Program - Thursday

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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