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Message from WAAL Chair, Kathy Myers:

Welcome to the Osthoff Resort at Elkhart Lake!

This year’s Conference Planning Committee has been racing around to put you on a "Fast Track to the Future: WAAL 2013". The partnership of libraries and technology has made us all aware of how important it is to constantly look to the future. As always, librarians are in the business of acquiring, storing, and retrieving information for our users, but many of us have seen a significant evolution in our positions as we adapt to keep up with the new technologies and various avenues of accessing information.

We will have the opportunity to connect and see what our colleagues are doing to stay on that fast track. Our keynote luncheon speakers are Mark Phillips, Assistant Dean of Digital Libraries at the University of North Texas, and Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer at Hartford County Public Library. At our luncheons we will hear from Matt Upson, Director of Emporia State University’s MLS program, and Aaron Frank, editor of Motorcyclist Magazine.

I want to challenge you to introduce yourself to someone new or find another professional with whom you can discuss fresh ideas to implement in your library. One of the keys to a successful conference is interacting with library professionals to see how they are trying to navigate their way to the future.

Running a great conference requires many people to devote countless hours to planning before the green flag is waved, so whether you are part of the conference planning committee, a presenter, or volunteering your time to make this a successful conference, we appreciate the speed and energy you have lent to our efforts! Get ready, set, GO!

Kathy Myers, Chair Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL)

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