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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.