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2016 WLA Awards & Honors Selection

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2016 library award winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Trustee of the Year:  Geraldine Anderson, Dresser Village Library Library of the Year:  Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster Librarian of the Year:  Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Seymour Trustee of the Year:  Geraldine Anderson, Dresser Village Library Geraldine Anderson has served on the Dresser Village Library Board for over 30 years, serving as president, board member and also library volunteer.    As one of her nomination letters describes, “She is a forward thinker and a highly dedicated individual who knows how to build relationships and make things happen.  She has played an active role in fundraising for the summer library program and always made it clear that she was only a phone call away if her support was needed at a Village Board meeting.”  As is stated in her nomination, the...
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2016 Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame Selections

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2016.  They are Jane K. Billings, Jerome P. (Jerry) Daniels, Dianne McAfee Hopkins, Irene W. Newman, and Larry T. Nix. These individuals will join fifty other members of the Hall of Fame. The inductions will take place on October 27, 2016 at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Milwaukee.  The WLHC was established as a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation in 2007. The Hall of Fame, a part of the WLHC, inducted its first members in 2008.  Jane K. Billings (1916-2004) served as Librarian of the Clintonville Public Library from 1939 to 1949, and from 1949 until her retirement in 1982 she was high school librarian and later coordinator of library media services for Clintonville Public Schools. She had an outstanding record of leadership...

Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2016 Literary Award Winners

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Lynsey Addario Wins Prestigious Literary Prize for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War  Madison, Wisconsin – June 28, 2016 – The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Literary Award winner: Lynsey Addario for: It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. This is the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2015.  “We couldn’t be more proud of Lynsey Addario’s achievement,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “There were many excellent books from Wisconsin writers this year, but her efforts were impressive.” Lynsey Addario, a 1995 graduate of UW-Madison, has written a book that is gripping, enlightening and (surprisingly, considering her unique experiences) relatable. This work of literary non-fiction offers many thrilling tales, addressing the risks and nomadic lifestyle inherent to a combat photographer’s career. Readers will gain...
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WLA Conference Registration is Now Open!

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Registration is now OPEN for the WLA Annual Conference, Better Together @ 125!  Let's celebrate 125 years of WLA! Our state library association makes us "better together" - and we've been at it for over a century. This year's milestone conference provides us many opportunities to come together for one united goal: to serve the residents of Wisconsin. As you prepare for the conference, be sure to read our One Book, One Conference book, Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories, by Jennifer Morales. You will have an opportunity to both discuss the book on Thursday and meet Jennifer at a session on Friday. Through programs, keynotes, social gatherings and chance encounters, we hope you will be inspired to start our 126th year with strength and purpose. We hope this year's conference will reinvigorate your enthusiasm about the power of stories to bring us together. Learn more about the featured speakers, events...
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WLA Foundation Scholarships for Continuing Your Education and Professional Development

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The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of several scholarships for library professionals to attend workshops, conference sessions or other library continuing education programs. A scholarship is a great way to fund conference attendance or help finance a master's degree.The WLA Foundation focuses on two areas:•Annual scholarships for library education (approximately $950 - $1600)•Continuing education for WLA members and prospective students (approximately $800- $900)The WLA Foundation's goal is to encourage lifetime learning, conference participation and professional development. Applications are due July 18, 2016; the eligibility requirements and online forms are available at http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/awards-scholarships/scholarships/scholarships-grants. Awards will be announced by August 1....
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