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All school and parish librarians, teachers and principals are invited to the WCLA conference on October 19, 2012!  Bring your friends and colleagues to the Comfort Inn and Suites, North Star Conference Center 5025 Cty. Hwy. V, DeForest, WI. The cost is $35 in advance for WCLA members and $45 for non-members or those who register at the door. Membership to WCLA is accepted at any time.  The planning committee is asking each attendee to bring three ideas to share in the afternoon.  Everyone is welcome to attend, help spread the word!  Questions can be directed to  Cindy Marach, E4906 370th Ave., Menomonie, WI  54751  (715-235-7494) or cindy.marach@menomoniecatholic.org  



2012 Conference Program:

  8:00 – 8:45   Registration, Continental breakfast, shop vendors 

  8:45 – 9:00   Welcome, Prayer 

  9:0010:00   Bob Smiley - Digital Copyright, 21st Century Literacy, Long Range Planning, Bring Your Own Device 

10:0511:00   Merri Lindgren from CCBC; Children’s books 

11:0512:00   Merri Lindgren from CCBC; Young adult books 

12:00 1:00   Lunch and shop vendors 

  1:00 2:00   Author Jacqueline Houtman - The Reinvention of Edison Thomas  

  2:05 2:55   Jeanne Huie from Barnes and Noble - Nook Presentation  

  2:553:05   Break 

  3:05 3:35   Idea Sharing 

  3:35 3:55   Business Meeting 



WCLA Presenters:


Dr. Robert Smiley will  present on digital copyright, 21st century literacy, long range planning, and Bring Your Own Device. Dr. Smiley currently serves as the director of technology for the Waunakee Community School District.  

Lindgren is a librarian at the Cooperative Children’s Book (CCBC) of the School of Education at UW-Madison. She has edited or authored numerous publications for the CCBC and frequently talks about books for children and young adults around the state of Wisconsin.  Merri has served on the Charlotte Zolotow, Odyssey, and Caldecott Award committees.  

Jacqueline Houtman
young adult book author from Madison, will present Sciency Fiction. This presentation refers to books in which science is an integral part of the narrative. It is distinguished from Science Fiction in that it's not speculative at all. The science is accurate and current (either in the present or in the period depicted in historical fiction). There are many people who love reading about real science in fictional situations. Jacqueline’s award-winning book is The Reinvention Of Edison Thomas.  Her website is www.jhoutman.com  

Jeanne K. Huie
is the community relations manager at Barnes & Noble, West Towne, in Madison. She works with teachers and customers on book purchases, customer service requests and store events.  Her presentation will include information and perspectives on e-publishing and use of e-readers as educational devices.  Her intent is to make this an open and flexible presentation by including questions from the audience and allowing hands-on opportunity to use the Nook, Barnes and Noble electronic reading device.  Jeanne will also discuss how Nook differs from other reader options available. Jeanne is a former teacher, librarian, trainer, non-profit director, IT consultant and independent bookstore owner.