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Library Legislative Day is February 9

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on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 in Events and Promotions
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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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on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 in Events and Promotions
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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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on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Events and Promotions
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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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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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