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May 1st

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM         


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Internet Café

Room B


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Santa Fe 3016

EMIERT Meeting
Karla Strand, UW-Madison


The Wisconsin Library Association's Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable will be having an informal meeting of current members and interested Wisconsin library staff.  EMIERT supports library staff of color, and those who work closely with ethnic and multicultural groups or are interested in supporting diversity in Wisconsin libraries.

9:00-10:00 AM        
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C

The First-Year Experience Course and the Academic Library: an evolving partnership
Eliot Finkelstein, UW-Madison
Megan Schmid, UW-Madison
Edith Flores, UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Experience Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a course that is designed to introduce first-year and transfer students to the many resources and opportunities available at a large research institution, and assist students as they take that often daunting leap from high school to college or from one institution to another. Course objectives include comprehending the purpose of a research institution, investigating campus and career opportunities, and understanding the importance of faculty and student interactions.

In order to help satisfy the research aspect of the Wisconsin Experience Seminar objectives, a partnership developed between the Center for the First-Year Experience and the UW-Madison Libraries. Since 2008, librarians have worked closely with staff from the Center to incorporate a research module that aligns with the Seminar objectives. As an added benefit, graduate students in the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies have taught many of the library sessions for the course as part of an information literacy practicum.

Our presentation will cover how our partnership, the Seminar and the library module have evolved over the last five years, resulting in a graded information literacy assignment that is now embedded into the course. We will discuss what we have learned over the years, our successes and challenges, as well as plans for the future. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and discussion

Room D                    

Omeka at UW-Parkside: implementing digital collection exhibits
Jay Dougherty,
Melissa Olson, UW-Parkside
Kerri Willette,

In the Spring of 2013, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library and Archives began installation of its first online digital exhibit using the open source Omeka software platform. Historic maps from Racine and Kenosha counties were chosen for their potential use in research, and their compatibility with the many enhancements the Omeka platform offers. In this presentation, learn about the installation process and technical aspects of Omeka, why we chose these materials for our first online exhibition, and how we are utilizing various plug-ins and third party software partnered with Omeka to enhance our digital collections.

Room A     

Choose Your Future: Strategic Planning Makes it Happen
Ewa Barczyk, Ass`ociate Provost and Director of Libraries, UW-Milwaukee

Paula Ganyard, Library Director, UW-Green Bay
Valerie Malzacher, Library Director, UW-River Falls
Jean Zanoni, Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, Marquette Univ. Libraries

As academic libraries respond to changes in higher education, scholarly publishing and the information landscape, strategic planning is key to redefining their role. This session will explore the strategic planning process including conducting an environment scan, developing a vision statement, setting strategic initiatives, and putting the plan into action while involving staff and engaging stakeholders along the way. Join a panel of library strategists who will share their unique experiences and get ready to choose your library’s future.


10:00-10:30 AM

10:30-11:30 AM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C                     

Iterative Chat Transcript Analysis
Laura Schmidli, UW-Madison
Erin Carillo, UW-Madison
Steve Baumgart,

Does your institution provide chat reference service? Are you interested in assessing more than just the quantity of chat interactions? Librarians at UW-Madison completed their first qualitative assessment of chat transcripts in 2010, and a second assessment in 2013. Through this process, they have learned what works (and what doesn't!) The presentation will share: practices for data collection and retention; software and processes used for qualitative data analysis; training of students and staff in coding transcripts; drafting reports and documentation; approaching transcript analysis iteratively; and more.

Room D                    

Data Management for Research Grants: a Marquette pilot project
Rose Fortier, Marquette University
Lynn Whittenberger,
Marquette University


Presenters will report on an ongoing pilot project to manage data generated by National Science Foundation grants using bepress’ Digital Commons institutional repository software. The challenge of creating a home for data on a repository created for publications was met through the creation of a series that brings together all grant output, i.e. raw and aggregated data, publications, presentations, and other research output. Further challenges in obtaining and managing varying formats of raw data (numerical, image, video, sound), and large volumes of data will be discussed. Metadata for series with such diverse formats presents its own difficulties, especially when a main component is the description of datasets. Finally, the importance of partnering with various stakeholders, both in the library and on campus, cannot be overstated, and the working relationship between these groups will be explored.

Room A                    

Adventures in Managing Print: shared print & high density shelving
Heather Weltin, UW- Madison

Jennifer McBurney, UW-Madison

Now more than ever libraries are being called upon to be more than just repositories for physical collections. Recognizing that library collections are vital to the teaching and research mission of our university, the University of WI-Madison Libraries are beginning to look at new ways to manage our print collections. This presentation will focus on Madison’s adventures in shared print and high density shelving partnerships. A descriptive and visual tour of all projects will be offered; including a history of what led us down these paths, a discussion regarding what we learned during the process, and what we are still learning today.

11:45-1:00 PM
Luncheon Program with Michael Edmonds
and WAAL Information Literacy Award presentation

Riverview North

Bunyan’s Progress: How the Private Jokes of Wisconsin Lumberjacks Became America’s Best-Known Folktales

Michael Edmonds, author of "Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan" will share his discoveries about Paul Bunyan's origins among Wisconsin loggers in the 1880s. He will describe where the stories began, how they migrated from logging camps into print, and how publication changed them forever. He'll also share some of the earliest authentic Bunyan stories (including some about the Wisconsin Dells) as they were actually told aloud by Wisconsin lumberjacks during the 1880’s and 1890’s.

Edmonds is deputy director of the Library-Archives Division at the Wisconin Historical Society where he has worked for more than three decades. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Simmons College (MLS 1981) and worked at Boston's largest antiquarian book shop and strangest library before moving to Wisconsin in 1982. In addition to his day job he also taught at the UW's graduate School of Library and Information Studies from 1986-2010. His syndicated newspaper column and blog, Odd Wisconsin, focuses on some of the more peculiar aspects of our state's history.

*2014 WAAL Information Literacy Award will be given to Scaffolding Student Learning in Nursing from UW-Eau Claire.  This award winning program will be presented Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.


1:00-2:00 PM  
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C                     

The Obstacle is the Path: reflecting on instruction
Raina Bloom, UW-Madison
Barbara Sisolak,

In Spring 2012, a group of UW-Madison librarians forged a new partnership with the coordinator and student instructors of a large freshman Biology course. Due to significant space and technology constraints, information literacy instruction had not been previously associated with the course, though the need for it had been observed by librarians and instructors alike. The librarians challenged themselves to think creatively about the intersections between library instruction, library space, and information technology. In doing so, they discovered that the solution to their problem lay in focusing on, rather than avoiding, the barriers to providing a typical information literacy session.

With theoretical support from the concepts of reflective practice and writing, this presentation will describe and explore the resulting instruction session and the librarians’ process in designing and delivering it. We will focus on problem framing and problem solving as keys to professional practice and lead participants through an activity that will encourage them to engage with obstacles in their own libraries and explore ways around or through them. The presentation will focus on instruction; however, participants are welcome to explore any challenges that they currently face in their own libraries.

Room D                     

DIY Collection Analysis
Mitchell Scott, UW-Green Bay
Joan Robb,
UW-Green Bay

Instead of outsourcing a collection analysis to a vendor, UW-GB’s Cofrin library decided to develop their own analysis. Cofrin’s collection analysis focused primarily on LC sublass circulations as compared to Universal Borrowing and Interlibrary loan use. These statistics combined with other collection metrics created a collection analysis much more robust and useful than one supplied by a vendor and provided the library with collection data that could be applied both in real-time collection development and in future decision making. This session will cover the details of the analysis and the metrics used to divide the collection into several categories that outlined collection strengths, strong areas that might need further development, weak areas that need no development, weak areas that might need further development and collection weaknesses. In addition, we’ll discuss how the analysis allowed the library to flag LC subclasses in which items circulate multiple times to local users, LC subclasses that were profiled for ILL spending and eBook purchases, LC subclasses that showed greater faculty involvement and therefore greater use, and LC subclasses that were profiled for vigorous weeding projects

Room A                    

A Method for Rating Active Learning Spaces in Libraries
Susan Mitchell,
University of Wisconsin System Administration
Anjali Bhasin,

Many Wisconsin academic libraries have redesigned library spaces with active learning in mind. How can we measure the effectiveness of those new spaces? How can we evaluate older spaces and set benchmarks for redesign? A group of academic leaders that were spurred on by conversations at an Educause Conference have developed a learning space rating system made up of measurable criteria that assess how physical environments enable a spectrum of active teaching, and learning engagements.

During this session, presenters will discuss the rating system and how it can be used to rate the quality of active learning spaces in libraries and develop a list of best practices for library learning spaces.


2:00-2:30 PM

2:30-4:00 PM 
Poster Session Reception

 Riverview North     

Best Student Poster, Best Poster Content, and Best Visual Design ribbons will be awarded.


Adobe Connect at UW-Madison

Anjali Bhasin; Casey Ince; Mallory Inman; Nattawan Junboonta; Kelly Karr; Sarah Slaughter. UW-Madison

Is your library interested in exploring low cost opportunities to provide web-based access to live events, workshops and tutorials? This year, the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) Library has used Adobe Connect to stream live events from faculty, visiting scholars, and career services - all while maintaining a limited budget. In addition, the library has created online tutorials for students using presentation software such as Adobe Captivate and Jing. Finally, if you’re interested in providing presentations that focus on technology, come learn about the library’s new initiative to offer synchronous online workshops.

Allyship in Academic Libraries: an LGBTQ case study

Raina Bloom, UW-Madison, College Library; Katherine Charek Briggs, UW-Madison, LGBT Campus Center; Trisha Prosise, UW-Madison, College Library; Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison, College Library; Lori Steckervetz UW-Madison, SLIS

Allyship is the practice by person(s) of a privileged social group who advocate for and work with members of marginalized social groups to dismantle the systems of oppression that create social injustice and exclusion (Washington & Evans, 2000) . Academic libraries can challenge their role in the marginalization and silencing of certain groups by consciously incorporating the principles and practice of allyship in their mission, strategic goals, and staff training.    Using the specific examples of current LGBTQ initiatives at the UW-Madison College Library and UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS), this poster will describe and highlight the promotion of allyship principles with the intention of creating a space for discussion of ally practices within the context of library services and staff training.

Assessment and Outreach for Digital Collections

Kate M. Otto and Kadie Seitz, UW–Milwaukee

As digital archives collections become more abundant in institutions advocating education and information literacy, the Library and Information Science field will need to address standard methods to measure the assessment and outreach of these resources. Currently, little scholarship exists in how digital collection outreach, and less research addresses how managers assess the use and relevancy of digital collections. This poster will use three unrelated digital collections from the Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Archives, and Milwaukee Public Library as cases studies to demonstrate how three distinct institutions assess and promote a digital resource. The poster will display the collections' common and unique characteristics, draw connections those digital resources have to the ways each institution has carried out assessment, and address outreach measures. Digital collection assessment and outreach is significant to the future of digital collections as they will only gain importance as research and pedagogical tools.

Assessment Model of Academic Library Productivity Using Multiple Regression

Yanyan Wang, Yuehua Zhao and Soohyung Joo, UW-Milwaukee

This study devises a model to quantitatively assess the productivity of academic libraries. In order to develop a model, we used nationwide data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These data include various pieces of information, ranging from institution type, library staff, library budget, library resources, and services. We attempted to create a regression model by analyzing selected factors representing different aspects affecting library productivity. Six elements, including institution type, number of librarians and staff, and expenditures, were investigated to assess library productivity. A multiple regression will be applied to quantitatively assess the productivity of academic libraries. This model will be useful to numerically assess the productivity of academic libraries, and give insights to librarians or library administrators to assist in their decision making.

Baraboo Library Partnership

Marc Boucher - Library Director, UW Baraboo/Sauk County and Meg Allen - Library Director, Baraboo Public Library

The UW Baraboo/Sauk County Library and the Baraboo Public Library have been collaborating on many services over the last three years.  This poster will present the kinds of outreach programming (including lecture series and writing workshops), promotion, technology, and innovative services that have been attempted, including ideas for what works, and what doesn’t.  Overall, the collaboration has been highly successful for the missions of both libraries.  We look forward to discussing multi-type library collaboration with conference poster session attendees, especially with an emphasis on generating ideas for greater resource sharing.

Beyond the Classroom: Developing soft skills through student organizations

Jennifer Meixelsperger, Kadie Seitz, Emma Cobb - UW-Milwaukee SOIS

While students absorb valuable knowledge, library school curricula do not necessarily place emphasis on essential soft skills graduate students need to thrive in their post-graduate careers. By analyzing current literature and identifying the most prized LIS soft skills, we argue such skills can be acquired through involvement with student organizations. By being active members of a graduate student organization, future LIS professionals foster effective soft skills, including communication, initiative, curiosity, and understanding, while adopting responsibilities that ultimately translate to success in the profession, particularly in first post-graduate positions. While students form the membership and the leadership of these organizations, increased support from school administrations and ALA regarding the importance of soft skills is desirable. This poster, compiled by current graduate student organization leaders, communicates ways student organizations can foster soft skills among graduate students, and how increased administrative support can help. 


Jessica Newman: Steenbock Library, UW-Madison; Lisa Wettleson: Steenbock Library, UW-Madison; Barb Hamel: Steenbock Library, UW-Madison

Intercampus partnerships to merge space and resources are an important trend for academic libraries. Discovering common goals, securing stakeholder buy-in, charting an implementation timeline, and setting up staffing & funding models are significant challenges for this type of collaboration. This poster describes a partnership between a science research library and a campus institute for biology education to create a bioscience learning commons in the library. The BioCommons (opening Fall 2014) will address the needs of undergraduates navigating a complex academic landscape, and will focus on the needs of first-year, first-generation, and underrepresented student groups. It will serve as a home base for the biosciences, where students can find information; become engaged in beyond-the-classroom learning experiences; access existing and new support services; and integrate their experiences into a meaningful whole. The BioCommons creates a collaborative cross-campus networking framework for faculty and staff, including librarians, who work with bioscience students.

Closing the Loop: Targeted assessment of reserve services at UWSP

Mark Rozmarynowski, UW-Stevens Point

Assessment is a crucial (but often overlooked) aspect of planning and decision-making. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is undergoing a radical transformation in the ways it conducts assessment of campus services and evaluates student success. In the midst of a campus-wide re-organization of assessment responsibilities, the UWSP Library’s Reserve department conducted a targeted assessment of its services. This poster presentation will explain the new structures put in place on campus for assessment; present the process that the Reserve unit used in this assessment work; summarize our findings; and note some of the ways that the Library is now “closing the loop.”

Creating Connections and Safe Space Access: LGBT resource centers and University Libraries

Andrew Dicks, UW-Milwaukee

In what ways can university libraries incorporate their LGBT resource center resources into their databases? Why is that even important? This poster surveys various means by which LGBT resource centers have cooperated with their university libraries in order to create greater visibility and accessibility to their resources while maintaining their collections in vital safe spaces. Special attention is given to the case of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s LGBT Resource Center that manages a 1000 plus item collection.

Data Repositories and Sustainability: ICPSR case study

Kristin R. Eschenfelder, UW-Madison SLIS; Kalpana Shankar, Univeristy College Dublin SLIS; Rebecca Lin and Jennifer Nygren McBurney UW-Madison SLIS

Universities and other research institutions have invested in data repositories for the physical and biological sciences and increasingly for the social sciences and humanities.  How do data repositories remain sustainable over the long haul in order to ensure the availability of their collections? This poster describes a historical case study of actions taken by one social science data repository to remain sustainable over a forty year period: the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (1967-2000).  Analysis includes historical records, interviews with contemporary staff and users, and analysis of social science data repository professional literature (e.g., IASSIST).  The poster presents themes representing sustainability actions or challenges faced by ICPSR including:  data repositories making a market for themselves, tailoring their products to user needs, and balancing ongoing tensions between the need to generate revenue and pressure for open access data.

Design it! Developing a graphic design process for diversity resources

Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison Libraries

Providing successful library services requires efficient and effective communication with users, therefore it is important that content creators who develop visual materials understand key components of design, and specifically, develop a holistic graphic design process. In many cases, this process is an integral component of the library’s broader marketing plan and serves as an extension and reflection of the values of a library institution. As a component of a broader strategic plan, librarians developed a graphic communication plan for the College Library Ethnic Studies Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. This poster session outlines the design planning and development process used for creating visual content, including best practices used for producing visuals, methods of production, and material archiving strategies. This presentation is based on a Public Services Quarterly journal article submission titled “Graphic Design in Libraries: A Conceptual Process.”

The Early History of the University of Wisconsin Archives Collection

Elzbieta Beck, University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS

The poster will illustrate the early history of the University of Wisconsin Archives collection, focusing on the work done by Wisconsin State Archivist Jesse Boell to organize and build the collection, first as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society and then as University Archivist. Boell’s work on the collection began as he assisted Curti and Carstensen with their two-volume history of the University, and continued even after his retirement in 1971, and resulted in the third largest academic archives in the nation. The narrative of Boell’s career will be framed by the Archives’ own process of ‘rediscovering’ Boell in our records in the process of researching his work in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program and his role as one of these ‘Monuments Men’ as part of UW-Libraries outreach in connection with the new film.

Engaging Diversity Students in the University Library

Jin Y. Hur, UW-Milwaukee SOIS

In an increasingly diverse educational environment, engaging internationally diverse students in the university library requires looking beyond traditional instruction services. Partnering with ESL classes and CIE, collaborating with faculty to design library-based assignments, and customizing instruction sessions to the interests and needs of the international diversity students will allow librarians not only to take a proactive approach to diverse students and provide adequate services but also to enhance students’ learning experience towards academic success. This poster will explore the benefits of custom instructions and it will also provide suggestions for reaching out to the students to encourage a more active library environment that will appeal to them.

First Year Residency Experience: Outcomes identified and information learned for new graduates

Tiffany Thornton, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Residency Librarian

Post-Master's Residency positions are a growing program in librarianship. The program offers early-career librarians from underrepresented populations, the opportunity to obtain valuable professional growth and experience. As the first Residency Librarian at the UW-Milwaukee Libraries, I have worked and created projects pertaining to outreach, diversity and instructional services. This poster session will highlight the outcomes and information learned from my experiences for recent graduates, and all interested in learning more about the Residency position within the Academic Library setting.

Glass Plate Negatives as Public Art: Charting a course between collaboration and copyright

Anna Stadick and Melissa Olson, UW-Parkside

The UW-Parkside Archives acquired a set of glass plate negatives of unknown origin documenting 1898-1902 Kenosha, particularly leisure activities associated with the town’s location on Lake Michigan. Nautical vessels, community events and everyday life—masterfully photographed—begged for an audience. Collaborating with the campus art gallery director and enlisting history students to research the minimally described materials, the archives contributed digitized negatives for enlargement and display in a summer 2013 exhibition on campus. Copyright issues presented obstacles around which we had to carefully steer: “Who owns the copyright?” “Can we simply enlarge and display the works publicly?” Our collaboration with the gallery director and the campus Center for Arts and Humanities added to the rising tide of questions: “Can the enlargements be used on campus or sold to interested parties after the event?”

Globalization in the Classroom: Teaching ESL information literacy

UW-Madison: Rachel Hitt, Melissa Roeder, Laura Rudquist, Lori Steckervetz, Rachel Thompson

As higher education becomes increasingly globalized, the number of English as a second language (ESL) students will continue to increase. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, from 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 US enrollment of international students grew 7.2% (3.9% of the total student population). In this environment, it is important for librarians to have a variety of communication skills and resources to use with ESL students. In addition to the complexities of using a research library and learning to navigate databases, ESL students face the added struggle of learning these skills in a second language. This poster describes our experiences teaching ESL students. We provide resources and tips for providing library instruction to ESL students, including collaboration and communication strategies. The poster includes teaching strategies we utilized in ESL information literacy classes as part of the Library and Information Literacy Instruction practicum.

Having Fun with New and Creative Marketing and Events in the Academic Library

Kate Kramschuster, Ann Vogl, Linette Greske & Jessy Polzer, UW-Stout

The Public Relations Committee at the UW-Stout University Library was revived last year. In that time, we have hosted many successful events, including photo contests, a zombie-themed welcome-week celebration, and even a visit with Santa. We have also worked to make the library more visible on campus with new public relations campaigns through social media, a weekly blog feature called “Hey Stout! #checkthisout” and our “Porcelain Press” newsletter (found in all library bathroom stalls). This poster will describe our successes and failures in planning, marketing, and hosting library events and the challenges and benefits of using social media to reach our audience.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Enhancing a learning community through online book recommendations

Jacob Ineichen, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies

The Greater Madison Writing Project (GMWP) Library is a small collection of books in the Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships, part of the School of Education at UW-Madison, collected mainly for use during GMWP's Summer Institute. GMWP recently redesigned its website, including an online library catalog as part of the new design. What makes this catalog different is the use of Facebook-like recommendations and comments to help users of the library find books based on recommendations and comments by other members of the Writing Project. The comment system also allows users to discuss and critique the books with other members of the community.

LEAP: Liberal Education & America’s Promise

Martha Stephenson & Ellen Latorraca from UW-Whitewater

Since Spring 2010, the UW-Whitewater campus has embraced the elements of LEAP: Liberal Education and America’s Promise. In January 2012, the Andersen Library formed a LEAP team, comprised of four reference and instruction librarians and a student, as part of UW-W’s continuing work with LEAP. Our team’s project revolved around information literacy (IL), which is a facet of LEAP’s second Essential Learning Outcome, intellectual and practical skills. As a strategy for ascertaining the IL levels of UW-W students and prompting campus-wide discussion around IL, the team developed and applied an assessment rubric for analyzing students' research paper bibliographies as one indicator of IL skills. Our poster illustrates our process for developing the rubric; challenges encountered; statistics and results from our rating of 182 bibliographies from 100- to capstone-level research assignments during AY2012-2013; and the potential for future collaborations between librarians and instructors and/or departments.

Making the Case for Consortial Ebook Purchases Using ILL Data

Beth Kucera, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin system recently negotiated a 1 year ebook package that grants consortial access to ebooks. In order to provide data on the importance of investing in consortial ebook purchases, three UW system ILL departments, of varying FTE size, began collecting data on returnable ILL requests that went outside of the UW system, despite an ebook (or several copies) being owned within the system. With the use of ILLiad custom searches and the ExLibris Alma Primo addon, these ILL departments were able to retroactively search for ILL request that fit this criteria and collect data that included the number of ebooks owned within the system and the ebook vendor. This data was compiled and will be instrumental in future negotiations and funding for consortial ebook purchases.

Managing and Sharing Digital Collections with CWIS

Jackie Lang and Sara Sacks, Internet Scout Research Group, UW-Madison

The Collection Workflow Integration System (CWIS) is free, open source software that may be adapted by digital or other special librarians to create, organize, and share born-digital and digitized resources. As members of Internet Scout, a research group located at UW-Madison, we would like to propose a poster presentation on this in-house cataloging software and demonstrate its utility to the greater academic community.  CWIS supports standard schemas like Dublin Core but may be extended with custom schemas for more granular, robust, and searchable data. The flexible nature of CWIS makes it applicable to a range of libraries, including those cataloging audio and video materials. Pre-packaged taxonomies and data importation streamline installation, while fully customizable keyword, advanced, and faceted search functions enhance discoverability. CWIS may be an ideal fit for libraries with unique digital collection management needs.

Outreach at UW-Madison Special Collections: The story of Little Magazines

Susie Seefelt Lesieutre, UW-Madison SLIS

UW-Madison holds one of the most extensive collections of Little Magazines in North America. Characterized by experimental and non-commercial attitudes—what Felix Pollak called “the little magazine spirit”—these innovative journals (with “little” circulation numbers, physical size, and/or lifespan) offer tremendous opportunities for scholarly study. Many are quite rare—they capture major modern writers, often early in their careers, in the throes of literary, artistic, and political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. This poster explores outreach efforts at UW-Madison Memorial Library to bring this special collection to the attention of a wider audience. These efforts include the use of social media, a research guide, and an ongoing project with Reveal Digital, who is digitizing parts of the collection for inclusion in its Independent Voices initiative—a large-scale, searchable database comprising alternative press archives from numerous academic institutions in the United States and Canada, including the twelve CIC schools.

Psst, You and Your Library Should Be on Twitter

John Meyerhofer, UW-Milwaukee

With 230+ million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets sent per day, Twitter has become a pillar of social media. I will show that Twitter users consist of existing and potential library patrons and colleagues. After some basic Twitter sign-up and use information, I will address why librarians should be using Twitter. I will show how Twitter can be a place for knowledge sharing and professional development. Another section will focus on why libraries should be using Twitter. I will show how libraries are using Twitter to connect with their patrons beyond event announcements. The impact of this poster will be to get more librarians and libraries on Twitter and help them connect with technology and market their programs and services in a new way respectively.

Ready, Set, Analyze: The collaborative evolution of effectively designing a source evaluation lesson

Sharon E. Hamilton, UW-La Crosse

We started the race and are going to keep running!  A collaboration developed between the Murphy Library and Communications Studies faculties at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse to facilitate a source evaluation assignment with CST 110 students.  The assignment focuses on student-centered learning and live delivery.  In Ready, observe the history and shaping of this effective, collaborative information literacy assignment.   In set, examine the set-up of the assignment and collaborative advantages.  At the finish line of analyze, view a sample of the on-going assessment survey and gain a perspective of the future of this collaboration.  Get out your running shoes because the race is on!

Sensory Overload: Libraries and students’ special challenges

Nicole Jenks May, Ph.D. student, UW-Milwaukee, SOIS

Students who have Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, and other challenges may have a hard time with the modern university library concept. While learning commons styles are welcoming to the average student, they are often located near the library entrance and cause challenges to other students on campus. Thus, a student has to walk through a virtual minefield of sights, sounds, and smells to get to the quiet study spaces located somewhere in the library. This poster presents some suggestions for designing spaces for people who need quiet, and tips for working with the commons you simply cannot pack up and move. There will also handouts with tips for how to talk about these types of students so the language you use as an advocate focuses on what these students can do, rather than simply describing their “disabilities.”

Service Learning in Higher Education

Katie Fox, UW-Madison

What helps students learn? This is a fundamental question for all educators. One strategy for increasing student learning is to incorporate service learning. Service learning integrates practical experience within an academic context, thus supporting students to make connections between what they learn in the classroom and real-world applications.  Many college campuses have opportunities for students to participate in service learning.  This poster analyzes several studies on the effectiveness of service learning in higher education to determine: 1) Is there evidence to support the benefits of service learning in higher education? 2) If so, in what specific ways is service learning beneficial to students? Several of the studies analyzed here report positive student outcomes have a connection to service learning experiences.  Academic libraries, as educational institutions, can benefit from the findings in service learning research to refine how they maximize student learning and engagement.

Student Use of Digital Information: A tale of two studies

Joshua Morrill,  UW-Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS

This poster session will share the results and implications of two national studies to analyze student information seeking behaviors and use of digital information:  A National Science Foundation (DUE award no. 1049537) study of higher education students aimed at understanding when and how learners use digital resources, why students prefer some resources more than others, and also how their information seeking behaviors change based on the context that initiates that search.  Findings include the development of four “student personas” that exhibit different searching behaviors and a model of student information searching geographies. A JISC-funded longitudinal study from the University of Oxford and OCLC Research, in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to investigate the theory of digital residents and visitors with learners in four educational stages.  The goal of the work is to increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners.

Suggesting Better Keywords for Online Journal Articles Based on the Term Frequency

Sukwon Lee, UW-Milwaukee

Due to the evolution of information technology, overflowing information and resources often prevent users finding relevant information in the real world. Academic users are more likely to look up keywords in the abstract in order to judge whether an article is relevant to their research interests. This is because the keywords are deemed to represent the aboutness of an article. According to preliminary test, some academic databases like EBSCOhost and Emerald provide irrelevant keywords. Moreover, authors’ supplied keywords seems less effective. This poster will analyze these kinds of problems with keywords within different full-text databases focusing on Library and Information Science journals by using free online available software tools such as Voyant and WriteWords. Those tools are useful to calculate term frequency of given texts. Based on the term frequency, it is possible to suggest more accurate keywords of given articles.

Thrifty Web Usability for Libraries

Meghan Rose, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Library websites are not for librarians – they are for library users! With this in mind, library websites and online systems should be created based on how users complete tasks, respond to terminology, and expect to find what they are looking for. Usability testing is an effective method for not only gathering valuable information about user behaviors and expectations, but for building stronger connections with library users. The great news is that usability testing does not require a large budget, fancy equipment, highly specialized staff, or a major time investment.  Any library can (and should) do it. This poster will provide practical ideas for planning and implementing usability tests and will provide a platform for discussing best practices.

Tying Information Literacy Skills to English Departmental Competencies: a progression

Ane Carriveau and Kelly Johnson, UW-Fox Valley

Beginning in Fall 2013, UW-Fox Valley English Department implemented changes to the competencies for the first year English 098, 101, 102 sequence.  Working with the department the librarians created new learning outcomes to better meet the information literacy needs of the students.  Traditionally students were brought in for two research sessions in English 102.  Now students are brought in for English 098, English 101 and twice for English 102. The presenters will show how the skills were integrated and lessons learned from two semesters of teaching the new model.For their work on this project, the presenters were awarded the UW-Colleges’ Arthur M. Kaplan Award for outstanding contributions made to education at UW-Colleges.

User Behavior in e-Publication @Marquette Digital Institutional Repository

Jennifer Ann Stevenson, UW-Milwaukee SOIS

The multitude of digital information and a growing awareness of the lack of access to the digital material have resulted in the growth of digital, or virtual, repositories. However, the future of institutional repositories depends greatly on the continued work of usability studies to determine the successes and failures. The aim of this study is to examine user behavior on Marquette University’s e-Publication website in order to assess the usability and basic functionality of the digital repository. Google Analytics was used to measure and collect data from e-Publication@Marquette. Information technology staff at Marquette installed Google Analytics in 2011 when the e-Publication site was made available to the public.

UW Flexible Option & UWM Libraries

Kristin M. Woodward Online Programs & Instructional Design Coordinator, UWM Libraries

The UWM campus launched three Flex Option degree programs and a certificate in January 2014. Flex Options are UW System degrees that are organized around competencies which students complete at their own pace. Competencies are designed to follow the traditional academic standards of the University and include the same level of rigor found in research and writing assignments as traditional courses. Librarian-Faculty collaboration during the program planning phase has resulted in Information Literacy and library support built into the design of the competencies. In the Flex Option UWM Libraries’ successfully expands its embedded model for online instruction. Key strategies include: course integrated learning outcomes for information competency, LibGuides that deliver learning objects specific to student research requirements and course-integrated learning assessments.

What Freedom Means to Me: Library sponsored student video competition

Eric Kowalik, Instructional Designer, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries; Rose Trupiano, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, Marquette University planned a series of events highlighting the history and importance of freedom.  In order to participate in the campus-wide “Freedom Project” program and to promote the Libraries’ digital media equipment and services, Raynor Memorial Libraries created a student video contest, “What Freedom Means to Me” inviting undergraduate and graduate students to participate by providing recorded video reflections regarding freedom.  This poster session will entail the entire process of planning and executing the contest – creation and revision of competition objectives, guidelines and forms; promotion, procurement of funds and prizes, judging, and video inclusions into the Libraries’ Institutional Repository.  Come learn about our experiences in reaching out to the students via the video competition!

What Happened on Your Birthday: a model for building undergraduate research into the general education U.S. History Survey

Kate Kramschuster, Dr. Robert Zeidel, UW-Stout

This poster will highlight a collaborative assignment between a librarian and a faculty member in the history department at UW-Stout.  In this assignment, students investigate significant events on or around their birthday using newspapers and periodicals from the year they were born.  They then write a paper based on their findings.  They are taught how to find these sources through library instruction sessions detailing how to use online databases to conduct historic research. More details of this assignment can be found in our article titled, “What Happened On Your Birthday: A Model for Building Undergraduate Research into the General Education,” and published in the Summer 2013 issue of CUR Quarterly.

4:00-5:00 PM  
WAAL Business Meeting

Rieverview North          

Open to all WAAL members. Come hear the latest news of the organization and give the WAAL board members your feedback.


5:30-7:00 PM  
Evening Activity        

Trip to Wizard Quest (Registration required)

Join us as we heed the quest to locate and release imprisoned wizards by answering riddles and solving puzzles, all inside a fantasy-themed labyrinth full of secret passages, hidden entrances and traps. Wizards who need transportation should assemble in the Conference Center Lobby at 5:15pm.

6:30 PM                     
Wisconsin Education & Curriculum
Dinner Meeting

Cheese Factory Restaurant