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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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2015 Library Legislative Day is Tuesday, February 17

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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.   Registration information will be available in November. 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...
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Connect. Engage. Transform. - 2014 WLA Conference

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Connect with your library colleagues, fellow trustees and supporters at the WLA 2014 Annual Conference, November 4 through 7, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. You will have numerous opportunities to engage in programs, exhibits, activities and speakers. Find out how this year’s keynote speakers, Rich Harwood, Founder and President of the Harwood Institute, Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and Tim Metcalfe, President of Metcalf’s Market, are transforming their organizations and the community landscape. ...
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2014 WLA Conference Registration Now Open!

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Online Registration is Now Open    There are lots of reasons why you should attend the WLA annual conference this fall. Connect with your library colleagues, fellow trustees and vendors, on November 4-7, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Engage in over 90 sessions of interesting, invaluable presentations and activities, entertaining guest speakers, and winning books and authors.  Transform your education into marketable skills at the Career Center.     Check out the conference website ... plenty to see and do starting with Tuesday's pre-conferences and ending with Friday's luncheon speaker!...
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2014 WLA Literary Award: Librarians Honor Larry Watson for "Let Him Go"

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WLA's Literary Awards Committee has chosen Let Him Go by Larry Watson, who taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years before joining the faculty at Marquette University, as the winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2013. Let Him Go is the story of George and Margaret Blackledge, living in 1951 North Dakota. They’ve lost their only son and now their 4-year-old grandson has been taken away as well. Margaret is determined to get him back and George, who is just about done with life, nevertheless does what he can to help her. “Watson is the master of spare prose. Let Him Go is quietly riveting as Watson explores just what’s worth fighting for and the sacrifices people are willing to make,” said Jane Jorgenson, Chair of the Literary Awards Committee....
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