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March is Deaf Awareness month!

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March is Deaf Awareness month!  Here are a few small things you can do to celebrate Deaf History and Culture and support Deaf youth in Wisconsin.  View and Display our Antique Deaf Education Text Book display on your website or facebook. http://portal.sliderocket.com/BZSBI/WSDMuseumExhibition Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WisDPI.WSD|Help us reach 1000 likes before the end of the month! Connect our library page to your library page:http://www.wsd.k12.wi.us/wsd_library.cfm This helps spread the word about our state wide resources for all people who are interested in deaf and hard of hearing issues.  We serve everyone, not just those who go to our school.  We are your state wide resource library and more! Thank you! Nell FlemingLibrarianWSD Library309 Walworth AveDelavan, WI 53115262.728.7133 v/tty262.394.1216 VP (Video Phone)...
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OITP Fellow Bob Bocher Selected for U.S. UCAN Advisory Council

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on Tuesday, October 09, 2012 in Uncategorized
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OITP Fellow Bob Bocher (CHICAGO, IL) The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) has selected Bob Bocher, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow, to sit on the organization’s first U.S. UCAN Advisory Council. UCAN is an Internet2 program that works with regional research and education (R&E) networks to connect community anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, healthcare facilities and other public institutions, to advanced broadband networks. Working with its regional network partners, U.S. UCAN will use the Internet2 network and related state and regional networks to allow advanced networking features for more than 200,000 of the country’s community anchor institutions. Internet2’s newly upgraded 100G-enabled network was predominately funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). As a member of the Advisory Council, Bocher will represent the needs and concerns of the library community, help shape and evolve U.S. UCAN, and advise Internet2 on ways...
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Comments Requested on ALA Digital Literacy Task Force Report

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The ALA Digital Literacy Task Force (PDF) has released a preliminary copy of their report “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy” for comments. The report provides a broad overview of digital literacy policy in public, academic and school libraries. The report is intended to serve as a launching point for recommendations from the Task Force to ALA and the library community in general. The public comment period is open from September 18, 2012 – October 19, 2012. Commenters are asked to focus their feedback on substantive issues and the task force specifically asks representatives of each library type to consider how their library is portrayed. You can leave a comment here (as a member of the Task Force I will pass them along) or in the ALA Connect space for the report. As you review the draft, please focus your feedback on substantive issues. Specifically, the task force asks representatives of...
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Prepare to Be Challenged @ the WLA Conference

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on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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While most public libraries now have some sort of process allowing challenges to objectionable works in their collection, the controversy in West Bend, Wisconsin, provides an opportunity to reexamine this process and explore how it can best serve the interests of both the library and concerned patrons. On Thursday afternoon from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM, “Prepare to Be Challenged”  will discuss a survey of the challenge procedures and forms adopted by Wisconsin public libraries.  Using hands-on exercises and role plays, participants will consider the variety of mechanisms currently in place and address such questions as standing to challenge a work in a public library collection, the role of the library’s collection development policy, the make-up of any challenge review committee, the option to appeal the committee’s determination, compliance with open meeting laws, and the time frame for decision.  By providing a forum for opposing points of view, the challenge process...
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Servant Leadership at WLA Conference

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The fall WLA conference in La Crosse will provide several opportunities to participate in conference tracks where you can attend a series of break-out sessions on a particular topic - a sort-of "conference within a conference".   The first of these track series will take place on Wednesday and will feature sessions on Servant Leadership.  Wikipedia defines Servant Leadership:  ... it can still be defined as a leadership philosophy which implies a comprehensive view of the quality of people, work and community spirit. It requires a spiritual understanding of identity, mission, vision and environment. A servant leader is someone who is servant first, who has responsibility to be in the world, and so he contributes to the well-being of people and community. A servant leader looks to the needs of the people and asks himself how he can help them to solve problems and promote personal development. He places his main focus...
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