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Literary and Library Notables at the WLA Conference

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The WLA Conference*, November 2-5 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in beautiful Lake Geneva, will feature both notable literary figures and notable librarians who write. As the model for the librarian action figure, Nancy Pearl has received both praise and criticism. But more importantly, she is an author and a passionate book lover/reviewer, ready to present a lively "Evening of Book Lust" for the conference keynote address. Earlier in the day she will present a session on providing excellent readers' advisory. Another librarian whose name is well known to listeners of National Public Radio is Alphonse Vinh. As a reference librarian at NPR, Alphonse researches and helps fact-check stories, reviews reporters' scripts, and alerts NPR's programming staff to story ideas and good interview subjects. He has also written articles for a variety of publications, is working on his second book, and writes "Musings," an online column. Among the other...
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WLA Legislative Leadership Promotes Library Funding Priorities

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Tom Hennen, LD&L Committee Chair, Larry Nix, Legislative Advocate, Roxane Bartelt, Youth Services Section Chair, and Lisa Strand, Executive Director, recently met with staff from Governor Doyle's office to discuss library funding priorities for 2005-07. Representatives from the Wisconsin Educational Media Association also participated. Tom, Larry, and Lisa also met with Assistant Superintendent Rick Grobschmidt, Michael Cross, Director of Public Library Development, and other DPI staff to discuss strategies and priorities for the next bienniun. For more information on WLA's legislative priorities and background information on major issues, go to http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/legis/....
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WLA Streamlining Structure

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on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 in WLA Blog Archive
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The WLA Board of Directors may be reducing the number of WLA committees. Some of the reasons for a restructuring include the following: To strengthen the divisions, sections, and round tables. The number of members available or interested in leadership roles within units has declined in the past several years. In 1998, 60.9% of leadership positions had competitive elections while in 2003, only 38.3% of these elections were competitive. In recent years, it has also become somewhat more difficult to fill WLA committee positions. To streamline operations for increased efficiency and responsiveness to member needs and ideas. For instance, instead of maintaining an Intellectual Freedom Committee, the WLA Board could seek certain policy recommendations from the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. Having a WLA committee whose duties overlap that of a unit can cause confusion about roles and responsibilities. Using task forces imposes discipline and accountability. When assigning a task force, the...
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2005-07 library funding priorities

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on Monday, July 05, 2004 in WLA Blog Archive
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As reported earlier, the WLA Board approved the recommendations of its legislative committee for 2005-07 library funding priorities. A new initiative, included in the list of priorities, is an early childhood learning initiative that would provide direct state funding to public libraries for important programs and services for children ages zero to four and their parents and caregivers. The vision: All Wisconsin public libraries and their branches will be effective early learning resource centers for children zero to four years of age, their parents, and their caregivers so that every child in Wisconsin will enter school ready to read and learn....
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Board to Consider Dues Structure Change

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The WLA Finance Committee will recommend a news dues structure to the WLA Board August 20. The purpose of the proposal is to make the WLA dues structure more equitable than the current one, which provides for 7 categories of dues based on salary. Some members have been concerned that there is a greater difference between categories of dues at lower salary levels than at higher salaries. In addition, those with lower salaries pay a greater percentage of their income for dues. The proposed new schedule would be based on a flat $3.00 per $1,000 of salary. The Board hopes to hear more from members before taking action on the proposal. ...
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  • Anonymous says #
    How are we supposed to contact the Finance Committee about this topic?
  • Nancy McClements says #
    Just wanted to thank you all for your many comments on this issue in response to my email. I'll send a wrap-up before the Board m...
  • Lisa says #
    You can get contact information for the Finance Committee in your membership directory or on the website at http://www.wla.lib.wi....