WAAL Annual Conference

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Be Fearless: WAAL 2015

April 21-24, 2015

Holiday Inn, Manitowoc


Guest Speakers Announced!

Nicole Pagowsky, Wednesday Keynote

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TITLE: Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship

DESCRIPTION: Librarians have been lamenting our stereotypes for over 100 years, but has anything changed? Critical librarianship--the process of incorporating scial justice through theory and practice into professional philosophies and day-to-day work--pushes us past a simple dismissal of stereotypes, and toward a consideration of what implications these tropes have on our diversity, status, pay, and ability to collaboratively carry out our work with faculty as partners.

This keynote address will examine how implementing critical librarianship through our library instructional pedagogy, scholarship, and other ongoing work can add greater value to the profession, and help transform the perception of librarians to campus, as well as our own perception of ourselves.


Rick Dodgson, Wednesday Luncheon

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TITLE:  It's All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey

DESCRIPTION: Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is one of the most interesting characters in United States history. His first books--One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964)--established his reputation as a star in American literature. He also became an important historical figure in the California "hippie" scene of the sixties—as chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)—causing Kesey to be remembered as the "Father of the Counterculture."

And yet, despite his celebrated achievements, little was known about Kesey's early life until the publication of Rick Dodgson’s It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey (2013). As a graduate student, Dodgson traveled to meet and interview Kesey, who granted him access to his private papers and journals. In a multimedia presentation, Dodgson will describe his encounters with Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, chronicle Kesey's early life, and re-examine Kesey's place in the history of the 1960s.


Barb and Ken Wardius, Thursday Luncheon

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TITLE: Wisconsin Lighthouses

DESCRIPTION: This program highlights Wisconsin's historical nautical beacons. Comprised of stunning images in a combination of history, storytelling and music. Narrated live, specific lighthouses included are: Superior's Wisconsin Point, the Apostle Island's Sand Island and Michigan Island Lights, Cana Island in Door County, Rockwell Lighthouse on Lake Winnebago, Rawley Point near Two Rivers, Old Port Washington, Milwaukee North Point, Wind Point in Racine and Kenosha Southport, among others. Questions and answers and a book signing conclude the show.

This lighthouse program is perfect for anyone interested in lighthouses, maritime history or simple striking contemporary and historic photography.


Trevor Dawes, Friday Keynote

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BIO: Trevor A. Dawes is an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been active in staff development and training for public services; has written on various library services topics, and has either planned or presented at various local, national and international conferences on a variety of topics. Dawes earned his Master of Library Science from Rugers University, and has two additional Master's Degrees from Teachers Colleg, Columbia University. He is an active member of the American Library Association and is the immediate past President of the Association of College and Research Libraries.



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