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Support Staff Conference Schedule May 25, 2011

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The WLA Support Staff Section has scheduled its annual One-day Conference for library support staff from around the state, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. More information, including a registration form, will be available in early 2011....

Post-Election Strategy Session to Be Held at WLA Conference

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A budget year, a new governor, a “reconstituted” legislature, continuing revenue shortfalls: 2011 is shaping up to be a very challenging year for promoting a library agenda at both the state and federal level. Come join the WLA’s Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L) for a brief overview of election results and how they will impact the legislature's leadership and overall agenda. In this new political landscape, where are the points of commonality with the library community? Get ready for a lively discussion of possible scenarios facing libraries and effective potential responses. Results of this program will inform future WLA legislative strategic planning.Join Paul Nelson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, SLIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WLA Legislative Chair) and Julie Schneider, Director, Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WLA Federal Legislative Advocate), and other legislative committee members for this important session....

Rummage Sale at WLA Conference

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Do you have odds and ends of “library stuff” taking up space in your offices and work rooms?  Stuff that you know you should get rid of, but keep hanging on to because it might be useful to someone out there in libraryland?  Here’s your chance to clean out your closets AND help out your library colleagues!  WLA is sponsoring a “FREE rummage sale” at the fall conference at the Kalahari.  Bring along the items you wish to part with to the conference.  A table will be set up in the registration area. You must label everything with your name, library, and phone number.  Items can be left at the rummage table for the duration of the conference.  Everything is free for the taking on a first come, first served basis.  You’ll need to check the rummage table by 10 AM Friday morning for your remaining items, and take home whatever...
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WLA 2010 Conference - Canned Food Drive

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This year, the WLA will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton Community Food Pantry. Bring your canned or non-perishable goods to the registration desk throughout the conference week, Tues-Fri, November 2-5 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.Your contributions will support the Wisconsin Dells-Lake Delton Community Food Pantry which serves, on average, 235 households and 1,100 individuals each month.  They provide nutritionally balanced food packages and rely heavily on the generosity of the surrounding community and local organizations to meet this need. Suggested items include:     * Peanut Butter and Jelly    * Tuna    * Hamburger or Tuna Helper    * Mac-n-Cheese    * Cereal    * Canned Fruits and Vegetables    * Juice    * Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta Noodles    * Crackers    * Coffee or TeaYou can take advantage of advance registration discounts for the conference through Friday, October 15. On-site registration will also be available, but meals must be purchased...
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Boost Your Library's Budget with Private Gifts

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With local and state budgets tighter than ever, every smart librarian works to develop private support for library services and programs. Whether you want to help your Friends move beyond the book sale, create a Foundation or develop funding partnerships for specific programs, the WLA Foundation pre-conference program will set you on the path to success.Join the WLAF and well-known fundraising consultant Marcy Heim for "The Magic, Power and Joy of Philanthropy – Embracing and Enhancing the Role of Private Gifts in Managing Your Library Budget" on Tuesday, November 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells. Cost is $60.00.If you've already registered for the WLA conference but would now like to add this pre-conference, complete the pre-conference registration form. If you wish to participate in the philanthropy pre-conference and also register for the WLA Conference, please use the WLA Conference Advance Registration form through October 15....
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WLA Conference - Call for Volunteers

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Are you heading to the Dells for WLA 2010? We need your help with the following conference activities. Consider volunteering for a few hours, sometime during the conference week. It's an excellent way to meet and greet new colleagues!For more information about volunteer opportunities and areas of need, please contact the following WLA 2010 committee members:Registration Desk: Linda Hartig (lhartig@carrollu.edu)Local Arrangements: Ann Vogl (ann.vogl@uwc.edu)Autograph Garden: Claudia Backus (clbackus@wcfls.lib.wi.us)Internet Café: Adam Brisk (adam.brisk@witc.edu)WLA 2010 will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, November 2-5. For more information, visit the conference Web site.--Vicki Tobias, Publicity Chair, WLA 2010 Conference Committee...
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WAAL Conference Proposals Due October 15

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The WAAL 2011 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Renew, Energize, Sustain: WAAL 2011 at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, April 26-29, 2011.Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Target areas for sessions from the 2010 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):SustainabilityInformation LiteracyResource SharingAccess ServicesTechnical ServicesDistance LibrarianshipManaging student employeesWeedingInstruction and TeachingMarketingSmall LibrariesEmerging TechnologiesDigital PreservationTo submit a breakout session proposal please forward the following information:1. Abstract of the program (300 words or less).2. Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information.3. Format (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.).4. Equipment needs.Proposals are due by October 15, 2010.Please note that WAAL requires that all program presenters register for the day of the conference when they will present.  Non-member presenters will be allowed to register at the member rate.Please send via email all proposals and questions to Andrew PrellwitzAndrew PrellwitzUser Services LibrarianLane...
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Technology in Focus at WLA Conference November 2-5 in Wisconsin Dells

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Skype, Tweet, "like," IM chat, geocoding, Web 2.0 and 3.0, socialnetwork, digital this, electronic that, i-everything! New technologycontinues to inform the way we think about library services andresources and, ultimately, how we interact with our public. Each year,new tools are available that inspire change within our work and workenvironment.The Wisconsin Library Association 2010 Conference presents a variety ofsessions that we hope will demystify some of this technology and providesuggestions for incorporating it into your library mission! Below arejust a few events that we hope are of interest to you.WEDNESDAY (11/3)-Can You Hear Me Now? Shhhh!: Mobile Devices in the Library-Digital (and Free!) Tools in Your Library-McGyver Library vs Have You Heard About: Showdown of theLibraryTechnology Titans-Vocera - Instant Voice CommunicationTHURSDAY (11/4)-The Future of Libraries and EBooks-Learning the Latest Technology @ the Library-Skype-Based Reference:  A Study and a Pilot Project-Making the Connection: Online, Email and IM Reference Services inWisconsin Public and Academic...
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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: 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 2008: Constructing Questionnaires and Questions: It's Harder Than it Seems

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This presentation by Thomas D. Walker (UW Milwaukee) covered the fundamentals of questionnaire construction.Surveys are instruments to gather data for empirical analysis.Some questionnaires can accidentally turn into "fishing expeditions", and ask too many questions.There are three crucial tasks:sampling the populationdetermining the medium - f2f 1 to 1, in groups, written formdesigning the questionnaireAdvantages to written Questionnaires:more cost effective than interviews, especially with large sample sizes or large regionsmost cost effective medium for large numbers of questionscan be easier to analyze, depending on the construction of the questions; some aspects can be automated (#2 pencil)are a familiar mediumcan reduce bias associated with oral questionnairescan be less instusive than oral surveys (more anonymous)Disadvantages to written questionnaires:lower response rates (equals lower confidence levels)questions are usually very focused -- no elaborations are possible ("well yes, but ..." qualified answers aren't possible)no visual cues (no body language observable by interviewer)hard to know who's fillig it outmay...

WAPL - Continuing Education in Your Pajamas-New Technologies Bring New Opportunities

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John DeBacher started with a great visual image for the title of the program. I saw him in the hall in advance to capture this photo...he actually wore this to the introduce the program.The first presenter was Anna Palmer from the library school at UW-Madison. There are still three courses which require physical presence on campus. The electives can be done online. Courses are available before or after starting the program. If you register as a "special student" the cost is half the regular price.The school offers continuing education courses including courses for the Library Director Certification Program. CED credits are cheaper and are graded on a pass/fail basis. They use the same software for CE and online courses. They use Desire to Learn (D2L) which is branded with Learn Wisconsin.Anna demonstrated with a course called "Core Elements of Children's Services." [I have a close friend who has taught using D2L,...

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....

WLA 2007: Conference Wrap-Up

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As a follow-up to MATS' blog coverage of the 2007 WLA Conference, presenters' handouts and PowerPoints are starting to show up at the WLA conference web site.If more presentation materials are found elsewhere, we'll link to them here; if you know of some, please send us the links by adding a comment to this post.We had a great time "blogging the con", and hope to round up more MATSians to blog the WAPL Conference next spring!Thanks to Amanda, Nanette, Beth and Pete for all the bloggy goodness!...

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: 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!...