Programs - Wednesday

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7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Kalahari Convention Center

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast
Kalahari Convention Center 

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

WLA Foundation Silent Auction Drop-Off
Kalahari Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

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

Past Presidents’ Breakfast
Kalahari Convention Center

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

gracelimpicKeynote Address: Librarians of the Galaxy - Recharge! 
Kalahari Convention Center

Grace Lim 
In an era where information is easily obtained and the ability to discern the good from the bad is underappreciated, librarians and public libraries are needed now more than ever. In this talk Grace Lim, who came to America at age five, shares how she found solace in books at the public library. It was among the stacks that she developed a love for the printed word, a love that has remained constant throughout her career as a journalist and a college instructor. Lim firmly believes in the power of storytelling and how we all can work toward the proverbial common good through our stories, and how librarians, the unassuming heroes in our community, must continue to take a lead role in the telling, the protecting, and the sharing of these stories.

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

Activities in Event Center
Kalahari Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

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
Kalahari Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Apps and Beyond: Technology to Enhance Your Library and Help Your Patronss
Track: Support Staff

Kris Turner, UW-Madison Law Library
What technology do you want to use in your library? What technology do you want to introduce to your library users? There are so many choices! This session will review a wide array of technology that can help out on the job or just make life easier in general. Join AWSL as we explore the world of free and low-cost technologies that will get your patrons and staff excited!

Caregiver Kits: Resources for People Caring for Someone with Memory Loss
Track: Engaging People

Melissa Roelli, Mount Horeb Public Library
The Mount Horeb Public Library recently created Caregiver Kits to support caregivers helping people with memory loss and are filled with a variety of books, pictures, videos, music and other items designed to evoke memories and invite sharing. Five separate kits, each with a different theme, are available for checkout. The staff worked with the Dane County Aging and Disability Resource Center for ideas and marketing. The kits have been a valuable addition to their collection and have heard from numerous people that the kits are very helpful.

Community Conversation and the Power of Story: Supporting Transgender Youth in Public Libraries
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Shauna Koszegi, Sun Prairie Public Library; Catherine Baer, Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Cross Plains
Public libraries have become an important venue for community discussions on sensitive topics. By providing education and reliable information, we can foster dialogue and transform our communities. Librarians in a variety of communities are finding success by partnering with schools, local government and organizations. This session will present some of those success stories, providing tools and resources to help you develop successful programming around topics that may be outside of your comfort zone.

Creative Problem Solving: Do Something Different
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Amy Climer, Climer Consulting, Asheville, NC
Solving complex problems requires creativity to think up new approaches and unique ideas. Great news - we all have the capacity to develop and implement new ideas. Creative Problem Solving is a research-based, four-step process that is used as a guide to innovation. In this fast-paced, interactive workshop, you will learn and experience the Creative Problem Solving process, gain a deeper understanding about creativity, and begin to solve a real problem related to your work. Don't sit back and relax; get ready to dive in and be creative.

Decolonizing Library Science
Track: Students and New Professionals

Kalani Adolpho, UW-Madison
Libraries and archives, as they function in the West today, are colonial impositions. They perpetuate colonialism through classification systems, controlled vocabularies, and even the conception of what "counts" as a record. In order to truly be inclusive of Indigenous peoples and cultures, we must carry out the uncomfortable process of examining our own colonial behaviors and beliefs.

Libraries Are For Everyone...Right?
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Just because public libraries are open to the public does not necessarily mean that everyone feels welcome. But how, exactly, could/should/would a library assess their actual (and perceived) accessibility? Making libraries inclusive, from the inside and out, depends on library staff, administration, and community members. DPI's Inclusive Services Statement will be discussed along with a panel presentation from library staff who are actively reflecting on equity, equality, and social justice issues.

Plan Less, Program More! How to Collaborate with Regional Libraries to Bring Larger Scale Youth Programs to Your Communities
Track: Collaborations & Innovations

Rebekah Palmer, Osceola Public Library; Martha Kaempffer, St, Croix Falls Public Library; Jerissa Koenig, Amery Area Public Library
Youth librarians in small libraries are often solely responsible for planning, promoting, implementing and evaluating youth programs. With time constraints it can be challenging to do this successfully. In an effort to share planning responsibilities and to increase program output, three librarians from small, regional libraries are working collaboratively to offer larger scale youth programs to their communities. Hear how they combined their strengths to bring three Harry Potter parties to their respective libraries.

Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter Video, Video: Or, Using Video to Market Library Services
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Anne Hamland, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau
Social media is flooded with videos of cooking and celebrities in their natural habitat. How can libraries use this trend to market their services? Learn the tools, how and what to film, and what to avoid when creating videos for your library. Social media target saturation statistics acknowledge that images and visuals attract viewers; plain text web pages, Facebook and Twitter postings do not draw viewership.

11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. 

AWSL Business Meeting
Kalahari Convention Center

image003YSS Luncheon with Andrea Davis Pinkney
Kalahari Convention Center

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books. She has been named “One of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal. With more than three decades of corporate diversity experience, including her work as a Senior Editor at Essence magazine, and as the founder of her own African American branded entity at the Walt Disney Company, Andrea is uniquely qualified to impart insights and inspiration on fostering workplace diversity and communicating diversity in popular media. Andrea Davis Pinkney will discuss the role libraries can and do play in creating welcoming and inclusive communities, and how her work as a book creator supports these efforts.

THIS LUNCHEON WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM: The Friends of the Muehl Public Library, Marge Loch-Wouters, Penworthy Books, Embury, Scott Erickson (Wisconsin Representative for Rainbow Books) and Leah Langby

1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A Tale of Two Cities: The First Few Months Being A New Library Director
Track: Students and New Professionals 

Ryan Claringbole, Monona Public Library; Joe Davies, Burlington Public Library
Being a new library director can be one of the most rewarding and disorienting experiences you will encounter. New work cultures! Building projects! Budgets! Library boards! There are expectations from the library staff, the community and yourself for what you want to accomplish...but what are the differences between expectations and reality? Join Joe and Ryan as they go through the days of excitement and nights of drinking coffee during their first few months in their new roles. They will compare and contrast their experiences, compare leadership styles, and share their dos and don'ts based on their current experience.

From the Vertical File to the Local Wiki: Considering Community Information Services
Track: Technology and Digtial Services

Mita Williams, University of Windsor Laddy Library, Ontario
Libraries used to maintain vertical files to be ready and able to answer the questions of their communities. As local media becomes more ephemeral, should libraries resurrect their community information services and provide local, open data? 

"It's All About the Pen!"...and Relationships
Track: Library Issues and Challenges 

Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library
We all want Wisconsin libraries to be successful. So do our legislators-on both sides of the aisle. As expected, they use different language to define success and, therefore, so must we to build relationships and get our message across. Those relationships turn requests into legislation, and then into bills that the governor signs: it's all about the pen. Come hear how Wisconsin's library advocates are successfully building relationships with their legislators so they know how libraries are bringing value to their constituents. Lots of exciting relationship-building going on-come get ideas and ask questions!

LibraryNOW: Library Cards for All!
Track: Support Staff 

Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library; Lisa Chatman, Milwaukee Public Schools; Steve Heser, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Milwaukee; Petra Duecker, Milwaukee Public Library; Victoria Sanchez, Milwaukee Public Library
Dreaming of issuing library cards to your entire school district? Now you can. Hear how 65,100 students received digital cards that give them access to all public library e-resources, simply by using their student ID number. Learn how to collaborate with your school district and library system, craft a data-sharing agreement, design an education program for students and teachers, create a student-friendly brand, and gather data to measure your success.

Move Beyond the Brainstorm to What Really Works
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Amy Climer, Climer Consultant, Asheville, NC
Since the 1950's, research has shown that typical brainstorms often don't work. In this fast-paced, interactive workshop, explore new ways to generate ideas quickly and what research says about the ineffectiveness of typical brainstorms. Bring a challenge you have been working on and leave with lots of new ideas.

Talk to Strangers - A Human Library Inspired Event
Track: Engaging People

Lizzy Tegeler, UW-Stout, Menomonie; Elizabeth Steans, UW-Stout, Menomonie
In Spring of 2017, University of Wisconsin-Stout Library piloted "Talk to Strangers: A Speed Friending Event." Inspired by the Human Library model and called to create a venue for increased dialogue and understanding on the Stout campus, we collaborated with cross-campus offices to develop a model that does not necessitate self-labeling and instead facilitates quick and organic mini-conversations centered around a list of conversation prompts. The community members of UW-Stout have incredible stories to tell and connections to make, testing prejudices and stereotypes, and we are excited to share what we learned at our March 28th event. This presentation highlights the planning process, strategies for collaborating with student, faculty and staff groups outside of the library, successes and challenges of the event itself, and our vision for future iterations of "Talk to Strangers."

Thinking Inside the Box
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

Jennifer Cook, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire; Susan DeBolt, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
Learn from the successes and failures in the planning, publicizing, launching and daily operation of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library's makerspace, the Dabble Box. Explore how focusing on the resources you have at hand and the particular needs of your community will help you to create a successful space whether large or small. Feed your imagination with our experiences and get inspired for creating your own space.

You're Not Bothering the Patrons! - Marketing on a Shoestring (or no string) Budget
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Kelly Allen, Oregon Public Library; Katharine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland
No marketing staff? No marketing budget? No problem. We will give you some ideas for traditional and new marketing tools for both Youth Services and Adult programming and collections. Please come prepared to share your best marketing stories too.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Building Connections with Your Senior Center
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

Stacey Burkart, Verona Public Library; Mary Hanson, Verona Senior Center, Verona; Mary Driscoll, Dane County Library Service, Madison
Libraries serve everyone from the very young to the very old. But we sometimes forget there's another programming game in town for seniors. Hear about some innovative ways libraries and senior centers are teaming up to support senior citizens by sharing outreach opportunities, staff training, dementia-friendly practices and even problem customers. During this panel discussion you will also learn about multigenerational programming and a Memory Cafe project to reconnect seniors to the public library.

Coding Initiative Update
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Have you found your coding path? Or are you still searching for an intersection between public libraries and computational thinking? The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is a multi-year project facilitating the whys and hows of coding for library staff and library users of all ages. This session will highlight the online Coding Pathways tools and feature coding stories from libraries around the state. Coding newbies and veterans welcome!

Keeping Your Staff Safe
Track: Support Staff

Michelle Dennis, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Jill Osmond-Groell, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
How well is your staff trained for the "worst?" If someone came in armed, intending to hurt or kill people, how would your staff respond? How can you prepare your staff to think about the unthinkable? Do you have an evacuation plan? Since 2013, Jill and Michelle have worked on developing best practices for staff safety in an Active Shooter event. This includes an up-to-date evacuation plan and semi-annual staff drills. Jill and Michelle will talk through thier planning process, discuss their rationale, share how they have trained staff in their own library and several others, and offer ideas for improvements and follow-up.

Leader of the Pack: A Blueprint for Transition Planning & Hiring Success
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Brendan Faherty, Middleton Public Library; Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library; Robert Seltzer, Middleton Public Library
A panel discussion with several stakeholders on the process of recruiting and hiring a new Library Director, from succession planning to interim management to the hiring and orientation process for the selected candidate. We will share plans, ideas, and success stories from the seven-month process that began shortly after the library reopened in February 2016 (following a month-long closure for emergency roof repairs) and ended with the hiring of our current Library Director.

Publish and Promote: Sharing your Successes and Stories with Children's Services Colleagues
Track: Students and New Professionals

Sharon Verbeten, Editor, Children and Libraries, Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), DePere, WI
Scoring your library successes is one great accomplishment; sharing those stories is even better-for both your library's promotion as well as for the good of the profession. Sharon Verbeten, editor of the ALSC journal Children and Libraries, will discuss best practices for submitting research articles, essays, short features, photographs, interviews and more, to this national peer-reviewed journal as well as to other venues.

Real News: Supporting Information in a Challenging Age
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Joyce Latham, Wisconsin Center for the Book, UW-Milwaukee SOIS; David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The WI Center for the Book is partnering with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to promote strategies supporting the identification of valid news sources, as misinformation and disinformation proliferate. This initial program will invite public librarians from across the state to consider partnering with local journalists to deliver adult programming around the search for "Real News."

Revolutionary Ideas: Fan Days, Cons and Large Scale Interactive Programs
Track: Engaging People

Katie Guzek, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Clare Kindt, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Angela Zuidmulder, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Don't throw away your shot to plan and present a large scale event! Looking for quality over quantity? Planning a signature event? Brown County Library has held several successful large scale interactive programs for teens and adults. Look to local and even national organizations for contributions for a successful event no matter the size of your library or budget! Examples will include fan days for Hamilton, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jane Austen and Library Comic-Con.

Virtual Teen Advisory Boards: Taking Your TAB to the Next Level
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Keri Whitmore, Franklin Public Library
Having trouble getting teens to join your Teen Advisory Board? Getting only a couple of kids at your monthly meetings? Go virtual! The Franklin Public Library TAB was struggling to get new members and maintain the membership they had. The solution: we decided to use a virtual social chat app called Viber to communicate. This allowed members to become more informed and active without having to dedicate an hour a month to meetings. This program will present the steps of transitioning from a TAB that meets physically to one that uses a virtual chat app as its main form of communication. It will demonstrate the ease of use of the Viber app and give resources and ideas to make your TAB a more dynamic, creative and productive group, utilizing social media/social chat groups that the teens are already familiar with. Since switching to Viber, the FPL TAB members are volunteering more, doing more community service projects, and are more excited about how they can help the library and how the library benefits them.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

No Conflict Time in Event Center
Kalahari Convention Center Exhibit Hall

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

C'mon, C'mon, Let's Work Together: Cross-Community Youth & Teen Collaborations
Track: Collaborations and Innovations 

Katherine Schoofs, Aram Public Library, Delavan; Emily Sanders, Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay
Do you have nightmares remembering team projects from the past? Do you break out into a sweat even thinking of trying to juggle multiple schedules? What if we told you that collaborative endeavors could be both beneficial and, dare we say it, FUN? Join Katherine and Emily as they tell you all about their wonderful, wacky adventures in collaboration.

Civility Speaks
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Mariel Carter, Marinette County Consolidated Library Services, Marinette; Ellen Geisler, UW-Extension Marinette County, Marinette
Your library can be an agent for community change. The presenters will tell you how they brought one hundred people into the library for Civility Speaks, a night focused on creating space for respectful discussions about tough topics. As participants learn about issues, they learn how to transform conflict, take individual and collective action, and improve decision-making. This leads to increased civic capacity and improved community problem-solving.

Diversify Me! Incorporating Diverse Titles into Your Collections, Displays and Programming
Support Staff

Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library
Literature can provide essential windows (into other worlds) and mirrors (into their own world) for children, yet many of our library collections, displays and programs do not reflect the diversity of today's world. This session will cover simple, effective ways you can evaluate your library's collection for diversity, begin collecting more diverse titles and incorporate those titles into displays and library programs.

DPI Roundup
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Library Services to Incarcerated Patrons
Track: Engaging People

Nick Demske, Racine Public Library; Suzanne Jagodzinski, Sara Krouse
At this program, models will be discussed for partnerships between public libraries and the libraries of jails, prisons, detention centers and other facilities of incarceration. From writers' workshops to book drives to events where poets and musicians perform for the incarcerated events where the incarcerated patrons perform for the community. The great challenges and the often greater rewards of this work will be discussed in depth.

Milwaukee Civil Rights Online: Collecting the Web to Preserve History
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Joyce Latham, UW-Milwaukee SOIS; Charlotte Lange, UW-Milwaukee SOIS; Jamie Lynn Kiefer, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
How do we identify content on the web to collect and curate? How is it like traditional acquisitions? How is it different? Using the topic of Milwaukee civil rights struggles, presenters will explore the opportunities and challenges.

Serving the Underserved
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Kathleen Kennedy, Beloit College
Have you ever thought about who's using your library? More importantly, have you ever thought about who's not using your library? Through data analysis and focus groups, the presenter identifies the major barriers preventing people from using public libraries. The goal of this is to better serve different demographics within our communities to make the library as accessible as possible to everyone.

UX Research Leads to Richer Library Websites
Track: Student and New Professionals 

Stephanie Rosso, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN; Amy Luedtke, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
UX research helps fuel the design of new services for tomorrow's library by offering insights into the “wants” and “needs” of the library’s users and non-users. It also reveals “how” and “why” people use your website. Librarians want to do what is best for their users and to maximize usage of their resources but are often held back by lack of time or support, or even inertia or experience. In this presentation, Hennepin County Library staff will share research results that have helped spark new approaches and design decisions as well as promoted deeper engagement and participation by users on the website. Hear practical advice on how to gain buy-in, collaborate and scrape together resources to do UX work in libraries of all types, big or small. 

4:40 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

3D Printers: Annoying Gadget or Technological Wonder Thing?
Track: Technology and Digital Services

Richard Zaborowske, Neenah Public Library
Not since the invention of the cardigan has the library world experienced an item as popular as the 3D printer. And while 3D printers are undeniably awesome, they are also noisy and time consuming. In this workshop you will not only learn the basics of 3D printing, but how to best incorporate a 3D printer into the library setting. Richard will provide tips on how to choose the right printer, selecting the best location in your library, and how to utilize the printer in library programming.

Banned Books Cabaret
Track: Advocacy and Promotion

Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library; Teri Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
UW-La Crosse Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library have an ongoing partnership to raise awareness and promote Banned Books Week. Join librarians from these institutions as they discuss the ways they engage both students and the community to celebrate Banned Books Week, in particular their Banned Books Cabaret, an evening combining art, theatrical performance and dialogue.

Great 108: Making Copyright Work for You
Track: Students and New Professionals

Rachel Becker, UW-Madison; Liz Antaramian, UW-Parkside, Kenosha
Copyright and fair use can be daunting concepts for librarians. However, with a little knowledge about applicable laws and how to make fair use work for you anyone can become comfortable with copyright. Learn about copyright laws specifically for libraries, understand fair use, and how you can speak to your patrons about these concepts. Also, discover resources to help you find answers to your copyright questions.

How Do You Do?
Track: Library Issues and Challenges

Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library
The most beneficial parts of attending a conference are often the informal hallway discussions and the connections you make over dinner. Join us for five- minute, small-group, casual conversation starters like: How do you handle kids skateboarding near the entrance of the library? How do you handle meeting room bookings? How do you dispose of discarded materials? How do you keep your bibliographies up to date? How do you track reference questions? How do you make statistics meaningful to your board? How do you start a capital campaign? How do you circulate cake pans? How do you staff a makerspace? Bring your own questions or use ours to spark connections and meet others. Don't forget to bring your business cards for follow-up conversations!

K-12 Science and Health Education Resources: NLM's Online Playground
Track: Support Staff

Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa, Hardin Library for Health Sciences, Iowa City
This presentation will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, health careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials and HIV/AIDS.

Notable Books Marathon
Track: Engaging People

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison;  Helene Androski, Madison; Eliot Finkelstein, UW-Madison
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!

Ukulele Strum Along
Track: Collaborations and Innovations

Mariel Carter, Marinette County Consolidated Library Services, Marinette
In this session, Mariel will use her ukulele and three chords to teach librarians to strum simple children's songs and nursery rhymes on a ukulele. Librarians will benefit by learning songs to liven their existing story time sessions and places to find free resources to continue beyond the basics. In addition, librarians will have the tools they need to teach these skills to adult patrons, so that parents and caregivers of young children can be equipped and motivated to continue singing nursery rhymes and songs at home. Participants are welcome to bring a ukulele to play along.

The WPLC User / Non-User Research Program: Gathering, Using and Sharing Data
Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Andrea Coffin, WiLS, Madison; Matt Heindel, Monona Public Library; Larry Oathout, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point
The WPLC User / Non-User Research Program began earlier this year and, in conjunction with Morrill Solutions Research, provided the public library community an opportunity to learn how to create, deploy, and interpret the results of local research into communities of library users and non-users. The resulting data and all the tools used to gather it are freely available to all public libraries in the state. Learn more about this program from members of the WPLC User / Non-User Survey Workgroup and from the library and system staff that developed their own local research projects through the program.

5:35 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

WLA Membership Meeting
Kalahari Convention Center

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  

UW-Madison SLIS Alumni Reunion
Kalahari Convention Center

UW-Milwaukee SOIS Alumni Reunion
Kalahari Convention Center

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Business Meeting/Meet and Greet
Kalahari Convention Center

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

WLA Foundation Fundraiser: Return of Team Trivia
Kalahari Convention Center