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WAPL wrap-up

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I've made an attempt at a complete list of blog posts about the 2008 WAPL conference, and posted it on the New Cybrary blog. If more postings show up in coming days, I'll try to update.The list includes postings here, as well as on Tasha's Sites & Soundbytes, Michael's Notes from a Library Administrator, and Nichole's Auxiliary Storage.Thanks to WLA, to WAPL, and to MATS for encouraging blogging!...
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WAPL - Closing Keynote

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Rhonda Puntney introduced Dick Bennett using his comments over the phone about his children. His son is coach at Washington State, and his daughter was just named an assistant basketball coach at UW-Madison. He coached basketball at Eau Claire Memorial as well as UW-Stevens Point, UW-Green Bay, and took the Wisconsin basketball team to the Final Four in 2000.He started his speech with his early connections to libraries, and his love of reading books. As a faltering high school student, a teacher got him started again on reading books like Mutiny on the Bounty so he got a degree in English as well as Physical Education. He actually wanted to teach more than coach. For the last 15 of his 40 years of coaching he felt a great deal of pressure, and the only way he could survive was to lock himself in a room with a good book.When he retired,...

WAPL - Have You Heard About ...

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I blogged this program on my personal page. It does include at least one editorial comment. The quick way to see what was talked about is to visit the del.icio.us page set up for this presentation....

WAPL 2008: MySpace - Don’t Be Intimidated By It! Can It Work For Your Library?

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A presentation by Amanda Tuthill, Young Adult Librarian at Milwaukee Public Libraryhttp://www.myspace.com/milwaukeepubliclibraryOverview of the process Milwaukee PL went through to create their MySpace presence:Milwaukee PL MySpace time line:Sep 2006:Initial idea pitchedInfo gathering stageNov 2006:Formal proposalAddressed safety concernsMarch 2007:Creation of test site [at this stage, one needed to be a friend of Milwaukee PL MySpace in order to see the beta design]The MySpace page went through many, many design changesMay 2007:Presentation to the Milwaukee PL Administrative TeamMore info gatheringAsked other library systems who had a MySpace presence; asked about who controls site content at their librariesSummer 2007:AnticipationConsulted with the city attorneyOctober 18, 2007:Presentation made to the library boardDemonstrated how the MySpace page connects with the library’s mission and visionOctober 19:MySpace page went “live” at http://www.myspace.com/milwaukeepubliclibraryTips on setting up your own library's MySpace page:Addressing concerns:Teen online safety / DOPAContent control – Milwaukee PL has set it so comments made by others require approval...

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,...

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

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John DeBacher -- in his pajamas -- provided an overview and reviewed the history of using technology for CE. There are different models, including two-way (synchronous or interactive) and asynchronous -- which might include program that are canned, queued up and can be experienced at leisure. Some presentations, as in OPAL, begin synchronous and become asynchronous. Interactive gets questions answered, asynchronous is available when convenient -- overcoming space-time problems.Obstacles and disadvantages include distractions of the home environment, lack of interaction with peers that occurs at real conferences.Anna Palmer, Outreach Specialist UW-SLIS - 3 options for online CE via SLIS website Graduate level courses - many electives classes are online, though three core courses still need to be taken in Madison - students can enroll as special students and try grad level classes onlineContinuing education - there are 7 or 8 classes each semester, 2 or 3 for director certification, 4 or...

WAPL - Where are we going? Strategic Planning for Results

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Cheryl Becker of the South Central Library System presented information on the PLA strategic planning process called Strategic Planning for Results.Where is your library going? A strategic plan is a road map for the library. Planning is to prepare to do, and there is not enough money to do everything. The planning process helps to set priorities so that wise choices can be made. It is important to plan, but it should be done quickly so that you can get on with the doing.Planning is about change. Keep the planning process short so you can do. The process as envisioned by PLA, needs to be community based. Three assumptions:Excellence must be defined locally.Excellence is possible for all libraries of all sizesExcellence is a moving target.There are four key points:Community Based PlanningLibrary Service PrioritiesMeasures for SuccessManaging ChangeThere are extensive handouts.It is a good idea to have an outside facilitator who can be...

WAPL - "One Book, One Community" Programs: the Do's and Don'ts

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A panel discussion on several examples of community reads programs, which are growing in popularity.Meg Shriver Appleton PL on organizingThere were some key choices for the Fox Cities Community Readthis was the 3rd year of community read in Appleton, and the 2d as a multi-library effortthe most effective thing was partnering w/other libraries, bookstores & community groupsselected a title in partnership with other libraries and organizationsbrought in the author to speak as the culminatinghave used the community read to focus on an issueAPL buys hundreds of copies, using foundation fundsDo:form partnershipsMultiple libraries(Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kimberly-Little Chute, Kaukauna, UW-Fox) - allows choice of venues, cross-over by patrons - provides greater pool of funds from librariesBookstores are good synergy for PR & sales, and can sometimes provide more economical access to author toursBusinesses offer other partnership possibilities, such as catering for author reception, bus promotionselect a title using wide representation to get community...

WAPL - Luncheon: The Writer's Real Life, or Be Your Own Boss! Work at Home and Pray for Universal Coverage

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Jay Rath is a Madison area journalist, playwright, and author. He is a third generation writer. Rhonda Puntney (WAPL) chair gave a personal introduction. Jay started by noting that tomorrow's lunch speaker is an athletic coach who would most likely talk about teamwork. He presented the opposing view, since writers work alone.He quoted Edna Ferber who said: "I hate writing, I adore having written. ..." Much of his work is free-lance which requires knowing about a lot of different areas. He therefore visits the Madison Public Library about every other day.He joked about rewriting Dickens' Tale of Two Cites for the 21st Century and used "smiley" icons for punctuations of the opening sentence. He then cited some of the stereotypes of writers with references to pop culture portrayals.It is really hard to capture the essence of a humor talk. Jay was a great speaker, a series of laughs. Great stories. He...

MATS Blogging the 2008 WAPL Conference

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The 2008 WAPL Conference will be a great place to be, but I know not everyone can get away to Stevens Point on April 30th-May 2nd. Good news -- WLA Media and Technology Section (MATS) members Terry Dawson & Joy Schwarz will be posting their notes about conference programs & sessions here on the WLA blog. In addition, Tasha Saecker will be blogging about WAPL programs at Sites & Soundbytes, and Nichole Fromm will be posting her WAPL musings at nichole's auxiliary storage and photos at jumbledpile's photostream....