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2015 Library Legislative Day Registration

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Onsite registration is now closed. However, if you would still like to participate, please register onsite at Madison's Inn on the Park, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17. 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...
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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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WLA 2014 Annual Conference Wrap-Up

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This year's WLA 2014 Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells attracted more than 900 participants from across the state. Everyone came away engaged, transformed and connected.  With over 85 sessions presented, library community members gathered to learn new skills, gather new ideas and build new relationships. Attendees would probably agree that the location of the Kalahari was perfect.  When the temperature outdoors took a dip it was nice to have the convention center, restaurants, hotel rooms and entertainment, all under one roof. Attendees have come to expect certain things from a WLA conference, good food, excellent networking opportunities, informative sessions and great keynote speakers…and they were not disappointed. The conference ran smoothly and everyone was able to experience all of things that a good conference should offer. This year, WLA offered two outstanding pre-conference programs. The WeLead workshop kept future leaders thinking about creative programming ideas and the mechanics of developing...
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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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