Thursday, April 29

8:15 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:45


10:00 - 10:45

Breakout Session 1

11:00 - 11:45

Breakout Session 2

11:45 - 1:00

Lunch Break

12:00-12:30 WAAL Annual Member Meeting

1:00 - 1:45

Breakout Session 3

Welcome: 8:15-8:30

Maureen Olle-LaJoie, WAAL Board President, will begin the WAAL 2021 Annual Conference with opening remarks.

Keynote Address: 8:30-9:45


Taking Risks:
Connecting Through Real Stories 
Megan McGee, Co-founder & Executive Director of Ex Fabula




True, personal stories are powerful tools for building relationships, sharing knowledge, and even demonstrating the impact of academic libraries. Ex Fabula is a nonprofit with the mission of connecting Milwaukee through real stories, and in this talk, 

Executive Director Megan McGee will share applied storytelling tactics and examples. She’ll also highlight how risk, power, and vulnerability are at play – and how those should be considered when engaging students, administrators, faculty, and campus leaders.





Breakout Sessions

Session 1: 10:00-10:45

What Would That Look Like Here? Adapting Instruction Ideas for Your Campus

Elaine Gustafson, Concordia University

Websites, books, online groups, and open access resources are filled with information literacy instruction ideas. However, they are often suited to a specific curriculum, time limit, instruction space, technology, and/or campus culture. In this workshop, participants will practice adapting a sample lesson, game, or learning activity from Project CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments, through a scaffolded learning experience. 


Break Out of Your K-12 Outreach Routine

Shauna Edson, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Liz Antaramian, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Xou Le Vang, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Academic libraries have a responsibility to build relationships with K-12 classrooms in our communities but, with a small outreach staff, it can be difficult to begin. Working with younger students may be outside the comfort zone of academic library staff but it’s important to establish firm guidelines, have good communication and. . .expect the unexpected! We’ll share how we’ve managed to collaborate with various K-12 groups by building context into our activities and utilizing constructivist learning techniques, such as modeling, coaching, scaffolding, and exploration. Participants will learn from our K-12 programming experiences and leave with tips on classroom management, technical support and crossing the finish line together.

Session 2: 11:00-11:45

Primary Source Literacy in the Online Classroom

Abigail Nye, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Max Yela, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Georgia Brown, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The participants will present three case studies that explore how archivists and librarians from UWM’s Archives, Special Collections, and American Geographic Society Library worked with instructors to incorporate primary source literacy instruction into different learning modalities. The case studies will address how archivists and librarians employed Canvas learning objects, story maps, synchronous engagement, and other strategies to guide students toward key Primary Source Literacy learning outcomes.


Collaborations with Campus and Community Stakeholders

Tiffany Thornton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Carrie Wade, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Heidi Anoszko, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

How can librarians enact change with social justice issues of impact to their Campus and local community? As part of the UWM Golda Meir Library, the Diversity Advisory committee and its members have continually worked to accomplish this goal. We seek to encourage an educational environment that is supportive of all library users through our outreach work and programming to address issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).  Through our efforts, we’ve developed successful collaborations with University Campus partners (e.g., Fostering Success Welcome Bag Drive and Meet Your Campus Partner Brown Bag Series), as well as local community groups aligning with our mission (e.g., Wisconsin Books for Prisoners Donation). This presentation will discuss the process for developing these initiatives, lessons learned through challenges, and strategies to engage and establish buy-in with various library stakeholders. In addition, there will be time for a hands-on group activity and opportunities to learn from each other’s efforts and ideas for developing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) centered programming within your libraries.  

Lunch Break: 11:45-1:00

WAAL Annual Member Meeting: 12:00-12:30

Maureen Olle-LaJoie, University of Wisconsin-River Falls 

WAAL Board President Maureen Olle-LaJoie will lead WAAL’s annual Membership Meeting during Thursday’s lunch break. After agenda items are addressed, this time will also be available for WAAL members to provide feedback related to WAAL or the conference. 

Breakout Sessions

Session 3: 1:00-1:45

Risky Writing: Ditching the Research Paper and Reaping the Rewards of More Authentic Assignments

Nicole Bungert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kate Ganski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kristin Woodward, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This presentation is about the dreaded research paper. Why has this genre persisted despite mutual hatred by both instructors and students? Why, despite changes in writing technologies and how we access information, do we still ask students to research a topic and tell us what they find out? Drawing on our 15+ years assisting students who are researching for their research papers and our more recent experiences working with composition faculty on alternative writing assignments, we will interrogate why faculty assign the academic essay and how alternatives might better meet their learning goals. After our presentation, we will share a short list of alternative writing assignments and invite further discussion on the viability of each, giving attention to the role of librarians to support information literacy objectives. We will distribute feedback after the conference as a resource for attendees as well as for those who were not able to attend but are interested in alternative writing assignments. 


It Slices, It Dices, It Juliennes: The Multiple Uses of Faculty Publication Data

Mitchell Scott, St. Norbert College
Sarah Titus, St. Norbert College
Alaina Morales, St. Norbert College

How far can one piece of data go? During this session St. Norbert College (SNC) will detail the multiple ways that they are using faculty publication data to promote faculty work, library collections and library services.  These projects include the creation and maintenance of a digital faculty scholarship display in the library, a library service that identifies Green Open Access rights of St. Norbert authors and deposits permissible versions of faculty research in the SNC Digital Commons, and a social media campaign congratulating faculty scholars on recent publications. Join us to learn more about how SNC harvests faculty author data, how the digital faculty scholarship exhibit was built and is maintained, our process for Green OA deposits, and using social platforms to connect the library and library users to faculty work.


Swim Lanes and Superpowers: Engaging Student Employees

Erica Grunseth, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 

In fall 2018, the Cofrin Library hired more than a third of the Public Services student staff. Training was 8 staff-intense weeks; creating process, workload, and engagement problems. We needed to keep our student staff engaged and invested in their work while providing great services and training new arrivals. We found ways to reduce training time and engage student employees by discovering and developing skills that are valuable to them. We used a post-training discussion about superpowers and a Lean swimlane tool. This tool helps create efficiencies of workflow, involving everyone in the process. We invite our students to engage in the training process and express how it builds skills for their future careers so we can help them engage in their work and future.