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Over 200 Library Advocates Met With Legislators at the State Capitol

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On Tuesday, February 17th, over 200 librarians, trustees and friends of libraries came from communities throughout Wisconsin to discuss library-related issues with their legislators.  “This is the largest turnout of library advocates we have had in many years,” noted Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) President John Pollitz of UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library.  “Our members recognize the critical role Governor Walker, Superintendent Evers and our legislators have on public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries and others.”  Issues discussed included: Library funding as affected by the pending State Budget. The availability and cost of broadband, especially in rural areas of the state. The essential role that libraries play as the heart of their communities, including help with online job applications, computer access for lower income students and families, and resources for parents who homeschool their children.  Library advocates also heard from the following speakers yesterday: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers. Democratic...
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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Changes

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Larry T. Nix, who has served as Chair of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) Steering Committee since its establishment in 2008, is leaving the committee. Committee member Paul Nelson will take over as Chair. Also leaving the committee after completing three terms on the committee are Peter Gilbert and Lori Belongia. Continuing members on the committee, in addition to Nelson, are Ruth Ann Montgomery, James Gollata and Louise Robbins. New members joining the committee are Janis Berg, Mary Clark and Steve Platteter. The WLHC is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Activities of the WLHC include maintaining a website and blog [http://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/], sponsoring exhibits and administering the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame....
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Wisconsin Library Association Thanks Governor Walker for Maintaining Public Library State Aid

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Madison, Wisconsin – February 4, 2015 – In response to Governor Walker’s proposed state budget, Wisconsin Library Association President John Pollitz issued the following statement:  “The Wisconsin Library Association expresses gratitude to Governor Scott Walker for maintaining state funding for Wisconsin’s public library systems, BadgerLink, and Newsline for the Blind, as well as for library service contracts that provide specialized resources to residents across the state from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Madison libraries.”  Public library systems coordinate high-speed telecommunications networks, management of automated shared catalogs and inter-library loan delivery for their member libraries, providing effective, efficient and accountable resources which individual libraries cannot afford on their own. System services keep local library doors open.    BadgerLink (http://badgerlink.net/) offers free online access to 46 databases that help Wisconsin citizens prepare for interviews and build job skills, make smart health decisions, aid...
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2015 Paralibrarian of the Year Call for Nominations

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Do you know of an outstanding co-worker/staff member who is deserving of recognition as the 2015 Paralibrarian of the Year?  Here's the link to access the nomination information and application form for this prestigious award.  Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2015.   Thank you, Tina Kakuske SSCS Past Chair tkakuske@beloitlibrary.info...
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WeLead Mentorship Program Announces New Class

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The WeLead Task Force is pleased to announce its new class of protégés and mentors for the 2015-2016 cycle of the program.  Established in 2005 by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Task Force’s mission is to foster leadership skills in a select few members of the next generation of library professionals, be they public, academic, school or special librarians.   All five are new or emerging librarians, having been members of WLA for less than three years.  They include: Cristina Springfield, a Librarian at the Student Achievement Center in Madison College. Cristina will be mentored by longtime WeLead participant Pamela O’Donnell of UW-Madison. Meghan Dowell, a Consulting Librarian at Beloit College who is paired up with Beth Bechtel, Manager of Technical Services at Waukesha Public Library. Kathleen Larson, Director of G.E.Bleskacek Family Memorial Library in Bloomer WI who will mentored by Sue Abrahamson, Children’s Librarian with Waupaca Area Public Library. Catherine...
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