Programs - Friday

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7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kalahari Convention Center 

7:00 a.m. 

5K Run/Walk
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center 

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Kalahari Convention Center

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Connecting with Communities: Digital Marketing and Beyond!!!
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Cole Zrostlik, River Falls Public Library
You know people love your library, but where are they when it's time to try your new maker program, meet a local author or attend your after-hours teen program? Harness the enthusiasm of your most loyal library users to attract a broader audience to your programs. Learn how to translate real-life community connections, data, and personal observations into a digital strategy that will engage patrons and save you time, energy and worry. Attendees will learn about writing with personas, short and simple survey data, free digital marketing tools, and to embracing and harnessing the connections of community partners to advocate for their libraries and advertise their programs.

Critical Librarianship in Challenging Times
Track: Extra

DrabinskiEmily Drabinski, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Critical librarianship asks us to analyze and challenge the political, social, and economic underpinnings of our work to change the world. But what about surviving the world as it is? As librarians, we navigate the tension between resistance and compliance in our efforts to deliver library services and resources to patrons in a world that undervalues and attacks what we care about. This talk will frame the dilemma and offer strategies for building librarian power.

Enriching Reference Service in Academic Libraries with the Emerging Technology
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Sukwon Lee, UW-Milwaukee SOIS; Benjamin Omwando, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
In academic libraries there has been a significant change from in-person reference service to Virtual Reference Service (VRS). To measure VRSs effectiveness, we consider the level of satisfactory or frustrating experience by using the eye tracking device. Thus, we can better understand usability issues, which lead to well-informed decision-making. Our data collection consists of eye-tracking data, questionnaires and interviews. Based on the results, we discuss the future of VRS as it is being enhanced by emerging technology.

Group Problem Solving with Evidence-Based Case Discussion
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison; Sue Abrahamson, Waupaca Area Public Library
Birth to Three practitioners in Wisconsin developed Evidence-Based Case Discussions to help each other resolve complicated situations with the children and families they serve. The technique is extremely useful for helping untangle knotty library problems as well-it has been used successfully to help librarians feel empowered to address situations ranging from moving forward with a stalled early literacy area to staffing challenges to working with a demanding patron. We will demonstrate how this process works with a real library situation, and send participants home with the tools they will need to implement this powerful technique in their own libraries.

Update from the PLSR CE-Consulting Workgroup

Reading in the Digital Age: A Circulation Analysis of Print & Digital Reading
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Matt Isaia, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
In 2016, Matt completed an independent study at Dominican University that focused on the reading preferences of adult library patrons by analyzing circulation statistics from four public libraries. It explored the benefits of and differences between digital reading and print reading wjile looking at the reading habits of users over the course of a year. This research contemplates the importance of reading and the role that libraries play in helping to build foundations of life-long learning in our communities.

Serving Youth in Juvenile Justice Programs
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

René Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Laurie Bartz, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Youth who are incarcerated spend a lot of time in their cells with little to do. Learn how the program provided by Hedberg Public Library to the juveniles at the Rock County Youth Services Center not only provides entertainment but also an opportunity to learn and grow. You will receive information to take back with you so you can consider doing this type of program at one of the other centers close to your library.

Tuesdays with Murder: A Different Kind of Book Group
Track: Engaging People

Richard MacDonald, Stoughton Public Library; Gretchen Viney, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison
A book group where everyone reads something different? It really works! Learn how a dislike of traditional book discussion groups resulted in the creation of a different kind of group: one focused on the desire to read, learn, and talk about genres and authors, and how it works.

9:40 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. 

Community Collaborations: Programs by Your Community, for Your Community (with a little help from you!)
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

Scott Lenski, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Rosalia Slawson, Cedarburg Public Library
Do you plan adult programs for your library, but struggle to find people to present (or attend)? There are many people in your community who are experts who would love to share their knowledge with others, but how do you find them? In this session, the presenters will share ideas about how to find community members and local organizations to present at your library. They'll also share some of their success stories plus some potential challenges and pitfalls that come with the territory. Want to get those juices flowing for collaborative programming? Please join them!

Fear Not: Coding for the Rest of Us!
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Andrea Stepanik, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Gillian Dawson, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Do you cringe at the thought of running coding programs for children and teens? Fear not! Learn how librarians at the Brown County Library have implemented coding events using tech-focused STEM Kits. From Code-a-pillars for toddlers to Coding Escape Rooms and Arduino microcontrollers for t(w)eens, we've got you covered! With options for every budget and ages 3-18, you'll leave inspired to start coding programs at your library!

Get to Know the WLA Literary Awards Committee
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Katharine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland; Leah Fritsche, Deerfield Public Library
Did you know there is a WLA Committee that reads and selects the best book written by a Wisconsin author each year? Join us for a discussion about the history of the Literary Awards Committee, what it does and how you could become a part of it. There will be a discussion of this year's winner as well as several of the books considered.

Practical Tips for Difficult Homeless Patrons
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Ryan Dowd,
Based on his career working in homeless shelters, Ryan has a training program that gives library staff a deeper understanding of homeless patrons and the practical tools for solving problems and resolving conflict. Ryan is also in the process of writing a book for ALA Editions on the topic.

Update from the PLSR Resource Libraries Workgroup

Reach One Teach One
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Ehryn Barthelm, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota; Sarah Joynt, Rochester, MN, Public Library
Join us for an interactive session about the reality of what teens and young adults are thinking about, dealing with and experiencing related to sexual health, sexuality, and gender expression. Learn about some best practices and resources for connecting with teens and providing them with important information about sensitive topics.

Strategic Library Partnerships:  More than Books -- Lending Biomolecular Models
Track: Extra

Denise Gergetz, Milwaukee School of Engineering
For nearly 15 years, the Walter Schroeder Library and the Center for Biomolecular Modeling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) have collaborated to maintain the MSOE Model Lending Library, a unique collection of molecular science models and materials that are loaned to educators nationwide for use in K-12 and college classrooms. Learn how this interdepartmental partnership leverages library practices to enhance student learning and to strategically extend MSOE's scientific and technical educational outreach efforts.

wELLcoming Non-English Speaking Residents to the Library
Track: Engaging People

Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library
In fall 2016, the Stateline Literacy Council (SLC) in Beloit was in danger of closing. Since the only other literacy council in Rock County had recently closed, and with 25% of Beloit's population Hispanic (and growing), the English Language Learner (ELL) classes were vitally important to Beloit-and the county. After other organizations declined to "merge" with the SLC, the Beloit Public Library stepped in-and stepped up-to offer its spaces for the ELL classes and, importantly to funders, to help SLC reduce its administrative costs and align its curriculum with that of the higher level classes being offered at the local community college, making the transition for students comfortable and seamless. The partnership is one that perfectly fits the educational missions of all libraries, meets a growing need for ELL options, and ensures the library remains vital to an evolving community.

10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Authors on Authors: An Insider Look at Today's Middle Grade Fiction
Track: Engaging People

Sally Pla, Lindsey Becker, Darcy Miller,
A survey of the latest in middle-grade coming-of-age literature, from the perspective of three debut middle-grade authors with Wisconsin roots. We'll talk about our personal writing journeys, about connecting with kids, and the special importance of libraries to middle graders.

Characters, Plots, Settings and Details: Finding Inspiration in the Archives
Track: Extra

Deb Anderson, UW-Green Bay
Inspiration for authors can be found in the wealth of information held in archival collections. Original diaries, record books, reminiscences, minute books, court records, photos, maps, letters, and official records contain rich details and untold stories. This session will explore how archivists and librarians might help authors of all genres use original records as both a muse and as a way to make writings come alive.

Healthier Communities
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Science, Iowa City, Iowa
A recent Pew study found that health is the number two most searched for information online. Public libraries are on the front lines of health information needs of their communities, as they are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution. This session will provide attendees with ideas for getting started with health outreach and programming in their communities (including funding suggestions!). We will look at no-cost resources for evidence-based health information in multiple languages. Attendees will leave with at least one new thing that they can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.

Update from the PLSR Chapter 43 Workgroup

Providing Respite for Caregivers
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

René Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Maureen Birchfield, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Julie Seeman, Rock County Council on Aging, Janesville
Oftentimes the people who are caregivers for adults with dementia or Alzheimer's need something to occupy the person so that they can prepare a meal, clean or do other daily chores. Through a partnership with the Rock County Council on Aging, Hedberg Library now has 20 Caregiver Activity kits that can be used for that purpose. Learn how these kits can be used and how your library can offer this service also.

Think Like an Architect: Project Planning for Librarians
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Elizabeth Gibes, Marquette University, Milwaukee
Architects' work juggles the complexities of designing for a community and managing a creative process. The types of digital projects supported by libraries offer many of the same opportunities and challenges: multiple collaborators with diverse skillsets, talents and motives, and multiple technical obstacles, deadlines and stakeholders. This presentation relates the six steps of architectural programming to librarians. We'll use library digital projects as cases and offer example tools that can be customized to the participant's own project planning needs.

Tune in @ Your Library
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Colin McGinnis, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha; Jeff Messerman, Cedarburg Public Library; Scott Morfitt, BluGold Radio, UW-Eau Claire
Reach out and engage diverse communities in audible ways. Hear one library's experience with podcasting, how another library started an Internet radio station and how an indie rock station found a new home in a library. Find out more about audio trends and new ways libraries can become part of a community through sound.

White Privilege in the Library (and How to Restore True Equity)
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Nick Demske, Racine Public Library; Adriana McCleer, Appleton Public Library; Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library
The Declaration of Independence proclaimed "All men are created equal." But this did not apply to "other persons"-the coded language the US Constitution used when referring to slaves. How does the privilege established for white people in our country's founding perpetuate racial bias in libraries today? Come learn some of the answers to this question...and then learn about some steps we can take to restore that lost equity.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wildgen Michelle image006President's Luncheon: On Becoming a Writer and Staying a Writer
Kalahari Convention Center

Michelle Wildgen
The written word has power to transform lives, both for the creator and consumer, and libraries have been integral to the dissemination of the written word. Michelle Wildgen will explore the role that books and libraries have played on her path to writing professionally, and she'll share her insights into the ways that writing and her life have unexpectedly informed each other. Michelle will open with a short comic essay about one of her more formative literary attachments, which had a significant effect on her view of the world, and of her mother, when she was young. Michelle will also discuss in more detail her work, and how it has overlapped with, and been shaped by, life.