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Dining and Tourism During WAAL 2012

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The WAAL Conference, taking place next week at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, not only provides you with excellent professional programming, but a chance to unwind in luxurious accommodations near diverse local dining options and attractions. For dining opportunities during the WAAL Conference in Lake Geneva try the following link: http://www.lakegenevawi.com/c/Dine.aspx Use the sidebar for a breakdown of dining by categories such as ethnic, fine dining, fast food, etc. To explore activities, attractions, and shopping destinations in the Lake Geneva area visit http://www.lakegenevawi.com. --Charles Elftmann, WAAL Conference Co-chair...
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Register for WAAL Conference: Quest for Excellence in Lake Geneva

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Have you registered for WAAL 2012: Quest for Excellence in Lake Geneva April 18-20?  If not, read on.  You certainly don't want to miss these programs:• Keynotes from Jenica Rogers and Kim Leeder will get us motivated and invigorated.• Luncheon Speakers will take us into another world with "Lots of Dungeons, No Dragons" by Margaret Weis and "Monsters of Wisconsin" by Linda Godfrey.• PLUS: programs and posters presented by innovative librarians from right here in Wisconsin!Check out the full program for all of the Excellent offerings to fill your conference Quest.Check out the fabulous accomodations at the Grand Geneva. If you are going to attend a conference, why not do so in the best possible environment?!Come for an amazing three days of learning, networking and sharing while...• Enjoying a martini in a world class lounge,• Experiencing a massage and spa treatment,• Experiencing a hay-ride with friends at a tranquil resort,• Networking...

Call for WAAL Conference Programs

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The WAAL 2012 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Quest for Excellence: WAAL 2012 at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI, April 17-20.Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels, and active workshops are welcome.  Target areas for sessions from the 2011 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are NOT limited to):Access ServicesDigital Preservation and/or Data ManagementDistance LibrarianshipE-Collection DevelopmentEmerging TechnologiesInformation LiteracyInstruction and TeachingMarketing and OutreachResource SharingServing Nontraditional StudentsTechnical ServicesTo submit a breakout session proposal please forward the following information:Abstract of the program (300 words or less)Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact informationFormat (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.)Equipment needsProposals are due by October 24, 2011.Please send via email all proposals and questions to Sheila Stoeckel (sstoeckel@library.wisc.edu)...

WAAL10: Rachel Singer Gordon - "Getting Unstuck"

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Rachel Singer Gordon - Getting Unstuck* The "Brisket" Story - great-granddaughter was still cutting off both sides of the brisket before cooking, because that's the way her mom did it - but it was originally only because the pan was too small.* Why do we do things the way we do them?  Just because the person before us did it?  What's the purpose behind the action?  Did we cut back at one point and then forget to go back to full service?  Don't stop asking!* Librarians can be agents of change for our constituencies* If you don't promote yourself, you're doomed to defend yourself* Your career is not your job - look at your job as a single piece of your career puzzle - where do you want to see yourself in 1, 5, 10 years?  Are your activities moving you towards those goals?  You may need to do things outside of your...
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WAAL10: Information Literacy in a Biology Lab

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Information Literacy in an Animal Behavior LabSusan Heffron and Eric Thobaben, Carroll University* Front-loaded into first two semesters of Biology* 1st library session - * Overview of applicable library resources* Scholarly vs. popular, primary vs. secondary* At end - ok, everyone feel 100% confident about these resources?  [they think they are]* Lab -* Observation of an organism (amphipod) in clear plastic cups of water, with leaves and twigs - model system* What questions can you generate?  "Just be 10" - totally open to anything* 2nd library session -* We pair students and have them highlight words in printed article abstracts that relate to these organisms* We compile a master list of keywords from students' reports back - keywords, and what they think the article was about* "OK, now get started!"  [They realize they've forgotten everything from 1st library session.  We're comfortable with their discomfort.]  "Who would like a refresher - which...
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WAAL10: Preserving Intellectual Freedom in the Face of Googlization

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The Google Books SettlementProf. Michael Zimmer, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee* http://michaelzimmer.org/* "Spheres of mobility" - can be physical, intellectual, digital - freedom to improve ourselves* Historically, we've had general freedom to move about in these spheres without people looking over our shoulders* Much of our mobility has been redefined and converged through Google - Siva Vaidhyanathan: "The Googlization of Everything"* Faustian bargain - may constrain/restrict our ability to move about in these spheres* Data-vaillance - surveillance of personal data - built into Google's infrastructure* Searching is not anonymous - cookies identify your computer, Google encourages creation of accounts - including Gmail, actions increasingly linkable, data is retained, their goals include selling advertising personalized to you* Google Book Search - launched Google Print in 2004; they already had a digitization service in place* UW-Madison and Wisconsin Historical Society Library joined the project* Notable lawsuits: US Authors Guild, Assn of American Publisher - Settlement proposed...
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WAAL10: Digital Archive of Wisconsin Aerial Photographs

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Wisconsin Aerial Photographs Jaime Stoltenberg (UW-Madison's Map Library)Melissa McLimans (UW System Digital Collections Center)Michael Bricknell (State Cartographer's Office)* "Changing Landscapes of Wisconsin", soon to be released* Thousands of photographs* ~900 Gb in storage for 1930s images* Original purpose: to determine crop acreage* Modified Dublin Core metadata schema (14 fields, some automated) - includes geospatial references* UWDC has other digital map collections, in different formats* Hope to connect multiple collections, so one search on particular parcel will return aerial photo, land patent, etc.* Typically, you would come into the library and look at an "index map" to determine which photographs you want to look at - this project involved software that matched points on map to GIS coordinates...
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WAAL10: Fun with FDSys

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Fun with FDSys (Federal Digital System)Beth Harper, UW-Madison Memorial Library* FDSys  = New database from U.S. GPO (Government Printing Office)* Designed to handle changes in digital formats* Intended to replace GPOAccess (15+ years old), which was difficult to navigate and annoying to search* Search box is front and center, results include keywords in context and date, able to perform faceted browsing, better metadata for files* Help file is decent - explains all about what publications are produced by different agencies, with sample searches* Facets: Collection, Date, Government Author, Person (can also be place), etc.* Advanced search allows searching in various fields, including full text, SuDoc number, etc.* Citation search - shows you what a sample citation looks like for each collection* Some collections can be browsed (alphabetical or date published)* Intended to collect documents from many agencies, all branches* Includes news media transcripts - interview on Jay Leno, etc.* Currently only...
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WAAL10: Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking

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Wisconsin Environmental Public Health TrackingMarni Bekkedal, WI Dept. of Health* Part of National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network* Face difficulties with combining environmental hazard datasets + exposure datasets + health effect datasets.* Need to agree on definitions of terms* Owned by different governmental agencies and private entities across country, requires negotiations.* How do you match data sets geographically?  Some sets use zip codes, some use counties, some use GIS coordinates for monitoring stations which are only located in a few places, etc.* Which data can/should/will be released to the public online?  Some is "suppressed" for privacy reasons, others considered "unstable" because not large enough statistical sample.* Websites are very user-friendly, visual; Wisconsin's has built-in logic that only allows queries that will result in data...
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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...

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;...

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...