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Call for Awards & Honors Nominations

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One of the benefits of working in the library community is meeting so many individuals who have a passion for their work, who strive for excellence, who take meager resources and spin them into gold. Who is recognizing these achievers, these community leaders? Resolve to nominate someone deserving of one of the following awards this year: Citation of Merit AwardLibrary of the YearMuriel Fuller AwardSpecial Service AwardTrustee of the Year AwardWLA/Demco Librarian of the Year Award You'll find information about the awards and the nomination forms under Awards & Scholarships on the WLA home page.  The deadline to submit nominations is July 31, 2015.  ...
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Nickolas Butler Wins Literary Prize from Wisconsin Library Association

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The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs as the Literary Award winner for 2015. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2014.  Shotgun Lovesongs is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and to be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship.  While the sense of place is very strong, it still relates to most rural communities (and is therefore relatable for many readers). The Awards Committee appreciated the characters’ flaws and depth and the novel’s multiple points of view, each adding another layer to the story. Mr. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This is a novel that lingers in the readers’ mind, with big thematic moments but not artificial melodrama.  The...
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Bird, written by Crystal Chan, wins 2015 Burr/Worzalla Award

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Children’s novel Bird, written by Crystal Chan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, has won the 2015 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut. Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away. Jewel never knew her brother, Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence. (Book Description) The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Ann Bausum as...
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New Media Center Digitizes Memories

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“Photographs and memories, Christmas cards you sent to me, All that I have are these to remember you…” Jim Croce released this poignant song in 1972 and so many years later, generations of people have boxes of memories in closets, basements and old photo albums, gathering dust, but too precious to discard. Jen Gerber, Library Director at the Oscar Grady Public Library, had an idea. “Can I do something with these memories?” Like others, Gerber had boxes of old family photographs, 8 mm film and VHS tapes that she wanted to digitize and protect, but didn’t want to spend buckets of money to convert the images to digital files. So she started doing some research and discovered that it was not only possible to provide an affordable way to convert images to digital files, but within reach with the help of a $5000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library...
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Government Information Day is May 29th

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Register onsite! Government Information Day 2015 will take place on May 29, in Room 126, Memorial Library on the UW-Madison Campus, and we want to hear from you! For the program this year, we are trying something a little different. We would like to do a “Best Practices Exchange” in which we invite conference attendees to share what they are doing in their libraries. Some suggested topics:  Has your library created any libguides or databases on local government, or any other government information topic? Has your library done any digitizing of government information (local or otherwise)? What practices, reference or technical services, do you use in your library to help make your job more efficient? Do you have any news to share with the group regarding government information in your library? Other topic that you would like to share.   We are interested in whatever you want to share – it...
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