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Board Proposes Constitution & Bylaws Changes to WLA Membership

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At its August 20 meeting, the WLA Board approved the recommendations of the Committee on Organization to eliminate 10 committees and merge the constitution and bylaws. Merging the two governing documents required significant amendments, and there were also substantive amendments that were necessary to reflect changes within WLA's structure. For instance, WLA and the Wisconsin Educational Media Association (WEMA) have been working on a dual membership program that requires changes to the WLA Board structure. The Wisconsin Association of School Librarians will likely vote to dissolve the division (ballots are counted in early October), and it is proposed that a dual WLA-WEMA member represent school librarians on the WLA Board. In addition, the proposed bylaws will allow for electronic balloting. (COO has recommended that the WLA Board appoint a task force to research the feasibility of paperless elections.) The amendments also simplify language throughout the document, but especially the sections pertaining...
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WLA Board Approves New Dues Structure

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The WLA Board approved a new dues structure, which takes effect January 1, 2005, that will ask members to calculate their dues based on $3.00 per $1,000 of salary, with a cap of $250. WLA President Nancy McClements requested members' opinions on the proposal via the WLA listserv. The feedback was highly in favor of a change from using a member’s salary range to the more specific $3 per $1000 salary. Of the 89 responses, 75 were pro, 1 was con, and the remaining 13 were comments or questions without a stated opinion. Find out more about the responses online....
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces Library of the Year, Librarian of the Year and Other Award Winners

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The Wisconsin Library Association’s Awards and Honors Committee is pleased to announce the following award recipients for 2004: DEMCO/Librarian of the Year, both Rob Reid, Indianhead Library System, Eau Claire, and Peter G. Hamon, director of the South Central Library System, Madison; Library of the Year, Hedberg Library, Carthage College, Kenosha; Trustee of the Year, Sandralee Thiele, president, Darien Public Library Board of Trustees; Special Service Award, Donald Bulley, Trustee, South Milwaukee Public Library; WLA/Highsmith Award, Marathon County Public Library, Wausau; and Muriel Fuller Award, Laura Moss Gottlieb, Reference Librarian, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville. Congratulations to all! More information is available on the WLA website. 2004 Banta Award, Notable Authors, and Outstanding Books Selected Larry Watson’s book Orchard, a beautifully crafted novel set in 1950s Door County, has been selected as the winner of the 2004 Banta Award by the WLA's Literary Awards Committee. WLA will formally present the award, which...
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WLA To Streamline Its Structure

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on Monday, August 30, 2004 in WLA Blog Archive
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The WLA Board recently approved amendments to the WLA Constitution and Bylaws which will merge the document into one WLA Bylaws document; reduce by 11 the number of WLA Committees; address the pending dissolution of WASL and creation of a new board seat to represent school librarians from a pool of dual WLA/WEMA members; and otherwise clarify WLA's governing documents. WLA membership will have an opportunity to comment and suggest further amendments at an informational meeting September 15 at the WLA office and at the WLA Annual Business Meeting November 4 in Lake Geneva. More information about these important changes is available on the Board's web pages....
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WLA Board Approves 2005 Legislative Agenda

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The WLA's 2005 legislative agenda includes ambitious budget and legislative goals to improve library service in Wisconsin. Funding for public library systems and BadgerLink, securing the Common School Fund, and supporting UW system libraries are important agenda items once again. WLA also looks forward to promoting district library legislation, a "reform" bill related to public library systems, an early childhood learning initiative, and much more. The legislative agenda also includes a statement of purpose, and this will guide the legislative committee as it responds to challenges and new proposals throughout 2005....
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