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April 20th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



9:00 - 9:50 AM
3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

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

Jennie Callas, UW-Parkside

ACRL’s “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education” has stirred excitement, debate, and consternation among academic librarians. The Framework abandons concrete performance indicators and learning outcomes in favor of a conceptual, thematic approach to research in which students are both users and creators of information.

An emphasis on metacognition, an awareness of one’s own thought processes, is central to the “Framework,” being “crucial to becoming more self-directed in that rapidly changing [information] ecosystem.” Metacognition is also one of the eight fundamental Habits of Mind in the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.”

The many intersections between these two Frameworks became the basis for a proposal to first-year composition instructors to redesign their research assignments and reconsider the librarian’s role in their courses. In Fall 2015 two receptive instructors implemented research projects with major metacognitive components, asking students to reflect on their research goals and processes. In these courses, the librarian no longer led a conventional one-shot library session. Instead, she designed two to three sessions targeted specifically to where students were in the research process, and she provided feedback on the students’ reflections, guiding students in finding and evaluating relevant resources.

This session will describe the collaboration, assignments, information literacy elements and activities, and assessment results. Ample time for discussion will allow attendees to share their challenges and successes working with first-year composition classes.

Dartford B

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

Elizabeth Harper, UW-Madison
Nancy Mulhern, Wisconsin Historical Society
Michael Current, UW-La Crosse
Eileen Snyder, Wisconin Historical Society

In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau stopped publishing the statistical compendium Statistical Abstract of the United States.  While ProQuest now publishes an online version, and Bernan sells a print version, there no longer is a free electronic version of the last four editions of this important reference work.  That does NOT mean there aren't free statistics available on the internet from government entities!  This session will cover key statistical sites from federal and state government entities, as well as some with free data.  And if you have a favorite statistical site or two, we'll have some time for you to talk about it.

Dartford C

Librarianship Across Oceans - Reaching Out Globally

Janet Padway, UW-Milwaukee
Ewa Barczyk, UW-Milwaukee

In recent years, the UWM Libraries staff has been involved with libraries, librarians, and library students around the globe. We have welcomed students and librarians traveling to Milwaukee to work with our staff as well as traveled to meet with and lecture to students, librarians, and library staff around the world, including Asia and Africa. We will share some of our experiences, perceptions of benefits, as well as the challenges facing both the participants and the libraries staff. With each connection, relationships develop and teach us more about each other.

Ewa Barczyk has traveled around the globe, working and speaking with librarians and students, as well as leading mentorship programs for students traveling to the United States. Janet Padway has traveled to, and lectured in Rwanda, and is working on possible collaborations with UWM for mentorship and educational programs for Rwandan students and librarians.

9:50 - 10:15 AM 


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Keynote Program with Courtney McDonald
Taking the Plunge Into Holistic Design


Wisconsin is a state well-known for its commitment to progress; libraries are well-known for their commitment to service, excellence and preservation. How can holistic design thinking give us new, or renewed, avenues for progress and excellence in the service of our communities? This keynote will discuss how we can make use of this design approach to move our libraries forward.


11:30 AM - 12:50 PM

Luncheon Program with Daniel Goldin,WAAL Conference Scholarship Award presentation, and WAAL Information Literacy Award presentation


Daniel Goldin has owned Boswell Book Company for 2,575 days, as of April 20, 2016. Before that, he workd at Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops in Milwaukee, primarily as the trade book buyer, for about 23 years. Previous to that, he was a book publicist in Milwaukee. He grew up in Queens, New York, and majored in math, with a concentration in Russian (long story) at Dartmouth College. 

1:00 - 1:50 PM

3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

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

Sheila Stoeckel, UW-Madison
Eliot Finkelstein, UW-Madison
Trisha Prosise, UW-Madison
Miguel Ruiz, UW-Madison

In 2015, UW-Madison Libraries completely redesigned CLUE, a web-based tutorial that has long been a required element of the blended informational literacy module integrated into courses that fulfill the General Education Communication A (Comm. A) requirement. Sift & Winnow: Libraries@UW, a modern online learning tutorial was developed in its place. The six-module tutorial provides a truly active online learning experience for students with direct assessment measures.

Using the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy as the foundation, and backward design as the instructional model for development, the Sift & Winnow tutorial features learning modules that are interactive, engaging, flexible, modular, and assessable.

In this session presenters will discuss how they leveraged the framework’s threshold concepts and backwards design principles to develop learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and instructional activities. All attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences regarding the value and challenges of implementing e-learning models for instruction, including aligning active online learning and in-class teaching.

Dartford B

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

Cory Mitchell, UW-Stout

Explore the ocean of streaming video content that is now available to academic libraries.  Unearth a veritable deluge of streaming videos that help support learning, study, and research at your institution.  Captain Cory Mitchell will pilot you through the stormy waters to discover the buried treasure to help satisfy your streaming video needs.  Some of the exciting ports of call include: Films on Demand, Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online: Premium, Kanopy,, Docuseek2 and Swank (feature films); to name a few.  Captain Cory will help you discover new content, but also demonstrate some of the advanced features available (clipping, making playlists, embedding in D2L, interactive transcripts, and more!).  Also, be prepared to share what YOUR institution is doing to help users access streaming videos.  If you don’t, you may be forced to “walk the plank”…

Dartford C

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

Lee Wagner, UW-Fond du Lac
Dave Dettman, UW-Stevens Point
Andy Pech, UW-Stevens Point

Access services student workers provide the foundation upon which our services are built. We rely on them to provide critical functions to help us best serve our patrons. This reliance on student workers compels us to create environments and experiences that encourage them to succeed on the job, in the classroom and out in the world of work.

This presentation will show two different examples of mutually beneficial student supervision programs. Presenters from Stevens Point will provide a detailed look at the library student manager’s training program at UW-Stevens Point. The second model, from UW-Fond du Lac, will focus on a student-driven mentoring project that attempts to engage students by combining library resources and personal interests.

The presenters will also share some of the challenges in operating a robust student manager program amidst dwindling campus resources and how library employment can be an intentional experience for at-risk students to potentially increase retention.


2:00 - 2:50 PM  

3 Concurrent Sessions

Dartford A

ELIS: 15+ years of an Embedded Library Instruction Program

Michael Strahan, Northern Michigan University

A 15-year collaboration between faculty and librarians at a Michigan comprehensive (II-A) university evolved from pioneering an individual innovation to a campus-wide program, Embedded Library Instruction Services (ELIS). ELIS is introduced as a model for embedding personal librarian support and instruction in academic courses spread over 45 programs, utilizing various course management systems. The presenter will discuss the history of ELIS, and its role specifically within the Nursing information literacy program including APA workshops and assessment data.

Dartford B

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

Katie Blank, Marquette University
Erin Dix, Lawrence University

Digital preservation, and particularly the preservation of born-digital materials, can be a complicated and daunting task for libraries and archives. This session will highlight the efforts of two archives to dive into managing born-digital materials through participation in the “Jump In” initiative. Inspired by Ricky Erway’s OCLC report, “You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media,” the Manuscript Repositories Section of the Society of American Archivists sponsored a “Jump In” initiative in 2013. Using the report’s practical steps as guidance, “Jump In” participants committed to inventorying their born-digital physical media and submitting a report on their progress after four months. The initiative attracted a large number of participants and has been repeated annually since 2013. The first step in managing your born-digital content is knowing what you have, and “Jumping In” has proven to be a great way to get started.

In this session, archivists Katie Blank and Erin Dix will share their experiences participating in the “Jump In” initiative and the steps they have each taken to continue developing procedures for managing and preserving born-digital archival content in their repositories, highlighting strategies that can be implemented in institutions of various sizes. This session will be useful for anyone responsible for stewarding born-digital content, who might be staring at a pile of floppy disks, CDs, or other digital media and wondering how to begin.

Dartford C

Diving Deep into Science: Tales of an #EmbeddedLibrarian

Anne Moser, UW-Madison

In the summer of 2015, Anne Moser, senior special librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had the ultimate outreach experience – three days sailing on the research vessel, the Lake Guardian. The R/V Lake Guardian sails on behalf of the USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office, gathering environmental data to gauge the health of the Great Lakes. Research and monitoring are necessary for making sound management decisions for the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem by providing the best information available. As part of a Shipboard Science Workshop for teachers and informal educators from around the Great Lakes, Moser embedded on the vessel as lead social media reporter during the first half of the trip. During the Workshop, educators and scientists work side-by-side to explore a Great Lake with state-of-the-art sampling and laboratory equipment that collects and analyzes samples of water, aquatic life, sediments and air according to prechosen protocols. The teachers and informal educators have the opportunity to contribute to the research and to bring what they learn back to their students in the classroom. In her presentation, Moser will share photographs and tales from the ship and will show how social media connected the great work on the vessel with landlubbers throughout the Great Lakes.

2:50 - 3:15 PM



3:15 - 4:45 PM  
Lightning Talks


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.


4:45 PM  
WLA 125th Anniversary Celebration


Come join us for cake as we celebrate 125 years of library leadership and support by WLA.  Bring photos and other memorabilia that highlight key historical developments that took place at your library. 

Share your own experiences about how the Wisconsin Library Association has made a difference in your professional life and in the services your library offers.

5:30 PM  
WAAL Dine-Around

Dartford Entrance

Not sure where to go for dinner? Let food and networking be your guide. Meet in the lobby outside of the Dartfored breakout rooms at 5:30 PM on Wednesday to find others going to one of the following local restaurants. You organize the carpooling; we provide the maps.

Romelia's: Authentic Mexican taqueria in downtown Ripon.

J's BBQ: Texas style brisket, savory and spicy sauces, mouth-watering sides. Located on Hwy 23 on the edge of Ripon.

Roadhouse Pizza: Thin-crust pizza, hoagies, burgers and the best beer list in the area. Located in the downtown Ripon.

The Gooseblind: Burgers, sandwiches and pizza in downtown Green Lake.

8:00 PM
New Members Round Table

BoatHouse Pub

New and old members are welcome at this meet and greet in a relaxed setting. Meet new faces and catch up with old friends.