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2015 Library Legislative Day Registration Extended to January 30!

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Go here for registration links and additional information! Add the most important advocacy event of 2015 on your calendar: Library Legislative Day is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators. Join WLA and WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) on Tuesday, February 17 at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.   Whether your constituent community is an academic campus, a K-12 school, a municipality, or museum, law firm or hospital, your legislators need to hear from you about important library issues! WLA and WEMTA are particularly interested in recruiting library trustees, school board members, members of friends/foundation groups and other citizen library supporters to add to our delegation. 2015 is an important year because the biennial budget will be under discussion. Participate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on...
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2015 Paralibrarian of the Year Call for Nominations

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Do you know of an outstanding co-worker/staff member who is deserving of recognition as the 2015 Paralibrarian of the Year?  Here's the link to access the nomination information and application form for this prestigious award.  Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2015.   Thank you, Tina Kakuske SSCS Past Chair tkakuske@beloitlibrary.info...
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WeLead Mentorship Program Announces New Class

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The WeLead Task Force is pleased to announce its new class of protégés and mentors for the 2015-2016 cycle of the program.  Established in 2005 by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Task Force’s mission is to foster leadership skills in a select few members of the next generation of library professionals, be they public, academic, school or special librarians.   All five are new or emerging librarians, having been members of WLA for less than three years.  They include: Cristina Springfield, a Librarian at the Student Achievement Center in Madison College. Cristina will be mentored by longtime WeLead participant Pamela O’Donnell of UW-Madison. Meghan Dowell, a Consulting Librarian at Beloit College who is paired up with Beth Bechtel, Manager of Technical Services at Waukesha Public Library. Kathleen Larson, Director of G.E.Bleskacek Family Memorial Library in Bloomer WI who will mentored by Sue Abrahamson, Children’s Librarian with Waupaca Area Public Library. Catherine...
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Call for Nominations: 2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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The nomination process is now open for the 2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award. This joint award recognizes "the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin. "Nominations can be made by personal members of WLA or the Wisconsin Educational & Media Technology Association -- and are due January 15, 2015. Past winners include former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, journalist Dee Hall, librarian Helen Adams, the staff of the West Bend Memorial Library, the school districts of Belleville and Appleton, and CCBC Librarian Megan Schliesman. For award criteria and the application, go to http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/ifrt/if-award...
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And The Winners Are. . .

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The Wisconsin Library Association Awards and Honors Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Library of the Year, Librarian of the Year, Trustee of the Year, Citation of Merit and the Muriel Fuller Award. The Library of the Year Award recognizes the Wisconsin Resource Center Library in Winnebago for their distinguished achievement in library services. Sara Krouse is the managing librarian. The Librarian of the Year is chosen for outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library service. This year’s Librarian of the Year is Tessa Michaelson Schmidt who works for the Public Library Development Team with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  This year’s WLA Citation of Merit is given to Al Buechel, Fond du Lac County Executive, for his exceptional support of libraries as a public official.The Trustee of the Year is Cari Schaeffer for being a “one of a kind” volunteer from Schreiner Memorial Library in Lancaster.  Muriel Fuller was a mentor...
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