Friday, October 21, 2016

DLT Staff Activities @ the Wisconsin Library Association Conference

The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) staff will be actively participating at the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference being held in Milwaukee, WI from October 25-28, 2016. Come and celebrate 125 years of librares working together!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee Meeting
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Prosperity

Better Together @ 125 Years - WLA Annual Conference
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stellar Services to School Age Kids Preconference
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Clarity
Registration Fee $25 WLA Members/$50 Non-Members

The Youth Services Section of WLA and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction invite you to join library staff serving youth for an invigorating preconference. This small and large group event will offer scalable ideas related to programming, drop-in activities, technology, and outreach for children in grades 2-5. TED-style talks by Wisconsin library staff will address tried-and-true and shiny-and-new efforts for this age group. A passive programming gallery of ideas awaits you during the robust snack break. Best of all, network with library peers who are equally interested in reaching kids who are beyond early literacy but not yet a tween. Past participants in YSS + DPI pre-conferences have said that it’s the best part of WLA!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

Grand Opening and No Conflict Time in Event Center
Shannon Schultz, Department of Public Instruction, Madison – Exhibits Chair
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Event Center

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Looking at Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Patrons through the Power of Habit
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon C

Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Stef Morrill, WiLS, Madison
In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg looks at habits and how they can be changed. Join your colleagues for a discussion on this book and its message of changing a work culture's habits (for the better) and how that might impact communities, in this second book of the WLA Reads series.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

State of the State: Wisconsin Children and Teen Library Services
Track: Advocacy & Promotion
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Megan Schliesmann, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison. Join our youth think tank! YSS, DPI and the CCBC will update you with the current status of library services for youth in our state. Then it's your turn to share. This active sharing/listening session will focus on YOUR needs as a youth library staffer and what our leading library organizations can do to support and improve library services for all youth in our state.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Difficult Choices: Filtering in Libraries
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Vicki Teal Lovely, South Central Library System, Madison; Greg Barniskis, South Central Library System, Madison; Nikki Busch, Oregon Public Library.   Filtering internet in libraries is not a simple decision. While many libraries choose not to filter the internet for many different reasons, it prevents them from being CIPA compliant and being able to apply for E-rate funds and certain kinds of equipment in LSTA grants. Join these presenters in an open debate to discuss the pros and cons of filtering and if it is something that should be looked at (maybe again and again). 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Play and Read: A Partnership to Engage Young Readers
Track: Mix-It Up

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library; Emily Zorea, Brewer Public Library, Richland Center; Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library; Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library; Claire Parrish, Rice Lake Public Library.
The Play and Read grant project is a collaboration between AmeriCorps Serve Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction to develop literacy skills through play for young children at the local public library. Play and Read aims to enhance early literacy skills of three and four year old economically disadvantaged children while engaging their families to promote a love of reading. Join our panel of experts from some of the participating Wisconsin public libraries to hear about our successes and our plans for continuing and expanding the program.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Coding Go Down

Track: Engaging People
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons D/E 

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Ryan Claringbole, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library.
Did you know that a British teen in the 1800s invented the first computer program? Her experimentation with puzzles and hand-on learning (the same kind of learning offered at your library) led to her discovery. In this interactive and fear-free session, find out how to have fun and benefit from coding. Set aside your assumptions and learn what coding IS and how this "invisible literacy" is vital for everyone--staff and patrons alike. Join DPI's Coding Project leads to explore and shape what coding looks like for Wisconsin library communities.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
Track: Collaboration & Innovation

Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Ron Larson, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison; Beth Bennett, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Madison.
Available through BadgerLink, the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers provides full-text access to 250 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago. In 2015, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and WiLS began to work together to bring historical newspapers into the Archive. This panel will provide updates on this collaborative project, tips for searching the Archive, and information about how libraries can participate.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A Conversation with the PLSR Steering Committee
Track: Library Issues & Challenges
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B

John Thompson, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire; Paula Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library; John DeBacher, Department of Public Instruction, Madison.
In August 2015, DPI State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the appointment of a Steering Committee to oversee a multi-year project to re-envision how Wisconsin Public Library Systems serve Wisconsin's 384 public libraries. With the support of the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND), the Steering Committee, in conjunction with the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) project manager, WiLS, has developed a community- led process to review and redesign how shared and coordinated services are provided to public libraries and citizens in Wisconsin to maximize the investment in library systems and public libraries. Join members of the Steering Committee to hear about the progress of this process and to provide the committee with feedback and input to aid the committee as it guides this very important process.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
LSTA Forum
Track: Mix-It Up

Terrie Howe, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; John DeBacher, Department of Public Instruction, Madison.  The Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) needs your help to examine the current LSTA Plan (2013-2017) for Wisconsin's Grants to States program with the purpose of establishing priorities for the next Five-Year plan (2018-2022). This session is a key opportunity to consider the Institute of Library Services' (IMLS) focus for the only federal grant program dedicated to libraries, evaluate the ongoing plan and share your views about how the LSTA program can help re-envision your library.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Meeting the Challenge: Collection Development of Youth Materials

Track: Building Collections
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salons A/B

Megan Schliesman, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), UW-Madison; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison. Should you buy a buzzed-about book if reviews point out serious shortcomings? How do you handle an award-winner that rubs you the wrong way? Are you uncertain after reading blog posts calling out books for racial insensitivity? Do worries about challenges make you hesitate with some titles or topics? This safe and instructive conversation will also explore the essential role intellectual freedom plays in the work you do every day. Library newbies and veterans welcome.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Librarian to Director: Is It Right for You?
Track: Leadership & Professional Development
Woodland Dreams Ballroom - Salon F 

Shannon Schultz, Department of Public Instruction, Madison; Laurie Swartwout, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. Are you considering taking the plunge into library management? Take an inside look at the transition from librarian to library director. Some of our greatest librarians have made that move only to find disappointment when seated at the helm. In this Q & A style discussion, librarians with academic and public library backgrounds answer your questions about making this career change.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Notable Reports Panel: PLSR Edition

Track: Library Issues & Challenges

Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Madison; Tasha Saecker, Appleton Public Library; Krista Ross, Southwest Wisconsin Library System, Fennimore.  The Notable Reports Panel has wowed WAPL crowds with their overviews of the reports that are important to public library work. In this session, the panel will turn its summarizing powers to information that is being used in the Public Library System Redesign Process, giving attendees summaries of reports used in this process and how the information is being applied. Attendees will be encouraged to share thoughts about the reports and recommendations about other sources that might benefit the process, too.

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