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WLA 2013 boopsie app is LIVE!

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on Friday, October 18, 2013 in WLA News
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Get your very own WLA 2013 boopsie app for your phone today!  That's right, all conference action right on your phone or tablet!  To download CLICK HERE it's easy and it's free! ...
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Get Your Ticket to Librarians Rock!

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There are many prizes that await you at Librarians Rock! ...Mega Audio Book Package giveaway donated by Recorded Books, 50/50 raffle, and all the Silent Auction items.So, what are you waiting for if you haven't bought your ticket yet?  You don’t have to sing to enjoy this raucous event, it will be just as much fun to watch! Be there: Wednesday, October 23rd.  Doors open at 7:30 with the event starting at 8:00.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a cash bar.  This WLA Foundation fundraiser event, in addition to Recorded Books' audio book donation, is being sponsored by Engberg Anderson, Maris and Quality Books.If you are still sitting on the fence about attending, are you wondering just who will be performing at this amazing musical showcase? When this all began back in spring asking for singers and musicians to participate, we said you and your...
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WLA Conference FAQs

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Hello Wisconsin Libraries and Librarians, The WLA Conference is less than a week away. There is still time to register.Please take a moment this afternoon and sign up, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. For those of you already registered, thank you and we can't wait to see you in Green Bay!...
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Less than a Week Away from WLA in Green Bay!

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Haven't registered?  No problem, register today - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! ...
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Don't Miss Sergio Dogliani @ WLA in Green Bay

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Librarians Will Rock October!

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Join us for a rockin' good time at the WLA Conference in Green Bay!  Good clean fun for a great cause, see you there! ...
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Library Award Reception @ WLA Conference in Green Bay

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Added Event for WLA Conference in Green Bay

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WLA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Extended

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We have extended the early bird registration deadline through Friday, October 4th. CLICK HERE to register today and save!   ...
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WLA Foundation - Submit today!

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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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WLAF Fundraiser in Green Bay

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Be sure to sign up for Librarians Rock! the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation's fundraiser at the WLA Annual Conference in Green Bay.  Want to belt out a tune, great!  Want to come and watch, that's great too! ...
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Libraries Support Read to Lead Task Force Recommendations

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The following editorial, distributed to newspapers statewide, is by Rhonda Puntney, youth services and special needs consultant at the Lakeshores Library System and WLA's immediate past president.The Wisconsin Read to Lead Task Force recently released important recommendations to improve literacy in Wisconsin by ensuring that each child can read by the end of 3rd grade. I applaud the attention to children’s literacy; after all, in my career as a youth services librarian and consultant to libraries, I have been connecting children with books and getting them excited about reading for many years.  As the immediate past president of the Wisconsin Library Association, I want to remind teachers and parents alike about important role that all school and public libraries and librarians play in developing literacy skills.As a youth services consultant for a public library system in southeastern Wisconsin, part of my job responsibilities including coordinating summer library programming for our fifteen...

Yet Another Measure Threatens the Common School Fund

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Senate Bill 95, a school reform bill, threatens the Common School Fund by eliminating the current 25 percent limit on the amount of CSF money that may be used to purchase school library computers and related software.The full Senate is scheduled to vote on this bill at 11:00 a.m. today, Thursday, October 20.Please contact your senator right away and request an amendment to SB-95 that would remove the provisions in the bill that relate to the Common School Fund.  Thank you for your help!Points to raise:The common school fund is the major source of school library resources, both print and electronic. These resources are critical to a quality education for our students to prepare them for work and college.It is important to uphold the constitutional intent of the Common School Fund for its intended purposes. School libraries in Wisconsin continue to be a cornerstone of a strong educational system. Direct them to...

Ron McCabe: Libraries Play a Key Role in Education

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This column, by WLA President-elect Ron McCabe, appeared in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune on June 24. In our democracy, everyone is allowed and encouraged to participate in the political, social and economic life of their community, state and nation. Public education is the most powerful means we have to encourage and enable this participation. Libraries play a vital role in this effort to create a more perfect union.Education often begins in the classroom, but it doesn't end there. Libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning that extend beyond the classroom and beyond graduation. Libraries allow us to share costly educational resources that we might not be able to purchase on our own. Today, networks of library cooperation expand this local sharing by providing access to library collections throughout the state and nation.As president-elect of the Wisconsin Library Association, I am learning more everyday about the amazing contributions of libraries of all types...

West Bend library board rejects request to limit access

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On June 2, the West Bend Memorial Library Board rejected a citizen group's attempt to restrict access to a portion of the young adult collection. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that about 200 people appeared at the meeting, and about 60 individuals spoke to both sides of the issue for 2-1/2 hours. Ginny and Jim Maziarka, who formed an organization called West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries, had asked the library board to remove books that they deemed inappropriate because of their sexual content and also requested that the library add faith-based books with "traditional heterosexual perspectives" or that were written by "ex-gay" authors. Another citizen group, West Bend Parents for Free Speech, was formed by Maria Hanrahan to support the library's policies and reject attempts at censorship....

GovInfoDay: Cynthia Etkin from U.S. GPO

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Library Roles in Facilitating Open Access to Government InformationFederal Depository Library ProgramNIH Public Access PolicyTransparency and Open Government Initiative - Pres. Obama's memorandum 1/21/09 - http://www.whitehouse.gov/open - http://recovery.gov/ - http://data.gov/ Letter from Public Printer to Pres. Obama 3/9/09 - support for initiative, offering assistance to carry out through FDLP and Public Law 103-40Goals: FDsys as official federal govpub repository, Web2.0 functionality, public input into pending legislation, etc.Marketing Government Information in LibrariesLibrarians are not generally good at marketing - we think statistics are marketingWhat is marketing? "...an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating and delivering value to customers and for manageing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders." - American Marketing Association, http://www.marketingpower.com ... NOT just promoting... a strategy that ensures user needs continue to be met, and provides value to library users... Product (what we provide or COULD provide) + position (what we...

WAAL09: We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries

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"We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries"Martha Farley Berninger, Abby Swanton, Lisa Reale, and Vickie LongReference & Loan Library, DPI - http://dpi.wi.gov/RLLBadgerLink:-- Appreciate getting credit for database links (ex: "provided by BadgerLink" or logo)-- Access is via IP address or library card barcode ranges (please provide both to Badgerlink), or other as needed-- New: Federated searching across all EBSCOhost and Proquest databases, (and WisCat for licensed libraries)-- Support: online form for tech support & promotional materials (bookmarks, posters)WisCat:-- Since 1980s - resource-sharing tool for ILL, MARC record sharing-- Z39.50 compatible-- Includes public, academic, and medical library catalogs, (and Minitex - Minnesota catalogs?)-- For past year, ISO connection with Illiad for UW-Madison libraries (GZM) brokered by WILS-- Splash page is customizable, with up to 4 RSS feeds, calendar message of the day-- "L" list libraries only - can't afford othersWisconsin Digital...

WAAL09: Fake it 'til you make it with government documents

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"Fake it 'til you make it with government documents"Nancy Mulhern, Wisconsin Historical SocietyMichael Current, UW LacrosseUsa.gov (was First.gov)-- Top choice for starting points-- Yahoo type subject directory-- Official search engine for free government websites (plus images, news, maps...)-- Faceted search-- For popular, current information retrievalWisconsin.gov-- News-- Subjects-- Agency index-- Search engine-- For popular, current information retrievalGoogle.com/unclesam-- Searches .gov, .mil, and other U.S. federal, state, and local (?) sites-- May use less now that Usa.gov is so goodCatalogs:-- CGP: Catalog of U.S. Government Publications = http://catalog.gpo.gov (was "the monthly catalog") - supposed to include all pubs back to 1976 - use Ex Libris' Aleph software - SuDoc sorting works!-- Worldcat.org, WisCat, BadgerCat-- Local library catalogOfficial access:-- www.GPOaccess.gov - supports their own staff too - documents by government branch - moving over to FDsys (Federal Digital System) which is already live - full text search (faceted) of unaltered official versions - currently back...

RFID in Wisconsin libraries

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Despite its high cost, several Wisconsin libraries are moving to RFID as a way of cutting staff time needed for materials handling, either leading to reduced staff or enabling existing staff to serve patrons directly. A July 19 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article describes the experience of New Berlin, West Allis, and Greenfield, among others, who have RFID or are exploring their options....
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National Center for Education Statistics reports on academic libraries

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The NCES has released "Academic Libraries: 2006 First Look," a statistical profile of the libraries serving postsecondary, two- and four-year degree-granting institutions throughout the U.S. The report includes information on services, collections, staff, revenue, and expenditures. The full report, including supplemental tables, is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008337.The public-use data file is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008348For information about obtaining a restricted-use data license to use the 2006 ALS restricted-use data: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/licenses.asp .For more information about this survey, please go to the Library Statistics Program home page at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/.From:CHANNEL WEEKLYThe DLTCL Electronic NewsletterVolume 10, Number 38 - July 17, 2008Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community LearningWisconsin Department of Public Instruction...