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2014 WLA Conference Registration Now Open!

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Online Registration is Now Open    There are lots of reasons why you should attend the WLA annual conference this fall. Connect with your library colleagues, fellow trustees and vendors, on November 4-7, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Engage in over 90 sessions of interesting, invaluable presentations and activities, entertaining guest speakers, and winning books and authors.  Transform your education into marketable skills at the Career Center.     Check out the conference website ... plenty to see and do starting with Tuesday's pre-conferences and ending with Friday's luncheon speaker!...
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Recap of Special Libraries Summer 2014 Field Trip: The Forest Products Laboratory Library

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The Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries (AWSL) is always on the lookout for unique and interesting libraries to visit and spotlight around Wisconsin. Beyond being ‘special,’ they also give librarians in the public and academic fields a chance to see how other types of libraries operate. It just so happened that the Forest Products Lab Library (FPLL) in Madison was recently completely renovated and relocated. Julie Blankenburg, the supervisory librarian at FPLL, was kind enough to offer a tour of the new space. I was lucky enough to have worked at FPLL for about eight months as a student, and I have to say from personal experience that the new space is infinitely better for librarians, staff and patrons. Before touring the library, we were able to get a glimpse at another unique collection that is housed at FPLL: the Wood Anatomy Collection. This assortment of wood samples is one of...
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2014 WLA Literary Award: Librarians Honor Larry Watson for "Let Him Go"

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WLA's Literary Awards Committee has chosen Let Him Go by Larry Watson, who taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years before joining the faculty at Marquette University, as the winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2013. Let Him Go is the story of George and Margaret Blackledge, living in 1951 North Dakota. They’ve lost their only son and now their 4-year-old grandson has been taken away as well. Margaret is determined to get him back and George, who is just about done with life, nevertheless does what he can to help her. “Watson is the master of spare prose. Let Him Go is quietly riveting as Watson explores just what’s worth fighting for and the sacrifices people are willing to make,” said Jane Jorgenson, Chair of the Literary Awards Committee....
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WLA Conference Keynote Speaker

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Rich Harwood, who authored Citizens and Politics: A View from Main Street, will be the keynote speaker at the WLA Conference on Wednesday, November 5, at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.   Soon after publication of his landmark book, he became a national leader in rethinking on how to move communities forward in Hope Unraveled, Make Hope Real, Why We’re Here and The Work of Hope. By focusing on impact and not funding, he has created new ways to support small groups and the hardest hit communities in tough economic times.   His success has won him partnerships with some of the largest, most respected nonprofits in the world, such as United Way Worldwide, AARP, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the American Library Association. People from all walks of life have read about Harwood’s ideas, innovation and approach. Come and listen to one of the greatest innovators of this decade.  ...
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AWSL-sponsored Forest Products Laboratory Library Tour, June 9th

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The Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) would like to extend an invitation to WLA members to attend a special library tour and casual dinner/happy hour to follow on Monday, June 9th, from 4:30 P.M. (sharp) to around 7:00 P.M. The tour is of the Forest Products Laboratory Library - http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/library/ - and will be led by librarian Julie Blankenburg. Julie has had the pleasure of moving the library into a new space about a year and a half ago and has graciously offered to show us around. After meeting up for the tour, we plan to have a casual dinner/happy hour at the Blue Moon Tavern nearby. Details: Time and Date - Monday, June 9th 4:30 PM-7:00 PM, with the tour taking place from 4:30-approximately 5:00 PM Place - We will meet at the entrance of Forest Products Laboratory at One Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53726. The front parking lot is available...
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