Winter 2012

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Volume 29, No. 1, Winter 2012
Co-Editors: Jeff Brunner, UW-Oshkosh and Julia Waggoner, Northland College

In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair Nomination Sought
Scholarships Available! Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
Conference Registration Open! Calendar of Meetings & Events
Information Literacy Award, Viterbo University Education & Enrichment Opportunities

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Ane Carriveau, UW-Fox Valley

A. Carriveau, WAAL Chair, photo

The calendar says it’s winter, but boy does it feel like spring. And spring makes me think of the annual WAAL Conference. This year the committee has done a fabulous job of finding engaging programs and speakers to make a memorable conference experience. If you haven’t yet registered don’t hesitate. You’d hate to miss THE event of the spring!

This year we’ve also moved the WAAL Business Meeting from the bleary-eyed Thursday morning slot to the afternoon on Wednesday. I hope to see many of you there to hear about what is going on in the organization and to give us your feedback about what you want to see in the future from WAAL and WLA.  Without all of you, WAAL wouldn’t have a purpose. So, please attend the Business Meeting at the annual conference or drop me an email and let me (and the board) know what you want out of your organization.

I hope to see you all in April in Lake Geneva!

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Scholarships available!

The WAAL Professional Development Committee is excited to offer a variety of scholarships for the 2012 WAAL conference: Quest for Excellence, April 17-20, 2012 at Lake Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI.

There are three categories of application for a scholarship:

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

Guidelines for application and application forms for all of the scholarship categories are available on the WAAL website at Professional Development Committee.

Applicants for the Undergraduate Student/Library Student Assistant scholarships are being sought from anyone who supervises student assistants. Any undergraduate student or library student assistant who may be interested in or who shows potential for a library career is eligible.

Application for a Paraprofessional scholarship is available to all paraprofessionals who are WLA members or who become WLA members prior to the conference. Paraprofessionals are those individuals who are currently employed full-time or part-time in a library and who are not enrolled in a library/information science graduate program.

Application for a Graduate Student scholarship is available to all graduate students currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a Library/Information Science program and who are WLA student members or who become WLA student members prior to the conference. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a library/information science program and who are working and/or interning in a library should NOT apply for the Paraprofessional scholarship but should complete the Graduate Student scholarship application.

All scholarship awards include conference registration, meals allowance, hotel room expense (at ½ double occupancy rate), and mileage, if applicable. Double occupancy can be with another scholarship recipient or other individual, to be arranged with the scholarship recipient at the time scholarship is awarded. Recipients will be paired with a mentor to guide them through the conference and introduce them to colleagues.

Nominations, application forms and supporting references must be received no later than March 2, 2012. Please send all completed forms electronically to:

Rachel Slough
UW-La Crosse
Fax: (608) 785-8639

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Registration for the conference is now open!


Quest for Excellence, WAAL Conference 2012, logo graphic

Have you registered for WAAL 2012: Quest for Excellence in Lake Geneva April 18-20?  

If not, read on. You certainly don't want to miss these programs:

Keynotes from Jenica Rogers and Kim Leeder will get us motivated and invigorated.
Luncheon Speakers will take us into another world with "Lots of Dungeons, No Dragons" by Margaret Weis and "Monsters of Wisconsin" by Linda Godfrey.
PLUS: programs and posters presented by innovative librarians from right here in Wisconsin!

Check out the full program for all of the Excellent offerings to fill your conference Quest.

Check out the fabulous accomodations at the Grand Geneva. If you are going to attend a conference, why not do so in the best possible environment?!

Come for an amazing three days of learning, networking and sharing while...
Enjoying a martini in a world class lounge,
Experiencing a massage and spa treatment,
Experiencing a hay-ride with friends at a tranquil resort,
Networking to your heart’s content in luxury with colleagues from around Wisconsin,
Enjoying an elegant room with television, WI-FI, and stunning view, AND,
Soaking in the multiple pools or water park.

But you can't enjoy this wonderfully relaxing learning experience if you don't register!

For those who anticipate attending the conference, registration rates are posted below.

Get discounted conference rates! Join WLA today! 

Conference scholarships are also available. See the Professional Development Committee page for more information. Note: Deadline for Advance Registration is Friday, April 6, 2012. Registration after April 6th may be done at the conference; on-site fee will apply.

WLA Member (and/or Conference Speaker) Advance
Full Conference: $105.
Wednesday or Thursday only: $85.
Friday only: $50.

WLA Member (and/or Conference Speaker) On-site
Full Conference: $135.
Wednesday or Thursday only: $110.
Friday only: $70.

Non-Member Advance
Full Conference: $160.
Wednesday or Thursday only: $110.
Friday only: $70.

Non-Member On-site

Full Conference: $185.
Wednesday or Thursday only: $135.
Friday only: $90.

Student Advance, $40.
Student On-site, $40.

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Viterbo University Recipient of 2012 WAAL Information Literacy Award


Gretel Stock-Kupperman & Kim Olson-Kopp

The WAAL Information Literacy Committee is pleased to announce Gretel Stock-Kupperman and Kim Olson-Kopp of Todd Wehr Memorial Library at Viterbo University as the 2012 winners of the WAAL Information Literacy Award. Gretel Stock-Kupperman is the Library Director and Kim Olson-Kopp is the Assistant Director and Reference & Instruction Librarian.

Their program “Comparing Student Learning Outcomes between Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Course and Integrated Information Literacy Instruction in English" was chosen as the ninth annual award winner due to its strong level of innovation in course development, in-depth assessment activities, and excellent teaching and learning components.   

Information literacy is a fundamental component of the college’s core curriculum and is a basic skill attained by the traditional student within their first two years at Viterbo University. To ensure that transfer students also meet the skill requirement, the Viterbo librarians developed and taught an instruction course designed to bridge the information literacy gap. They then developed a comprehensive evaluation program to compare information literacy learning outcomes between the traditional students and transfer students    

The instructional project was innovative in several areas: the development of a manageable instruction curriculum directly aligned with professional standards that addresses the needs of a constituent group common to all academic institutions, transfer students; the application of a full set of assessment activities including a control group, common assignment, and direct assessment of student work; and finally, the design of a process to compare two different modes of instruction, a credit class and embedded instruction, in order to determine what is most effective for the target student population.

Please look for their presentation at the WAAL 2012 conference in Lake Geneva.

 Photo of Viterbo University Librarians:

Left:  Gretel L Stock-Kupperman, Library Director
Right:  Kim Olson-Kopp, Assistant Director and Reference & Instruction Librarian

2012 WAAL Information Literacy Committee:

Steven Baumgart (UW - Madison, Chair)
Renee Ettinger (UW- Green Bay)
Kelly Johnson (UW - Fox Valley)
Rebecca Payne (UW - Madison)
Ellen Pedraza (Gateway Technical College, Kenosha Campus)

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Nomination sought

--Ellen Engseth, WAAL Nominations Chair, 2012

Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians invites nominations from our membership for the office of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. Please consider offering your time and leadership to this important office!

Details can be found in the WAAL Procedure Manual.
Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations are due February 20 to Ellen Engseth

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Lake Superior Libraries Symposium


Lake Superior Libraries Symposium, logo graphic

The organizers of the first-ever Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite proposals for 45-minute breakout sessions. The symposium, hosted in Northern Wisconsin at WITC-Superior, is conveniently located to librarians from Northern Wisconsin, Northeastern Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

We are seeking presenters for specific tracts in Leadership/Management, Teaching/Learning, and Technology/Technical Services from around Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula. Presenters can submit their proposal digitally at The LSLS will allow educators and leaders to share their expertise, learn from their colleagues, and network to develop a stronger community of information professionals.  Individuals and groups from academic, K-12, and public libraries, IT professionals, library school students, and Friends of the Library groups are encouraged to attend.

The Symposium will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, Wisconsin and will feature speakers, keynotes, presentation by library professionals from Wisconsin, Northeastern Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula. The event is being organized by librarians from WITC, University of Minnesota-Duluth, UW-Superior, Superior Public Library, Duluth Public Library, Arrowhead Regional Library System (MN), Northern Waters Library System (WI), and the College of St. Scholastica among others.

Complete listing of speakers, agenda and costs will be released in mid-March. Registration costs will be minimal. Presenters will be placed first in buffet line for Deluxe Taco Bar!

Additional requests for information can be submitted to Adam Brisk.

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Calendar of Meetings & Events


Library Legislative Day February 14, 2012, Best Western/Inn on the Park, Madison
WAAL Annual Conference April 17-20 2012, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva
Lake Superior Libraries Symposium June 1, 2012, WITC, Superior

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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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The WAAL Newsletter welcomes articles of interest to academic librarians. Please consider sharing summaries of research or research in progress, announcements/results of meetings or conferences, and news of staff changes and/or accomplishments.

Deadline for the next issue: May 18, 2012

WAAL Communications Committee:
Peter Gilbert (Chair), Jeff Brunner and Julia Waggoner, (Newsletter Co-Editors), Karen Dunn (Technical Support)


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