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Position statements from Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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General Spring Election – April 4, 2017in response to the question from the Wisconsin Library Association: “How do libraries (public, school, academic) fit into your vision for an educated and economically strong Wisconsin?" Note: These statements were solicited by WLA in advance of the February 21 primary election. (In alphabetical order) Candidate Tony Evers http://www.tonyforwisconsin.com/ As your State Superintendent, I have the privilege of overseeing both public schools and public libraries. I often note that libraries have a history in this country of being the first institutions for learning, and they have maintained that role through countless changes in our society. Today, our public libraries have placed lifelong learning at the core of their work, and I am proud of my record overseeing this critical public good. Whether this is working with young families and children on pre- and early-literacy skills, providing places for youth to pursue their homework or their...
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Spring Conferences Are Just Around The Corner!

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WAAL 2017 • Driving Change! Registration deadline is April 14. WAPL 2017 • Who Tells Your Story? Registration deadline is April 21...
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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...

Library Legislative Day is February 21

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Thank you to everyone who registered. We have a very strong contingent of library supporters and if you are attending tomorrow, please visit the Library Legislative Day webpage. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Madison Concourse Hotel, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM   Program Agenda 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Registration & Continental Breakfast) 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Briefing Session) 11:00 AM - Noon (Morning Appointments*) 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM (Lunch-on-your-own) 1:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Afternoon Appointments*)  *As always, the appointments will be scheduled for attendees by the Legislative Day Committee!  WLA looks toward achieving some ambitious legislative goals over the next few years, and it has to start now.  It's all about building relationships with your legislators.  "Many people think politics is all money.  In reality relationships and constituent activity are the true drivers of legislative change.  Fortunately, relationship building is what libraries do best - at Legislative Day and all year...
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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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