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WLA Conference in Milwaukee: Make it a Destination

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on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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With the kick-off of the 2011 WLA Conference only 6 weeks from now, and the October 3rd early bird deadline less than a week away, it can mean only one thing… you’ve got to swing into high gear, because if you don’t register soon, you’ll only have yourself to blame for missing the fun activities slated to take place November 1 – 4 in the Cream City…Milwaukee!Ssssh!  Don’t let this out, but not only will you learn a lot…you’ll have a blast!Parties, tours and awards to help you relax and renew your energyGet your “party on” immediately by joining your friends and colleagues at the opening night Vendor Reception at the Hilton featuring hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.  There will be a series of tasty luncheons throughout the conference featuring excellent food and great speakers. (This year’s President’s Luncheon should be especially entertaining when humorist Scott Dikkers, founder of...

Top 10 Reasons to Attend This Year’s WLA Conference in Milwaukee Nov 1 – 4

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on Thursday, July 07, 2011 in Uncategorized
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10. Well, for one thing, that’s where it’s located this year…scheesh! (The Dells is so “2010”…)9.  Celebrate the lack of November elections this year!8.  Milwaukee is known as the Beer Capital of the World. (See reason #9 to appreciate why this might be relevant.)7.  Can you say Silent Auction? Fantastic items to bid on, beginning Wednesday, November 2nd as part of the WLA Foundation’s Silent Auction!6.  Our conference hotel, the acclaimed Hilton Milwaukee City Center…this ain’t the Bates Motel, that’s for sure! (Right, mother?)5.  Those wacky after hours parties playfully discussing whether Melville Dewey’s hot new classification system really has a chance of catching on… (See 025.4 DEW)4.  Hey, anything to get out of the library…uh, I mean, anything you can do to increase your knowledge and skill sets when it comes to the latest trends in library science and serving your beloved patrons!3.  E-books, schmee-books…you want to learn about the...
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  • diana says #
    Thanks for the light hearted schpeel. love it
  • Lisa Strand says #
    Pre-conferences are on November 1!
  • Joyce says #
    Are the pre-conferences on the 1st or the 31st? Joyce

ALA recognizes Milwaukee Public Library's Computer Training Website

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on Monday, October 04, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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The American Library Association’s Learning Round Table contributor Sarah Houghton-Jan recently recognized the Milwaukee Public Library’s computer training web page and printable handouts as a top 5 source for information professionals to use as reference sources for library customers.  To read more about what makes MPL’s content a winner go to http://alalearning.org/2010/09/25/5-library-sources-for-quick-computer-training/....

WAPL 2008: MySpace - Don’t Be Intimidated By It! Can It Work For Your Library?

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on Thursday, May 01, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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A presentation by Amanda Tuthill, Young Adult Librarian at Milwaukee Public Libraryhttp://www.myspace.com/milwaukeepubliclibraryOverview of the process Milwaukee PL went through to create their MySpace presence:Milwaukee PL MySpace time line:Sep 2006:Initial idea pitchedInfo gathering stageNov 2006:Formal proposalAddressed safety concernsMarch 2007:Creation of test site [at this stage, one needed to be a friend of Milwaukee PL MySpace in order to see the beta design]The MySpace page went through many, many design changesMay 2007:Presentation to the Milwaukee PL Administrative TeamMore info gatheringAsked other library systems who had a MySpace presence; asked about who controls site content at their librariesSummer 2007:AnticipationConsulted with the city attorneyOctober 18, 2007:Presentation made to the library boardDemonstrated how the MySpace page connects with the library’s mission and visionOctober 19:MySpace page went “live” at http://www.myspace.com/milwaukeepubliclibraryTips on setting up your own library's MySpace page:Addressing concerns:Teen online safety / DOPAContent control – Milwaukee PL has set it so comments made by others require approval...