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Libraries Urged to Promote Vote 411 Online Voter Guide

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The ALA Washington Office is encouraging librarians to use their library’s website to promote Vote 411, a new tool the League of Women Voters provides that helps people register to vote, and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines. The American Library Association’s support of Vote 411 comes off the heels of the ALA Council’s unanimous passing of the resolution opposing voter suppression at the recent 2012 ALA Annual Conference. The Vote 411 tool allows users to build an online voter’s guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side and print out “ballots” that can be used to remind the public to vote on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues....
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2012 Back in Circulation Again Conference is October 15-16

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The UW-Madison School of Library and Information Science is sponsoring a conference for library circulation staff, Back in Circulation Again. Full details here: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/BackInCirc.htm October 15-16, Madison, WIUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies-Continuing Education Services Sessions include: Finding Your Way: Managing and Leading Through Change in Libraries Mentoring: Learn technology through collaboration Maintaining Service and Morale during Transitions Top Tech Trends in Materials Handling Generation Now: Surviving and Thriving With Four Generations in the Workplace Implementing OCLC's WMS (Web-scale Management Services) Circulation at Pepperdine University Increased Efficiency through the Study of Moving Materials How to Increase Circulation, Expand Your Horizons and Save the World by Establishing a Lending Program for Electronic Devices Questions? Email Anna Palmer or call her at 608-263-4452....
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Don't miss the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (and Taco Bar)!

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Time is running out to join the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (and enjoy Glorious Taco Bar.)The 2012 Lake Superior Libraries Symposium would like to extend an invitation to our inaugural conference on June 1st, 2012 at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, WI.  Join archivists, technologists, librarians, directors, technicians, and students from around Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Just consider all of the experiences, resources, and ideas that are being gathered for this unique conference!   Attendees will: ·     SEE ELI NEIBERGER, 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, offer a keynote address on the future of providing materials and services entitled “Access Schmaccess.” ·     EXPERIENCE FOUR SESSIONS of informational presentations full of dynamic content featuring all aspects of librarianship. Sessions on digitization, leadership, assessment, children’s literature, collaboration, web-design, long term planning, and more. ·     NETWORK THANKS TO ample time devoted to networking and sharing ideas This is an opportunity unlike any other to...

Wisconsin's new Poet Laureate

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Wisconsin's new Poet Laureate is Bruce Dethlefsen, retired director of Montello Public Library. The Poet Laureate is recommended by the Poet Laureate Commission and appointed by the Governor to a two-year term."Bruce Dethlefsen is a dedicated and talented poet," Governor Doyle said. "He has exceptional credentials and a devotion to poetry and representing our great state. I am confident he will be an outstanding Poet Laureate."Dethlefsen intends to use his position as the State Poet Laureate to promote the writing and sharing of poetry throughout Wisconsin. He plans to encourage and support local cultural and creative talent by organizing local poetry readings in public libraries, schools and coffee houses throughout the State. "I look forward to being an ambassador for the wonderful poets and poetry of Wisconsin," Dethlefsen announced.The Marquette County Tribune has a nice piece about Bruce, his poetry, and his plans....

Call for program proposals: WAPL Spring Conference!

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The WAPL 2012 Spring Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for breakout sessions for “Share the Driving” – WAPL 2012: May 9 – 11, 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue Stevens Point WI 54482Proposals for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):• Multigenerational programming• Starting and nurturing a Friends’ Group• Creative ways to work with Boards of Trustees• Relationship building with municipalities• Methods for delegating to staff• Work flow management• Community feedback on library services• Collaborating with local resources for public relations• Visioning with educational institutions• Volunteer success stories• Teamwork with other non-profits• Libraries as early literacy builders• Neighboring libraries working together• Innovative ways of working with youth• The current technological frontier• Wakanheza—a winning concept for everyone• Local authors and how to work with themSessions / programs generally run 60-75 minutes in length. Every WLA unit has a special perspective to...