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Stephen Abram, Scott Dikkers and Everything in Between: WLA Conference Recap

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Despite concerns about library budgets and costs of the Milwaukee venue, 834 registrants enjoyed the 2011 Annual Conference, including a sold-out exhibit hall, dozens of programs, five tours and a grand awards banquet in the Hilton’s Empire Ballroom. Both the keynote speaker, Stephen Abram, and President’s Luncheon speaker, Scott Dikkers, were provocative on completely different subjects!Attendees surveyed said their main reason for attending was the chance to interact with others in the library field, followed closely by the program schedule and topics. The schedule included technology topics such as e-books, Koha ILS, technology in children’s programs and Google tools, while also hitting topics on staff and self-management, hiring, diversity, literature, outreach, ethics and more.Five tours of libraries and library resources rounded out the educational experience, though two tours sold-out, to the disappointment of later registrants. WLA thanks Milwaukee Public Library for providing access to their Krug Rare Books Room, the...

Edgerton Library Director Selected as Emerging Leader

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[Rock County, WI] Edgerton Public Library Director Sherry Machones is one of 75 individuals who have been selected throughout the nation as an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader.  To  become an Emerging Leader, each candidate goes through a very competitive process and needs to be sponsored by a library association. Sherry was sponsored by the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA). Each sponsor commits to financial support of an Emerging Leader in order to defray a portion of costs for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALS Annual Conference.Machones said, “This is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity to grow as a  professional and learn from some of the best (librarians) in the country!”The ALA Emerging Leader program, now in its sixth year, kicks off with a daylong session during the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.The program enables librarians and  library staff from across the country to...
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Library Legislative Day is February 14

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Library Legislative Day is Tuesday, February 14, 2012. "Libraries at the heart of the community" is this year's theme, whether your community is an academic institution, a K-12 school, a municipality, or a museum, law firm or hospital. Legislators need to hear from you about important library issues.Major issues in 2012 include gaining support for:• A bill extending the deadline for changes to the UW System’s research functions and WiscNet• Protection of the Common School Fund for school library use• A bill to enable public library districts• A bill to improve options for recovering overdue library materialsParticipate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative district. Background materials and briefing provided in advance give you talking points on the issues. Professional lobbyists will provide...

The Curtain is Rising on the 2011 WLA Conference, November 1 – 4, in Milwaukee

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Question: The Wisconsin Library Association and Carnegie Hall.  What Do They Share in 2011?Both the WLA and Carnegie Hall have set the standards by which others are measured; both bring people of all ages and backgrounds together; both represent professionalism at the highest level; both are steeped in tradition; both can claim an Andrew Carnegie connection; and both celebrate their 120th Anniversary in 2011!Make Beautiful Music TogetherJoin your peers at the 2011 WLA Conference in celebrating WLA’s 120th Anniversary.  Begin your celebration by attending any of the excellent pre-conference sessions.  Sessions include Leading Through Communication; Lightning Fast Succession Planning; or Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like.  Then continue your celebration Tuesday evening with your friends and colleagues at the opening night Vendor Reception at the Hilton, featuring hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.Carnegie Hall…Frontier Airlines Center & Exhibition Hall…Both Strike a ChordDon’t get me wrong, both are beautiful halls.  But...

SB 95 Passes Senate

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The State Senate passed SB-95 today (see previous blog post about this issue) without amending it to delete the provision that removes the 25 percent limit on computer purchases with Common School Fund dollars. The vote was 17-16 along straight party lines. Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered an amendment to remove the Common School Fund part of the bill, and she said that she had been contacted by library media specialists asking for the amendment. Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), who authored the bill, spoke against the amendment saying that school districts need flexibility with the funds and seemed to believe that digital resources could not be purchased with Common School Fund money. The amendment failed on a voice vote.SB-95 will now be sent to the Assembly.  There already is an Assembly companion bill, AB-130, in the Committee on Education. That committee failed to pass the bill when it voted in...

Letters about Literature Contest for Young Readers

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JEFFERSON – A book is more than just a collection of words. A book can have a direct and concrete impact on a life. For children and youth, a book can help them transcend difficult situations — like bullying, peer pressure or prejudice, or help them cope with loss and disappointment.Letters about Literature (LAL) is a writing contest for young readers in grades 4 – 12, sponsored by the Library of Congress and Wisconsin Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story, poem, essay or speech describing how the work changed the students’ view of the world or themselves. Entries are judged at both the state and national levels and prizes are awarded for the best letter at various grade levels. LAL awards thousands of dollars each year through state and national prizes, as well as LAL library grants. Last...

Yet Another Measure Threatens the Common School Fund

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Senate Bill 95, a school reform bill, threatens the Common School Fund by eliminating the current 25 percent limit on the amount of CSF money that may be used to purchase school library computers and related software.The full Senate is scheduled to vote on this bill at 11:00 a.m. today, Thursday, October 20.Please contact your senator right away and request an amendment to SB-95 that would remove the provisions in the bill that relate to the Common School Fund.  Thank you for your help!Points to raise:The common school fund is the major source of school library resources, both print and electronic. These resources are critical to a quality education for our students to prepare them for work and college.It is important to uphold the constitutional intent of the Common School Fund for its intended purposes. School libraries in Wisconsin continue to be a cornerstone of a strong educational system. Direct them to...

OSRT Honors Ruth Sias with the Frances de Usabel Outreach Services Award

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The Outreach Services Roundtable has chosen Ruth Sias as the 2011 recipient of the Frances de Usabel award.Ruth Sias is the Children's Librarian at the Goodman South Madison branch of the Madison Public Library. She was chosen for exemplary work with children and families in local hospitals. Ruth was nominated for the award by Dipesh Navsaria, the director of the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Early Literacy Projects.According to Dr. Navsaria, Sias was instrumental in developing an outreach program to promote reading and literacy to children and families at local clinics. In addition to providing direct services, she trained volunteers to engage children and parents in stories using effective modeling and reading techniques. After working closely with hospital and university professionals to make this program successful, she initiated plans to expand the program to reach more families in her service area and beyond. Furthermore, she has shared her experiences as a conference...

Paul Nelson to Receive WLA President’s Award

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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...

Common School Fund Threatened: Contact Legislators!

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Legislation related to nursing home regulation, introducedas companion bills AB-302 and SB-212, will reduce funding available to theschool libraries, if passed. The Wisconsin Educational Media & TechnologyAssociation (WEMTA) says the legislation could cost the Common School Fund(CSF) at least $1.5 million per year because it diverts fines and forfeitureson nursing homes from the CSF. The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care will vote on AB-302 onThursday, October 20, at 9:00 a.m. in room 400 Northeast of the State Capitol.The Senate Committee will meet that same date and time in room 330 Southwest.If the bills are approved by committee, they go straight tothe full Assembly and Senate.It is very important to reach out to legislatorsin both the Assembly and Senate, and if you are represented by someone on thecommittees who vote on October 20, your call is essential.Assembly Committee members are as follows: RepresentativesDan Knodl (R-Germantown, District 24), Warren Petryk (R-Elva,...

Penworthy Announces WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award

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The Penworthy Company is pleased to announce Julia Davis of Kiel Public Library in Kiel, WI as the winner of our 19th annual WLA Attendee Sponsorship Award. Every year, we award a Wisconsin librarian with a $400 sponsorship award to attend WLA’s annual conference, which holds programs to refresh library services, boost professional skills, and help librarians make connections. Congratulations Julia!WLA thanks The Penworthy Company for their wonderful support of WLA through this sponsorship and decades of exhibiting at the WLA Conference.The Penworthy Company makes buying children’s books the pleasure it ought to be® with an exceptional selection, sturdy Penworthy Prebound Books and a level of personal service you can trust. Based in Milwaukee, WI for 29 years, we’re proud to support the librarians in our home state....

The Case for Attending the 2011 WLA Conference: The Facts…Just the Facts

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‘Dragnet' theme music This is the city. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’ll work here November 1 – 4. I’ll carry a (name) badge.The story I’m about to impart is true. Only some names have been changed to protect the innocent.My name is Kenney.  It was Wednesday, October 12th. It was sunny. I was working the day watch out of PR when a call came in from the chief.“We need to inform everyone about the outstanding line-up of speakers and events taking place at this year’s 2011 WLA Conference, and we’ve got to do it now, because time is of the essence,” said Chief Bellin.“I’m on it, Chief,” I replied.  And here is my report:The Pre-Conference Line-up  Three sessions: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like; Leading Through Communication; Lightning Fast Succession Planning(Vendor Reception on opening night!)Keynote Address by the Internationally Sought After Stephen AbramHear Abram’s dynamic presentation entitled FrankenLibraries or Librarytopia:  Our Choice.Exhibit A:  The...

Library as Incubator Project Launched by SLIS Students

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The co-founders of the Library as Incubator Project have launched the project’s virtual “hub,” www.libraryasincubatorproject.org.  Three UW-Madison SLIS students are the project managers: Laura Damon-Moore, Erinn Batykefer, and Christina Endres. TheLibrary as Incubator Project seeks to learn how artists (writers, visualartists and performing artists) use libraries in the research, creation andpromotion of their artistic work. The presenters are in the process of creatinga web resource that highlights artists and projects that have been"incubated," in part, by library collections, spaces and/or staff. Itwill also serve as a resource for librarians who want to better serve artistspatrons through programming, collections, and partnerships.Damon-Moore, Batykefer and Endres are presenting a WLA Conference program about their project  November 4 in Milwaukee at Hilton MilwaukeeCity Center, 10:30 a.m.Learn more about the Library as Incubator Project at the conference, or subscribe online via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed on the website to getupdates and announcements. libraryasincubatorproject.orglibraryasincubatorproject@gmail.comFacebook:Library as Incubator ProjectTwitter:IArtLibraries ...

Foundation Silent Auction Seeks Donated Items

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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

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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 Election Results

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The WLA Nominations & ElectionsCommittee has tabulated the results of the 2011 WLA elections.  On behalf of the WLA Board of Directors andthe Nominations & Elections Committee, I would like to congratulate allcandidates for their willingness to present themselves in service to themembership.   The winners of contestedelections are indicated with asterisks. Uncontested elections merely list thename of the candidate who will take office.Again, thank you to all thoseindividuals who were willing to step forward in service to the profession.  Your colleagues are grateful for yourleadership.WLA ELECTION RESULTSWLAVice-President/President-Elect*Paula Ganyard 301Julie Schneider 294WLAALA Councilor*Marge Loch-Wouters 423Lynn Stainbrook 183WLAFoundation Board of Directors*Cheryl Becker 364Nikki Busch 236Associationof Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectMegan WisemanAWSLSecretaryAmy O’SheaGovernmentInformation Round Table (GIRT) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectEileen SnyderGIRTSecretaryKaren ProbstGIRTPlanning CommitteeNyama MarshLibrary User Education Round Table (LUERT) SecretaryCynthiaHuebschenLUERT Member-At-LargeKarenEckburg 12*JosephHardenbrook 22ShannonSchultz 17New Members Round Table (NMRT) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectKatharineClarkOutreach Services Round Table (OSRT) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectCassiePayneReaders Section (READ) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectBrettRohlwingReference & Adult Services Section(RASS) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectMelissaKazmerResource Sharing Round Table (RSRT) Vice-Chair/Chair-ElectChristineBarthSupport...

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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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....