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Call for Post-Conference Materials

Thank you for sharing your experience and insight with WAAL Conference attendees. The Conference Planning Committee now invites you to submit your materials (PowerPoint slide sets, handouts) for posting to the post-conference webpage. Please send these materials toKaren.

Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients!

The following individuals have been awarded conference scholarships. Please extend words of welcome when you see them!

Ann Graf: SOIS Graduate student at UW-Milwaukee
Ann isinterested in Academic Librarianship and Cataloging. Her mentor during the conference is Leah Ujda from UW-Digital Collections Center.

Marijo Giblin: Undergraduate student at MATC
Marijo is interested in Cataloging, Circulation, Library & Information Literacy Instruction, and Reference. Her mentor during the conferene is Peter Gilbert from Lawrence University.

Tomissa Porath: Undergraduate student at Ripon College
Tomissa is interested in Circulation and Library Instruction. Her mentor during the conference is Jane Bannerman from UW-Madison.

Katherine Westby: SLIS Graduate student at UW-Madison
Katherine is interested in Library Instruction. Her mentor during the conference is Marc Boucher from Nicolet Area Technical College.

Scholarships Available!

The WAAL Professional Development Committee makes scholarships available to undergraduate library assistants, library school graduate students and library support staff/paraprofessionals. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 8, 2010.

For more information and to access the application forms, see the Professional Development Committee pages.

Call for Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help staff the Registration table and to serve as room monitors and introduce speakers. Learn more...


Conference Guest Speakers

Wednesday Luncheon, April 21

Redevelopment of the Urban Environment with Bob Greenstreet

Bob Greenstreet will discuss the redevelopment of the urban environment of Milwaukee over the past 5 years.  Specific reference will be made to the unique town/gown relationship between the city of Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Professor Robert Greenstreet is an architect and Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is currently the longest serving Dean of Architecture in North America. 

Dr. Greenstreet is the author/co-author of seven books, has contributed to nineteen other texts and handbooks and has published over one hundred and fifty working papers and articles, both nationally and internationally. He specialized in the legal aspects of construction.

In Milwaukee, he has served as Chairperson of the City Plan Commission from 1993 to 2004, has been a member of numerous citywide task forces, including the Zoning Code Task Force, and has been involved in the selection of architects for many important major building projects, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Pier Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Market.

From 2002-2003 Dr. Greenstreet served as Interim Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and, in 2003 was asked by Mayor Barrett to become the Director of Planning and Design for the City of Milwaukee, creating a unique town/gown relationship between the University and the City that is a first of its kind in the nation. In 2008, the position evolved into the Chair of City Development which Greenstreet holds in addition to the Deanship of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.


Wednesday Keynote, April 21

The Integrative Information Literacy Opportunity - A Whole Library Response with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

As developments in teaching and learning in higher education offer new opportunities for integrative information literacy in the undergraduate curriculum and the student experience, libraries are poised to respond with a full-range of useful information tools and resources, robust services, and welcoming and enriching space/place environments. By drawing on projects from across the Association of College and Research Libraries, this session will highlight strategies for integrating information literacy in content-specific and general education curriculum, engaging pedagogies, creative collaboration, space design and development, etc. Whether you are an instruction librarian or not, this session offers to chance to see how you contribute to student learning and success.

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Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is coordinator for information literacy services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and associate professor for library administration. She is currently an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois and a member of the Immersion Program Faculty of the Institute for Information Literacy.

Lisa also is the current Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Her service within ACRL has included positions on the Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force, Institute for Information Literacy Executive Committee, Institute for Information Literacy Undergraduate Student Surveys Group, and Institute for Information Literacy Best Practices Advisory Panel. She also has served on the LOEX Advisory Board and was a member of the Association of Research Libraries' Task Force on Library Roles in Enhanced Environments for Teaching and Learning, Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee, and Learning Outcomes Working Group.

Lisa's most recent publication is "The Future of Information Literacy" in The Information Literacy Instruction Handbook (ACRL, 2008). Lisa has received the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award, ONLINE World Best Practice Award, and Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award. Lisa received her Master of Education and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).


Thursday Luncheon, April 22

The Making of Milwaukee with John Gurda

Milwaukee was known as “good land” to native Americans, a place of abundant natural resources. It became, over the decades, a major Great Lakes port, a stronghold of industry, a capital of ethnic diversity, a model of good government, and one of the most livable large cities in America. “The Making of Milwaukee” is a fast-paced PowerPoint program that captures the full sweep of the community’s history, from its wilderness past to the complex patterns of the 21st century.


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John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of nineteen books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship.

The Making of Milwaukee is Gurda’s most ambitious effort. With 450 pages and more than 500 illustrations, it is the first full-length history of the community published since 1948. Milwaukee Public Television created an Emmy Award-winning documentary series based on the book in 2006.

In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Friday Keynote, April 23rd (9:00 AM - 10:15 AM)

Getting Unstuck with Rachel Singer Gordon

We tend to get "stuck" at various points along our career path: when trying to land that first job, when figuring out how to get promoted or move up, when sitting in a comfortable workplace that fails to stretch us professionally, when wanting to strike out on our own, when seeking the courage to tackle something new. This presentation talks about identifying when and whether we are "stuck," and covers strategies for getting "unstuck" -- changing our thinking, changing our patterns, and changing the way we approach problems.

Topics include:

  • Assessing where you are
  • Determining where you want to be
  • Deciding on the steps you need to take to get there.
  • Moving ahead!


R. Singer Gordon, photo

Rachel Singer Gordon is webmaster,, and consulting editor at Information Today Inc., Books Division. She is the former Head of Computer Services at the Franklin Park Public Library, Illinois, and is currently a freelance writer, editor, and presenter.

Rachel has authored eight books for librarians and information professionals, most recently What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros (ITI, 2008), Information Tomorrow: Reflections on the Future of Public and Academic Libraries (ITI, 2007), and The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide (ITI, 2006).

Among her other professional activities, Rachel is the "On the Brink" columnist for Emerald's Library Link; she was also the "Computer Media" columnist at Library Journal from 2002-2008 and coauthored "Tech Tips for Every Librarian" in Computers in Libraries magazine from 2006-2008. Rachel speaks widely on topics from alternative careers to writing for publication to generational issues, and blogs atThe Liminal Librarian.



Call for Conference Programs!


The WAAL Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 60-minute breakout sessions for:

Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Target areas for sessions from the 2009 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • Emerging technologies
  • Assessment
  • Design thinking
  • Library instruction demos
  • Fundraising skills
  • Technical Services
  • Work opportunities outside standard library institutions
  • Future of libraries visioning session
  • Vendor demos
  • Library instruction
  • Collaborations outside of the library
  • Staff development topics (e.g. management of meetings)
  • ACRL topics


To submit a breakout session proposal please forward the following information:

1. Abstract of the program (300 words or less).
2. Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information.
3. Format (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.).
4. Equipment needs.

Proposals are due by November 16, 2009.

Please send all questions and proposals to Elizabeth Hunt (email preferred).

Elizabeth Hunt
Resource Services Librarian
Lane Library
Ripon College
300 Seward Street
Ripon, WI  54971


Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Milwaukee - April 20 - 23, 2010

TheWisconsin Association of Academic Librariansis a Division of theWisconsin Library Association,ACRL Chapter.

Questions or comments regarding these pages can be directed toKaren Dunn.

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