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DPI budget requests funding for library services

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MADISON — An elementary student uses the web to explore an encyclopedia, a high school student gets start-to-finish lessons on conducting research projects, and business owners and hobbyists find targeted information from more than 20,000 full text magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference materials through Wisconsin’s online library called BadgerLink. Started in 1998, BadgerLink provides information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state’s public, school, academic, and special libraries. BadgerLink users will conduct more than 99 million searches during 2012, growth of more than 18.8 million searches from last year. The Department of Public Instruction works with about 200 Wisconsin-based and national Internet Service Providers to ensure that libraries, schools, and many individuals throughout the state have easy access to BadgerLink. Currently, the agency contracts with nine vendors to provide online information. To maintain BadgerLink services and increase funding for access to Wisconsin newspapers, the department is requesting $5.2 million...
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MPL’s Coordinator of Youth & Community Outreach Services Wins Award

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Kelly Hughbanks has won the 2012 WLA Outreach Services Award.  Each year, the Outreach Services Award (formerly called the Frances de Usabel award) is sponsored by the Outreach Services Roundtable (OSRT) and is awarded to a “library or librarian who has provided exemplary library outreach services to underserved populations.” Public, academic, school or special libraries and librarians are all eligible to be nominated for this award.   Nominees should be members of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) but do not need to be members of the Outreach Services Round Table. The award was created as a tribute to the Special Needs Consultant for the Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, Frances de Usabel.  For many years, de Usabel worked to promote and increase outreach services in Wisconsin public libraries.  She continues to support the efforts of libraries and librarians in doing their outreach work through her generous donation of the...
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ALA Launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

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CHICAGO - As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?” To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities. Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance on ways to use the media templates, as well as ALA talking...
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WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Nominations Due January 15

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The nomination process is now open for the 2013 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award. This joint award recognizes "the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin." Nominations can be made by personal members of WEMTA or the Wisconsin Library Association and are due January 15, 2013. Past winners include former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, journalist Dee Hall, librarian Helen Adams and the staff of the West Bend Memorial Library. For award criteria and the application, go to:http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/ifrt/if-award...
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WeLead Initiative Announces New Class

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MADISON, Wis. – The WeLead Task Force is pleased to announce its new class of protégés and mentors for the 2013-14 cycle of the program. Established in 2004 by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Initiative’s mission is to foster leadership skills in select members of the next generation of library professionals, be they public, academic, school or special librarians. All of the four protégés are new or emerging librarians, having been members of WLA for three years or less. In alphabetical order, our first protégé is Ashley Bieber, the Youth Services Manager at the Rice Lake Public Library. Ashley received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW-Madison. Her mentor is Roxane Bartelt who recently retired as Head of Youth Services for the Kenosha Public Library. Upon hearing the news of her acceptance, Ashley reported, “I'm very honored and excited to get started with the WeLead program. As a librarian...
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Library Legislative Day Registration Now Open!

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Tuesday's elections brought control of the State Senate back to the Republicans and confirmed their continuing hold on the Assembly. Governor Walker will introduce his second state budget in early 2013, having survived a recall election. Against this backdrop, WLA announces its annual Library Legislative Day, February 5, 2013 at Best Western Inn on the Park, Madison. We urge you to participate this year to make sure that we connect with freshmen legislators on library issues, and solidify support for libraries in both parties. We need all hands on deck during a budget year. Register for this important event today! Major issues in 2013 include gaining support for: use of the University Service Fun for BadgerLink and other library services expanded funding for BadgerLink resources library access to sufficient, coordinated and affordable bandwidth funding for statewide delivery of library materials Build Lasting Relationships with Elected Officials Participate in Library Legislative Day...
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WLA and UW-Milwaukee SOIS Partner to Provide Educational Opportunities for Paralibrarians

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The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) 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 the role of paralibrarians and library support staff in the library profession. The WLA Paralibrarian of the Year award winner will be selected by the WLA Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Section Board of Directors and the criteria are as follows: Excellence in job performance, including contribution(s) enabling their library to best serve its patrons and/or its community (whether public, college/university, school, corporation, etc.) The encouragement of reading and the use of the library's resources A commitment to free access to information for all The candidate's work to build networks, organizations, and/or groups to support excellence in library work and new career paths for library support...
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Letters about Literature Contest

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JEFFERSON – A book is more than just a collection of words. A book can have a direct and concrete impact on a life. For children and youth, a book can help them transcend difficult situations — like bullying, peer pressure or prejudice, or help them cope with loss and disappointment. Letters about Literature (LAL) is a writing contest for young readers in grades 4 – 10, sponsored by the Library of Congress and Wisconsin Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story or poem describing how the work changed the students’ view of the world or themselves. Students are asked to do reflective writing, rather than a book report. Entries are judged at both the state and national levels and prizes are awarded for the best letter at various grade levels. LAL awards thousands of dollars each year...
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Zolotow Lecture to Feature Rita Williams-Garcia November 7

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Join the CCBC on Wednesday evening, November 7 for the fifteenth annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, featuring Rita Williams-Garcia. The Zolotow lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the new Union South, Varsity 1 and 2, on the UW-Madison campus, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison. Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of acclaimed works for older children and teens, including the Newbery honor book One Crazy Summer (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2010), No Laughter Here (HarperCollins, 2004), Like Sisters on the Homefront (Lodestar, 1995), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (Dutton, 1991). This event is part of the 2012 Wisconsin Book Festival . The lecture is free and open to the general public. No tickets are required.  There is parking available beneath Union South. The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture was established in 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The lecture was named...
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Sara Bryce Selected as WLA NMRT Rising Star!

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The New Members Roundtable (NMRT) is pleased to announce Sara Bryce, La Crosse Public Library, as the first recipient of the new Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award was started this year as a way to highlight and recognize a project or accomplishment of a new colleague in our field; ideally the recipient would have worked in a Wisconsin library for five years or fewer. Sara works in the Youth Services Department at La Crosse Public, and in the past year, she led a community grant project to introduce the library to all 2nd graders in the city. She also introduced much needed classroom management techniques to staff and patrons for their "boat" in the Youth Area. You can find out more about Sara and her Youth Services work at her blog: brycedontplay.blogspot.com. (And the story of how she named her blog gives you a glimpse of her stellar class...
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State Superintendent Evers to Visit Rothschild Area Branch Library Today

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MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers will head to northern Wisconsin this week to visit a public library, schools in the Merrill Area School District, and attend the Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities meeting in Hurley. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Evers will visit the Rothschild Area Branch Library in Rothschild. The branch is one of nine libraries that make up the Marathon County Public Library. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Evers will meet Merrill Area School District office staff. At 1:45 p.m., he will travel to Washington Elementary School to meet with Principal Paul Klippel and observe a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) recognition program to celebrate students’ efforts to create a positive school and playground atmosphere. A 2:30 p.m., Evers will visit Merrill High School to talk with staff and see innovative work readiness programs. He also will meet with the shared leadership team, a group of...
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Mead Witter Foundation to Receive WLA President's Award

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With contributions to Wisconsin's public and academic libraries now totaling $2.49 million, including $407,000 just in 2012, the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids was an easy pick for this year's WLA President's Award. Individual grants of $2,500 to $100,000 have made a huge impact on libraries throughout Northcentral Wisconsin. But for Darla Allen, director at Charles & JoAnn Lester Library in Nekoosa, it comes down to two leather club chairs that the library was able to purchase because of a grant from Mead Witter - little luxuries, she says, that libraries like hers with annual budgets under $100,000 can't afford. Says Allen, "Those chairs have a lot of stories to tell....The widower who is raising three children after his wife passed away in her early 30s. He walks down on his lunch hour, and when he hits the chair, you can see him entirely relax for the first time that...
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Happy Holidays at the WLA Foundation Silent Auction

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Joyeux Noël, Mele Kalikimaka, Nollaig Shona, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Happy Holidays,  and Vrolijk Kerstfeest!!! The event that everyone looks forward to at the WLA conference is just around the corner….it’s time for the 2012 WLA Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser! To help spark your creativity, we’re suggesting a Holiday theme for you to keep in mind this year as you consider items to donate.  Of course, you’re not limited to Holiday items - we gladly welcome all items (as long as they meet our criteria below…) It’s easy to join in the fun:  you can support the Foundation by donating items for the auction and then by bidding on the items at the conference.  Of course, lots of people do both – donate items and bid!  Last year’s auction raised more than $4,000 for the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries and with your help we should be able to surpass...
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Barb Dimick to receive 2012 'Cornerstone Award' from SCLS Foundation

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(Madison, WI) - In recognition of her service to Madison Public Library, and to the South Central Library System and its member libraries, Barbara Dimick will receive the SCLS Foundation's "Cornerstone Award" at a Nov. 8, 2012, fundraising reception. The event will be held at Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI. "This is the Foundation's fourth annual award, which honors people who have made significant contributions to the improvement of library service in their own communities, throughout the South Central Library System, and statewide," said Trish Frankland, foundation board president. The award is given to an individual or individuals who have had a significant and long-term impact on enhancing public libraries in South Central Wisconsin and represent the values and mission of the SCLS Foundation. There is no charge to attend the reception, but donations to the SCLS Foundation will be accepted....
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Libraries Urged to Promote Vote 411 Online Voter Guide

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The ALA Washington Office is encouraging librarians to use their library’s website to promote Vote 411, a new tool the League of Women Voters provides that helps people register to vote, and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines. The American Library Association’s support of Vote 411 comes off the heels of the ALA Council’s unanimous passing of the resolution opposing voter suppression at the recent 2012 ALA Annual Conference. The Vote 411 tool allows users to build an online voter’s guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side and print out “ballots” that can be used to remind the public to vote on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues....
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Call for Next Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Deadline Oct. 15

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MADISON, WI—The Poet Laureate Commission of Wisconsin announces the opening of the application/nomination process for selection of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013–2014. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Application packages may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate. The deadline for application is 4:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2012. Application materials are available by clicking this link. The Poet Laureate enriches the lives of Wisconsin citizens by sharing and encouraging poetry through statewide literary events or educational programs. Charged with contributing to the recognition, enjoyment and growth of poetry in this state, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate serves as a standard-bearer for Wisconsin’s poets and their work. Poet Laureates demonstrate an admirable and proven level of skill in writing poetry, a history of having published individual poems and/or books, and excellence in promoting awareness or...
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2012 Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame Inductees Selected

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected seven individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame (WLHF) in 2012. They are: John Miller Chancellor (1896-1980) Zona Gale (1874-1938) Richard E. Krug (1905-1983) Clarence Brown Lester (1877-1951) Cornelia Marvin Pierce (1873-1957) Rachel Katherine Schenk (1899-1973) Gerald A. Somers (1921-2003) These seven inductees will join twenty-nine other individuals who have previously been inducted into the WLHF. The 2012 inductions will take place at the WLA Annual Conference in La Crosse, WI at the Awards & Honors Banquet on October 25. After a distinguished library career at the national level concluding as the Adult Education Specialist for the American Library Association, John Miller Chancellor moved to Wisconsin. He was appointed to the Wisconsin Free Library Commission at a critical point in the history of public library development in Wisconsin....
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Get Your Science Geek On at the Wisconsin Science Festival: Library Participation Sought

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Get your science geek on and participate in the Wisconsin Science Festival – right in your library! The Wisconsin Science Festival “Curiosity Unleashed. Innovate 2012” will take place in Madison, September 27-30, 2012, but you don’t have to come to Madison to share the wonders of modern science. How about putting up a book display with a science festival sign and bookmarks during the festival? The Science Festival will provide you with the materials, and they’ve also created a bibliography of science-related books you may want to display (thanks to Karen Dunn, UW-Madison Steenbock Library for fine tuning!): http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/images/documents/sciencebiblio.pdf To participate, contact Ann Feist, Event Coordinator, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, at afeist@warf.org. To be listed in the festival’s print program, please contact Ann by next Wednesday, September 12. WLA is part of the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin, which is a partner of the Wisconsin Science Festival. For more information about the...
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Wisconsin Library Association Awards: Celebrating Excellence in Library Service

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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce this year’s library luminaries, selected as outstanding for their contribution to libraries and librarianship: Citation of Merit: Dr. Lelan McLemore, retired director, Carroll University LibraryThe Wisconsin Library Association Awards and Honors Committee confers the 2012 Citation of Merit award upon Dr. Lelan McLemore, recently retired director of the library at Carroll University.  Though Dr. McLemore is not a librarian, his nomination supporters say, “…the library has been his great passion, and he has succeeded in creating a library populated with an excellent staff, state of the art library resources, and students and faculty that consider the Todd Wehr Memorial Library the center of academic life on campus.” Dr. McLemore was chosen as interim director in 1997 in order to oversee a major library renovation, after which a permanent library director was to be hired. However, in the process of renovating the building, Dr....
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Your Phone Can Make You "Super Library Advocate"

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Earlier this month, ALA sent out their first action alert using a new advocacy tool, Mobile Commons. This was an exciting first step because it was our first time using mobile technology with our network of strong library advocates. Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text message alerts to their mobile list. From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text. Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages. The alert connects advocates, whether they're on our mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call." As we move forward in this legislative year, WLA encourages you to to sign up for text alerts from ALA to stay on top of federal issues important to libraries. It's as simple as texting "library" to 877877 or signing up...
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