donated items, including artwork, tasty food, valuable services and more, while benefiting the WLA Foundation! All bids close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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

Grand Opening and No Conflict Time in Event Center
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

Join us for the grand opening of the Event Center and visit our new and returning vendors.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Demo Stage
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

At the Movies with Librarians VII: Rise of the Books!
Track: Building Collections

Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Erin Foley, Adams County Library, Adams
Back by popular demand! The panel will be discussing popular books being made into movies in late 2016 to early 2017. We will screen the trailers for these films and talk about how well (or 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!

Gaining Ground: Campus Library 
Track: Collaboration & Innovation
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F 

Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Teri Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library; Dr. Darci Thoune, UW-La Crosse English Department
In the spring of 2015, two UW-La Crosse librarians partnered with an English Rhetoric professor to offer the Gaining Ground information literacy workshop to local high school students. They demystified the college writing experience and put the fun back into research. In this presentation, you will learn strategies to build a successful high school-to-college bridge program, as well as how to take their template and make it your own.

How to Run a Library Without a Building
Track: Mix-It Up

Brendan Faherty, Middleton Public Library; Pamela Westby, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
When the unforeseen happens, the library roof fails, the front doors must remain locked and the bookdrop must close, who do you turn to?  What do you do? Where do you go?  Current and former Middleton Public Library staff discuss the challenges and successes in dealing with structural catastrophe in the winter of 2016.

Looking at Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Patrons Through the Power of Habit
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C 

Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison
In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg looks at habits and how they can be changed. Join your colleagues for a discussion on this book and its message of changing a work culture's habits (for the better) and how that might impact communities, in this second book of the WLA Reads series.

Public Library Services for Small Business, Startups and Entrepreneurs
Track: Engaging People

Ed Graves, Madison Public Library; Hermoine Bell-Henderson, Milwaukee Public Library
Libraries have historically offered information resources for entrepreneurs, but unless you are regularly working with business people your library may need a refresher in anticipating questions or needs for this target audience. Whether you are from a rural or urban community, your library funding depends upon the economy, and libraries can be key players in community and economic development through building relationships with businesses and service providers. In this session, Madison and Milwaukee business librarians share services, programs, resources and engagement strategies to meet the information needs of business communities.

Sift & Winnow: Leveraging the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy & Backward Design for Active Learning
Track: Library Issues & Challenges 

Miguel Ruiz and Sheila Stoeckel, UW-Madison Libraries; Eliot Finkelstein and Trisha Prosise, UW-Madison College Library
Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy as the foundation, and backward design for development, the Sift & Winnow tutorial features learning modules that are interactive, engaging, flexible, modular and assessable. 

State of the State: Wisconsin Children and Teen Library Services
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Megan Schliesmann, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Join our youth think tank! YSS, DPI and the CCBC will update you with the current status of library services for youth in our state. Then it's your turn to share. This active sharing/listening session will focus on YOUR needs as a youth library staffer and what our leading library organizations can do to support and improve library services for all youth in our state.

Tech Boot Camp
Track:  Technology & Digital Services
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B 

Diane Basting, Delafield Public Library; Melissa Beck, Delafield Public Library
Tablets are here to stay and as more patrons are moving away from laptops and desktops to smartphones and tablets it's time to show them what these devices can do!  Tech boot camp is a series of four days, eight sessions and four working lunches.   Find out how we took four days and taught around eighty patrons how to use basic features on their devices, to take better pictures, beef up their security and be excited about apps.   We will also cover stage two of Tech Boot Camp.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Business Meeting
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C

YSS Luncheon: Bill Konigsberg
Potawatomi Hotel - Serenity

Bill KonigsbergBill Konigsberg is the author of several books for young adults, including the highly praised and award-winning Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth, which won a 2016 Stonewall Book Award.  Bill will be speaking about his work with The Trevor Project and how librarians can support young LGBTQ readers and library users, as well the influences behind his stories and characters, and the response he receives from young readers.

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

Adopting User-Based Content for Locally-Created Subject Terms in Place of Nationally-Established Controlled Vocabularies in Digital Collections 
Track: Technology & Digital Services

Marisa Glazier, UW-Milwaukee; Treshani Perera, UW-Milwaukee
This presentation will examine the strengths and weaknesses of adopting user-created metadata vs established controlled vocabularies for the retrieval of resources from unique digital collections.  The researchers will summarize their experience creating metadata, using a combination of user-created terms and controlled vocabularies and the extent to which formal vocabularies assisted users in exploring resources' metadata.  This session contributes to the understanding of content creation and retrieval across multiple areas of librarianship.

Building Partnerships, Community and a New Library
Track: Collaboration & Innovation
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B 

Jill Lininger, Oak Creek Public Library; Michael Hacker, Bray Associates Architects, Inc., Milwaukee
In 2011, the Oak Creek Public Library hired a new library director and immediately began working with the City of Oak Creek in planning for a new library and city hall complex to be built as part of the new Drexel Town Square development in the heart of Oak Creek.  The previous library was nearly 40 years old and was woefully lacking in space and the ability to upgrade resources to meet the needs of the community.  Over the next four years, the library staff worked closely with city staff and community partners to design, build and fundraise for a new City Hall/Library complex that meets the needs of the current community and allows room to grow and adapt to the needs of the community in the future.

The new facility opened in October of 2015 as the cornerstone of the Drexel Town Square Development in Oak Creek.  The new Oak Creek Public Library and City Hall has been named one of the Daily Reporter's Top Projects of 2015. Library Director Jill Lininger, along with some of the library's community partners, will discuss the process of designing and constructing the new building, including building community support.

Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Winner: John Coy, Author
Track: Building Collections

John CoyJohn Coy will present his award winning title, Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, a moving portrayal of the secret match-up between two basketball teams during a time of deep inequality and racial segregation. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section (YSS) selected the winner after the examination and evaluation of titles from 2015 by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection.

Difficult Choices: Filtering in Libraries
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Vicki Teal Lovely, South Central Library System, Madison; Greg Barniskis, South Central Library System, Madison; Nikki Busch, Oregon Public Library
Filtering internet in libraries is not a simple decision. While many libraries choose not to filter the internet for many different reasons, it prevents them from being CIPA compliant and being able to apply for E-rate funds and certain kinds of equipment in LSTA grants. Join these presenters in an open debate to discuss the pros and cons of filtering and if it is something that should be looked at (maybe again and again). 

Perspectives on Resource Sharing Costs
Track:  Advocacy & Promotion
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F 

Joshua Steans, UW-Stout, Menomonie
Resource Sharing is a core library service and, like other library services, constantly faces assessment challenges. This session investigates the cost associated with Resource Sharing services, discussing major cost drivers, outlining benchmarks established in recent studies and providing tools to help determine the cost per transaction at your library. There will also be a short discussion of strategies to lower the average cost per transaction while adding value for your patrons.

Play and Read: A Partnership to Engage Young Readers
Track: Mix-It Up

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 Play and Read grant project is a collaboration between AmeriCorps Serve Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction to develop literacy skills through play for young children at the local public library. Play and Read aims to enhance early literacy skills of three and four year old economically disadvantaged children while engaging their families to promote a love of reading. Join our panel of experts from some of the participating Wisconsin public libraries to hear about our successes and our plans for continuing and expanding the program.

The All-Generation Library (Handout)
Track: Mix-It Up 

Image result for rachel monaco-wilcoxRachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, Mount Mary University Justice Department, Milwaukee
How do our graying demographics change the use and purpose of libraries?  How can libraries best serve and be served by older adults, and how can that create vibrant communities? Learn about myths and misconceptions about aging, how to make accessible spaces for intergenerational learning, how to benefit from the potential of older adults as volunteers and patrons, and how to deal with conflict effectively when it arises. 

Think Little!
Track:  Leadership & Professional Development
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C 

Joshua Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau
Analysis paralysis driving you bonkers?  Project Overwhelm killing your passion?  Desired collaboration outcomes too massive to find a starting point?  Sometimes projects are big, really big, so big it feels impossible to wrap your head around it, get past the "what ifs", get the work done on time, or even get started at all.  Let's talk about that a bit and when we're done, you can start to:
1) Think little
2) Win
3) Repeat

You Already Know How To Do That - Best Practices in Customer Service
Track: Engaging People

Michelle Dennis, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Sometimes coming to a conference is about affirming and validating what we know and what we do. Whatever you call them, you take good care of your clients/patrons/customers/users…. Share your successes and hear about others. Reveal your favorite flub. Bounce around another idea. Ask your colleagues how else it might work. Let’s talk and identify the Best Practices in Library Customer Service.

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

125 Years of Wisdom: Solutions from Small Libraries
Track: Mix-It Up
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F 

Gina Rae, Wilton Public Library; Jacqueline Rammer, Lakeview Community Library, Random Lake
Ask Us Anything!  WISL members will use their combined experience to provide answers to whatever questions you ask.  Suggested topics: salaries in small towns, getting materials back, unhappy staff, where to buy books, do you lock the bathrooms, and more.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Coding Go Down
Track:  Engaging People
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library
Did you know that a British teen in the 1800s invented the first computer program? Her experimentation with puzzles and hand-on learning (the same kind of learning offered at your library) led to her discovery. In this interactive and fear-free session, find out how to have fun and benefit from coding. Set aside your assumptions and learn what coding IS and how this "invisible literacy" is vital for everyone--staff and patrons alike. Join DPI's Coding Project leads to explore and shape what coding looks like for Wisconsin library communities.

ABCs of Leading from Anywhere
Track:  Leadership & Professional Development
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B 

Amy KoesterAmy Koester, Skokie, IL
You've probably heard the leadership mantra that you can "lead from anywhere"; but what does that really mean? What does "leading from anywhere" look like in a library setting, particularly in youth services? Session participants will learn strategies for serving as a leader from their current position in their organization. We'll cover the basics, including unpacking the difference between leading and management, how to survive change and leadership as a career trajectory.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
Track:  Collaboration & Innovation

Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Ron Larson, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison; Beth Bennett, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Madison
Available through BadgerLink, the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers provides full-text access to 250 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago. In 2015, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and WiLS began to work together to bring historical newspapers into the Archive. This panel will provide updates on this collaborative project, tips for searching the Archive, and information about how libraries can participate.

Diversity Does Matter!  So Let's Get Going!!
Track:  Library Issues & Challenges

Ronald Edwards, Onalaska
Diversity does matter in the library profession so why are we so far behind in responding to the changing demographics regarding the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.  Significant population increases along with a surge of new immigrants make this situation even more obvious.  Factor in age, disability, gender and sexual orientation and this situation becomes very complex. This presentation will explore the issues surrounding the lack of diversity in librarianship, the attempts to correct the problem, and the solutions that can be used to recruit a diverse pool of librarians that reflect their communities.

PDA Allowed: Archives & Libraries as Guides in Personal Digital Archiving
Track: Technology & Digital Services

Sean Ottosen, Madison Public Library; Brad Houston, UW-Milwaukee Libraries; Katie Blank, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Milwaukee
Previous generations left diaries and letters to pass on memories.  We create similar types of materials but they are often digital.  Libraries and Archives are uniquely qualified to help patrons of all kinds, from general library users, genealogists, students, and scholars to preserve digital materials into the future.  The speakers will provide an overview of personal digital archiving, examples of PDA programs, and guidance to help you start a PDA program at your library.

TLAM and the Red Cliff Library: Information Studies as Cultural Collaboration
Track:  Advocacy & Promotion

Carmella Hatch, UW-Madison SLIS; Abigail Cahill, UW-Madison SLIS; Andrea Parmentier, UW-Madison SLIS
Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums, or TLAM, began as an independent study and has evolved into an annual topics course at UW-Madison. Students learn about tribal cultural institutions and practices, study Indigenous and western pedagogies and how to balance them, and participate in service learning projects with Wisconsin tribes. UW students will share how TLAM has enhanced their SLIS education, cultural competency and understanding of community partnerships.

Wild Wisconsin: An Exploration of Outdoor Writers in Words and Images
Track: Building Collections

Cynthia Huebschen, UW-Oshkosh; Michael Huebschen, retired, Oshkosh
Wisconsin has a long history of inspiring outdoor writers, from John Muir and Aldo Leopold to Jerry Apps.  Even some who are familiar with the state's literature may not realize the impact of Wisconsin's wild biota and landscapes on creativity.  This program will present an introduction to selected writers of Wisconsin, portrayed with original photographs of the subjects of the writing and the geographic areas that inspired them.

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

No Conflict Time in Event Center
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

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

A Conversation with the PLSR Steering Committee
Track:  Library Issues & Challenges
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B 

John Thompson, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library; John DeBacher, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
In August 2015, DPI State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the appointment of a Steering Committee to oversee a multi-year project to re-envision how Wisconsin Public Library Systems serve Wisconsin's 384 public libraries.  With the support of the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND), the Steering Committee, in conjunction with the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) project manager, WiLS, has developed a community- led process to review and redesign how shared and coordinated services are provided to public libraries and citizens in Wisconsin to maximize the investment in library systems and public libraries.  Join members of the Steering Committee to hear about the progress of this process and to provide the committee with feedback and input to aid the committee as it guides this very important process.

BadgerLink in Action at Your Library: A Panel Discussion
Track: Advocacy & Promotion

Cindy Fesemyer, Columbus Public Library; Melissa Donaldson, Racine Public Library
Join library staff members from across Wisconsin as they discuss interesting ways that they are using BadgerLink.  Panelists include Cindy Fesemyer from Columbus Public Library, who will describe how her staff shares information on BadgerLink with each other, and Melissa Donaldson from Racine Public Library, who will discuss an ongoing BadgerLink training series for the public.  Representatives from the BadgerLink team will facilitate the discussion, and BadgerLink promotional materials will be provided for attendees. 

Digital Media Conversion Lab: An Innovative New Community Service For Public Libraries
Track: Technology & Digital Services

Jen Gerber, Oscar Grady Public Library, Saukville; Linda Bendix, Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Mequon
As technology rapidly progresses, the medium of personal photography and unique photographic formats has dramatically evolved.  Unless under optimal archival conditions, even formats such as family home videos, aging photographs, negatives and slides in their respective mounts rapidly deteriorate and become more difficult to view and share because of changes in the mechanics of processing each format, and access to appropriate products and services.  As such, in 2015, the Oscar Grady Public Library sought to provide the communities they serve with the equipment and training necessary to view and digitally preserve photographs and film formats by creating a unique Digital Media Conversion Lab.  An existing large study room in the Library was re-purposed and redesigned into a high-functioning digital space at no cost to the public.

The Frank L. Weyenberg Library has designed its own self-service Digital Media Conversion Lab, capitalizing on the Saukville experience. The concept became one of two primary fundraising projects utilized by its Library Foundation's Fall 2015 fund appeal. The focus of the Lab is to offer technology and instruction for individuals and families to convert and capture memories to share as part of their story.

Don't Worry… We're Only Going to Change Everything
Track: Mix-It Up

Detlev Pansch, Barrington Public Library, Barrington, IL; Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson, Milwaukee; Anders Dahlgren, Library Planning Associates, Normal, IL
On its 100th anniversary, one library hit the reset button with a fearless but thoughtful leap into the future that took nothing for granted. The presenters will share the importance of a bold, shared vision; how that vision enabled the team to step away from standards-not only nibbling at the edges, but reimagining the library from the ground up; and how that spirit allowed the library to change.

Family Matters: Supporting Families to Learn, Connect, and Grow
Track: Collaboration & Innovation

Amy Koester, Skokie, IL
Families with children are in the library every day, taking advantage of collections and programs aimed at youth. But how do we support families as a unit, as well as the caregivers who support them? This session will explore strategies for tapping local resources and harnessing staff expertise, allowing libraries to offer parent engagement opportunities that empower caregivers and family-focused programming that builds social connections and community.

Notable Books Marathon
Track: Building Collections 
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C 

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison; Helene Androski, Retired, Madison; Eliot Finkelstein, UW-Madison College Library; Amy Lutzke, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
The annual Notable Books Marathon is once again hosted by the READ section. Librarians from across the state will be discussing books from ALA's Notable Books list as well as titles from the current WLA Literary Award Committee's list of Outstanding Achievement winners. As always, this will be a fun and fast paced program!

Paddling Upstream Until the Current Changes 
Track: Leadership & Professional Development 
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Sue Ann Kucher, Reedsburg Public Library; Jo Clark, Reedsburg Public Library
Training and sharing information while directing or responding to change is a daunting task for any manager.  In response to a number of staffing and other changes in recent years, the Reedsburg Public Library has developed a training program for new staff members, ongoing training for current staff and a culture of cross-training support to create a workplace in which change and challenges can be met with confidence rather than fear or resistance.  The staff development and training program is still very much a work in progress, but the rewards have already been incredible.

Survey Says: Writing Questionnaires and Avoiding Common Pitfalls (Handout)
Track: Mix-It Up
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F 

Sarah Armstrong, Grayslake, IL
Whether you are an adult services librarian looking for feedback from your program attendees, a director interested in gathering input from your staff or a library board canvassing your patrons, surveys are useful tools to collect both quantitative and qualitative data.  This program will provide insight into how to best design and disseminate your survey, as well as which types of questions to choose and how to word them.

Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Community Collaboration and the Arts
Track: Collaboration & Innovation 

Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library; Scott Brouwer, La Crosse Public Library
The La Crosse Public Library's Dark La Crosse program, focusing on the city's colorful and macabre past, provides successful examples of both community collaboration and programming for libraries. By coming together with local businesses, community theatres, historical societies, high school or college art departments and individuals, your library can deliver an evolving program that strengthens ties to your community and reaches new audiences.

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

WLA logo Celebrating 125 Years
     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
     WLA Resolution 01
     WLA Resolution 02 


5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

UW-Milwaukee SOIS 50th Anniversary
Harley-Davidson Museum, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant 
6th and Canal Streets
Trolley service will run from the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to MOTOR every 15 minutes starting at 5:00 PM

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  

UW-Madison SLIS Alumni Reunion
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Clarity

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Business Meeting/Meet and Greet
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Inspire 

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Get Lucky Team Trivia
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Serenity

WLAF Silent Auction Get Lucky  560 x 315What 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!!