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2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Winner

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Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles of intellectual freedom and first amendment rights. In her work as a classroom teacher she has incorporated awareness of free speech, censorship, and intellectual freedom into the curriculum to inform and empower students on their academic journeys and beyond into their adult lives. Koller has resisted efforts to restrict content and materials, as well as holding administration accountable for following school board policy in formal reconsideration of materials both in her classes and in others. The authors of the nomination letter recommending Koller wrote “on multiple occasions, she has lead a charge to protect the shelves...
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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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Registration OPEN: Great Lakes Science Boot Camp (June 3-5, 2015)

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What? This immersive 2 1/2 day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. Three faculty-led sessions on genomics, Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems, and medical chemistry will provide overviews of emerging trends and research methodologies and in-depth descriptions of particular research projects. In addition to these education sessions, the Boot Camp will include lightning talks from attending librarians, a "Librarian's Night Out" for fun and networking, tours of research spaces, a Keynote speaker, and an all-conference reception and banquet dinner. Who’s this for? Academic librarians who provide services to science faculty and students, and want to better understand the needs of these library users. What’s the cost? The "Overnighter" conference fee of $225 includes all educational sessions and tours, two nights lodging (June 3 and 4) in private room in Ghafari Hall (private bathroom and linens included), lunch in Towers Cafe (June 3, 4 and 5),...
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The WLA 2015 Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for programs​

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on Thursday, March 05, 2015 in Events and Promotions
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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, “Let’s Make it Happen” by either sponsoring and/or presenting outstanding programs at the 2015 WLA Conference!  The conference will take place November 3-6 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. We already have a great list of keynote speakers and exciting special events scheduled for your enjoyment, but it’s your turn to share your story. Help us provide inspiring and practical experiences by offering your expertise for a conference session. Consider sessions related to the conference theme, as well as some popular track topics such as:    •Engaging people   •Leadership/professional development   •Technology & digital services   •Advocacy...
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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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