Conference Program

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Conference Program

This conference schedule is provided for your convenience and we attempt to be as accurate as possible. However, please be sure to check the official Program Booklet, available at registration, for the final schedule, speaker list and locations of events. Thank you.

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4:00 - 6:00 pm

WAPL Board meeting

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Conference Center Lobby Area

8:30 - ? pm

Early Bird Gathering
Visit registration table for details.


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7:30 - 9:00 am

• Breakfast Buffet
Lakeside Terrace

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

• Registration
Conference Center Lobby Area

9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote address

• A Library “State of the Nation”
Salon A
Information on national developments affecting libraries of all types, including the current financial crisis and its impact on library funding, prospects for recovery, federal legislative opportunities and challenges for libraries, technological trends that are impacting the way in which we do business, the Google book settlement and the rapid growth in e-books and hand held devices. Hear about the latest surveys and trend data, and what they tell us about the current state and future prospects for our libraries and us as librarians.

Speaker: Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association

Sponsored by DPI

10:00 - 10:30am

• Break
Lakeside Terrace

10:30 - 11:30am First Session

Library Meeting Room Issues, Policies and the First Amendment
Salon D
How do public libraries accommodate requests from individuals and groups to use library meeting rooms? After DPI library consultant John DeBacher frames the issues, library director David Nimmer will share his meeting room experience. Claire Silverman, legal counsel for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, will discuss preparing a meeting room policy that provides legal access to municipal meeting room space while helping library directors navigate through a range of requests. Sample policies will be available.

Speakers: Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
David Nimmer. Library Director, WJ Niederkorn Library, Port Washington
John DeBacher, Public Library Admininstration Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Sponsored by IFRT

Starting a Reader’s Advisory Department @ Your Library
Salon C
How well do you serve your leisure readers at your library? Experienced Readers' Advisor and author, Becky Spratford is here to help. Learn how to start Readers' Advisory service at your library, get your patrons to take notice and train your entire library staff how to support you. Becky will share her favorite resources, teach you her "Top Ten Rules of Basic RA Service" and show you how to serve readers in the library and on the web. After attending this program you will be able to go back to your library and immediately start to provide better service to all of your leisure readers without spending a cent!

Speaker: Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor at Berwyn Public Library and Adjunct Faculty at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Sponsored by READ

I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Salon B
The perils and pitfalls of managing staff, materials, and money in a small library.

Speakers: Michelle Dennis, Director, Clinton Public Library
John Thompson, Director, Indianhead Federated Library System

Sponsored by WISLR

Fresh Connections
Salon G
Here’s what can happen when library staff sit down at the community table, not to say “library, library, library,” but to listen, learn and then say “economic development, child safety, literacy. How can we help?” This session will feature examples of how staff from libraries of all sizes have joined the community conversation, built important connections and experienced positive results for the community, the library and themselves.

Speakers: Beth Lokken, Youth Services Librarian, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay
Jill Lininger, Youth Services Librarian, Racine Public Library
Lois Gilbert, Branch Manager, North and South Community Libraries, La Crosse
Marcia Sarnowski, Library Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System

Sponsored by YSS

Libraries and E-books: A Peek at the Evolving Digital Future
Salon F
A panel discussion regarding the growing and evolving relationship of Libraries and digital forms of books. Will there be a confrontational or cooperational future?. Who pays for it?

Speakers: James Backus, President of Board of Trustees – Wisconsin Valley Library Service
Kathy Pletcher, Assistant Provost – Media University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Linda Bendix, Director, Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon Thiensville
Eric Link, General Manager, Best Buy, Appleton
Michael Enyart, Director, Business Library, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Sponsored by WLTF

BadgerLink: Building a Better Program
Salon E
The BadgerLink staff have been striving to expand content and extend the program’s reach. Towards this end, the BadgerLink program had a productive year. We greatly expanded content, conducted in-person trainings around the state, revised posters and other materials, created the BadgerLunch webinar series, as well as created and aired radio ads. But, we still hope to make BadgerLink more accessible to all Wisconsin residents. We are turning our attention to the BadgerLink website, one path to access these resources. We would like to hear the public library community’s thoughts on what would be most useful. Please bring your thoughts and ideas to share with us in this community discussion. Your insights will be very helpful as we plan to revise and improve the website.

Speakers: David Sleasman, Team Leader for Resource Sharing Technology
Lisa Reale, BadgerLink Coordinator, Reference and Loan Library

Sponsored by DPI

11:45 am - 1:30 pm Luncheon Address

Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

•How the Media Shape the News
Joel McNally, Journalist, Columnist, Milwaukee
Topical presentation about bias in the media, how shrinking news staffs are affecting the news we receive and how cable news and the internet are blurring the lines between news and opinion.

1:30 - 2:30 pm Second Session

Notable Books Marathon
Salon D
This year’s annual Notable Books Marathon will include panelists’ top picks in Memoirs, Historical Fiction, Thrillers and Noir Mysteries.

Speakers: Gerard Saylor, Library Director at LD Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills
Cecilia Wiltzius, Library Director at Karl Junginger Memorial Library, Waterloo
Jane Jorgenson, Librarian at Madison Public Library
Rhonda Puntney, Youth Services/Special Needs Consultant,  Lakeshores Library System

Sponsored by READ

Managing the Library’s Money
Salon C
A library director and library trustee training session focused on money management for libraries during these tough economic times.

Speaker: Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System

Sponsored by WLTF

Youth Services Swap
Salon B
Need a little pep in your programs? Need a little action in your activities? Need a little creativity in your crafts? Then come to this program and meet other librarians who will share their ideas with you! In this informal session, members of the panel will share activities, crafts, songs and more that were used in successful, creative programming for preschool to middle school. You are also invited to bring your own ideas to swap (and 50 copies of your activity). The Youth Services Swap is your chance to mingle with others in the field while you gain some fresh ideas to take back and try at your library!

Speakers: Cindy Tuschy, Assistant Librarian, Gillett Public Library
Patricia Hewitt-McNichols, Head of Youth Services, Neenah Public Library
Martha Moore, Assistant Librarian Youth Services, Neenah Public Library
Ida Nemec, Director, Plum Lake Public Library, Sayner
Kim Robson, Children's Services Librarian, Marshfield Public Library
Laura Skalitzky, Library Assistant, Marshall Public Library
Cassie Payne, Youth Services, Elisha B Smith Library, Menasha

Sponsored by YSS & WISLR

Turning Your Annual Report into Gold
Salon G
The Wisconsin Public Library State Annual Report is chock full of useful statistical and financial information that you can turn into a gold mine of information for officials in you municipality, to illustrate your library’s importance to the community and assist you in your efforts to advocate for additional funding and support.

Speaker: Cheryl Becker, Public Library Administration Consultant, South Central Library System

Sponsored by WISLR

WI Job Centers and Libraries: Locally-Driven Partnerships
Salon F
Do you know where your nearest Wisconsin Job Center is located? Are there local customer service needs that you could possibly jointly address with your local workforce development professionals? This session will provide a summary overview of the WI Job Center system as well as briefly discuss various tools and techniques relating to internet job searches, resume assistance, employment workshops and a work ready credential program known as the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Speaker: Bea Jay Panke, Policy Analyst, Department of Workforce Development

Sponsored by DPI & OSRT

What’s New Under the Dome/ Building a Common Agenda
Salon E
What’s New Under the Dome.  Rick Grobschmidt will provide an update of the Division for Libraries Technology and Community learning 2009-2011 budget as well as a preview of what to expect for the next biennium. 
Building a Common Agenda.  For the past year, the members of the WLA Library Development & Legislation committee have been working to revamp the approach we take to promoting our legislative agenda, using the ideas of library consultant Patricia Cavill as our guide.  Cavill encourages librarians to find common ground with their decision-makers and to develop an overlapping agenda.  Paul Nelson and Caroline Oldershaw will discuss the development and implementation of this process for WLA.  Your feedback and questions are encouraged!

Speakers: Rick Grobschmidt, Assistant Superintendent, Division for Libraries, Technology & Community Learning
Paul Nelson, Chair, WLA LD&L & Adjunct Professor, UW SLIS
Caroline Oldershaw,  Member, Library Development & Legislation Committee

Sponsored by DPI and LD&L

2:30 - 2:45 pm

• Break
Lakeside Terrace

2:45 - 3:45 pm Third Session

A Healthy Dose of Information
Salon D
In 2009 the Wisconsin LSTA grant category “Health Information and Awareness” debuted. Three library systems were awarded grants of varying sizes to expand access to quality health information resources available to the public by providing electronic tools and training public librarians to direct people to the best health resources. Come learn about their projects, and how you might duplicate them in your library or system. You might also get ideas for submitting your own grant application in this category next time!

Speakers: Cheryl Becker, Public Library Administration Consultant, South Central Library System
Linda Stobbe, Office Manager, Northern Waters Library Service
Nancy Fletcher, Special Needs/PR Consultant, Waukesha County Federated Library System
Marcia Sarnowski, Library Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System

Sponsored by WAPL

Resume Review Workshop
Salon C
Looking for your first job in the Library and Information Science field or a new job? Have an individual consultation with one of our experienced resume reviewers to make your resume the best it can be!

Speakers: Peg Burington, Library Director, Waupaca Area Public Library
Trinitie Wilke, Library Director, Marion Public Library

Sponsored by NMRT

Turning Your Library’s History Into a Public Relations Asset
Salon B
This program will provide tips on ways to take advantage of your library’s history in promoting your library. It will tell you how to conduct a library history assessment and then convert the results into actions that result in greater visibility and appreciation for the library. It will include ideas for celebrating library anniversaries. Interweaved into the presentation will be information about efforts to promote library history by the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center.

Speaker: Larry T. Nix, Chair, Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee

Sponsored by WAPL

How to Start a Friends of the Library Group
Salon G
A panel discussion guiding people interested in starting a Friends group at their library or revitalizing the one they already have. The panel has made real-life experiences to share so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel (or the flat tire).

Speakers: Heather Eldred, WLA Past-President, Director Emerita of Wisconsin Valley Library System
Krista Ross, Director, Southwest Wisconsin Library System
Mary Dunn, Director, Tomahawk Public Library
James Backus, Past-President WLTF and 2010 WVLS Board Chairman
Audrey Ascher, Past-President of WLTF

Sponsored by WLTF

Keeping Fun in Fundraising
Salon F
A panel presentation of successful and fun events to benefit libraries in the small community.

Speakers: Norma Jean LeMoine, Director, Rock Springs Public Library,
Diana Skalitzky, Director, Marshall Community Library
Karyn Schmidt, Librarian, Ettrick Public Library
Karen Bernau, Director, Knutson Memorial Library, Coon Valley

Sponsored by WISLR

A Look at Interlibrary Loan in Wisconsin’s Public Libraries
Salon E
Martha Berninger and Bob Shaw will do an overview of how interlibrary loan is done in Wisconsin’s seventeen library systems (WISCAT vs. OCLC, centralized vs. decentralized processing, patron-initiated requesting, etc.). A representative from a WISCAT system, Charles Clemence, and a representative from an OCLC system, Beth Price, will provide details on how interlibrary loan is done in their respective systems.

Speakers: Bob Shaw, ILL Services Librarian,  WiLS
Martha Berringer, WISCAT Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, Reference and Loan Library
Charles Clemence, Resource Consultant, Winding Rivers Library System
Beth Price, Librarian, Madison Public Library

Sponsored by RSRT

4:00 - 4:45 pm WAPL Membership General Session

Challenge and Opportunity: Update on WLA Restructuring
Salon A
Get the latest scoop on proposed changes to WLA unit structure and viability requirements. What will this mean for your membership or leadership experience?  The program will answer members’ questions about a proposal under discussion and development throughout 2010 for presentation to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 4 at the WLA Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

Speakers: Jim Trojanowski, Director, Northern Waters Library Service, WAPL Representative to the WLA Board
Lisa Strand, Executive Director, Wisconsin Library Association

Sponsored by: WLA

5:00 - 6:00 pm Unit Business Meetings

Outreach Services - Salon D

• READ Section - Salon C

• Wisconsin Small Libraries Roundtable - Salon B

New Members Roundtable - New Members Social
Tapas and Wine Bar - Seabird Restaurant
Welcome new librarians and not-so new librarians! Gather together with your friends in the profession and meet new ones. Join us for an evening of drinks, snacks, conversation and camaraderie.
Sponsored by NMRT

Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends - Salon G

Youth Services Section Social “Business Card Speed Meet and Greet"
Salon F
Join the Youth Services Board and other librarians around the state for idea sharing: Speed Dating Style! Participants will move around the room and meet one-on-one for two minutes at a time to share ideas and then swap partners. Share your successes and failures. Share your wisdom and experience. Share your ideas and more as a youth services librarian. Make sure to bring your business cards for networking!

Sponsored by YSS

8:00 - 10:00 pm Reception

• Mead Public Library
Sponsored by the Friends of Mead Public Library and the Mead Public Library Foundation.
Shuttle Bus Service will be provided by Discovery Coach Lines beginning at 8 p.m. at the Blue Harbor Resort Entrance. The last bus will leave Mead Public Library at 10:15 p.m.


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Back to Thursday

7:30 - 9:00 am

• Hot Breakfast Buffet
Lakeside Terrace

7:30 - 10:00 am

• Registration
Conference Center Lobby Area

8:00 - 9:00 am

Youth Services Section Business Meeting
Salon A

9:00 - 10:15 am Fourth Session

Oral History Preservation and Access for Small to Mid-Sized Libraries
Salon D
Oral histories have long been a popular among historical institutions and school groups for documenting communities, events and individual lives. New digital technologies have provided unique challenges and opportunities for libraries wanting to collect, preserve and provide access to these potentially rich resources. Ranger will discuss these issues while providing advice specific to small and mid-sized libraries on how to organize, preserve and provide access to born-digital audio recordings. Ranger will draw on his experience with UW Oshkosh’s recent Black Thursday Oral History Project that documented a 1968 protest at Oshkosh of African-American students.

Speaker: Joshua Ranger, University Archivist, Polk Library - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Sponsored by WIGLHR

One Conference, One Read Book Discussion
Salon C
Join Greendale Public Library’s Gary Niebuhr in a discussion of A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. The New York Times selected this book as one of 2009’s best, and Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review. From Publishers Weekly: Moore (Anagrams) knits together the shadow of 9/11 and a young girl's bumpy coming-of-age in this luminous, heart-wrenchingly wry novel—the author's first in 15 years. Tassie Keltjin, 20, a smalltown girl weathering a clumsy college year in the Athens of the Midwest, is taken on as prospective nanny by brittle Sarah Brink, the proprietor of a pricey restaurant who is desperate to adopt a baby despite her dodgy past. Subsequent adventures in prospective motherhood involve a pregnant girl with scarcely a tooth in her head and a white birth mother abandoned by her African-American boyfriend—both encounters expose class and racial prejudice to an increasingly less naïve Tassie. In a parallel tale, Tassie lands a lover, enigmatic Reynaldo, who tries to keep certain parts of his life a secret from Tassie. Moore's graceful prose considers serious emotional and political issues with low-key clarity and poignancy, while generous flashes of wit—Tessie the sexual innocent using her roommate's vibrator to stir her chocolate milk—endow this stellar novel with great heart. (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Leader: Gary Warren Niebuhr, Library Director at Greendale Public Library

Sponsored by: READ

Promoting the Value of Summer Reading in Your Community
Salon B
Librarians know all about the value of summer reading, but how can you best convey that message to the community? Join us for a panel discussion of children’s librarians around the state as they discuss ways that they have marketed their summer reading programs to their communities. Come prepared to share some of your own ideas as well.

Speakers: Cindy Beyer, Children’s Librarian,  WJ Niederkorn Library, Port Washington
Rhonda K. Puntney, Youth Services and Special Needs Consultant, Lakeshores Library System
Kristin Pekoll, Young Adult Librarian, West Bend Community Memorial Library
Michelle Dennis,  Director, Clinton Public Library

Sponsored by YSS

A Whirlwind Tour of South African Libraries
Salon G
South Africa has peacefully changed from a governmental system based upon racial division and minority control to a true democracy. What challenges does the country face today, 16 years after the end of Apartheid, and what is the role of libraries in helping face these challenges? In October, 2009, Jim Trojanowski visited libraries in and around Johannesburg and Cape Town through the People to People program. In this program he’ll discuss his observations about the country and its libraries.

Speaker: Jim Trojanowski, Director, Northern Waters Library System

Sponsored by WAPL

The Other Computer Language – Español!
Salon F
When considering what services to offer to Spanish speakers in your community, we always think of ESL classes, materials and fun programs like Día de los Niños. Learn how you can partner with other community agencies to offer computer classes in Spanish at your library.

Speaker: René Bue, Outreach Services Coordinator – Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Sponsored by OSRT

Go Gadget Go! Cool Hardware for You and Your Library
Salon E
Droid! Kindle! Nook! Zune! You’ve heard about them, read about them, but how often do you get a chance to play with one? South Central Library System’s Jean Anderson and Jon Mark Bolthouse will have on hand a wide collection of the devices, appliances and gadgets your patrons are bringing into your library today and in the future. This is a hands-on session, along with time for you to show off your favorites as well!

Speakers: Jon Mark Bolthouse, Technology Projects Manager, South Central Library System
Jean Anderson, Continuing Education/Multitype Coordinator, South Central Library System

Sponsored by MATS

Federal Stimulus Library Grants: BadgerNet Fiber and Rural Development Grants
Salon A

Building the Future: Libraries and the BadgerNet Fiber Grant
Eighty percent (80%) of Wisconsin public libraries will be getting fiber broadband connectivity from a $28.7 million federal stimulus grant. The grant, submitted by the state Department of Administration with assistance from the DPI's library division, will bring fiber to libraries on the BadgerNet network that still have limited, copper circuits. Bob Bocher will review details of the grant, including the benefits of fiber and how the fiber installation process will happen.

Speaker: Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant, DLTCL

USDA Rural Development Grants for Libraries
DLTCL and Wisconsin's USDA Rural Development Office are collaborating to get information out to public librareis about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding available in 2010 for libraries in rural communities, with a population under 20,000. The funding is typically distributed in the form of a combination low interest loan (80%) and grant (20%). Construction projects can receive up to $200,000. Brian Deaner will present an overview of the program, with time for questions, and will include contact information for libraries interested in applying.

Speaker: Brian Deaner, Business and Community Program Specialist, USDA Rural Development

10:15 - 10:30am Break - Lakeside Terrace

10:30 - 11:45 am Fifth Session

Recognizing and Responding to Harassment in the Workplace
Salon D
Harassment in the work place can take many forms, leads to a hostile work environment and must be taken very seriously by any employer.  Using court cases and examples, Mr. Korom will help participants identify harassment and know what steps to take as an employer.  He will also addess harassment of an employee by a member of the public.  Mr. Korom advises both public and private sector clients on all aspects of labor and employment law.

Speaker: James Korom,  Attorney, von Briesen and Roper, SC

Sponsored by P2C2

WISCAT: Moving Forward, Working Smarter
Salon F
The Reference and Loan Library staff have been thinking long and hard about our approach to WISCAT. We are looking at each component—the union catalog, virtual catalog, software, staffing, community support—and how we can improve service and efficiency. At this webinar we will share plans and update the community on our progress. These ideas include some significant changes to past practice—many of these ideas have been discussed over the last few years. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to share these with you and hear your input and questions.

Speaker: David Sleasman, Team Leader for Resource Sharing Technology, Reference and Loan Library

Sponsored by DPI

Digitizing Local History: You Can Do It. We Can Help.
Salon B
Initially the process of planning a digitization project for an LSTA grant-funded project may seem a little daunting. However, the benefits of preserving this material and making it far more accessible help your community and open new possibilities for discovery and use. Don’t be intimidated! Help is available. As an experienced and cost-effective purveyor of digitization services in support of such projects, the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center staff can put you at ease. UWDCC staff assist, advise and guide you through your project. Come join the UWDCC and LSTA staff as they review the process and explain their services. And, as part of this session, get a peak at the how UWDCC is using social networking and web technology to make local collections into a global information resource. Bring your questions and project ideas!

Speakers: Sally Drew, Director, Reference and Loan Library
Vicki Tobias, Digital Services Librarian, UW Memorial Library

Sponsored by DPI

Summer Programs Made Easier With Teens and Tweens
Salon G
Learn how to recruit and train young volunteers, maintain a steady, reliable work schedule, and get the most from children as young as 11 and older. The speakers have years of experience working with young volunteers who manage reading clubs, shelve children’s material and help with crafts. How to fix or avoid problems will also be covered.

Speakers: Pat Laughlin, Director, Hales Corner Library
Elizabeth Fox, Children’s Librarian, Hales Corner Library
Kristin Pekoll, Young Adult Librarian, West Bend Community Memorial Library
Stacey Burkart, Head of Youth Services, Verona Public Library
Katrina Collins, Children’s Librarian, Aram Public Library, Delevan
Linda Schuster, Youth Services Librarian, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill

Sponsored by YSS

• Primary Sources in Libraries: Coordinating Documents, Records and Other Unique Resources
Salon C
This session will consist of two presentations about the need for more public awareness of unique historical materials in Wisconsin public libraries, followed by a discussion about some possibilities for  libraries to contribute information about their unique historical collections so that others would be aware of their existence and extent.  A second and related focus will be on the state of institutional records that document public libraries themselves. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples, contribute to the discussions and collaborate in future projects.

Speakers: Thomas Walker, Associate Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Joyce M. Latham, Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

Sponsored by LRRT

• Book Talking Humor
Salon E
Come join us and relax as adult humorous fiction and nonfiction are booktalked by Lois Gilbert, Branch Manager at La Crosse Public Library. Join us, win valuable prizes and get into the act. Prepare to explore adult fiction from funny to biting to hysterical and adult nonfiction from silly memoirs to disastrous self-help books to workplace wit. Costumes welcome!

Speaker: Lois Gilbert, Branch Manager, La Crosse Public Library

Sponsored by OSRT

12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon Address

Saving Our Common Wealth
Salon A
John Gurda, Writer, Historian, Milwaukee
In a time of shrinking budgets and continuing service cuts, Wisconsin needs to revitalize an older model of public enterprise. The speaker will provide a historical context for our current crisis and offer an alternative vision based on successes of the past.

Sponsored by WAPL