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Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application

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on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in American Library Association (ALA)
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Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson Application deadline: December 20, 2013 The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT President, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March. Requirements Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, have valid financial need, and have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences. Instructions Fill out the application form at http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson. Include a current resume that lists educational background and degrees, library positions you've held,...
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Wisconsin Contingent at National Library Legislative Day

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on Thursday, May 17, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The Wisconsin delegation to National Library Legislative Day, April 23-24, 2012, included (left to right) Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries and Technology, DPI; Julie Schneider, Ebling Library (WLA Federal Legislative Advocate); Joshua Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Marty Van Pelt, South Central Library System; Gary Poulsen, South Central Library System; Rhonda Puntney, Lakeshores Library System (WLA Board, Past President); Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library (WLA Board, ALA Councilor); Allison Kaplan, UW-Madison SLIS (WLA Board, WEMTA Representative)....
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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....

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...

ALA President Urges Signing White House Petition on School Libraries

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on Friday, January 27, 2012 in Federal Legislation
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The following is a letter from ALA President Molly Raphael.Dear Colleagues,I hope that by now you have heard about AASL President Carl Harvey’s White House Petition on School Libraries. 25,000 signatures are needed by February 4, 2012, in order for this petition to reach the desk of the President. We are more than halfway there, but time is running out!In addition to signing the petition, please take these steps to ensure that this petition is a success:1. Spread the word and see that at least ten of your friends or family members also sign;2. Work with local educational groups, including the local PTA or PTO, and ask them to mount a signing campaign;3. Work with other community groups and ask them to get involved.School libraries are everyone’s issue. Cuts in staffing or elimination of school library programs in a specific community affect all libraries in that community, whether it’s the public...

ALA Urges Public Libraries to Fill Out Internet Use Survey

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on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey.The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries, such as providing public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org, will be available through Nov. 11, 2011."The record-high response rate for last year’s survey clearly demonstrates that library leaders recognize the impact this study provides for their advocacy efforts,” said ALA Associate Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. “The strength of the study rests on the level of participation. We encourage libraries to keep the momentum going to create the most current and complete snapshot of technology in U.S. public libraries.”Recent study findings have been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including USA Today,...

Lac du Flambeau Libraries Awarded ALA Loleta D. Fyan Grant

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on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 in Awards
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Mary Mann and Terry O’Connor, in partnership with the Lac du Flambeau Public Library, have been awarded the 2011 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for a proposal entitled “Revitalizing Libraries in Indian Country: The Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Research Center.” The project team proposed to create a research space located within the Lac du Flambeau Public Library that will provide the most extensive, diverse and up-to-date multimedia sources on local, regional and national Native American culture, both past and present. Read more on the Wisconsin Valley Library Service Digital Lites blog....

West Bend librarians and community activists to share their story at ALA Annual Conference

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on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Librarians and community members who are fighting to keep library materials on the shelves in West Bend, Wis. will give a special panel presentation at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, on Monday, July 13. ...

State of America's Libraries

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on Friday, June 12, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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The value of America's libraries continued to grow in 2008, as people looked for cost-effective resources, according to ALA's State of America's Libraries report, released April 13, 2009. However, public library funding didn't keep pace with use. There are many other key findings in the report. The full text is available at http://www.ala.org/2009state. ...

Step up to the Plate!

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on Monday, June 08, 2009 in American Library Association (ALA)
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Season four of the national "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" program is well underway. The program teams up baseball and libraries to promote the importance of information skills. The contest centers on a baseball trivia contest. People of all ages are invited to visit their libraries and answer a series of trivia questions that focus on multiculturalism in baseball and baseball around the world, developed by library staff at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Entries are due September 1, 2009. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October. There are also prizes for the four libraries that bring in the most contest entries. See the contest rules for more information. ...