Winter 2011

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Volume 28, No. 1, Winter 2011
Co-Editors: Julia Trojanowski, Northland College and Linda Hartig, Carroll University

In this issue:

Greetings from the WAAL Chair Scholarships Offered for 2011 WAAL Conference
ACRL Update The Instruction Potluck Needs You!
EMIERT Roundtable People & Places in the News
WAAL 2011 Information Literacy Winners Calendar of Meetings & Events
Volunteer @ the WAAL Conference 2011 Education & Enrichment Opportunities

Greetings from the WAAL Chair

--Lisa Viezbicke, Beloit College

Greetings from south-south central Wisconsin!

L. Viezbicke, WAAL Chair

As I begin this year as WAAL chair, I am honored to carry forth the vision and enthusiasm of H. Vail Deale, former director of Col. Robert H. Morse Library at Beloit College, founding member and first Chair of Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries. Deale’s passion for libraries was expressed in many ways, but our small liberal arts campus reflects the support and encouragement he lent to undergraduate students interested in entering the profession and still benefits from the endowed book fund established to acquire student purchase recommendations.  As we begin this new year, I ask you to join me in extending this legacy by encouraging interested individuals to explore librarianship and our own organization.  Convenient and timely, WAAL’s Professional Development Committee is accepting applications for three conference scholarships until March 4, 2011.

With the cold of winter upon us, I find myself looking ahead to the coming thaw and warmth of spring. In the middle of January, some of the best evidence I can find – and offer – of spring’s impending arrival is the opening of registration for this year’s annual conference:  "Renew, Energize, Sustain," April 26-29 at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. In addition to the wonderful mix of locally contributed presentation content, this year’s program features keynotes from Melissa Cragin, data curation educator, and Char Booth, instructional design evangelist. Beyond these special guests and all you know and love about the WAAL Conference, don’t miss this year’s embellishment:  juried awards for poster submissions. 

The task of bringing these elements together has been underway since July. This is my first opportunity to recognize and thank the conference committee for their many months of work.  This year’s conference committee is led by co-chairs Anne Rauh, UW-Madison-Wendt Commons, and Charles Elfmann, Alverno College, with  Karen Dunn, UW-Madison-Steenbock Library; Maria Hernandez, Mid-State Technical College-Wisconsin Rapids; Josh Hickman, Beloit College; Jennifer Huck, UW-Madison SLIS; Jessica Hutchings, Cardinal Stritch University; Jim Jonas, UW-Madison-MERIT Library; Anna Lewis, UW-Madison-MERIT Library; Lisa Muccigrosso, Globe University; Cat Phan, RL≪ Tomissia Porath, UW-Madison SLIS; Andrew Prellwitz, Ripon College; Leah Ujda, UWDCC; and Michael Watkins, UW-Oshkosh. 

A final note of recognition: this year, the national spotlight shines brightly on our own Janice Welburn, Dean of University Libraries at Marquette University. ACRL named Janice the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Congratulations, Janice!

I look forward to seeing you in Stevens Point!

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ACRL Update

--Laurie Swartwout, ACRL Liaison

As your ACRL representative, I recently attended ALA Midwinter in San Diego. It was invigorating to listen to and participate in several discussions about academic libraries and the important part they play in higher education institutions. Once again, I encourage you to access Dr. Megan Oakleaf’s document, The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report. Dr. Oakleaf and ACRL President Lisa Hinchliff were recently interviewed about the report – please see the URL below to hear the full interview. 

Along with that, you may wish to review Kara Malanfant’s recent article, “Futures thinking for academic librarians: higher education in 2025,” recently published in Information Services and Use, DOI 10.3233/ISU-2010-0614. Kara reported on her work with David Staley, examining current trends and how they might impact academic and research libraries over the next 15 years. Combined with the discussion of library value within the academic institution, this material provides ample information for thought and discussion.

At the Chapters Council meeting, much of the discussion centered on how state and area chapters can keep connected and share ideas and experiences, while experiencing lower attendance at conferences. Twice yearly ACRL Chapter Topics newsletter is published online, which presents short reports on activities and events in the state and regional chapters. We are looking at different ways to communicate at the national level, making it easier for individuals and groups to continue being involved, even if everyone cannot afford to attend the ALA annual meetings.

Later Sunday morning, I attended the ACRL Candidates’ Forum. The two candidates for ACRL President are Thomas (Tom) Abbott and Steven J. Bell. Tom is dean of libraries and distance learning at the University of Maine at Augusta, and Steven is associate librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University. Both have experience at the national level and seem to be well qualified candidates for the position. You may wish to access the recording of the forum on the ACRL website. Don’t forget to vote when the ballot becomes available!

Value of Academic Libraries:
Candidates’ Forum, podcast from ALA Midwinter:
ACRL Chapter Topics newsletter:

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EMIERT (Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Roundtable)

Join the newly created EMIERT Roundtable! ( EMIERT held its first meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd at the WLA Annual Conference. Current officers of the roundtable are:  Faith Steele, chair; Ashley Thiem, chair-elect; and Julie Kamikawa, secretary.

Supporting the exchange of information for ethnic and multicultural groups, the roundtable's purpose is to: Support librarians and library staff of color, support librarians who work to support or closely work with ethnic and multicultural groups, and support library professionals interested in support diversity in Wisconsin Libraries. Membership is open to any current WLA member.

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WAAL 2011 Information Literacy Winners

The WAAL Information Literacy Committee is very pleased to announce the team of Rita Mitchell and Beth Bretl of Cardinal Stritch University as the 2011 winners of the WAAL Information Literacy Award. Rita is the Information Literacy Librarian, and Beth is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English. Their program, "Librarian and Faculty Partnerships: Embedding Librarians in English Courses to Improve Information Literacy Skills and Writing Skills," was chosen as the eighth annual award winner due to its strong levels of collaboration, well-defined outcomes, and high adaptability to other institutions and contexts.

Their pilot program paired a librarian with a faculty member to assist students in English 102, a core writing and research course. Rita and Beth collaborated in a fully online English 102 course. Rita was embedded in the course via the learning management system. Library instruction was delivered using video conferencing software, live chat, handouts and discussion forums. The intended outcome of the partnership was to develop student-librarian relationships outside of the library and improve students' writing and information literacy skills. Assessment of the partnership was conducted through both student and faculty surveys. Please look for their presentation at the 2011 WAAL Conference in Stevens Point.

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Volunteer @ the WAAL Conference 2011

WAAL 2011 Conference logo


--Josh Hickman, Volunteer Coordinator, WAAL Conference Planning Committee

If you plan to attend “WAAL 2011: Renew, Energize, Sustain,” please consider volunteering. Volunteers are needed to fill the following positions:
1)  Assist at the Registration Desk with on-site registration and pick-up of conference materials. 

2)  Introducer/Room Monitor, who introduce the speaker(s) or panelists for a program of their choice and also serve as that room’s monitor (assessing room conditions and media, counting attendees, and assisting speaker(s) with distribution of materials).

The WAAL Conference planning committee would like to thank you in advance for volunteering.  A small donation of your time and talents will help assure a successful conference for all participants.

Volunteers should specify which role they would like to play and identify the time(s) they would be available. 

To volunteer, contact Josh Hickman at

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Scholarships Offered for 2011 WAAL Conference

The WAAL Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer scholarships for the upcoming 2011 WAAL Conference.

A scholarship covers the registration fee, conference meals, hotel room, and mileage. This year there are three categories of application for a scholarship:

1.     Paraprofessional library staff
2.     Library student assistant or undergraduate student
3.     Graduate student currently enrolled in a library/information science program

Applications are due March 4, 2011.

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The Instruction Potluck Needs You!

Instruction Potluck logo

The Instruction Potluck is a unique program happening at the WAAL 2011 Conference in Stevens Point. The potluck is designed around problems and solutions in library instruction, and we’re looking for materials to share. The presenters will share their own ideas and tools, but we want submissions from the audience as well\

  • Is there a handout or website you rely on for library instruction?
  • Is there a tool you just can’t live without?
  • Have you been brainstorming a new approach to a challenge you face?
  • Is there an issue in library instruction you’d like us to discuss?

Tell us about it!  Go to: to participate or email your materials, questions or comments to Laura at or Lia at

Our goal is for everyone to leave the program with a template, tool, or idea to employ in their own classroom. Bring yourself, your ideas and any instructional materials you’d like to share, and mark your calendar for Thursday April 28th from 10:45 a.m.-noon.

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People & Places in the News

Beloit College

Beloit College Library was recently granted a $6,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The award funds will bring a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to campus to begin a process of assessing physical preservation needs and developing strategies for our archives and special collections. 

Carroll University

Linda Hartig will be retiring from Carroll University at the end of January. She has held various positions in the Todd Wehr Library throughout her fourteen years of service to the Carroll community. Linda has also served on various WAAL and WLA committees and participated in numerous events over the years in support of libraries. We wish her well as she begins a new phase in her life, and we will miss her contributions to our library as well as our professional organizations. 

Lawrence University

The Mudd is delighted to welcome Erin Dix as our new University Archivist and Reference Librarian. Erin has an MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison with a specialization in Archives and Records Administration. She has a BA in history and music from Lawrence University (a small but outstanding college in Appleton, Wisconsin). Before coming (back) to Lawrence, Erin worked in the Oral History Office at the UW-Madison Archives.

Marquette University

Congratulations to Dean of Libraries, Janice Welburn, who was recently named 2011 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development. Welburn joined the Marquette Libraries in 2006 after serving as associate dean of the University of Arizona Libraries. A prolific contributor to the library and information science literature, she co-edited the 2010 ACRL book Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action. She will receive her award March 30 at the ACRL conference opening keynote session.

The Saint John’s Bible: The library staff is proud to present the acquisition of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition in celebration of the university’s annual Mission Week in February. Comprising seven volumes, the Heritage Edition is a full-sized reproduction of the modern-day illuminated manuscript commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The Bible will be housed in the Archives Reading Room in Raynor Library, where a different illumination will be presented each day. More here.

New Digital Collection: Raynor Memorial Libraries have launched “Building a Campus,” a new digital collection (using CONTENTdm) that documents Marquette’s campus history through photographs, drawings, clippings and programs. The collection includes more than 600 items, circa 1900 to the present, capturing buildings such as the original Marquette College, Church of the Gesu, Brooks Memorial Union, McCormick Hall and St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

Libraries Go Mobile! Anywhere, on-the-go library access is here. No apps required. Two innovations allow library users to connect to the library website and to the campus catalog, MARQCAT, using mobile devices. The website may be accessed directly at ; smartphones connecting to the standard site will be redirected. The mobile site has been configured to connect to the most-used library services, including Ask a Librarian (IM), research guides, databases, class reserves, hours, and more. The catalog (III’s AirPac, dubbed MARQmobile) is found at and also detects mobile users and formats the screen accordingly. Both sites support Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and more. Read more here.

New Digital Media Studio in Raynor: Library Information Technology and Research & Instructional Services have collaborated to open a digital media studio. The studio includes work space with both PC and Mac stations and circulating digital equipment, as well as training and assistance in the production of digital projects and presentations. More information here.

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County

Marc Boucher is the new Library Director at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. He was previously the library director at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and UW-Washington County (2008-2010) and UW-Washington County (2001-2008), having previously served as Systems Librarian at Ripon and as a reference librarian at Salina (Kansas) Public Library.

UW-Eau Claire

McIntyre Library welcomes Greg Kocken, our new archivist and special collections librarian. Greg received a BA degree in history, with an emphasis in public history, from UW-Eau Claire in 2007.  He attended graduate school at UW-Madison, where he received a MA degree in library and information studies in 2009. While in graduate school, Greg served as a reference archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the past year and a half, Greg has served as a reference archivist at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. 

On February 17, 1951, McIntyre Library director Erna Buchholz received confirmation from the Superintendent of Documents that the Eau Claire State Teachers College would become a United States depository library. The library was to receive distribution of federal documents under the selective plan, and would inherit depository documents previously received by the Eau Claire Public Library. The 60th anniversary of McIntyre Library’s depository designation will be celebrated during February with historical displays and more.

UW-Fox Valley

Ane Carriveau is the new library director at UW-Fox Valley.

UW-Green Bay

The Cofrin Library is excited to add two new staff members to their Public Services team:

Joe Hardenbrook will be joining the Cofrin Library staff this January as the new Instruction and Reference Librarian. Joe will be responsible for coordinating Library Instruction both to onsite students as well as DE students. Joe has an extensive background in Instruction and technology. Previously he worked at Southern New Hampshire University.   

Margaret Carroll is the new evening supervisor. As the evening supervisor, Margaret will oversee circulation services during the evenings as well as manage student assistants. Margaret has a variety of teaching experience as well as having worked at Barnes & Noble. Most recently, she worked in the NWTC Library in Sturgeon Bay.  


The Libraries have created two new digital collections, Sanborn Maps of Milwaukee 1894 and 1910 and NEH Grant Project: Saving and Sharing the AGS Library's Historic Nitrate Negative Images.

A national traveling exhibition, “Freedom Riders,” created in conjunction with the PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film of the same name, will be displayed in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons January 24-February 21. A panel discussion, “Riding the Freedom Road: Are We There Yet?,” will be held in the Golda Meir Library’s Conference Center on February 1.
Historian Susan Schulten, a professor at the University of Denver, will deliver the 2011 Holzheimer “Maps and America" Lecture on April 5 in the American Geographical Society Library. She will be speaking on cartographic innovation in the Civil War era.
Scholar, author, and filmmaker Ruth Behar will offer a presentation entitled “Through Jewish Cuban Eyes: The Jewish Latin American Experience” on April 12 in the Conference Center. Behar's talk is in association with the Jewish Latin America Collection in Special Collections and the Setlick Fund for the Study of Jewish Society and Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
Scholars awarded Best and McColl fellowships for 2011 in the American Geographical Society Library are:
--Dr. David Forrest, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow: "The International Map of the World and Its Impact on World Cartography during the Twentieth Century."

--Dr. Stewart Gordon, University of Michigan: "Routes: How the Pathways of Ideas and Goods Shaped Our World."

--John Hessler, Senior Cartographic Librarian, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress: "Finding the Antipodes: Mathematical Constructivism and the Changing Logic of Cartographic Objects, 1960-1975."

--Halla Kim, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha: “On the Cosmological Foundation of Daedong Yeojido.”

--Dr. Matthew Boyd Goldie, Rider University, project to complete a study of insularity, particularly the British Isles, in the later Middle Ages.

--Dr Alastair Pearson, University of Portsmouth, “The International Map of the World and Its Impact on World Cartography during the Twentieth Century.”


Paige Mano, a reference/instruction librarian at UW-Parkside, was named a member of the 2011 class of ALA’s Emerging Leaders. She recently traveled to San Diego to meet her fellow Emerging Leaders during an all-day meeting at the ALA Midwinter conference. The group listened to speakers such as past ALA president Leslie Burger and organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan, who elaborated on the ALA’s structure and governance as well as the qualities of effective leaders. The Emerging Leaders were then divided into their individual project groups and began to develop plans for their projects, to be presented at a poster session at the ALA Annual conference in June. Paige is working with five other librarians from across the country on a project sponsored by ALA’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Services (ITTS). By looking at the “Seven Deadly Sins of Library Websites,” the group hopes to bring attention to and provide solutions to some of the least usable aspects of website design. Work on the project will be done virtually, via email, online chat, web conferencing, and social networking.

Viterbo University

In December, 2010, Nancy Steinhoff, Assistant Director and Reference and Instruction Librarian, retired after nearly twelve years at the Todd Wehr Memorial Library at Viterbo University. Kim Olson-Kopp, former Outreach and Technology Librarian, has taken over these duties as of January 2011. Also, a new hire was welcomed to the library this January. Jennifer Nelson, formerly of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, has joined the staff as the new Electronic Services and Instruction Librarian.

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

WAAL Annual Conference April 26-29, 2011, Ramada Inn, Stevens Point
Support Staff Annual Professional Development Conference May 25, 2011, Location To be Announced

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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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