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7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Center North Concourse 

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
The Continental Breakfast
Conference Center Concourse

Fresh baked muffins, assorted fresh pastries, yogurt, bagel with cream cheese, fresh orange juise, coffee, hot tea or 2% milk.

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  A Writer's Life with Nickolas Butler
Location: Expo 1

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In 2009 and 2010, internationally best-selling and prize-winning author Nickolas Butler and his wife were living in Madison, Wisconsin, scratching by on state assistance and food stamps. At the time, Butler was working at a liquor store, making eight dollars an hour, while his wife was finishing her final two years in law school. During this same period, and as they drew closer to foreclosure and bankruptcy, they welcomed their first child into the world. Butler will discuss the challenges and rewards of the working writer, and the years of his life leading up to the publication of Shotgun Lovesongs and, later, The Hearts of Men.

Nickolas will sign his latest book, The Hearts of Men, immediately following the keynote address. 

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Conference Center Concourse

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

BadgerLink Homepage Redesign Usability Testing
Gail MurrayKara RipleyBen Miller – all from Department of Public Instruction, Madison 
Location: Conference Center Concourse

The BadgerLink team is planning on a homepage redesign in summer of 2017, and they are looking for thoughtful input from librarians across the state to help them make the best website possible for all of BadgerLink's varied users. Stop by their table to participate in their usability/user experience testing for a few minutes at a time.
Sponsor: DPI (Department of Public Instruction)

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

#Hashtag: Promoting Your Library through Social Media 
Jennifer Bernetzke, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster; Angela Noel, Brodhead Memorial Public Library; Lydia Sigwarth, Platteville Public Library
Location: Evergreen

As public librarians, we understand and appreciate the value and services we provide to our communities. What can we do to promote and share all we offer in our instant-Internet age? Join us for tips and tricks to brand and promote your library over social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. We will also discuss the importance of logo recognition and cohesive branding across communications streams. #ThisSessionWillBeAwesome
Sponsor: WAPL (Public Libraries)

3D Printers: Annoying Gadget or Technological Wonder Thing? 
Richard Zaborowske, Neenah Public Library
Location: Harvest

It seems as if the library world hasn’t experienced something as popular as 3D Printers since the invention of the cardigan. While 3D printers are undeniably awesome, they are also noisy and time consuming. Find out what it really takes to operate a 3D Printer and if it is truly worth the price and your staff’s valuable time. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of 3D printing as well as things to take into consideration before operating a 3D printer in a library setting. Find out what works and what doesn’t as Richie shares his experience with using a 3D Printer in a library setting.
Sponsor: WAPL (Public Libraries)

Difficult Choices: Filtering in Libraries 
Nikki Busch, Oregon Public Library; Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Vicki Teal Lovely, South Central Library System, Madison
Location: Frontier

Filtering internet in libraries is not a simple decision. While many libraries choose not to filter the internet for a variety of reasons, it prevents them from being CIPA compliant and being able to apply for E-rate funds and certain kinds of equipment in LSTA grants. Is filtering worth the benefits available from E-rate and LSTA? Join Vicki, Ryan and Nikki to hear the pros and cons of filtering and if it is something that should be looked at (maybe again and again).
Sponsor: RASS (Reference & Adult Services)

Public Library System Redesign Project Update & Discussion
Christina Jones, Altoona Public Library; Gus Falkenberg, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library System, Ashland; Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, DPI, Madison
Location: Woodland

The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee and workgroups are working on new coordinated service models, with the goal of identifying models to maximize the investments made into coordinated services and to improve services to libraries and the citizens of Wisconsin.  To learn more about the project, please visit:  This session will provide a brief update on the progress of the project to date, and focus on the results of topic teams that were formed from the workgroups to determine service regions, to consider how libraries will get information and request help, and to develop a unified model for resource sharing.
Sponsor: PLSR (Public Library System Redesign)

Talk It Up! Non-Fiction!
Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Pamela Thompson, La Valle Public Library; Kim Dearth, Wonewoc Public Library; Gina Rae, Wilton Public Library; Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Seymour
Location: Trillium

Panel discussion of non-fiction content in these specific areas: self-help/personal development, cookbooks, animals, great non-fiction for book group discussions, and narrative non-fiction.
Sponsors: WAPL (Public Libraries), WISL (Small Libraries)

This is a No Hit Zone: Promoting Healthy Kids and Safer Communities at Your Library
Dana Johnson, La Crosse Public Library; Dawn Wacek, La Crosse Public Library
Location: Stonefield

No Hit Zones support healthy relationships and safer environments by preventing hitting across the age span. Learn about the growing "No Hit Zone" movement, how your library, regardless of size, can become a No Hit Zone, and leave this presentation with resources for your staff and for the public as you promote safety and health in the lives of the children, adults and families in your community.
Sponsors: WAPL (Public Libraries), YSS (Youth Services)

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Dawn Logsdon, Filmmaker, Serendipity Films LLC, San Francisco
Location: Expo 2

Dawn Logsdon

Update of Status of Free for All: Inside the Public Library
Filmmaker Dawn Logsdon will present an update on media project FREE FOR ALL. This film-based project about the American public library is told through the voices of some of the millions of Americans who use their local libraries every day, along with those of generations past who forged the library’s starring role in the public commons.

The cornerstone of FREE FOR ALL is a feature-length documentary film intended for PBS broadcast. The film is a contemporary road trip to libraries across the United States, intercut with outstanding and rarely seen archival material. Its structure juxtaposes two revolutionary moments in the American library story – the original “Library Movement” that swept the country in late 19th century, and the current early 21st century struggle to bring public libraries into the digital age. It will be a rollicking and visually stunning mosaic of faces, architecture and stories that celebrates the diversity of the American library experience past and present, while investigating the urgent issues libraries face today.
Sponsor: WAPL Conference Committee 

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

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Build a Better World with BadgerLink
Kara Ripley, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Location: Evergreen

You already coordinate learning activities at your library, now let BadgerLink help create great and easy drop-in and in-person programming! The new Build a Better World themed-program plans incorporate our licensed-content, and are free, easy-to-use, and customizable. Learn about and discuss all the great ways you can use BadgerLink resources for library programs.
DPI (Department of Public Instruction)

Community Engagement Through Podcasting
Colin McGinnis, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha
Location: Frontier

Have you found yourself thinking of new program ideas to engage diverse populations in your community and, after the event is over, it’s forgotten? Podcasting simultaneously engages and archives the process and is your link to developing a library of diverse content, new perspectives in your community, and awareness of library services.
Sponsor: OSRT (Outreach Services)

Do You Have a Grief Section? Readers Advisory to the Bereaved and in Crisis
Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library, Portage, Michigan
Location: Stonefield

Nicolette did not realize at first just how much her background manning a crisis hotline or working as a benefits counselor for health insurance programs informed her reference praxis, until somebody else observed her working with bereaved patrons searching for answers or spouses of Alzheimer’s patients in crisis. It turns out she was using the techniques taught in her previous jobs and they were working. She looks forward to sharing these same techniques with you.
Sponsor: WAPL Conference Committee

It's Not Just the Facts, Ma'am?: Creating and Marketing a Dynamite Youth Non-Fiction Collection
Marge Loch-Wouters, Retired, La Crescent, Minnesota
Location: Harvest

Discover tips on building and promoting an eye-catching, dynamic youth non-fiction collection. We’ll look at ways to practice strategic selection and purchasing; methods to increase circulation through displays; creative cataloging; and savvy practices that help you stretch your budget while creating a nonfiction collection kids will devour.
Sponsors: WISL (Small Libraries), YSS (Youth Services)

Libraries, Publishers, Authors and Bookstores.  How Do They Fit Together?
Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee
Location: Woodland

Everything you might want to know about how these stakeholders fit together and how you can better work with your local bookstore, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby.
Sponsor: READ (Readers)

LSTA and Wisconsin Libraries: What Does the Next Five Years Hold?
Presented by DPI Public Library Development Team Staff

Share your ideas on the future of LSTA! The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) receives annual federal funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Grants to States program through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).The use of funds depends on the goals of each state as shown through a five year plan. Recently, Wisconsin evaluated its previous five year plan (2013-2017) and is in the process of developing its next five year plan (2018-2022). During this session, Public Library Development Team (PLDT) staff will share insights from the formal evaluation and elicit input from attendees on future goal areas. This session is part presentation and part inspiration--bring your ideas!
Sponsor: DPI (Department of Public Instruction)

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Conference Center Concourse

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

A Librarian's Place Is In the Resistance
Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander District Library; Dawn Wacek, La Crosse Public Library; Katherine Elchert, Rice Lake Public Library; Hollis Helmeci, Rusk County Community Library, Ladysmith
Location: Evergreen

This small panel will offer some ideas about how to resist without being targeted as a result, and if one is targeted, how to address this.  We will consider displays, collection development, programming, and social media options that allow for the free sharing of ideas that encourage the best aspects of every community.  Open discussion will end this presentation, so please come with your thinking caps firmly on your heads.
Sponsor: WAPL Conference Committee

Conversation Starters -- Speed-Dating Style
Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library
Location: Frontier

The most beneficial parts of attending a conference are often the informal discussions and the connections you make over dinner.  Join us for small group, casual conversation starters--Does your library have a notary on staff?  What is the most unusual item you circulate?  How do you handle kids skateboarding near the entrance?   What kind of relationship do you have with your municipality?  How does your system handle ILLs?  Do you have a book sale?  Do you put paperbacks and hardcovers on the same bib records?   Bring your own questions or use ours to spark connections and meet other people.  Don’t forget to bring your business cards!
Sponsor: TSS (Technical Services)

Influencing Your Legislator
Steven Conway, DeWitt Ross & Stevens Law Firm, Madison

Are you wondering how to help your library? Do you think advocacy is for other people? Come to this session and hear from Steven on how best to advocate for your library and state library issues directly with legislators.

Smash 'em, Bash 'em... Roller Derby at the Library
Jenna Assmus, Rio Community Library; Derby Athlete, TBD
Location: Woodland

What happens when a librarian and a crew of Derby athletes get together? Come hear the story of the day the Mad Wreckin' Dolls visited the Rio Community Library. We'll guide you through our planning process and help you connect with Roller Derby resources throughout the state.
Sponsor: WAPL (Public Libraries)

STEAM Programming on a Budget: Planning High Interest Programs to Engage Families and Youth
Emily Zorea, Brewer Public Library, Richland Center
Location: Harvest

Can you plan high interest programs that encourage youth’s natural curiosity in subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) with almost no funds? You bet! We will cover specific, low-budget program ideas ready to be offered at your institution including: Mummy Math, Marshmallow Igloos, Animals in Flight Science, Straw Towers, Bridge Engineering, Computer Coding in Scratch, and more. Session will conclude with information on writing community-funded STEAM grants.
Sponsor: YSS (Youth Services)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

At the Movies with Librarians VIII: Books of Future Past
Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland; Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Kim Dearth, Wonewoc Public Library; Erin Foley, Adams County Library, Adams
Location: Evergreen

Back by popular demand! The panel will be discussing popular books being made into movies in mid to late 2017. We will screen the trailers for these films and talk about how well (or how poorly) we think these books will translate to the screen. Get to know some of the books that will be coming out as movies soon! We'll have popcorn!
Sponsor: WISL (Small Libraries)

Flip the Children's Space: A Face Lift for Kids?
Patricia S. Becker, Barron Public Library; Susan Queiser 
Location: Harvest

A 13-month journey to redesign a 103-year-old Carnegie space into one that would encourage families and patrons to stay awhile and explore. Changes included the creation of a subject bin in the picture book collection, going to a hybrid version of Dewey Light (bye-bye numbers!), a remodel with new desk and shelf tops, weeding, creating open spaces, and the creation of a Tween area and collection.
Sponsor: WISL (Small Libraries)

Health and Wellness @ The Library
Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Iowa City, Iowa
Location: Frontier

A recent Pew study found that health is second most searched for information online. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution. We will provide an overview of health information needs and some no-cost resources from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Sponsor: RASS (Reference & Adult Services)

My Remote Stacks: Lessons from Virtual Reference
Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage District Library, Portage, Michigan
Location: Stonefield

Nicolette estimates that she has done 11,000 hours of chat reference at the national cooperative level since 2004. During this time, she has been a/the reference librarian on staff for hundreds of different public and academic libraries across the US and UK, virtually all of which she has never set foot in. She now considers any library other than her own, her “remote” stacks.  So can you.
Sponsor: RASS (Reference & Adult Services)

Teach and Be Taught: Teens in Your Library
Emily Sanders,  Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay 
Location: Woodland

A year ago, the presenter embarked on the greatest adventure (so far) of her career: starting a Teen Advisory Board.  She was terrified of all the possibilities. What if it failed? What if it succeeded? What if no one came? WHAT IF EVERYONE CAME!? Join Emily Sanders, the Teen Services Coordinator at Barrett Memorial Library, as she tells stories from the inside, offers concrete program ideas, shares her philosophy with working with teens (Teach and Be Taught) and even hear from the teens themselves.  No matter your library’s size, you’re sure to discover something your teens have in common with hers!
Sponsor: YSS (Youth Services)

WLTF Leadership Meeting 
Edgar (Skip) Mosshamer, LibrariesFirst, Williams Bay
Location: Trillium 

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

PLSR Community Conversation Night!

Hosted by the PLSR Steering Committee
Location: Expo 2

The Public Library System Redesign process may lead to significant changes for how coordinated services are provided to public libraries.  We know there are concerns and questions about this process and its potential results, so please come to hear more about some concerns, share your own questions and concerns.  Some questions we might talk about: What does the goal of more equitable services mean for libraries across the state?  Will there still be library systems and, if not, what will keep libraries connected as they currently are? What might this all mean for our colleagues at systems and other organizations and agencies that currently provide coordinated services to libraries?  How might changes be implemented without causing chaos?  Will any changes really happen?  We sincerely hope you will register for this important event to discuss concerns and questions with participants from the PLSR process.  Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available.
Sponsor: PLSR (Public Library System Redesign)


5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

YSS Leadership Meeting
Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers
Location: Evergreen

Youth Services Section will host a meeting to discuss upcoming YSS business. Open to the YSS members, new members always welcome.
Sponsor: YSS (Youth Services)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tour of the Great Northern Distilling Company of Plover 
The company uses local ingredients from within a 150 mile radius of Portage County to produce Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka and other products at their local facility.   Join WAPL friends for a 45 minute tour, including a walkthrough of the entire process and sample the spirits they are making.
The cost is $10 and includes transportation to and from the conference hotel; bus will depart at 6:30 in front of the Holiday Inn Hotel.

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Leadership Meeting and Business Meeting
Jacqueline Rammer, Lakeview Community Library, Random Lake 
Location: Evergreen