Programs - Friday

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October 23-26, 2018
Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601 

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

La Crosse Center South Hall Lobby

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
La Crosse Center South Hall - Second Floor Hallway

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Experiences in Weeding Insensitive Picture Books About American Indians

Valerie Morris, Whitefish Bay Public Library
This session will discuss the experiences and issues with weeding youth picture book collections of insensitive, inaccurate, and stereotypical books about American Indians/First Nations. The importance of providing accurate and respectful books on American Indians for young patrons will be presented with examples of books discarded and the reasons why. Session attendees will be provided with information and resources on identifying problematic books.

Get OUT of Here! Taking Your Summer Reading Program on the Road and Bringing the Outside In

Lara Lakari, Marinette County Libraries/Stephenson Public Library
Looking for ways to engage children in your community who cannot make it into the library during the summer months? Trying to reach an audience you may have missed? We will share various methods of reaching your target audience when they cannot come to you. Mobile programs will include STEM/STEAM, Little Free Libraries, portable story times, and parking lot science. Plan on sharing your own ideas and experiences as well.

Ignite the Fire of History in Children

Chris Sturdevant, Waukesha Public Library; Anita Doering, La Crosse Public Library
Chris and Anita share insight connecting children with history in the library. Chris has introduced award winning Cold War era literature to book clubs for elementary school aged children, incorporating such titles as Breaking Stalin’s Nose and The Wall. He is the author of the upcoming book Cold War Wisconsin. Anita will share her unique Badger Detectives tour with attendees. Anita’s hands-on history approach for children includes interactions with local history photographs, engages thought provoking questions and observations, and promotes civics.

Is Anything Really Free on the Internet?

Cole Zrostlik, River Falls Public Library; Kim Kiiskinen, River Falls Public Library
We all know the problems that fake news, targeted marketing and internet scammers present to our patrons, but do we know how to teach our users to understand and avoid traps, trackers, misleading ads and questionable online practices? Learn how to teach patrons to recognize and think critically about the known knowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns online. Discover cool tools for discovering and taking back your own personal data and easy ways to help patrons gain control over their digital footprint. Leave with resources you can immediately integrate into your library’s tech programming for all ages.

Libraries for all: Inclusive Library Services for Children with Disabilities and Their Families

Renee Grassi, Dakota County Library, Minnesota
Public or school, rural or urban, large or small--all public libraries serve children with disabilities in their communities. Librarian and advocate Renee Grassi will show how you can be more intentional about welcoming children with disabilities and their families at your library. In this program, attendees will learn best practices for sustainable community partnerships, how to develop a community need assessment, ideas for programs, and inclusive marketing strategies. Participants will also learn about accessible customer service and how to make existing children’s programs more welcoming for all abilities.

Mentorship: Guidelines and Better Practices

Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Milwaukee
There are many best practices for mentorship relationships, but can those guidelines be improved? This interactive presentation seeks to look at mentorship another way. It will discuss mentorship across the profession, but also the value of seeking mentorship outside of the library where you work and outside of the profession. Where are those relationships and how do we nurture them? How can those relationships be flipped? How do you mentor an established professional and where do the gaps lie? How does mentoring change as your career evolves? This interactive hands on presentation will explore varying mentorship concepts and roles. Audience participation desired.

Music for the Mind

Mary Dunn, La Crosse Public Library 
Personalized music has been found to be beneficial in a number of situations including helping people who suffer from dementia and other cognitive challenges. La Crosse Public Library, in partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center has been offering the Music and Memory program since mid 2016. With 70-80% of people suffering from dementia still living at home, Music & Memory has benefited 17 persons living in La Crosse in its first eight months. Let us share with you what you need to do to bring Music and Memory into your communities

Never Neutral: Social Justice in Your Library

Rebekah Palmer, Osceola Public Library
In the current polarized climate, libraries remain neutral community spaces-or do they? More than ever, libraries are necessary advocates for education, information access, women and children, and the list continues. Explore in this session how to integrate social justice into library programming, spaces, collection, and accessibility practices while remaining a safe and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy. Discussion topics will include display and programming examples, social justice in collection development, and how to address community feedback. Learn about our community’s Drag Storytime, our sustainable Green STEM’s program, and gain insight on how to apply these ideas at your library.

The Biology of Sex

Alexandra Hall, M.D., UW–Stout, Menomonie
Trained in theater, education and medicine, Dr. Hall will share what we do and do not know about the development of our biologic sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation from a scientific standpoint in this accessible and interactive session. Dr. Hall has been providing transgender health services to patients and advocating for trans health issues for over a decade and speaks both regionally and nationally on the topic. 

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

From Fact to Fiction: Using Archival Research to Inspire Travel Writing and Textured Mysteries

Dean Klinkenberg, Author
Rock Island Lines is a mystery that plays with the idea of genealogy as destiny. The plot centers around a long-dead gangster and his legacy of violence and corruption. The author spent hours researching Looney’s life, the era, and his conspirators and enemies. He came to the story, though, long before he was thinking about fiction—he was researching a travel guide for the Quad Cities. Learn about his approach to writing fiction and non-fiction, how they are inextricably linked and how it is all made possible by the local archives where he spends much of his research time. What stories are hiding in your archives?

Making Digital Accessible

David Kwasny, Marquette University, Milwaukee
Instruction on various methods to adhere with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in regards to digital materials. Learn about this law and how it affects your library and get an introduction to website, word document, and pdf document accessibility. As well as, a display of some accessibility tools that make digital objects accessible to disabled users.

Providing American Sign Language Interpreters at Your Library

Julie Harrison, Verona Public Library; Trudy Lorandos, Verona Public Library; Bette Mentz-Powell, Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison
More than 500,000 people in Wisconsin are affected with hearing loss. As librarians, we want to provide equal access for all. In this session, we’ll discuss what you need to know when you receive a request to provide an American Sign Language interpreter at your library. You’ll learn about scheduling and hiring an interpreter, costs, laws, and much more. Presenter Bette Mentz-Powell, who is deaf, will also give a first-hand account of being a consumer of interpreting services. Additional information will also be presented about hearing loops which can help enhance the library experience for patrons who use hearing aids.

Putting Puppet Shows into your Programing

Murray Johnson, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point
The process of creation and implementation of 10-30 minute puppet shows geared for preschool to early grade school students that are preformed by teen volunteers in both large rooms (holding over a hundred patrons) to small rooms (25 or fewer patrons). The presenter(s) will go through the process of selecting or creating a script, creating costumes and props, marketing the program, contacting the volunteers, rehearsal process, and then the performance.

Sequenced Picture Books for Everyone! The Art & Literature of Graphic Novels

Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander Public Library; Steph Cherrywell, Antigo Public Library
Graphic novels seem to be a bit overwhelming for those unfamiliar. They're so, well, graphic, at times. This panel will help you wade through once forbidden territory--ʺcomicʺ books that have grown up into novels--or even non-fiction. Popular titles and determining age appropriateness will be discussed. Discover the differences between publishing houses, formats, and foreign books now popular in the market. Reviewing and purchasing sources will be (somewhat) revealed.

Serving Trans Youth, Students and Adults

Alexandra Hall, M.D., UW-Stout, Menomonie
Learn about some dos and don’ts for working with trans people and making public spaces welcoming from a physician who has been providing transgender health services to patients and advocating for trans health issues for over a decade. Dr. Hall will also discuss information resources trans clients are likely to want and need, and the status of non-discrimination laws and what that means for trans people.

SimpleSteps Technology for Seniors

Kathy Helgerson, SimpleSteps to Technology, La Crosse
This session will demonstrate technology that can be helpful to senior citizens both in libraries and in their homes. Technology being features includes: Eversound - microphone and set of headphones that may be used in libraries,; CaptionCall Telephone - a free phone captioning service to be used in homes,; teleCalm - a device to help caregivers monitor telephone calls,; Amazon Echo - a special focus will be given on the best way to use for seniors. 

Throw Your Own Galentine's Day Party

Lindsay Schmitt, La Crosse Public Library; Kathy Kabat, La Crosse Public Library
The La Crosse Public Library is two years into throwing annual Galentine's Day parties, with more planned for the future. They’re an easy, low-cost way to add some new excitement to your programming schedule. Pick up fun tips and tricks on throwing your own party to help your patrons celebrate the awesomeness of female friendships.

WordPress for Library Patrons

Sunstar Vue, UW–Milwaukee
Using Milwaukee Public Library's job centers and technology classes as a role model, I propose a series of WordPress classes where patrons can create their own websites. More people now than ever are accessing the Internet for information; therefore, community organizations and small businesses can create their own websites to reach clients without having to spend thousands of dollars. WordPress powers around 30% of websites and can be created without technical HTML/CSS skills or knowledge. The presentation will demonstrate how to add and edit content for a WordPress site by clicking on buttons.

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Choose Leadership: Are You Ready?

Caserotti GretchenGretchen Caserotti, Meridian Library District, Boise, ID
What does it take to be a leader? Caserotti has been working over the last decade to make her libraries and communities better and has learned a lot of lessons in her professional journey becoming a library director. Caserotti will reflect on nurturing leadership skills in oneself and in others that lead to positive, productive and healthy libraries.