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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 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...

Lawrence University's doggone study break

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Check out Lawrence University's cool study break program featuring Sophie, the Best Dog in the World, and other canine friends....

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...

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: 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,...