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Guest Speakers

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 social 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.


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.


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.


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.



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