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WLA 2008: The Role of Digitization in Enhancing Knowledge Discovery

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Krystyna Matusiak from UW-Milwaukee Libraries presented a session on how the UWM libraries have gone about creating their digital collection. She provided the attendees with a number of tips, suggestions, and lessons learned.The UW Libraries digital collection is comprised of 16 different collections, 35,000 objects that include photos (slides, prints, negatives), maps and text (yearbooks, monographs, manuscripts).Strategies in Collection Building:Single source collectionsan entire collection is convertedworks better with small collectionsSelected by formatsuch as all maps or all photostip: if you are digitizing photos you might not to do everyone of them if there are photos that very similarbecause this way makes sense it is often the chosen methodHybrid projectsitem are selected from several source collectionsmultiple formats integrated into one collectionthis method is most popular with the user because it is based on a topicBenefits of DigitizationAccessovercomes geographic and time boundariesallows for access to rare collectionsenables access to inaccessible formats such as...

WLA 2008: Marketing as a Team Sport

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One of the conference featured speakers, Peggy Barber, presented the session "Marketing as a Team Sport". This well attended session provided a great deal of information that every library could and should use. Peggy was very kind to provide WLA with a PDF of her handout, so if you were unable to attend the session you can find a good deal of the information she presented to us online at: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/postconf/documents/BARBER_Marketing_TeamSport_11.6.08.pdfI will just provide a few of the added tips that she gave to those in attendance.One of the key items that was talked about in the session was the communication plan. This plan should be a couple of page long and should plan for no more than a year out. The plan should consist of the following:Introductionhow does the communication plan relate to the strategic plan?Goalsthe dream, this can just be one big goalObjectivesshould measurable/doable. Again start with a one...

WLA 2008: Keeping it all Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management

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Bill Doering from UW-La Crosse Murphy Library presented on the Access database that he created to manage the increasing number of licensed electronic resources. The database tracks everything from vendor contacts, passwords, journal subscriptions to database payment information and much more.Bill started off reviewing what an ERMs (Electronic Resource Managment Systems) is and they can do for you:Provide contact information when a product is down.Help you keep track of what e-resources will be up for renewal.Help you to forecast e-resources expenditures for the next year.Provide you with cost over time for a productBecause commercial ERMs can cost tens of thousands he decided to build one for UW-La Crosse and has made it available to any library to download for free. It can be downloaded at http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/erm/. The web site includes a download for the current version and instructions. Bill only asks that you let him know that you will be using...

WLA 2008: Discussing Leadership: An Open Forum with Library Directors

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A panel discussion by Peter Gilbert (Director of Seeley G. Mudd Library), Carrie Kruse (Director of College Library, UW-Madison) and Lysianne Unruh (Director, Mount Horeb Public Library). Moderated by Anna Lewis (UW-Madison).This, standing room only, session was a started off my the moderator Anna Lewis who asked the panel to share how participants ended up in the leadership roles they are in today and what the best piece of advice they were given. While their career paths are interesting, all English majors turned librarians, I won't take space here for that, but rather share the advice they were given.Peter Gilbert:Appear to be judicious regardless of how you feel.Do a twice daily walk around the building.Say "It will be ok."Listen to staff more than you talk.Lead by example.Lysianne Unruh:Believe in the good, that people are doing their very best.Hire good people.Learn to let go - Use the 80/20 rule. Do the 20%...
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WLA 2008: The Cross Generational Workforce

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My first session of the 2008 conference was The Cross Generational Workforce presented by Rachel Singer Gordon, author of The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide. Rachel started off her presentation telling a family story about how one day her husband was given an egg on a plate of pasta. Not sure why he was given egg he asked his mother "why an egg?" The response (not an explanation) was "Everybody likes an egg". Now while this story brought back memories of my Italian family and the many times I got an egg, the point was that we often do things without knowing why and that even when someone asks why respond with "Everybody Likes an Egg". This was the first of many things that hit home for me during this well paced and presented session.The session was about how we can all work across generations. We need to start with the idea...

WLA 2008: Genealogy and Local History Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society

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A presentation by Rick Pifer, Director of Reference and Public Services, Library/Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society.Richard Pifer said about genealogy info at WHS, "Start with the premise that yep, we have it."Range of resources available at the WHS -- a paper trail of cradle to grave records created about people:Births: registrations, baptismal records, announcement in newspapersChildhood records: school records, attendance records from rural schoolhouses, school censusMarriage records: newspaper announcementsProperty records - deeds (most are in the county Register of Deeds office)Tax records - assessment rolls & tax rolls for 19th & 20th centuryCensusDivorce records - through the Circuit Court case files (date range varies on the county which provides the records)Prison recordsNaturalization records - 19th century to 1980'sDeath registration, church burial records, newspaper obituary, probate records, wills, probate case filesWHS has genealogy info on:WisconsinU.S.CanadaLocal history records:local historiesnewspapers - huge collection, perhaps 2nd only to the Library of Congress; largest Native American...

MATS Blogging the 2008 WAPL Conference

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The 2008 WAPL Conference will be a great place to be, but I know not everyone can get away to Stevens Point on April 30th-May 2nd. Good news -- WLA Media and Technology Section (MATS) members Terry Dawson & Joy Schwarz will be posting their notes about conference programs & sessions here on the WLA blog. In addition, Tasha Saecker will be blogging about WAPL programs at Sites & Soundbytes, and Nichole Fromm will be posting her WAPL musings at nichole's auxiliary storage and photos at jumbledpile's photostream....

WAAL 2008: Standardization of Interlibrary Lending (ILL)

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Standards-based ILLTerry Wilcox, Reference and Loan LibraryBob Shaw, WiLS• Directors don’t want to know more about ILL, just want it to work• We’re using standards all the time, we just don’t know it• Whenever you search an online database – it’s built on standards - the way it looks for a title, author, ISBN, etc.• Standards are confusing, so no one talks about themWhy do we have standards?• Helps software programs talk to eachother• Help you retrieve information in a way you can understand• Z39.50 – with Wiscat license (vs. free interface), you can see a lot of resources – takes you into other institution’s online catalog• Can be developed by different companies, as long as use standards – allows searches across multiple catalogs and databases – can make ILL request• State agency - we have to re-bid our projects at least every 5 years, regardless of whether there’s another vendor...

WAAL 2008: Diversity and Undergrad Internship Programs

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"ISIP: Diversity and the Information Specialist Internship Program at the UW-Madison"Keisha Simpson, Jeanne Witte, Lisa Saywell, Carrie Krusehttp://www.library.wisc.edu/jobs/isip.htmlWhy an internship program?Diversify future of the professionAdmin support - $$$ - so we can pay the internsProvide variety of work experiences to spark interestAbout the ISIP programWork 8-10 hours/week within regular business hours - librarian supervisors are volunteeringInitially, thought 4 modules/year - now varying 1 16-week and 2 8-week modules - gives time to recruit both interns and supervisorsBreadth and depth - balanced experienceHow recruit? Partnered with other diversity programs on campus, able to target 2nd-3rd year students - able to get many applicants - also went to student fairs, get it out there in front of students and staff - wanted to get on radarKeisha is one of our 1st interns - very valuable feedback to improveNot necessarily a goal for students to go on to LIS grad school and profession -...

WAAL 2008: User Surveys: Cost-effective Marketing Strategies

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Larry Duerr and Dolores Skowronek, Alverno CollegeCost-effective Marketing StrategiesBoth of us are on campus library marketing committeePrevious committee members were more interested in promoting internally through bulletin boards, etc.International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science: "Marketing represents an organized way of offering library services cost-effectively and efficiently, baesd upon user interests, communication methods, imaginative design of service and products, and feedback that improves what the library is doing."Rather than pulling an idea out of a hat and saying, "let's try this" - we needed data on our usersLast time we'd gathered data like this was 10 years agoInfo we wanted to gather: frequency of library use, demographics, reality of student tech proficiency vs. their self-assessment, satisfaction level with libraryData gathering & statistical analysisProbability sampling - better option but requires more understanding of statistics, and more funds - everyone has same chance of being surveyed - yields statistically measurable resultsNon-probability sampling -...

WAAL 2008: Reinventing the Library Class Session

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Eliot Finkelstein, Carrie Nelson, Trisha Prosise (UW-Madison's College Library)Background "One-shots" - single 50-minute sessions - many, many of us teach theseLibrary instruction "module" is integrated by mandate into certain required courses at UW-Madison2006: 4,300 students get online tutorial followed by 50-minute sessionLibrarians were repeating content in tutorial and in-person sessions - taking up timeGot to a point that script was a Frankenstein's monster, after multiple re-writesStarted with desired outcomes, rather than jumping into the "fun part"Literature search - Deb Gilchrist (assessment expert)Bloom's taxonomy - set 7 learning outcomesDemonstration3 volunteers from audience were taught in the old way (told how to complete all the steps, then did it), then 3 volunteers that had been waiting in the hallway were taught in the new way (why this might be important to you, you won't be able to do it correctly the first time, but I'll step in to talk you through it)Scenario: How...

WAAL 2008: RapidILL at the UW-Madison

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Eric Robinson (WiLS) and Heather Weltin (UW-Madison)RapidILL is excellent - http://rapidill.org/ "It isn't the software that makes this work, it's the mindset"Fill rate is 95% within 24 hours turnaround = convenienceCuts out multiple steps to save time = efficiencyReloads (updates) your holding records for you = accuracyThere have only been a couple hours when system was down, since October 2007Soon, all you'll need is Odyssey, which is freeTechnically, you don't even need an ILL system to use RapidILLNot for book loans or book chapters, just for journal articlesWhy did we purchase it?No budget increase since 1999-2000 biennium budgetUW-Madison library budget is lowest in the Big 1040,000 students, physically large campus, with dozens of librariesMemorial Library ILL "shop" specific; our health sciences library uses it separatelyJanuary 2007 we consolidated our 6 ILL shops into 3RapidILL searching and processing faster than anything we had beforeUnmediated RapidILL would have no staff intervention on campus...

WAAL 2008: Next generation virtual reference

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Steve Frye, UW-Madison College LibraryMark Beatty, WiLSValerie Beech, Marquette UniversityJohn Jentz, Marquette UniversityIM/chat at UW-Madison, and future of virtual referenceSteve:UW-Madison started online reference in 2002 with Convey softwareNeeded to change software, and thought we'd look at new vendorsInstead, library powers that be asked us to look at virtual reference as a whole first2006 started with blended service (chat/IM)"Ask a Librarian" link ubiquitous throughout library webpagesDecided early on that service would be staffed at desks, with staff of various levelsNeeded to be stable, and simple - if needed more than 5 minutes of training, too muchVideo: watching collaboration on virtual ref between reference staffChoosing software - some useful websitesWill add Chat button within OPAC when "no results found"Discussion btw. Writing Center, IT, libraries, tutoring service re: creating virtual Information CommonsUsing Jing - free to download, screencasting for multi-step processes, free online hosting with URLs you can send patronTakes 7 steps to order...

WAAL 2008: Integrating and assessing information literacy

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WAAL Information Literacy Award presentationDave Dettman, Coordinator of IL and Outreach, UW-Green BayUW System now looking at student learning assessment tools: iSkills, Project SAILS, ILTAssessing learning outcomes is more difficult for IL than subject areasHow well is IL integrated into the curriculum at your campus?"Assessment Loop" - want to complete all steps (goals, measurement, etc.), and close the loop (set new goals) - funders want to see thisAccreditation agencies starting to look at IL-related skillsFaculty had been afraid of IL - confusing it with technology literacy - can student use x piece of software/hardware?We've been doing "one-shot" instruction sessions for a long time - faculty are used to thisNeeded to document students' poor understanding of IL concepts for faculty who think that students have these skillsNeed to approach library databases differently than the Wild West Web, not in same way that you'd ask one another a questionAction plan: Make failure visible,...

WAAL 2008: Where are we? Academic librarianship in Wisco

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Panelists:Kim LaPlante, Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeMary Rieder, UW CollegesEd Van Gemert, UW-MadisonPat Wilkinson, UW-OshkoshPete Gilbert, Lawrence UniversityModerator: Gretchen Revie, Lawrence UniversityRole of library in higher education todayKim:WI Tech Coll system served 400,000 students last yearNWTC 43,000+ students, 6,000 FTEEducation: what you want, how you want it, where you want it#1 teaching IL skills - find, evaluate, use - librarian is most important resource in the library#2 gather materials - not so much in-house, but provide access; currency (ex: nursing or computer tech within past few years); get copyright permission to put online; video streaming online; cover many counties so has to be widely available#3 fostering innovation; disseminate to admin and faculty re: trends, directions to take, grantsMary:Similar to Tech Coll, with multiple campuses/libraries (13) across state; 50 library staff (~3/library, not all FT)Lots to do, little staff time to do itLarge and growing online student population (1,100 now)Undergrad support vs....

WAAL 2008: Gary Price keynote

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Gary Price Presentation: http://tinyurl.com/4xqhqnResourceShelf.comStarted this siteUpdated daily, even during his honeymoon!Calls himself an "intropreneur"It's one thing to have a website, and it's another thing to keep people coming to your websiteRSS isn't as widely-used as people think it is - many people don't know what it is or how to use itI send out a weekly email reminder - everyone still knows what it is25-50 names added to email list a week - up to 50,000 subscribers (?)Information overloadDocuticker.comStarted this site, maintained by Shirl KennedyReports from think tanks, government agencies, universities, etc.Also updated daily, with weekly e-mail remindersPeople tell me that the only reason they come is the teaser email message: "This is a little bit of what we've posted this week..."Both sites popular with journalistsComes down to using the right tool at the right time: online tools, books, licensed databasesMany people have no idea what the library of today or...

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: The 411 on Mashups

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The 411 on Mashupsa presentation by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Seeley G Mudd Library, Lawrence UniversityJulie's bookmarks that include links for her presentation: http://del.icio.us/wlamasha mashup gets info from more than one sourcethe first mashups were primarily using mapsphoto and social is where the most growth is happening in the last 6 monthshttp://programmableweb.com/why are mashups a big deal?easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulateHow do I make a mashup?add this app -- Facebook apps; iGoogleclone -- Yahoo Pipesprogram...

WLA 2007: The 411 on Mashups

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Presented by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Lawrence University.Mashups are applications that use more than one source to create something new. Mapping mashups are about 32% of what's out there right now, but photo and news mashups are becoming more popular. Check the Programmable Web for more info.Mashups are:easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulatethe future of web stuffExamples:Facebook: The Visual BookshelfGoogle Maps APIDaily MashupNewsmapBook CarouselPlaceopediaUSGS Earthquake HazardChicago Crime StatisticsHousing MapSuprGlu (FrickeGlu)Frappr (blogginglibrarians)How do I make one?add this app (point & click - like iGoogle's widgets, Facebook apps)clone (yahoo pipes is an example)program (server side - Google API for example)Implications for libraries:Intellectual property: know when you can use the data or site, so you're not violating copyright; make sure you know when it's okay to remixCopyright: check for Creative Commons licensesProvenance: pay attention to the origin of the info and authorityScale and dependency: can you get support for using...
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WLA 2007: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricks

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Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricksa presentation by John Leonard Berg, Coordinator of Public Services, Karrmann Library, UW-Plattevillebegin with some proof that you're in the right place, headed down the right family linestarting with an obituary to find cluesWhy did people immigrate from Europe in the 1850's?religious freedommilitary service; "Sons of the Soil" were expected to serve in the militaryindustrializationtaxationeconomic stagnationpopulation growthunstable political situationsinheritance laws -- in some areas only the oldest son could inherit land, so siblings would need to marry into another family or live on as a kind of servant to the eldest; in some cases the land could not be "parceled out" to divide among the children"American letters"; people who emigrated to America wrote to those still in Europe; if someone had already made the journey it provided some motivationsolicitation -- businesses needed manpower to work on railroads, in the factories & homestead land (the...