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April 30th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM         


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM         
Internet Café

Room B

9:00-10:00 AM        
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C

Unnamed Sources: How popular periodicals can promote transparency in student research    
Troy Espe, UW-Stevens Point


When evaluating sources, academia often shuns popular periodicals in favor of scholarly journals. And for valid reasons. Yet newspapers, magazines, websites, and social media have a place in academic research. Troy Espe, who worked in the popular press for 17 years, will argue that mainstream sources can benefit researchers, especially college students. By accurately citing these sources, students can improve research habits and add transparency to class assignments. From a librarian standpoint, popular articles force students to apply critical-thinking skills, thereby bolstering information literacy and supporting intellectual freedom. Espe will encourage librarians to consider integrating popular sources into instruction sessions and at the reference desk.

Room D

BrowZine and the evolution of push technology for scholarly content
Nancy McClements,
Stephen Johnson,

UW-Madison Libraries have recently subscribed to BrowZine, an application that brings personally selected and continually updated journal content directly to the user’s personal device. We’ll discuss how BrowZine works and how we made the case for its purchase, as well as how we've marketed the service and will evaluate its impact on our patrons and the use of our journal collections. Current awareness services have been used for years, primarily in the health sciences and special libraries, but BrowZine represents the latest of push technologies for scholarly journal content that can potentially benefit users in any academic discipline. We’ll discuss current awareness technologies and methods that preceded BrowZine, as well as some currently available alternatives and their potential value to a wide range of library users.

Room A

Cross-Platform Collaboration: Library Programming Levels Up
Paige Mano, UW-Parkside
Melissa Olson, UW-Parkside
Anne Rasmussen, UW-Parkside
Heather Spencer, UW-Parkside

Has your library’s outreach and programming become stagnant? UW-Parkside recently launched its popular Art in the UW-P Library program, began hosting National Novel Writing Month write-ins, and collaborated with Kenosha Public Library on a wildly successful Big Read project. Learn how to get out of your comfort zone and build relationships across communities--faculty, staff, and students, local businesses and organizations, and even within the library--that help patrons engage with the library more than ever before.

10:00-10:30 AM     


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Keynote Program with Barbara Fister

Information Literacy as the Practice of Freedom

Riverview North   

What does it mean to be information literate in a world in which "publish" is a button, pubishers and authors are suing libraries for sharing too much, and every week brings us new revelations about how the state is collecting and mining our digital lives? What can we do to help our students make sense of their world and prepare them to engage with information after they graduate? We will explore ways to invite students to hack the library and claim it as their own meaning-maker space as we explore the values of libraries-and how those values could change the world for the better.

Barbara Fister has coordinated instruction at the Gustavus Adolphus College library in St. Peter, Minnesota, for over 25 years, but is still learning how to help students learn. She teaches a course, Information Fluency, every spring as well as an experiential course on books and culture. You can follow Barbara on Twitter (@bfister) or find her musings at Library Journal's Peer to Peer Review and Inside Higher Ed's Library Babel Fish blog.

12:00 - 1:00 PM      
Luncheon Program with Trent Miller
and WAAL Conference Scholarship Award presentation
From Bookless to Bubbler

Riverview North

Trent Miller is an artist, curator, and the maker program coordinator & gallery director at Madison Public Library, where he is spearheading the library's new maker program called The Bubbler. Miller has focused his energies on bringing creative, innovative, and unusual art events, shows, and workshops to the public library, including the 2012 event BOOKLESS that featured over 100 artists and drew 5,000+ people to a one-day event at the soon-to-be-renovated Madison Central Public Library.

1:15-2:15 PM    
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C

Users’ Perceptions of Research Guides: Feedback from a Student Focus Group
Rebecca Payne
, UW-Madison
Erin Carrillo
, UW-Madison

Are research guides useful to users? Are they worth the time and effort librarians invest in creating and maintaining them? Usage statistics may serve as a helpful indicator of usefulness, but only tell part of the story. To better understand users’ perceptions of research guides, the LibGuides Team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, collaborating with a subject specialist librarian, conducted a user study of research guides. The purpose of the study was to gain feedback on two research guides in particular, as well as research guides in general, concerning their usefulness, content, usability, discoverability, and marketing. The study consisted of an online questionnaire and a focus group. Details about the study’s methods, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and unintended outcomes will be discussed.

The presentation will describe how feedback obtained from the study was used to make changes to improve the specific guides and inform general practices for creating, providing access to, and marketing of research guides. Attendees will hear ideas for conducting similar assessment projects in their libraries, as well as suggestions for designing effective research guides.

Room D

Yes, All 26 Campuses: Improving Ebook Access through Consortial Acquisition
Cate Booth,
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
Joan Robb, UW-Green Bay
Janet Padway, UW-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin System Libraries' moto, “One System, One Library”, has been tested as user access issues with ebooks have become more prevalent. Campuses, responding to user demands, have moved forward with purchasing ebooks for their libraries. At the same time, resource sharing has become increasingly common, with many users across the System searching for materials in a shared union catalog, resulting in a high number of ebook turnaways and significant user frustration (as anyone working a reference desk can attest). In an attempt to address this issue, the CUWL Collection Development Committee (CDC) allocated funds towards a consortial ebook pilot project in early 2013.

This presentation will examine the process of selecting ebook vendors for the UW System pilot project, as well as take a broader look at available products for consortial or shared ebook purchase. It will demonstrate several tools developed for vendor evaluation, including a weighted rubric and targeted vendor surveys, which allowed committee members to efficiently compare available options and balance competing stakeholder demands. These tools can be easily adapted for individual intuitions evaluating ebook packages, as well as other cooperative purchasers. We will invite attendees to think about the place of ebooks in relation to consortial agreements, and discuss how libraries’ combined purchasing power can cement long-term, widespread access to ebooks.

Room A                   

Moving from Colocation to Cooperation to Collaboration: Redefining the library’s role within an academic institution
Steven Frye, UW-Madison
Carrie Kruse, UW-Madison
Dave Luke, UW-Madison
Rosemary Bodolay, UW-Madison

In the mid 1970s, the campus tutoring service began to provide drop-in tutoring assistance within College Library at the UW-Madison. In the 1980s and 1990s we collaborated with campus IT to create the College Library Computer and Media Center (CMC).   Over the last decade, our library has cooperated with a growing number of campus partners to expand the academic services available within the library.   Recently, we co-developed and now co-manage the DesignLab, Media Studio classrooms, and the College Library WisCEL Center.   The DesignLab provides instruction on the aesthetics of design in order to help students complete digital media assignments. The Media Studio provides classroom space for courses that integrate collaborative digital projects into the curriculum. The WisCEL Center provides technology enhanced spaces for foundational courses that use active learning pedagogies. Collaboration between faculty and libraries, across Schools and Colleges, has created a new flow for innovations in teaching and learning with technology. Learn how the diversity and adjacency of learning spaces, resources, services, and staff are redefining the library's role within our institution.

2:15-2:45 PM   

2:45-3:45 PM  
3 Concurrent Sessions

 Room C

Next Gen Information Literacy Tutorials: Guide on the Side
Kate Russell, UW-La Crosse
Jenifer Holman, UW-La Crosse
Susan Schuyler, UW-La Crosse
Terry Smith, UW-La Crosse

We are eager to present about our success collaborating with each other and the Guide on the Side software to craft our “one lesson to rule them all” information literacy instruction for general-education Communication Studies (CST) students at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Information literacy a key component of CST 110: Communicating Effectively. In fact, it is a course requirement in its common syllabus. However, students received a semester’s worth of information literacy packed in one, overwhelming 55-minute library session. Librarians found it difficult to effectively prepare these sessions, and instructors had little time to spare in an already-crowded syllabus. Together, librarians and course instructors sought a better solution.

Librarians were not impressed by our attempts using the traditional, passive information literacy tutorials. Then we found a perfect solution: Guide on the Side, which was developed by reference librarians at the University of Arizona. Students use instructions and prompts on the side of the screen, while working in a live web environment, with built-in assessment of their grasp of the skills.

Guide on the Side is open source software built using MySQL and PHP. For this project, we purchased virtual server space from our campus IT group with Ubuntu, 40GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. We run daily backups of the server, and network support is typical of a web server. Our IT group performs OS updates on at least a monthly basis.

We have just piloted two modules in a “beta” test. Our feedback and assessment data says its a valuable idea and may inspire others, as well. When in place, more than 1,000 students per semester will complete these five modules outside of the classroom at their own pace with the design focused around making those modules interesting, informative and compact.

 Room D                   

 Ebook and Publishing Landscape Q & A
Jeff Brunner,
WiLS (moderator)
Matt Andros, EBSCO
Maura Diamond, Springer

Brad Roth, ProQuest

Join us for a behind the scenes look at e-books and publishing from the vendor perspective. Representatives from EBSCO, ProQuest, and Springer will discuss the publishing and ebook landscapes from their perspectives, and answer questions from attendees.

Room A                  

Mentoring Diverse Library Professionals
Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison
Zora Sampson, UW-Platteville
Kristina Glodoski, UW-Madison

With the changing demographics of the United States, it is more important than ever to recruit and a retain a diverse library workforce that reflects our population. An important aspect of recruitment and retention is providing sound formal and informal mentorship opportunities for diverse library professionals at all stages of their careers. In this session, panelists will share their experiences, methods, techniques, and sources as both mentors and mentees. The session will focus on cross-cultural mentoring, developing cultural competencies, and strategies for success.

Resources handout

3:45-4:00 PM         

4:00-5:00 PM       
3 Concurrent Sessions

Room C                     

Adventures in Transitioning In-Person to Online
Sheila Stoeckel,
Brianne Markowski, UW-Madison
Trisha Prosise,

Librarians have been teaching in-person and creating online tutorials for years, how do we take these skills and align them with the current push in higher education toward online and blended learning? How do you take an information literacy session that you have taught face-to-face for years and move it online? At UW-Madison we have recently transitioned two sessions to fully online, an in-person drop-in library workshop and a blended information literacy module embedded in a credit course. During this workshop, we will walk you through our planning and instructional design process and compare the two different strategies we have used to get the work done. Participants will leave with online activity ideas and technologies to explore as you develop a process for your own in-person to online adventure.

Room D                    

Using QR Codes for Student Technology Checkout Services
Vince Mussehl,
UW-Eau Claire
Kati Tvaruzka, UW-Eau Claire

Student technology checkout is a hit! Materials such as laptop computers, iPads, cameras and camcorders, phone chargers, headphones, study rooms and more are becoming more in demand; finding a way to provide great service and adequate support can be challenging. As a means to combat these issues, QR codes have been implemented for use at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library. Once scanned, these QR codes can assist student patrons with various technology questions, FAQs, policies, and even technical support. See how one library has used this technology as a means to improve service to student patrons and how QR codes can be beneficial in other areas of your library.

Room A                     

Benchmarking and Peer Comparisons: an analysis of University of Wisconsin System Libraries
Anna Wigtil,
UW- Madison

The UW System Office of Learning and Information Technology (OLIT) -- Library Program Office undertook a project in FY14 to provide benchmark comparisons for all UW System campus libraries. The purpose was to gauge how well the UW libraries are doing in relation to their peers, to assess competitive positioning and better evaluate library performance by identifying library strengths, and to discover areas where our libraries are falling below peer benchmarks. Libraries were asked to submit the same list of peers that are used on their campuses for general assessment and accreditation reporting to the Library Program Office. The 2012 National Center for Educational Statistics(NCES) data were used in running peer comparisons.

This session will describe the methods used to compare UW System libraries to their peers using measures including circulation data, collection size, ILL statistics, budgets, and weekly gate counts. Issues such as the reliability of NCES statistics, potential uses for peer comparison data, and and how to present peer data to stakeholders will also be discussed.

5:00-7:00 PM      
New Members Round Table Happy Hour

Join the New Members Round Table for a Happy Hour in the Chop House Bar. Meet new members of WLA and catch up with old friends.

9:00 PM-                
Evening Activity

Wild West Saloon Cocktail Party (No Registration Required)
Chop House Bar

Conferences aren’t just about great presentations and demonstrations; a conference is also about meeting your colleagues, sharing experiences, creating opportunities for collaboration, all the while making new friends in process.   Get the most out of your weekend by joining the 2014 WAAL Conference Committee in the Chop House bar on Wednesday Night.  You will not have a better chance to make a connection, share ideas, and make a new conversations happen.