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Martin Alvarado has been chosen as the 2015 Paralibrarian Award Recipient

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Martin was nominated by members of the Madison Public Library staff based on his commitment to free access to information, his ability to form partnerships and his creativity in his many outreach efforts. Martin’s wide-ranging skills and abilities make him an ideal candidate for the 2015 Paralibrarian. The Paralibrarian of the Year Award was created to recognize the contributions made by paralibrarians and support staff, and to help them further their education through a scholarship to aid in the completion of a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Science and Technology or a Master of Library and Information Science degree through UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (UW-Milwaukee SOIS) The Wisconsin Library Association Paralibrarian of the Year Award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, including all library support staff, who do not currently have an MLIS in providing excellent library service in Wisconsin. This award places special emphasis on efforts to further...
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2015 WAAL Conference, April 21-24, Holiday Inn-Manitowoc

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Have you registered for the WAAL 2015 Annual Conference: Be Fearless? The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn - Manitowoc, WI, April 21-24, 2015! Here are some reasons why you should attend WAAL this year: Guest speakers and programs you should not miss! New programs! Social events! Photo and hashtag contest! Volunteer! 1. Guest Speakers  Nicole Pagowsky, Rick Dodgson, Barb and Ken Wardius, and Trevor Dawes. Programs covering topics such as the READ scale data, the Civil War, open courses,  embedded librarians, Digital Public Library of America, budgets, mentors & mentees, predatory journals, first year on the job,  training students, Tableau, job interviews, flipped classrooms, open access, assessment, instructional design, digital humanities, tech support, distance instruction, business sources, and communication tools. 2. New this year are Lightning Talks and an Unconference Lightning talks- For topics shorter than a full presentation or poster. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to...
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Edible Book Festival - April 13

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Librarians are encouraging everyone to join them in savoring books—edible books, that is, at the Edible Book Festival: Book-Inspired Food Art on Monday, April 13 at UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 116. Get the scoop here! ...
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2015 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Winner

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Marti Koller, English Department Chair at the Baldwin-Woodville High School, is the winner of the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). A long-time advocate of intellectual freedom, Koller has battled censorship and educated students about the principles of intellectual freedom and first amendment rights. In her work as a classroom teacher she has incorporated awareness of free speech, censorship, and intellectual freedom into the curriculum to inform and empower students on their academic journeys and beyond into their adult lives. Koller has resisted efforts to restrict content and materials, as well as holding administration accountable for following school board policy in formal reconsideration of materials both in her classes and in others. The authors of the nomination letter recommending Koller wrote “on multiple occasions, she has lead a charge to protect the shelves...
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Over 200 Library Advocates Met With Legislators at the State Capitol

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On Tuesday, February 17th, over 200 librarians, trustees and friends of libraries came from communities throughout Wisconsin to discuss library-related issues with their legislators.  “This is the largest turnout of library advocates we have had in many years,” noted Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) President John Pollitz of UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library.  “Our members recognize the critical role Governor Walker, Superintendent Evers and our legislators have on public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries and others.”  Issues discussed included: -Library funding as affected by the pending State Budget.-The availability and cost of broadband, especially in rural areas of the state.-The essential role that libraries play as the heart of their communities, including help with online job applications, computer access for lower income students and families, and resources for parents who homeschool their children. Library advocates also heard from the following speakers yesterday:  -Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers.       -Democratic...
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