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Streaming Video at UW-Stevens Point: Delivering Video at the Speed of Light

UW-Stevens Point began pilot testing a new streaming video program this spring using PBS digital videos.  Faculty teaching distance classes were invited to select videos from the PBS Digital Video catalog for use in their classes.  The presenters surveyed both students and faculty to gauge how/if these digital videos are meeting their needs as well as their satisfaction with the program. 

The presenters will discuss the nuts and bolts of working with digital video files, how digital video files can be integrated into online teaching/learning environments, as well as securing funding for future streaming video initiatives.  Our poster session highlights one of UW-Stevens Point’s uses of emerging technologies to extend the realm of information resources and services beyond the walls of the library and classroom.

Tom Reich, Collection Development Librarian, UW-Stevens Point
Aaron Nichols, Access Services Librarian, UW-Stevens Point


Wisconsin Go Local: an E-Directory for Health

In 2010, Ebling Library, UW-Madison and other library partners will build Wisconsin Go Local, an e-directory of health information searchable by health topics, by county, by city and by zip code.  Go Local, a national project sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, seeks to provide statewide and state-to-state access to local health services.  Once launched, Wisconsin residents will share equally in easy access to listed services and in opportunities to add local information to the database. 

Go Local will provide an important tool for our Healthiest Wisconsin toolkit.  It will be useful for clinicians, patients, for young and old, for anyone seeking health services and resources by location. 

This poster will describe the collaborative development process being implemented in Wisconsin, Go Local functionality and invite all to participate in its development and sustainability.

Ulrike Dieterle, Distance & Outreach Coordinator, Ebling Library

The Academic Librarian as a Published Scholar

Dr. Walther is a former librarian, library school instructor, library science journal editor (The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances), professional development trainer and now works as a publishing adviser for a publishing house (Emerald).

The session will include: considering productive writing relationships in academic libraries, beyond departments, the library and even campus. Participants can learn broad lessons that are intrinsically valuable to any scholarship, regardless of topic and goal publication.

Learners will walk away with: How to target your research and writing more effectively; The role of the editor and reviewers and how they approach their work; How to peer review your own work; The secrets of the revision process; And what to look for beyond publishing: reviewing, Editorial Advisory Board membership, Editorship.

Dr. James H. Walther, US Publishing Adviser, Emerald Group Publishing Inc.

Big Numbers, Small Libraries: Using Google Analytics in Small Academic Libraries

For small libraries, the website is the initial, and often only, contact with patrons. Google Analytics is a free tool that can measure how users interact with your website. However, the sheer volume of data and associated measurements can be fairly intimidating. This poster shows how Google Analytics can be used in libraries. The poster will include definitions of important metrics, behaviors they suggest, and how this information can be used to craft websites and make meaningful decisions.

Joe Morgan, SLIS, UW-Madison and librarian, Center for Limnology

Handling SMS Messages at the Information Desk

Students are texting from cell phones more and more, while using instant messaging less.  Libraries should take advantage of this growing communication medium by efficiently handling SMS messages at the Information Desk.  This poster session reviews the current options for doing this and addresses our experience at Marquette with several of them.

Susan Peacock,E-Learning and Instructional Librarian, Raynor Memorial Libraries
John Jentz, Research Services Librarian, Raynor Memorial Libraries


The Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER), developed by Internet Scout, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a free online portal offering educational resources and services built specifically for those in community and
technical colleges. Funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Science Digital Library, AMSER connects educators and students to authoritative online math and science resources and offers tools to help integrate them into learning

The AMSER portal covers hundreds of topics and includes lesson plans, videos, podcasts, and more. The resources in AMSER are free and have been hand-selected by librarians and content experts. AMSER also offers tools that make it easier to use the resources in their collection such as a customizable folder system, a bulletin service, saved searches, and features which allow users to rate and comment on resources. Visit AMSER.

Andrea Coffin, UW-Madison

WAICU Digital

The images in this collection have been selected from the archives of Wisconsin independent colleges and universities, and their affiliates. Representing only a small portion of the available resources, the selection details the history of these institutions through photos, documents and objects created between the 1800s and early 1900s. Later content will include history from the mid-1900s to the present.

Jonathan Hinck, Serials & Archives Librarian, Viterbo University Library

LCP Project at Nicolet College

Providing library resources to the learner at the point of need is the focus of Nicolet College’s Library Course Page Project. Every credit course has a dynamically created library course page, which provides learners with relevant library/research materials.  Faculty are encouraged to work with librarians to customize their pages, but students will receive relevant course information even if faculty do not actively participate.   Some of the types of information incorporated in LCPs are Library Contact Information, Course Reserves, Research Databases, Reference Chat, Free Websites, Course Podcasts, and many  others. 

This poster session will present features and implementation information, as well as how the program has been received.

Marc Boucher, Library Director, Nicolet Area Technical College

The Wisconsin Library Foundation --- Check us out!

The WLAF has multiple resources available to assist librarians and library staff with promoting their services, resources, programs, and activities to Wisconsin residents and library funding sources. 

Our poster session will focus on these resources – including the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries; the Wisconsin Libraries Say Cheese! event – this year scheduled for  Wednesday, November 17; the Foundation’s YouTube Channel (created to share audio stories of how libraries impact people’s lives ); Foundation website resources; and information about the WLAF scholarship program and the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC).

The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation (WLAF)

UW-Madison’s LIS Courses for Undergraduates
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies currently offers two undergraduate courses for credit. LIS 201 The Information Society is taught by Greg Downey. This course broadly covers “The Information Society” and includes topics as diverse as the post-industrial society, social networking, and network security and the state. It is a hybrid course that is taught with traditional face-to-face lectures and sections, but also includes novel online activities and online conversations through a course wiki. Kristin Eschenfelder currently teaches LIS 202 Digital Divides and Differences in an Information Society.  LIS 202 will explore “digital divides,” while paying particular attention to underrepresented groups in the Northern Midwest, including Hmong, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos.

I have served as a Teaching Assistant for each course and look forward to discussing these unique courses with others.

Jennifer Huck,School of Library & Information Studies, UW-Madison

Marketing LibX at UW-Parkside: Strategy and Experience

LibX  is an open-source Firefox and Internet Explorer add-on that allows users to access library resources (catalog, periodical list, WorldCat, etc.) directly from an Internet browser. UW-Parkside Library introduced LibX to the UW-P community in September 2009, and used a variety of methods—email, faculty and student orientation, library workshops, a video tutorial etc.—to market the tool. 

In order to learn about the usefulness of LibX from users' perspective as well as to find out the most effective marketing methods to use across the UW-Parkside campus, we invited users to participate in an anonymous online survey at the end of the Fall 2009 semester.  We received both positive feedback as well as user concerns with the tool.  A discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of our marketing strategies, as well as five key suggestions for marketing electronic resources, are offered in the conclusion.

Qinghua Xu, Electronic Resources Coordinator, UW-Parkside
Paige Mano, Reference/Instruction Librarian, UW-Parkside

Test Drive Forward

You’ve heard all about Forward, the UW System Resource Discovery experiment that builds a unified search interface for library data. Now join us at the WAAL Poster session and take the application for a spin!  Forward development task force members will be available during the session to discuss features, bugs, plans for development, or whatever is on your mind. Laptop testing stations will be available for on the spot searching and demonstrations. Take this opportunity to show us what you love, hate, or don’t quite understand about Forward.

User feedback is key to development of this project... we look Forward to talking with you!

Steve Frye, Public Services Librarian, College Library, UW-Madison,
Kelli Keclik, Reference Librarian, College Library, UW-Madison
Eric Larson, Library Application Developer, UW-Madison
Steve Meyer, Library Application Developer, UW-Madison
Leah Ujda, Metadata Librarian, UW Digital Collections Center

Send your post-conference materials toKaren!

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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