October 8-11, 2019

WLA 2019 Annual Conference Program Booklet

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Preconference with Ijeoma Oluo

In her book, So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo breaks down barriers and candidly explains key concepts of privilege, intersectionality, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and so much more. Ms. Oluo says, “we live in a country that upholds the ideal that we aren’t allowed to talk about race and not talking is THE problem.” In this preconference we will talk about race, privilege, intersectionality, microaggressions and cultural appropriation. Through small group discussions, report-backs and other facilitated discussion methods, participants will identify ways to dismantle racism in their libraries, communities and personal lives. This free event is intended for staff, trustees and partners from all types of libraries and key components, themes and action steps will be captured live by a visual notetaker and shared with members who are unable or choose not to attend the 2019 conference at the Kalahari. Conference planners request that participants read So You Want To Talk About Race before the preconference as well as additional articles that will be sent in the weeks preceding the event. Sincere gratitude to the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for funding the preconference.

 Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote with Ijeoma Oluo | View Presentation
So You Want to Talk About Race has been described as “generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt” by Salon and by Shelf Awareness as “a beautifully organized how-to manual for anyone who wants to address problems of race and racism in the U.S.” In her keynote, Ms. Oluo will discuss issues of privilege, oppression, intersectionality and cultural appropriation

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

A Sampling of Special Librarians
Amy O’Shea, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison; Carrie Doyle, UW Law Library, Madison; Carly Sentieri, UW-Madison


Building STEM Themes into Library Programs
Carrie Portz, Barneveld School District


Compact Outreach
Jennie Fidler, Oconomowoc Public Library


e-Resource Usage: Nationwide and Local Trends
Jennifer Champoux, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison


MemberClicks Training
Hannah Bunting, Wisconsin Library Association, Madison


Motivating Library Staff and Why It Matters
Kris Turner, UW Law Library, Madison; Bonnie Shucha, UW Law Library, Madison


Why OER: Leveraging Openly Licensed Content for Equity
Kaye Henrickson, CESA 4, West Salem

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Blockchain, Books and Innovative Librarians
Stephen Williams, Author


I Want You to Tell Me the Truth
Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison; Tasha Saecker, Appleton Public Library; Ryan Claringbole, Monona Public Library; Nathan Dowd, Oscar Rennebohm Library, Edgewood College, Madison


Is There Interest in a Business Interest Group?
Michael Enyart, UW-Madison Business Library


Technical Services Forum
Amy Gannaway, South Central Library System, Madison; Nic Ashman, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire; Beth Bechtel, Bridges Library System, Waukesha


The Room of Requirement: Libraries and This American Life
Lydia Sigwarth, Platteville Public Library


Working It! Enhancing Your Library’s Workforce Development
Martha Berninger, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; John DeBacher, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Mark Jochem, South Central Library System, Madison; Kristen Anderson, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem; Jon Menz, Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, Stevens Point; Ted Anderson, Department of Workforce Development, Milwaukee

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

A Tale of Two Libraries: The Best and Worst of Times in Reclassification
Chris Skorlinski, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Katie Guzek, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Mitchell Scott, St. Norbert College Mulva Library, De Pere; Rochelle Van Erem, St. Norbert College Mulva Library, De Pere


Facilitating Change with PLAY!
Michelle Dennis, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville; Jeff Messer, Incorporating the Invisible, Edgerton


How can (DP) I Help You? Crowdsourcing Your Adult Program
Cindy Fesemyer, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison 


Leadership Development Institute: Are You a Leader?
Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library; Plumer Lovelace, Wisconsin Library Association, Madison; Jen Gerber, Oscar Grady Public Library, Saukville; Rebecca Phillips, Brown County Library, Green Bay 


Notable Books Marathon
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison; Helene Androski, (Ret.) UW-Madison; Eliot Finkelstein, UW-Madison College Library; Amy Lutzke, Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson


So You Want to Talk About Accessibility?
Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Brian Peters, IndependenceFirst, Milwaukee


What’s so Funny About Children’s Nonfiction
Tracy Maurer, Author


WLA Support Staff & Circulation Services Section (SSCS) Information Session and Leadership Meeting
Paula Stanton, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire; Brendan Faherty, Middleton Public Library; Cynthia Arauz, La Crosse Public Library; Jen Cook, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire; Katie Ganser, Middleton Public Library; Samantha Vogel, Waterford Public Library; Chris Kalupa, Berlin Public Library

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Beyond the Page: Dane County’s Grand Program Success Story
Katharine Clark, Beloit Public Library; Tracy Herold, Dane County Library Services, Madison


Connect and Create Panel Discussion: Public and School Collaboration
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Monica Treptow, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jenny Wegener, Pewaukee Public Library; Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, Waukesha; Michele Gagner, Waukesha Public Library; Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library; Malena Koplin, Waukesha School District; Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library


“Fines Free”: A Year in Review
Paula Stanton, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire; Katherine Elchert, Rice Lake Public Library; Su Leslie, St. Croix Falls Public Library; Karen Furo-Bonnstetter, Woodville Public Library


Growing from Thing 1 to Thing 2: Expanding Your Library Collection
Heather Thompson, Kenosha Public Library; Shannon Urban, Kenosha Public Library; Jill Miatech, Kenosha Public Library; Robert Nunez, Kenosha Public Library 


It’s a Trap! How to Avoid Giving Legal Advice in Reference Services
Jaime Healy-Plotkin, Wisconsin State Law Library, Madison; Carol Hassler, Wisconsin State Law Library, Madison 


Library Language Learning
Erin Conway, UW-Madison Division of Extension, Janesville


Process Design: The Work You Do Before You Start the Work
Bruce Smith, WiLS, Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison


Telestory: Connecting Incarcerated Parents and their Kids
Heidi Ungrodt, UW-Madison Division of Extension, Ashland County; Sarah Adams, Vaughn Public Library, Ashland; Stephanie Julian, Bad River Education Department, Odanah 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Connecting with Your Mission and Creating Patron-Centered Spaces on a Dime
Kelly Johnson, UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities


Defusing Tense Situations and Setting Effective Limits | View Presentation
Betsy Bleck, Oconomowoc Public Library


From the Ridiculous to the Sublime: Innovative Ideas for Fundraising
Bill Wilson, Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends, Milton; Carol Chapman, Friends of the Madison Public Library 


How Technology Can Enhance the Transitions that Come with Getting Older
Stephen Williams, Author


Libraries and Food Security
Kerry Preece, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids; Rob Ankarlo, Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland; Maria Dietrich, Oak Creek Public Library


Public Records: Research Tips and Tricks
Carol Hassler, Wisconsin State Law Library, Madison


Sixth Grade Journal Buddies
Mary Mulvaney-Kemp, McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua; Trina Erickson, McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua


Time to Reminisce – The Whole Kit and Kaboodle for Memory’s Sake
Laurie A. Ollhoff, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill; Donna Plautz, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill; Maureen Danner Birchfield, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville 

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Community Surveys: How To and How NOT To
Bill Wilson, Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends, Milton


More Effective Meetings with Robert’s Rules of Order
Jake Smith, UW-Madison


Planning an Oral History Project for Your Community: Lessons Learned?
Chad Robinson, Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn; Ryan Claringbole, Monona Public Library


Public-Private Partnerships: Your Path to a New Library
Jessie Lee-Jones, Platteville Public Library; Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library; Ashley Thiem-MenningKaukauna Public Library; Colleen Rortvedt, Appleton Public Library


Putting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into Action | View Presentation
Kelly Bolter, Waukesha Public Library; Paula Mason, Waukesha Public Library; Olivia Langby, Waukesha Public Library; Khorye Huffman, Waukesha Public Library


Say Yes to Census 2020
Cindy Fesemyer, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison


The Science of Play: Creating Joyful STEAM Experiences
Heather Thompson, Kenosha Public Library; Katie Kiekhaefer, Whitefish Bay Public Library


Test Prep for the U.S. Citizenship Test: What Small Libraries Can Do
Kayce Henderson, Sparta Free Library

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WLTF Luncheon: Inclusive Strategic Planning for Fundability
John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Design Slam
Rebecca Kilde, IFLS Library System, Eau Claire


Friends, Foundations and Fundraisers (Oh My!)
Jon Mark Bolthouse, Fond Du Lac Public Library; Erick Plumb, Waunakee Public Library; Kristin Stoeger, Manitowoc Public Library


Get Ready for 2020! Voter Education and Registration | View Presentation
Kris Adams Wendt, WLA Library Development & Legislation Committee; Debra Durchslag, League of Women Voters of the Northwoods; Yolan Mistele, League of Women Voters of the Northwoods; Laurie A. Ollhoff, T.B. Scott Free Library, Merrill


Hiring to Retiring – Hopefully
Paula Stanton, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire; Kimberly Hennings, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire


How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century
Louis V. Clark III, Author


New Libraries, Three Ways
Jennifer Bernetzke, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster; Jessie Lee-Jones, Platteville Public Library; Nancy Ashmore, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library


Privacy Issues in Today’s Public Library
Shannon Schultz, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ben Miller, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison


“T” Time at the Library: Trans Inclusion for Librarians
Davey Shlasko, Founder & Managing Consultant, Think Again Training


Writing in the Library
Alyssa Pisarski, North Shore Library, Glendale; Anne Kissinger, Wauwatosa Public Library; Lisa Quintero, Shorewood Public Library; Melody Schuetz, Oak Creek Public Library 

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

At the Movies with Librarians: The 13th Tome
Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library System, Ashland; Kim Dearth, Wonewoc Public Library; Angie Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library; Erin Foley, Adams County Library


Creating the Cardboard Kingdom
Chad Sell, Burr/Worzalla Children’s Book Award Winner


Diversity Grows and so Do We!
Kerry Pinkner, Waukesha Public Library


Don’t Judge a Building by Its Cover
Matt Lininger, Grunau Company, Oak Creek; Sal Angelo, Grunau Company, Oak Cree


How to Set a Successful Path for Your Library
Nyama Y. Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Peter F. Loeffel, Wauwatosa Public Library; Bruce Smith, WiLS, Madison


The Library as a Cause: How to Build Support Through Marketing
John Chrastka, EveryLibrary


Racial Healing Circles: A Model for Lasting Community Change
Nick Demske, Racine Public Library; Elkid Marie Alvarez Maldonado, Kenosha Public Library

4:30 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.
Poster Sessions

Celebrating Student Creativity through Activity Kits
Katelyn SabelkoStephanie ZalewskiGreta Zimmermann, Graduate Students at UW-Madison iSchool and Graduate Assistants at Edgewood College, Madison


Chippewa Valley Technical College and Open RN
Vince Mussehl, Director of Library Services, and Kim Ernstmeyer, Open RN Project Director, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire


Curating Stories: Library Resources, Information Literacy and Public Engagement
Laura Godden, Academic Librarian and Archivist, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center (ARC)


Fostering an Extraordinary Opportunity to Share, Use and Reuse Knowledge at UW-Madison: The OER Working Group
Brooke Schenk, Campus Libraries Curricular Content Librarian; Carrie Nelson, Director of Scholarly Communication; Laura Schmidli, Instructional Technology Consultant, L&S Learning Support Services, UW-Madison


Hepatitis A: Front Lines at the Library (A Public Health Story)
Lea Lakes, Public Health Advisor, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison


The Information Specialist Internship Program: Increasing LIS Diversity through Undergraduate Engagement
Kelli Hughes, Public Services Librarian, College Library, UWMadison; Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library, User Experience and Library Spaces, UW-Madison 


Inter-generational Programming Made Easy — And Fun!
Becky Pfile, Director, Endeavor Public Library


Inviting Children and the Community into the Academic Library
Kati Schaller, Education & Instruction Librarian, UW-Eau Claire, and Kate Kramshuster, Interim Co-Director and Head of Public Services, UW-Stout, Menomonie


Loose Parts Play in the Library
Gretchen Swadley, Children’s Librarian, Brown County Library Southwest Branch, Green Bay


Making Makerspaces Accessible
Katie Killian, Graduate Student, UW-Madison iSchool


A New Approach to Library Programs
Erin Hoag, Learning Content Manager, DEMCO, Madison


On Being a Book Foster Family: Finding Temporary Homes for 8,000 Library Books
Erica Brewster, Director; Lyn Pietila, Assistant Director, Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library, Three Lakes


The PBS KIDS Guide to Bridging STEM, Family Engagement and Curiosity
Mouna Algahaithi, Education Engagement Specialist, Wisconsin Public Television Education, Madison


Preservation, Collaboration and Visualization: How a Book Becomes an Experience
Anne Moser, Senior Special Librarian, UW-Madison, Wisconsin Water Library Education Coordinator, Wisconsin Sea Grant, UW-Madison


Reading is Good for Your Health
Darlene Kaskie, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, University of Iowa


Reading Reptiles
Christina Makos, Youth Services, Spring Green Community Library and Verona Public Library


Trauma-Informed Readers’ Advisory for Adults
Bailey Anderson, Graduate Student, UW-Madison iSchool 


Wisconsin State Law Library Services to Librarians
Carol Hassler, Web Services Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library, Madison


A Universe of Stories
Elizabeth M. Timmins, Library Director and Programmer, Muehl Public Library, Seymour


WVLS 2019–2020 Innovation & Collaboration Literacy Grant
Tammie Blomberg, Director, Rib Lake Public Library; Annette Miller, Children’s Librarian, Tomahawk Public Library

 Friday, October 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Eat Your Veggies! Health Ideas for Youth Programming
Kirsten Almo, Edgerton Public Library


HarperCollins Digital Book Buzz (virtually presented) 
Christopher Connolly, HarperCollins Publishers, New York City; Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins Publishers, New York City; Lainey Mays, HarperCollins Publishers, New York City


Move over Mother Goose: Focusing on Families First
Dawn Foster, Portage Public Library


National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Your Library Partner
Darlene Kaskie, Community Engagement Coordinator, GreatermMidwest Region, NNLM


Privilege, Racism and White Fragility: Let’s Talk About It!
Davette Baker, Community Organizer & Activist, Madison


Puzzles, Props, Plots: Creating Your Own Escape Room Step-by-Step
Phil Schomber, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville


Storming the Forts: Change is Coming!
Michael DeVries, Beloit Public Library; Jennifer Laatz, Beloit Public Library; Amy Mitchell, Beloit Public Library; Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library; Nicole Ballok, Beloit Public Library; Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Giving Bad News: Never Fun. Often Necessary. Always Survivable!
Betsy Bleck, Oconomowoc Public Library 


LIS Is KM: Leveraging Knowledge Management in the Library
Bradley J. Wiles, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies


Seeing the Unseen in Young Adult Literature
Morgan Foster, UW-Milwaukee


Sensory Storytime and Beyond
Heather Kent, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland; Jess Lawinger, McFarland School District, McFarland


Unstructured: Programming for Teens and Tweens
Chelsea Gilman, Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Mequon 


Waunakee Public Library: A Road Map
Mindy Sorg, OPN Architects, Inc., Madison; Jean Elvekrog, Waunakee Public Library Board of Trustees 


We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History
Richard Wagner, Author

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session with Michelle Hensley
Michelle Hensley, Founder and Retired Artistic Director of Ten Thousand Things, Minneapolis, MN

WLA 2019 Annual Conference Program Booklet