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Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965



Come to the Kalahari early and enjoy one of these fabulous pre-conferences! 


1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Deliberate Creativity Workshop: How to Innovate on Demand
Kalahari Convention Center

Registration fee: $25 WLA members/$50 non-members
Maximum 75 registrants

amyclimerAmy Climer, Climer Consulting, Asheville, NC
We spend time teaching our team how to communicate better, manage projects and use social media all while expecting them to be creative and innovative. Yet, we rarely teach them how to be creative. Highly creative people use strategies to help them be more innovative and implement change. In this workshop you will learn and practice the Creative Problem Solving process, a research-based strategy that has been used in organizations around the world. During the workshop, you will work on a real challenge from your organization and leave with dozens of new ideas. Most importantly, you will leave with tools and techniques to repeat with your own staff to bring out their creativity.

Sponsored by WLA and UW-Milwaukee SOIS

Representation, Authenticity and Being Real: Diversity in Youth Services
Kalahari Convention Center

Registration fee: $40 WLA members/$75 non-members
Maximum 50 registrants

Anna Haase Krueger and Tami Lee, Youth Services Librarians, Ramsey County Public Libraries, St. Paul, MN
#WeNeedDiverseBooks...and then some. This power-packed YSS + DPI preconference will take a deep dive into collection development (purchasing, weeding, displaying, promoting, and MORE) and library programming (themes, language, selections, marketing, and MORE). Anna and Tami will share examples and help attendees identify ways to actively make a difference. Preconference participants will also experience hands-on book examination through new lenses of learning. Leave this preconference with a renewed commitment to visibly serving everyone in your local, and global, community. A robust snack is included in the preconference fee.

Sponsored by WLA YSS and DPI