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We Made It Happen! - Another Successful WLA Conference

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on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Events and Promotions
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The Wisconsin Library Association’s 124th annual conference in Middleton was an overwhelming success. Attendees gathered around the goal of “Let’s make it happen!” and returned to their communities with strategies, tools and ideas to connect their libraries to make Wisconsin a better place for everyone. The conference took place at the Madison Marriott West, technically in Middleton. The beautiful weather allowed everyone to explore the area on foot or by free trolley to experience the fantastic dining and shopping in Greenway Station and downtown Middleton. The most ambitious attendees arrived on Tuesday for the Decision-Making Boot Camp for Leaders pre-conference. They experienced the World Café planning process, learning how to ask the right questions to gather valuable stakeholder input. Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag welcomed attendees to the conference on Wednesday morning and reinforced the value libraries add to Wisconsin communities. He then turned things over to opening keynote speaker Mita...
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WLA Close the Gap Fund ... Government Relations Services for 2016

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on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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If you believe that effective legislative lobbying is important for Wisconsin libraries, please contribute by clicking on this LINK.    The WLA Board needs your immediate assistance in determining the level of funding support for professional government relations services in 2016.  The WLA lobbyist team facilitates timely and effective meetings with key legislative leaders, state agency officials and the Governor’s policy staff.   A year ago the WLA Board increased our service contract with DeWitt Ross & Stevens more than threefold and then developed a tool and process to assess the return on investment.  Using the evaluation tool at their October 2 meeting, the LD&L Committee assessed the performance of DeWitt Associates as very strong in all 22 performance measures, and recommended to the WLA Board that the contract be renewed at the same level as 2015: $30,000.   In previous years, the government relations services was only funded at $7,000 annually.  The...
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Wisconsin Library Association Announces The 2015 Top Books By Wisconsin Authors

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on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Awards
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Each year the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) selects the top books written by Wisconsin authors. “Wisconsin authors make amazing contributions to literature,” said Plumer Lovelace, Executive Director for WLA. “These awards are given to Wisconsin authors and/or illustrators for the highest literary achievement for work completed in 2014. We couldn’t be more proud to honor them.” This year’s awards go to: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, who was born in Pennsylvania, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Shotgun Lovesongs, published by St. Martin’s Press, is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship.  While the sense of place is very strong, it still helps readers relate to most rural communities. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This novel lingers in the readers’ mind,...
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WLA to Celebrate 125th Anniversary in 2016

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on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Events and Promotions
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Next year will mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin Library Association. A special task force is in place to plan recognition of the milestone and to further define the role that WLA members, partners, sponsors and the community can play in helping to celebrate Wisconsin’s academic, public and special libraries. As part of this celebration, we believe that it is not only important to recognize our past but also to envision our future. To help ensure that our celebration includes as many voices as possible, I am inviting each of you to consider ways to recognize the amazing contributions that Wisconsin libraries have made to the communities they serve. For more information or to share ideas and suggestions, please contact Paul Nelson, Anniversary Task Force Chair, at bennel62@gmail.com. Let’s plan to make some noise!...
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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame Inductees

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on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Awards
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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 2015. They are Dorothea M. Krause (1909-2003), Marjorie Sornson Malmberg (1914-2004), Minnie M. Oakley (1861-1915), Wayne A. Wiegand (1946- ), William J. Wilson (1948- ). Their induction into the WLHF will take place during the Awards & Honors Reception at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference at the Madison Marriott West on November 5. Read more about the inductees on the WLHC Blog....
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