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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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WLA Announces 2016 “Library Champion” Legislators

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Eight members of the Wisconsin Legislature were honored by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) as 2016 Library Champions on February 9. WLA Library Champions are selected for demonstrating significant legislative support to benefit Wisconsin libraries. Award recipients included Representative Mary Czaja; Senator Sheila Harsdorf; Representative Cody Horlacher; Representative Amy Loudenbeck; Senator Stephen Nass; Senator Fred Risser; Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Nancy VanderMeer.The award presentation was part of annual WLA Library Legislative Day activities which this year included observance of the association’s 125th anniversary. WLA’s organizational meeting was held in the State Capitol on February 11, 1891. “Inaugurating WLA’s 125th anniversary on Library Legislative Day at the State Capitol offered a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who are carrying on a strong tradition of legislative support for Wisconsin libraries,” said WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace. “Each of our Library Champions has been instrumental in the past year in helping to create...
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Library Legislative Day is February 9

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The day’s agenda has been evolving due to circumstances beyond our control (such is politics) but is now finalized.  You will receive more emails over the next few days, but let’s start with the agenda.   Items of note: There is a later start time this year (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and program at 9:00 a.m. sharp.)  There will be no time to go to restaurants for lunch (see agenda for details on what food will be provided during morning session.)    Special 125th Anniversary Capitol Rotunda event is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (invite friends: one need not attend LLD to celebrate this event with us.) Appointments with legislative offices begin at 1:30 p.m. with the last scheduled no later than 3:30 p.m. (there are no morning appointments.)  It’s going to be a fun and rewarding (and busy) day as we celebrate 125 years of Wisconsin Libraries and look forward to many more by building relationships—with each...
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2016 Library Legislative Day (LLD)

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2016 Library Legislative Day (LLD) will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  You won’t want to miss this one.   You can register online or complete this form and submit to the WLA office.   You will notice three events on the registration form, please check all those you're planning to attend.  1)    Monday evening, February 8, 7:00 PM:  Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street,  Room 301 (third floor).  (Free; need not register for LLD to attend)  “Portrait of a Legislative Success Story:  The Development and Passage of Public Library System Legislation in Wisconsin,” presented by Charles Bunge, Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (and WI Library Hall of Fame member) ◊ Sharing personal anecdotes from his vast mental storehouse, Charles will relive this momentous period of Wisconsin library history and identify its elements of success. Time will be provided for socializing  1)    Tuesday morning, February 9, 7:30 AM:  registration, continental breakfast and Briefing Session at the...
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WLA President's Holiday Message

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During this holiday season I want to reach out and send my best wishes to all of you and your families. This is a great time of year to visit with family and friends. I hope that everyone experiences some of the joy that comes from being with those you cherish the most. This is also the time of year when we look at things we did and what we accomplished. Since the season also marks the culmination of my year as WLA president, I would like comment on the many things that WLA accomplished this year. Continued gains from 2014: This year the volunteer orientation redesigned to help unit leaders be better equipped to succeed. We also moved the date of the orientation to make it more convenient. The WLA Board liaison program has increased communication between the board and units. Also in 2014 the Board instituted a Conference co-chair...
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