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WLA Foundation - Submit today!

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on Friday, August 23, 2013 in WLA News
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The WLA Foundation Silent Auction returns for the 2013 WLA Conference in Green Bay. Proceeds benefit the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries. To make the auction a success, we need your help! Do you find yourself creating handcrafted items that you don’t have room for at home? Cook or bake? Why not donate these items to the WLAF auction – we’d love to put your items out for bids! Take a look at our contributors’ guidelines, and then complete the form below. Whether you bring your items with you to the conference (preferred method) or send them to the WLA office (if you won’t be attending the Conference this year) please let us know in advance what you will be contributing by completing and sending us a copy of this form. A digital photo of your auction item(s) would be a real bonus! Suggested Handmade Items, including but not limited to Handcrafted...
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Ruth Ann Montgomery Receives Frances de Usabel Outreach Services Award

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on Thursday, October 14, 2010 in Awards
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Ruth Ann Montgomery, director of the Arrowhead Library System, is the recipient of the 2010 Frances de Usabel Outreach Services Award, presented annually by the WLA's Outreach Services Round Table (OSRT). Jamie Matczak, OSRT Chair, said Ruth Ann was instrumental in helping the workers displaced by the closing of the GM plant in Janesville. Presently, over 1,600 residents in Rock County have participated in the computer classes Ruth Ann developed as part of an LSTA grant."It is a great honor to receive the Frances de Usabel award,” said Ruth Ann. “It has been my good fortune to work in a profession that values making buildings accessible to all.  Public library special needs and outreach projects have always been dear to my heart.”The award is named in honor of the former Special Needs Consultant for the Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, Frances de Usabel. Frances worked diligently and successfully...

Portage Public Library Plans Expansion

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on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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The Portage Public Library is discussing an expansion of the library with Plunkett Raysich Architects, with a decision about moving forward possible by November, according to a report in the Portage Daily Register. The plans include expanding the meeting space and children's area, along with several modifications to existing space to create a teen space, correct water drainage problems and improve lighting, heating and cooling. The reported timeline for the project estimates completion by December 2011, but it appears that a final funding package has not yet been approved....

Library Legislative Day is February 22, 2011

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on Thursday, September 23, 2010 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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Invite a friend, don't be late, prepare for the most important advocacy event of 2011: Library Legislative Day, Tuesday, February 22, at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. Because the new governor of Wisconsin will be introducing a budget (and facing a nearly $3 billion deficit), because local budgets are stretched tighter than ever, your voice is more essential than ever at Library Legislative Day.Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association and the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association, Library Legislative Day is our chance to make the case for state support of libraries - whether it's public library systems, the UW System's Digital Research Commons, BadgerLink, the Common School Fund, or other library-related budget items.Registration will open in December, but make plans to attend now....

WLA 2009: Canoe the Open Content Rapids

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on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Canoe the Open Content RapidsDorothea Salo, UW System Digital Content Group http://www.slideshare.net/cavlec/canoe-the-open-content-rapids [under Creative Commons Attribution license] InstructionDigital storytelling - copyright issues over pulling from files found on Google Images - sets a bad example Scholarship reasons to provide copyright education, provide proper information sources Different from country to country Instructors tend to violate copyright, as well as avoid activities that are probably fine CopyrightLimited monopoly over original works that are fixed in a tangible medium (includes stuff on Internet) It's in the Constitution - not about making money, about promoting "progress of science and the useful arts" Life of author + 70 years; 95 years corporate entities OK to copy for scholarship, parody/satire, library preservation, classroom use; limited copying for other reasons = "fair use" You can: a) sell in whole/part, b) give it away for free, c) license it for free/paymentFaculty generally fall into (b) without realizing it -...

Lawrence University's doggone study break

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on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Check out Lawrence University's cool study break program featuring Sophie, the Best Dog in the World, and other canine friends....