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April 21st

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



9:00 - 9:50 AM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

Data-Stalking Our Library Learners: Tutortrac and Information Literacy

Matthew Coan, Madison Area Technical College
Julie Gores, Madison Area Technical College
Cristina Springfield, Madison Area Technical College

It has become common for college and university administrators to ask librarians to provide measurements of their impact on student retention and success. In the fall of 2014, Madison College libraries took on a new project to do just that. As a result of reorganization that created a new center, Libraries & Academic Support Services, Madison College librarians began collaborative partnerships with other units that provided opportunity for new initiatives.  As a result, librarians began a quantitative assessment project to track the measurable impact of information literacy sessions on student retention and success using a software traditionally used in academic support centers: Tutortrac. This presentation will cover the implementation of the project, outcomes, lessons learned, how we’ve used the data for planning and promotion of information literacy sessions and what the future looks like.  It’s time to start thinking out of the box!

Dartford B

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

Jill Thomas, Lawrence University
Robert Karels, UW-Oshkosh

With journal prices climbing again and budgets flat or falling, are there realistic alternatives to cutting coverage?   UW Oshkosh’s Polk Library and Lawrence University’s Mudd Library think so.  That’s why both have taken the plunge into pay-per-view pilots.  Since Fall 2015, Polk Library has been using the unmediated version of Copyright Clearance Center’s Get It Now document delivery service to help meet faculty and graduate student needs.  And, since Fall 2014, Mudd Library has employed a shared-credit-card, direct-order model for the faculty of its two most active (and costly) science departments.  Robert and Jill will compare and contrast the goals of their pilots, the challenges of implementing them, and the surprisingly positive outcomes to date.

Dartford C

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

Carlos Duarte, UW-Madison
Julie Arensdorf, UW-Madison
Jessica Newman, UW-Madison
Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison

In the fall of 2014 a group of librarians on the UW-Madison campus began an outreach project inspired by work done in an “Instruction for Diverse Students” Teaching and Learning Circle. The target audience was the Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO)--a program on campus that promotes access to resources, academic achievement, and personal growth for students whose parents have not received a four-year degree, students who meet specific federal family income guidelines, and students with documented disabilities. The librarians’ goal was to connect with students who may not be aware of or feel comfortable taking advantage of library services, or who may not have felt empowered to consult with a librarian. This began a series of weekly visits to the CeO space, during which two librarians would spend their lunch hour with the students in order to provide onsite services to students.

Working collaboratively the librarians created a charter formalizing their goals, taking cues learned from a Feminist Pedagogy Teaching and Learning Circle. The CeO group is working to introduce library services to students for both social and academic benefit by establishing trust and approachability, and by providing academic support when needed, while acknowledging the social and safe space that the CeO provides for its students.

Currently the group is meeting with students in the CeO office for one hour twice a week, and has been gaining traction with increased student interactions, and invitations to speak to large student groups outside of the CeO program space.

We would like to present as a panel our methods, successes, failures, and the story of the evolution of this project from its early planning stages to its current form. We also intend to provide opportunities for participant engagement, and takeaways that would facilitate the implementation of similar initiatives at other institutions.

9:50 - 10:15 AM



10:15 - 11:30 AM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

Flip & Dive Deep into Hybrid/Flipped Library Instruction

Christina L. P. W. Johnson, Globe University-Green Bay
Amanda Howell, UW-Whitewater
Kate L. Ganski, UW-Milwaukee
Troy Espe, UW-Stevens Point
Eric Kowalik, Marquette University

In an ever-changing landscape of university methods, ACRL frameworks, time available for the importance of face-to-face library instruction (LI), and an ever-increasing push to harness the advantages of technology, flipped and hybrid LIs help to maximize actual workshop time with a librarian, increase retention of the material, and can be accessible to those who otherwise might not receive the guidance and support in person, including online students.

Jump in and learn from a panel of 5 academic librarians (representing different schools in various stages of implementation, reasons, and campus sizes), about some of their incorporations of the ACRL frameworks and flipped and hybrid library instructions; from piloting and planning, to having done this model of instruction for 1-2 years already. They will be discussing, demonstrating, and sharing their experiences, ideas, and variety of tools (including LibGuides version 2, videos, quizzes, activities, games, apps, virtual tours, Articulate Storyline modules, Google Forms, and D2L) for the continuation of flipping or hybridizing library instruction on their campuses.

The panel presentations will be followed by a mini-WAAL Think Tank with the audience, especially with those already doing this or on the cusp thinking about this path of combining an in- and out-of-class LI approach and the development of online tools, as well as resources for instruction and assessment. A discussion about tactics, hang-ups, and successful suggestions.

Dartford B

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

Mindy King, UW-Stevens Point
Katie Chamberlain Kritikos, SOIS UW-Milwaukee

Curious about 3D printing and its role in academic libraries? 3D printing is a popular emerging technology that can be found in diverse locations ranging from academic libraries, the technology offices of LIS programs, and even people’s private homes. Through slides and pictures, discussion, and audience participation, this presentation provides an introduction to 3D printing technology, common legal issues, and growing ethical considerations. Because understanding the basic functions of and issues related to 3D printing is essential for academic librarians, we also share the highlights and pitfalls of 3D printing at the UW-Stevens Point Library and its applications in higher education.

After this presentation, attendees will understand how a 3D printer works in an academic library, its scope and applications, and its main legal and ethical issues. They will also learn how to manage library makerspaces through user agreements and receive suggestions for implementing 3D printer policy and best practices in the academic library.

Dartford C

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

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

Academic libraries become more dynamic places when they forge meaningful connections with their patrons and extended communities. Social media is one channel through which libraries can encourage these connections, breaking down the silos of academia and engaging with campus, local, and global communities. However, it can be difficult for large academic libraries with diverse audiences and several special-interest collections to maintain this level of engagement. When one voice or one social media channel is not enough, a faceted approach to social media can allow targeted engagement and spread out the burden.

This panel from the UW-Milwaukee Libraries will present each member's unique experience with engaging our communities using social media. From Twitter and Tumblr to Instagram and Facebook, teams, departments, and individuals have found ways to connect with students, community members, and other libraries. Each has used a different strategy to sustain these connections, from creating guidelines for student interns who cooperatively manage a social media account to a more controlled editorial process.


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Luncheon Program with
Todd Bol


Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a Midwest-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free neighborhood book exchagnes. Today 36,000 Little Free Libraries stand as part of a global phenomenon that keeps gaining momentum. Little Free Libraries now stand inf front yards all across the globe -- from Iceland to Pakistan to Tasmania -- strengthening neighborhoods, spreading literacy and the love of reading, and bringing people together.

Todd H. Bol created the very first Little Free Library -- a front yard book exchange -- in 2009 to share books with his neighbors. After seeing the community's positive reaction to the miniature library, Bol built  30 more and gave them away to neighbors, friends and family. The response was so overwhelming that Bol crafted a vision for a community-led grassroots movement.

Todd is a mission-driven innovator, inspiring others through his creativity and storytelling. He believes that in order to be successful as a social entrepreneur, you need to create storytelling. He believes that in order to be successful as a social entrepreneur you need to create something that people can't resist. Tood overcame some resistance to his unconventional nonprofit design to create the grassroots phenomenon that is Little Free Library. And people just can't resist it!


1:00 - 1:50 PM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

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

Eric Kowalik, Marquette University
Elizabeth Gibes, Marquette University
Valerie Beech, Marquette University

Covering necessary information literacy topics in a one shot session can be difficult. To address this challenge, 8 interactive Storyline modules were developed and deployed to all First Year English sections, providing flexibility in teaching IL concepts. Come learn about the development, implementation and evaluation of these modules. The modules are available as open source downloads at:

Dartford B

+3: Adding student tech support to your library

Jay Dougherty, UW-Parkside

The UW-Parkside Library Research Help and Circulation Desk were combined in 2012 to provide a central point of service for our patrons. In the Summer of 2015, it was decided to add student tech support to the desk during peak hours. This presentation will go over why we decided to add student tech help, the process of training students for the desk, our collaborations with Campus Technology Services to allow this to happen, and pitfalls and successes we learned along the way.

Dartford C

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

Nathan Dowd, Edgewood College
Jonathan Bloy, Edgewood College

In an effort to maximize space and be fiscally responsible with expenditures related to furniture purchasing and building redesigns, it is essential to gather data on how your patrons are using library spaces. Many libraries rely on gate counts, observations made by staff, surveys of patron’s perception, and patron self-reporting of use of library spaces. These do not always create the most accurate picture (no pun intended) of how patrons are truly using library spaces. To overcome these inaccuracies, Edgewood College’s Oscar Rennebohm library has used photographic surveys (taking pictures of patrons using library space and how they rearrange or leave the furniture) to more precisely capture how patrons are actually using the library. This presentation will detail how we documented the use of our library space using digital cameras, and analyzed our results to help make space use and furniture purchase decisions.


2:00 - 4:00 PM
Poster Session Reception


Ribbons will be awarded for Best Content and Best Visual Display in both the professional and student categories.

4:00 - 5:00 PM
WAAL Business Meeting

Lucas Bluff

Open to all WAAL members. Come hear the latest news of the organization and give the WAAL board members your feedback.

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Evening Activity

BoatHouse Pub

Live Music!--The Jazz Orgy, started as a weekly jam session in Oshkosh WI. Eventually the band made a name for themselves through out Wisconsin, then the United States. Currently the group still plays the same jam session at Peabody's for an entire decade. In addition they have been touring, and picking up shows locally and globally.