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WLA 2013 boopsie app is LIVE!

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Get your very own WLA 2013 boopsie app for your phone today!  That's right, all conference action right on your phone or tablet!  To download CLICK HERE it's easy and it's free! ...
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Get Your Ticket to Librarians Rock!

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There are many prizes that await you at Librarians Rock! ...Mega Audio Book Package giveaway donated by Recorded Books, 50/50 raffle, and all the Silent Auction items.So, what are you waiting for if you haven't bought your ticket yet?  You don’t have to sing to enjoy this raucous event, it will be just as much fun to watch! Be there: Wednesday, October 23rd.  Doors open at 7:30 with the event starting at 8:00.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a cash bar.  This WLA Foundation fundraiser event, in addition to Recorded Books' audio book donation, is being sponsored by Engberg Anderson, Maris and Quality Books.If you are still sitting on the fence about attending, are you wondering just who will be performing at this amazing musical showcase? When this all began back in spring asking for singers and musicians to participate, we said you and your...
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WLA Conference FAQs

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Hello Wisconsin Libraries and Librarians, The WLA Conference is less than a week away. There is still time to register.Please take a moment this afternoon and sign up, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. For those of you already registered, thank you and we can't wait to see you in Green Bay!...
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Less than a Week Away from WLA in Green Bay!

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Haven't registered?  No problem, register today - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! ...
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Don't Miss Sergio Dogliani @ WLA in Green Bay

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Librarians Will Rock October!

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Join us for a rockin' good time at the WLA Conference in Green Bay!  Good clean fun for a great cause, see you there! ...
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Library Award Reception @ WLA Conference in Green Bay

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Added Event for WLA Conference in Green Bay

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WLA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Extended

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We have extended the early bird registration deadline through Friday, October 4th. CLICK HERE to register today and save!   ...
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WLA Foundation - Submit today!

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The WLA Foundation Silent Auction returns for the 2013 WLA Conference in Green Bay. Proceeds benefit the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries. To make the auction a success, we need your help! Do you find yourself creating handcrafted items that you don’t have room for at home? Cook or bake? Why not donate these items to the WLAF auction – we’d love to put your items out for bids! Take a look at our contributors’ guidelines, and then complete the form below. Whether you bring your items with you to the conference (preferred method) or send them to the WLA office (if you won’t be attending the Conference this year) please let us know in advance what you will be contributing by completing and sending us a copy of this form. A digital photo of your auction item(s) would be a real bonus! Suggested Handmade Items, including but not limited to Handcrafted...
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WLAF Fundraiser in Green Bay

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Be sure to sign up for Librarians Rock! the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation's fundraiser at the WLA Annual Conference in Green Bay.  Want to belt out a tune, great!  Want to come and watch, that's great too! ...
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Donate to the WLA Foundation Silent Auction!

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The WLA Foundation Silent Auction returns for the 2013 WLA Conference in Green Bay. Proceeds benefit the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries. To make the auction a success, we need your help! Do you find yourself creating handcrafted items that you don’t have room for at home? Cook or bake? Why not donate these items to the WLAF auction – we’d love to put your items out for bids! Take a look at our contributors’ guidelines, and then complete the form below. Whether you bring your items with you to the conference (preferred method) or send them to the WLA office (if you won’t be attending the Conference this year) please let us know in advance what you will be contributing by completing and sending us a copy of this form. A digital photo of your auction item(s) would be a real bonus! Suggested Handmade Items, including but not limited to Handcrafted...

Don't miss the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (and Taco Bar)!

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Time is running out to join the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (and enjoy Glorious Taco Bar.)The 2012 Lake Superior Libraries Symposium would like to extend an invitation to our inaugural conference on June 1st, 2012 at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, WI.  Join archivists, technologists, librarians, directors, technicians, and students from around Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Just consider all of the experiences, resources, and ideas that are being gathered for this unique conference!   Attendees will: ·     SEE ELI NEIBERGER, 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, offer a keynote address on the future of providing materials and services entitled “Access Schmaccess.” ·     EXPERIENCE FOUR SESSIONS of informational presentations full of dynamic content featuring all aspects of librarianship. Sessions on digitization, leadership, assessment, children’s literature, collaboration, web-design, long term planning, and more. ·     NETWORK THANKS TO ample time devoted to networking and sharing ideas This is an opportunity unlike any other to...

Wisconsin's new Poet Laureate

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Wisconsin's new Poet Laureate is Bruce Dethlefsen, retired director of Montello Public Library. The Poet Laureate is recommended by the Poet Laureate Commission and appointed by the Governor to a two-year term."Bruce Dethlefsen is a dedicated and talented poet," Governor Doyle said. "He has exceptional credentials and a devotion to poetry and representing our great state. I am confident he will be an outstanding Poet Laureate."Dethlefsen intends to use his position as the State Poet Laureate to promote the writing and sharing of poetry throughout Wisconsin. He plans to encourage and support local cultural and creative talent by organizing local poetry readings in public libraries, schools and coffee houses throughout the State. "I look forward to being an ambassador for the wonderful poets and poetry of Wisconsin," Dethlefsen announced.The Marquette County Tribune has a nice piece about Bruce, his poetry, and his plans....

WLA Awards Announced: Celebrating Excellence in Library Service

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce this year’s library luminaries, selected as outstanding for their contribution to libraries and librarianship:Library of the YearUW-Sheboygan University LibrarySheboyganA new, state-of-the-art facility and a staff that have spent the last decade systematically building and enhancing progressive library services make this academic library a winner.DEMCO/Librarian of the YearKathryn (Katie) Hanson, director, Graham Public LibraryUnion GroveLibrary service improvements through technology, an expansion project and Katie Hanson’s personal touch have made the Graham Public Library a treasure in the community. WLA’s DEMCO Librarian of the Year will help Union Grove celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graham Public Library this year.Muriel Fuller AwardDarla Jean Kraus, director, Lakeview Community LibraryRandom LakeDarla Jean Kraus is this year’s Muriel Fuller winner, recognizing her tireless advocacy for the Lakeview Community Library, from fundraising, management of remodeling and expansion projects, to increasing programming and collaboration with other community organizations.WLA Highsmith AwardRuff...

WAAL09: We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries

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"We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries"Martha Farley Berninger, Abby Swanton, Lisa Reale, and Vickie LongReference & Loan Library, DPI - http://dpi.wi.gov/RLLBadgerLink:-- Appreciate getting credit for database links (ex: "provided by BadgerLink" or logo)-- Access is via IP address or library card barcode ranges (please provide both to Badgerlink), or other as needed-- New: Federated searching across all EBSCOhost and Proquest databases, (and WisCat for licensed libraries)-- Support: online form for tech support & promotional materials (bookmarks, posters)WisCat:-- Since 1980s - resource-sharing tool for ILL, MARC record sharing-- Z39.50 compatible-- Includes public, academic, and medical library catalogs, (and Minitex - Minnesota catalogs?)-- For past year, ISO connection with Illiad for UW-Madison libraries (GZM) brokered by WILS-- Splash page is customizable, with up to 4 RSS feeds, calendar message of the day-- "L" list libraries only - can't afford othersWisconsin Digital...

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...