Little Big Read

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To help jump-start conversation at WAAL 2018, we’re trying something new: The Little Big Read. Imagine a traditional conference Big Read – where all attendees read the same book – but think article instead of book. When you register, select one of the four articles below (each matched to a speech or session track) and we’ll send you the full text. Read it and you’ll be ready to jump into the mix in Q&As and at lunch Thursday, where tables will be themed by article. Start your devices, please. Let the reading begin!

Track 1 (Information Literacy & Instruction)

Gregory, A. and Mccall, B. (2017). Building Critical Researchers and Writers Incrementally: Vital Partnerships Between Faculty and Librarians. In B. D'Angelo, S. Jamieson, B. Maid, J. Walker (Eds.), Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration Across Disciplines (pp. 371-386). Retrieved from

Track 2 (Diversity & Social Justice)

Baildon, M., Hamlin, D., Jankowski, C., Kauffman, R., Lanigan, J., Miller, M., ... Willer, A. M. (2017). Creating a Social Justice Mindset: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries. Retrieved from

Keynote Speaker, Ilana Stonebraker

Stonebraker, I., Maxwell, C., Garcia, K., and Jerrit, J. (2017). Realizing critical business information literacy: Opportunities, definitions, and best practices, Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 22:2, 135-148. Retrieved from;;context=lib_fsdocs

Luncheon Speaker, Lee Reiherzer

Stack, M. (2003). A Concise History of America’s Brewing Industry, Economic History Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History.

Special Events

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Wednesday, April 25th (preconference)

7:00 PM-9:00 PM Informal Get-Together

Jazz and wine at Becket's featuring the Jazz Orgy

Thursday, April 26

5:30 PM-7:30 PM Dine Around at Local Restaurants

Not sure where to go for dinner? Let food and networking be your guide. All of the restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel, although you are free to drive as well. Meet in hotel lobby.

beckets: Modern American dining riverside in downtown Oshkosh. Nightly specials, happy hour, live music, weddings, and more

Manila Resto: Eclectic and modern bar/eatery serving sushi and Japanese-style grilled dishes along with Filipino fare

Ruby Owl Tap Room: Local gastropub offering 30 craft beers on tap paired with a fantastic menu of interesting, from scratch casual fare.

Gardina's: A globally incluenced menu is served with wines and craft beers in chic, relaxed digs with live music.

Bar 430: Smart watering hole offering speciality cocktails and elevated pub grub in industrial-chic surrounds.


7:30-10:00 P.M. #WAALCRAWL2018


7:30-8:30 P.M. Downtown Walking Tour

Put on your comfy shoes and join us for a walking tour of downtown Oshkosh. Highlights wuill include the filming site of Public Enemies, the opera house, and the public library. Meet at the Opera House Square Sundial (on the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard).

8:30-10:00 P.M. Bar Crawl

Join us for networking and socializing at some of the locals' favorite establishments serving famous Winnebago County craft beer. Meet at the Opera House Square Sundial (on the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard).

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Poster Session and Reception

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Poster Session Reception- Thursday, April 26th

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Room: Leander Choate
All posters listed with an asterisk (*) have the designation of student category, including those which have both student and professional presenters.


An Open Internship

Madeleine Pitsch, Open Education Intern* - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Longitudinal Cohort Study on Information-Seeking Behaviors of Doctoral Students

Vanessa Marie Schlais, MLIS, PhD Student/Graduate Research Assistant* - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

From Data Dump to Dashboard

Jennifer Schmidt, Coordinator of Services - SWITCH Library Consortium

Rekindling Community Connections with Digital Holiday Cards

Elisa Coghlan, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator & Eric Kowalik, Instructional Designer - Marquette University

Social Media and Persistent Question Asking

Shauna Edson, Instructional Design Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Parkside

What in the World is an Access Services Intern?

Emylie Tonnacliff, Access Services intern* - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Know It All - Become the FAQ Master

Kim LaPlante, Manager of Research & Library Services - Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

“Can’t We Just Digitize It?”: Digitization Project Guidance from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Hannah Wang, Wisconsin Historical Society

Rate My Source: An Interactive Tool for Evaluating Sources

Anna Merry, Research & Instruction Librarian & Jodi Pierre, Research & Instruction Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

ATE (Advanced Technological Education) Central's Archiving Service

Rachel Hanson-Flynn & Michelle Hagenbaugh* - Internet Scout Research Group at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Finding and Evaluating Online Resources in an Evolving Digital World

Jessica Behrman, Outreach Coordinator and Managing Editor & Molly Blake, Content Writer* - Internet Scout Research Group at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jail Library Group

Zachary Fannin and Melissa Juvinall* - Jail Library Group, The Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Crossing the State with "Crossing the Line"

Emil Hoelter, Processing Archivist & Cynthia Bachhuber, North American History Librarian - Wisconsin Historical Society

Advocacy, Outreach, Assessment: Launching the Library Ambassador Program at UW-Madison

Kelli Hughes, Public Services & Collection Management Librarian & Pamela O'Donnell, Public Services & Communication Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Madison

What Makes You Geek?

Molly Mathias, User Experiences Librarian and Aubrey Huff, Learning Commons Intern - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Libraries & Orientation Programs: A Winning Combination

Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library, User Experience and Library Spaces; Steve Frye, Assistant Director, Head of Public Services; Pamela O’Donnell, Communications Librarian - College Library, General Library System, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Digitizing the Marquette Tribune: Shining a Beacon on University History

Katie Blank, University/Digital Records Archivist - Marquette University

Shelf Skimming: A Shelf-reading Strategy

Joan Sommer, Head of Access Services and Kerry Olivetti, Circulation Services Specialist - Marquette University


Abiye Agbeh, Laura Newberry, Natalie Bueno (BioCommons Ambassadors)* - University of Wisconsin-Madison, WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement)

You’ve Got Real Mail! A Creative Global Experiment on the Value of Libraries

Teri Holford, Engagement & Curriculum Collection Librarian - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Lightning Talks

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Lightning Talks - Friday, April 27th

2:15-3:30 pm

Room: Paul L.
Fishing in the MARC

Troy Espe, Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Predatory Journal Content in Publisher Package and Open Access Collections

Jennifer Huffman, Serials Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Understanding Connectivism: Using Social Media to Improve Information Literacy Through Non-traditional Channels

Sneha Sharma, Student- Purdue University

Passive Programs, Active Students: Top 5 Micro Connection Programs in the Learning Commons

Aubrey Huff, Learning Commons Intern - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Cultivating a Community of Respect on Social Media

Eric Jennings, Interim Head of the Research Center & Outreach Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

From Peer to Professional – An Evolution of Teaching Information Literacy Instruction

Elizabeth Kamper, Instructional Design Librarian - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

BioCommons: A Space for Collaboration

Laura Newberry, BioCommons Ambassador - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Building Community with a Film Series

Kris Glodoski Wolf, Librarian - Madison Area Technical College


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April 27th

Registration 8:00 AM - 5:00 pm

Room: Paul L. Alcove

 9:00 - 9:50 AM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: K.M. Hutchinson
Info Lit Instruction for the Remedial English Course: A Golden Opportunity

Jeff Ellair, UW-Sheboygan

Even though the course doesn’t include any research assignments, the instruction librarian at UW-Sheboygan teaches an information literacy session each semester for the non-degree credit ENG 098: Introduction to College Writing.  The entire 75-minute session is spent on student hands-on exercises and sharing of results, covering basic concepts of identification and evaluation of various source types.  There is no instruction or work on databases or other discovery sources.  In addition to the benefit to ENG 098 students, teaching this session has provided valuable librarian experiences and insight – even inspiration! – that have helped improve IL instruction for other courses.  Jeff will explain the organization of the session, he’ll share the exercises and results of the students’ work, and will tell why this has become his favorite class to teach.

Room: B.F. Carter
Structures of Whiteness: Colonialism and Diversity in Academic Libraries

Kalani Adolpho, UW-Madison

Academic libraries are predominantly white institutions in the United States. Although there have been attempts in recent decades to solve this “problem of diversity,” the racial makeup of librarians is largely unchanged. By merely focusing on recruiting librarians of color, we ignore the structures and frameworks of libraries that uphold and perpetuate whiteness, white fragility, and colonialism. These structures of whiteness ultimately exhaust, exclude and alienate people of color from libraries and librarianship, which contributes to issues with retention. This session will primarily focus on the “problem of diversity,” Indigenous peoples and cultures, and the ways in which classification systems and cataloguing perpetuate colonialism.

Room: Anna M.
Joining the Campus Narrative: Lessons on Storytelling from a Small Academic Library

Rachel Mueller, St. Norbert College

While the Mulva Library was already highly used by a majority of students, faculty and staff, we – like many other library teams in higher education – found our users were missing out on a variety of offerings and newsworthy tidbits throughout the year. And when we hired a communications professional, the initial goal was to help promote services, get important news to users and better connect with members of our wider community.

So, what have we learned two plus years later? Opportunities to tell our story continue to be ever-present, but several questions still pop up. How do we cut through the noise on campus, off campus and in a user’s daily life? How do we best attract, engage and listen to the people who want (and need) to hear our story? How do we do all of this while aligning with the college brand, the institutional strategic plan and contribute to library goals?

This session will cover various strategies and tactics our team implements to solidify a place in the campus narrative and successfully connect with faculty, students, staff, alumni and other members of the St. Norbert College community. From social media and video to targeted email campaigns, and articles sharing the impact of collaborative partnerships on campus and beyond, see what’s worked, what hasn’t and learn how to intentionally use content experimentation and content marketing principles to discover what opportunities there are to boost your library’s storytelling power on campus.


Room: Henrietta
Wisconsin and DPLA: What’s New, What’s Next

Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS; Josh Hickman, Beloit College

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) connects anyone with internet access to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions – currently more than 17 million unique resources from 2,000 partners nationwide. Wisconsin joined DPLA in August 2016, and now contributes nearly 500,000 resources to this national digital library through the Recollection Wisconsin DPLA Service Hub. As a Service Hub, Recollection Wisconsin is helping to further DPLA’s mission to create a vast, open collection of digital cultural resources. This presentation will offer an overview of how content from Wisconsin’s libraries, archives and museums is shared with DPLA and provide updates about DPLA’s current initiatives in outreach, education and copyright. Attendees will also learn about Recollection Wisconsin’s ongoing work to build a statewide community of practice around cultural heritage digitization and discover resources to help their libraries create digital collections and share them with DPLA.

9:50 - 10:30 AM

Morning Break

Room: Atrium Lobby

 10:30 - 11:20 AM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: K.M. Hutchinson
Reading, Writing, Research: Laying Information Literacy Foundations across 100-Level Courses

Nicole Bungert, UW-Milwaukee

Librarians at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) collaborate with multiple first-year courses to develop students’ foundational information literacy skills. Libraries are traditionally included—to varying degrees—in first-year writing, research, and composition courses. But how do we reach students who test out of that course, or don’t take it until later in their undergraduate career? Librarians at UWM develop activities for novice researchers that require students to apply and use information literacy skills repeatedly in several courses without duplicating the same assignment, even if students enroll in more than one. By working closely with instructors and course coordinators, librarians create learning experiences that are closely aligned with course objectives and expectations, while overall developing abilities students will need as they progress to upper-level courses. Presenter will share examples of complementary learning activities designed for new undergraduates and offer suggestions for designing instruction that meets appropriate learning objectives while supporting course assignments and content.

Room: B.F. Carter
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Charting the Course for Justice and Excellence in Academic Libraries

Jean Zanoni, Marquette University; Elisa Coghlan, Marquette University

An essential characteristic of excellence in academic libraries is an inclusive, just environment for learning and working—an environment that is not only enriched with diverse backgrounds and ideas but also recognizes the dignity of all human beings, respects varied viewpoints, and removes barriers of bias and discrimination. At this session, find out how Wisconsin academic libraries are striving toward this kind of excellence. The presenters will explore the current state of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in Wisconsin’s academic libraries and then zoom in on those efforts at Marquette University Libraries, where a strategic initiative has been developed to foster a “culture of inclusion” that values and engages all. The session will conclude with an opportunity for participants to share their own ideas, successes, and challenges in developing diverse environments in their libraries.

Room: Anna M.
Beyond Disability: Dreaming of Universal Design in an ADA Compliant Institution

Kate Hinnant, UW-Eau Claire

The Americans for Disability Act of 1990 (amended in 2008) is widely and rightly heralded for removing many barriers to access for public spaces and services. As a result, the United States offers relatively consistent public accommodations across a variety of spaces. The disparity between traveling in the United States versus traveling in other countries is often used as a marker of the advances the ADA has brought to our transportation systems, cultural institutions, and “places of public accommodation.” But the ADA has its limitations: it prefigures ideas about the competency of people with disabilities; it limits our vision of what constitutes inclusion; and it promotes institutional adherence to minimal standards which don’t always address the physical and social barriers presented by our public spaces.

This presentation, through a series of examples, will illustrate the tension between minimal ADA compliance and truly inclusive practices on at UW-Eau Claire and other college campuses.  Given the emphasis in librarianship on Universal Access and accessible design, I will focus on both the historical and aspirational role of the campus library in advocating for something more than mere compliance.


Room: Henrietta
Fishing for free online resources: what to keep and what to throw back

Rachel Becker, UW-Madison; Laura Briskie, UW-Parkside

Every year library budgets are shrinking while the cost of resources continue to rise. Library staff are constantly in search of new and innovative ways to save money and to provide their patrons with the latest and best resources possible. With the Open Access movement in full swing, quality and free scholarly information is getting easier to find. But how do you identify the quality resources from the vast quantity available online? Join us to learn about free and legal scholarly resources that you can use to find academic resources for your patrons and that your patrons can use to discover new content. Examples include websites, mobile apps, and browser extensions as well as discussion of how to avoid potentially illegal sources.  If you have a favorite resource we would also like to have you share it with us!

11:30 - 12:45 Luncheon featuring Lee Reiherzer

Lee Reiherzer

Room: Paul L.

Winnegago Beer: A History of Brewing In Winnebago County

There’s no Wisconsin county more representative of our state’s long history with beer than Winnebago County. This talk will cover the full breadth of that history from the late 1840s to the current craft beer scene. With stops along the way in the county’s hop fields and saloons. We’ll even have a taste of the sort of beer Wisconsinites were drinking in the 19th century.

A resident of Oshkosh, Reiherzer has been writing about the city’s beer culture and breweries since 2010. He co-authored the book The Breweries of Oshkosh and has written dozens of articles about beer culture and brewing history for local and national publications. He also maintains a webpage named Oshkosh Beer. In his spare time, he is an avid homebrewer. Currently he is at work on a book about the history of brewing in Winnebago County that should see release later this year or early next.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: K.M. Hutchinson
Re-Imagining instructional content: Embedding information literacy in open education course design

Elizabeth Kamper, UW-Milwaukee; Kristin Miller Woodward, UW-Milwaukee

The UWM Libraries leverage a consultative instructional design model to embed information literacy learning activities in courses. Librarians work with faculty to identify information literacy learning outcomes and then design learning activities, learning objects and assessments. As the Libraries’ open textbook initiative expanded recently to focus on sustainability of open textbook adoptions in large enrollment courses, we saw an opportunity to re-imagine our standard information literacy delivery model. In this presentation we will share how open textbook adoption led our Psychology 101 faculty to reexamine their own pedagogy and invite librarians to embed information literacy and assessments in their course for the first time. We will talk about the challenges of delivering information literacy at scale in a large enrollment course, Communication 103, with rotating faculty participation. We will also share our first experience embedding information literacy in a large enrollment course as part of an open textbook remix. Finally, we will share our progress toward greater integration in the curriculum and long-term plans for sustainability and continuous improvement. 

Room: B.F. Carter
Academic Freedom and the Library: Employing a Social Justice Lens for Understanding Intellectual Freedom

Megan Adams, UW-Madison; Rachel Hanson, UW-Madison

This presentation will explore the tensions that arise when academic librarians commit both to the professional tenet of intellectual freedom and to critical librarianship or social justice advocacy. Through an examination of historical context, theory, and contemporary professional literature, we will investigate how the present day academic library is confronting the potentially competing aims of intellectual freedom and social justice initiatives.  We will begin by exploring definitions of academic freedom and freedom of expression, then examine the various rationales for protecting speech in the context of higher education. To provide an overview of current trends in academic and intellectual freedom, we will draw on statements from the American Library Association as well as the Association of College and Research Libraries. Then, we will examine the aims and praxis of critical librarianship through a review of current literature in the field. Based on the premise that not all speech and not all speakers are equal, we will explore whether embracing academic freedom and professional neutrality is fundamentally at odds with activist efforts to ensure equitable access and opportunity.  We will seek to answer questions such as, how does neutrality further the ideal of intellectual freedom?  What risks and benefits are associated with the academic library remaining neutral?  How do social justice initiatives either align with or reject this notion of neutrality?  Can the values of social responsibility and intellectual freedom coexist? The presentation will conclude with a discussion of whether reasonable bounds can be placed on academic freedom to protect the interests of those who would be silenced by some forms of expression or some ideas.

Room: Anna M.
TEDx and Eliminating Library Fines: An Idea Worth Spreading

Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse; Dawn Wacek, La Crosse Public Library

The “x” in TED refers to an independently organized TED show, and they have been popping up across the UW campus system. UW La Crosse created its own TEDx presence, housed in Murphy Library, in 2013. After sending a UWL librarian, who was one of the founding members of TEDxUWLaCrosse, to the international TED Summit in Banff, Canada in 2016, TEDxUWLaCrosse was granted the full potential to ramp up its events. La Crosse Public Librarian Dawn Wacek was nominated to be one of the speakers on the TEDx stage. Her idea worth spreading: eliminate library fines as a way to bolster access to information and break down the link to poverty and education in the struggle to keep an informed citizenry, well... informed in a thriving democracy. This presentation will demonstrate UWL’s Murphy Library’s role in the creation and maintenance of the TEDx presence on campus, and secondly, share the experience of a community librarian stepping up on the TED red circle to promote an idea that rings true to all librarians.

Room: Henrietta
Textbooks on Open Reserve

Dolores Skowronek, Alverno College

There are plenty of reasons for academic libraries not to offer textbook collections, including prohibitive cost, rapid obsolescence, lack of space, lack of time, theft, competing with the campus bookstore, and a belief that students are responsible for buying their books. With so many reasons, academic librarians may feel justified holding on to practices that discourage collecting textbooks. Or, they can chose a different path. Offering Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other textbook alternatives would be ideal, however, advocating for campus wide acceptance and implementation of OERs can be a lengthy and time consuming process. For this reason, Alverno librarians chose instead to offer a physical textbook collection in order to provide students with immediate relief from the financial burdens associated with high textbook costs.

This presentation discusses the rationale for incorporating textbooks into an academic library collection and the process of creating, organizing, and maintaining an open reserve textbook collection at the Alverno College Library.

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM


Room: Atrium Lobby

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Lightning Talks

Room: Paul L.

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