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Libraries Support Read to Lead Task Force Recommendations

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on Monday, January 23, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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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...

Recharge and refocus: WLA President's Message

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on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in WLA News
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The summer has flown by and I found myself a bit misty-eyedthis morning to find myself the mother of high school sophomore who just passedher driver’s license temps.  Not that Iwas verklempt that I will have to soon add her to my car insurance policy, butthat another summer has passed and I only did about half of the things I wantedto do!  However, the recent holiday weekendmade me grateful for an extra day to recharge and refocus.The WLA board has also taken the opportunity to refocus andbegin implementing the Strategic Plan we adopted for the association earlierthis year.  Three ad hoc committees wereformed to respond to recommendations from participants at last year’s strategicplanning retreat and leadership meeting. The three committees are looking at new ways WLA can address issues inthe areas of leadership, professional development, and membership.  The ad hoc committees are currently meetingand will report back to the board next spring...

President Rhonda Puntney's Remarks on Advocacy for Support Staff Conference

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on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 in WLA News
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WLA President Rhonda Puntney was asked to give a brief address to welcome Support Staff One-day Conference attendees on May 25. Here are her remarks: About a month or two in to my WLA presidency, I began to realize that we are all in a unique position to advocate not only for ourselves, but also for our libraries and our patrons, regardless of where we’re employed.  Advocacy has become an integral part of my daily routine, in and out of the office.  I particularly realized this one day shortly after Lisa Strand, the WLA executive director, and I cancelled Library Legislative Day in February.I returned home after a doctor’s appointment to pick up my laptop and the inevitable stack of work I’d taken home over the weekend (and barely glanced at) and I quickly scanned my email.  We have voice-over-IP phones at Lakeshores, which is great because I can quickly see...
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  • Nanette says #
    Great speech, Rhonda! You hit the nail exactly on its head. This is the kind of thing our municipal leaders need to see and hear ...

President’s Message: Moving Mountains…

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on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in WLA News
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WLA President Rhonda PuntneyNow that Library Legislative Day is past, WLA will be taking the information gleaned from the visits and evaluations to make contacts with legislators who've indicated an interest in helping restore maintenance of effort (MOE) and funding for BadgerLink, or shared our concerns about the future of the public, academic, school and special libraries in the state. These supporters need to hear from constituents within and outside of the WLA membership. Restoring library funding and maintenance of effort isn't going to be easy, and WLA’s strategy will continue to be one of inclusive involvement. Members with Republican legislators are going to be particularly important to this effort. Members with Democratic legislators will be asked to help in other ways.  The voices of your board members, friends groups, and community members will be more important now than ever.  Involving them in your efforts to contact state elected officials WILL...