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2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries Offers Relevant Tips for All

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E-Initiatives and e-Efforts: Expanding Our Horizons2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries published by LexisNexis, has something to offer all library & information professionals. Compiled by Marie Cadell, Senior Information Professional Consultant at LexisNexis, the 279-page document offers 84 articles on topics in 6 categories:Embracing New Avenues of CommunicationAdapting to New and Evolving TechnologiesAltering Our Places and SpacesTackling Changing Expectations, Resources, and Job DescriptionsPreserving What We Have and Preparing for the FutureExpanding HorizonsSome articles include "Getting the Most from Social Media from the Least Investment of Time and Energy," "Kindle Lending Programs in Libraries," "Public Records Resources Online," and "Setting Yourself Up for Success."...

WLA 2007: What's Toxic in Your Neighborhood?

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"It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment." - Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands campaign, 1982   I work at a federal depository library with a collection of over 1.5 million technical reports of research funded by the EPA, DOD, DOE, DOT, NASA and other government agencies; I attended this session to learn how to better use our resources and serve our patrons. I also have a background in conservation biology, so this topic was right up my alley. Michael Watkins, Head of Government Documents at UW-Oshkosh's Polk Library, did a great job of connecting what could be seen as 'dry data' to his own personal history as a child growing up in Oshkosh, as well as local, national and world history. He also shared a keen understanding of the many interacting...

Two Public Library Bills on Floor of Senate November 9

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on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library supporters are urged to call their State Senators this morning to urge approval of Senate Bills 272 and 273, relating to public libraries and public library systems. The bill is scheduled for action in the State Senate today; session starts at 11:00 a.m. More information about the bill is available in the online Legislative Status Report. Go to Who is My Legislator to determine contact information for your State Senator. Apparently, the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, Military Affairs, Small Business and Government Reform approved the bills via a paper ballot yesterday, and it was scheduled immediately. If approved in the Senate, it will go to the Assembly for action....
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AB 40, Common School Fund Bill, Passed By Legislature

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on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library supporters are urged to contact Governor Jim Doyle as soon as possible to ask him to veto AB 40, relating to the Common School Fund. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday by a nearly party line vote of 18-15. Not only did all 17 Senate Democrats vote against the bill, one Republican, Tom Reynolds, also voted against the measure. AB 40 has already passed the Assembly, so now it heads to the Governor for his signature or veto. WLA is concerned that the bill will reduce the amount of money going into the Common School Fund, which is the sole source of funding for about 50 percent of school libraries. Under current law, 100% of forfeitures of money related to a drug crime goes into the Fund. AB 40 would reduce that to 70%, ostensibly to increase collections of these forfeitures by local law enforcement authorities. Unfortunately, no one can...
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Collection of articles from the Sunday La Crosse Tribune

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If you had a chance to enjoy the hospitality of La Crosse area librarians, you may enjoy this collection of articles from the Sunday La Crosse Tribune: http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/10/30/news/00lead.txt and this editorial: http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/10/30/opinion/00mial30.txt...
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