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WiLSWorld 2017 Conference Program

WiLSWorld 2017 – Thursday, July 27th

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions                                          
9:15-10:30 Keynote Address: What We Can Learn from Digital Failures

Room 325-326

Dr. Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California (USC)

The idea that we will become free through technology is not new. However, we do not live in a world that is a blank slate. Hierarchies of power are reproduced and enacted through digital technologies. The ways in which our everyday lives are digitized into easily stored and repurposed bits of information actually heightens control and surveillance: as we are tracked and categorized, power-laden boundaries across race, gender, and class become digital enclosures.

Technology is never neutral and is laden with failures that have social consequences. In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California (USC) will discuss the importance of new models of intervention and resistance. By illuminating linkages to power struggles over values, particularly in the context of the digital, we can re-examine information contexts and realize we have great responsibility and the imperative to act.

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30  Concurrent Sessions I
10:45-11:30 The Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC) at UW-Madison Libraries: Lessons Learned in the First Year

Room 325-326

Karla Strand, Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian. UW-Madison

Cat Phan, Digital and Media Archivist for the University Archives, UW-Madison

Jennifer Haukohl, Financial Specialist Senior, UW-Madison

In this session, presenters from the steering committee of UW-Madison General Library System’s Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC) will describe the committee’s formation, goals, and processes. Emphasis will be placed on lessons learned during EDC’s first year and practical advice for others looking to begin equity and diversity work within their libraries.

10:45-11:30  Making Sense of Library UX

Room 335

Angie Schoeneck, Growth Strategy Manager, Demco

In this session, we’ll clearly outline and define the basics of library user experience. You’ll see examples, and learn about tools and resources you can apply to assess your library’s current situation and make a game plan focused on adjustments that matter most to your users, and can be sustained by your library staff.

10:45-11:30  Libraries and K-12 Schools: Partnering for Library Access

Room 313

Steve Heser, Library Systems Administrator, Milwaukee County Federated Library System

Steve Ohs, Administrator, Lakeshores Library System

Public libraries have partnered with K-12 schools for decades, but these relationships have recently gained momentum through the IMLS Library Challenge and other programs. Join us to see how libraries are breaking down the mental and technological barriers with initiatives to allow greater access to library resources and get kids into the library.

11:45-12:45  Lunch (included)
1:00-2:15  Afternoon Plenary: Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes

Room 325-326

Joe Kirgues, Co-Founder and Managing Director, gener8tor Madison and Milwaukee

Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library, User Experience, and Library Spaces, UW-Madison

Tasha Saecker, Assistant Director, Appleton Public Library

Join this discussion of cutting-edge ideas and technologies that have the potential to change the service expectations of our communities. How do we respond? How do we learn? How do we lead? Librarians and technologists alike will share what they see as potentially disruptive in the current landscape and the implications and opportunities for our libraries.

2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30  Concurrent Sessions II
2:30-3:30  Setting a Course for Success: Getting Started with Digital Preservation in Your Library

Room 313

Anita Doering, Senior Archivist and Archives Manager, La Crosse Public Library

Stacey Erdman, Digital Archivist, Beloit College

Are you feeling slightly adrift where it comes to how to best manage your born digital collections? Come and learn the ropes of digital preservation! Stacey Erdman (Beloit College) will provide an introduction to the basics, and provide some helpful tips and tricks gleaned from working on the Digital POWRR Project. Anita Doering will share the La Crosse Public Library-Archives’ experiences of wading into the waters of digital preservation and how they circumvented around unexpected sandbars. While the ocean of possibilities are endless, let LPLA throw you a life preserver of some things to consider when starting to navigate the troubled waters.

2:30-3:30  Virtual Reality in the Library

Room 335

Brian Kopetsky, Assistant Director, McMillan Memorial Library

Jane Roisum, Library Manager, Fox Valley Technical College

Josh Janikowski, Mobile Application Developer, Wisc-Online

How are libraries making use of new and affordable virtual reality technologies? Learn how McMillan Memorial Library has added VR video production capabilities to its Digital Media Studio, and how Fox Valley Technical College uses Oculus Rift as an interactive teaching tool.

2:30-3:30  Uses and Strategies of Data for Libraries

Room 325-326

Anne Hamland, Communications Coordinator, Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Steve Meyer, Data Strategist, UW-Madison

Doug Way, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services, UW-Madison

In this presentation, Steve and Doug will discuss how UW-Madison Libraries has used visualizations to easily tell the story of collections usage to library and campus audiences and how UW is developing tools to assist librarians with collection management decisions. Steve and Doug will trace our process beginning with the assumptions library staff and campus stakeholders make about the use of collections through the formulation of concrete questions, identifying and mapping data points for answering those questions and the subsequent exploration of data sets.

Anne will teach attendees how to gather appropriate data to craft infographics for advocacy, fundraising, and public awareness. Anne will walk through gathering data from public library annual reports or library generated reports, pairing data with images and icons, and creating infographics in basic programs available to all libraries and skill levels.

3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:30 Concurrent Sessions III
3:45-4:30 Promoting Your Library: A Case Study

Room 313

Terri Fleming, Community Information Coordinator, Fond du Lac Public Library

Following the arc of a typical library program, from idea to completion, the presenter will walk through the practical steps any library staffer can take to maximize their programming profile and reach. It all starts with adopting a new perspective: taking off the librarian-tinted glasses. The presenter will discuss language, presentation, the importance of consistency and the benefits of listening to the media and the public.

3:45-4:30 If They Only Knew: How Librarians Collaborate to Support Literacy Across School, Public, and Academic Libraries

Room 325-326

Teri Holford, Academic Engagement & Curriculum Collection Librarian, UW-La Crosse

Liz Humrickhouse, Assistant Professor and Academic Librarian, UW-La Crosse

Teri and Liz co-founded a college-readiness bridge program called Gaining Ground: Building On College Level Information Literacy Skills. They were inspired to found C.A.L.L. with a public librarian and a school librarian, after attending and presenting on Gaining Ground at the LILi conference in Los Angeles, CA , and listening to librarians in a variety of specializations discuss their successful collaborations with one another. They believe that building partnerships across libraries is the solution to helping patrons become information literate for the rest of their lives.

3:45-4:30 The Privacy Paradox: What it Means for Your Library, Your Patrons, and You

Room 335

Ben Miller, Assistant Director, DPI Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Librarians are well aware of the importance of privacy. But our actions online and in our libraries don’t always reflect it. We often need to balance the desire for privacy with a need for convenience and efficiency. Where do we draw the line? What tools do we have to help us make better choices? You’ll learn more about the ways data you and your patrons generate online are used and get tips and best practices to balance privacy and convenience both for you personally and for the libraries and communities you serve.

5:00 Happy Hour(s)!

Join your colleagues for a friendly drink and conversation at the Vintage.

Cancellations must be made at least two business days prior to the event in order to receive a refund. If a registrant cancels less than two working days prior to the date of the event, the registrant remains responsible for payment; no fees will be refunded.

A substitute may take the place of the original registrant, but either the registrant or their institution is responsible for coordinating and communicating changes to WiLS. Cancellations and/or substitutions may be reported to .

If an event is canceled by WiLS, due to low registration or inclement weather, registrants will be notified and fees will be refunded.