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Dr. Robert Smiley Receives 2010 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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Robert Smiley, PhD, has been named the recipient of the 2010 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award. The award (formerly the WLA SIRS/Proquest Intellectual Freedom Award) recognizes the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin. It is administered by the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA IFRT) and the Wisconsin Media and Technology Association Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group (WEMTA IF-SIG). Sponsorship is provided by TeachingBooks.net and the Center for Information Policy Research at the UW-Milwaukee School of Information StudiesDr. Smiley, who recently became Director of Technology for the Waunakee Community School District, has been a powerful and effective advocate for unfiltered access to the internet for school district students and staff. As Director of Technology for the Stoughton Area School District, he responded to federal legislation demanding that schools and libraries receiving e-rate funding filter internet access by weighing the fiscal...

Support Staff Conference Schedule May 25, 2011

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The WLA Support Staff Section has scheduled its annual One-day Conference for library support staff from around the state, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. More information, including a registration form, will be available in early 2011....

Get Ready for WLA - Tweet #WLA2010

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Registration? Check. Hotel reservation? Check. Conference-at-a-Glance? Check. I'm almost ready for WLA 2010, are you? The conference program looks fan-tas-tic! So many intriguing programs, so little time. We are delighted to host Marilyn Johnson for what is sure to be an enlightening and humorous keynote address on Wednesday (11/3)! Get more information about the WLA Conference; it's not too late to decide to attend. You can still register on-site!Are you tweeting about WLA 2010? Use our hashtag #WLA2010!See you at the Kalahari!Best regards,Vicki TobiasPublicity ChairWLA 2010 Conference Planning Committee...

WAAL Conference 2011 Call for Volunteers

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If you plan to attend “WAAL 2011: Renew, Energize, Sustain” (April 26-29 in Stevens Point), please consider volunteering. Volunteers are needed to play the following roles:1)    Assist at the Registration Desk with on-site registration and pick-up of conference materials.2)    Introducer/Room Monitors introduce the speaker(s) or panelists for a program of their choice and also serve as that room’s monitor (assessing room conditions and media, counting attendees, and assisting speaker(s) with distribution of materials).Volunteers may contact Josh Hickman at hickmanj@beloit.edu.The WAAL Conference planning committee would like to thank you for volunteering.  A small donation of your time and talents will help assure a successful conference for all participants.Volunteers should specify which role they would like to play and identify the time(s) when they would be available.Please visit the WAAL Conference website for more information about the conference....

America's stake in libraries as the new "third place": Lew Feldstein is WLA Conference keynote

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Lewis Feldstein, writer and lecturer on social capital and community building, will discuss the role of libraries as the new "third place" in America at the WLA Conference, October 23-26 in La Crosse. As we get better at distancing ourselves from others,  from the increasingly homogenous communities in which we live to the narrowly focused media from which we get our news, we have an ever greater stake in the few institutions with the resilience, capacity and standing to bridge these differences.   This is no easy task, made tougher by budget cuts and corrosive politics.   But there are libraries all across the country developing into the new community commons,  learning to overcome these  differences and bring us together with people unlike ourselves. Join Lew Feldstein for this exciting talk about libraries as the new “third place" and come away re-energized for the challenges ahead. Feldstein is the former President and...
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