Special Events

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Thursday, April 20

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

Not sure where to go for dinner? Let food and networking be your guide. You organize the carpooling; we provide the maps.
De O’Malley’s Pizza Pub: Pizza, burgers, and sandwiches in historic downtown Plymouth.
P J Campbells at the Depot: Authentic German dishes with an American twist, located at the former train depot in Plymouth.
Lake Street Cafe: Eclectic café serving California bistro-style fare. Includes a Wine Spectator Accredited wine list. Located in Elkhart Lake.
Lincoln Street Sports Bar: A relaxing family sports bar atmosphere in Elkhart Lake with seven TVs, pool table, and darts.

Trivia Night - 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Pursue trivial matters with your fellow librarians! We pride ourselves for making knowledge accessible, but how much knowledge have we absorbed? Find out at the WAAL 2017 Trivia Night! Bring your own trivia team, or join with friends you make at the conference! Admission: $10. Cash bar available.

Hashtag Contest #WAAL2017


Lightning Talks

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Friday, 2:15-3:30pm - Grand Libelle BC

The Lightning Talks program is for topics shorter than a full presentation or poster. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to speak on their topic. PowerPoint slides will be gathered ahead of time and presented as one continuous presentation, with an emcee coordinating the talks and delegating time.

Fighting Fake News with the Framework

Kate Hinnant (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire)

A complex information landscape requires more than a checklist or a map.


Library Directing: A Skills Inventory

Anna Stadick (University of Wisconsin - Parkside)

Two years ago the UW-Parkside library director position fell vacant and Anna Stadick, an archivist, suddenly became the interim director. [What were they thinking?!?] In this talk, Anna will address the knowledge and abilities she brought to the job what she still needs -- and what she doesn't. She will also give a tour of what the job involves to encourage interest among academic librarians and archivists in library leadership.

Putting Your User Research to Work

Leah Ujda (Widen Enterprises)

Many libraries are embracing a Design Thinking mindset. This requires investment of time and resources to develop empathy for users and explore multiple alternatives before deciding on a solution. Moving from user empathy to solution development can be difficult without any structure around the process. Inspired by the book Value Proposition Design by Osterwalder et al, Leah Ujda will share a framework for mapping user needs to solutions that create real value.

Getting to the Heart of Driving Change

Jennifer Chamberlain (University of Wisconsin Colleges)

While we know that the only constant in life is change, why is it so hard for many of us? Change management expert John Kotter suggests successful change appeals to people’s hearts not their heads. Jennifer Chamberlain will use the recent UW Colleges restructuring and the urgency of that change as a backdrop for learning (often the hard way) several important leadership lessons, such as: recognizing the power of people's emotions, culture is not the first thing to change but the last, vision does not rise out of budget cuts or the quest for efficiencies – transformational change occurs when the process brings everyone together with a common focus on mission and service.


How to Support Distance Education Without Teaching Online

Shauna Edson (University of Wisconsin - Parkside)

Do you struggle to get on faculty’s radar for online research instruction? Many of us do! There are other ways to support online programs while you work on building rapport with faculty. Contributing to faculty workshops, collaborations with instructional designers, creating self-paced research tutorials and facilitating peer trainings can all be great ways to build up library services for distance education.

Five Tips for Effective Library Sessions When the Faculty are Absent

Jeff Ellair (University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan)

Due to a variety of reasons, a librarian may sometimes teach an information literacy session for a class when the faculty member is not able to attend with his/her students.  This can present some heightened classroom management issues which can wear down the best of instruction librarians.  Jeff will share five strategies he has found helpful to maintain sanity and to increase student attention and productivity in situations as these.


An Academic Makerspace: One Year Later

Angela M. Vanden Elzen (Lawrence University)

Makerspaces and 3D printers have been a topic of conversation among librarians for the past few years, though the conversation tends to shift toward setting up a space and planning activities. This brief presentation will cover ongoing considerations that we've discovered after having an academic makerspace officially up and running at Lawrence University for just over a year.


CPU gets an upgrade!  A New Way of Looking at Cost-Per-Use

Nancy Bennett (Carroll University)

Journal Usage Statistics are ever-changing and ever-important. During a mandatory 10% cut in our journals, Nancy Bennett devised a new "Cost-Per-Use as a % of Total Cost" (CPU%) statistic to find the low-cost low-usage journals that traditionally get overlooked in traditional "Cost-Per-Use" (CPU) evaluation.


Implications of Consumer Health Information Seeking to Biomedical Professionals

Musa Dauda Hassan (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

The Internet today serves as a common resource for information acquisition and dissemination, which the patient and consumer use to access health-related information. Ordinarily, healthcare professionals, by their training in the field, were identified as the main source providers of health information to patients, including advice, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options. Unfortunately, many patients feel better using the Internet as an alternative. Keeping away from reliance on healthcare professionals with information about their health conditions made healthcare professionals' work obsolete among consumers and created negative consequences to public health. This study review highlights some of the implications of the Internet searching and seeking behavior of consumer health posed to society today.

Conference Scholarships

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The Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) 2017 Professional Development Committee is accepting applications for scholarships to the WAAL 2017 Annual Conference - Driving Change! The conference will take place at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, April 20-21. Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:

  • Library paraprofessionals: attending the WAAL conference is an easy way to expand your professional network and learn new ideas to bring back to your home institution. Paraprofessionals do not need to be WLA members to be eligible.
  • Library school graduate students: attending the WAAL conference can expose you to current issues in academic librarianship as told by librarians in the field. It's a great way to begin building your professional network, and it looks great on a resume! Graduate students must be WLA members before the start of the WAAL 2017 conference.
  • Undergraduate students: if you are an undergrad considering a career in library science, attending the WAAL conference will provide you with a deeper understanding of the profession and connect you with the two MLIS granting programs in Wisconsin. Undergraduates do not need to be WLA members to be eligible.

Scholarships cover the registration fee for the conference and up to $250 of documented expenses. Each scholarship recipient is paired with a mentor for the conference.

See the WLA website for application materials and more details:

The completed application packet must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to:

Jill Markgraf

Recipients will be selected by members of the WAAL Professional Development Committee and will be notified before Friday, March 24, about a month before the conference.

Please share this information with colleagues and students who may be interested.

Resources, Post-Conference

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Thursday, April 20

10:45 - 11:35 a.m. 

Page Not Found: Creating a Troubleshooting Workflow for e-Resources
Rachel Becker, UW-Parkside

Results from a Local Study on the Impact the Library Has on Student Learning
William Doering, UW-La Crosse; Douglas Baumann, UW-La Crosse

11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Practices of Effective Weeding Teams and Their Role in the Circular Economy
Tom Reich, UW-Stevens Point; Yan Liao, UW-Stevens Point; Anne Swenson, UW-Stevens Point; Melissa Bailey, UW-Stevens Point; Susan Mory, UW-Stevens Point

Providing Computer Help Before They Ask (Or Even Start Classes)
Kim LaPlante, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Using ILLiad for Acquisitions
Mitchell Scott, UW-Milwaukee; Beth Kucera, UW-Milwaukee; Victoria Peters, UW-Milwaukee

Friday, April 21

10:30 - 11:20 a.m. 

It's Not Just About the Salary: Creating and Sustaining a Positive Work Culture
Stef Morrill, WiLS; Jeff Brunner, WiLS; Melissa Mclimans, WiLS

Leveraging Library Systems for an Archival Advantage
Abigail Nye, UW-Milwaukee; Michael Doylen, UW-Milwaukee; Aaron Dobbs, UW-Milwaukee; Mitchell Scott, UW-Milwaukee; Joe Tomich, UW-Milwaukee

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 

Putting the Framework in the Driver's Seat: Conceptualizing and Understanding MLA Style Citations
Kelly Johnson, UW-Fox Valley; Ane Carriveau, UW-Fox Valley 

Social Justice Librarianship: An Introduction to the Literature
Lee Wagner, UW-Washington County

Poster Session and Reception

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Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm, Grand Libelle Foyer and Villa Foyer


Pinterestable Library Ideas

Anne Swenson (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point)

This poster displays ""Pinterest-able items"" made from old library card catalog cards, unused book covers made into ""gift bags,"" items made from old music/book pages, a sample of a cookbook our library created from employee recipes, and other ""goodies"" made from old books.


Converging Curriculum and the Concepts

Andrew Prellwitz (Ripon College)

Timing is everything. When the ACRL officially introduced the information literacy threshold concepts in February 2015, Ripon College was in the midst of redesigning its core curriculum. Rather than require a certain number of humanities, science or foreign language courses, Ripon created a five course curriculum called Catalyst. Each student will have a course on writing, quantitative reasoning, intercultural competence, interdisciplinary studies and a capstone problem-solving seminar. This core curriculum provided an opportunity for the library to develop a set of seven information literacy sessions based on the six information literacy threshold concepts. Andrew Prellwitz will present what’s taught in these sessions and the progress thus far.


Mindfulness in the Library

Ann Vogl (University of Wisconsin - Stout)

Can 10 minutes of meditation a week provide library staff with added focus and awareness? This poster will present my journey – beginning with the UW-Stout Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center’s Mindfulness Community of Practice to the results of my action research project. I set out to discover if there are perceived benefits of 10 minutes of meditation and learned a lot along the way, including that there are benefits beyond focus and awareness. Breathe in, breathe out.


Zines as a Teaching Tool

Meghan Dowell (Beloit College)

Zines are an exciting way to engage with first-year undergraduates and international students while providing information literacy instruction. The idea is to reinforce information discussed in class (especially one-shots) and provide additional assistance, activities, and free space for idea

Parkside Library’s Literacy Lab: A Cross-Campus Collaboration

Shauna Edson (University of Wisconsin - Parkside)

Over the past several years, Parkside Library has been redeveloping spaces throughout the library to better facilitate student collaboration, exploration and relaxation. A team made up of the Library, IPED (Institute of Professional Educator Development) and the Parkside Advancement Office redesigned a corner of the library into a woodland-themed sanctuary to better support faculty, staff and student needs. What began with a collection development grant and materials reorganization blossomed into a cross-campus collaboration to re-imagine an indoor space that mirrors the beautiful park and wilderness surrounding Parkside’s campus. IPED faculty regularly teach classes in the space to inspire student creativity as they learn how to utilize the early literacy books and games in the collection. Not surprisingly, all students are attracted to the space and collaborate on group projects while relaxing on the rock and tree stump bean bags strewn across the grass-green storytime carpet.

Is Library Instruction Worth the Investment? Making Our Impact on Student Success Transparent

Kate L Ganski (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) and Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon (University of Notre Dame)

Could you be telling a more compelling story with your instructional data? Learn how the UWM Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team is using the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment’s Transparency Framework to tell the full story of our instruction program, showcasing the data we already collect and publicly demonstrating our unit’s impact on student success. Our application of the NILOA Transparency Framework can be used as a model for other units within the library or the library as a whole, as a way to share data with stakeholders that maintains the complex relationships between goals, activities, and outcomes. Attendees will receive a self-inventory diagnostic tool to address the feasibility of the model and questions of local implementation. Through conversation and guided self-inventory, we hope to ignite attendees’ creation of a local application for their stakeholders.

Mobile Archivists: Archival Outreach on the Go

Jenny Barth and Catherine Hannula (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This project’s aim was to reach out to people who are not within ready access of professional archivists but wanted to preserve their memories. Alongside Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research archivist Amy Sloper, we became literal mobile archivists. In July of 2016, we planned and designed personal digitization workshops across rural northern Wisconsin. Through forming partnerships with local libraries and historical institutions, gathering the necessary equipment to digitize a wide range of materials, and promoting the events throughout the communities, we tailored our events to each individual area. At all three workshops, patrons requested more workshops be held. Their enthusiasm highlights the importance of these events in smaller communities across the United States.

Incoming Freshmen: Prior Research Experience and Thoughts About College Research

Jeff Ellair (University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan) and Jordan Duroe (Univeristy of Wisconsin - Eau Claire)

Over the past two years, Jeff has administered brief surveys to students in UW-Sheboygan’s First-Year Seminar course to learn more about the research skills and perceptions they possess at the time they first reach campus.  How much prior experience have new freshmen had with completing high school research assignments?  What types of sources have they used?  What are their concerns about anticipated college-level research?  View this poster for the results of these and oth

A Dish to Pass: Incorporating Collection Recipes into Campus Events

Heather Stecklein (University of Wisconsin - Stout Area Research Center)

This poster demonstrates the ways that the University Archives has incorporated historic recipes into existing Stout campus events. The Archives collaborated with event planning teams and Dining Services to serve recipes from the archives' collections at contemporary events. Events included a National Library Week vintage recipe tasting, a dormitory cafeteria lumberjack meal, and cookies from student and faculty created recipes at a building reopening celebration.


Driving Up Library Use Through Team-Building & Customer Service

Vince Mussehl (Chippeway Valley Technical College) and Jordan Duroe (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

We know how important customer service is in libraries, but are we really practicing all that we preach? How do we know or where do we start? At Chippewa Valley Technical College, we took customer service to a completely different level. We capitalized on our small staff and dramatically redeveloped our team to transform our library’s image, reputation, and – in effect– our use. Circulation numbers have soared to over a 400 percent increase while our digital library has seen over a 900 percent increase over the course of 2 years. See our service model, learn how we applied it, and discover some new resources that can help you succeed. Also, sign up for your chance to win prizes!


Problem Patrons in Academic Libraries

Matthew Coan (Madison Area Technical College)

You fill with dread as you see him coming toward the desk. Again? Will this ever end? Let's face it, it is often the worst part of our jobs working with certain kinds of patrons. Naturally, different personalities trigger very different feelings among librarians in academic libraries. I would like to examine some of the research, feelings, frustrations and (almost always) the stories that come from working with our least favorite patrons.

Ignatian Pedagogy and Library Instruction

Eric Kowalik and Leatha Miles-Edmondson (Marquette University)

Based on five elements - context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation, the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) embodies best practices in teaching and has been at the root of Jesuit education for over 5 centuries. Much has been written on how faculty can incorporate the IPP into semester long instruction, but little has been written on how librarians can incorporate IPP into library instruction. To address this need and create awareness about IPP in the library community, a 3 week online course was developed to foster a community of practice on this topic and offer a place where instruction librarians could develop practical ways the IPP can be added to their instruction toolbox. Come learn about this course, results from a recent pilot and sign-up for the next offering. You won't experience a spiritual conversion, but you may experience a pedagological one.


Chromebook Management – Library Laptop Checkout Program

Andy Ritter (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

Last year the UW-Milwaukee Library Systems department took over the administration of the Library Media Laptop checkout program. Over the past 5 years this program had grown to maintain over 100 units of varying hardware and software configurations. This undertaking required the re-development of the service and its administration. The task also required our office to plan and deploy a new hardware solution for our out-of-warranty laptops. We chose Google Chromebook hardware and administration for this new solution. The Library laptop checkout program became the first UWM Chromebook domain administration group and has become a model for further development across campus. This poster session will present details on our choice of laptop hardware, its end user configuration, the cost, its licensing, the administrative back end and various handout’s we give out to our patrons.


Talk to Strangers: A Speed Friending Event

Elizabeth Steans, Ann Vogl, Jessy Polzer and Lizzy Tegeler (University of Wisconsin - Stout)

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 but instead facilitates quick and organic mini-conversations centered around a list of conversation prompts. We think that the community members of UW-Stout have incredible stories to tell and connections to make that will test prejudices and stereotypes, and we are excited to share what we learned at our March 28th event with WAAL attendees. Our poster highlights our 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.”

Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) in Audio-Visual Digital Collections

Treshani Perera (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)>

This poster presentation will introduce attendees to the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS). OHMS is an open source free web application designed to inexpensively and efficiently enhance access to oral histories online. The web-based portal can be used to connect textual search terms in a transcript or an index to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview. The poster will cover content on getting started with OHMS, adding keywords and segment titles for oral history digital collections, managing metadata using keywords and subject heading thesauri, and synchronizing a transcript with the recording to automatically generate timecodes on the transcript.

Digitizing the Beloit College Diary Repository

Joshua Hickman (Beloit College)

The Beloit College Diary Repository digitization project began in the fall of 2015 as a student-led effort to increase access to the archives diary collection. In its current state, the digital collection primarily includes records only, but over time, digital reproductions, transcripts, and even finding aids are being added. This poster will summarize steps taken to create Dublin Core records for each diary, including the careful selection of access points and controlled vocabularies, as well as the process for selecting diaries to be fully digitized. Challenges and opportunities presented by student involvement in the project will also be discussed. Finally, the poster will present ideas for future enhancements to this and other digital collections that have been largely curated by students.


Implications of Consumer Health Information Seeking and Sharing Among Groups of Users of the WhatsApp Social Messaging Network

Musa Dauda Hassan (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

The advent of various instant mobile messaging applications on smart phones, including the WhatsApp application, poses a great danger for the sharing of authentic information related to health information. WhatsApp is an instant-messaging service that allows mobile users to send real-time text messages to individuals or groups of friends at no cost. This poster presents findings of an online survey of WhatsApp instant-messaging users and data gathered from information shared among individuals and groups of users of WhatsApp. Each post shared will be analyzed by the number of people who read the message, followed by a full-text thematic content analysis examining the context of the messages. WordStat software will be used to display the co-occurrences of data using different visualization techniques including force base graphs of multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) or circular graphs. WordStat will also be used to generate dendrograms of clusters of health information keywords and content categories that were shared among individuals and groups within WhatsApp. The findings will visualize what kinds of health information users disseminate, the sources they use and user information-seeking habits on the WhatsApp social application.


We Taught How to Fact-Check Internet News and You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next!!

Angela M. Vanden Elzen and Gretchen Revie (Lawrence University)

Given the current state of Internet news, a small group of reference librarians put together a brief session on applying fact-checking skills to the news we read online- especially as related to social media. Our poster will cover the ways we reached out to the Lawrence University and extended community through presentations, as well as materials and tips we generated along the way.

Improving Reference Services in Academic Libraries Based on Eye-tracking Technology*

Sukwon Lee and Benjamin Omwando

This poster intends to investigate the relationship between eye-tracking technology and Web 2.0 technologies applied in academic libraries in the UWM Golda Meir library. In the recent decade, Library 2.0 has evolved in an effort to offer user-centric services so that Academic library communities began to adopt a variety of Web 2.0 techniques, such as blogs, RSS, collaborative tagging, and user annotations, in library reference services. In addition, eye-tracking technology was introduced and many studies in LIS field have conducted usability tests using eye-tracking devices in order to better understand users’ information seeking behaviors in terms of quantitative aspects. The preliminary investigation reveals Web 2.0 techniques are widely applied in UWM library settings, and there is a room for eye-tracking technology can benefit the settings more interactive and encouraging. Based on these preliminary results, we discuss the future of library services driven by enhanced eye-tracking applications.