SSCS One-Day Conference 2012

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logoWednesday, May 23, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

D.J. Bordini Business & Industry Center
5 Systems Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912-2277

Conference-At-A-Glance

All Together Now: Library Advocacy, Front Line Service, and the Wisconsin Library Community
Ron McCabe, WLA President, will describe how we can work together to demonstrate the vital importance of the services that libraries provide.

The Tattooed Librarian (Key Note)
Amelia Osterud is the Director of Information Services and Circulation Librarian at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as well as being the author of The Tattooed Lady: A History. Osterud’s research uncovered the true stories behind the legends of courageous women who covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival and sideshow stages for scandalized audiences. Though they spawned a cultural movement—almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos—these women have largely faded into history. Join Osterud for a discussion about her research, the research process and the long road to publishing a book that seeks to clear up the mystery and misinformation surrounding these ladies in the historical and scholarly record.

Implementing RFID Technology: From Tagging to Automated Materials Handling
Through pictures and dialog, we will take a tour of the three-year process used by Middleton Public Library to implement RFID technology. Examples will be shown of RFID usage with checkout, including self-check and security, and with check-in, including dual-induction Automated Material Handling System. Discussion will include Middleton’s process of choosing and implementing RFID, our growing circulation, effects on staffing and the need to maintain services for our patrons.

Katie Adkins, Circulation Supervisory Staff, Middleton Public Library; Barbara Henderson, Circulation Supervisory Staff, Middleton Public Library

Understanding and Serving Patrons on the Autism Spectrum
The frequency of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses has been increasing for years. Today, one in 100 children is diagnosed with this disorder, which has become the third most common developmental disability. Children, teens and adults on the spectrum are library users and it is crucial for library staff to understand the disorder to better serve this population. This presentation will include an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how library staff can tailor customer service practices for individuals with the disorder.

Ashley Thiem-Menning, Preschool Specialist Librarian, Appleton Public Library

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) Access and Navigation
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC), a digital system which distributes e-books and other multimedia, offers the most e-book formats with Pdf, Mobipocket, EPUB and Kindle library downloads. E-book usage is increasing, according to the latest statistics from OverDrive, with triple-digit growth in 2011 of e-book discovery and online readers. Plus with the seventeen different library systems pooling their resources to dramatically increase digital content, accessing and downloading e-content will be important to library users, thus making this a crucial aspect for library support staff. This presentation will cover how to access e-content, specifically looking at how to access e-books. It will cover how to navigate the WPLC page and download the books onto different devices, e.g. kindle, nook, computer. Discussion will include how the WPLC account is separate from a local library account for most libraries and how to link to the WPLC from a local library portal page.

Renee Kapusniak, doctoral student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies; Jennifer Thiele, doctoral student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

ILS Transition From III Millennium to Koha
The library at Ripon College, a 1,000-student liberal arts college, recently transitioned its ILS from III Millennium to Koha provided by ByWater, an open-source ILS. Although the idea to change stemmed from financial need, the open-source movement is also a more accurate reflection of our values as information professionals and our desire to spread knowledge. Switching ILSs is a huge task in general, but the web-based, open-source platform presented unique hurdles. For example, should a worker want, they could check a book in from their dorm room and never actually return it. It also had improvements, like being easier to use for staff and giving patrons greater access to their account. The student workers like this system a lot better than the old one. The librarians, for the most part, do not. My presentation would be an overview of the transition to this much more affordable system from both the librarian and staff perspective, Koha’s strengths and weaknesses, and the pros and cons of a web-based, open-source ILS as it relates to the staff.

Kate Moody, Access Services Librarian, Ripon College

ResCarta: Create, Collect and Display Local History
Create, collect and display your community's local history photographs and documents. Make them part of a National Public Library resource. This presentation will address scanning, metadata creation, collection creation, indexing and web display.

John Sarnowski, Director, ResCarta Foundation

Chair Yoga
Ashley Thiem-Menning, Preschool Specialist Librarian, Appleton Public Library

Overdrive and eReaders in a Public Library
The field of e-books and digital downloads is rapidly changing. There are changes in availability by publishers, in access oints such as OverDrive, and in patron demand. It's hard to keep up with the changes. In this presentation, Diana will give you suggestions on how to handle problems that come up and ways to explain things that seem to resonate with patrons. As an audiovisual librarian, Diana spends much of her time training staff at her library, giving presentations in the community, creating materials to assist people inusing e-readers and audio book downloads and providing one-on-one assistance and training to staff and patrons.

Diana Sandberg, Media Librarian, Appleton Public Library

Telling the Library's Story
An introduction to tools and techniques for using digital storytelling to communicate with impact. Use audio, photos, and video to put human faces and voices behind your success stories, promotions, and needs. Joshua will discuss the advantages of a storytelling approach and demonstrate inexpensive audio recorders, multimedia software, web tools and informational resources.

Joshua Cowles, IT Technician, Fond du Lac Public Library