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OITP, LITA Seek Submissions for Cutting-edge Technology Practices

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The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are now soliciting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology.  Nominations must be submitted by November 6, 2012, and winners will be announced at the upcoming January 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting. UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to November 16. For more details check this link: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/10/oitp-lita-seek-submissions-for-cutting-edge-technology-practices/...
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WLA and UW-Milwaukee SOIS Partner to Provide Educational Opportunities for Paralibrarians

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The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Paralibrarian of the Year Award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, including all library support staff who do not currently have an MLIS, in providing excellent library service in Wisconsin.  This award places special emphasis on efforts to further the role of paralibrarians and library support staff in the library profession. The WLA Paralibrarian of the Year award winner will be selected by the WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Section Board of Directors and the criteria are as follows: Excellence in job performance, including contribution(s) enabling their library to best serve its patrons and/or its community (whether public, college/university, school, corporation, etc.) The encouragement of reading and the use of the library's resources A commitment to free access to information for all The candidate's work to build networks, organizations, and/or groups to support excellence in library work and new career paths for library support...
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Sara Bryce Selected as WLA NMRT Rising Star!

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The New Members Roundtable (NMRT) is pleased to announce Sara Bryce, La Crosse Public Library, as the first recipient of the new Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award was started this year as a way to highlight and recognize a project or accomplishment of a new colleague in our field; ideally the recipient would have worked in a Wisconsin library for five years or fewer. Sara works in the Youth Services Department at La Crosse Public, and in the past year, she led a community grant project to introduce the library to all 2nd graders in the city. She also introduced much needed classroom management techniques to staff and patrons for their "boat" in the Youth Area. You can find out more about Sara and her Youth Services work at her blog: brycedontplay.blogspot.com. (And the story of how she named her blog gives you a glimpse of her stellar class...
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Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship Offers $3,000

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Nominations are being accepted for the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship.  This $3,000 award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: authorship of a seminal book or articles in business librarianship; development of an imaginative and successful program centered around business within a library; teaching business librarianship in a particularly creative and substantive manner; and displaying strong leadership in a professional association geared to business librarianship. The sponsor is Gale Cengage Learning. For more information, as well as a link to the nomination form, please see:  http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/awards/businesslib/index.cfm The award and citation will be presented at the RUSA Awards ceremony at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Please email, fax, or mail the nomination packet by DECEMBER 15, 2012, to the Committee Chair, Patricia Kenly....
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Mead Witter Foundation to Receive WLA President's Award

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With contributions to Wisconsin's public and academic libraries now totaling $2.49 million, including $407,000 just in 2012, the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids was an easy pick for this year's WLA President's Award. Individual grants of $2,500 to $100,000 have made a huge impact on libraries throughout Northcentral Wisconsin. But for Darla Allen, director at Charles & JoAnn Lester Library in Nekoosa, it comes down to two leather club chairs that the library was able to purchase because of a grant from Mead Witter - little luxuries, she says, that libraries like hers with annual budgets under $100,000 can't afford. Says Allen, "Those chairs have a lot of stories to tell....The widower who is raising three children after his wife passed away in her early 30s. He walks down on his lunch hour, and when he hits the chair, you can see him entirely relax for the first time that...
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