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Community Manager Program at Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS)

Staff, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS)

Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) is a member-based library service that facilitates resource sharing, training, technical and ILL workflow analysis, and cooperative activities relating to the changing nature of information technology. Our membership includes 71 academic libraries. In the past year, we have implemented a community manager program to understand what more we can do for our member libraries. Our poster presents the new services provided to these academic libraries, in the hope of getting feedback and alerting more academic librarians to our abilities.

Construction and Reflection: Student Wiki Creation in an Information Literacy Instruction Course

Marta L. Magnuson, Doctoral Candidate, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee

This poster examines how library students, in an online graduate course entitled Information Literacy Instruction, used a course wiki to summarize and discuss various theories of learning. Activity theory was used to analyze the completed wiki and qualitative document analysis was done on student papers related to that wiki. These methods were employed in order to better understand both how students used the wiki and what they thought of both the assigned activity and the technology.
This is important because many studies on technology in education only emphasize student learning. However, when using technology to teach future educators it is also important to examine how the technologies were used by the students and if they found them useful. Only then will they use technology in their own teaching and be open to new educational technologies as they progress in their library careers.

Disuse and Donations:  Ideas and Guidelines for Managing Older Humanities Collections

Katherine Hill, SLIS Master’s Student, UW-Madison

Weeding a collection, especially one that has not been touched for decades, can be a daunting task.  In the humanities, one cannot rely on age to be a strict guideline for when to keep and when to weed a book and reviews tend to be hard to find for anything written before the 1980s. What to do?  This poster presentation will share some of the methodology that I employed and created to help me when tackling the religious biography collection at Edgewood College, of which over ninety percent of its books had been published before 1960.  I will focus on five guidelines, concerning aspects such as primary source use, author expertise, and ferreting out author bias, that I found invaluable for evaluating the contents of books with any biographical content.    I will also examine the consequences of relying on donations for collection building, and some tips for approaching those old donations when found during weeding.

Energize your student workforce!  The Student Assistant Managers Professional Development Program at the UWSP University Library

Mark Rozmarynowski and Andrew Pech, UW-Stevens Point

Each year the University Library at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers a handful of students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain managerial experience by participating in the Assistant Managers program. Under the supervision of the circulation librarian, Assistant Managers are responsible for the direct management and training of work-study students at the circulation desk. In addition, Assistant Managers coordinate special projects, conduct training sessions, and design marketing materials. Assistant Managers oversee routine daily operations, manage the building during evening and weekend hours, and even volunteer for charitable organizations in their “spare” time.
The program, now in its 10th year, is a win-win situation for both library and student. Students build their resumes and learn valuable job skills, and the Library benefits in having dedicated and professional student workers. 

Just one big happy family: How one library overcame staff divisions

Eric Jennings, UW-Eau Claire

Libraries often have arbitrary divisions among staff members – librarians vs. paraprofessionals, tech services vs. public services, staff vs. students, etc. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire‟s McIntyre Library has broken down many of these divisions through a variety of internal and external activities; some officially work related and others just for fun and recreation. The presenters believe that through these team-based activities staff morale in general has improved. The library has also seen more cooperation and volunteerism on library-wide projects, better intra-office communication, increased familiarity with staff in other departments, and a fun work atmosphere. This presentation will showcase some of the activities and projects done at McIntyre Library and discuss the positive outcomes these have had on library employees.

Helen C. “Green” at College Library: Recycling Education Made Easy

Jane Bannerman, Access Services Librarian, College Library UW-Madison
Pamela O’Donnell, Marketing Librarian, College Library UW-Madison 

In the first six months of 2010, College Library staff participated with campus facility managers to make the building, Helen C. White Hall, more “green.” This effort included learning about how our building is heated and cooled, doing a trash audit to see how our well our library users recycled, and better understanding computer energy use. The outcomes included setting optimal thermostat temperatures, getting all new recycling and trash stations, setting shorter “sleep” times for computers and installing water bottle refill stations at drinking fountains.
As part of the effort, we decided to educate our staff about recycling and efforts individuals could make to be more “green”.  We devoted a part of our All Staff Meeting in the fall to presenting information about these efforts.  We then created an eight-day program of recycling education for library users during the fall semester to improve practices throughout the building. Playing on the name of the building (Helen C. White) we posted promotional signs throughout the library of “Helen C. Green” with facts about energy savings and other efforts toward sustainability.
This poster session will demonstrate inexpensive and easy ways to coordinate recycling education in your library along with ideas for improvements you can pursue in your own efforts to be “green”.

Hi, meet EMIERT!

Faith Steele, Resident Librarian, Marquette University

EMIERT, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable, is the new to WLA. We serve to support library staff of color, those who work with ethnic and racial groups and to support diversity in Wisconsin Libraries. Stop by to learn more and how you can get involved!

Making Copyright Matter: Engaging Researchers through Customized Instruction

Liz Krznarich. SLIS, UW-Madison
Jessi Van Der Volgen, SLIS, UW-Madison

Librarians across the University of Wisconsin Madison campus have participated in efforts to educate researchers about copyright and open access issues. In order to engage researchers within the Center for Limnology, two SLIS students working in the department’s small library developed an instructional session customized to the interests and needs of the Center faculty, staff and students. This poster will explore the benefits of localized, custom instruction as a tool for building relationships with patrons and for bringing personal relevance to current topics. The poster will also discuss reactions and potential for further opportunities to educate Center staff.

The Mobile Librarian is a Librarian On Demand

Larry Duerr, Jeff Desannoy, and Dolores Skowronek, Alverno College Library

Students expect fast and easy access to information from many locations on campus. They also need advice on how to interpret and evaluate information. The Alverno College library meets these student expectations by offering mobile research help outside the library in an evolving service called Librarian On Demand (LODE).

In our poster session we’ll share what we learned about creating, marketing and fine tuning LODE. We’ll also discuss how the new service has impacted staffing and training of the library’s reference department and how we plan to grow the service in the future. If you need tips on how to collaborate with other campus departments to energize and sustain a mobile reference service, you won’t want to miss this poster session.

Need Data?  Environment and Health Data on One Website

Sara Ishado, Public Health Educator

The Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking website provides data for academic users to learn more about environmental health in an integrated format. Topics of interest include air pollutants like ozone and carcinogenic emissions, and health problems like asthma and birth defects. Data can be mapped or viewed in a table. Most topics have data at the state and county level. In addition, summarized reports of the data are available in a county profile.

On the Green Library Orientation: Lane Library Links

Andrew Prellwitz, User Services Librarian, Ripon College

During summer orientation 2010, Ripon College’s librarians organized a mini-golf tour of Lane Library for all first year students who visited campus.  First year students putted their way through the library while learning about the library’s resources.  The event freed up more time for instruction during the Fall First Year Studies library instruction sessions while helping students overcome their initial anxieties about academic libraries and librarians. Andrew Prellwitz will show how Lane Library set up the course and pulled off the event for less “green” than the cost of nine holes of golf. 

Preserving the Past of Chippewa Falls: Digitally Archiving the Photography of Alfred A. Bish

Melissa Allen, SLIS Master's Student, UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Historical Society has a unique record of small-town life in Wisconsin circa 1900 in its collection of 285 glass-plate negatives by Alfred A. Bish, a skillful local photographer who recorded widely appealing subjects such as Leinenkugel’s brewery, Native Americans in birchbark canoes, and logging camps. Until recently, however, the collection was difficult for the public to access: a small part of it was available online, but the images were not of high quality and were inconsistently cataloged. As a SLIS practicum project in digital archiving, I inventoried and organized the Bish collection, developed a collection policy to determine which items were of most historic interest, made high-quality scans of the selected images, thoroughly and consistently cataloged them, and researched Bish’s background to create an online exhibit for Wisconsin Historical Images.

Training Student Reference Assistants at UW-Madison: Current Practices, New Ideas

Jessi Van Der Volgen, SLIS, UW-Madison
Kim Pittman, SLIS, UW-Madison

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) students play an important role in reference services at several campus libraries. SLIS students often staff the reference desk on evenings and weekends without a supervisory librarian present. Training can pose a challenge, as students must be prepared to deal with both common questions and unexpected situations.
This poster will describe several methods of one-time and ongoing training currently used by campus librarians to prepare their SLIS reference assistants for professional service. In addition, the poster will present survey and focus group results from SLIS students regarding their thoughts about the training they received and suggestions for future training.

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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