Expansion Hopes for ALA's "Libraries Build Communities"

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A subset of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders, including WLA's very own Easter DiGangi,  is determining how to transform and expand ALA's annual volunteer service day, "Libraries Build Communities." Originally designed to assist libraries and local groups in host cities where the ALA holds its Annual Conference, the Emerging Leaders "Project F" seeks to turn the program into an ongoing national volunteer program for librarians who wish to serve their local communities.Read more about Project F, and contact the group at project-faboo@googlegroups.com if you have suggestions or an interest in assisting recruitment efforts....

YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AND ATTEND NATIONAL LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

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on Thursday, April 07, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The 2011 National Library Legislative Day is quickly approaching and will be held on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10. On Monday, there is an all-day briefing at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Tuesday will be spent in Congressional offices with visits scheduled ahead of time by myself (Julie Schneider) Many changes in Congress now contribute to a new political climate in both the House and the Senate. New members need to hear from you and other constituents. We hope to have a good showing of Wisconsin librarians in legislators offices.The registration fee is $20 and includes breakfast and an afternoon snack. Register online for NLLD now or download this form (pdf), complete and mail it to your state coordinator. Having trouble with registration? Take a look at our step-by-step instructions (pdf). The American Library Association has a block reserved at the Liaison Hotel, and the block is listed...
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Only 46 Days Left Until National Library Legislative Day!!!

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on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The 2011 National Library Legislative Day is quickly approaching and will be held on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Many changes in Congress now contribute to a new political climate in both the House and the Senate. New members need to hear from you and other constituents. We hope to have a good showing of Wisconsin librarians in legislators offices.Be sure to register early – the American Library Association has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel, but many of you know that they always go quickly and you’ll want to be at the center of the action! The American Library Association, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the District of Columbia Library Association sponsor National Library Legislative Day. We look forward to seeing you soon!The registration fee is $20 and includes breakfast and an afternoon snack. Register online for...

ALA Statement in Support of Workers' Rights to Collectively Bargain

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on Thursday, February 24, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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 Note: On 2/28/11, the WLA Board voted unanimously to endorse ALA's Statement in Support of Worker's Rights to Collectively Bargain.2/24/11The following is being widely distributed by ALA’s Public Information Office and is on the ALA website:CHICAGO - As thousands protest proposed collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens released the following statement in support of those standing up for workers’ rights.“While governments are facing financial challenges, addressing deficits should not serve as an opportunity to strip away the hard-won right of workers to collectively bargain,” said Stevens.“As library visits continue to soar, with job seekers and families turning to our libraries to gain new skills and free access to education resources, the value of library service and staff should be recognized and protected. “The ALA supports library employees in seeking equitable compensation and recognizes the principle of collective bargaining as an important element...
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Wisconsin Candidates for ALA Office Announced

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on Monday, March 19, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The following Wisconsin librarians will be candidates for American Library Association leadership positions in elections that start today:Rhonda K. Puntney Gould is a candidate for ALA Councilor-At-Large, a position she currently holds. Rhonda is the youth services and special needs consultant at the Lakeshores Library System, Watertown, and a member of the WLA Board of Directors as the immediate past president.Francine D. Eppelsheimer seeks to be the ISS Representative to the AASL Board. She is Middle School Librarian/Library Department Chair PK-12, at the University School of Milwaukee.Megan Schliesman is a candidate for an ALSC Board Vacancy. Megan is a librarian at the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) and currently serves as the WLA IFRT newsletter and web editor. Allison G. Kaplan seeks a seat on the ALSC 2014 Sibert Committee. Allison is Faculty Associate at UW-Madison SLIS and currently serves on the WLA Board of Directors.K.T. Horning seeks a seat on the ALSC 2015...