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Nicole Pagowsky, Wednesday Keynote

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TITLE: Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship

DESCRIPTION: Librarians have been lamenting our stereotypes for over 100 years, but has anything changed? Critical librarianship--the process of incorporating scial justice through theory and practice into professional philosophies and day-to-day work--pushes us past a simple dismissal of stereotypes, and toward a consideration of what implications these tropes have on our diversity, status, pay, and ability to collaboratively carry out our work with faculty as partners.

This keynote address will examine how implementing critical librarianship through our library instructional pedagogy, scholarship, and other ongoing work can add greater value to the profession, and help transform the perception of librarians to campus, as well as our own perception of ourselves.

BIO: Nicole Pagowsky is a Research & Learning Librarian at the University of Arizona where she primarily works with campus student retention efforts, general education, online education, and also serves as a subject liaison. Creator of Librarian Wardrobe and co-creator of #critlib, Nicole examines effects of librarian stereotypes on diversity in the field and expectations of the profession, particularly related to library instruction. She is the co-editor of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work with ACRL Press and co-authored "Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction?" published with In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Nicole earned her BA in Communication Sciences & Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MLIS and MS in Instructional Design & Technology are from the University of Arizona. You can find her on Twitter @pumpedlibrarian.


Rick Dodgson, Wednesday Luncheon

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TITLE:  It's All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey

DESCRIPTION: Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is one of the most interesting characters in United States history. His first books--One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964)--established his reputation as a star in American literature. He also became an important historical figure in the California "hippie" scene of the sixties—as chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)—causing Kesey to be remembered as the "Father of the Counterculture."

And yet, despite his celebrated achievements, little was known about Kesey's early life until the publication of Rick Dodgson’s It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey (2013). As a graduate student, Dodgson traveled to meet and interview Kesey, who granted him access to his private papers and journals. In a multimedia presentation, Dodgson will describe his encounters with Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, chronicle Kesey's early life, and re-examine Kesey's place in the history of the 1960s.

BIO: Rick Dodgson is an associate professor of history at Lakeland College in Wisconsin. English by birth but global by inclination, he has lived much of his life outside the United Kingdom. In his younger years he worked as a plumber, heating engineer, soccer referee, handyman, Mediterranean deckhand, and teacher of English in a village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. He is also a musician and an artist, and the creator of Mission to the Stars: A Space Rock Opera. It's All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey is Dodgson's first book, and it has been very well received. It has been excerpted in the Utne Reader, and reviewed in the Journal of American History, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Kafka's Cage, the Portland Oregonian and the Bloomsbury Review.


Barb and Ken Wardius, Thursday Luncheon

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TITLE: Wisconsin Lighthouses

DESCRIPTION: This program highlights Wisconsin's historical nautical beacons. Comprised of stunning images in a combination of history, storytelling and music. Narrated live, specific lighthouses included are: Superior's Wisconsin Point, the Apostle Island's Sand Island and Michigan Island Lights, Cana Island in Door County, Rockwell Lighthouse on Lake Winnebago, Rawley Point near Two Rivers, Old Port Washington, Milwaukee North Point, Wind Point in Racine and Kenosha Southport, among others. Questions and answers and a book signing conclude the show.

This lighthouse program is perfect for anyone interested in lighthouses, maritime history or simple striking contemporary and historic photography.

BIOS: Lifelong residents of Milwaukee, Ken and Barb Wardius travel nationally to pursue their hobbies of photography, history, hiking, bird study, reading and lighthouses, which first drew their interest at Door County's picturesque Cana Island. From that introduction they began searching out lighthouses, climbing them, and writing their stories. Along with Wisconsin Lighthouses, Barb and Ken are the authors of Cana Island Lighthouse, Wind Point Lighthouse, and North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse. They are sought-after lighthouse lecturers and belong to many organizations dedicated to lighthouse preservation, including the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, the United States Lighthouse Society, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum at Manitowoc, the Door County Maritime Museum, the Wisconsin Lighthouse District (WILD), the Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse, North Point Lighthouse Friends, the Friends of Rock Island, and the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands.


Trevor Dawes, Friday Keynote

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TITLE: New Times, New Roles, New Structures

DESCRIPTION: New and rapidly changing technologies, an abundance of digital information in myriad formats, an increased understanding of how students learn, and changing practices in how scholars communicate and disseminate their research and creative work are all part of a paradigm shift in higher education. This shift has led to a broadening of liaison librarian roles, especially at research libraries. The last published ARL report in the series, Transforming Liaison Roles, by Karen Williams and Janice Jaguszewski has, perhaps, been the most cited ARL report in recent times. In this report the authors suggest that the liaison librarian - traditionally thought of as one who develops the collection, staffs a reference desk, conducts instruction sessions, and who maybe provides general research assistance - should now have expanded duties, or rather shifting duties. Dawes will discusses the rationale for these changes and how libraries are responding to the changing needs on their campuses.

BIO: Trevor A. Dawes is an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been active in staff development and training for public services; has written on various library services topics, and has either planned or presented at various local, national and international conferences on a variety of topics. Dawes earned his Master of Library Science from Rutgers University, and has two additional master's degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an active member of the American Library Association and is the immediate past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries.