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Thursday, May 2

1:30-2:30 pm

♦Challenges and Solutions to Creating Diverse Collections and Programming
Panelists' Contact Information and Links
Vendors for Spanish Language Materials

2:45-3:45 pm

♦Remaking the Workplace
Remaking the Workplace slides.pdf - presentation slides
Work Rules Committee Ground Rules.pdf
The Library Book – draft table of contents.pdf - work rules/policy topics
N_6 Discipline Policy.pdf - sample policy
Survey of Clerk Duties – Results.pdf - job duties survey
Library Service Assistant (05-2012).pdf - sample job description - Performance Management Overview screencast
Performance Review Form (for annual reviews).pdf
Remaking the Workplace Handout.pdf - presentation handout

Friday, May 3


♦Notable Genre Books Marathon
The Mad Librarians Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy.doc
Extremely Notable Graphic Novels.pdf
Fantasy Read-Alikes.doc
Notable Mystery and Thrillers.pptx

♦Spanish for Library Staff
Spanish for Librarians: An Introduction
Spanish for Librarians Resources 
Spanish for Librarians Cheat Cards



Program - Friday

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hot Breakfast 
Evergreen Foyer

7:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
Evergreen Foyer 


9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

♦An Exploration of Tools to Help Tell Your Story with Data
Galewood B

Joshua Morrill, Owner, Morrill Solutions Research (MSR), Madison; John DeBacher, Director, Public Library Development Team, Division of Libraries and Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jamie McCanless, Library Data and Finance Coordinator, Division for Libraries and Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Learn how to demonstrate the value of your library using Wisconsin-specific data and tools for presenting data. Participants will get experience using: 2012 Wisconsin User and Non-User Survey: includes Wisconsin perceptions of libraries, along with demographic and technology data; state annual report data: through the Counting Opinions interface, generate comparative data with other Wisconsin libraries; A Wisconsin infographic, prepared by OCLC; and more!

♦Growing Wisconsin Readers in Your Library
Galewood D

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Division for Libraries and Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Library directors and youth services librarians are invited to find out about the new statewide early literacy initiative "Growing Wisconsin Readers." Learn about the print, web and mobile components, and roll-out campaign. Find out about upcoming trainings and grant opportunities. Bring your questions and ideas to this lively and informative session.

Leaping Into Social Media: One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Libraries
Galewood C

Cassie Payne, Children’s Librarian, Elisha D. Smith Library, Menahsa; Vanessa Taylir, Teen Librarian, Elisha D. Smith Library, Menasha
Individuals can sign up for various accounts and jump into the pond with abandon. Can libraries also leap with such freedom? Cassie and Vanessa will share their library's leap into various social media forms. Learning the ins and outs of popular social sites can be tricky, but with colleagues the journey can be rewarding and fun for you and your library.

♦Politics and Civility: Important Roles Libraries Can Play
Galewood A

Martha Berninger, Director, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Dr. Joyce M. Latham, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Center for Information Policy Research, UW-Milwaukee; Don Litzer, Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill; Richard Kyte, Professor, Viterbo University, La Crosse, and author of An Ethical Life
Libraries can play an important role as a “neutral ground” and resource center for community residents eager to engage in discussion and debate of potentially explosive issues. How can libraries benefit from helping their patrons learn more, share more and understand more as communities wrestle with important issues? How has your library fostered constructive engagement in the political process? Come and share your stories, ask your questions and let’s learn together of the best ways to bring communities together constructively.

♦Statewide Catalog: Has the Time Come?

Cherilyn Stewart, Director, Manitowoc Public Library; Ann Norman, State Librarian, Delaware 
Discuss the pros and cons of a statewide library catalog - and what it would take to get us there.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. 

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

♦Digital Content Roundtable
Galewood A

Sara Gold, WPLC Collection Development Coordinator, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), Madison; Marla Levine, OverDrive; David Ziembiac, Gale Cengage Learning; Robert Haddock, Random House, Inc. 
Join Sara as she moderates this unique opportunity to interact up close and personal with representatives of major digital publishers and distributors. Panel representatives will be invited to share how they determine their pricing and usage models for libraries and give participants an inside view into their businesses. Participants will have opportunities ask questions and share ideas with panel members.

EDGE Initiative Update: Preparing for Launch
Galewood C

Jake Cowan, Edge Senior Program Manager; Bob Bocher, Edge Coalition Member, E-Rate & Broadband Consultant, Division for Libraries and Technology, Madison
The Edge Initiative is preparing to launch in the field! Join us to learn how Edge provides powerful new strategies and tools to empower library leaders to elevate their strategic planning, shape the future of the library and communicate its value in supporting community goals and initiatives around education, health, economic development and much more. Jake Cowan, Senior Program Manager, will be joined by Paula Kiely, Director of the Milwaukee Public Library, to share how Edge will help libraries strengthen public technology services, examples of how libraries have used Edge to align programming with their City's vision, and plans for the national launch in early 2014.

♦Notable Genre Books Marathon
Galewood D

Jane Jorgenson, Librarian, Madison Public Library; Nanette Bulebosh, Information Literacy & Research Instructor, Bryant and Stratton College, Sheboygan; Krista Hutley, Librarian, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Maureen Welch, ILL & Reference Coordinator, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Stacey Lunsford, Director, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Whitewater
This year's Genre Book Marathon will cover all the bases: romance, mystery, thrillers, science fiction and graphic novels. Join our genre experts as they share their favorite new and notable recent titles and add to your "To Be Read" list!

♦Recollection Wisconsin: Discovering & Sharing State & Local History
Galewood B

Emily Pfotenhauer, Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), Madison
Meet the new WHO! Wisconsin Heritage Online is now Recollection Wisconsin, a portal to more than 120,000 digital history resources from Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. In this session, we’ll tour the newly redesigned website,, and look at some of the free tools being used to help visitors discover personal connections to the past. We’ll also briefly highlight some opportunities for your library to share your community’s history online.

♦Spanish for Library Staff

René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
Learn simple Spanish phrases that you can use with your Spanish-speaking customers. Receive templates for "cheat cards" that front-line staff can use.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: A Conversation with Lesley Kagen 
Evergreen Ballroom III

Lesley is a Milwaukee native and national bestselling novelist. Her first book, Whistling in the Dark, 2007, which takes place in a Milwaukee neighborhood, made the New York Times Best Seller list. Her other books include Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, Good Graces and the recently-released, Mare’s Nest.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Program - Wednesday

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Conference Schedule at a Glance


4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
WAPL Board Meeting
Galewood A 

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Evergreen Foyer

7:00 p.m.
WAPL Conference Chair’s Reception: Apps ‘n’ Apps
Lobby Lounge

Angela Meyers, Public Relations/Special Needs Librarian, Waukesha County Federated Library System
Apps 'n' Apps will informally showcase some of the amazing apps available for mobile devices. We have apps to eat and apps to tap. Try your hand at entertainment, social, reading, lifestyle and more! Be ready to share your favorite app and you will be rewarded!

Program - Thursday

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

Mindfulness: A Guided Meditation Experience
Loramoor A

Practicing mindfulness meditation even a few minutes each day can help you be more attentive and fully awake in your daily life. Mindfulness can be incorporated in every moment of our lives and in every decision we make along the way. With intention and skillful practice, we change our world by changing ourselves from within. This guided practice will be led by a Buddhist nun, Bhikkhuni Vimala. She is a former teacher and editor, and now part of the monastic staff at Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, Illinois, and the leader of Wisconsin Blue Lotus in Elkhorn and Lake Geneva.

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Mindfulness: A Guided Meditation Experience (encore presentation)
Loramoor A 

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 
Evergreen Foyer 

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Evergreen Foyer 


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

carolynKEYNOTE ADDRESS:  50 Shades of Laughter
Evergreen Ballroom

Carolyn Brewer, Executive Director, North Texas Library Partners

Budget cuts, Googlization, obsolescence, ebooks, policies, acts, salary cuts, hiring freezes, furlough days, disgruntled patrons....Yes, the challenges in public libraries are many, but what can we do to get through the toughest of times? Laugh. We can embrace change, without letting it control us. We can maintain a positive attitude, even when we want to pull our hair out. We can cultivate environments with positive energy, even when we have none. Carolyn will talk about why, among the library madness, it's important to maintain a sense of humor, laugh often, belly laugh frequently and not take ourselves too seriously.

Carolyn Davidson Brewer received her MLS in 1997 and has worked in all types of libraries. She is currently the Executive Director for North Texas Library Partners, a non-profit agency in north Texas that provides consulting, training, consortia opportunities and technology assistance for public libraries. Carolyn is a certified social worker in Texas, but is currently on inactive status. Many of her experiences in working with the public are from her time at the Dallas Public Library and working as a crisis social worker in the Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 -11:30 a.m.

♦Challenges of Joint Libraries
Galewood A

Linda Bendix, Director, Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon; Walter Burkhalter, Public Library Administration Consultant, Division for Libraries and Technology, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ed Hughes, Director, Rhinelander District Library
Designed for directors and trustees of joint libraries, this session will explore the challenges unique to joint libraries.

♦Does Size Matter? Roving Reference & the Reinvention of the Reference Desk
Galewood D

Jeff Dawson, Director, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Nyama Y. Marsh, Patron Services Manager, Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon
Whether your library is large, small or in-between, some library customers tend to be intimidated by a huge desk and the staff member behind it, and with smaller budgets and limited resources, some libraries may find that downsizing and combining adult and children’s desks isn’t enough. Banish that barrier forever or even a couple of hours a day by practicing roving reference. Discover the thoughts behind roving reference, and how roving reference may be implemented at your library.

♦Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn In Storytime
Galewood B

Hollis Helmeci, Director, Rusk County Community Library, Ladysmith; Becca Berger, Director, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay; Kris Adams Wendt, Consultant, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Connie Meyer, Director, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
Library directors talk about the skills and expertise they honed as youth services librarians, and how that has helped them in their current leadership positions.

♦Making It @ Your Library
Galewood C

Shannon Crawford Barniskis, Director, Lomira QuadGraphics Community Library
What role will content creation play in taking the library from “book place” to “transformational space?” From 3-D printers to music production, learn about the latest trends and research. Discover ways in which libraries can use content creation services to reach new audiences and support existing library users. The Lomira QuadGraphics Community Library is using makerspace and digital media lab tools to facilitate transliteracy and STEM learning as well as fun. Shannon will talk about how even small and underfunded libraries can use creative tools and programs to advocate for the educational, economic and social well-being of the community.

♦Meet the New Wiscat!

Christine Barth, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Auto-Graphics, WISCAT’s software vendor, has been working on a new system for ILL management. The SHAREit system has a cleaner, more intuitive user interface and will help reduce time spent on managing borrowing and lending activities. Please stop by for a sneak peek!

11:45 - 1:30 p.m.

190WordsGarlandMax♦Luncheon: Poetry Reading: Poetry and the Library 
Evergreen Ballroom

Wisconsin’s newest Poet Laureate, Max Garland, will read from his poetry and discuss how libraries can select poetry, promote it, and support Wisconsin poets.

Max has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Tara Award for Short Fiction, a James Michener Fiction Fellowship, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, two Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Fellowships, a Poetry Fellowship from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, a Bush Artist Fellowship for 1999-2000, and the Arts and Letters Poetry Prize for 2004.

Most recently, Max was named the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Poet Laureate by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Max hopes the position will allow him to "reach out to those who may feel alienated from the world of poetry," specifically by "promoting the connection between poetry and place, and urging young, as well as young-at-heart writers, to write of the places they know and explore their relationships with those places in poetry."

Max’s poems, stories and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He has published two books of poems, The Postal Confessions and Hunger Wide As Heaven, and a chapbook, Apparition. His poems have also been chosen for Poetry Daily, and have recently been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio.

He currently teaches at UW-Eau Claire.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

♦Beyond the Page: How 28 Libraries Will Double Their Programming Budgets
Galewood D

Tom Linfield, Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Initiatives, Madison Community Foundation; Julie Chase, Director, Dane County Library Service, Madison; Susan Hedrick, Director, Waunakee Public Library; Pamela Westby, Director, Middleton Public Library
In a unique venture, 28 libraries, representing 19 municipalities in Dane County, have joined together with the Madison Community Foundation to create a programming endowment that will expand program content, audience, impact, quality and marketing while promoting cross-library collaboration, planning and efficiencies. Learn what worked and what didn't - and get ideas for replicating the project in your own area.

♦Challenges and Solutions to Creating Diverse Collections and Programming
Galewood A

Kristina Gomez, Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library (moderator); Laura Avelo, Bilingual Library Technology Specialist, Milwaukee Public Library; René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Nick Demske, Children’s Librarian, Racine Public Library; Adriana McClear, PhD student, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
ALA’s Library Bill of Rights tells us “Library collections must represent the diversity of people and ideas in our society.” What does a diverse library collection look like? How is it created? How can my library create exceptional multicultural programs? Join our panel of librarians in an open discussion about the ongoing process of developing collections and programs that reflect the diversity, interest and needs of our communities. What are the challenges to creating diverse collections and programming and what strategies can we use to overcome them?

♦Creating a City of Readers: Milwaukee Public Library Transformed Their Summer Reading Program
Galcewood C

Kelly Hughbanks, Coordinator of Youth Services, Milwaukee Public Library
In 2008, the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) took the bold step of branding its summer reading program as “Super Reader.” Borrowing from successful programs across the country, MPL crafted a model of its own, which has resulted in nearly doubling participation. Find out how program branding, advocacy, staff education and community support have created this highly successful program. We guarantee libraries big and small will leave with some ideas to enhance their own summer program.

♦E-Commerce & Village Post Office at the Library

Diana Skalitzky, Director, Marshall Community Library
This two-part program focuses on broadening the services libraries can provide to a community. E-commerce provides an overview of how your library CAN take credit and debit cards, at any event, regardless of the limitations of your ILS. Village Post Office is about the benefits (and pitfalls) of a library becoming a VPO, or limited service post office "station."

♦Easy Web Sites to Solve Big Problems
Galewood B

Mark Beatty, Training Librarian, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), Madison; Pam Belden, Director, Waterford Public Library; Tricia Cox, Children's Services Librarian, Waterford Public Library; Carol Wunsch, Assistant Director, Cedarburg Public Library
Library websites built using current tools are dynamic and responsive to our communities.They can also solve specific library problems such as re-inventing the site within a limited time frame or providing multiple sections to communicate with specific user communities.They are easy to update, visually exciting, socially interactive and incorporate extras like event calendars. Two libraries solved these issues using an easy to use solution: WordPress.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Join us for complimentary refreshments
Evergreen Foyer 

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. 

♦Conversation with the Council on Library and Network Development

Martha Berninger, Director, Reference for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Sandra Melcher, Chair, Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND), Milwaukee
COLAND studies and gathers input on issues affecting Wisconsin libraries, and makes recommendations to the Governor and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this interactive session, COLAND will share information on recent and current activities, and solicit feedback from the library community on future goals.

♦Creating a City of Readers: Bringing Super Reader to Underserved Populations
Galewood D 

Victoria Sanchez, Education Specialist, Milwaukee Public Library
When the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) took on the challenge of rebranding its Summer Reading Program, an important component included summer reading outreach to nearly 8,000 children. Find out how MPL encourages reading with children who might not otherwise read or visit the library during the summer. Learn how MPL advocates for underserved populations, educates staff and evaluates its outreach efforts. Leave this session ready to reach out to children and organizations in your community.

♦Creating More Effective Public Library Systems
Galewood A

Stef Morrill, Executive Director, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), Madison; John Thompson, Director, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Rick Krumwiede, Director, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System (OWLS), Appleton
This year, the System and Resource Library Administrators Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) is undertaking a process to examine how public library systems can remain effective in meeting member library needs into the future, including the possibility of reconfiguring systems. This session will be an opportunity for attendees to provide needed feedback. The session will include a brief overview of the process, followed by a presentation and discussion of the recommendations and action steps created as part of the process.

♦Murder by the Book...A Library Fundraiser
Galewood C

Peg Checkai, Director, Watertown Public Library; Erin O’Neill, Chairperson and Vice President, Library Board, Watertown Public Library
The Watertown Public Library held a fundraiser in the fall of 2012 to raise money for a new library foundation. They worked with a local theater group to create an original interactive event that would highlight their foundation and library services.

♦Remaking the Workplace (Brown County Library)
Galewood B

Lynn Hoffman, Library Operations Manager, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Staff at the Brown County Library (BCL) viewed recent changes to collective bargaining law as an opportunity to remake the organization's culture. By working together, employees, administration and the Library Board have set a new tone for communication and have successfully tackled a variety of personnel issues. Members of BCL's "Work Rules Committee" will discuss their approach to this challenge and share what they have learned.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

♦Local History Unleashed: All You Never Knew About Lake Geneva
Galewood A

Ginny Hall, Local Historian
Ginny will provide an interesting glimpse of the history of Lake Geneva and its surrounding area. She has published 12 auto tour guides and 10 walking guides for Walworth County communities, as well as a five-booklet series about Geneva Lake on the public walkway. For the last dozen years, Ginny has written a weekly column about a historic building or site in Walworth County for the local county newspaper. She is also a special project volunteer at the Lake Geneva Public Library and has compiled the history of the Library. Come listen and learn about the beautiful area of Lake Geneva.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
All Board and Business Meetings held in the Lobby Lounge 

New Members Round Table (NMRT) Business Meeting

Outreach Services Round Table (OSRT) Business Meeting

Readers Section (READ) Business Meeting

Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends (WLTF) Networking

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Board Meeting

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Business Meeting 

Hotel Accommodations

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Grand Geneva Resort and Spa 

7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Room rate: $99, including the $15 resort fee!

To make reservations, you can either call 1.800.558.3417 or use the online reservation system.

Make your reservation before April 8, 2013 to get conference room rates. If calling in, please state that you are with the WAPL Conference group.

Your resort stay includes all the amenities:

  • free wireless Internet in guest rooms and meeting rooms
  • valet parking, if needed, or free parking throughout the resort
  • trolley transportation on the grounds via regularly scheduled routes and times
  • access to the fitness center, locker room, sauna, steam room, lap pool and classes
  • local, credit card and toll-free calls
  • 2 bottled waters per day
  • daily paper

Suites can be reserved at the following rates (not including tax):

King Guest Room $109
Junior Suite $184
King Suite $159
Premier Suite $209
Executive Suite $234
Grand Suite $384




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