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April 21st


Registration 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 Grand Libelle Foyer


9:00-9:50 AM

4 Concurrent Sessions

Grand Libelle D

Collecting and Analyzing Student Feedback on Information Literacy Instruction

Bekky Vrabel, UW-Green Bay
Anna Merry, UW-Green Bay

In the Spring 2016 semester, the Research & Outreach Services (R&OS) department of the Cofrin Library was looking for a way to assess their information literacy instruction that would be easy to implement, flexible enough to use with a variety of classes, yet provide good insight. We developed a pilot information literacy assessment project collecting qualitative feedback called a 3-2-1 Assessment. In the last 5 minutes of a session, the instructing librarian asks students to answer and reflect on the following: three things they learned in the session(s); two questions they still have; and one thing they'll do differently when they research going forward. The students record their answers on index cards which are then collected and put into an Excel spreadsheet by librarians for analysis. The instructing librarian answers the anonymously submitted questions and sends the responses to the professor to forward to their students.

This presentation will discuss how we developed the assessment project pilot, carried out data collection, and developed our own coding system to analyze the results quantitatively. We'll also discuss the results from the Fall 2016 responses – what students most frequently mentioned – and departmental responses to the data.


Grand Libelle E

Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Rose Trupiano, Marquette University

Searching with Google and Bing and other search engines only allow you to search roughly 4% of the Web. In addition to this Surface Web, there is also the much larger Deep Web containing sites not crawled or indexed by search engines but whose contents are discoverable by searching the websites directly. Some of these Deep Web sites are free such as government databases and library catalogs; others are for pay or have other access restrictions. Within this Deep Web is the small controversial portion of the Internet referred to as the Dark Web (a.k.a. Dark Net), where websites are not discoverable or accessible via common Internet browsers such as IE, Firefox, etc. but require special software such as the Tor browser. This software can be obtained freely and legally on the Internet and it allows users to access hidden servers and services on the Tor network (as part of the Dark Web). Use of this software allows Internet users anonymity, a feature beneficial to whistleblowers, censored citizens or those who seek privacy. However, the Dark Web is also a dangerous place rife with criminal and illegal activities. This program is solely informational and provides recent news reports about the use and possible content of the Dark Web, the Tor network/browser and their implications for the current and future library world.

Grand Libelle F

No More Cruise Control: Driving Change with Students, Staff, and Space

Joe Hardenbrook, Carroll University

Adapt or die. It's a mantra we hear, but libraries have always been about change. The key now is to be in the driver's seat. Librarians from Carroll University will discuss four ways they have embraced change: 1) a workflows assessment to analyze staff duties, 2) a ʺkindness auditʺ to examine barriers to library services, 3) an enhanced patron count to determine how to best utilize library space, and 4) a survey to report how students use the library. Combined, these initiatives position the library as a change maker. Learn about these practices and take the wheel to share your experiences with change, too!


Villa Gottfried A

The State of (Wisconsin) Digital Preservation

Melissa McLimans, WiLS (moderator)
Kristin Briney, UW-Milwaukee
Greg Kocken,  UW-Eau Claire
Stacey Erdman, Beloit College

Digital preservation has become increasingly important for libraries, archives and museums. We actively collect items that may only exist in digital format and are creating digital surrogates for our print and analog collections at an ever increasing rate. And, although our work has become more and more defined by bits and bytes, we are often unsure how best to create and sustain a healthy digital preservation program. Questions of staffing, skill, access, technology, and don't forget storage, abound.

Join a panel of librarians, archivists and technology professionals from all over Wisconsin to hear how their campuses are approaching digital preservation, including what they have accomplished, where they want to go, what challenges they are facing, and thoughts about where institutions may be able to collaborate to save resources and gain expertise.

9:50-10:30 AM

Morning Break

Outside Libelle Ballroom DE

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM         

4 Concurrent Sessions

Grand Libelle D

Gamification of Information Literacy

Geoffrey Iverson, UW-Platteville
John Berg, UW-Platteville

How does one get first-year college students excited about information literacy? The ability to identify and articulate the need for information, and then to search for and find information that is valid, is essential for success in college, and the earlier that students can learn these skills the better. Three librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Karrmann Library are collaborating with Dr. Regina Nelson, the Senior Development Consultant at UW-Platteville's Teaching and Technology Center, in building a section of UWP 1010: Introduction to College Life, which is UW-Platteville's first year experience course. For the Fall 2016 semester, Dr. Nelson is teaching a section of this 1-credit first year experience course that focuses on the gamification of information literacy, including gaming-related concepts such as badges, leveling up, boss fights, and having the students compete in teams. Information Literacy Librarian Geoff Iverson provided the alternate treatment, teaching a single 52-minute workshop on how to utilize the library's online catalog, Search@UW, as well as a brief lecture introducing the concept of information literacy. This lecture utilized the CRAAP test, a set of guidelines devised by librarians at California State University-Chico to help researchers determine a given source's currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose. John Berg, the Karrmann Library's coordinator of Public services, provided the control group, giving a class a tour of the library. Each group took a pre-test of information literacy concepts, and they will take a post-test at the end of the semester.

In examining this data, we hope to determine whether the gamification of information literacy and its core concepts helps students to retain knowledge of how to best evaluate the sources they use to gather information.


Grand Libelle E

Bridging the gap: connecting the library and writing center through student peer research consultants

Jill Markgraf, UW-Eau Claire
David Kocik, UW-Eau Claire
Danielle Rockwell,  UW-Eau Claire
Kate Hinnant, UW-Eau Claire

Changes in usage, staffing and philosophy prompted UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library to transform its traditional reference desk service into a Research Center, staffed primarily by students. In addition to addressing staffing challenges, librarians wanted to provide a higher-level work experience for student assistants. Looking to the campus Center for Writing Excellence for inspiration, the student peer research consultant model was created. This panel discussion will feature two student library peer research consultants and two library faculty discussing their student/faculty collaborative research project. Panelists will discuss the inception of their peer research consultant program, which draws on students trained for and working as writing assistants in the Center for Writing Excellence to staff the library's Research Center. The process of recruiting and training these students will be discussed. Student panelists will also share the results of their research project which focuses on writing center student assistants' perceptions of the library and how those perceptions change as a result of a training intervention. Panelists will discuss future directions for the collaborative arrangement. Student panelists will share their experiences as both writing center assistants and library peer research consultants. Library faculty panelists will discuss ways in which the peer research consultant program has enriched the library. Panelists will welcome questions from and discussion with attendees.

Grand Libelle F

It's Not Just About the Salary: Creating and Sustaining a Positive Work Culture

Stef Morrill, WiLS
Jeff Brunner, WiLS
Melissa Mclimans,  WiLS

Having a positive work culture has a significant impact on employee loyalty, creativity and productivity. In a time when most American workers report feeling disengaged, how can we make our libraries places where individuals can thrive? This session will present key findings from research about what helps to create and sustain a positive organizational culture. Illustrations of these findings in practice at libraries in our community and in other organizations will also be explored.


Villa Gottfried A

Leveraging Library Systems for an Archival Advantage

Abigail Nye, UW-Milwaukee
Michael Doylen, UW-Milwaukee
Aaron Dobbs,  UW-Milwaukee
Mitchell Scott, UW-Milwaukee
Joe Tomich, UW-Milwaukee

How can archivists collaborate with librarians to improve their internal workflows, patron services, and assessment? Librarians and archivists from the UW-Milwaukee Libraries will share their experience with implementing Alma, the UW System LMS, for use in archives. The session will suggest strategies and tools that other university archives and special collections can utilize to move beyond paper-based processes to gather crucial data and demonstrate the value of academic archives in an environment of fiscal austerity.


 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Luncheon featuring Alayne Peterson

Grand Libelle BC

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Steam-Powered: The Rise of Steampunk Literature

Alayne Peterson lives “in the chinks of [the] world machine” and spends a lot of time thinking about the future, technology, media, and society. At the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, she teaches composition (with the theme “Considering the Future”) and creative writing, as well as courses in science-fiction literature and film, modernism, and literature of nature. Professor Peterson holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her poems have appeared in The Front Range ReviewPoetry Quarterly, and Verse Wisconsin, among others. Her essay “Riders of the New Wave: The Feminist Science Fiction of LeGuin, Russ, and Tiptree, Jr.” appears in the anthology Womanhood in Anglophone Literary Culture: 19th and 20th Century Perspectives. She presents regularly at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and is currently developing a book-length manuscript on George Miller’s Mad Max series.

1:00 PM-1:50 PM

4 Concurrent Sessions


Grand Libelle D

Putting the Framework in the Driver's Seat: Conceptualizing and Understanding MLA Style Citations

Kelly Johnson, UW-Fox Valley
Ane Carriveau, UW-Fox Valley

Citations driving you crazy? Yup, thanks, new MLA Style. What is a container and why does it matter? Think about Netflix. A two-session library information literacy component of English 102 at UW-Fox Valley attempts to answer these questions with our students. The sessions build from understanding how the key questions for source evaluation are linked to the key questions needed to use and cite a source in research. The sessions focus on three of the pieces of the Framework to assist student comprehension of a difficult concept: Searching as Strategic Exploration, Authority is Constructed and Contextual, and Scholarship as a Conversation. Throughout the first instruction session, we go back to the basics to use questions that students already are familiar with (who, what, when, where, and why) and link those answers to parts needed for citations. The second session covers the why's and how's of citation through group work and classroom discussion to move students beyond simply plugging in fill-in-the-blank citations to truly beginning to understand the why and what a citation represents. Students are introduced to scholarship as conversation by driving through how to integrate sources into their own writing. All of these pieces work together to more organically help students to understand their roles and take control of their part of the research process.


Grand Libelle E

3 Become 1: Streamlining Services and Connecting Student Staff through Service Point Consolidation

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

The MERIT Service Desk opened at the start of Fall 2016 semester, the realization of nine months of work to consolidate services, training, staffing, and space to create a one-stop-shop for our patrons and a collaborative, cross-functional workspace for our student staff. Information, circulation, and IT student staff were provided with advanced cross-training and now work side-by-side to provide our patrons with comprehensive solutions and referrals. Like all institution-wide changes, however, this was not without its challenges! Join us to learn why we refreshed our service model, what challenges we've faced, and what we've learned from this experiment in Public Services so far.


Grand Libelle F

Social Justice Librarianship: An Introduction to the Literature

Lee Wagner, UW-Washington County

Are you curious about what Social Justice Librarianship and Critical Librarianship means? Have you heard the terms but you are intimidated by the wealth of literature and information on the topic and wish someone would give you the Cliff's Notes? Then this session is for you. This session is designed for the beginner in Social Justice Librarianship and not for the person who is knowledgeable in Social Justice Librarianship and the associated literature. This session will outline the current literature and practice around Social Justice and Critical Librarianship. It will provide a brief overview of the literature, some of the ways a beginner can start to incorporate it into their current practices, and paths for the librarian who wants to continue to learn more about theory and practice.

Villa Gottfried A

Using Data Analytics to Answer Humanities Questions

Laura Farley, Wisconsin Historical Society
Randi Ramsden, Wisconsin Historical Society

This workshop explores the intersection of digital humanities and data analytic using bulk data harvested from Chronicling America. In 2015 the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) joined the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to provide access to historic newspaper published between 1836 and 1922. NEH awards support state projects to select and digitize historically significant titles that are aggregated and permanently maintained by LC at Chronicling America. Through this website, historic newspaper pages are freely available and keyword searchable. To date, over 10 million pages of newspapers have been made accessible representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Laura Farley and Randi Ramsden of WHS will instruct a workshop on how to search, harvest, and manipulate data from Chronicling America. The workshop will include hands on experience harvesting bulk data from the site, formulating and refining queries using Excel pivot tables, and analysis of the data through a humanities lens. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels, no previous experience with data analytics is necessary. Note: Participants will need access to Excel on personal computer and to download data before workshop.


 1:50 PM-2:15 PM

Afternoon Break

Grand Libelle BC


2:15 PM-3:30 PM

Lightning Round

Grand Libelle BC

To read a full description of the lightning rounds, please visit our Lightning Round page.