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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Nominations Due September 15

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The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee is accepting nominations for individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2015. Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, September 15, 2015.  Procedures and a nomination form are located HERE.  Both the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center and the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame are programs of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation.   Induction into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is granted to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the statewide improvement of library service in Wisconsin over a sustained period of time.  Individuals who have worked in and/or advocated for Wisconsin libraries will be considered.  Both living and deceased individuals will be considered. Final selection of inductees into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame will be made by the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee. Please submit your nominations to Paul Nelson (Chair of the WLHC Steering Committee) as email...
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Call for Awards & Honors Nominations

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The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to August 31, 2015.   One of the benefits of working in the library community is meeting so many individuals who have a passion for their work, who strive for excellence, who take meager resources and spin them into gold. Who is recognizing these achievers, these community leaders? Resolve to nominate someone deserving of one of the following awards this year: Citation of Merit AwardLibrary of the YearMuriel Fuller AwardSpecial Service AwardTrustee of the Year AwardWLA/Demco Librarian of the Year Award You'll find information about the awards and the nomination forms under Awards & Scholarships on the WLA home page.    ...
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Bird, written by Crystal Chan, wins 2015 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Children’s novel Bird, written by Crystal Chan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, has won the 2015 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut. Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away. Jewel never knew her brother, Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence. (Book Description) The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Ann Bausum as...
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Martin Alvarado has been chosen as the 2015 Paralibrarian Award Recipient

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Martin was nominated by members of the Madison Public Library staff based on his commitment to free access to information, his ability to form partnerships and his creativity in his many outreach efforts. Martin’s wide-ranging skills and abilities make him an ideal candidate for the 2015 Paralibrarian. The Paralibrarian of the Year Award was created to recognize the contributions made by paralibrarians and support staff, and to help them further their education through a scholarship to aid in the completion of a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Science and Technology or a Master of Library and Information Science degree through UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (UW-Milwaukee SOIS) The Wisconsin Library Association 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...
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2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Winner

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Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles of intellectual freedom and first amendment rights. In her work as a classroom teacher she has incorporated awareness of free speech, censorship, and intellectual freedom into the curriculum to inform and empower students on their academic journeys and beyond into their adult lives. Koller has resisted efforts to restrict content and materials, as well as holding administration accountable for following school board policy in formal reconsideration of materials both in her classes and in others. The authors of the nomination letter recommending Koller wrote “on multiple occasions, she has lead a charge to protect the shelves...
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