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WAPL 2019 Conference


Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center
10101 Market Street
Rothschild, WI 54474

Holiday Inn & Suites
1000 Imperial Avenue
Rothschild, WI 54474


7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Country Buffet Breakfast
Grand Ballroom

7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Expo Hall Commons

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Building Issues They Didn't Teach in Library School  
Gerard Saylor, LD Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills; Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander Public Library

Librarians often find themselves responsible for handling a slew of building matters they were not trained for.  You never imagined your library career meant dealing with toilet troubles, remodeling projects or being asked to catch live bats.  How many hats can you wear—insurance, general contracting, IT department head, beautification committee and security?  Just how do you deal?  Can you truly plan for every contingency?  Find out in this session, where we’ll talk about our experiences and discuss some of yours.

Don't Sit Still! Music, Yoga, and Dance in Your Preschool Storytimes
Katie Castel, Neenah Public Library; Donna Leicht, formerly of Neenah Public Library 

Neenah Public Library has added 75 little "jitterbugs" each week to learn pre-literacy skills while moving and having fun. Grown up participation is high for these storytimes. Come share the experience while participating in two of these movement-centered storytimes. The music appreciation storytime, "Bach to Rock," introduces preschool children to all styles of music, rhythm instruments, bubble and parachute time, and joy abounds. Yoga storytime, "Bookworm Yoga," focuses on preshoolers stretching and breathing, using the stretchy band, autoharp, rain stick and geosphere. Each week a special book is read and accompanied by relevant poses.

Help Your Patrons Cut the Cable Cord  
Leah Gentry, Menomonee Falls Public Library

Cable Cutting continues to be a big trend as many consumers face ever-increasing charges to have cable TV in their homes. Many of our patrons may need guidance on this issue, and we can help! Learn how to help them find answers to questions like: How do I get Netflix, Hulu or another streaming service on my TV? What about live events like sports and news? What exactly is Sling TV? You could use this info to construct your own Cut the Cable Cord class or to inform yourself just in case you get these questions at your service desks.

Love in the Stacks: Romance Novels in the 21st Century Library  
Jacqueline Rammer, Lakeview Community Library, Random Lake

Jacqueline Rammer will provide a riveting explanation of the history of romance novels and talk about why they are so popular to today's patrons. She will explain tips and tricks for promoting them and give a rundown of popular subgenres of romance. You will leave the program with an advanced knowledge of the romance genre and with the tools necessary to make your patrons feel welcome reading romance, along with information about collection development for the genre.

Making Space: Rethinking Your Library  
Sue Ann Kucher, Reedsburg Public Library

What started as a refresh of a much-used space in Reedsburg's 20-year-old library led to so much more as staff were able to reimagine what spaces could and should be. Still very much a work in progress, the renovation of the Library Community Room helped reshape how staff think about our space and gave inspiration into programming spaces, storage, service desks and staff areas.

Show Me the $$$: Grant Writing 101  
Tracy Herold, Dane County Library Service, Madison

Need to write a grant proposal but don't know where to start? Tracy has you covered. She'll cover the basics of grant writing so you can start writing that outstanding proposal for your library. A successful grant proposal starts with two things: a clear idea and an understanding of the pieces you need to bring that idea to fruition. This session will offer an overview of the grant-writing process and give you the tools to think through your idea to make it as strong as possible. Come with a proposal you want to complete and let's get writing!

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Poster Session and Break
Expo Hall Commons

Leadership Development Institute  
Annie  Bahringer, Hustisford Community Library

For three days in August, WLA sponsors the Leadership Development Institute.  Come to ask questions and learn more about this intensive leadership workout: what to expect from the institute and why this is an important resource for upcoming leaders.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

From Seeds to Subs: Strengthening Community Engagement in Wisconsin's Public Libraries  
Shannon Schultz, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison 

In 2018, the Public Library Development team contracted Russell Consulting, Inc., to conduct a thorough needs assessment of public libraries in Wisconsin and to help address the community engagement goals of the LSTA Five-Year Plan for Wisconsin 2018-2022. The final report, completed in Fall of 2018, provided the team with a list of recommendations for strengthening community engagement in Wisconsin's public libraries, for both DPI and public library systems. In this session, the presenters will review the final report and welcome feedback from attendees, including prioritization of the recommendations.

Hidden Gems: Local Wisconsin Authors  
Clairellyn  Sommersmith, Princeton Public Library

The Awards Committee, both Children's and Adults, read a lot of books each year. A lot! And they are all by Wisconsin authors. During their many years combing through the best and brightest, members of the committee have collected the names of some authors who may or may not be familiar, but all of which will delight, surprise, educate or entertain your patrons. Come hear these bios of Wisconsin authors, writing across all genres and ages.  If you are looking to promote more local authors, or if you are looking for Wisconsin authors for your next community read, this is the program for you.

Leading Without Being the Boss: The Art of Managing Up  
Jane Wray, CESA Purchasing, Whitewater

Presenting ideas, requesting funding, and proposing new policies or procedures can be difficult when you are not "the boss."  We often have the thought that we will be shot down or not present our idea/need correctly and will not get the plan of action off the ground.  Jane will speak about Managing UP and how to see your ideas as solutions instead of requests.  This concept is based on the books Thank You for Being Late, Dare to Lead and Leading Without Authority.  Problem solving is meeting the needs at all levels.

Money As You Grow  
Mary Ann Schilling, UW-Madison Extension; Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library; Shelley Tidemann, Fond du Lac County

Children learn about money from talking to adults and watching how others spend, save, share and borrow money. UW-Extension educators have created Parent Guides for popular children's books about money. The presenters will share how to obtain free copies of the guides for your community, share program ideas and discuss how you can partner with your local UW-Extension educators.

Small Library, Big Changes  
Abby Armour, Johnson Creek Public Library

Being the director of a small library is tough! From being program creator to head of youth services to principal cataloger and everything in between, library directors in small, rural libraries have to meet an astonishing variety of demands. Abby learned this the hard way when she became director of the public library in Johnson Creek, a town of less than 3,000 people in southern Wisconsin. Despite plenty of obstacles, in only one year she re-organized the collections for better patron access, built new and beneficial relationships with the community, increased circulation by 7% and refreshed the entire space using only donations. In this presentation, Abby shares tips on how she survived her first year as a director and insights into how she grew the library in the process.

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium: It's More Than Just OverDrive!  
Melody Clark, WiLS, Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison; Andrea Coffin, WiLS, Madison

Did you know that the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) is not just OverDrive? Do you ever wonder about the other exciting resources that the WPLC offers? Come to this session to learn about some of the other WPLC projects like the historical newspaper project, BiblioBoard, the Wisconsin Author Project and more! You will also hear some fun facts about the WPLC's digital collection (including OverDrive) and get an update from the WPLC Annual Meeting.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Current Library Marketing Trends  
Jamie Matczak, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, Wausau; Jill Fuller, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Rebecca Schon Kilde, IFLS Library System, Eau Claire

Marketing is becoming more critical to the success of libraries of all sizes. In November of 2018, Rebecca, Jill and Jamie attended the Library and Marketing Communications Conference in St. Louis, MO, where top library marketers from across the country shared insights, case studies, tools and resources.  Hear about their top take-aways from the conference, how they are applying these concepts in their library systems and how you can use these marketing opportunities for your library.

Public Library System Redesign: The Next Phase  
John DeBacher, Department of Public Instruction, Madison

Update of what has occurred and what is planned following the delivery of the Steering Committee's report to the State Superintendent's office.

Rising to the Next Challenge: Administering NARCAN in Public Libraries  
Cindy Fesemyer, Board Member, Public Library Association, Chicago, IL, and Trustee, Madison Public Library; Jane Jorgenson, Hawthorne and Lakeview Branches, Madison Public Library; Shannon Schultz, Department of Public Instruction, Madison

Recently, Emergent BioSolutions announced that it will offer two free doses of the anti-overdose drug Narcan (naloxone) to any of the 16,568 public library locations in the United States. With overdoses happening every day across the country, public libraries of all sizes find themselves on the front line of the opioid crisis. This session will address many considerations for implementing such a program. It will also offer accounts from public libraries, including those who chose to implement a program and those who chose not to, and their reasons behind their decisions.

Sneak in the Vegetables: Computational Thinking & Connected Learning in Teen Services  
Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Caitlin Schaffer, Oconomowoc Public Library

You've all heard it before: "Coding is good for you!" "Make sure you have STEM and maker programs in your library!" But has anyone told you why? Computational Thinking (CT) is an important skill for 21st century teens, and you might already be sneaking it into your library services and programs, whether you know it or not. Learn how you can use Connected Learning to intentionally create programs teens really want that just so happen to include CT...BECAUSE IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!

Storming the Forts: Library Service on the Move!  
Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library; Kim Huber, Beloit Public Library; Jennifer Laatz, Beloit Public Library; Amy Mitchell, Beloit Public Library

In 2018, the Beloit Public Library began removing its traditional service desks (The Forts).  These were replaced with Service Points and, vitally, staff began to be cross-trained to handle 90% of customer questions, inquiries and needs.  This also meant the demolition of departments (Adult, Children's, Circulation and Technical Services) and a new infrastructure built around services (Library Services, Library Resources, and Programming and Partnerships).  Changes to the physical areas, staff areas and organizational structure came with a variety of challenges and successes.

The Beauty and Personal Growth of Doing Small Town Outreach to Confined Elderly Patrons  
Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Seymour; Debby Court, Muehl Public Library, Seymour

What started as visiting a local senior living facility twice monthly has lead to storytime with seniors, engaging conversations and event garnering a grant that allows for extra copies of the books to be left at the site! Debby will speak about how she runs the program and share very specific examples. Elizabeth will speak about the program from the perspective of her position as library director and supervisor.

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Image result for tracy chipmanLuncheon with Tracy Chipman, Storyteller
Grand Ballroom

As a storyteller, Tracy Chipman has been wondering, listening, gathering, spinning & telling tales around the US and beyond since 1995. Her repertoire is a wild and wide open global collection of folklore, wonder-wisdom tales, myth, personal narrative and original material.  Each tale is given/told with the intention of celebrating our shared humanity and remembering our connection to this planet-home, Earth.