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

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on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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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"

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on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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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"

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on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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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?"

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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....