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Stephen Abram, Scott Dikkers and Everything in Between: WLA Conference Recap

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on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Despite concerns about library budgets and costs of the Milwaukee venue, 834 registrants enjoyed the 2011 Annual Conference, including a sold-out exhibit hall, dozens of programs, five tours and a grand awards banquet in the Hilton’s Empire Ballroom. Both the keynote speaker, Stephen Abram, and President’s Luncheon speaker, Scott Dikkers, were provocative on completely different subjects!Attendees surveyed said their main reason for attending was the chance to interact with others in the library field, followed closely by the program schedule and topics. The schedule included technology topics such as e-books, Koha ILS, technology in children’s programs and Google tools, while also hitting topics on staff and self-management, hiring, diversity, literature, outreach, ethics and more.Five tours of libraries and library resources rounded out the educational experience, though two tours sold-out, to the disappointment of later registrants. WLA thanks Milwaukee Public Library for providing access to their Krug Rare Books Room, the...

Penworthy Announces WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award

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The Penworthy Company is pleased to announce Julia Davis of Kiel Public Library in Kiel, WI as the winner of our 19th annual WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award. Every year, we award a Wisconsin librarian with a $400 sponsorship award to attend WLA’s annual conference, which holds programs to refresh library services, boost professional skills, and help librarians make connections. Congratulations Julia!WLA thanks The Penworthy Company for their wonderful support of WLA through this sponsorship and decades of exhibiting at the WLA Conference.The Penworthy Company makes buying children’s books the pleasure it ought to be® with an exceptional selection, sturdy Penworthy Prebound Books and a level of personal service you can trust. Based in Milwaukee, WI for 29 years, we’re proud to support the librarians in our home state....

The Case for Attending the 2011 WLA Conference: The Facts…Just the Facts

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on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
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‘Dragnet' theme music This is the city. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’ll work here November 1 – 4. I’ll carry a (name) badge.The story I’m about to impart is true. Only some names have been changed to protect the innocent.My name is Kenney.  It was Wednesday, October 12th. It was sunny. I was working the day watch out of PR when a call came in from the chief.“We need to inform everyone about the outstanding line-up of speakers and events taking place at this year’s 2011 WLA Conference, and we’ve got to do it now, because time is of the essence,” said Chief Bellin.“I’m on it, Chief,” I replied.  And here is my report:The Pre-Conference Line-up  Three sessions: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like; Leading Through Communication; Lightning Fast Succession Planning(Vendor Reception on opening night!)Keynote Address by the Internationally Sought After Stephen AbramHear Abram’s dynamic presentation entitled FrankenLibraries or Librarytopia:  Our Choice.Exhibit A:  The...

Nominations Open for WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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Do you know of someone actively promoting intellectualfreedom?  Someone who exemplifies the spirit of intellectualfreedom?  If you do, you know someone that should be nominated for theWLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award.Anyone who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin iseligible.  Activities within the past five years are eligible forconsideration.  A personal member of either WLA or WEMTA must submit the awardnomination. Individuals and groups may nominate themselves for the award.This award is sponsored by: TeachingBooks.net and the Center for InformationPolicy Research and the School of Information Studies at UWM.Additional information on the award criteria and nominationprocess can be found at  http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/ifrt/IFaward.htmlNomination Deadline: January 15, 2012...

WLA Conference in Milwaukee: Make it a Destination

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on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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With the kick-off of the 2011 WLA Conference only 6 weeks from now, and the October 3rd early bird deadline less than a week away, it can mean only one thing… you’ve got to swing into high gear, because if you don’t register soon, you’ll only have yourself to blame for missing the fun activities slated to take place November 1 – 4 in the Cream City…Milwaukee!Ssssh!  Don’t let this out, but not only will you learn a lot…you’ll have a blast!Parties, tours and awards to help you relax and renew your energyGet your “party on” immediately by joining your friends and colleagues at the opening night Vendor Reception at the Hilton featuring hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.  There will be a series of tasty luncheons throughout the conference featuring excellent food and great speakers. (This year’s President’s Luncheon should be especially entertaining when humorist Scott Dikkers, founder of...