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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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on Friday, October 18, 2013 in WLA News
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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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on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in WLA News
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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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on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in WLA News
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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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Welcome Plumer Lovelace at the WLA Conference in Green Bay

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Librarians Will Rock October!

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on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 in WLA News
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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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on Monday, September 30, 2013 in WLA News
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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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Morning Yoga at the WLA Annual Conference

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Just one of many fantastic offerings from the 2013 WLA Annual Conference! Register today - click HERE Conference at a Glance - click HERE ...
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Donate to the WLA Foundation Silent Auction!

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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...

Work Group to Revise Statewide ILL Guidelines Announced

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Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning and the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Resource Sharing Roundtable are convening a statewide working group to revise statewide interlibrary loan guidelines.  Feedback on the current guidelines was solicited through conference presentations and surveys distributed throughout the state in 2011.The guidelines, which were last revised in 2005, will be reviewed by the working group.  Suggested updates will be shared and input will be gathered from the statewide library community.   The group will read and review the current Wisconsin and American Library Association guidelines and the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States Explanatory Supplement.  Additions, deletions, and changes to the existing guidelines will be recommended and discussed.  New language will be drafted to bring the Wisconsin guidelines up to date. The revised guidelines will be shared as online/electronic documents.  The working group does not anticipate distributing a formal, printed version of the guidelines.The group will...

SB 95 Passes Senate

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on Friday, October 21, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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The State Senate passed SB-95 today (see previous blog post about this issue) without amending it to delete the provision that removes the 25 percent limit on computer purchases with Common School Fund dollars. The vote was 17-16 along straight party lines. Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered an amendment to remove the Common School Fund part of the bill, and she said that she had been contacted by library media specialists asking for the amendment. Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), who authored the bill, spoke against the amendment saying that school districts need flexibility with the funds and seemed to believe that digital resources could not be purchased with Common School Fund money. The amendment failed on a voice vote.SB-95 will now be sent to the Assembly.  There already is an Assembly companion bill, AB-130, in the Committee on Education. That committee failed to pass the bill when it voted in...

Penworthy Announces WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award

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The Penworthy Company is pleased to announce Julia Davis of Kiel Public Library in Kiel, WI as the winner of our 19th annual WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award. Every year, we award a Wisconsin librarian with a $400 sponsorship award to attend WLA’s annual conference, which holds programs to refresh library services, boost professional skills, and help librarians make connections. Congratulations Julia!WLA thanks The Penworthy Company for their wonderful support of WLA through this sponsorship and decades of exhibiting at the WLA Conference.The Penworthy Company makes buying children’s books the pleasure it ought to be® with an exceptional selection, sturdy Penworthy Prebound Books and a level of personal service you can trust. Based in Milwaukee, WI for 29 years, we’re proud to support the librarians in our home state....

Come to Library Legislative Day, Rally for Libraries, March 22

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Library Legislative Day has been rescheduled to March 22.  After the morning summary, at 9:30, we will meet at Olin Terrace to gather for the rally.  Our goal is call attention to the proposed cuts to libraries in the upcoming Governor's budget.  This is not a political rally, but a show of support for libraries of all types.  We will have some signs made up for you to use, or bring your own.  We will walk down MLK Jr. Blvd, around the square and into the rotunda.  One or two speakers, then we will break up and meet with our representatives.  This is our time to highlight the difficulties that the proposed budget will bring to our libraries, our patrons and our communities.  Don't let this chance pass you by.  Show your support.  Ask your Friends groups, board members and patrons to join you.  Please join us.  If you have...

WLA Warns of Significant Threats to Libraries in Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal

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The Wisconsin Library Association warns of significant threats to library service if Governor Walker’s proposed biennial budget is approved. Major reductions in school aids, shared revenue to municipalities and UW System aids will mean reduced access to information and professional librarians in public, K-12 and higher education libraries. Wisconsinites could experience reduced access to job training and search tools, interlibrary loan, legal and health information, and school library materials and computers.“This budget threatens library service at a time when we should be investing in 21st century information resources for all Wisconsin citizens,” said WLA President Rhonda Puntney.  For instance, 10 percent cuts to BadgerLink, the statewide database of thousands of full text newspapers, journals and other resources, will mean the loss of comprehensive job training and search tools during a time of high unemployment. Shared revenue cuts and the elimination of fair funding rules for membership in library consortia will likely...

Congrats to Four Wisconsin Libraries Named LJ's Star Libraries

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A belated congratulations to four Wisconsin Libraries named by Library Journal as a "Star Library:" Madison Public, 3 stars, in the $10 million to $29.999 million category; Middleton Public Library, 3 stars, in the $1 million to $4.999 million category; Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells, 3 stars, $400,000 to $.999 million category; and the Lettie W. Jensen Public Library, Amherst, 4 stars, $10,000 to $49,999 category. Each of these libraries are members of the South Central Library System....