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WLA Foundation Scholarships for Continuing Your Education and Professional Development

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on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Grants
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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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AWSL Presents a Walking Tour and Social

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It has become an annual tradition for AWSL to sponsor a June tour of a special library. Here are the particulars... When: Wednesday, June 22. Chemistry Library tour from 4:00pm-4:40pm, Map Library from 4:50-5:30, and a social on the terrace right after. Where: We'll meet between 3:45 and 4 at the corner of Mills and University (near the bike racks) by the Chemistry building and begin the tour there. We will then walk to the map library (about a 10-12 minute walk) and then to the terrace. Who: Any WLA member interested in touring a special library! Due to space limitations, please RVSP via email (Kris.Turner@wisc.edu) if you are interested in joining us. More information about the two libraries is below. I look forward to seeing you on this tour and enjoying a pleasant summer evening on the terrace with fellow librarians! If you have any questions, please let me know....
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2016 Government Information Day

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Join us in Madison on Friday, June 24, for Government Information Day 2016! We’ll have demonstrations of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s new data dashboard and GovInfo, the new interface for FedSys. We’ll also have our annual updates on the state and federal depository programs, and the day will conclude with a discussion about weeding of government document collections. We hope to see you there! Check out the Schedule for the day.... REGISTRATION is now open, either online or use the PDF. Registration cost is $10. UW-Madison, Memorial LibraryRoom 126 (located near the upper-left corner of the floor plan at this link: http://memorial.library.wisc.edu/about/floorplans.html#a)728 State StreetMadison, WI Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m., program begins at 9:30 a.m....
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Happy 125th Birthday, WLA!

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on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Events and Promotions
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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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