Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged WLA Conference

Foundation Silent Auction Seeks Donated Items

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, October 10, 2011 in Events and Promotions
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
On behalf of the WLA Foundation, I want to remind all conference attendees about the Silent Auction at the WLA conference in Milwaukee.  Once again this year we will have both an on-site and an online silent auction.  Last year’s auctions raised more than $4,000 for the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries and with your help we should be able to surpass that amount this year! We need your help in two ways:  first, by donating items for the auction and, second, by bidding on the items either online or in person at the conference.Donated items that have created bidding excitement at past auctions include (but are not limited to –creativity is appreciated!):• Fine arts, including jewelry, paintings, sculpture, pottery• Products or services that a library or librarians would find useful (story hour, consulting)• Entertainment packages (theater or sporting event tickets, golf packages)• Hotel packages (e.g., weekend getaways with one or more...

WLA and SRLAAW Support Public Library District Enabling Legislation

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, October 10, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
With much yet to be done, WLA and the System and Resource AdministratorsAssociation of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) have been working the introduction of on enabling legislation toauthorize districts as an option for public library governanceand funding in Wisconsin.There arecurrently four options for public library organization and governance understate law; public library districts would be an alternative choice. In verybasic terms, a public library districtis defined as an independent taxing authority that is authorized by state lawto establish and operate a public library. According to statistics collected by the Institute for Museum andLibrary Services, nearly 15% of U.S. public libraries are organized asdistricts.As are the fourcurrent methods of public library governance, the formation of a public librarydistrict is amatter of local choice.The WLA Board andSRLAAW has endorsed these recommendations and encouraged the public librarycommunity to review them carefully in order to gain a clear understanding ofwhat is being proposed. Paul Nelson, chair of WLA’s legislativecommittee,...

WLA Conference in Milwaukee: Make it a Destination

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
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...

Time is flying by to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Deadline of October 3

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
The 2011 WLA Conference on November 1 – 4 in Milwaukee is rapidly approaching and the October 3rd early bird deadline for special registration pricing will be here even sooner.  The time to act is now!Before the October 3rd deadline, think of the early bird as a beautiful Peacock, something attractive, wondrous and almost too good to be true.  By signing up early, you will receive a discounted price on registration to the state’s largest library conference and be instantly entered into the October 4th drawing for one of two FREE conference registrations.After the October 3rd deadline?  Well, think of the early bird as a Dodo.  No longer in existence…bye, bye birdie…extinct!Why sign up?You must be new around here!  The WLA Conference is one of the premiere library conferences in the United States, and among the longest running, celebrating its 120th anniversary this year.  This year’s theme is Libraries A Renewable...

Demonstrate your compassion for others at this year’s WLA Conference

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Every year at the WLA Conference we like to ask our attendees to give back something to their community to enhance others lives.  In the past we have sponsored food drives, but even though that is a wonderful gesture, the reality is that food isn’t always that easy to lug around in your suitcase as you trundle off to the conference.  Well, this year we’ve decided to support a worthwhile cause that only asks that you consider donating an item that as librarians should be pretty easy to come up with.  Bring a book! Hey, it’s much easier than carrying a bag of food to the Conference. Think of your donation as food for the mind!Please read about this worthwhile project in the letter below from Sandra Melcher, the Chair of the Wisconsin Council on Library and Network Development.  You’ll see how finding a new life for some gently used books...

AWSL Offers WLA Conference Scholarship to Special Library Staff

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
The Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) is pleased to announce it will sponsor ascholarship to the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference, November 1-4, Milwaukee.Criteria:  The scholarship is available to library staff who are: 1) currently employed in a library orinformation agency in Wisconsin OR currently a student in library school interested in employment in a special library setting; 2) able to communicate via the AWSL newsletter about their experiences at the conference; and 3) currently a member of the WLA and AWSL.Application process:  Applicants must  1) complete the scholarship application form, and 2) write a one page document explaining their reasons for wanting to attend this particular conference (refer to the WLA conference web site to review conference programs.) Each application also requires 3) a one page letter of recommendation in support of the applicant.Scholarship description:  The scholarship consists of a $155 stipend to be used toward conference expenses (registration,...

Top 10 Reasons to Attend This Year’s WLA Conference in Milwaukee Nov 1 – 4

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, July 07, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
10. Well, for one thing, that’s where it’s located this year…scheesh! (The Dells is so “2010”…)9.  Celebrate the lack of November elections this year!8.  Milwaukee is known as the Beer Capital of the World. (See reason #9 to appreciate why this might be relevant.)7.  Can you say Silent Auction? Fantastic items to bid on, beginning Wednesday, November 2nd as part of the WLA Foundation’s Silent Auction!6.  Our conference hotel, the acclaimed Hilton Milwaukee City Center…this ain’t the Bates Motel, that’s for sure! (Right, mother?)5.  Those wacky after hours parties playfully discussing whether Melville Dewey’s hot new classification system really has a chance of catching on… (See 025.4 DEW)4.  Hey, anything to get out of the library…uh, I mean, anything you can do to increase your knowledge and skill sets when it comes to the latest trends in library science and serving your beloved patrons!3.  E-books, schmee-books…you want to learn about the...
Recent Comments Show all comments
  • diana says #
    Thanks for the light hearted schpeel. love it
  • Lisa Strand says #
    Pre-conferences are on November 1!
  • Joyce says #
    Are the pre-conferences on the 1st or the 31st? Joyce

WLA Conference to feature Scott Dikkers, Onion Founder, and More

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, June 02, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Join us at the WLA Conference, November 1-4 at the Milwaukee Hilton and Frontier Airlines Center! What other event can bring together such a fantastic pool of talented professionals like this year’s keynoter, internationally renowned speaker Stephen Abram, as well as the engaging and nationally recognized children’s writer/illustrator Tad Hills, or Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School, and contributing anchor and reporter for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, plus over 70 training/informational sessions to choose from?  Add to this the wonderful WLA/WLAF Annual Awards Dinner, interesting tours, state of the art trade show exhibits, an autograph garden, and an opportunity to take part in the fun WLA Foundation Fundraiser at the hip nightspot, Spin Milwaukee! And, of course, there’s the city itself! Milwaukee offers you so many cultural and entertainment options before, between and/or after events.  The Historic Third Ward, http://www.historicthirdward.org with its variety of...

2011 WLA Conference: Libraries - A Renewable Resource

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
WLA Conference Chair Bernie Bellin and his planning committee for the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference have been busy working on details for this much anticipated event. WLA members will converge on southeast Wisconsin for this conference slated for November 1 – 4, 2011, at the beautiful Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel and Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee.This year we celebrate WLA’s 120th Anniversary, and the conference theme is “Libraries – A Renewable Resource.”We are very excited about this year’s conference’s keynote speaker Stephen Abram, MLS.  Abram is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning, and a leading international librarian and lighthouse thinker in the North American library community, with extensive experience in library technology and trend forecasting. He has more than 25 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry.He was Past-President of SLA and of the Ontario and Canadian Library...

Get Ready for WLA - Tweet #WLA2010

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, October 22, 2010 in WLA News
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Registration? Check. Hotel reservation? Check. Conference-at-a-Glance? Check. I'm almost ready for WLA 2010, are you? The conference program looks fan-tas-tic! So many intriguing programs, so little time. We are delighted to host Marilyn Johnson for what is sure to be an enlightening and humorous keynote address on Wednesday (11/3)! Get more information about the WLA Conference; it's not too late to decide to attend. You can still register on-site!Are you tweeting about WLA 2010? Use our hashtag #WLA2010!See you at the Kalahari!Best regards,Vicki TobiasPublicity ChairWLA 2010 Conference Planning Committee...

WLA 2009: "West Bend Librarians and Community Activists Share Censorship Stories"

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Presented by Michael Tyree, director, Kristin Pekoll, young adult librarian, Barbara Deters, board president, and Mary Reilly-Kliss, former library board member, all of West Bend Community Memorial Library. Though I had followed the case closely, I was anxious to hear first hand the entire story of West Bend's experience in addressing multiple changes to young adult and GLBTQ materials during 2009. Oh, what a story they had to tell! As the board president said, it could be you. And it very well could be. Is your collection development policy in place? Do you have a process and procedure for dealing with reconsideration of materials? What about complaints about your website (which is actually how these challenges started)? In West Bend's case, the challenge/complaint kept changing, while the complainants were backed, and advised, by national, conservative organizations. The library was tried in the press, and in several blogs. Library board members whose...

WLA 2009: "Motivational Magic: Keeping Your Passion in Times"

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
presented by Marcy Heim, The Artful Asker.Although her main focus is working with groups to help them with fundraising, this session was about "13 factors for joy and success." The mnemonic is "RELATIONSHIPS."R = RespectE = EncouragementL = ListeningA = Appreciation/GratitudeT = TrustI = IntuitionO = OrderN = Nurturing/UnderstandingS = Sense of HumorH = Hope and faithI = IntegrityP = PassionS = Sleep and eat (and exercise)For each of the 13 factors she asked us to come up with one action we will try to do every day. Why are relationships important? Relationships, more than any other factor, determine the quality of your life. Choose to focus on the people in our lives at work and home--this is what helps you keep your passion....

WLA 2009: "ADA Refreshed: Ensuring Access for Everyone"

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Robin A. Jones, Director, DBTAC--Great Lakes ADA Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.Excellent program, starting with a little review of ADA and its purposes, and legal obligations of entities under the law. Also takes a look at Wisconsin state law, which luckily for us, unlike some other states, apparently, is pretty consistent with ADA.More citizens than ever are over age 55, and more citizens have disabilities. Jones spent time on educating us on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 which will expand the definition of "person with a disability." In addition, limitations in the Act's list of major life activities may also constitute a disability.Jones covered such topics of interest to libraries as: building access, service animals, communication, and virtual accessibility.For more information see http://www.adagreatlakes.org....

WLA 2009: "Is Your Community Money Smart?"

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Speakers: Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library, Christine Arkenberg, Milwaukee Public Library, Jeff Dawson, Lester Public Library (Two Rivers), Dave Mancl, Office of Financial Literacy.This was great--The Office of Financial Literacy in the Department of Financial Institutions will help your library and others you partner with to sponsor workshops, seminars, programs, events, and other activities aimed at improving financial literacy. They'll help with printing, securing speakers, and other things. As Jeff Dawson of Two Rivers said, this is the 3rd year his library has participated in Money Smart week, "without lifting a finger." Seems to me, given the current economy, these types of programs are a great idea. Partner with local college or tech school to offer programs for freshmen who are managing their money for the first time. Partner with senior centers to offer programs for senior citizens who are living on a fixed income. You get the idea....

Twitter hashtag for 2009 WLA Conference

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Monday, October 19, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
If you’ll be attending the WLA Conference October 20-23, 2009 and plan to use Twitter to "tweet" about it, please use the #wla09 hashtag so others can easily find your updates.As soon as the conference starts, we’ll be putting a Twitter widget here on the blog to aggregate all the #wla09 tweets.See you there!...
Twitter

RSRT Scholarship Reminder: Applications due September 15!

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, September 10, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Just a reminder that the Resource Sharing Roundtable (RSRT) is offering a scholarship to defray the cost of attending the WLA Annual Conference in October. Applications are due September 15. Details, and application materials are available on the RSRT website....

RSRT Offers Scholarship

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, August 06, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
The WLA Resource Sharing Roundtable (RSRT) is pleased to offer a scholarship to help defray the cost of attending the 2009 WLA Annual Conference. The scholarship is available to RSRT members, but you may join WLA and RSRT and apply for the scholarship, or if a member of WLA but not RSRT, you may join RSRT by contacting the WLA office. Scholarship information, and application materials are available on the RSRT web page. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2009....

WLA 2007: What's Toxic in Your Neighborhood?

Posted by Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand
Lisa Strand has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, October 20, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
"It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment." - Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands campaign, 1982   I work at a federal depository library with a collection of over 1.5 million technical reports of research funded by the EPA, DOD, DOE, DOT, NASA and other government agencies; I attended this session to learn how to better use our resources and serve our patrons. I also have a background in conservation biology, so this topic was right up my alley. Michael Watkins, Head of Government Documents at UW-Oshkosh's Polk Library, did a great job of connecting what could be seen as 'dry data' to his own personal history as a child growing up in Oshkosh, as well as local, national and world history. He also shared a keen understanding of the many interacting...