Conference Committee

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Conference Chair
(Booklet Chair and Programming Co-Chair)
Barry McKnight
La Crosse Public Library
bmcknight@lacrosselibrary.org

Local Arrangements Chair
Jennie Stoltz
Pewaukee Public Library
jstoltz@pewaukee.lib.wi.us

Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Laurie Freund
Bridges Library System
ljfreund@bridgeslibrarysystem.org

Programming Chair
Cathy Tuttrup
Brookfield Public Library
tuttrup@ci.brookfield.wi.us

Publicity Chair
Nyama Reed
Whitefish Bay Public Library
n.reed@wfblibrary.org

Publicity Co-Chair
Katrina Linde-Moriarty
Sauk City Public Library
klindemo@gmail.com

Registration Chair
Shanneon Grant
Sparta Free Library
s.grant@wrlsweb.org 

Technology Chair
Erin Shepard
Waukesha Public Library
eshepard@waukesha-wi.gov

Technology Co-Chair
Shawn Carlson
Waukesha Public Library
scarlson@waukesha-wi.gov

Brigitte Rupp Vacha
WLA Conference Liaison
ruppvacha@wisconsinlibraries.org

Guest Speakers

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Amy Koester Profile PhotoAmy Koester is the Youth & Family Program Supervisor at Skokie Public Library just north of Chicago. In addition to coordinating public programs for children from birth through grade five, she also helps to lead the library's Civic Lab initiative--a mobile, pop-up library focused on increasing civic engagement for all ages. Amy is a member of the Association for Library Service to Children's Board of Directors.

 

Thursday, May 3
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon: Making the Library a Touchstone for Information: Civic Engagement Strategies for Public Libraries
Location: Grand Ballroom North 


Brian L. Mortimore
, a member of the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM), brings over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resource professional in healthcare, higher education, and the library industry. He holds degrees from Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University (MSU).

He is certified nationally as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR), a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) through MSU’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations and is trained as an Examiner for the Michigan Quality Council. Brian has taught undergraduate human resource management classes and has presented professionally to various business and industry, the Michigan Library Association, and was published by the Public Libraries Association.

He is trained and registered with the International Management Research Group as a leadership development consultant. In addition to his on-site duties as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Brian has formed a consulting service to support other libraries through his work at KDL.

When not at work, which is rare, Brian is engaged in strategic planning with his wife as they shuffle their four children around town to various after-school activities. 

Thursday, May 3
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Managing Performance with the Library HR-Guy
Location: Somerset


Kurt D. Stevens
brings over 30 years’ experience in the IT Profession. His experience spans running consulting organizations and strategic consulting with leading organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, and the library industry. He holds two degrees from Ferris State University (Accounting & Computer Information Systems).

He has a knack for making the complex understandable. Through his many years working with various Executives, Kurt has found a way to “speak their language” and translate the technical issues into something that can be accurately understood and most importantly acted upon. Please consider attending his session, “IT Planning Made Simple” and see for yourself.

In addition to his on-site duties as Director of Information Technology, Kurt has formed a consulting service to assist other libraries through his work at Kent District Library (KDL). KDL is a recognized leader in the Library circles with 19 branches located in Kent County Michigan.

When not at work, Kurt and his wife enjoy hiking, bicycling, watching movies, and visiting their three grown children across the Midwest.

Thursday, May 3
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
IT Planning Made Simple
Location: Somerset
 

Lance Headshot - 5-30-17

Lance Werner 
Lance has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. This year, he was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past, he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the ULCA, Librarian of the Year Award from the MLA, Distinguished Alumni award from Wayne State University and the Mover and Shaker Award from Library Journal. Lance is involved in the ALA Policy Corps, the WSU’s Capital Campaign, the MLA Legislative committee and he is currently enrolled in Michigan Political Leadership Course.

In his tenure as KDL Director, Lance has undertaken a number of successful projects: the opening of a satellite library branch in an underserved local high school, working with KDL’s HR Director to develop staffing assessment tools to determine if candidates skillsets, both soft skills and hard skills, are a good fit for public library services, convincing the Board at his very first meeting to invest $400k in eBooks (KDL now has one of the most robust collections in the US), testifying before the Michigan Senate and House committees to win tax capture amnesty for libraries in a fiscally conservative region, conducting many educational workshops for successful millages, securing health care for part-time KDL employees, and securing grant money and community support to revive the library’s bookmobile after a 30-year hiatus.

Lance’s mantra of kindness, empathy and love, has not only created a covetable work climate at KDL, but has also trickled into the way staff approaches customer service with their new “KDL Way” relationship-based service initiative. This mantra is also important when considering other local library systems, as Lance is a big advocate in their successes. Lance has helped libraries all over the state of Michigan with millage campaigns, director searches, information technology services, cataloguing and other necessary support. 

Thursday, May 3
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote: Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy and Love
Location: Grand Ballroom South

 

JZapataMotivationalMDPhoto 2 1 1Dr. Jasmine Zapata is a dynamic author, physician, health educator, speaker, youth empowerment specialist, and community leader known both locally and internationally. She is a board certified pediatrician as well as a preventive medicine/public health doctor. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community-based level.

Her research and community work focuses on racial disparities in infant mortality, upstream determinants of health, youth resilience, public health approaches to violence prevention, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion.

She is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Youth Empowerment Movement as well as co founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among other roles. She is a 4 time author and her advocacy and community work has been featured on live national TV outlets, such as the Today Show. Her ultimate mission is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to "heal, uplift and inspire."

Friday, May 4
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Luncheon: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience, and the Role of the Public Service Worker
Location: Grand Ballroom North

Program Handouts & Conference Booklet

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Program Handouts

2018 Conference Booklet and 2018 Conference at a Glance
 

 

Thursday, May 3

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon: Making the Library a Touchstone for Information: Civic Engagement Strategies for Public Libraries
Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL
 

Friday, May 4

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

Library Explorers and Virtual Library Cards
Susie Menk, Manitowoc Public Library; Jason Kunde, IT; Margie Verhelst, Manitowoc-Calument Library System

Link to Handouts


Media Literacy Programming

Lindsay Schmitt, La Crosse Public Library

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

Conference Registration

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Registration is now Closed!  However, you may register onsite. 

Registration Fees: 
 

 

 

Registration Fees by Category

Full

Advance 
(by 4/27)

Full

Onsite 
(May 2-4)

Single Day

Advance
(by 4/27)

Single Day

Onsite 
(May 2-4)

Member

$125

$145

$100 

$120

Non-Member

$235

$255

$190

$210

Student

$ 45

$ 45

$ 45

$ 45

Guest*

$ 55

$ 55

$ 55

$ 55

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 *A guest is identified as a conference registrant's spouse, significant other, or family member.

If you have any questions, please contact Brigitte Rupp Vacha at ruppvacha@wisconsinlibraries.org.

 

 

Program - Friday

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7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION
Grand Ballroom Foyer
 

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
Location: Woodfield CD

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
Location: Meadowbrook East

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; Emily Vieyra, Shorewood Public Library; Joe Bongers, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha; Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library; Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library
Location: Somerset

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
Location: Meadowbrook West

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
Lindsay Conrad, Special Agent, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Madison
Location: Woodfield AB

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.

Break
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Apps and Beyond
Kris Turner, UW-Madison Law School Library
Location: Meadowbrook East

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?   Cancelled
Catherine Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT
Location: Woodfield CD

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
René Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library
Location: Meadowbrook West

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 
Location: Woodfield AB

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; Stacy Skemp, Milton High School; Jane Metcalf, Milton Public Library; Jayme Anderson, Milton Public Library; Ashlee Kunkel, Milton Public Library
Location: Somerset

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
Location: Meadowbrook West

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
Location: Meadowbrook East

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
Location: Somerset

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
Location: Woodfield CD

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, Leah Liebergen, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Location: Woodfield AB

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: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience, and the Role of the Public Service Worker
Grand Ballroom North

JZapataMotivationalMDPhoto 2 1 1Jasmine Zapata, MD, Founder, Motivational MD Enterprises, LLC, Madison
In this dynamic and engaging luncheon discussion participants will:

  • learn about adverse childhood experiences and how they can dramatically impact those they serve and work with
  • learn about the brain development of a child who has experienced adverse childhood experiences and the specific parts of the brain affected
  • discuss the role of resilience and community support in combatting the effects of adverse childhood experiences
  • identify the critical role of the public service worker in combatting adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress
  • develop an action plan to protect one's own self from vicarious trauma when working on these issues.

This interactive luncheon will leave you educated, empowered and inspired.