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Happy 125th Birthday, WLA!

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On this date, 125 years ago, a group of individuals gathered in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (located in Wisconsin's second Capitol, shown above) 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...
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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 signification 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 legislative to establish public librarian certification.     The task force plan 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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Library Legislative Day is February 9

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on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 in Events and Promotions
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The day’s agenda has been evolving due to circumstances beyond our control (such is politics) but is now finalized.  You will receive more emails over the next few days, but let’s start with the agenda.   Items of note: There is a later start time this year (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and program at 9:00 a.m. sharp.)  There will be no time to go to restaurants for lunch (see agenda for details on what food will be provided during morning session.)    Special 125th Anniversary Capitol Rotunda event is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (invite friends: one need not attend LLD to celebrate this event with us.) Appointments with legislative offices begin at 1:30 p.m. with the last scheduled no later than 3:30 p.m. (there are no morning appointments.)  It’s going to be a fun and rewarding (and busy) day as we celebrate 125 years of Wisconsin Libraries and look forward to many more by building relationships—with each...
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We Made It Happen! - Another Successful WLA Conference

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The Wisconsin Library Association’s 124th annual conference in Middleton was an overwhelming success. Attendees gathered around the goal of “Let’s make it happen!” and returned to their communities with strategies, tools and ideas to connect their libraries to make Wisconsin a better place for everyone. The conference took place at the Madison Marriott West, technically in Middleton. The beautiful weather allowed everyone to explore the area on foot or by free trolley to experience the fantastic dining and shopping in Greenway Station and downtown Middleton. The most ambitious attendees arrived on Tuesday for the Decision-Making Boot Camp for Leaders pre-conference. They experienced the World Café planning process, learning how to ask the right questions to gather valuable stakeholder input. Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag welcomed attendees to the conference on Wednesday morning and reinforced the value libraries add to Wisconsin communities. He then turned things over to opening keynote speaker Mita...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces The 2015 Top Books By Wisconsin Authors

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Each year the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) selects the top books written by Wisconsin authors. “Wisconsin authors make amazing contributions to literature,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “These awards are given to Wisconsin authors and/or illustrators for the highest literary achievement for work completed in 2014. We couldn’t be more proud to honor them.” This year’s awards go to: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, who was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Shotgun Lovesongs, published by St. Martin’s Press, is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship.  While the sense of place is very strong, it still helps readers relate to most rural communities. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This novel lingers in the readers’ mind,...
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