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Meet the Interns! Susie Seefelt Lesieutre and Laura Damon-Moore

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The WLAF has hired two graduate students from UW-Madison SLIS as publicrelations interns for the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries. We are excited to have individuals of their caliber working for WLAF. Read all about them in their profiles below:Name:  Susie Seefelt LesieutreProfessional Status: 1st year SLIS student at UWMadison (going part time). Worked as an ESL instructor for many years afterobtaining a Master’s in TESOL. Completed further graduate work in publishingand communications and then worked for several years as an editor, both in-houseand freelance, focusing on independent and academic press publications.I decided to pursuethe MLS because I felt that the program would build nicely on my previousprofessions of teaching ESL and editing. And I love being around books andreference materials (but see “aha” moment below).The biggest “aha”experience of my SLIS education so far is that “digital” defines theprofession to a much greater degree than I had expected. I was amazed to learnthat...
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    Congrats Laura and Susie! Can't wait to see the results of your creativity and hard work for WLAF!Tanya Cobb (SLIS)

Nominations Open for WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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Do you know of someone actively promoting intellectualfreedom?  Someone who exemplifies the spirit of intellectualfreedom?  If you do, you know someone that should be nominated for theWLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award.Anyone who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin iseligible.  Activities within the past five years are eligible forconsideration.  A personal member of either WLA or WEMTA must submit the awardnomination. Individuals and groups may nominate themselves for the award.This award is sponsored by: TeachingBooks.net and the Center for InformationPolicy Research and the School of Information Studies at UWM.Additional information on the award criteria and nominationprocess can be found at  http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/ifrt/IFaward.htmlNomination Deadline: January 15, 2012...

Wisconsin Teen Wins Step Up to the Plate @ your library Grand Prize

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on Thursday, October 06, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO– The American Library Association reports that twelve-year-old Kelsey Willems, Green Bay, will soon be on her way to the NationalBaseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., thanks to the resourcesat her school library and some quality family time with her father.Inthe grand prize drawing for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program,Baseball Hall of Fame Library Director Jim Gates pulled Willems’ entry from the1,000 eligible entries baseball fans nationwide sent in over the spring andsummer.  For her win, Willems and her father will head to the Hall of Fameat the end of the month to attend its World Series Gala event and receive abehind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.Developedby the American Library Association (ALA) and the Hall of Fame, Step Up to thePlate officially wrapped up its sixth season with the national drawing. Theprogram teamed up two American classics - baseball and libraries -...

Jeff Dawson, Two Rivers Library Director, Presents at Gates Foundation Event

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The Lester Public Library's use of photography and social media were on stage at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative Peer Learning meeting in Seattle on September 20. According to Jeff Dawson, director of the library,  the project has "transcended technology to create an emotional bond between the library and the community it serves."To read more about the library's project and the Global Libraries initiative, see Jeff's October 5 article in the Herald Times Reporter....

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...

Merrill School Board to Consider Ban of "Montana 1948"

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Merrill School Board will hold a hearing Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. to determine if the book "Montana 1948" should be banned from classrooms and libraries of Merrill Area Public Schools. The book, by Larry Watson, visiting professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, won the WLA's Literary Award in 1994. Watson's book "Orchard" won the award in 2004.Bill Jaeger, action school board president, was quoted as supporting the book as addressing appropriate themes for high school students. Read the entire story in the Wausau Daily Herald...NOTE: On Thursday, September 29, the Merrill School Board voted to retain "Montana 1948" in the school's high school library and as part of the 10th grade curriculum. Read the entire story......

2012 Dream Big - Read! SRP Workshop is November 1 in Milwaukee

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Summer reading program aficionados from around the state are invited to attend the 2012 Dream Big – Read! SRP workshop at the Milwaukee Public Museum Planetarium and IMAX Theatre on Tuesday, November 1!   Six systems in southeastern Wisconsin (Eastern Shores, Lakeshores, Mid-Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Waukesha County and Winnefox) have collaborated to bring this session to youth services librarians and anyone with an interest in next year’s summer reading program theme.The fun begins at 1:00 PM and will end at 4:00, just in time for those of you going to WLA to get there in time for the vendor reception!  Registration fee is $10.00, which can be paid at the door or in advance (checks payable to Lakeshores Library System).See the following link for more information: http://extranet.winnefox.org/sites/extranet.winnefox.org/files/SRPWorkshop%40ThePlanetariumFlyer.PDF--Rhonda Puntney, Youth Services & Special Needs Consultant, Lakeshores Library System(WLA President)...

Unbolt the chairs, but build the library

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on Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Libraries in the News
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In a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, the superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools was quoted as saying unbolting chairs from the floor is the biggest change he's seen in schools' physical spaces, but "I wouldn't build another library."  Mary Wepking, School Library Media Coordinator at UW-Milwaukee SOIS, responded with this letter:Dr. Thornton:This letter is in response to your statement, with respect to MPS facility planning, "I wouldn't build another library." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/10/11). The purpose of this letter is to inform you that this is an educationally destructive decision. Over 20 state-wide studies have been done that make a strong correlation between the presence of a funded & staffed school library and increased student academic achievement. Here are the findings of the Wisconsin study:  http://dpi.wi.gov/imt/pdf/SLMP3.pdf . You and your administration need to be aware of this research.Increasing technology integration may have some educational benefit; school librarians in well-funded and expertly...

Call for WAAL Conference Programs

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on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The WAAL 2012 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Quest for Excellence: WAAL 2012 at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI, April 17-20.Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels, and active workshops are welcome.  Target areas for sessions from the 2011 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are NOT limited to):Access ServicesDigital Preservation and/or Data ManagementDistance LibrarianshipE-Collection DevelopmentEmerging TechnologiesInformation LiteracyInstruction and TeachingMarketing and OutreachResource SharingServing Nontraditional StudentsTechnical ServicesTo submit a breakout session proposal please forward the following information:Abstract of the program (300 words or less)Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact informationFormat (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.)Equipment needsProposals are due by October 24, 2011.Please send via email all proposals and questions to Sheila Stoeckel (sstoeckel@library.wisc.edu)...

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...

Yes, the WLA Annual Business Meeting is Fun! November 3 in Milwaukee

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Dramatic readings, musical motions, and important news about what WLA has planned: The WLA Annual Business Meeting will be held Thursday, November 3, in conjunction with the annual conference in downtown Milwaukee. WLA is required to hold an annual business meeting, and though you're not required to attend, all WLA members are encouraged to do so. Not a WLA member? You can still attend, though only WLA members may vote.WLA President Rhonda Puntney will share the highlights of the year, which has been more memorable and event-filled than most. President-elect Ron McCabe will share plans for 2012. And in between, you'll hear reports from other leaders, including WLA Foundation President Jane Pearlmutter, and have a chance to learn more about what your association has been doing for libraries and the profession.To get an agenda and read the 2010 meeting minutes, go to the WLA Board web page....

Government Information Day is September 30 in Madison

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The WLA's Government Information Round Table will host its annual Government Information Day on Friday, September 30 at UW-Madison, Memorial Library, Room 126....

Happy 120th Birthday, WLA!

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Today marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin Library Association. On February 11, 1891, a group of individuals gathered in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the purpose of establishing a state library association. At that meeting, a constitution was adopted and officers were elected. They included K. A. Linderfelt, president; R. G.Thwaites, vice-president; and F. A. Hutchins, secretary-treasurer.See:http://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/2011/01/wla-is-one-twenty-in-twenty-on.html   Also see: http://heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/ for other recent posts to the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center website.-- Larry T. Nix, Chair, Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee and Library History Buff...