Southwest Wisconsin Association of Libraries (SWAL) Annual Conference 2017
Join us on Friday, November 17, 2017 for the annual SWAL meeting. The event is an opportunity to learn from and network with your colleagues from all types of libraries and will be held at the beautiful new Platteville Public Library 225 W Main St., Platteville, WI . The cost is $20 and lunch is provided. We hope to see you there!
8:30 AM: Registration and Coffee

9:15: SWAL business meeting

9:30: User Experience - Jess Jones, UW-Madison

Jess is a user experience (UX) designer, working with clients to understand the needs of students, faculty, staff, and other audiences that interact with UW-Madison, and design experiences to meet those needs. She is co-founder of the Better by Design conference and workshops, which brings design-thinking leaders from around the world to UW-Madison for workshops and an annual conference. She holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction.

10:15: Breakout small group discussions (attendees choose topics for discussion with their colleagues)

12:00: Lunch: Pasta buffet catered by UW-Platteville (One option will be vegetarian; please email with additional dietary restrictions).

1:00-4:00: WiLS Regional Community Meeting: Information Literacy

Our patrons and our students are wonderfully curious and it's our job is to show them how to ask good questions and get good answers. In a world that is a tangle of unreliable or unsupported or outdated information, "alternative facts," fake news, and fake news about real news, how do we do this?

We can help by spreading information literacy, the skills that people need throughout their lives to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information. It's an important topic right now for all types of libraries. So important, in fact, that we're dedicating the 2017 WiLS Regional Community Meetings to it.

Join the discussion to find out how to help your patrons navigate the increasingly complex information landscape - whether you have a full information literacy program implemented, you're just starting to create or rethink your information literacy program, or you aren't doing anything yet but want to get started.

4:00: Maris Associates book sale and Refreshments/ Library Tour

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The registration fee is $20; please select your payment method: *
Would you be willing to share, formally or informally, about your own information literacy program or projects? *
No pressure! This can be as formal as you want it to be - no slides or handouts necessary.
What would you like to know about your colleagues' information literacy programs? Or, what would you like your colleagues to know about your program?
Remember, librarians from other kinds of libraries (K12, public, and academic) will be at this meeting. What would you like to know about their programs that might help you improve your own, and vice versa?
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Before the meeting...
We are hoping for a great conversation from attendees who are likely to be from very diverse backgrounds with regards to their information literacy efforts: some may have two staff members dedicated to it and some may be a solo librarian whose efforts have fallen by the wayside. All are welcome!

Before the meeting, think about your library's user community and what they struggle with in finding and using information. What signs or symptoms of gaps in information literacy skills do you see among your community?

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts!

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