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Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2018 Awards & Honors Winners

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Madison, Wisconsin – Sept. 20, 2018 – The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards & Honors Winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Nicholas Family Foundation (led by Lynn S. Nicholas)  Library of the Year: Milton Public Library  Muriel Fuller Award: Alison Hoffman, Monarch Library System (Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington Counties)  Programming Innovation Award: McIntosh Memorial Library’s Sixth Grade Journal Buddies, Viroqua, WI  Special Services Award: Roxane Bartelt  Trustee of the Year: James C. Englebert, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Menasha, WI  WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year: Jessica Schoonover, Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Trempealeau, WI  Here are some additional details about each winner:  Citation of Merit: The Nicholas Family Foundation enriches the lives of all Wisconsin residents through generous funding contributions in the areas of education, health and the arts. Since 2009, the Foundation’s support of the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative...

Announcing the 2018 Literary Award and Children's Book Award Winners

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The Wisconsin Library Association Announces the Winners of the 2018Literary Award and the Children’s Book Award Winners Dan Egan Wins Literary Prize from Wisconsin Libraries The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen Dan Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes as the Literary Award winner for 2018. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2017. Dan Egan’s well researched non-fiction book is a landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes. "A chronicle of natural disasters shouldn’t make compelling reading, but Egan’s book is an ecological page-turner,” writes John Hildebrand, Wisconsin essayist and past recipient of the WLA Literary Awards Notable Author Award.  Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of...
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The Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2017 Awards and Honors Winners

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce the 2017 library Award & Honor Winners, selected for their outstanding contributions to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Amy Glaser, River Falls Public Library Library of the Year: UW-Parkside in Kenosha WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year: Leah Langby, Indianhead Federated Library System Programming Innovation Award: Melissa Roelli. Mt. Horeb Public Library, Big Read Program Special Services Award: Steve Conway Trustee of the Year: Stephen Runde, Verona Public Library “We congratulate each winner and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the 2017 Annual Conference at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells next month,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for the Wisconsin Library Association. Here are a few more details about this year’s winners: Citation of Merit: Amy Glaser, River Falls Public LibraryOnce in a blue moon, or more rarely, a library will find a volunteer and supporter willing to do it all. The...
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2017 Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2017. The inductees include: Sandra Friedman Dolnick  (1936-2016).  Milwaukee native, founder and first executive director of the Friends of Libraries USA. Joe Jax (1935- ).  Director, UW-Stout Library, WLA President (1982), WLA Librarian of the Year (1986), a leader in library technology and resource sharing. Louise Robbins (1944- ).   Educator, consultant, researcher, author, volunteer.  Professor, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, 1991-2009, and Director from 1997-2009).  Ruby Roeder (1913-2017).  Director of the Williams Free Library, Beaver Dam, from 1947 to 1979, who was particularly effective in the areas of library cooperation and outreach. Lowell Wilson (1916-2015).  His contributions as a library professional and volunteer started in the mid-1940s and continued into the 21st century. ...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces 2018 Legislator of the Year and Library Champions Awards

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Members of the Wisconsin Legislature were honored by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) at its annual Library Legislative Day gathering on February 20. Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) was named 2018 WLA Legislator of the Year for her work to secure additional funding for regional technology resources and enhanced public library services in the areas of broadband access, workforce development, and lifelong learning. Felzkowski represents the 35th Assembly district. Three Library Legislative Champions were honored for demonstrating significant support for Wisconsin libraries throughout the 2017-2019 budget process, as well as promoting the Public Library Data and Technology Training Bill now awaiting Governor Walker’s signature. They are 31st Assembly District Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), 34th Assembly District Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and 24th District Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point). Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Kurt Kiefer from the Division for Libraries and Technology was similarly recognized. Special Recognition Awards were presented to legislative...
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