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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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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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Lovelace Named Executive Director of the Wisconsin Library Association

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The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Plumer Lovelace III has been named Executive Director. Mr. Lovelace will lead their efforts to help strengthen library services for the citizens of Wisconsin. Lovelace is a seasoned executive who has over 17 years of experience in association management; much of that time has been spent providing leadership and advocacy for non-profits. WLA President Paula Ganyard said, "The WLA Board of Directors looks forward to working with Plumer. He will be a strong and an effective leader for WLA as we work to strengthen the Association. He has a passion for creating a culture of innovation, which I think is exactly what WLA needs right now.” Lovelace replaces Lisa Strand who left WLA last December to pursue another career opportunity. Before joining WLA, Lovelace worked with The Rees Group where he served as the Executive Director for the...
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WLAF Fundraiser in Green Bay

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on Monday, August 19, 2013 in WLA News
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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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WLA Annual Conference YSS Preconference Offering

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The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association and the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are pleased to announce the joint hosting of an early literacy preconference at the 2013 Wisconsin Library Association annual conference. The preconference will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 12:30-5:00pm at Hyatt on Main and KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI. The conference theme of “Play, Create, Innovate,” will be emphasized in a variety of ways by the preconference presenters. Jim Gill, celebrated musician and author, will serve as the keynote speaker as well as offer additional breakout sessions on the topic of music and play for young children. Other breakout sessions include: Bringing “Every Child Ready to Read 2” to Diverse Audiences—Tanya Misselt and Yee Vue, Appleton Public Library; Early Literacy Library Spaces—Ashley Bieber and Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, L. E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Developing...

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...

Culver's Celebrates National Library Week with Libraries

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In celebration of National Library Week,  April 8-14, Culver's and WLA will again join local public libraries and Culver's restaurants in the "You Belong @ your library" drawing campaign for children 11 and under.This is the 16th year local Culver's restaurants in Wisconsin have sponsored this event, which encourages children to read and celebrate their favorite book characters.Children can enter the drawing event by picking up drawing sheets from their local library beginning April 1.  Children are encouraged to draw book characters that they would like to meet at the library.  Every child who completes a drawing will receive a "Be Our Guest" coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culver's and be entered into a random drawing to win an additional prize of a free Team Scoopie Kids meal coupon. Drawings will be displayed at the local library or Culver's Restaurant through the month of April.All materials...

Register for WAAL Conference: Quest for Excellence in Lake Geneva

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on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in WLA News
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Have you registered for WAAL 2012: Quest for Excellence in Lake Geneva April 18-20?  If not, read on.  You certainly don't want to miss these programs:• Keynotes from Jenica Rogers and Kim Leeder will get us motivated and invigorated.• Luncheon Speakers will take us into another world with "Lots of Dungeons, No Dragons" by Margaret Weis and "Monsters of Wisconsin" by Linda Godfrey.• PLUS: programs and posters presented by innovative librarians from right here in Wisconsin!Check out the full program for all of the Excellent offerings to fill your conference Quest.Check out the fabulous accomodations at the Grand Geneva. If you are going to attend a conference, why not do so in the best possible environment?!Come for an amazing three days of learning, networking and sharing while...• Enjoying a martini in a world class lounge,• Experiencing a massage and spa treatment,• Experiencing a hay-ride with friends at a tranquil resort,• Networking...

Terry Dawson, WLA Legislative Chair, Testifies in Favor of SB 375

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SB 375, a bill to delay changes to WiscNet that were inserted into the 2011-13 budget bill in the 11th hour, was the subject of a January 19 hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education. The committee will hold an executive session (vote) on the bill on Monday, January 23.Terry Dawson, Chair of the WLA's Library Development and Legislation Committee, spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of WLA, countering claims by telecommunications groups that there is sufficient broadband and cheap Internet service available to everyone in the state. Terry's main points:WiscNet provides cost-effective, high quality Internet service to its members, including K-12 schools, institutions of higher education and 95 percent of public libraries in the state. According to information on the Department of Administration's website, service from other providers would cost 4-5 times more than WiscNet charges.Schools will likely need to know by February 2013...

WLA President's Message: Ron McCabe on Moving Libraries Forward!

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I am honored to serve as the 2012 President of the WisconsinLibrary Association.  Providing educationfor everyone is the greatest tradition of our democracy and nowhere has thistradition grown stronger than right here in Wisconsin.  Our libraries play a vital role in educationand our community, the Wisconsin Library Association, has been moving librariesforward for 120 years. Through years that included two world wars and a GreatDepression, thousands of passionate and committed librarians, trustees, andcitizen activists made sure that Wisconsin’s libraries would continue to servethe many people who count on them.  Todaymillions of people count on us tomove these great institutions through the next era of intense political,economic, and technological change.  Thisis our moment to make a contribution.The WLA Strategic Plan,which is available on the WLA website, gives us a starting point for the workwe need to do in 2012.  Much has changed,however, since the plan was drafted.  Political and economic support for libraries has...

Urge Your Legislator to Support SB 375/AB 473 to Delay WiscNet Changes

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You may recall that during the state budget process, language was adopted altering the relationship the University of Wisconsin has with WiscNet, effective July 1, 2013.  The budget bill also required the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) to complete a financial and performance audit of the UW’s relationship with WiscNet by January 1, 2013. This leaves only six months to respond to audit recommendations before the legislation goes into effect!The new law will directly impact the relationship WiscNet has with its 450 members located throughout the state, affecting service to K-12 schools, higher education, and 95% of the state’s public libraries. During the extensive budget deliberations there was not enough time to adequately discuss this complex issue.  Many questions remain unanswered.Fortunately, Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Representative Evan Wynn (R-Whitewater) have introduced SB375/AB 473 amending the effective date of the original legislation to July 1, 2014. A bipartisan group of legislators is...

Call for program proposals: WAPL Spring Conference!

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The WAPL 2012 Spring Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for breakout sessions for “Share the Driving” – WAPL 2012: May 9 – 11, 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue Stevens Point WI 54482Proposals for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):• Multigenerational programming• Starting and nurturing a Friends’ Group• Creative ways to work with Boards of Trustees• Relationship building with municipalities• Methods for delegating to staff• Work flow management• Community feedback on library services• Collaborating with local resources for public relations• Visioning with educational institutions• Volunteer success stories• Teamwork with other non-profits• Libraries as early literacy builders• Neighboring libraries working together• Innovative ways of working with youth• The current technological frontier• Wakanheza—a winning concept for everyone• Local authors and how to work with themSessions / programs generally run 60-75 minutes in length. Every WLA unit has a special perspective to...

Poster Session Proposals Sought for WAAL Conference

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The WAAL 2012 Conference Planning Committee is accepting proposals for posters to be presented at Quest for Excellence: WAAL 2012. The conference will take place at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, April 17-20, with the poster session scheduled for Thursday April 19 from 3:30-5PM.To submit a poster session proposal, please send the following information to Leah Ujda (ujda@wisc.edu):1. Abstract of the poster content (150 words or less). The submitted abstract for accepted proposals will appear in the conference program.2. Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information.3. Type of equipment you will bring.All poster presenters will be assigned a skirted table space. No other equipment will be provided. Wireless Internet access will be available.Poster session proposals are welcome from all who have ideas to share with Wisconsin's academic library community.Ribbons will be awarded for Best Content, Best Visual Display, and Best Student Poster.Proposals are due by Friday January 13,...