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WAAL09: Fake it 'til you make it with government documents

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"Fake it 'til you make it with government documents"Nancy Mulhern, Wisconsin Historical SocietyMichael Current, UW LacrosseUsa.gov (was First.gov)-- Top choice for starting points-- Yahoo type subject directory-- Official search engine for free government websites (plus images, news, maps...)-- Faceted search-- For popular, current information retrievalWisconsin.gov-- News-- Subjects-- Agency index-- Search engine-- For popular, current information retrievalGoogle.com/unclesam-- Searches .gov, .mil, and other U.S. federal, state, and local (?) sites-- May use less now that Usa.gov is so goodCatalogs:-- CGP: Catalog of U.S. Government Publications = http://catalog.gpo.gov (was "the monthly catalog") - supposed to include all pubs back to 1976 - use Ex Libris' Aleph software - SuDoc sorting works!-- Worldcat.org, WisCat, BadgerCat-- Local library catalogOfficial access:-- www.GPOaccess.gov - supports their own staff too - documents by government branch - moving over to FDsys (Federal Digital System) which is already live - full text search (faceted) of unaltered official versions - currently back...

WAAL09: Public Records in E-Mail and Winning Strategies for Managing Them

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"Public Records in e-Mail and Winning Strategies for Managing Them"Amy Moran, WI Dept. AdministrationNancy Kunde, retired UW-Madison Records Officer - starting as adjunct professor for SJSU in FallOpen Records/Sunshine Law: "...all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs..." What needs to be retained? Public record = documentation of public decisions and transactions. Gets into area of "appraisal" - setting value of records Why save? Administrative, legal, financial, historic, and research reasons May only be disposed when authorized by an approved RDA (Records Disposition Authorization) Most public records now generated electronically Program area determines retention needs - IT has custodial responsibility Content determines record status: does it: interpret or execute policy? record important meetings? document accountability? facilitate department actions/processes? convey an action? support a transaction? support or convey a decision? Email in the workplace: Continues to grow Attachments getting larger ~93% of all incoming email is unsolicited Most...

WAAL09: Tapping the Creative Spirit to Spur Innovation

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"Tapping the Creative Spirit to Spur Innovation"Kathryn Deiss, ACRL Content Strategisthttp://kathryndeiss.pbwiki.com/ - presentation postedHow do you develop a creative environment?New stuff - how do we get it? Depend on creative part of the mind - how tap it?Who's creative? Audience: everyone, (usually people say: musicians, artists, writers)"Creative Inventions" lightning round (60 seconds) - create an invention using your card and someone else's (items like: ping pong balls, wind chimes, empty 35mm film canister, thermos, bubble-blowing kit, milk crate, waffle iron, gerbil wheel, whistling tea kettle, cassette tape player, cell phone, water pitcher, bicycle helmet, corkscrew, wallet, measuring spoons, compass, slinky, cupcake liners, camera, mousetrap, spray paint, ice cube tray, mickey mouse ears, bandana, zipper, skateboard)Everyone is creative - process of generating novel ideas that are likely to be usefulCreative process:Difficulty = we don't know where we are:problem/opportunity > divergent thinking > convergent thinking > decision pointMost people truncate early part, and...
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WAAL09: Transformative Technology: Screencasting and the Use of Jing at UW-Madison

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Transformative Technology: Screencasting and the Use of Jing at UW-MadisonSteve Frye & Ian Benton, College Library at UW-Madisonhttp://www.jingproject.com/ - quick downloadWe're not here because we work for Techsmith - more interested in how this technology can change what we do - link on handout to comparison of screencasting toolsWhat do you think of when you hear "transformative technology"? Changes what you do, or how you do it; NOT hype - it's use is immediately apparentExamples from audience: internet, e-mail, online circulation / OPAC, telephones, automobile, IMWhat are the steps for changing a tire? Those who know in the audience list steps - so everyone else can now change a tire, right? I think we just need more information - Steve explains in detail using all kinds of words that most people probably don't know - now how many people could do it? OK, let's try YouTube... - now how many people...

WAAL09: Tale (Tail) of the Tyger

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Tale (Tail) of the TygerRev. Dr. David Joyce, President of Ripon College What do you think of when you hear "Ripon"? Harrison Ford, Rippin' Good cookies, and now "The bike thing"Goal: Appreciate the worth in yourself and others so that you can influence and create your own future We spend too much time picking things apart, and not enough time putting things together "Nothing endures but change" - Heraclitus (500 B.C.) The rules are changing in this economy - old ways of doing things don't necessarily work - can't just look to the past - it used to be that if stocks were down, then bonds were up - not right now! Fear-based decision-making:We instill fear in others to control what they do or don't doHow much do we do or not do because we're afraid of what might happen? Transformational Process:May be considered "inefficient" because time intensive - I meet...

WAAL09: Digitization on Demand: ILL Operations Participating in Institutional Digitization

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"Digitization on Demand: ILL Operations Participating in Institutional Digitization"Angela Milock, Laura Rizzo, Eric Robinson - WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services)How it all began... WiLS was already scanning masters theses, special collections, etc. for document delivery - thought they could start saving their scanned documents to make them available to everyone Models? Found existing Digitization-on-Demand (DOD) and Print-on-Demand (POD) programs at other institutions - Cornell, Penn State, U Michigan Where deposit? UW Digital Collections - http://minds.wisconsin.edu/, Google Books & CIC Hathi Trust > OPACWhich items to digitize? Started with: Special collections, Music Library Turnaround time? Walked through detailed workflow; appears to be faster for ILL to do it than Digital Content Group (therefore, less expensive) Partnerships? Special collections, some institutions with Kirtas/Booksurge/Amazon Paying for service? WiLS mainly emulated Michigan: cost passed on to requester, posted per page cost, $30-160; Cornell: Amazon ($20-40, 1-4 days); Penn: $26 paperback; WiLS just tries to cover costs;...

WLA 2007: What's Toxic in Your Neighborhood?

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"It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment." - Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands campaign, 1982   I work at a federal depository library with a collection of over 1.5 million technical reports of research funded by the EPA, DOD, DOE, DOT, NASA and other government agencies; I attended this session to learn how to better use our resources and serve our patrons. I also have a background in conservation biology, so this topic was right up my alley. Michael Watkins, Head of Government Documents at UW-Oshkosh's Polk Library, did a great job of connecting what could be seen as 'dry data' to his own personal history as a child growing up in Oshkosh, as well as local, national and world history. He also shared a keen understanding of the many interacting...

WLA 2007: WisconsinEye.com

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The first I learned of this new C-SPAN-like broadcasting network was from the WLA conference brochure's directory of exhibitors, two days ago: "WisconsinEye is a statewide public affairs network providing independent, nonpartisan coverage of community and civic life, beginning with gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government in Madison."Then Thursday morning, Bonnie Shucha at WisBlawg passed along an announcement of the partnership between WisconsinEye and BadgerNet, the state's network of "voice, data, and video services to state agencies, local governments, UW campuses, technical colleges, private colleges and universities, public and private K-12 schools, and libraries."When I made it into the exhibit hall for the first time late Thursday afternoon, it was my intention to seek out the WisconsinEye booth and find out a bit more about this venture. I found Chris Long, President & CEO, ready to talk, with a back-drop of streaming news playing on both their website and a television,...

WLA 2007: Non-Profit Marketing: What I Should Know about Marketing That My Mother Wouldn't Tell Me

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At every conference, I seek out those sessions related to assessment, quality improvement, and promotion, because I'm the marketing coordinator for my library, and I serve on the campus-wide library marketing committee for the UW-Madison. I've also been toying with the idea of pursuing an MBA at some point, with a focus on marketing. Sometimes, I come away thinking "I could have taught that," but this time I definitely came away with new concepts.I love it when non-librarians are invited to present at library conferences, because we really can benefit from others' expertise and perspectives. "Non-Profit Marketing" was presented by Don McCartney, a Senior Lecturer of Business Administation at UW-Green Bay, who has some experience working with libraries on marketing issues."Marketing is manipulative... in a good way!"McCartney started out by asking the question, "How many of you have seen an ad?" - of course, that meant everyone in the room....

WLA 2007: Library Conference Planning 101: Backs to the WAAL

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As a newbie to the WAAL 2008 planning committee, I couldn't believe my luck. An entire session on planning the WAAL conference, by members of last year's committee!I was so impressed by these folks - they put a lot of good energy and work into coordinating a successful conference, and they clearly had fun doing it. Oh, and not only that, but they put that same amount of energy and fun into this session. They even brought a basket of candy for attendees, and gave out door prizes! Wow.They had tons of practical tips and words of wisdom to share:Committee member pins and t-shirts ("It will be okay... I promise") helped establish team camaraderieGet to know your conference site staff, and show appreciationIn-house program booklet is a lot of work and versioning can be difficult, but saves moneyConference headquarters room for committee members is helpfulMost program applications will come within...

WLA 2007: David Maraniss keynote

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I discovered as I was about to blog my first event of the conference that a) my laptop battery is dead, so I need to keep it plugged in to type; and b) wireless access is password-protected in the conference rooms. I couldn't do anything about the former situation, but was happily able to get the login info from conference center staff later in the day.----------------------------------------I've missed all of David Maraniss' speaking engagements in Madison since *They Marched into Sunlight* was published, so I was pleased to see that he'd be the keynote speaker at this year's WLA conference. He didn't disappoint!On libraries and his family... "My dad always said his church was the public library."On a writer's life... "50% is boring - you have to sit in a chair and write. The other half is exciting!"Maraniss recounted his visits to about a dozen formal libraries and archives, plus informal collections...

WLA 2007: Green Bay Press Gazette

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Library conference draws 1,000 to KI Convention CenterThe Green Bay Press GazetteComments are enabled for this article... leave a message!...