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2016 WLA Conference Call for Program Proposals

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Are you connecting to your community, developing new programs or making innovated spaces at your library?  Are you finding new ways of using and re-using resources?  Is your library a vital part of your community or organization?  Are you inspired by coming together with other professionals who are dedicated to Wisconsin libraries?  If so, help sponsor and/or present outstanding programs at the 2016 WLA Conference!  The conference will take place October 25-28 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. Help us provide inspiring and practical experiences by offering your expertise for a conference session. Consider sessions related to some popular track topics such as:   •Engaging people   •Leadership/professional development   •Technology & digital services   •Advocacy & promotion   •Collaborations & innovations   •Library issues & challenges   •Building collections. But, don't let those ideas limit you! Feel free to suggest any program you'd like to present on. We're...
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Happy 125th Birthday, WLA!

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125 years ago, on February 11, 1891, a group of individuals gathered in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (located in Wisconsin's second Capitol) for the purpose of establishing a state library association.  At that meeting, a constitution was adopted and officers were elected. The officers included K. A. Linderfelt, president; R. G. Thwaites, vice-president; and F. A. Hutchins, secretary-treasurer. By this action, the Wisconsin Library Association became the sixth state library association created in the nation.   The 125 years of library leadership and support by the association has had a positive impact on all types of Wisconsin libraries and on the library service delivered by those libraries to the people of Wisconsin. As Wisconsin libraries look to the future, it is also a time to acknowledge the tremendous library growth and development that has occurred in the last 125 years. Through good times and hard times...
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Highlights in the History of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)

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Library History Buff Larry Nix, an invaluable member of the WLA 125th Anniversary Task Force, compiled a timeline of HIGHLIGHTS in the history of our association.  It is, of necessity, a selective list of significant events that have taken place since 1891.  Did you know, for example, that the meeting to create the Wisconsin Library Association took place in the state capitol?  Or that in 1923, thanks to its members' lobbying, Wisconsin was the first state to pass legislation to establish public librarian certification.     The task force plans to take a closer, decade-by-decade look at WLA's history as this anniversary year progresses.   To keep up-to-date about this year's celebration and learn more about WLA's history, please subscribe to the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center blog. ...
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Governor Signs Bill to Assist Return of Library Materials

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Members of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) expressed appreciation as Senate Bill 466 was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on Monday, February 29, 2016. The bipartisan legislation coauthored by Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Representative Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) is about retrieving unreturned public library materials and collecting replacement costs. “This isn’t about nickel and dime fines for items that are returned late,” stated WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace. “This is a serious issue. More than three million dollars’ worth of taxpayer-owned library materials are simply not being returned to our public libraries each year, despite months of repeated notices and calls from library staff. Statewide, libraries are losing about 5% of their annual materials purchasing budget.” The legislation clarifies how two different Wisconsin statutes work together; one is about library patron privacy (s.43.30) and the other about theft of library materials (s. 943.61). Some libraries already contracted with...
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WLA Announces 2016 “Library Champion” Legislators

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Eight members of the Wisconsin Legislature were honored by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) as 2016 Library Champions on February 9. WLA Library Champions are selected for demonstrating significant legislative support to benefit Wisconsin libraries. Award recipients included Representative Mary Czaja; Senator Sheila Harsdorf; Representative Cody Horlacher; Representative Amy Loudenbeck; Senator Stephen Nass; Senator Fred Risser; Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Nancy VanderMeer.The award presentation was part of annual WLA Library Legislative Day activities which this year included observance of the association’s 125th anniversary. WLA’s organizational meeting was held in the State Capitol on February 11, 1891. “Inaugurating WLA’s 125th anniversary on Library Legislative Day at the State Capitol offered a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who are carrying on a strong tradition of legislative support for Wisconsin libraries,” said WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace. “Each of our Library Champions has been instrumental in the past year in helping to create...
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