Program - Thursday

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

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Assorted bakery items (muffins, donuts and bagels), fruit yogurts, chilled juices, coffee and tea.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Reading the Future, the Future of Reading


Kaite Stover
Director of Readers' Services
Kansas City Public Library 

As devices, formats, trends and time constraints shift how, what and when we read, library staff dedicated to promoting reading must consider how these changes impact our resources, training and the conversations we have with our patrons and staff. 

Sponsor:  WAPL



10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

3D Printing: Intellectual Property Concerns and Beyond
Dr. Tomas Lipinski
, UW-Milwaukee

In the past, the use of photocopy, printing, scanning and related technologies in libraries and schools raised copyright issues alone.  A new technology is making its way into public libraries as part of broader maker space initiatives: 3D printing.  3D replicator technology now allows a user to create (that is, “print”) three-dimensional objects of all sorts! With 3D technology, staff and patrons can now "print" entire mechanical devices or components of other devices from something as simple as a corkscrew to parts of a prosthetic body part.  These technologies raise not only copyright issues, but now include utility and design patents and trademarks, including trade dress. With the ability to print realistic replicas, such as "sharp" or other dangerous objects, questions arise whether a library would be responsible if a patron harmed another person with an object printed at the library. Issues of intellectual freedom are also present should the library desire to prevent patrons from printing certain objects (no replicated plastic firearms in a "gun free zone" or no sex toys). This session will review the basic legal issues, discuss the potential for library liability and offer suggestions for minimizing legal risk.

Sponsor: Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL)

Audiobook Update: Current Trends in Readers' Advisory for Listeners
Kaite Stover
, The Kansas City Public Library

The demand for audiobooks is growing in libraries, whether patrons prefer books on CD or digital downloads. Improve your audiobook readers’ advisory services and expand the audiobook collection at this session. Be introduced to an innovative audiobook narrative-appeal vocabulary created by readers’ advisory librarians and in current use by NoveList. Explore new genres and types of audio productions that are trending with audiobook listeners.

Sponsor: WAPL

Over the River and Through the Woods: Taking Programming Outreach to Seniors
Maureen Birchfield, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; René Bue, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Learn how you can take programming out of the library and to the seniors in your community.  Program ideas and resources will be shared so that you can offer off-site programming that is fun for the participants and for the programmers.  The activities shared will be especially useful for sparking discussions about memories.

Sponsor:  Outreach Services Round Table (OSRT)

Putting the Fun in Fines!
Terry Ehle
, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Chris Hamburg, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Jeff Dawson, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers

To fine or not to fine?  That is the question!  Join staff from the Lester Public Library as they share several simple and easy ways to turn fines into marketing gems.  Black Friday Sales, Scratch Cards, Fables for Fines and more.  Your patrons will be begging to pay their fines off!

Sponsor: Support Staff and Circulation Services Section (SSCS)

Systems for Today and Tomorrow
Bruce Smith, WiLS; Stef Morrill, WiLS; Nita Burke, COLAND; Kathy Pletcher, COLAND; Krista Ross, Southwest Wisconsin Library System

In January of this year, the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) approved recommendations for a Strategic Vision for Library Systems in the 21st Century to maximize organizational resources and state system funding in order to deliver the highest quality library services to Wisconsin residents. A COLAND work group developed the recommendations, basing a number of them from the work done in 2014 by the DPI Lean Systems Work Group.  The presenters will provide an overview of the Strategic Vision, discuss the road map the COLAND and Lean Systems Work Groups developed to implement the Strategic Vision recommendations, and will highlight the current resource sharing landscape addressed by one of the recommendations with a presentation of the findings from the 2014 ILS Consortia in Wisconsin study. You can find all the related documents here: 

Sponsors: Department of Public Instruction (DPI); Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

AUTHOR LUNCHEON: Publishing: Old & New

KarenMcQuestion.Karen McQuestion got her start in self-publishing, which opened the door to a publishing contract and translations of her books to German, Polish, Korean, and Turkish. Along the way, she’s observed how the rapid rise of digital self-publishing has created challenges for both authors and the traditional publishing industry. Karen will give a brief overview of her experience and share her insights on the changing publishing landscape.

Copies of Karen’s latest book, a young adult novel, From a Distant Star, will be given away in a drawing after her talk.

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.

A Winning Combination: How Library Directors Can Support Youth Services and Vice Versa
Jeff Dawson, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Dawn Wacek, Rice Lake Public Library; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction

A public library’s youngest patrons are often thought of as its future taxpayers and, by extension, library funders. However, the relationship goes deeper than circulation of children’s materials and growth of teen services.  Youth services matter to public libraries beyond the numbers. Jointly presented and facilitated by DPI and the Youth Services Section of WLA, a panel of directors and librarians will offer their unique insights on programming, professional development and pleasing the library board.

Sponsor:  Youth Services Section (YSS)

At the Movies with Librarians IV - The Librarians Strike Back!
Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Sherry Machones, Edgerton Public Library; Annie Bahringer, W. J. Niederkorn Library, Port Washington; Clairellyn Sommersmith, Princeton Public Library

In this popular program from conferences past, librarians will discuss popular books coming out as movies in the near future. We will watch the trailers, talk about the books and eat yummy popcorn!

Sponsor: Readers' Section (READ)

Building Leadership on the Inside
Kimberly Young, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Kim Decur, Brown County Library, Green Bay

Kimberly has developed an internal leadership program that brings together a cohort of staff members to work together in three ways related to leadership. This session intends to highlight the program and to share ways that libraries of all sizes can utilize ideas and efforts to grow the development of leaders in libraries.

Sponsor: WAPL

Let’s Talk! Establishing a Good Relationship with Your Library Board
Diana Skalitzky
, Marshall Community Library; Kim Hennings, New Richmond Public Library 

This session will focus on questions from library directors of small public libraries on how to establish a good relationship with your Board of Trustees without the hassles of micromanaging and over-stepping boundaries. The discussion will focus on the role of the Library Director (operations) and the Board members (policies & long-range planning). Directors will be able to ask for advice or ask questions on how to train board members to follow the Trustee Essentials Handbook and how to handle difficult situations when board members start to cross the line. 

Sponsor: Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL)

Terrific Tools for Communication, Time Management, and Collaboration
Lisa Marten, WiLS; Bruce Smith, WiLS; Sara Gold, WiLS 

In order to work together and be as efficient as possible, the WiLS staff has adopted a suite of tools to help them manage time, communicate and collaborate. Join a few members of the staff for a fast-paced demonstration of these tools along with a discussion about how WiLS uses them and how they might be used in your library. 

Sponsor: Media and Technology Section (MATS)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Knowing Our Neighbors: Wisconsin American Indian Nations
David O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

This session will provide an overview of the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of each of the eleven federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in the state of Wisconsin. In 1989, State legislators passed statutes, collectively known as Act 31, in an effort to infuse American Indian studies into public education. The session will also highlight accurate and authentic instructional resources for teaching and learning about Wisconsin American Indian nations and communities. Participants will examine why it is important to generate a deeper and more complex understanding of human diversity issues and concerns, particularly in regards to American Indian peoples, in a society that is continually changing.

Sponsor: DPI

Library Advocacy for Changing Times
John Thompson, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Kathy Pletcher, Brown County Library Board, Green Bay; Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library; moderated by Michael Norman, Indianhead Federated Library System Board, Eau Claire

A discussion with a Q&A about how library directors, staff, trustees and library friends can effectively advocate for public libraries with possible system mergers, shrinking budgets and other challenges as the "new normal," or at least within view.

Sponsor: Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends (WLTF)

RA Online: Serving Your Patrons Using Form-Based Readers' Advisory
Andrea Stepanik, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Chad Robinson, Brown County Library, Green Bay

Do you wish you could reach more of your readers, promote your staff as book experts and have an opportunity for staff to practice their readers' advisory skills? Consider launching a form-based readers' advisory service through your library's website! Andrea and Chad will talk about form-based RA programs from around the country, how they launched their own service in the spring of 2014 and what they have learned in the process.

Sponsor: READ

The Social Commons in a Public Library: An Implementation of a “Third Place”
Andy Barnett, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids

An examination of the concept of a "third space" as it relates to public libraries, with a look at how one library has used the concept to create a social commons.

Sponsor: WAPL

Student Job Fair - Organize One for Your Community!
Jennifer Bahnaman, Youth Services Librarian, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids; Robert Wefel, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids Area

Jennifer and Robert will present their experience and success in planning the annual Wisconsin Rapids Student Job Fair. Started in 2012, the McMillan Memorial Library and the Boys & Girls Club collaborated in an effort to create a Student Job Fair for high school and college-age students. With an outstanding response from the community and support from local businesses, each year this event has grown immensely. Now in its third year, they will share their ideas with other libraries in Wisconsin. Learn how you can collaborate with organizations in your community to create a similar and successful program.

Sponsor: YSS

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Beyond Book Sales: Tips and Tactics for Building a Better Library Friends Organization
Angie Sommers, Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire; Dawn Wacek, Rice Lake Public Library; Carol Chapman, Friends of the Madison Public Library; moderated by Doug Lay, Wisconsin Valley Library Service Board

Information and discussion from a library director and library Friends leaders about activities that have increased membership and raised significant funds.

Sponsor: WLTF

Frontline Challenges: Policy, Practice and Case Samples
Sarah Cournoyer, Horicon Public Library; Sherry Machones, Edgerton Public Library; Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library

Are you and your staff prepared for a challenge? Does the idea of a challenge affect your collection management decisions? Are your library policies explicit about selection, reconsideration, weeding and gifts or donations? Would you like to hear examples of recent challenges of library materials in Wisconsin? This session will address these issues and provide resources for you to ensure your library's policies and practices protect access to library resources. Small libraries especially can benefit from this session.

Sponsor: Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT); WISL

Popular Picks: Genre Books Marathon
Jane Jorgenson, Madison Public Library; Amy Lutzke, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson; Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison

This year's Genre Book Marathon will cover some new genres that are growing in popularity and some old favorites: New Adult fiction, Scandinavian mysteries and historical fiction. Join our genre experts as they share their favorite new and notable recent titles and add to your "To Be Read" list!

Sponsor: READ

Turn Up the Tech!
Caitlin Schaeffer, Oconomowoc Public Library; Cole Zrostlik, St. Croix Falls Public Library

Want to try a MaKey MaKey but feeling a little shaky shaky? Know where to find Minecraft books but have only a vague idea of what this popular game actually entails? This session is for librarians that neglect the “T” in STEM. Learn how youth librarians incorporate new technologies into library programming. From hands-on programs like tech take-aparts and tech crafting to digital scrapbooking and computer art, technology-based programs engage and inspire the young patrons in your community while supporting information literacy standards and providing new tools for advocacy. Leave feeling excited about technology programming and come ready to share!

Sponsor: YSS

Winnefox Legislative READ Poster Project
Mark Arend, Winnefox Library System, Oshkosh; Renee George, Winnefox Library System, Oshkosh

Winnefox has developed an innovative project to create READ posters featuring legislators whose districts include Winnefox's counties.

Sponsor: Library Development & Legislative Committee (LD&L)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Unit Business Meetings
Intellectual Freedom Round Table
Outreach Services Round Table
Wisconsin Library Trustees & Friends
Wisconsin Small Libraries Section
Youth Services Section