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Awards Nominations Due June 1: Recognize Excellence

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on Sunday, June 03, 2012 in WLA News
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Recognize excellence in libraries by submitting a nomination for a WLA award by June 1. Librarians, trustees, friends, community leaders and libraries are all eligible to be nominated for one or more of these awards: Library of the Year DEMCO/WLA Librarian of the Year Citation of Merit Special Service Award Highsmith Award Muriel Fuller Award Trustee of the Year Check out more information about each award, including nomination forms, and help WLA recognize excellence!...

Paul Nelson to Receive WLA President’s Award

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on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in Awards
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Paul Nelson, adjunct assistant professor at UW-Madison SLISand retired director of Middleton Public Library, will receive the WLAPresident’s Award at the WLA Conference Awards & Honors banquet on November3, 2011, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.Nelson, who has been in WLA’s legislative leadership formany years and was WLA President in 1998, will end his most recent term as the legislative committee chair atthe end of 2011. His leadership was especially important this year as librariesfaced some of the biggest challenges in memory, including budget cuts tolibrary programs and institutions, threats to WiscNet and the elimination ofmaintenance of effort funding requirements for public libraries.  Nelson’s efforts to keep people informed and motivated to advocatefor libraries extends beyond official legislative alerts and communications.  His “Retiring Guy’s Digest” blog provides hispersonal, behind-the-scenes commentary about library and political activitiesin Wisconsin. There he often uses humor and a well-honed sense of irony toinspire, enlighten or even...

Easy Reader Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters Wins 2011 Burr/Worzalla Award

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The 2011 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award winner is the sixth book from the popular and loveable easy reader series, Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters, written by Wisconsin native Dori Chaconas and published by the Viking Group. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.In Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters, Dori Chaconas tells another chapter in the lives of her characters Cork and Fuzz, the muskrat and possum duo. Dori tells a charming and amusing story, weaving in lots of humor and fun, with a good lesson to be learned as Cork and Fuzz learn the responsibilities of babysitting and the importance of helping others.The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Barbara Joosse the 2011 Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for her contribution to the world of children’s literature....

Waukesha Public Library is WLA's 2011 Library of the Year

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on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Awards
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The Wisconsin Library Association Awards and Honors Committee confers the 2011 Library of the Year award upon Waukesha Public Library. The award is conferred upon any type of Wisconsin library, library system or library network for distinguished achievement in service. The staff, library board or administering body, and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought. The award shall be based upon such activities or accomplishments as user oriented services, development and participation in networks and systems and cooperative planning with other libraries, collections, professional growth opportunities and employee job satisfaction, and changes or improvements in physical facilities resulting in better service.Waukesha Public Library exceeds the five award criteria particularly in regard to strong community partnerships with organizations such as the School District of Waukesha, local businesses, UW-Waukesha, Carroll University, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha Civic Theater, the West End Artists Association,...
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    A well earned award that honors the dedication and hard work of the staff of the Waukesha Library. This reflects on the deadacati...
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    Waukesha Library deserves this prize! It is a leader in the community and serves all people very well.

Betty Backus, Union Grove, Wins WLA Citation of Merit

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The Wisconsin Library Association Awards and Honors Committee confers the 2011 Citation of Merit award upon Betty Backus, Volunteer at the Graham Public Library in Union Grove, Wisconsin. The Citation of Merit is conferred upon Wisconsin citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees, who have made outstanding contributions to quality library services.Betty exceeds the award criteria by being an exemplary library volunteer for almost 20 years. Betty not only maintains but created Union Grove's local history collection by indexing and creating metadata from local papers, collecting information on local families, businesses, and community events, and continually combing local resources for additional information. She serves as the unofficial local genealogist and historian for Union Grove and its surrounding communities including Yorkville, Dover, and Paris. As if that were not enough, she also organizes the library's profitable annual book sale including recruiting more volunteers. Members of the WLA Awards and Honors Committee...

2010 Library Hall of Fame Selections Announced

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The Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation, has selected five individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2010:  Wayne Bassett (1915-1988), H. Vail Deale (1915-2004), Lea Gruber (1907-1996), Julia Wright Merrill (1881-1961), and Calvin Potter (1945- ). The inductions will take place on November 4, 2010 at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Wisconsin Dells.  Wayne Bassett served as Director of the Wausau Public Library, later merged into the Marathon County Public Library, and the Wisconsin Valley Library Service.  He served as the Legislative Advocate for WLA and as its President in 1976. H. Vail Deale was the former Director of Libraries at Beloit College.  He was a member of the 1954-55 Steering Committee that helped establish the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) in WLA and served as its first chair in 1955-56. Deale served as President...

Dr. Robert Smiley Receives 2010 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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Robert Smiley, PhD, has been named the recipient of the 2010 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award. The award (formerly the WLA SIRS/Proquest Intellectual Freedom Award) recognizes the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin. It is administered by the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA IFRT) and the Wisconsin Media and Technology Association Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group (WEMTA IF-SIG). Sponsorship is provided by TeachingBooks.net and the Center for Information Policy Research at the UW-Milwaukee School of Information StudiesDr. Smiley, who recently became Director of Technology for the Waunakee Community School District, has been a powerful and effective advocate for unfiltered access to the internet for school district students and staff. As Director of Technology for the Stoughton Area School District, he responded to federal legislation demanding that schools and libraries receiving e-rate funding filter internet access by weighing the fiscal...

WLA Awards Announced: Celebrating Excellence in Library Service

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on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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The Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce this year’s library luminaries, selected as outstanding for their contribution to libraries and librarianship:Library of the YearUW-Sheboygan University LibrarySheboyganA new, state-of-the-art facility and a staff that have spent the last decade systematically building and enhancing progressive library services make this academic library a winner.DEMCO/Librarian of the YearKathryn (Katie) Hanson, director, Graham Public LibraryUnion GroveLibrary service improvements through technology, an expansion project and Katie Hanson’s personal touch have made the Graham Public Library a treasure in the community. WLA’s DEMCO Librarian of the Year will help Union Grove celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graham Public Library this year.Muriel Fuller AwardDarla Jean Kraus, director, Lakeview Community LibraryRandom LakeDarla Jean Kraus is this year’s Muriel Fuller winner, recognizing her tireless advocacy for the Lakeview Community Library, from fundraising, management of remodeling and expansion projects, to increasing programming and collaboration with other community organizations.WLA Highsmith AwardRuff...