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The Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2017 Awards and Honors Winners

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2017 library Award & Honor Winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Amy Glaser, River Falls Public Library Library of the Year: UW-Parkside in Kenosha WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year: Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System Programming Innovation Award: Melissa Roelli. Mt. Horeb Public Library, Big Read Program Special Services Award: Steve Conway Trustee of the Year: Stephen Runde, Verona Public Library “We congratulate each winner and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the 2017 Annual Conference at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells next month,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for the Wisconsin Library Association. Here are a few more details about this year’s winners: Citation of Merit: Amy Glaser, River Falls Public LibraryOnce in a blue moon, or more rarely, a library will find a volunteer and supporter willing to do it all. The...
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2017 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2017. The inductees include: Sandra Friedman Dolnick  (1936-2016).  Milwaukee native, founder and first executive director of the Friends of Libraries USA. Joe Jax (1935- ).  Director, UW-Stout Library, WLA President (1982), WLA Librarian of the Year (1986), a leader in library technology and resource sharing. Louise Robbins (1944- ).   Educator, consultant, researcher, author, volunteer.  Professor, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, 1991-2009, and Director from 1997-2009).  Ruby Roeder (1913-2017).  Director of the Williams Free Library, Beaver Dam, from 1947 to 1979, who was particularly effective in the areas of library cooperation and outreach. Lowell Wilson (1916-2015).  His contributions as a library professional and volunteer started in the mid-1940s and continued into the 21st century. ...
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Members of the Wisconsin Legislature were honored by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) at its annual Library Legislative Day gathering on February 20. Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) was named 2018 WLA Legislator of the Year for her work to secure additional funding for regional technology resources and enhanced public library services in the areas of broadband access, workforce development, and lifelong learning. Felzkowski represents the 35th Assembly district. Three Library Legislative Champions were honored for demonstrating significant support for Wisconsin libraries throughout the 2017-2019 budget process, as well as promoting the Public Library Data and Technology Training Bill now awaiting Governor Walker’s signature. They are 31st Assembly District Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), 34th Assembly District Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and 24th District Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point). Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Kurt Kiefer from the Division for Libraries and Technology was similarly recognized. Special Recognition Awards were presented to legislative...
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WLA 2017 Awards: Now Accepting Applications!

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Application Deadline Extended for All Awards…due September 15   Honor the innovative and exceptional library services, staff, trustees, and supporters in Wisconsin. Nominate an individual, group, or library for one of the 2017 WLA Awards with the new streamlined application process.   Please visit the WLA Awards & Honors website for a list of awards or see the list below. The criteria, application form, and instructions to apply are listed under each individual award on WLA's web site. Winners will be honored at the WLA Conference during the Awards and Honors Reception.   Questions? Contact Kristen Anderson, Awards and Honors Committee Chair,    WLA 2017 Awards Citation of Merit Conferred upon Wisconsin citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees, who have made outstanding contributions to quality library services. This award may be given to a group of people or an individual. Library of the Year Award Presented to any...
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WLA Conference Registration is Open!

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      Early Bird Registration Is Now Open                         ...
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