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Conference News and Highlights

Thank you for participating in the WAAL 2011 Annual Conference! Please help us renew, energize, and sustain great ideas for future conferences by filling out this survey:

The Instruction Potluck Needs You!

The Instruction Potluck, Thursday (April 28) 10:45am-noon, is designed around problems and solutions in library instruction, and we’re looking for materials to share. The presenters will share their own ideas and tools, but we want submissions from the audience as well, as our goal is for everyone to leave the program with a template, tool or idea to employ in their own classroom. 

To share ideas: take the survey here email attachments, URLs, and comments to Laura( Lia(

Scholarships Available, Apply Today!

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 isMarch 4, 2011.

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

Volunteers Sought!

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

Conference Guest Speakers

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

M. Cragin, photo

Melissa Cragin

Growing the Curation Community in LIS: Current Research and Educational Initiatives

Digital curation has emerged as an important area for Library and Information Science research, and is of particular interest for academic and research libraries. There are now a number of service models emerging, as we assume increasing responsibility for the curation and stewardship of research data across our institutions. Curation of research data involves a range of problems that will need to be better understood; and, while it is clear that libraries cannot address or solve these problems alone, our work will have an impact: How we shape our collective data infrastructures will shape how data assets contribute to science. This talk will address current research in the field of data curation and the development of education programs to meet these challenges.

Thursday, April 28, 2011, Luncheon

Jim Oliva

Trivia in Stevens Point: The Grip of a Contest

The luncheon program will feature a discussion of the writing, organization, execution and playing of the World's Largest Trivia Contest in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Friday, April 29, 2011      

Char Booth

C. Booth, photo

Instructional Literacy and the Library Educator: Design, Technology, and Academic Culture

Whether or not "instruction" appears in our job titles, librarians in the academy increasingly find ourselves in the position of teaching our users, colleagues, and peers. At a time of massive transition in the academy, the pedagogical mission of libraries must be explored at a collective and individual level and integrated more meaningfully into the disciplinary structure of our institutions. MLIS training largely omits pedagogy and instructional design, creating widespread demand for viable instructor development strategies.

Char Booth, an avid library education and technology advocate, introduces the Instructional Literacy framework, a series of concepts she has identified to empower librarians to become stronger and more culturally aware designers and educators.

Call for Conference Programs

The WAAL 2011 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 60-minute breakout sessions forRenew, Energize, Sustain: WAAL 2011at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin,  April 26-29, 2011.

Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Target areas for sessions from the 2010 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability
  • Information Literacy
  • Resource Sharing
  • Access Services
  • Technical Services
  • Distance Librarianship
  • Managing student employees
  • Weeding
  • Instruction and Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Small Libraries
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Preservation

Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians, April 26 - 29, 2011, Ramada, Stevens Point
TheWisconsin Association of Academic Librariansis a Division of theWisconsin Library Association,ACRL Chapter.

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