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Registration OPEN: Great Lakes Science Boot Camp (June 3-5, 2015)

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What? This immersive 2 1/2 day conference offers librarians an opportunity to learn about current research advancements in science. Three faculty-led sessions on genomics, Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems, and medical chemistry will provide overviews of emerging trends and research methodologies and in-depth descriptions of particular research projects. In addition to these education sessions, the Boot Camp will include lightning talks from attending librarians, a "Librarian's Night Out" for fun and networking, tours of research spaces, a Keynote speaker, and an all-conference reception and banquet dinner. Who’s this for? Academic librarians who provide services to science faculty and students, and want to better understand the needs of these library users. What’s the cost? The "Overnighter" conference fee of $225 includes all educational sessions and tours, two nights lodging (June 3 and 4) in private room in Ghafari Hall (private bathroom and linens included), lunch in Towers Cafe (June 3, 4 and 5),...
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The WLA 2015 Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for programs​

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Are you connecting to your community, developing new programs or making innovated spaces at your library?  Are you finding new ways of using and re-using resources?  Is your library a vital part of your community or organization?  Are you inspired by coming together with other professionals who are dedicated to Wisconsin libraries?  If so, “Let’s Make it Happen” by either sponsoring and/or presenting outstanding programs at the 2015 WLA Conference!  The conference will take place November 3-6 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. We already have a great list of keynote speakers and exciting special events scheduled for your enjoyment, but it’s your turn to share your story. Help us provide inspiring and practical experiences by offering your expertise for a conference session. Consider sessions related to the conference theme, as well as some popular track topics such as:    •Engaging people   •Leadership/professional development   •Technology & digital services   •Advocacy...
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Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Changes

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Larry T. Nix, who has served as Chair of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) Steering Committee since its establishment in 2008, is leaving the committee. Committee member Paul Nelson will take over as Chair. Also leaving the committee after completing three terms on the committee are Peter Gilbert and Lori Belongia. Continuing members on the committee, in addition to Nelson, are Ruth Ann Montgomery, James Gollata and Louise Robbins. New members joining the committee are Janis Berg, Mary Clark and Steve Platteter. The WLHC is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Activities of the WLHC include maintaining a website and blog [http://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/], sponsoring exhibits and administering the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame....
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Wisconsin Library Association Thanks Governor Walker for Maintaining Public Library State Aid

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Madison, Wisconsin – February 4, 2015 – In response to Governor Walker’s proposed state budget, Wisconsin Library Association President John Pollitz issued the following statement:  “The Wisconsin Library Association expresses gratitude to Governor Scott Walker for maintaining state funding for Wisconsin’s public library systems, BadgerLink, and Newsline for the Blind, as well as for library service contracts that provide specialized resources to residents across the state from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Madison libraries.”  Public library systems coordinate high-speed telecommunications networks, management of automated shared catalogs and inter-library loan delivery for their member libraries, providing effective, efficient and accountable resources which individual libraries cannot afford on their own. System services keep local library doors open.    BadgerLink (http://badgerlink.net/) offers free online access to 46 databases that help Wisconsin citizens prepare for interviews and build job skills, make smart health decisions, aid...
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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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