Winter 2010

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Volume 27, No. 1, Winter 2010
Co-Editors: Julia Trojanowski, Northland College and Linda Hartig, Carroll University

 In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair Greetings from your New Editors
Dieterle Reports on Croatian Library Meeting People & Places in the News
New WeLead Class to Be Selected Soon Calendar of Meetings & Events
News and Notes from the WLA Newsletter Education & Enrichment Opportunities
WAAL 2010 Conference

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Dennis Unterholzner


Greetings all.  Just wanted to introduce myself and let you get a bit acquainted with me.  I’m the WAAL chair for 2010;  I was also the WAAL chair last year, but the Board decided to keep me doing this until I get it right.  Last year, I was Head of Public Services in Hedberg Library at Carthage College in Kenosha.  As of the end of 2009, I am officially retired, so I have nothing to do (he says tongue in cheek) except work for WAAL.  As I sit here, deciding what to write about in this column, I checked what I wrote last year.  It appears that not much has changed – an erratic stock market, a weak economy, high unemployment, and budget deficits, as well as stagnant or reduced library budgets. All of these still affect us and our institutions in some way.  Taken together, they can seem somewhat overwhelming.

 All the various issues we face are challenges to be met and eventually solved with the professionalism, the ingenuity and the enthusiasm that Wisconsin librarians have always expressed over the decades.  As members of WLA and WAAL, we are professionals who work together to solve whatever issues confront us. One way we do that is through our networking and professional development efforts.  And the primary opportunity we have to do this is through the upcoming annual WAAL Conference.

Again, we have an excellent WAAL Conference Planning Committee co-chaired by Ane Carriveau (Ripon College) and Anne Rauh (UW-Madison).  The other members of the committee are Adam Brisk (WITC-Superior), Jessica Gile Hutchings (SLIS, UW-Madison), Angela Milock (WiLS), Charles Elftmann (Alverno College), Molly Mathias (UW-Milwaukee), Karen Dunn (UW-Madison), Elizabeth Hunt (Ripon College), Michael Watkins (UW-Oshkosh), Laurie Swartwout (Cardinal Stritch University), Lisa Weikel (UW-Milwaukee), and Jim Buckett (UW-Madison).

 They have been busy putting together an excellent conference with a variety of programs and speakers.  Included will be sessions on:

  • Assessment
  • Collaborations outside of the library
  • Emerging technologies
  • Future of libraries
  • Library instruction
  • Staff development

In addition, we will have three major speakers, Bob Greenstreet, John Gurda, and Rachel Singer Gordon. This year we will be at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee from April 20-23, 2010. The conference theme is Something’s brewing in Milwaukee.

I want to encourage everyone to come to the conference and bring some of your colleagues who may not have been able to come before.  We learn, we reconnect, and we also have a lot of fun.  So, I hope to see you all at the Clarion in April.

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Dieterle Reports on Croatian Library Meeting

--Ulrike Dieterle, Distance & Outreach Coordinator, Ebling Library

On September 25, 2009, I spoke to librarians in Zagreb, Croatia gathered for their annual meeting.  This year’s theme was “library services for hospital patients and the elderly in long-term care facilities.”  Invited to speak by the Croatian Library Association, I presented on two topics - health information literacy and information resources for the elderly and their caregivers.

Member librarians came from all parts of Croatia as well as Slovenia to share information about resources and services for special populations.  Other presentations at the meeting included patient services in hospitals, health information programs at city libraries, bibliotherapy initiatives for special populations, library collaborations, library services for the blind and visually impaired, storytelling programs in long-term care facilities and more.

Throughout the meeting, I was fortunate to have the services of a very competent interpreter, who simultaneously translated my presentations into Croatian and all other presentations and discussions into English. 

While in Zagreb, I was able visit a number of libraries, including a medical library, the main branch of Zagreb’s public library system and the large, new National and University Library, which serves the academic community and as a resource for the country at large.  The National/University Library’s history began in the early 17th century when the first Jesuits arrived in Zagreb to establish a high school, which included plans for a library.

View from Croatian National and University Library, photo

From the Croatian National and University Library looking out over Zagreb to mountains.

In discussions with Croatian librarians working in special information environments, it became clear to me that, although geography separates us, we have many of the same concerns when it comes to providing services – adequate resources, both human and financial; adequate collections to meet information needs at all levels; and adequate professional development opportunities to keep up with the ever-changing nature of our work.

For example, in Croatian medical libraries, there is concern about adequately addressing the various levels of information needs for clinicians and patients.  With few exceptions, Croatian medical librarians and clinicians must be comfortable doing research in English-language resources, such as PubMed, EBSCO titles, Scopus, the Cochrane Library and others.  Patient libraries often consist of small collections of donated pleasure reading materials tucked away in dark corners of the hospital.  As in the US, it often falls to the public libraries to provide frontline consumer health information, computer training and health reference for the general public.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the multi-type library environments of Croatia, network with library professionals, and build opportunities for extended communication.  The trip was totally funded by the Croatian Library Association through the generosity of their federal government.

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New WeLead Class to be Selected Soon; Apply by January 31 to Be a Mentor or Protégé

We Lead, logo graphic

--Pamela O'Donnell, Chair, WeLead Task Force

WLA seeks a new class of "WeLead"ers (Wisconsin Emerging Librarians Exploring and Developing) to receive fabulous benefits while honing leadership skills and giving back to the association. The initiative, begun in 2005, is starting a new cycle. The WeLead Committee is accepting applications for three to five protégés. The protégés receive a one-year WLA membership, stipends to attend the WLA annual conference for three years, a stipend to attend one additional conference (WAAL, WAPL, WEMTA or SSS) during the three-year initiative, an appointment to a WLA committee, special leadership programming opportunities, and they are paired with a current leader within WLA to serve as their mentor. Mentors receive up to $125 per year to defray costs of attending the WLA Conference with their protégés.

WLA is supporting the protégés through generous contributions from WAAL, WAPL, Embury, Ltd. and the WLA Foundation. A sincere and hearty thank you to the WeLead contributors!

For more information on the program, as well the application form (for both protégés and mentors), please visit WeLead Task Force. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2010.

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News and Notes from the WLA Newsletter

No Increase for WLA Membership Dues in 2010
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to renew your membership in 2010! Dues have not been increased for several years, and both institutions and individuals can renew online. Join or renew now, or check your membership status online if you're not sure; just login and check My Profile. We appreciate your continuing support of WLA!

Help WLA Build a Common Agenda at Library Legislative Day
Register today for this fun and important event, designed to develop relationships with state legislators and library supporters. 

New this year are completely revised background papers, designed to build a common agenda with state legislators by framing library issues in terms of their main interests: business/economic development, education, and more. As librarians, we provide core services to our communities, and many libraries are the only place for your friends, neighbors and others to read the newspaper, fill out a job application online, read the newest book to their child, find valuable medical information as a care giver, and much more.

Please join us on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 in Madison and tell your legislator the stories of your library serving your community. For more information, check out the Library Legislative Day pages on the WLA website! And bring a friend!
Julie Schneider, Co-chair, Library Legislative Day       

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WAAL 2010 Conference


--Ane Carriveau, 2010 WAAL Conference Co-Chair

Prepare to stir up some new ideas and some fun at “WAAL 2010: Something’s brewing in Milwaukee,” April 21-23, 2010.  Featuring keynotes from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Rachel Singer Gordon to get our creative juices flowing, luncheon speakers, and events showcasing some of this great city’s history and attractions, the WAAL 2010 conference has something for everyone.  

Come see colleagues from around the state present on the latest technology, instruction ideas and exciting new ways of meeting patron needs.  So mark your calendars for WAAL 2010.  Registration will be coming soon! 

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Greetings from your New WAAL Newsletter Editors

This volume of the WAAL Newsletter is brought to you by the collaborative efforts of Julia Trojanowski and Linda Hartig, with layout assistance from Karen Dunn, former editor.  We are pleased to take on editorship of the WAAL newsletter and are grateful for Karen's continued help.

Julia Trojanowski is library director at Northland College in Ashland (, and Linda Hartig is reference librarian at Carroll University in Waukesha (  When you have news to share, please keep the WAAL Newsletter in mind and contact either of us with that news.

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People & Places in the News

Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries

New Web site launched in December. Following six months of assessment and consultation with library users, the new site was designed to make resources and services more accessible. A “Send Us Your Comments” link is provided on every page for problems and suggestions.

CLIR Grant Announced. The Marquette University Libraries have been awarded a $149,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources for "The Catholic Social Action Project," a collaborative effort to improve cataloging of special collections. In addition to Marquette, members of the effort include Catholic University of America, St. Catherine University, and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

Students hold Rave in Raynor Library. With only 24 hours' notice, library administrators scrambled to ensure the safety for all involved in a student-initiated "flash rave" held on the Wednesday night of December finals. It went off without a hitch, complete with body surfing and Miley Cyrus. All agreed it was a fun and morale-boosting event. See a YouTube video.

November Ex Libris issue. Library staff collaborated on a November issue of their occasional recommended reading newsletter.

Little Rock Nine: The Libraries have posted a resource guide about the 1957 events in Little Rock as background for the February campus visit of the Little Rock Nine.

See the news archive to read newsletters and news releases on these and other library issues.

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

WAAL Annual Conference April 20-23, 2010, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Milwaukee

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Education & Enrichment Opportunities

CCBC Calendar & Events SOIS Podcasts
e-Learning from ACRL SOIS Professional Development Institute
SLIS Continuing Education, Online Short Courses Wisconsin State Law Library Classes and Tours

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