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on Thursday, October 27, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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Well -- the wireless connection kept cutting out on me last night, so here's a belated report from yesterday afternoon and evening. After lunch, I attended Paula Ganyard's fun (and informative) program, "Browser Wars," all about the differences and similarities among the major web browsers. She gave a brief history -- it's amazing to think that Mosaic was just 12 years ago. I remember how much fun it was to see pictures from the web; now I wish most of them would go away. Ah well. Paula's outline is on the web (of course) at http://www.uwgb.edu/ganyardp/talks/browsers/ The WLAF program, "The Campaign for Wisconsin’s Libraries: What’s In It for Your Library?" was "an overview of the exciting new "Campaign for Wisconsin’s Libraries," an ongoing state level campaign to promote a wider understanding of the value and importance of Wisconsin’s libraries." The (developing) website at: http://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/. The tagline they're using is "Support Wisconsin...
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Two library bills introduced August 1

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on Friday, August 05, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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Two library bills which resulted from the State Superintendent's Task Force on Public Library Legislation and Funding were introduced August 1 by Sen. Joe Leibham: SB-272 and SB-273, to adopt several of the Task Force's recommendations to reform the way that libraries and library systems are operated and funded. The Task Force finished its work in 2002; the bills were introduced too late in the legislature's last session to progress. For more information on the bills, including the text of the bills and a summary of the key points, go to the WLA Legislative status report: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/legis/BudgetStatusReport.htm....
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Maintenance of Effort Bill to Get a Hearing

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on Friday, August 05, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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Rep. Mark Gottlieb's bill, AB-483, will get a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs next Tuesday, August 9, 1:00 p.m. in the North Hearing Room of the State Capitol in Madison. WLA opposes this bill and encourages members who are constituents of the committee members to urge them not to support it. Under Wisconsin Statutes 43.15 (4)(c), local libraries must meet several requirements of system membership, including that the local library be funded at a level that is not lower than the average funding for the previous three years. This requirement is commonly referred to as maintenance of effort (MOE). All local public libraries receive valuable services as a result of their voluntary membership in one of 17 regional public library systems. Elimination of the MOE would damage the valuable resource sharing network established through these systems. While Rep. Gottlieb has suggested a compromise that would require...
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WLA Awards Kevin Henkes Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award

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The WLA recently named Madison author Kevin Henkes winner of the 2005 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for Kitten’s First Full Moon, published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins in 2004. Shawn Brommer, chair of the Children’s Book Award Committee of the Youth Services Section of WLA, said the committee selected the book from dozens of contenders written by Wisconsin authors. Committee members were impressed by its simple story told elegantly in black and white charcoal drawings. WLA will formally present the award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, to Mr. Henkes at the WLA annual conference in October. Mr. Henkes will also do a book signing and speak at the conference, which attracts approximately 1,100 librarians, staff, and trustees from throughout the state. Other top contenders for the award were named the Burr/Worzalla Outstanding Books of 2005: With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum, (National Geographic, 2004);...
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Two organizations oppose SB-258 on constitutional grounds

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on Friday, July 22, 2005 in WLA Blog Archive
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The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) and The Media Coalition, Inc. have each issued a memorandum opposing SB-258. Both organizations state that the bill barring public libraries from lending or renting R-rated movies to minors without the consent of a parent or guardian would likely be found unconstitutional. The Media Coalition says, "Courts in nine different states have ruled it unconstitutional either to enforce the MPAA's rating system or to financially punish a movie that carries specific rating designations." MPAA elaborates that attempts to incorporate voluntary ratings into state and local law have been consistently found unconstitutional because "they unlawfully delegate legislative power to a private association." MPAA also states that keeping the ratings voluntary is part of their usefulness and that government involvement would lead to film makers opting to leave their films unrated. An informal survey of WLA members found that about 73 percent of respondents place some...
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