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Thank U.S. Senator Kohl for Signing LSTA Support Letter

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on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Federal Legislation
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ALA asks Wisconsin library supporters to please call U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at (202) 224-5653, and thank him for signing a letter indicating his support for funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in FY13.LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget. LSTA funding helps libraries meet community needs as library services continue to expand. LSTA money also helps provide job search and skill building services, digital literacy programs, technological support for growing internet demand, and much more.Thank Sen. Kohl for demonstrating a strong commitment to libraries and remind him how important his leadership is in ensuring that funding for libraries is maintained, especially as demand increases....

Geneaologists Concerned about Threat to SSDI Access

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on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Federal Legislation
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A White House Petition to stop fraudulent tax refund claims is supported by genealogists, who are alarmed by the possibility that public access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) could end. WLA members  Mary Rieder, President of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, and Anita Doering, Archivist at the La Crosse Public Library, recently brought this issue to WLA's attention. Here's Mary's discussion of what lack of access to SSDI would mean to genealogists:Would you believe that the IRS doesn’t automatically check Social Security Numbers on tax returns before issuing a refund check?  Because of this, people have been using the SSNs of deceased people to claim tax refunds.  Two weeks ago a grieving father testified before the House Ways and Means Committee that someone had stolen the SSN of his recently deceased daughter and used it to file for a tax refund.  When the legitimate parents filed their tax return to claim...

AB 224 Awaits Governor's Signature: Allows Gift Transfers

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on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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A bill recently approved by the legislature, AB 224, authorizes school boards and school libraries to transfer an unrestricted gift or grant to certain charitable organizations, such as a school foundation or a community foundation. The bill, introduced by Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) awaits the governor's signature to become law.WLA also supported an earlier bill that would give public libraries the same authority to transfer gifts and grants to a library-related foundation or friends group. AB 224 would clarify that public libraries may also transfer this type of funding to a community foundation. The money must be used for a library-related purpose - or in the case of a transfer by a school, for a school-related purpose.The bill would provide more flexibility to schools and libraries in the management and investment of such funds. WLA urges Governor Walker to sign the bill....

Charlotte Zolotow Award Goes to Patrick McDonnell for "Me...Jane"

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on Thursday, February 02, 2012 in Awards
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The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) announces that the 2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a book for young children will be given to Patrick McDonell for his picture book Me ... Jane (Little, Brown, 2011) at an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1:30 - 3 p.m., at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus.Mr. McDonnell will be in attendance to receive the award in person.  One or more of the Zolotow Award honor book recipients may also be present.  Books will be available for purchase, and there will be autographing following the formal presentation.The event is open to the public. PLEASE RSVP to Megan Schliesman if you want to attend.Go to http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/zolotow.asp to read the 2012 Zolotow Award press release and find out more about the award, which is sponsored by the CCBC ofthe School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.-- Megan...

Register for National Library Legislative Day

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on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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Registration for the 2012 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is now open! To get started simply click here. On that page, you will also find information about making a hotel reservation at the official NLLD hotel. This year’s event will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington DC on April 23 and 24.For 38 years, there has been an annual National Library Legislative Day in the nation’s capital. Each year, over 400 library supporters travel to DC where they receive training and briefings to prepare for meetings with their members of Congress. Many continue their advocacy activities when they return back home by building on the relationships they established at NLLD.There is a funding opportunity available for NLLD. The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the WHCLIST Award. Each year, the award is granted to a...