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April 19th

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM - Friday Morning Yoga

Room: Wilson Hall B

Start your Friday off right and join us for free early morning yoga session. Attendees will receive a free yoga mat courtesy of Springer Nature! Sign-up on the registration form. Limited to 20 participants.

Registration 8:00 AM - noon

Room: Wilson Hall Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Breakfast

Room: Richmond Hall

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Crowdsourced Transcription Project

Join us for WAAL’s first ever conference service project! Head over to UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library to transcribe diaries and field notes from the James Newman Clark Collection. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Clark recorded detailed notes about birds in Western Wisconsin, including details about migratory bird arrival dates. Today, this collection is of increasing value to scholars and scientists. Participants will use a digital platform presented by McIntyre Library to transcribe written records. No transcription experience necessary, but volunteers must be able to read cursive and type.

Facilitated by Greg Kocken and Liliana LaValle, McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire

Maximum number of participants: 25. Sign-up on the registration form.

8:30 am - 9:00 am – Welcome with pastries and coffee.
9:00 am - 11:00 am – Instructions, reading, transcribing, and networking.

Transportation options:
Participants can take the Eau Claire City Bus from downtown to UWEC or drive to campus and park in the visitor parking lot. Parking pass information will be provided. Carpooling is encouraged!

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: Wilson Hall A
Libraries & Textbook Affordability: Various Methods for Reducing Costs

Mitchell Scott, St. Norbert College
Cory Mitchell, UW- Stout
Kristin Woodward, UW-Milwaukee
Vince Mussehl, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Many academic libraries are trying to figure out their role in reducing the cost of textbooks and how to position themselves as a key partner in local textbook affordability initiatives. Learn how four WI academic libraries of various sizes and scopes are taking different approaches in supporting the open and affordable education movement. This panel will discuss the management of a library based textbook collection and its distribution at UW-Stout, the library’s role in OER adoption and support at UW-Milwaukee, support and use of OER and digital library resources in the classroom at Chippewa Valley Technical College and using library eBook subscriptions and library acquisitions to provide required materials for classes at St. Norbert College..

Room: Wilson Hall F
Question Everything: Living in the Information Age

Eric Jennings, UW-Eau Claire
Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire

We live in an increasingly complex and interconnected world and our technology means we are often connected from the moment we wake up (good morning, cell phone) to when we go to bed (goodnight, laptop). Because we have so much information available to us whenever and wherever, it is imperative that we look at the ways in which information is produced and disseminated with an eye toward the future and how different technologies might affect us as information consumers and producers. To help students navigate this increasingly complex and ever-changing world, we identified and use Marshall McLuhan’s “Understanding Media” as a foundational text in our semester-long class “Question Everything: Living in the Information Age.”

In this presentation we will describe the reasons why we believe McLuhan’s work is the perfect vehicle for teaching students the critical thinking skills all people need in the 21st century. We will also describe other readings, assignments, and teaching methods that we use and how they encourage students to start diving into a world that is uncertain and how they can engage with it through many different frames of reference. This engagement starts them toward comprehending their own learning and self, allowing them to gain an understanding of their world and how they can contribute to it.

Room: Wilson Hall C
How to Use Research Skills to Find Flexibility in an Inflexible Environment

Kim Olson-Kopp, Viterbo University

A job description may be inspiring, something that keeps you motivated. It may also be limiting, especially for those working with static job descriptions that don’t allow room for growth, change, or advancement. Because librarians are savvy researchers and seekers of information, however, applying basic research strategies, the kind we use daily, may be one easy, practical way to discover opportunities within a current situation. This process begins with brainstorming keywords and synonyms based on the bullet points in a job description. It moves towards locating appropriate, useful subject areas, and it ends with a results list of opportunities. It’s about finding connections both on and off campus, working and collaborating with others who have shared goals, and creating space where change can happen.


Room: Wilson Hall D
Collaborating for Long-Term Library Facility Planning

Carrie Kruse, UW-Madison
Alexandra Ramsey, Engberg Anderson Architects
Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson Architects

In 2017, the UW-Madison Libraries worked with Engberg Anderson Architects to develop a 25-year Facilities Master Plan. The plan describes a future vision for a sustainable library system and outlines a plan to achieve the vision incrementally through renovation and new construction projects to be undertaken over time as funding is provided.

Many library facility projects are based on one-off renovations or upgrades only when funding becomes available. Learn how the team approached planning for the long-term future by answering three key questions: what do we need, what do we have, and how do we best bridge the gap? Use information shared in this session to understand data collection for defining current space use, how it informs an overall vision and how to fit smaller project opportunities into a long-term strategy.

Hear from representatives of the Libraries and the architecture firm about the experience, lessons learned, and the challenges and opportunities that such a process provides.


9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Break

Room: Wilson Hall Foyer

 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: Wilson Hall A
Opening the Door to an OER Initiative on Your Campus: a Panel Discussion

Jennifer Chamberlain, UW-Colleges
Brooke Schenk, UW-Madison
Kristin Woodward, UW-Milwaukee
Bob Butterfield, UW-Stout
Jane Roisum, Fox Valley Technical College
Vince Mussehl, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Nationally, libraries are playing a significant role in their institutional initiatives around open education. Utilizing our expertise as content curators and instructional partners, librarians are likely collaborators in promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) within the curriculum. OERs align well with our library values of unfettered access to information and the open scholarship cycle in support of the greater knowledge commons. But believing in a movement and getting an initiative started within your organization are two different things. Come listen to our panelists discuss their successes and impediments to initiating an OER program on their campus. From developing support materials, to advocating to administration and student organizations, to working hand-in-hand with faculty in identifying the right resource for their course, our panelists can share their experiences around building an OER program from the ground-up within diverse environments at different stages of OER readiness.

Room: Wilson Hall F
Teaching Infographics, Graphic Essays, and Data Visualization

Mandy Morrow, UW-Madison

The DesignLab is a part of the UW-Madison libraries and works with UW affiliates to provide design consultations (or tutoring) and develop instructional packages (IPs) for digital assignments/projects. These projects include websites/blog, podcasts, videos, presentations, posters, graphic essays, and more. In the most recent semesters we have seen an influx of instructors and groups interested in learning more about infographics, graphic essays, and data visualization. We have developed a few different IPs on these topics for various audiences (undergraduate and graduate students), including creating our own conceptual model for talking about infographics and graphic essays. This talk will discuss the development and implementation of the IP process from consultations with the instructors to working with the students in the lab.

Room: Wilson Hall C
I Did It!!: The Tip-Meister Dishes on Effective Processes to Get to the Finish

Marge Loch-Wouters, WLA Past President

Do you constantly feel behind on tasks, projects, initiatives, planning and, let’s face it, ALL.THE.THINGS? Join a reformed procrastinator who listened to her mentors, got smarter and learned a ton, thus putting her on the zen path of accomplishment. We’ll explore the concepts of task and project management, wise decision-making, creating buy-in with stakeholders, people-wrangling and task-conquering. All the secrets will be revealed and, with your input, more will be discovered. Leave the session feeling powerful in leaping obstacles and walls with a new-found power in finishing your to-do’s and avoiding to-don’ts!


Room: Wilson Hall D
Enabling Change: Supporting a Sound-based Curriculum in Space and Praxis

Kate Ganski, UW-Milwaukee
Ann Hanlon, UW-Milwaukee

During the Fall of 2018, the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab opened its new Audio Studio to accommodate the research and teaching needs of faculty on developing podcasts, oral histories, and other sound stories for use in digital scholarship and classroom assignments. At the same time, the first-year writing courses at UWM have been working toward incorporating multi-modal assignments, including sound-based "writing," into their curriculum. While the Audio Studio (and the DH Lab) provide one venue to learn about and create sound-based media, a new emphasis on multi-modal communication across the curriculum means that librarians across departments must consider how we support these classes, and how we incorporate sound – and creating sound-based media – into our own service models. The presenters will discuss how these developments are tied together, how both the DH Lab and the Libraries’ User Services divisions have worked both separately and together to anticipate and accommodate these changes, and what they mean for how libraries engage digital humanities and digital and information literacy with curricular changes that productively challenge old notions of writing and communication. Furthermore, our case study will show how academic libraries can be a catalyst for innovation in pedagogy and curriculum by actively linking our spaces, technologies, services, and librarians to faculty-led curricular change.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Luncheon Program with Sara Zettervall

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Room: Richmond Hall

Whole Person Librarianship: Building the Relationship-based Reference Collection

A decade ago, San Francisco Public Library became the first to hire a social worker to serve patrons in-house. Since then, library-social work collaborations have been growing exponentially, particularly in the last couple of years. Even the Eau Claire public library will be hiring a social worker in 2019. While public libraries have been in the spotlight with this new trend, academic librarians also have been interested from the beginning. But the variations in student needs, academic library missions, and institutional resources all add complexity to planning for library-social work collaboration in a college setting. During research for the forthcoming book, Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services, the speaker and her co-author interviewed library staff throughout the United States, including academic librarians. This session will present the types of collaborative approaches public libraries have been using, then add the voices of academic librarians to highlight their concerns. We then will explore some methods to create a relationship-based reference collection, which uses social work principles to address some of these concerns, regardless of whether a formal collaboration is in place. Participants will leave this session with a new context for their role in connecting students to information outside the library.

Sara Zettervall is the founding consultant for Whole Person Librarianship, which applies social work concepts to library practice. She currently works at Hennepin County Library as the community engagement librarian for East African refugees in Minneapolis. Her experience includes leading innovative projects in public, academic, and school libraries and archives. She was the 2017 winner of the Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, in support of presenting on library-social work collaboration at the Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development in Zagreb, Croatia. A 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader, Sara has continued to serve ALA through involvement in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Recommendations Implementation Working Group. Her book, Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services, coauthored with UW-Eau Claire social work professor Mary Nienow, is scheduled for publication in mid-2019. She holds an MLIS from St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM - 4 Concurrent Sessions

Room: Wilson Hall A
Getting Ready for the 2020 Census: New Data, New Questions?

Daniel Veroff, Applied Population Library, UW-Madison/Extension

The 2020 Census is just around the corner and with it comes the prospect of new data for communities of all sizes and lots of interest in census data by local governments, community organizations, non-profits, researchers, and citizens. This session will start by exploring the meaning and power of census data and the importance of an accurate and complete count of the population. Then, the session will provide an update on the plans and schedule for the 2020 Census itself, a focus on some important changes in the way the census data will be collected, and a bit of history on the questions and questionnaires used over the last several decades with an emphasis on the evolution of questions on race and ethnicity and a proposed question on citizenship. Finally, we will highlight some ways that census data is used (and useful) for a range of end users along some tips and caveats for accessing and using the new census data which will roll out in early 2021. 

Room: Wilson Hall F
Document Design, Accessibility and our Students

Kate Hinnant, UW-Eau Claire

We’re used to thinking about accessibility when it comes to websites, particularly for screen readers, but what about other documents we produce? How can we design instructional and directional documents that take into account the needs of users with cognitive disabilities, for example? With a rising number of students who document having learning disabilities with their colleges or universities, many educators are looking for ways to maximize learning for all of their students. In this presentation, I will discuss document design as one piece of the larger project of Universal Design of Instruction. Participants will get the opportunity to examine and discuss a variety of documents designed for information literacy, disciplinary classes, and directions.

Room: Wilson Hall C
Inviting Children and the Community into the Academic Library

Katie Kramschuster, UW-Stout
Kati Schaller, UW-Eau Claire

The Educational Materials Centers at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout are collections of children’s and YA books, textbooks, puppets, and hands-on learning kits designed to support curricular areas including education, counseling, and related programs focused on children and families.  Both institutions not only support academic missions, but have also worked to invite children, families, and the community into the space through storytime session, art programming, and increased marketing of the collections. By developing partnerships on-campus and off, the education librarians at each campus have seen an increase in programming, circulation, and space usage. This session will provide an overview of programs offered at our libraries, and tips for making partnerships and marketing your unique collections both within and outside your institution.

Room: Wilson Hall D
Connecting with Your Mission and Creating Student Centered Spaces on a Dime

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

What do you do when your space is not living up to its potential? Maybe it is dated books, unused periodical runs, waiting room style seating, or a just a general sense of being stuck in a library time warp? Is there a pressing need for more student centered study spaces? By assessing collections, usage of the physical space, and asking students what they wanted from their library we were able to dramatically change our spaces with little cost.

We’ll present:
• Tips for weeding your collection to best support your educational mission and free up space.
• How to re-purpose existing library fixtures and furniture to create updated layouts that support diverse work and collaboration spaces for students.
• We’ll also highlight the partnerships that helped us purchase some new items when repurposing wasn’t enough.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Lightning Talks

Room: Richmond Hall

Grab a seat for the fast and engaging 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 were gathered ahead of time and presented as one continuous presentation, with an emcee coordinating the talks and delegating time.

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