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WLA 2008: 1st Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition

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Just blogging about this session wouldn't do it justice, so for your entertainment a vlog.Thanks for all who competed for ending my (and many others) 2008 WLA conference on a fun note....
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WLA 2008: Roadmap to the Future of Wisconsin Libraries

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On May 5-6, 2008 over 100 key library leaders and advocates from across the state came together to discuss the future of Wisconsin Libraries. From that visioning summit came the COLAND Beginnings Report on the Future of Wisconsin Libraries, 2008-2018. This session, presented by Kathy Pletcher (Associate Provost for Information Services at UW-Green Bay) and Rick Grobschmidt (Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning, Department of Public Instruction), reviewed the outcomes from that summit and gave those in attendance an chance to react to the vision, values, strategic directions, and tactics for the Future of Wisconsin Libraries.I encourage those who haven't read the Beginnings Report to do so because there is so much more detail in that report than I could provide this is blog report on the session. I will provide you with the basics and some of the reactions in the session.Vision for the Future of...

WLA 2008: The Role of Digitization in Enhancing Knowledge Discovery

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Krystyna Matusiak from UW-Milwaukee Libraries presented a session on how the UWM libraries have gone about creating their digital collection. She provided the attendees with a number of tips, suggestions, and lessons learned.The UW Libraries digital collection is comprised of 16 different collections, 35,000 objects that include photos (slides, prints, negatives), maps and text (yearbooks, monographs, manuscripts).Strategies in Collection Building:Single source collectionsan entire collection is convertedworks better with small collectionsSelected by formatsuch as all maps or all photostip: if you are digitizing photos you might not to do everyone of them if there are photos that very similarbecause this way makes sense it is often the chosen methodHybrid projectsitem are selected from several source collectionsmultiple formats integrated into one collectionthis method is most popular with the user because it is based on a topicBenefits of DigitizationAccessovercomes geographic and time boundariesallows for access to rare collectionsenables access to inaccessible formats such as...

WLA 2008: Marketing as a Team Sport

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One of the conference featured speakers, Peggy Barber, presented the session "Marketing as a Team Sport". This well attended session provided a great deal of information that every library could and should use. Peggy was very kind to provide WLA with a PDF of her handout, so if you were unable to attend the session you can find a good deal of the information she presented to us online at: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/postconf/documents/BARBER_Marketing_TeamSport_11.6.08.pdfI will just provide a few of the added tips that she gave to those in attendance.One of the key items that was talked about in the session was the communication plan. This plan should be a couple of page long and should plan for no more than a year out. The plan should consist of the following:Introductionhow does the communication plan relate to the strategic plan?Goalsthe dream, this can just be one big goalObjectivesshould measurable/doable. Again start with a one...

WLA 2008: Keeping it all Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management

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Bill Doering from UW-La Crosse Murphy Library presented on the Access database that he created to manage the increasing number of licensed electronic resources. The database tracks everything from vendor contacts, passwords, journal subscriptions to database payment information and much more.Bill started off reviewing what an ERMs (Electronic Resource Managment Systems) is and they can do for you:Provide contact information when a product is down.Help you keep track of what e-resources will be up for renewal.Help you to forecast e-resources expenditures for the next year.Provide you with cost over time for a productBecause commercial ERMs can cost tens of thousands he decided to build one for UW-La Crosse and has made it available to any library to download for free. It can be downloaded at http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/erm/. The web site includes a download for the current version and instructions. Bill only asks that you let him know that you will be using...

Wii? Wheee!

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A fine time was had by all at the WLA Foundation fundraiser, Wee? Wii? Que??...Gaming! Participants had the chance to play Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii bowling, and something called DDR that made me tired just to look at it. I got to try Wii bowling and Guitar Hero for the first time (under the expert and patient tutelage of some of my younger colleagues) and had loads o' fun -- while still getting trounced.Music was provided by the fabulous Mississippi Blue -- the talented David Polodna and Mike Obmascher playing great tunes of their own plus covers of some old favorites. I especially enjoyed hearing "Pocahontas," an old Neil Young song that no one remembers except me and Mississippi Blue.Thanks to the Foundation, the sponsors of the event, and all the fun folks who played....
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WLA 2008: Discussing Leadership: An Open Forum with Library Directors

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A panel discussion by Peter Gilbert (Director of Seeley G. Mudd Library), Carrie Kruse (Director of College Library, UW-Madison) and Lysianne Unruh (Director, Mount Horeb Public Library). Moderated by Anna Lewis (UW-Madison).This, standing room only, session was a started off my the moderator Anna Lewis who asked the panel to share how participants ended up in the leadership roles they are in today and what the best piece of advice they were given. While their career paths are interesting, all English majors turned librarians, I won't take space here for that, but rather share the advice they were given.Peter Gilbert:Appear to be judicious regardless of how you feel.Do a twice daily walk around the building.Say "It will be ok."Listen to staff more than you talk.Lead by example.Lysianne Unruh:Believe in the good, that people are doing their very best.Hire good people.Learn to let go - Use the 80/20 rule. Do the 20%...
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    Brian Tracy Videos good tips

WLA 2008: The Cross Generational Workforce

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My first session of the 2008 conference was The Cross Generational Workforce presented by Rachel Singer Gordon, author of The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide. Rachel started off her presentation telling a family story about how one day her husband was given an egg on a plate of pasta. Not sure why he was given egg he asked his mother "why an egg?" The response (not an explanation) was "Everybody likes an egg". Now while this story brought back memories of my Italian family and the many times I got an egg, the point was that we often do things without knowing why and that even when someone asks why respond with "Everybody Likes an Egg". This was the first of many things that hit home for me during this well paced and presented session.The session was about how we can all work across generations. We need to start with the idea...

WLA 2008: Genealogy and Local History Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society

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A presentation by Rick Pifer, Director of Reference and Public Services, Library/Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society.Richard Pifer said about genealogy info at WHS, "Start with the premise that yep, we have it."Range of resources available at the WHS -- a paper trail of cradle to grave records created about people:Births: registrations, baptismal records, announcement in newspapersChildhood records: school records, attendance records from rural schoolhouses, school censusMarriage records: newspaper announcementsProperty records - deeds (most are in the county Register of Deeds office)Tax records - assessment rolls & tax rolls for 19th & 20th centuryCensusDivorce records - through the Circuit Court case files (date range varies on the county which provides the records)Prison recordsNaturalization records - 19th century to 1980'sDeath registration, church burial records, newspaper obituary, probate records, wills, probate case filesWHS has genealogy info on:WisconsinU.S.CanadaLocal history records:local historiesnewspapers - huge collection, perhaps 2nd only to the Library of Congress; largest Native American...

WLA 2008: Constructing Questionnaires and Questions: It's Harder Than it Seems

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This presentation by Thomas D. Walker (UW Milwaukee) covered the fundamentals of questionnaire construction.Surveys are instruments to gather data for empirical analysis.Some questionnaires can accidentally turn into "fishing expeditions", and ask too many questions.There are three crucial tasks:sampling the populationdetermining the medium - f2f 1 to 1, in groups, written formdesigning the questionnaireAdvantages to written Questionnaires:more cost effective than interviews, especially with large sample sizes or large regionsmost cost effective medium for large numbers of questionscan be easier to analyze, depending on the construction of the questions; some aspects can be automated (#2 pencil)are a familiar mediumcan reduce bias associated with oral questionnairescan be less instusive than oral surveys (more anonymous)Disadvantages to written questionnaires:lower response rates (equals lower confidence levels)questions are usually very focused -- no elaborations are possible ("well yes, but ..." qualified answers aren't possible)no visual cues (no body language observable by interviewer)hard to know who's fillig it outmay...

The sun always shines on the WLA Conference

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It's a gorgeous day in Middleton as people start gathering for the WLA conference. I just sat in on the WLA Board meeting (I know -- glutton for punishment) and was impressed, as always, with the work of the board and the WLA staff. A tip: make sure you attend the WLA business meeting on Thursday afternoon so you can hear Phyllis' ALA Councilor's report.Cheryl gave a good report of the attendance for the conference and some of the interesting things that will be going on. Conference committee members will be wearing green wristbands; keep an eye out for one if you have questions....
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