Program - Thursday

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

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Blue Harbor Continental Breakfast
Assorted breads, muffins and bagels, seasonal fruit and yogurt

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Libraries Lift Limits on Learners: Libraries as Agents of Change Across the Continuum
Salon A
Dipech Navsaria, M.D.Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

A pediatrician, occasional children's librarian, public health professional and child health advocate, Dr. Dipesh Navsaira sees the connections between literacy, education and health from the earliest days of life. He practices primary-care pediatrics at a community health center working with underserved populations. He is also involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students and practicing physicians. His educational interests also include public and population health training for clinicians. Additionally, Dr. Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain. A dynamic speaker who easily translates basic science and clinical medicine for a wide variety of audiences in order to shape programs and policy, Dr. Navsaria lectures locally, regionally and nationally on early literacy, early brain and child development, child health advocacy and technology.

Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who is deeply involved in Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is an innovative program that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from six months through five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so that children enter school prepared for success in reading.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments Served in the Lakeside Terrace

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Preparing Your Library to Meet the Growing Number of Older Adults with Visual Impairment
Jean Kalscheur, Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Salon B

Wisconsin residents over the age of 65 will grow by 30% over the next six to ten years. Many of these seniors will have low vision due to macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. Through lecture and demonstration, learn about these library patrons and join in a guided discussion to explore affordable practices and technologies that can support older adults with low vision, the libraries that serve them and the communities in which they live.
Sponsored by the Outreach Services Round Table

Book Festivals: Discover a Great Way to Connect Your Community
Conor Moran, Wisconsin Book Festival/Madison Public Library; Jo Ann Dent, Founder/Co-Chair of the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival; Karin Menzer, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan (retired)
Salon C

The Wisconsin Book Festival and the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival have brought some of the best authors and illustrators in the country to their communities. Meet the organizers of these two successful events and discover why participating in a book festival can help your library build and strengthen connections with partnering organizations, funders and the community at large. Discover the triumphs, the trials and why it's all worthwhile!
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

Developmentally Age-Appropriate Storytimes
Ashley Thiem-Menning, Kaukana Public Library
Salon D

Libraries today often bundle their youngsters into storytime groups such as "birth to two years old" or have one generic "preschool" storytime. What we sometimes fail to remember in times of limited funds and limited staffing is that we may be failing to meet children's developmental needs in these bundled storytimes. Brain studies consistently reveal the importance of the first two years of life, even referring to the period as "critical." As literacy professionals, it is necessary to offer a program that is developmentally accurate, not only as a teaching tool, but to be certain that families are not turned off by a program that is either too far below or above their child's developmental abilities. This program will teach you how to format a baby/pre-walker program, a one-year-old program, a two-year old program and how you can still "bundle" a storytime for all ages.
Sponsored by the Youth Services Section

Analyzing Your Technical Services Workflow
Cathy Markwiese, Milwaukee Public Library
Salon E

Over the past 10 years, as technologies have changed, the Milwaukee Public Library has found that efficiencies can become apparent through simple charting of workflow routines. Most attendees will have these tools available to use in their libraries and will be astonished at what they can discover about their own workflows and the gray areas that can slowly creep in over time.
Sponsored by the Technical Services Section

Genealogy Roadshow, Who in the WAPL Do You Think You Are?

Don Litzer, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill; Nyama Marsh , Whitefish Bay Public Library; Anne Kasuboski, UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library; Anthony LaLuzerne, UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library
Salon F

Instead of talking about helping others find their ancestors, what if you could learn from finding our ancestors? Enjoy the next best thing—genealogical case studies taken from members of the Wisconsin library community—people you’ve rubbed shoulders with and whose emails you’ve read--including a library director, a library system assistant director and a WLA HQ person with a cool first name! Best of all, the family history information gleaned and leads generated about these folks will come from resources you can use with your patrons back home!
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Genealogy and Local History Round Table

Planning the Amazing Future of Your Library
Bruce Smith, WiLS, Madison; Meg Allen, Baraboo Public Library; Grant Lynch, Waukesha Public Library; Colleen Rortvedt, Appleton Public Library; Wendy Rawson, Fitchburg Public Library
Salon G

Sprinkle one part community survey, add a dash of demographic data, fill with vision, and top it off with enthusiasm and you have the recipe for a strategic plan. Please join us to hear from four library directors about their strategic plans: what processes were used, what did or did not work and what results they've experienced. The discussion will explore the potential of a plan's ability to improve library services and the experience of patrons.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
AUTHOR LUNCHEON: My Life with the Green & Gold
Salon A
Jessie GarciaJessie Garcia, Sportscaster and Author of My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting

Ever wonder what it's like to interview famous athletes and coaches? For twenty years, sportscaster Jessie Garcia has done just that. Garcia brings fans to the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packers bus and into the host's chair at The Mike McCarthy Show.

A self-proclaimed “terrible athlete” born without sports in her blood, Garcia reported on Wisconsin’s beloved Green Bay Packers during the Holmgren, Rhodes, Sherman and McCarthy years. She’s been a Packers sideline reporter for preseason games and covered the team during their Super Bowl showdowns against the Patriots, Broncos and Steelers. She’s traveled with the team to Tokyo and the White House and to schools and retirement homes, where the gridiron heroes interacted with their fans. She’s visited the hometowns of players and coaches, she’s met their proud parents and their pets, she’s interviewed the team trainer about their strength exercises. My Life with the Green & Gold also features up-close and personal stories about other teams and athletes she’s covered, from the Badgers and Brewers to Wisconsin Olympians such as Bonnie Blair and Casey FitzRandolph.

Garcia's expertise is capturing behind-the-scenes, human-interest stories. She shares a personal and humorous insider's look at many Wisconsin sports heroes from the perspective of a female sports journalist who has ridden the adrenaline rush of being on the air while also juggling the many demands of family life. Not many parents can say they've changed their child’s diaper in the tunnel at Lambeau, but Jessie Garcia can.

Garcia has been a TV sportscaster for twenty years, first with WISC in Madison and currently with WTMJ in Milwaukee. A graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Garcia was one of the first women in the country to host an NFL coach's show. When not reporting or anchoring for WTMJ, Garcia can be found teaching journalism at Carroll University in Waukesha, writing her next two books, or enjoying time with her husband and their two sons.

Copies of Jessie’s book will be available for sale before and after the luncheon. Jessie will be available for signatures.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the luncheons in advance, no on-site registration for this event is available.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

No Fines?! No Way!

Shannon Crawford Barniskis, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Salon B

Have you ever wished you could stop dealing with the hassle of fines and fees? Do you see teens stop coming to the library when they have fees and parents only allowing their kids to check one book out at a time for fear of charges? Have you had confrontations with those who are sure they already paid that fine? Or are you certain that charging late fees encourages good library citizenship and timely returns of materials? This presentation looks at libraries who have stopped charging some or all fines, what works, what doesn't, and why librarians should take a fresh look at fines and fees and how they impact their communities.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

Building Capacity in Small Libraries: Lessons Learned from the Rural Libraries & Literacy Institute
Stu Wilson, Library Strategies Consulting Group; Ted Stark, Menomonie Public Library; Krista Ross, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore
Salon C

Library Strategies Consulting Group has coordinated a capacity building and leadership institute for small libraries and literacy organizations this year in western Wisconsin. Working with experienced mentors, the organizations have built their organizational capacities in eleven areas, including planning, fundraising, marketing and advocacy. The session will provide an overview of the Institute, and highlight significant areas of success and progress for the libraries involved.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends

Money for Humanities Programming
Mark Livengood, Wisconsin Humanities Council
Salon D

Mark Livengood, the Grant Program Director for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, will share information on the variety of grant opportunities that are available for public libraries.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Small Libraries Section

In Concert: Building Valuable Community Partnerships
Tom Carson, Kenosha Public Library; Maria Escalante, College of Menominee Nation; Jill Glover, Luck Public Library
Salon E

In this panel session, three librarians share their stories of successful community partnerships: the challenges, rewards and lessons learned to help us build stronger and more robust collaborative projects. Tom Carson shares his story of Kenosha's Big Read campaign, Maria Escalante shares her experiences during and since her college's merger with the Menominee Tribal / County Library, and Jill Glover discusses the collaboration between the Luck Public Library and the Luck Historical Society.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

Cut the Crap! How to Really Advocate for your Library!
Kathy Pletcher, WLTF Chair and LD&L Co-Chair; Kris Adams Wendt, Wisconsin Valley Library Service and LD&L Co-Chair; M. T. Boyle, WLTF Board and The Book Farm; Diana Skalitzky, WISL Chair and Marshall Community Library
Salon F

Are you comfy and cozy in your comfort zone? Do you feel constantly underfunded and under attack? Do you just KNOW you are doing the absolute best advocacy for your library? Aw, cut the crap! This program will bust your belief systems, shake up your tired routine, and give you practical and useful ways to REALLY market your library and increase your funding!
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Small Libraries Section, Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends and the Library Development and Legislative Committee

Shhhh! Stealth Programming Can Free You
Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library
Salon G

Feeling overwhelmed? Want to make the most of scarce time, money and staffing while piquing the interest of kids and teens in your community? Don't look now, but there's an easy way to boost library usage and circulation without burning out. Discover how to create stealth programming like Smart Cookie Club, Baby Book Bees, Free-quent Reader Club and Face Covers. These non-traditional, passive programs take some initial planning but then relatively little staff time and bring in families again and again to your library. Once you learn the secret, you'll enhance your program mojo 100%!
Sponsored by the Youth Services Section

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments Served in the Lakeside Terrace

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Non-Fiction Roundup
Deb Shapiro, UW-Madison SLIS; Elizabeth Eisen, Appleton Public Library; Amy Lutzke, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
Salon B

Librarians from around Wisconsin will discuss and recommend adult nonfiction titles in the areas of food writing, memoir & biography and popular science. Find out about titles to up your nonfiction reader's advisory.
Sponsored by the Readers Section

Libraries Bridging Cultures: Islamic Programming at Your Library
Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library; Jennifer Heidel, Milwaukee Public Library
Salon C

Several Wisconsin libraries, including Milwaukee Public Library (MPL), were awarded NEH / ALA Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grants. MPL was also one of six libraries in the nation to receive the Bridging Cultures Poetic Voices of the Muslim World grant through Poets House and City Lore. MPL Librarians will share resources and materials that can be used in developing Islamic programs. They will also discuss developing marketing initiatives and community connections for libraries of all sizes. Share your own successes and challenges with the rest of the group during the "from the field" portion of the session.
Sponsored by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table

Beyond Networking: Building Meaningful Relationships & Collaborations
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison
Salon D

You go to the conference. You meet interesting people in the line at the taco bar. You chat. You exchange info. You join their network on LinkedIn. That's all how do you develop meaningful relationships & collaborations from these beginnings? Jean & Stef will share tips, ideas, success stories from others and more ideas to help you build authentic & successful relationships & collaborations.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

Pinterest at Your Library
Joy Schwarz, Winnefox Library System, Oshkosh; Mandy Canovan, Ripon Public Library; Jacki Potratz, Milwaukee Public Library
Salon E

Find out how you can use Pinterest effectively at your library. Joy will explain the basics of Pinterest and how to get started, Mandy will share how to start and facilitate Pinterest Craft Clubs for teens and adults, and Jacki will address using Pinterest to connect with patrons.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries

Discovering Your Data: Where It Is and How Libraries Can Use It
Jamie McCanless, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Salon F

Every year, Wisconsin public libraries and library systems submit hundreds of thousands of fields of annual report information to DPI. Then what? We'll look at local, state and federal sources of library data and online comparison tools, talk about how data is changing, and provide suggestions for using data to tell the library's story. Discover how to get as much out of the annual report as you put into it from this presentation and discussion.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Preparing Adult Learners for Success in a Digital World
Paula Mason, Bridget Murphy, Laura Patiño, Tiffany Robinson, Ayoka Huff -Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library
Salon G

Have you ever heard the dreaded patron computer question that begins with "I'm computer illiterate!" or "I've never touched a computer!"? Have you ever wanted to provide public computer classes, but don't know where to begin? Join Milwaukee Public Library's Public Instruction Team for a robust presentation and discussion of computer class creation, implementation and evaluation. MPL has provided public computer classes for over 14 years, and has developed curricula on a wide range of topics. Learn tips, tricks and techniques to begin or improve your current digital literacy offerings!
Sponsored by the Technical Services Section

Bookworm Gardens Tour
Hotel Lobby
Join your fellow youth services librarians (and anyone else who enjoys books and nature) as we carpool to the lovely Bookworm Gardens for a grand time in this vibrant and playful children's garden! Please meet in the Hotel Lobby at 2:45 to carpool. The Bookworm Gardens are located at 1415 Campus Drive.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Library Trustee and Friends - Salon B
Wisconsin Public Library Consortium - Salon C
Youth Services Section - Salon D
WAPL Board Meeting - Salon F
Wisconsin Small Libraries Section - Salon G

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
"Get Acquainted" Reception at the Lakeside Terrace
Join us for an hour (or so) of informal networking, sharing and fun. Snacks provided; cash bar available. WLA Director, Plumer Lovelace, will be on hand to offer us a quick overview on WLA activities, as well as to hear your ideas. All are welcome.
There is no charge for the reception. A cash bar is available. Please RSVP on your registraton if you would like to attend.