Lightning Talks

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Wednesday, 3:15-4:45pm - Daycholah

The Lightning Talks program is for topics shorter than a full presentation or poster. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to speak on their topic. PowerPoint slides will be gathered ahead of time and presented as one continuous presentation, with an emcee coordinating the talks and delegating time.

The Academy and Information Literacy: Guiding Information Literacy Collaborations with Action Research

Katie Blank (Marquette University)

Twelve in-depth interviews were conducted this year (2016) to explore what successful collaborations look like and barriers to collaborations. This presenteation provides an overview of preliminary research findings on collaborations between faculty teaching research methods and faculty instruction librarians. The researcher will discuss the research process, next steps, and implications for future research. By understanding the current practices, there is the potential to develop best practices for building improved and sustainable instruction collaborations.

Creating More Diversity on Campus and within the Profession

Ronald G. Edwards (Western Technical College)

The subject of diversity on campus has become so prevalent and ingrained at times that reasons for its integration into college documents, strategic plans, and meeting agendas often loses its edge when the conversation starts.  People assume it exists when it actually doesn’t.  Close scrutiny has given way to automatic acceptance as an idea.  The fact that it remains a topic is good, but more serious discussion, better evaluation and more progress is needed.

Five minutes of practical and objective steps to take regarding how to increase diversity on campus and in the profession will be presented.  Some of these suggestions are historical and some are more cutting edge.  Action is the key to all of them.  Like the lightning bolt, some are electrifying and others take little time to implement.  Learn what you can do to make diversity happen and not just pay it lip service.

Engaging Pages

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon (UW-Milwaukee)

Eight hours of collaboration with local developers and UX designers through #HackMKE, Milwaukee's local instance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, resulted in a more engaging design for the UWM Libraries Special Collections home page and a web structure that is more intuitive and easier to navigate. This quick overview of our process can be scaled up or down to refresh single web pages or entire websites, ensuring that your most important and engaging content is front and center. 

Eye-tracking technology and evaluating library services

Sukwon Dean Lee (UW-Milwaukee SOIS)

Recently, eye-tracking technology was introduced into Library and Information Science. Due to the development of the eye-tracking technology, library scientists are able to better understand a patron’s information seeking behaviors on various forms of information retrieval systems. There was a usability study on users’ basic eye movements and sequential patterns throughout 10 different search tasks on Google. However, there is little research on library websites. This study will discuss the possible outcomes in the case of implementing eye-tracking technology in library settings. One of the research goals is to investigate patrons’ eye movement when they are interacting with a library’s website interface. In addition, this study aims to evaluate library patrons’ satisfaction with libraries’ online reference service. Thus, eye-tracking technology can provide insights of evaluating library practices. Hence, libraries can benefit from adopting eye-tracking technology. 

Feminist Pedagogies for Librarians

Raina Bloom (UW-Madison)

Feminist pedagogies are a mindset and a method to support thought and practice in the classroom. Feminist pedagogies concern themselves with power/empowerment, lived experience, and notions of authority in education and society. This lightning talk will present a brief introduction to feminist pedagogies and illuminate their value for librarians. 

High-Density Shelving: What is it and why do we need it?

Chrissy Hursh (UW-Madison)

Nearly every academic library system is facing space shortage issues. As library collections grow – and spaces are repurposed – libraries face increasing pressure to house their materials off-site. High-density shelving facilities are potential solutions to the space crisis, though many librarians don’t know much about them. My lightning talk will introduce you to the first facility of its kind in the state of Wisconsin – The Verona Shelving Facility at UW-Madison. I’ll begin by defining high-density shelving – what is it, why do we need it, and how does it impact libraries? Then I’ll introduce you to the workflow and software program we use to manage our collection. Finally, I’ll touch on staffing needs and long-term implications.

Jumping In: Supporting Faculty Research as a Co-Author

Erin McArthur (UW-Oshkosh)

Tenure-seeking faculty need all the help they can get in their quest to "publish or perish." While academic librarians typically play a supporting role, helping faculty with literature searches, journal selection or proper formatting, we can also seize the opportunity for a true partnership by joining them as co-authors. I will share my experiences co-authoring articles with three nursing faculty members, and my vision for further expanding our library's role in faculty research. 

The Library is a Shrinking Organism!: Five Things Learned During a Massive Collection Reduction

Dave Bloom (UW-Madison)

Due to space needs, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering tasked library staff with reducing Wendt Commons’ physical footprint from three floors to a single floor between Fall 2014 and Fall 2016. Critically, this has involved an analysis and reduction of a print collection of approximately 250,000 volumes. This talk will cover just 5 of the 500 or so things we’ve learned during this challenging process.


Licensing Trends: the new, old and the ugly

Judith A. Louer (UW-Madison)

Licensing is ever evolving as new uses of content and new business models emerge.  I will discuss briefly some newer additions to our licenses such as accessibility requirements and text data mining and how vendors are responding to these changes.  I will also show some examples of some “ugly” terms that we can never accept.


PUMPS: Partnership of UWM & MPS to Prepare Students to Succeed

Tiffany Thornton (UW-Milwaukee)

PUMPS is a unique partnership between the UWM Libraries and Milwaukee Public Schools; providing library research instruction and campus experiences to underserved student populations. The PUMPS program was developed to alleviate financial barriers for MPS High Schools in order to visit our campus for research purposes. In collaboration with School Library Media Specialists, our goal is to assist students with obtaining the skills and resources to finish short term assignments connected with their curriculum, to prepare students for after high school, and to help with a successful transition for students into their desired career pathway. Over the course of three visits, PUMPS students complete a career assessment and participate in tours and departmental visits including financial aid, student veterans, Student Success Center, campus admissions, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Lubar School of Business, and Peck School of the Arts. These customized experiences provide MPS students the opportunity to visualize themselves in a college environment and to gain greater comfort in an academic library setting.


Shedding Light on the Dark Web

Rose Trupiano (Marquette University)

Did you know that Google, Bing and other common search engines only index approximately 4% of the entire Internet?  In addition to this Surface Web, there is the Deep or Hidden Web (~500% larger) containing links to websites not crawled or indexed by search engines. Some Deep websites are free (government databases, library catalogs, etc.) and some for pay or with other restrictions.  Within the Deep Web is the controversial “Dark Web”, a small portion of the Internet NOT accessible to common Internet browsers but which require special software.  The Dark Web allows anonymity for Internet users and servers and offers whistleblowers and censored citizens the ability to anonymously email or post. The down side is that the Dark Web is also being used for illegal and criminal activities.  This informational talk delves into the positive and negative aspects of the Dark Web and its implications for the library world.


The Token Resource: Making the Transition Seamless

Amy B. Rachuba (Ripon College)

As budgets remain flat and the cost of electronic resources continues to rise, it is imperative that librarians continue to evaluate and look at new options available.  In 2015 Ripon College took the leap from an unlimited access high-cost science database to one using tokens.  This talk will look at the background information needed before making the jump, as well as how the changes were received by faculty and students and how to adapt each year.

Resources, Post-Conference

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More will be added as we receive them from presenters.


Title Presenter Resources

Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship

Courtney Greene McDonald


Transforming Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Digital Scholarship (*But Were Afraid To Ask)

Amy Buckland



Sessions (Alphabetical by Title)

Title Presenter Resources

+3: Adding Student Tech Support to Your Library

Jay Dougherty


Academic Libraries and their 7 Billion Friends: Social Media Outreach, Process, and Return

Heidi Anoszko, Christina DeSpears, Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, Max Yela


AHOY! Navigating the Sea of Streaming Video, We Have a Ship (or Life Jacket) for You

Cory Mitchell


Another Dimension: Practical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations of 3D Printing in Academic Libraries

Mindy King, Katie Chamberlain Kritikos

slides I, slides II

Beyond Gate Counts: Using Photo Surveys To See How Your Patrons Really Use Library Space

Nathan Dowd, Jonathan Bloy


Data-Stalking Our Library Learners: Tutortrac and Information Literacy

Matthew Coan, Julie Gores, 
Cristina Springfield


Deeper Collaborations: The Framework(s), Metacognition, and First-Year Composition

Jennie E. Callas


Diving Deep into Science: Tales of an #EmbeddedLibrarian

Anne Moser 


ELIS: 15+ years of an Embedded Library Instruction Program

Michael Strahan


Empowering Student Workers through Outreach

Jim Jonas, Angela Schiappacasse, Kelly Leahy


Engaging and Utilizing Student Workers: Meaningful Mentoring at UW-Fond du Lac and the Manager’s Program at UW-Stevens Point

Lee Wagner, Dave Dettman, Andy Pech


Flip & Dive Deep into Hybrid/Flipped Library Instruction

Eric Kowalik, Christina L. P. W. Johnson, Amanda HowellKate L. GanskiTroy EspeEric Kowalik

slides I, libguide, lesson plan, slides II, slides III

Gaining Ground: Campus Library Takes on the “Town-Gown” Issue by Reaching Out to College-Bound Seniors

Teri Holford-Talpe, Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, Darci Thoune

slidesbooklet, libguide

Getting Your Feet Wet: Basic Strategies for Managing Born-Digital Materials

Katie Blank, Erin Dix


Leveraging Articulate Storyline and an LMS to go Beyond the One Shot IL Session

Eric Kowalik, Elizabeth Gibes, 
Valerie Beech

Librarianship Across Oceans - Reaching Out Globally

Janet Padway, Ewa Barczyk slides

Life After the Free Statistical Abstract:  Free Government Sources of Statistics

Elizabeth Harper, Nancy Mulhern, Michael Current, Eileen Snyder handout

Lighting Round


Leveraging Articulate Storyline and an LMS to go Beyond the One-Shot IL Session

Valerie Beech, Elizabeth Gibes, Eric Kowalik slides

Reaching Out: Building Campus Partnerships to Connect with First-Gen Students

Carlos Duarte, Julie Arensdorf, Jessica Newman, Miguel Ruiz slides, handout

Sharing Back Skills through the Digital Humanities Lab: A Case Study

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, Ann Hanlon slides

Sift & Winnow: Leveraging the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy & Backward Design for Active Learning

Sheila Stoeckel, Eliot Finkelstein, Trisha Prosise, Miguel Ruiz slides

Taking the Plunge: Pay-per-view article services at UW Oshkosh and Lawrence University

Jill Thomas, Robert Karels slides I, slides II


Posters (Alphabetical by Title)

Title Presenter Resources

Building and Managing Digital Collections with CWIS

Molly McBride, Michelle Hagenbaugh & Katrina Linde-Moriarty poster

Building Identity for Library Research Services

Cameron Cook


Building Strategic Partnerships and Supporting Student Learning: An Embedded Librarian Approach

Liz Humrickhouse Lee


Comparing Library Space Usage Across Campuses 

Ane Carriveau, Yvonne Niesen, Scott Silet


Cross-Lingual Tag Analysis Of English-Tagged Literature Written In English And Korean

Inkyung Choi & Laura Elien Ridenour poster

Digital Outreach & Archival Collections

Elisa Coghlan


Engaging All Staff: Integrating Diversity & Inclusivity Efforts into Existing Workflows

Carrie Kruse, Pamela O'Donnell & Trisha Prosise poster

Hacking and Yacking </Digital> Texts: An introductory interdsciplinary digital scholarship course_

Andrew Prellwitz


Hmong Students Library Anxiety in Higher Education

Xou Lee Va Vang poster

Life-Cycle of Faculty-Library Relationships: Building, Maintaining, and Restoring Trust

Elizabeth M. Lang


Opportunity to Transform

Michelle Gullickson

poster I, poster II

Promotion of Foreign Language Films via Bibliography Management Software Marquee

Rose Trupiano poster

RADD! Recovering Analog and Digital Data at the SLIS Laboratory Library

Dorothea Salo, Anjali Bhasin, Kaitlin Svabek poster

Recreational Reading Collections in Academic Libraries

Cassandra Callewaert poster

Setting Up an Academic Makerspace

Angela M. Vanden Elzen


Space Usage in the SLIS Laboratory Library

Kaitlin Svabek, Kayleen Jones, Madeline Tyner, Chloe Prosser, Anjali Bhasin poster

Supporting research data needs of the Gibbs Land use and Environment Lab

Katlyn Griffin, Abby Ward, Kate Norris, Tina Rising, Shalini Ramachandran


Tattoo Core

Marisa Glazier


Call for Volunteers

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If you want to be part of the action, consider signing up to help staff our registration desk. This is a great way to meet other WAAL members, and it's easy!

We are also looking for room monitors/introducers for a number of the sessions. Know someone presenting? Don't want to miss a specific session? Consider signing up to introduce the speakers and monitor the room.

Sign up is easy! Just add your name to our open Google document and conference volunteer coordinator Josh Hickman will contact you with details closer to the conference.

Thank you, and we hope to see all of you fearless adventurers in Green Lake! 


Poster Session and Reception

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Thursday, 2:00-4:00pm, Sandstone

All posters listed with an asterisk (*) have the designation of student category, including those which have both student and professional presenters.

Building and Managing Digital Collections with CWIS*

Molly McBride, Michelle Hagenbaugh & Katrina Linde-Moriarty (UW-Madison)

UW-Madison graduate student staff from the Internet Scout Research Group will present on the CWIS digital library software and demonstrate its utility in managing academic resource collections.

The Collection Workflow Integration System (CWIS) is free, open source software designed to assemble, organize, and share information resources. Individuals will learn how this turnkey web-based software package can be easily installed and configured to meet the needs of their collections. The capabilities of CWIS will be demonstrated through the ATE Central resource portal, an information hub for the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grantee community; ATE Central disseminates the curriculum, professional development materials, videos, and learning objects created through the ATE program. This online repository not only showcases the ease and adaptability of the CWIS software in organizing and sharing digital resources, but also serves as a database of science and technology materials open to all. 

Building Identity for Library Research Services*

Cameron Cook (UW-Madison SLIS)

This poster will highlight the well-received image revitalization undertaken in 2015 by Research Data Services, an interdisciplinary campus-wide group committed to advancing research data management practice on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The poster will show that creating a stronger identity and presence within your field or user community is not only a valuable undertaking, but one that is also achievable. Crafting an identity does not require high technical skills or difficult software, but a strategic plan and organizational will towards crafting a brand with a strong organizational presence and readily identifiable image on your campus. The poster will provide examples of tools, workflows, and simple design and content strategies used in our identity redesign for other library or research services looking to make similar marketing changes.


Building Strategic Partnerships and Supporting Student Learning. An Embedded Librarianship Approach

Liz Humrickhouse-Lee (UW-LaCrosse)

Male nurses during World War II, Russian & Wisconsin sister cities, and the La Crosse, WI red light district. All UWL History 490 capstone projects and all in need of an embedded librarian. In the spring of 2015, Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, Murphy Library Instructional Technology Librarian, partnered with the UWL History department to serve as the embedded librarian for their capstone course. What ensued was an exploration of student research topics and a strategic partnership with History professors to help guide student capstone projects.

Murphy Library’s embedded librarian program has grown quickly and has morphed from one librarian embedded in a single class to two librarians embedded in five classes and spanning two departments. This poster will outline how to identify and build strategic partnerships for embedded librarianship. It will also include details on how to successfully implement an online embedded librarianship program, as well as how to manage program growth.


“But Do You Have a Real Copy?”: Challenging Assumptions About Undergraduate Reading Preferences*

Katlyn Griffin (UW-Madison SLIS)

The phrase “digital native” began to permeate academic library literature when it was first coined in 2001. With the introduction of this phrase, it became easy for academic librarians to make assumptions about undergraduate patrons’ technology skills and preferences. We assume that the students who grew up with the internet want to do everything online. However, after telling a student there is an e-book, many of us have heard “But do you have a real book?” In this poster, I share the results of my research on reading preferences of undergraduates, taken from both library and higher education literature. 

Comparing Library Space Usage Across Campuses 

Ane Carriveau (UW-Fox Valley); Yvonne Niesen (UW-Colleges); Scott Silet (UW-Waukesha)

In Fall 2015, each of the 13 UW-Colleges libraries performed a space assessment to find out how our libraries were used prior to implementation of a learning commons model.  The UWC Library Council Assessment committee was also interested in ways we could holistically look at and compare usage across the campuses which vary in size. The poster will show what we learned about usage at the UW-Colleges libraries and how we were able to compare campuses of different sizes.

Connecting Services and Spaces: Analyzing Usage of the SLIS Laboratory Library*

Anjali Bhasin (UW-Madison), Kaitlin Svabek, Kayleen Jones, Madeline Tyner, Chloe Prosser (UW-Madison SLIS)

As higher education and the use of academic libraries change, libraries are being challenged to evaluate the use and design of library spaces. At the School of Library and Information Studies Library, we implemented a system to evaluate how the physical spaces in our library are being utilized by patrons. As a result, we have been able to better understand patron behavior and values, which has allowed us to think deeply about service design in our space. Come learn about the methodology and results of our evaluation system and how they might be applied to your own library.  

Cross-lingual tag analysis of English-tagged literature written in English and Korean*

Inkyung Choi & Laura Elien Ridenour (UW-Milwaukee SOIS)

Information science is itself an interdisciplinary field; researchers bring unique backgrounds, methodologies, and perspectives into their work. International perspectives are reflected in literature produced in this field. As discussed by Beak, et al (2013), language barriers and differing concepts for terms can cause misunderstandings in international scholarship within the field. With increasing globalization of science, Korean academic journals started adding English abstracts and keywords in order to appear in internationally vended databases in the early 2000’s (Park, et al. 2012). In this study, we provide a preliminary analysis of bridging cross-cultural and interdisciplinary areas by comparing cross-lingual subject access by keywords of three identified siloed disciplines within information science. English and Korean keywords for journal articles were compared for English tags. Languages and identified silos were compared for areas of conceptual overlap based on expert-assigned keywords.

Digital Outreach and Digital Archival Collections: A Symbiosis

Elisa Coghlan (Marquette University)

Look anywhere on the web, and you’ll see a plethora of images, images, images—images are the lingua franca of our digital age. For academic libraries, creative use of images is becoming essential to effectively engaging online with our students, faculty, and other patrons. But finding compelling images to use—especially with little budget or time—is often easier said than done. As it turns out, a valuable resource may be right under your own roof: special collections. Your special collections unit likely has interesting, unique images tucked away in their digitized archival materials, and chances are they would love opportunities to showcase them. Stop by to find win-win ideas for developing engaging digital content for your library that also highlights your library’s unique digitized collections. 

Engaging All Staff: Integrating Diversity & Inclusivity Efforts into Existing Workflows

Carrie Kruse, Pamela O'Donnell & Trisha Prosise (UW-Madison)

Diversity & Inclusion work is often undertaken as a siloed activity which can result in one-off initiatives with little staff support or engagement. Learn from College Library’s continuing efforts to integrate diversity-related initiatives into all aspects of our work that help us be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. By integrating Diversity & Inclusion efforts into existing structures and workflows, library staff strive to view all library services and resources through a lens that addresses previously unnoticed aspects of privilege or exclusion. With this approach, all staff, including student employees, are empowered to suggest ideas and participate in the process of continually improving College Library.

Hacking and Yacking <Digital> Texts: </Digital> Scholarship as Conversation

Andrew Prellwitz (Ripon College)

Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, Digital Liberal Arts—whatever you decide to call it—is an increasingly large part of the research conversation.  How do we make an effort to get students involved?  In the fall 2015, Ripon College offered an interdisciplinary course titled Hacking and Yacking </Digital> Texts taught by librarian faculty. This poster will present a for-credit course as a means of integrating digital scholarship into the undergraduate curriculum. 

Health & Wellness Initiatives at UW-W Andersen Library

Rebecca Jones (UW-Whitewater)

College is a hectic time.  Between classes, work, homework, and a social life, there isn’t a whole lot of down time.  It’s important for students to make their own mental and physical health a priority. The UW-Whitewater Andersen Library has focused on filling this need for students through programming, equipment, and partnerships.  In the last two years we have added 16 yoga balls, a treadmill desk, 3 standing desks, 2 sets of stationary bike pedals.  We have also worked with the University Health and Counseling Services department on campus to host yoga, healthy snack samples, minute-to-win-it games, and more.  We provide weekly pet therapy, two weeks of finals activities each semester, crafts, adult coloring, and other one-time programming.  Stop by to learn more about this initiative.

Hmong Students Library Anxiety in Higher Education*

Xou Lee Va Vang (UW-Milwaukee)

Library anxiety is a common fear hindering student’s ability to use library resources effectively. While there are plenty of library anxiety research studies conducted in the past, this small study focuses on Wisconsin’s overlooked Hmong student population in higher education. This study was developed from noticing Hmong student’s lack of interest in library resources being offered in Milwaukee academic institutions. Onwuegbuzie and Jiao discovered students who speak English as a second language have a higher risk for library anxiety. This lead to a research study recruiting four Hmong students to be interviewed individually using 12 open-ended questions. The poster will provide unique results, how to further this study, and recommendations for academic libraries. 


In the Deep End Together: Visual lessons from working with a diverse team on a collection development project

Erin Anthony (UW-Madison)

How does a library staff consolidate three floors’ worth of materials onto the limited shelves of a storage facility and a single floor of a library? 

The answer to this riddle is on the poster!

In spring of 2014, Wendt Commons Library staff were tasked with a collection development challenge. A majority of the library’s collection needed to be pulled and analyzed for storage, and sometimes additional steps including barcoding, cataloging, and processing were required.

This poster will present visual blueprints of processes and workflows developed by Wendt staff to divide a seemingly insurmountable project into easier-to-achieve tasks. The poster will also illustrate how a division of work created opportunities for collaboration, including between librarians and student staff.

The visualizations presented in this poster will be useful for librarians attempting to make sense of their own large-scale projects.


Life-cycle of Faculty-Library Relationships: Building, Maintaining, and Restoring Trust 

Elizabeth M. Lang & Danelle J. Orange (Carthage College)

Faculty- Library relationships are valuable for both groups, however, building, maintaining and restoring these ties can be difficult.  In this poster, we propose a life-cycle approach to each of these critical components of a liaison program. The life-cycle begins by building relationships while transitioning new faculty to the institution, creating faculty development opportunities, finding key faculty allies, and advertising library services as a component of effective learning. Maintenance is the day-to-day operations of the library, which include cultivating off-campus relationships, involving faculty in decision-making, participating like faculty by attending key meetings and working in committees, and implementing an embedded librarian system.  All of this work becomes important when crises occur, libraries must manage their message, fix the problems, refine their services, and prove there’s been change. By building and maintaining bonds when things are going well, libraries are able to approach crises more effectively and are able to mitigate the fallout.

Online Library presence at a Technical College

Michelle Gullickson (ITT Technical Institute)

My presentation will focus on our “Virtual Library,” which includes the typical database/research capabilities of an online academic collection. For this poster session, I would like to focus on the other resources embedded in our virtual library, (especially career-oriented resources), and describe why the collected resources can be quite helpful to students aspiring toward a career. In my opinion, many four-year schools and tech schools could consider adopting some of the emphasis on career/professional resources on their libraries’ page. I plan to collect some feedback and observations from our students, so that I can provide the audience with their perspective on using a virtual interface such as this during their journey toward a career.

Promotion of Foreign Language Films via Bibliography Management Software Marquee

Rose Trupiano (Marquette University)

Locating foreign films (both feature and documentaries/historical films) in an online catalog may be onerous or time-consuming for those who would prefer to browse titles.  To help patrons discover library holdings of Spanish language feature films and Spanish or Latin American historical films/documentaries, bibliographies were created with the bibliographic management program, RefWorks.  Patrons can now easily scan through reference lists containing film titles and abstracts including live links to the films’ catalog records so that availability and full catalog record information can be accessed immediately. To create the bibliographies, the films' online catalog records were exported into RefWorks and edited.  A citation style was customized so that all bibliographies are formatted uniformly with key pieces of information including the live catalog links. The result is a win-win situation –promotion of the Libraries’ Spanish film collection and easy discovery by patrons.

RADD: Recovering Analog and Digital Data

Dorothea Salo & Anjali Bhasin (UW-Madison)

Got A/V? Got floppy disks? Of course you do. Need to rescue them? RADD! 

Recovering Analog and Digital Data (RADD) is the newest addition to the SLIS Library. RADD is helping UW-Madison students and staff as well as cultural-heritage organizations across Wisconsin digitize audiovisual materials and rescue data from obsolete digital-storage media. RADD has won a 2015 Madison Magazine Social Innovation award and a 2016 Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant. Learn more about RADD and how it can benefit the larger library community!

Recreational Reading Collections in Academic Libraries*

C. Callewaert (UW-Madison SLIS)

Over 70% of academic libraries surveyed in the United States report having some kind of recreational reading collection for students. These collections have proven beneficial for students in two key ways: reducing stress and improving academic performance. But are students using their academic libraries in order to obtain recreational reading material? In reality, not that many are. Sometimes this is because students are unaware of what the library has, and in other cases, the library does not have a recreational reading collection.

This poster explores developing and promoting recreational reading collections to university students. I will also confront some common issues around starting these collections such as lack of funds or lack of space. Come and learn about the benefits of recreational reading in academic libraries and what academic library collections can do to encourage students to read, conform to user need, and draw college students into the library.

Setting Up an Academic Makerspace: A How-To Poster

Angela M. Vanden Elzen (Lawrence University)

With the help of funding from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Lawrence University recently set up the Interdisciplinary Makerspace for Engaged Learning in the Seeley G. Mudd Library. Setting up a makerspace in an academic library requires the consideration of many factors- from scheduling equipment use, purchasing and organizing tools, working with professors, making the best use of available space, and much more. Our poster will outline some of the important considerations to know when setting up an academic makerspace. The poster display will also include images and objects that were created for class projects and independent studies.

Spaced Out: The Cheap and Unscientific Science Behind Library Use Mapping

John Pollitz & Kati Golden (UW-Eau Claire)

Budgets are tight.  Furniture is expensive.  But the Space Planning Committee at UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library figured out how to best use the furniture available in a way that would best address what students need and want in THEIR LIBRARY. By mapping our space use in the library on an annual basis we learned how and where students prefer to work, what we were lacking, and it allowed us to have a plan in place when some funding did find its way into the library’s budget.  What began as a way to determine how to move already-owned furniture around in the building based on student use, has now resulted in the revamping of the library’s first floor, including a renovation of the Circulation Desk, and the creation of a popular “living room.”  This poster will focus on the nuts and bolts of how we completed our use counts, will include samples of maps used, statistical graphs and charts, and photos and of the spaces before and after. 

Supporting Research Data Needs of the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab*

Abby Ward, Katlyn Griffin, Tina Rising, Shalini Ramachandran, Kate Norris (UW-Madison SLIS)

Responsible data management is essential to success of our campus research communities, and libraries and librarians are in a unique position to support that work.  In this poster, five graduate students will share our experiences working to develop a data management plan for the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The focus of our work was developing a plan to prepare the research team to manage additional field data that will be collected over the next five years, including a standard for file naming, a process for versioning control, and suggestions for preservation. 

TattooCore: A Metadata Schema for Tattoos*

Marisa Glazier (UW-Milwaukee SOIS)

"Do you have a tattoo? If so, how would you describe it? What are the most important aspects to describe? What terminology would you use? What hashtags would you use to post or search your tattoo on Instagram?

My unique study focuses on creating a taxonomy of tattoos. From user-generated content, I also created a Dublin Core inspired metadata schema for tattoos, which I have named Tattoo Core.

The data was compiled from interviewing a small number of people with tattoos and tattoo artists, as well as other formal and informal sources.


What's in Your Collection? Untapped Sources for Genealogy and Local History Research

Anne Kasuboski (UW-Green Bay - Retired)

Our first thought when asked for help with genealogy or local history questions might be to refer the patron to our archives department.  But there are many sources right at our fingertips that can be useful to our clients, particularly if our archives department has more limited hours.  From Badgerlink databases and government publications to the UW Digital Collections, many print and digital resources are at our disposal. This poster will showcase some of the resources that might not immediately spring to mind, such as JSTOR, the U.S. Serial Set, Newspaper Archive database, The Territorial Papers of the U.S. and more.


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April 22nd


7:00 - 10:00 AM



9:00-9:50 AM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

Gaining Ground: Campus Library Takes on the “Town-Gown” Issue by Reaching Out to College-Bound Seniors

Teri  Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse
Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, UW-La Crosse
Darci Thoune, UW-La Crosse

The library had tossed the microfilm. Access to newspapers was only through databases. Via a LibGuide. Authentication was required. The high school designed scavenger hunt was destined for failure. There were two options: demonstrate to the teacher how the library had changed and redesign their scavenger hunt for them, or design our own program for college-bound seniors, emphasizing information literacy. We chose the second option, and called it Gaining Ground: Building College Level Information Literacy Skills. Happy to have secured campus funds, we then found eight local high schools to come in for a day’s workshop over the course of the spring semester.  We reached out to an English Rhetoric professor, campus coordinator for first year writing, to join the fun and demystify the college writing experience. Even the Chancellor showed up. Pre and post assessment figures show an undeniable improvement in information literacy. In this presentation, you will learn strategies to build a successful high school-to-college bridge program, as well as how to take our template and make it your own.

Dartford B

Sharing Back Skills through the Digital Humanities Lab: A Case Study

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, UW-Milwaukee
Ann Hanlon, UW-Milwaukee

In 2013, the UWM Libraries established the Digital Humanities Lab as an experimental site to encourage collaborative work in the digital humanities, raise the visibility of DH work on campus, and enable faculty, staff, and students to develop and share skills relevant to digital humanities work. Faculty in multiple disciplines, as well as staff in the Libraries, have been eager to experiment and build projects. The DH Lab has been crucial in advocating for the use of tools like Omeka, as well as mediating relationships between faculty and staff and the IT and Systems professionals needed to install, configure, and maintain those tools. In addition, the DH Lab acts as a hub for peer-to-peer exchanges, allowing individuals or teams to share their experience and skills with the campus community.

In 2014, Special Collections collaborated with the DH Lab to set up and troubleshoot an Omeka instance for their digital exhibits, learning to customize and expand the platform through hands-on experimentation. In the months following, the project lead has shared that experience with others across UWM through the DH Lab. The project provides an exemplary case for the DH Lab as a model for brokering relationships across skill sets and disciplines, marshalling resources, and sharing them back to the broader campus community in ways that continue to grow skills for DH research.

Dartford C

Empowering Student Workers through Outreach

Jim Jonas, UW-Madison
Angela Schiappacasse, UW-Madison
Kelly Leahy, UW-Madison

What do Instagram, an interactive online map of Wisconsin, and tea have to do with each other? They are all part of MERIT’s outreach programs enhanced by the efforts of student workers! Join us to hear about the challenges and successes of MERIT’s outreach projects and how our student staff make it possible.

At MERIT (the UW-Madison School of Education’s combined library, IT, and media department), we employ both undergraduate and graduate students. We rely on our students to keep our library open and running smoothly, and we in turn provide them with mentorship and a range of experiences that help prepare them for their future careers. We benefit from our students' enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and first-hand experience on what it is like to be a student in the School of Ed.

With the help of our student workers, we have taken MERIT’s social media presence to the next level, developed a partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research to help support their innovative website NetworkED, and pioneered weekly Ed Tech and Tea Times for informal conversations over hot beverages. At this presentation, librarians and student staff from MERIT will share their experiences working on these projects, and then lead a discussion and idea-sharing session with participants.

9:50-10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM         

Keynote Program with Amy Buckland


There's a lot of talk in libraryland about digital scholarship these days. Some of our faculty say they do it, and many of our students want to learn it, but what exactly is it? And do you ever wonder if any part of your day has anything to do with digital scholarship? It may sound like a big amorphous concept, but I can assure you that you are already a player in the digital scholarship world. Let's discuss all the different ways libraries can support and partner on digital scholarship projects.