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Well, I hope everyone made it home safely. Rick K. and I had a pleasant trip back across the state, enjoying the beautiful late fall weather. Russ Feingold did, in fact, appear and delivered a rousing address, describing librarians as "warriors" in the battle to protect privacy and civil liberties. We gave him four or five standing ovations and generally "showed him the love" as Dave Weinberg-Kinsey would say. Finally, a big WLA thank you to Kelly Krieg-Sigman and the entire conference committee. They did a terrific job on behalf of the entire association and we appreciate it. Thanks, guys....
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Thursday pm:

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Louise got us brainstorming in the afternoon: what do we value about libraries? who do we want to tell? how are we going to tell them? what stories are we going to tell? It got me thinking about all the cool things libraries mean to so many different people -- it's not just what libraries do for people but what libraries mean: they're a refuge, a place for independent learning, a jumping off point for new adventures, a place of hope and imagination and community.... The last session I attended today was, "Throw Me a Life Rope! Record Retention Strategies for Public Libraries and Public Library Systems" presented by Anita Taylor Doering, archivist at La Crosse Public, with the help of the ad hoc committee that developed the draft records retention schedule. Basically, this was a chance for the committee to talk about what they had done and to get some...
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  • nichole says #
    I really enjoyed Thursday's Knit 1, Purl 2 panel, and judging from the size of the crowd, so did many, many others!Now for a littl...
  • Rick says #
    The fundraiser at the City Brewery was a fun event. Everyone I talked to had a good time, and the Octoberfest Singers were wonder...

Friday morning:

Posted by Lisa Strand
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Nothing like starting the day with a business meeting. The Library Research Round Table is a small but sincere group dedicated to supporting and promoting library research (duh) -- and we always have entertaining business meetings. LRRT sponsored or cosponsored 5 programs at this year's conference -- close to the record, I'm sure. One of the programs we sponsored was "MLIS Student Perceptions on Field Work Experience" in which Elizabeth Buchanan and Stephanie Reister presented some research about how fieldwork works out for MLIS students. The audience was a good mix of LIS faculty, students, practitioners, and people who had supervised fieldwork, so we had an interesting discussion. Generally, fieldwork seems to be a good thing but opinions are divided about whether or not it should be required. My own reference practicum at Middleton Health Sciences Library (about a hundred years ago) was very positive for me, but now I wonder...
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Thursday morning:

Posted by Lisa Strand
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on Thursday, October 27, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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It was foggy and cold this morning in La Crosse, but once the fog burned off it became a gorgeous day. Started out this morning at Kathy Pletcher's talk on "Leading to Excellence." As usual, her talk was well organized, well presented, and filled with good advice about becoming a better leader and manager. She recommended a couple of books, "Breaking the Rules," and "Good to Great" about excellence in management. Followed that with Fred Heath's presentation about LibQUAL+, the library services evaluation tool. We've talked about using it at our library and it was good to find out more about it from "the source." One of the points he made was, "Only customers judge quality; all other judgments are essentially irrelevant." The idea of having some standard data that can be compared with other school's data is very apealing. His presentation is available at http://webspace.utexas.edu/fh355/www/ (select the Wisconsin La Crosse...
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    Thanks, Pete, for documenting the conference in blogland. It amazes me how many things are coming together here. I am very encou...

Blog the Conference!

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on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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It's lunchtime on day 1 of WLA 2005 in sunny La Crosse. I'm hiding out in a corner with our laptop and wireless connection. Conferences seem to be mainly about meetings and programs -- but they're really about catching up with your colleagues. I made the point in my program (first thing this morning) that the convergence of events in 1876 (the founding of ALA, the founding of Library Journal, the publication of the 1876 Report, Public Libraries in the United States...) meant that, for really the first time, library workers actually had colleagues they could communicate with and ask questions of and get information from. Now we take that kind of communication for granted, but then it was a new thing. So I'm going to programs, but also doing the "schmooze-o-rama" in the hallways and Exhibit Hall. I attended a program this morning called "Where Have All the Journals Gone?...
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  • nichole says #
    Woo! Good to see a conference post. Here's to more!