7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration 
Promenade West

 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast (pre-registration required)


8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address
Brookfield 3-4-5

Welcome comments from WLA President Nyama Reed, WLA Executive Director Laura Sauser, and WAAL Conference Chair Nicole Breed.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


"A Line Meant" Keynote Session with Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Creative Change Agent, Wisconsin and Milwaukee Poet Laureate
Brookfield 3-4-5

A Line Meant takes you through my work/life story and to my laureate project, A Line Meant.  As the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, I am employing poetry lines to connect the creativity of neighbors and the humanity of strangers. 

The author will sign copies of her book, “Life in Short” following the keynote session. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM 

Breakout 1: Critical Librarianship in Practice
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Presenters: Claire Dinkelman, Marquette University; Emylie Fossell, Marquette University; and Maxwell Gray; Marquette University.

More than just an area of research–learn how three academic librarians incorporate critical librarianship in their regular practice. Presenters will discuss specific projects in their areas, including collection development, technical services, and instruction services. We will explore how we are approaching: hate speech in print collections, marginalization and stigma in cataloging and classification, and one-shot library instruction for STEM students. We will discuss how our projects developed over time, challenges we encountered, solutions we found, and directions for future work in our areas. We also recognize we are not the only people doing this work. We will reserve the second half of the session for participants to share and discuss their own projects to grow a local community of practice.

Breakout 2: Curating Diverse Instructional Media Collections to Empower Pre-Service Educators
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Presenters: Jackie Sernau, UW-Stevens Point; Stacy Gray, UW-Stevens Point; and Amber Garbe, UW-Stevens Point

The Instructional Media Center is a tremendous resource for pre-service educators as they develop their knowledge of diverse texts that can be used to advance the learning of their future students. This fingertip access allows pre-service educators to experience the process of analyzing text for instructional purposes. In this session, we will review the wealth of resources available to support educators in identifying and using diverse texts. Join the conversation as we share the voices and experiences of pre-service teachers and collaborate on how we can empower them in their resource selection.

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch 
Brookfield 3-4-5

Free to attendees. Registration required.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Breakout 3: WLA Wants You!
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Presenter: Betsy Bleck, WLA Nominating Committee Representative; Elisabeth Kaune, WAAL Chair

Membership in Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) can be made all the more valuable through involvement in the divisions, sections, special interest groups and committees of WLA. In this panel presentation, active members of WAAL and WLA will share their experiences and provide guidance for emerging leaders who are interested in being more involved with the association. Panelists will discuss their professional development through WLA volunteer work. Information on available volunteer opportunities will be provided. Audience members will be invited to engage with the panelists throughout the presentation and during a question-and-answer session. 

This session will be followed by a discussion about the WAAL unit and our 2022 activities.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 

Breakout 4: Comedy of Errors: Stage Directions for a Library's Shift to Online Learning
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Presenters: Haley Lott, Beloit College; Kelly Leahy, Beloit College

Join our cast of characters as we break the fourth wall to analyze the three acts of pandemic learning, sharing the strategies we used to facilitate partnerships between faculty, staff, and students during the pandemic and the resources that helped us become a leader for change on our campus.

Breakout 5: Cultural Competence in Libraries: Encouraging Reflective Practice via the Critical Incident Technique
Milwaukee 2

Presenter: Eric Ely, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The United States population is increasingly diverse. More specifically, institutions of higher education are also rapidly diversifying. As such, effectively serving diverse patrons is as relevant as ever, especially when employing a broad conception of diversity. Race, ethnicity, religion, ability, veteran status, sexual identity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and educational attainment comprise a selection of various forms of patron diversity that librarians and library staff may encounter in their daily work. Given this broad conceptualization of diversity, how can one possibly understand every cultural or social group? Is doing so even possible? If not, what can be done to mitigate potentially inappropriate or harmful actions? This presentation will discuss the use of the critical incident technique, common among service-based professions (e.g., nursing, social work, education), as a tool to promote reflective practice among library and information science professionals and staff.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Sweet & Salty Snack Break!
Milwaukee Pre-Function East

Will include brownies, dessert bars, cookies, chips with french onion dip, pretzel nuggets with cheese sauce, peanuts, tortilla chips with salsa, and assorted soft drinks. Gluten free options available. 

Sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University 

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM 

Breakout 6: OER 101 & Beyond
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Presenter: Nicole Breed, Library & Information Services Instructor and Liaison Librarian, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Open and Affordable Educational Resources (O/AER) are a hot topic in academic libraries as we seek to make higher education more attainable as well as sustainable. This session will begin with the basics of O/AER followed by a walkthrough of one institution's consultation process between faculty members and the library.


Breakout 7: Transform Your Library Space on a Dime
Milwaukee 2

Presenters: Mary Lopez, Milwaukee Public Library; Jennifer Webb, Milwaukee Public Library; Elizabeth Humphrey, Milwaukee Public Library

Learn how two very different libraries transformed their library space with nearly no budget. Milwaukee Public Library’s Atkinson Branch Library was built in 1961 and their Washington Park Branch Library was built in 2003. How we got the idea, how we figured out what to do, how we got support from administration and have library space that works better for staff and patrons.

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Student and Alumni Meetup

Attention UW Madison iSchool and UW Milwaukee School of Information Studies students and alumni!
Join us Thursday evening, April 21, for an informal, after-hours meetup during the WAAL Conference.   
Reconnect with your classmates and make professional connections. This will be a great opportunity for students to meet professionals working in their chosen field in a casual setting. We'll "meet up" in the hotel lobby at 5:00 p.m. and head out to Cafe Hollander at Brookfield Corners. 
Please RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending.  
8:00 - 11:00 PM

Game Night
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Details will be available at registration.