SSCS One-Day Conference 2018

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UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
Aural Umhoefer Administration Building

1006 Connie Road
Baraboo, WI 53913

Registration is now OPEN! (or use the PDF)

Registration cost:  $60.00 for WLA Members
                              $100.00 for Non-WLA Members
                              $30.00 for Students

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This year's theme is Support Staff & Circulation Services Rock!

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Baraboo Inn
725 W Pine Street
Baraboo, WI 53913 

Rates are $75/night (plus taxes) for two queen beds, includes a continental breakfast

Reservations can be made by calling 608.356.1100 and use reservation code 1313 or mention the WLA SSCS Conference.

Conference Schedule

8:30am - 9:00am – Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am – Conference Welcome 

9:15am – 10:00am – Keynote Address - Tracy Herold, Director of the Dane County Library Service

Tracy will be speaking about leadership in the current library environment. Have you ever felt stuck?  Most of us have.  Let's talk about working in the state of "stuck," identifying your options, and uncovering your hidden abilities to change, learn and lead.

10:10am – 10:55am – Breakout Sessions 1

·        Making It Mobile: Circulation Beyond the Desk 

Barbara Henderson & Katie Ganser, Circulation Supervisors, Middleton Public Library

Join Barbara and Katie, two of Middleton Public Library’s circulation supervisors, for a laid-back look at the ways Middleton is taking their circulation department beyond the traditional circulation desk.  This presentation will explore mobile circulation technologies, ways Middleton circulation staff have participated in collection promotion, display ideas for community involvement, and more!

·        Replacing Your Cash Register with a Square Point-of-Sale System
Janice Sciano, Circulation Services Supervisor, Hales Corners Library

Tired of using your old cash register? Wish you could accept credit cards or Apple Pay? Take a look at how the Hales Corners Library first began accepting credit card payments using the Square reader with an iPad mini and then eliminated their cash register, replacing it with the Square point-of-sale system. Sample tips, tricks and reports will be shown.

11:05am – 11:50am – Breakout Sessions 2

·         PLSR: What Does It Mean for You? 
     Jon Mark Bolthouse, Director, Fond du Lac Public Library, Bridget Christenson, Director, Hatch Public Library

The Public Library System Redesign Project (PLSR) is a community-based project focused on how to best provide equitable public library system services in WI. Building on the work of many, its goal is to develop a plan for implementation of new models of service. A final recommendation report will be delivered to the DPI in August of this year. Members of the PLSR Steering Committee will share information about the project and what it may mean for you & your library in the future.


·         Aid your Aides
Caitlyn Konze, Information Services Manager, Viterbo Library, Viterbo University

Aides and students can be a library’s best and most necessary resource. Todd Wehr Memorial Library at Viterbo University relies on students to be our front desk presence, process a large volume of interlibrary loan, and act as information triage. This session will cover high impact practices for any library's entry level positions, training tips, and an interactive Q & A about success and challenges. Encourage and invest in your aides, and they will make your library shine.


11:50am – 1:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm – 2:00pm – Breakout Sessions 3

·         21st Century Library Trends in 2018 
Jocelyne Sansing, Director, Middleton Public Library


   What does the 21st Century Library mean in 2018? This session will explore current trends in building design and services, with examples from around the world. Participants will take away key concepts and ideas that are easily shared with staff of all levels, as well as community stakeholders and elected officials.


·         Virtual Library Cards-Fine Free Forever! 
Anneliese Finke & Matt Beinemann, Library Assistants in Public Services, Mead (Sheboygan) Public Library

Imagine if we told you there was a way to immediately increase your library’s circulation and database usage, build a strong partnership with your community’s schools and never have to worry about lost materials and fines? What if there was a way to share resources, save money and provide access to your library’s databases and electronic resources to all children enrolled in public schools in your community? Mead Public Library would like to tell you about the new Virtual Library Cards that we will be rolling out to all K-12 students in the Sheboygan public schools this fall. Can you envision children in your community using their student IDs to do research at the public library without ever leaving their classrooms? Or downloading a new e-book while sitting in the school cafeteria? Can you picture a library card for kids that will ALWAYS be in good standing and NEVER accrue fines or charges?! Join us for an engaging session on how we are getting this done and how you can make this a reality for your library too!

2:00pm – 2:15pm – Afternoon Break

2:15pm – 3:00pm – Breakout Sessions 4

·         Use Your Words: Tips on Being an Articulate Advocate 

 Marge Loch-Wouters, Educator for iSchool; library consultant, WLA President; tireless advocate


Have you ever said, “She/he/they just don’t get what I do!”? or wondered why peers or members of the public disregard you or are not understanding your plans, services or work? Our ability to express ourselves about our work can have a positive effect in preventing common misunderstandings – and frustrations. The power to use words well helps you become a strong and articulate advocate. We’ll explore some easy strategies to become more effective advocates not only within our work environment but also with our public in the communities we serve. By creating a stronger network of advocacy and understanding, we can more easily accomplish the important work we do in our libraries. Hands-on practice included!

·         Enacting Policy Change at your library 
   Paula Stanton, Circulation Supervisor, LE Phillips Memorial Public Library

Would you like to change library policy, but don't know where to start? This session will explore the process the LE Phillips Memorial Public Library went through to eliminate fines. Who did we talk to? What did we talk about? And why were we interested in change? We'll also discuss the impacts of going fine free on our budget, our circulation, our materials and (most importantly) our circulation and support staff!

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Closing Remarks

·         Paralibrarian Award Announcement

·         Plan for Next Year!

·         Door Prize Drawing

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