Conference Committee

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Conference Chair
(Booklet Chair and Programming Co-Chair)
Barry McKnight
La Crosse Public Library

Local Arrangements Chair
Jennie Stolz
Pewaukee Public Library

Programming Chair
Cathy Tuttrup
Brookfield Public Library

Publicity Chair
Nyama Reed
Whitefish Bay Public Library

Publicity Co-Chair
Katrina Linde-Moriarty
Sauk City Public Library

Registration Chair
Shanneon Grant
Sparta Free Library 

Technology Chair
Erin Shepard
Waukesha Public Library

Technology Co-Chair
Shawn Carlson
Waukesha Public Library

Brigitte Rupp Vacha
WLA Conference Liaison

Program - Friday

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7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Conference Center

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Expand Your Reach
Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library; Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library; Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

From festivals and fairs to butterflies and bikes, youth services librarians are exploring new ways to connect to their communities outside of the library doors. Learn about three successful community engagement projects: Columbus’s Friday Night Out, Shorewood's Monarch Project and Eau Claire’s BookBike.

Legal and Other Issues Presented by Technology in the Workplace
Mark Goldstein, Goldstein Law Group, S.C., Milwaukee

So much has changed, and so fast. This session will assist you in thinking about the obvious and latent risks associated with technology in the workplace. Topics to be covered include balancing employee privacy and other rights against the misuse of technology, establishing reasonable and enforceable policies and procedures, and issues presented by mobile devices and off-duty conduct.

One Book, One Read, One Conference
Clairellyn Sommersmith, Princeton Public Library; additional panelists to follow

Want to know how to get your library out in the community? Love big scale programming? Want to make sure everyone reads your favorite book? Come to our panel about Community Reads. Learn about how to plan, promote and execute a community read, no matter the size of your library. Get tips for picking titles, getting in contact with authors and collaborating with other organizations in your area.

Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) 
Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting, Inc. (RCI), Madison

The PLSR Steering Committee contracted with RCI to facilitate three focus groups of library directors from different systems and different sized libraries across Wisconsin. At these January focus group sessions, the directors shared their perspectives on system services, governance, the importance of regional connections, local control and other topics. RCI subsequently developed an online survey based on the results of the focus groups that were sent to all public libraries in Wisconsin in February. The PLSR Steering Committee will be using these results to inform their decisions as they move toward making their recommendations for the future.

Toddlers to Teens
Dana Miller, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Madison

Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat...we’ve heard of these. What about WhatsApp, Yellow, YouNow or Skout? Our kids are active participants in sharing their news and lives online, many times unsupervised. With new popular apps being downloaded every day, how can adults keep up? This session will provide an overview of current technology trends, apps, and issues for children and teens; ways we can educate and communicate with young people on safe and proper use of technology; and resources for online safety information and how to report instances of online child exploitation. Dana will share information on a free online safety resource they offer to educators, parents and guardians in the form of a podcast for easy listening on-the-go. The ICAC Task Force also partners with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to offer free online safety resources for students, parents, educators, and community members through the Department of Public Instruction's website.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Conference Center

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Apps and Beyond
Kris Turner, UW-Madison Law School Library
What technology do you want to use in your library? What technology do you want to introduce to your library users? There are so many choices! This session will review a wide array of technology that can help out on the job or just make life easier in general. Join AWSL as we explore the world of free and low-cost technologies that will get your patrons and staff excited!
Sponsor: Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL)

Heard Any Good Books Lately?
Catherine Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT

Audiobooks are gaining in popularity. But all audiobooks are not created equal. Learn from a member of a number of "best" audiobook committees and an Audie Awards judge about what goes into the making of an audiobook, what elements to look for when determining quality, who are the "big names" in the world of narration, and what audiences might respond best to the audiobook option. Hear clips of the best--and the not-so-great--and find sources to guide your collection development.

Reinventing Your Library
Rene Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Taking your library out into the community is a hot new trend. Get on board! Learn the latest trends in outreach including bookmobiles, cargo vans and some options you may not have considered. Gather information as we share ideas and experiences.

Wisconsin and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS, Madison; Gail Murray, WISCAT Technical Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) connects people to the riches held within America’s cultural heritage institutions...more than 20 million resources from 2,000 partners nationwide. Wisconsin contributes nearly 500,000 unique resources to DPLA through the Recollection Wisconsin Service Hub. This presentation will offer an overview of how content from Wisconsin’s libraries, archives and museums is shared with DPLA and provide updates about DPLA’s current initiatives in outreach, education and copyright. Attendees will also learn about Recollection Wisconsin’s work to build a statewide community of practice around cultural heritage digitization and discover resources to help their libraries create digital collections and share them with DPLA.

You Have A Friend on the Farm
Bill Wilson, Milton Public Library and 2018 WLTF Chair; additional panelists to follow

A look at community engagement focusing on the farming/agricultural sector. The core of this program would be the success the Milton Public Library had in raising over $250,000 from the AG community for their building renovation expansion. 

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Library Explorers and Virtual Library Cards
Susie Menk, Manitowoc Public Library

Manitowoc Public Library developed a program to introduce virtual library cards and help facilitate the use of library databases and the online catalog for student research purposes to the schools in the city of Manitowoc. Virtual library cards are cards available only in electronic format and can be used to access online databases, log into the library computers and search the online library catalog. Since they cannot be used to check-out books or other physical library items, Virtual Library Cards cannot incur fines and therefore can never be blocked. These cards allow all students to have equal access to free digital content available through the library.

Media Literacy Programming
Lindsay Schmitt, La Crosse Public Library

We already do it on the fly, from impromptu database demos to explaining Facebook’s news feed. Come and pick up more structured programming ideas, ranging from low-key passive activities all the way to makerspace-level programming. We’ll focus on the easy, free, and already prepared ideas out there, ripe for the borrowing!

Notable Reports Panel
Beth Carpenter, Appleton Pubic Library; Emily Vieyra, Shorewood Public Library; Jacqueline Flavin, Demco, Madison; Andrea Coffin, WiLS, Madison; Sara Gold, WiLS, Madison

Each year, a number of new reports for and about public libraries are produced by organizations like Pew, OCLC, ALA, Library Journal, The Aspen Institute and others. These reports contain valuable information that can help us do our jobs better, but, unfortunately, few of us have the time to read every single one. The goal of this session is to help attendees get an overview of some of those reports and their potential impact on library work. Each panelist will share a summary of a report they believe is significant and discuss the broad and practical implications for libraries.

Our Makerspace
Ashlee Kunkel, Milton Public Library; Jayme Anderson, Milton Public Library

Ashley and Jayme will talk about the development of The SPARK, their makerspace, as well as STEAM programming and working with the community to bring hands-on programming to the library and outside of the library. They’ll talk about some of their popular SPARK programs, from no-tech to high-tech, and what they’ve learned along the way.

Take It Outside: Adult Programming
Lauren LaPlant, Brown County Library, Green Bay

Providing programming that draws in adults can be challenging, especially when the weather warms up. We will share with you how taking your adult programming outdoors in warmer months can be done at minimal cost with great success. Adult outdoor programming can take place with any kind of access to outdoor space, no matter if it is a small grassy patch on library property, the library garden area, or the park down the street.

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon: Dr. Jasmine Zapata, Madison

Program - Wednesday

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4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WAPL Leadership Meeting 
Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center  

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Early Registration 
Conference Center 





Program - Thursday

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7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy and Love

Lance Headshot - 5-30-17Lance Werner, Director, Kent District Library, Comstock Park, Michigan, and Library Journal's Librarian of the Year
This presentation will focus on the value imbued into all aspects of life, leadership and librarianship through the daily practice of kindness, empathy and love. Libraries work every day facilitating peoples’ efforts to become the best version of themselves. We will be more successful by delivering transformative service by working from a place of kindness, empathy and love.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Conference Center 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Everybody Does Security
Michelle Dennis, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

From upset customers, to rowdy teens, to downright dangerous individuals, how confident are you in your ability to handle tough situations? Does your library have practices and expectations in place? Take a look at some basic strategies to empower your staff to handle tough situations with library users. Learn policies and procedures that can help and about effective ways to share information among staff. Michelle has been a librarian for 25 years in both small and medium sized libraries, and has been Head of Access and Security Services at the Hedberg Public Library since 2011 with additional experience working with mentally ill adults and runaway teens.

Explore and Experiment with Science Kits!
Maria Hinners, Alice Baker Memorial Public Library, Eagle

The Alice Baker Library will be circulating science kits on topics that align closely with the science curriculum at Eagle Elementary School and the state common core standards. They want K-12 (and maybe adults too) to learn science is fun. These hands-on science kits will encourage critical thinking and innovation. This project will also allow for stronger connections with the local schools and other community businesses and organizations.

Maximizing Your Conference Experience!
Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library

Are you a first-time WAPL Conference attendee? Do you have general questions about how to get the most out of your conference experience? Attend this orientation session for tips on navigating the conference, getting to know other professionals and learn how WAPL and WLA can help you fulfill your passion for libraries.

Super Short Story Night
Richard Zarborowske, Neenah Public Library

Introducing Super Short Story Night, a modern alternative to the traditional book club. Held once a month at a local brewery, Super Short Story Night has been attracting over 40 people each session. A mashup of The Tonight Show and C-SPAN’s Book TV, Super Short Story Night is an hour filled with trivia, commentary, lively discussion and more. It’s perfect for those that might be too busy for a traditional book club. Even you have time for this! If you’re interested in attending, please read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree before the workshop.

What Are Friends For?
Bill Wilson, Milton Public Library, 2018 WLTF Chair

Join us for a look at the role and the contribution of Library Friends, what they are doing, their successes and their potential for fundraising and advocacy. Information is based on the results of a web survey of Friends and Trustee activities in which approximately half of Wisconsin’s public library directors participated.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Making the Library a Touchstone for Information: Civic Engagement Strategies for Public Libraries

Amy Koester Profile PhotoAmy Koester, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL
Traditionalists and futurists alike agree on one succinct descriptor for libraries: places for information. What does it mean in our current day and age for a library to be a place of information, and how can we live that description in service of our communities? This talk will explore strategies for civic engagement in public libraries, including the necessity and how-tos for building community and bolstering civic and media literacies.


1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

60 Teen Programs in 60 Minutes
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

Are you always on the lookout for program ideas for teens at your library? Then please join us as we explore 60 successful teen programs that range from passive to massive, crafty to techy, and silly to serious.

Handling a Patron Data Breach
Lori Roholt, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire

In September 2017, Indianhead Federated Library System was notified of unauthorized access to patron record data. Hear about the nature of the breach, how they notified library staff and users, and how it all resolved.

Makerspace Confidential
Joshua Cowles, Fond du Lac Public Library

It’s not all 3D printers and rainbows but it’s a beautiful thing when it works. The Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library opened in 2016 and has been a place of continuous change since: from staffing to equipment to policy, staff buy-in and more. Join Josh for a candid discussion of successes, lessons learned and guiding principles that have seen us through all of it.

Mystery Readers' Roundup
Clairellyn Sommersmith, Princeton Public Library; additional panelists to follow

Want to know more about one of publishing's biggest genres? Need reader's advisory tips from Evanovich, to Coben, to McCall Smith? Feeling confused by the difference between thriller, suspense, noir, or mystery? Come to our panel where our avid readers will lend guidance through the dark and shadowy world of mystery. Speakers will discuss their favorites from cozies, to humor, to suspense, to detective stories. Delve deep into the mystery genre, learn about sub-genres, gets tips for reader's advisory and collection development, and perhaps, find a new favorite author for yourself.

PLA Posthaste!
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison; Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library; Kelly Bolter, Waukesha Public Library; Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha

Didn’t get a chance to attend the PLA conference in Philadelphia? Never fear! Join our panel for a rapid-fire review of trends, services, tools, programs and more that topped the charts at the conference in March. If you attended PLA, come and share your highlights with the group!
Sponsor: Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL).

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Conference Center 

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library

Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years and have made a resurgence the last couple decades. How we control and treat them is constantly evolving as our knowledge and technology improve. More people are becoming aware of the issue of bed bugs in hotels, airports, schools, theaters AND LIBRARIES. Maybe your library is lucky and hasn't yet had a bed bug introduction, but you'd like to be prepared if and when that introduction happens. This session provides everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis.

Escape Room Challenge
Angela Noel, Brodhead Memorial Public Library

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete an objective. Join us as we talk about planning and hosting escape rooms for patrons of all ages. We will also discuss promotion, precautions, and may even challenge you to escape too!

Excite, Invite, Ignite: Be a Superhero!
Marge Loch-Wouters, 2018 WLA President

WLA is a strong organization passionate about libraries, library staff and advocacy. We want to involve YOU as a superhero advocate. In this fast-paced, humorous presentation, you'll learn about the benefits of WLA (Connect, Belong, Learn, Advocate and Lead), hear what's happening association-wide, information on leadership opportunities, the strength of a professional community and cohort, and cool ways to get involved and become a change agent. Plus you'll get to grill...ahem, *cough* share ideas with your 2018 WLA Prez.

Managing Performance with the Library HR-guy
Brian L. Mortimore, Kent District Library, Kent County, MI

This session will define three types of employees found in every library, how to coach them for improvement and, if necessary, considerations for taking disciplinary action so as to ensure managers and leaders are promoting a positive, performance-based culture. Brian will provide participants with a primer on at-will versus just-cause employment and will facilitate practical people-problem-solving skills with participants around real library scenarios.

Show Me The Money!
Connie Meyer, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Kathy Pletcher, Denmark; Kathy Klager, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex; Kris Adams Wendt, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau

The funding of public libraries in Wisconsin is generally derived from various sources. This program will feature a slideshow that was developed to educate the Wisconsin Counties Association. It provides a broad overview that can help you understand the patchwork structure based on Wisconsin Acts 150 and 420 (aka known as county funding legislation). This slideshow could be modified for local use.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Appy Hour
Sara Davister, West Bend Community Memorial Library; additional panelists to follow

These days most people have smartphones and tablets and with that comes apps! Whatever your interest is, chances are there is an app for that! Join a panel of librarians for a fun talk on their favorite apps, which will cover everything from time management to weight loss. We will also want to hear about your favorite apps as well. We will also share some ideas on how to share these with patrons.

At The Movies With Librarians X: The Next Chapter
Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Erin Foley, Adams County Public Library, Adams; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee Public Library; Amy Stormberg, Amery Public Library; Angela Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library

Back by popular demand! The panel will be discussing popular books being made into movies in the Spring to Fall of 2018. We will screen the trailers for these films and talk about how well (or how poorly) we think these books will translate to the screen. Get to know some of the books that will be coming out as movies soon! We'll have popcorn!

IT Planning Made Simple
Kurt D. Stevens, IT Director, Kent District Library (KDL), 

This session will discuss the challenges of creating an IT Plan for your Library. Using techniques and strategies from various industries and organizations, Kurt will share a very logical and simple approach to creating an IT Plan that fits all size library’s while overcoming the most common challenges. This information will not only be helpful internally, but understandable for the library’s Board of Trustees.

Marketing on a Shoestring (or no string) Budget
Katharine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland; Kelly Allen, Oregon Public Library

No marketing staff? No marketing budget? No problem. We will give you some ideas for traditional and new marketing tools for both Youth Services and Adult programming and collections. Please come prepared to share your best marketing stories too.

Wisconsin Public Library Standards, 6th Edition: Using the NEW Standards to Improve Your Library Services
Shannon Schultz, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction, Public Library Development Team, Madison

After an exhaustive 2-year process, the DPI's Public Library Development Team has released the 6th edition of the WI Public Library Standards. Utilizing a work group of more than 30 library directors, trustees and system staff from all regions of the state, the team has radically changed the layout and structure of the Standards, including a new approach to the quantitative values. Attend this session to see how the Standards have changed, what changes lie ahead (can you say "web interface?") and how they can be used to improve your library services.



Hotel Accommodations

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Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Telephone: 262.547.0201

Room Rates plus 13.1% state and local taxes 
$  99.00 Standard Deluxe single/double 
$149.00 Executive Suite
$189.00 Governors Suite

  • Rates do not include access to The Springs...the 45,000 sq ft indoor water park
  • Rates include continental breakfast each weekday morning
  • Rates include free wireless internet
  • Rates include free local phone calls
  • A charge of $10 per person will be added for each additional adult
  • All rooms must be guaranteed by an organization with direct bill approved or a credit card with an advance deposit of one night stay per guest room at time of making room reservation

To make reservations, call 262.547.0201 and identify yourself with the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries.

Hotel check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival, check-out time is before 11:00 a.m. on the day of departure.

Reservation Deadline: April 11, 2018