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WAPL 2007 Conference wrap-up & presenter materials

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As a follow-up to MATS' blog coverage of the 2007 WAPL Conference, here's a link to the WAPL Post-Conference Resources page which provides access to presenters' PowerPoint slides, web sites and handouts.We had a blast "blogging the con", and hope to round up more MATSians to blog the WLA Conference this fall!...

WAPL 2007: Have You Heard About...

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"recent finds in new technology trends and services, in libraries andbeyond... easy, free ideas" from:Beth Carpenter, Web Services Manager, Outagamie Waupaca Library SystemNichole Fromm, Library Technology Project Support Specialist, South Central Library SystemTasha Saecker, Director, Menasha Public LibraryJoy Schwarz, Web Coordinator/ILL Librarian, Winnefox Library SystemFinally, a presentation with its own business card! Beth, Nichole, Tasha & Joy created a coolly compact and comprehensive -- yet nerdy -- handout, by placing a stack of business cards with their del.icio.us URL in the back of the room.The most important thing was immediately establishing that most of the people in the room knew how to go "Oo oo!" like Horschack (as in "Welcome Back, Kotter"). There were also many longer, drawn-out "ooooo"s & occasional "aaahh"s, indicating that the sophisticated, perceptive audience was both highly impressed and deeply moved.Your mileage may vary, but it's definitely worthwhile to check out the del.icio.us site and play with...

WAPL 2007: Wiretapping the Internet

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Wiretapping the Internet: Coming Soon to Your Library's Internet Providera presentation by Bob Bocher, Public Library Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community LearningTopics that Bob covered:Wisconsin privacy statutesHistorical background on wiretapsFederal DOJ activityNSA activityPATRIOT ACT and National Security LettersNet NeutralityAny Wisconsin library that's supported by public funds is covered by the Wisconsin Library Privacy Law 43.30. Exemptions to statutory protections:consent of individual library usercourt orderNational Security Letters (NSL)administration of library servicesInternet browser cache & historypatron behaviorStaff at every level need to know what to do if someone approaches them asking for patron information.Bob will soon be posting his PowerPoint slides, and I'll link to them from here when they appear....
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WAPL 2007: Wisconsin State Law Library WebTour

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Wisconsin State Law Library WebTour: What's There, What's Where, What's Newa presentation by Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library1-800-322-9755wsll.ref@wicourts.govThe Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL) serves judges, court staff, attorneys, government employees, the public & librarians.The WSLL web site offers 24/7 access to most of the resources of the Wisconsin State Law Library.The Quick Links dropdown menu on the home page allows fast access to the "top ten" primary law sources like state statutes, circuit court records, etc.The Legal Topics A-Z page acts as an index to over 400 different topics.Among all the info one might expect to find at the WSLL web site, I liked that the Jury Duty page provides info helpful to those called to jury duty, such as why you were called to service, the steps of a jury trial, ten rules for jurors, FAQs and glossary of terms; it also includes info...

WAPL 2007: Let the Games Begin: Productive Activities for Teens @ Your Library

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Peg Burington, Assistant Director & teen coordinator, Waupaca Area Public Library, along with SLAG (Student Library Advisory Group) members. Handouts will be posted at waupacalibrary.orgDoing YA programmingLibraries should find productive teen activities – if either:you don't have teens coming orteens at library are not productiveTeen advisory group has officers, raises funds makes purchase decisions for materials & gamesApparent barriers can be overcomeno timeno moneyno supportCharacteristics of YAsSeven developmental needs of young adolescentsPhysical activityCompetence & achievementSelf-definitionCreative expression Positive social interaction with peers & adultsStructure & Clear LimitsMeaningful participationAlso: they travel in packs, they're brutally honest, they need positive influences in their livesHow To Make Programs SuccessfulSchedule programs at regular timeInclude food in all programs, mention food in all PRDo distinctive handouts on die cuts, have volunteers fill them out and distribute at schoolAnnouncements at middle schoolEmail kids to get them to show upSummer - activities every day, get one point per day...

WAPL 2007: Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staff

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Genealogical Resources for Library Support Staffa presentation by Lori Bessler, Microforms Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical SocietyThe Wisconsin Historical Society's newspaper microfilm collection is 2nd in size only to that of the Library of Congress.Area Research Center network:The Society's Area Research Center network holds original records from the area near to the ARC's locationeach of the ARC locations have web sites, accessible from http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/arcnet/items can be couriered from one ARC to another for use by your patronsUse the MadCat catalog to find items owned by the library at WHS.Use the ArCat catalog to find items owned by the archives at WHS.Other services offered by WHS:photocopying servicesresearch serviceswww.wisconsinhistory.org web site provides lots & lots of resources, including access to over 20,000 images & photosThe WHS Research Portal points to databases such as...Wisconsin Name IndexWisconsin Historical ImagesTurning Points in Wisconsin HistoryCivil War Roster of VolunteersWisconsin Corporations IndexTips for beginning genealogical research:start with...

WAPL 2007: Never stand behind a sneezing cow

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Wisconsin author Michael Perry entertained a full-house crowd at the Thursday luncheon.Perry, whose new book is Truck: a Love Story, showed why he is in high demand as a library speaker. His remarks and readings showed him to be a gifted wordsmith as well as a family man, nurse, poet, raconteur, down-to-earth intellectual and a pretty funny guy.He talked about his love for libraries and reading, recalling how his mother had taught him to value the time sitting quietly with a book, and remembering childhood trips to the library. Attendees also learned valuable lessons on many topics, including lambing, chickens and Ford F150s.Perry's website is www.sneezingcow.com...

WAPL 2007: Google Scholar & Google Books

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Google Scholar & Google Books: Bringing a World of Information to Your Communitya presentation by Pamela O’Donnell, Academic Librarian at University of Wisconsin-MadisonGoogle Image:you can search by image size and image type as well as by keywordGoogle Video / YouTubeit's what our patrons are watchingit's how they're accessing informationGoogle Newsit's constantly updatedan RSS feed is availableGoogle Mapsmashups take existing data and show it in a new contextusing Google Maps with literature - look at the places mentioned in the book Kite Runner; a way to make a book more relevant to studentssearch for the pyramids in Egypt & view the satellite view to see the Sphynx's noseuse the technology to engage with your audience / patronsOn Google, the link to More shows you choices based on your IP address; for example, when on the UW Madison campus it offers patents, scholarClick on the "More Google" to see the full range of...

WAPL 2007 kicks off in Eau Claire

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The WLA Foundation's Rick Krumwiede talks up the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries at the opening session.The keynote presenter was Keith Curry Lance, Director of the RSL Research Group of the Colorado State Library and University of Denver. Lance spoke on "Making it Count @ Your Library." Featured were tips on data sources and ways to substantiate the value of public libraries to their communities in various roles.Watch for a PowerPoint of the keynote presentation to be posted later. In the meantime, catch Stef Morrill's notes....

MATS Blogging the 2007 WAPL Conference

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The 2007 WAPL Conference will be a great place to be, but not everyone can get away to Eau Claire May 2nd-4th. Good news; three WLA Media and Technology Section (MATS) members -- Nichole Fromm, Joy Schwarz & Terry Dawson -- will soon be posting their notes about conference programs & sessions, here on the WLA blog. And Stef Morrill will be blogging about WAPL programs over on her Ning blog too....