Lake Superior Library Symposium wins state award
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, along with partners St. Scholastica,
Duluth Public Library, Marshall School, Northern Waters Library System,
University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior
Public Library, and Superior Public Schools earned the State Superintendent’s
‘Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries and Communities’ Award for
their work in successfully organizing the first ‘Lake Superior Libraries
Symposium’, which took place in June of 2012 at the WITC Conference Center in
Superintendent Tony Evers presented the award to the organizers February 1 in
Madison at the capitol.
“Libraries are still an important resource in our communities, and in these
times of financial constraint, our collective efforts are more valuable than
ever. Thanks to the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium, we can grow and develop
professionally to benefit the patrons in our communities without having to
travel far from the rural northland,” said Matt Rosendahl, a symposium organizer
and WITC Director of Learning Resources.
says Pew research shows libraries are still highly valued by the public.
Libraries are now viewed as technology centers for human interaction and
information. The symposium helps teach best practices in use of technology in
libraries, as well as keeping a sense of community.
covered at the first Lake Superior Libraries Symposium included use of ebooks,
iPad lending programs, how to use various technologies, strategic planning, and
information literacy as well as better use of free and open access resources.
WITC-Superior campus has implemented several new ideas from the symposium
including an I-pad bar, which gives access to students to familiarize themselves
with the technology, more e-books in the classroom and for research, and
conducting student activities in the library for community life, such as a book
second annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium will be held June 7, 2013.