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WLA Conference in Milwaukee: Make it a Destination

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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...

Merrill School Board to Consider Ban of "Montana 1948"

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Merrill School Board will hold a hearing Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. to determine if the book "Montana 1948" should be banned from classrooms and libraries of Merrill Area Public Schools. The book, by Larry Watson, visiting professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, won the WLA's Literary Award in 1994. Watson's book "Orchard" won the award in 2004.Bill Jaeger, action school board president, was quoted as supporting the book as addressing appropriate themes for high school students. Read the entire story in the Wausau Daily Herald...NOTE: On Thursday, September 29, the Merrill School Board voted to retain "Montana 1948" in the school's high school library and as part of the 10th grade curriculum. Read the entire story......

2012 Dream Big - Read! SRP Workshop is November 1 in Milwaukee

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Summer reading program aficionados from around the state are invited to attend the 2012 Dream Big – Read! SRP workshop at the Milwaukee Public Museum Planetarium and IMAX Theatre on Tuesday, November 1!   Six systems in southeastern Wisconsin (Eastern Shores, Lakeshores, Mid-Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Waukesha County and Winnefox) have collaborated to bring this session to youth services librarians and anyone with an interest in next year’s summer reading program theme.The fun begins at 1:00 PM and will end at 4:00, just in time for those of you going to WLA to get there in time for the vendor reception!  Registration fee is $10.00, which can be paid at the door or in advance (checks payable to Lakeshores Library System).See the following link for more information: http://extranet.winnefox.org/sites/extranet.winnefox.org/files/SRPWorkshop%40ThePlanetariumFlyer.PDF--Rhonda Puntney, Youth Services & Special Needs Consultant, Lakeshores Library System(WLA President)...

Unbolt the chairs, but build the library

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In a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, the superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools was quoted as saying unbolting chairs from the floor is the biggest change he's seen in schools' physical spaces, but "I wouldn't build another library."  Mary Wepking, School Library Media Coordinator at UW-Milwaukee SOIS, responded with this letter:Dr. Thornton:This letter is in response to your statement, with respect to MPS facility planning, "I wouldn't build another library." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/10/11). The purpose of this letter is to inform you that this is an educationally destructive decision. Over 20 state-wide studies have been done that make a strong correlation between the presence of a funded & staffed school library and increased student academic achievement. Here are the findings of the Wisconsin study:  http://dpi.wi.gov/imt/pdf/SLMP3.pdf . You and your administration need to be aware of this research.Increasing technology integration may have some educational benefit; school librarians in well-funded and expertly...

Call for WAAL Conference Programs

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The WAAL 2012 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Quest for Excellence: WAAL 2012 at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI, April 17-20.Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels, and active workshops are welcome.  Target areas for sessions from the 2011 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are NOT limited to):Access ServicesDigital Preservation and/or Data ManagementDistance LibrarianshipE-Collection DevelopmentEmerging TechnologiesInformation LiteracyInstruction and TeachingMarketing and OutreachResource SharingServing Nontraditional StudentsTechnical ServicesTo submit a breakout session proposal please forward the following information:Abstract of the program (300 words or less)Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact informationFormat (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.)Equipment needsProposals are due by October 24, 2011.Please send via email all proposals and questions to Sheila Stoeckel (sstoeckel@library.wisc.edu)...

Recharge and refocus: WLA President's Message

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The summer has flown by and I found myself a bit misty-eyedthis morning to find myself the mother of high school sophomore who just passedher driver’s license temps.  Not that Iwas verklempt that I will have to soon add her to my car insurance policy, butthat another summer has passed and I only did about half of the things I wantedto do!  However, the recent holiday weekendmade me grateful for an extra day to recharge and refocus.The WLA board has also taken the opportunity to refocus andbegin implementing the Strategic Plan we adopted for the association earlierthis year.  Three ad hoc committees wereformed to respond to recommendations from participants at last year’s strategicplanning retreat and leadership meeting. The three committees are looking at new ways WLA can address issues inthe areas of leadership, professional development, and membership.  The ad hoc committees are currently meetingand will report back to the board next spring...

Yes, the WLA Annual Business Meeting is Fun! November 3 in Milwaukee

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Dramatic readings, musical motions, and important news about what WLA has planned: The WLA Annual Business Meeting will be held Thursday, November 3, in conjunction with the annual conference in downtown Milwaukee. WLA is required to hold an annual business meeting, and though you're not required to attend, all WLA members are encouraged to do so. Not a WLA member? You can still attend, though only WLA members may vote.WLA President Rhonda Puntney will share the highlights of the year, which has been more memorable and event-filled than most. President-elect Ron McCabe will share plans for 2012. And in between, you'll hear reports from other leaders, including WLA Foundation President Jane Pearlmutter, and have a chance to learn more about what your association has been doing for libraries and the profession.To get an agenda and read the 2010 meeting minutes, go to the WLA Board web page....

Government Information Day is September 30 in Madison

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The WLA's Government Information Round Table will host its annual Government Information Day on Friday, September 30 at UW-Madison, Memorial Library, Room 126....

WLA Volunteers Needed for 2012

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on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in WLA News
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Now more than ever the Wisconsin Library Association needs the volunteer support of our members.  Libraries face challenges today we couldn’t imagine just a few years ago.  Technological changes such as the rise of the e-book are transforming our services. Economic and political changes threaten our financial support.  These concerns are overwhelming when we think of confronting them as individuals.  Together as a library community, however, we can face these challenges and secure a strong future for Wisconsin libraries.Many of you have worked hard for the Wisconsin Library Association for years.  Thank you!  Others, like myself, have participated only occasionally in the work of WLA.  It is time for all of us to do what we can to preserve and strengthen the great tradition of our library community. Everything that we do as an association is more important than ever.  We need to work together to take the Wisconsin Library Association...
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President’s Message: Moving Mountains…

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WLA President Rhonda PuntneyNow that Library Legislative Day is past, WLA will be taking the information gleaned from the visits and evaluations to make contacts with legislators who've indicated an interest in helping restore maintenance of effort (MOE) and funding for BadgerLink, or shared our concerns about the future of the public, academic, school and special libraries in the state. These supporters need to hear from constituents within and outside of the WLA membership. Restoring library funding and maintenance of effort isn't going to be easy, and WLA’s strategy will continue to be one of inclusive involvement. Members with Republican legislators are going to be particularly important to this effort. Members with Democratic legislators will be asked to help in other ways.  The voices of your board members, friends groups, and community members will be more important now than ever.  Involving them in your efforts to contact state elected officials WILL...

Belleville Parents and Students Win WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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For their staunch dedication to preserving First Amendment rights and for their well-reasoned defense for keeping Chris Crutcher’s Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes as part of the ninth-grade curriculum at Belleville High School, the parents and students of Belleville who supported retaining that book have been selected to receive the 2011 Intellectual Freedom Award given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association & the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association. The WLA/WEMTA nomination review committee voted unanimously to give this year's award to the six parents and four students from Belleville who successfully overcame a censorship challenge at their local high school. Their campaign supported a well-reviewed book which had been part of a teacher’s curriculum for nine years. Steadfast advocacy on behalf of intellectual freedom for high school students is neither an easy nor a quick undertaking. It was, however, grass roots organizing at its best.The circumstances began in September 2010,...

Nominations Open for WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award

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Do you know of someone actively promoting intellectual freedom?  Someone who exemplifies the spirit of intellectual freedom?  If you do, you know someone that should be nominated for the WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award.Anyone who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin is eligible.  Activities within the past five years are eligible for consideration. *A personal member of either WLA or WEMTA must submit the award nomination. Individuals and groups may nominate themselves for the award. This award is sponsored by: TeachingBooks.net and the Center for Information Policy Research and the School of Information Studies at UWM.Additional information on the award criteria and nomination process can be found at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/ifrt/.  Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2011...

WLA Bylaws Amendments; Vote at Annual Business Meeting

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The WLA Board of Directors has approved bylaws amendments that will be presented for a vote of the membership at the WLA annual business meeting, Thursday, November 4, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells. No conference registration fee is required to attend the business meeting. Only personal members of the association may vote on the bylaws amendments. Proposed changes include requiring unit projects to be part of the overall WLA operating budget and modifying requirements for unit viability and dissolution....
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Germantown budget cuts mean staff furloughs, but not for library staff

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Dramatic drops in revenue have led Germantown city leaders to propose cuts of $510,000 for the remaining six months of the year and impose furloughs on all city employees except police, fire, and library personnel. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports immediate spending reductions in most departments, along with layoffs of 17 employees....
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Sheboygan School District to cut 11 library media specialist positions

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In a May 14 letter to families and staff, the Sheboygan Area School District announced the school board's decision to reduce the number of school library media specialists from 16 to 5. The remaining positions include one at each high school, one at the middle school level and two at the elementary level. The letter also announced plans for a meeting of staff, including the "core group" of media specialists, to meet during the summer to develop a plan for teaching essential library skills at each level.A letter to the editor from Jo Ann Carr, director of the Center for Instructional Materials and Computing at UW-Madison and president of the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association, appeared May 29 in the Sheboygan Press. Carr outlines the essential skills and important role that licensed media specialists bring to the school setting, including work with teachers in planning curriculum, knowledge of a range...

West Bend library board rejects request to limit access

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On June 2, the West Bend Memorial Library Board rejected a citizen group's attempt to restrict access to a portion of the young adult collection. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that about 200 people appeared at the meeting, and about 60 individuals spoke to both sides of the issue for 2-1/2 hours. Ginny and Jim Maziarka, who formed an organization called West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries, had asked the library board to remove books that they deemed inappropriate because of their sexual content and also requested that the library add faith-based books with "traditional heterosexual perspectives" or that were written by "ex-gay" authors. Another citizen group, West Bend Parents for Free Speech, was formed by Maria Hanrahan to support the library's policies and reject attempts at censorship....

WLA 2008: 1st Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition

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Just blogging about this session wouldn't do it justice, so for your entertainment a vlog.Thanks for all who competed for ending my (and many others) 2008 WLA conference on a fun note....
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WLA 2008: Roadmap to the Future of Wisconsin Libraries

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On May 5-6, 2008 over 100 key library leaders and advocates from across the state came together to discuss the future of Wisconsin Libraries. From that visioning summit came the COLAND Beginnings Report on the Future of Wisconsin Libraries, 2008-2018. This session, presented by Kathy Pletcher (Associate Provost for Information Services at UW-Green Bay) and Rick Grobschmidt (Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning, Department of Public Instruction), reviewed the outcomes from that summit and gave those in attendance an chance to react to the vision, values, strategic directions, and tactics for the Future of Wisconsin Libraries.I encourage those who haven't read the Beginnings Report to do so because there is so much more detail in that report than I could provide this is blog report on the session. I will provide you with the basics and some of the reactions in the session.Vision for the Future of...

WLA 2008: The Role of Digitization in Enhancing Knowledge Discovery

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Krystyna Matusiak from UW-Milwaukee Libraries presented a session on how the UWM libraries have gone about creating their digital collection. She provided the attendees with a number of tips, suggestions, and lessons learned.The UW Libraries digital collection is comprised of 16 different collections, 35,000 objects that include photos (slides, prints, negatives), maps and text (yearbooks, monographs, manuscripts).Strategies in Collection Building:Single source collectionsan entire collection is convertedworks better with small collectionsSelected by formatsuch as all maps or all photostip: if you are digitizing photos you might not to do everyone of them if there are photos that very similarbecause this way makes sense it is often the chosen methodHybrid projectsitem are selected from several source collectionsmultiple formats integrated into one collectionthis method is most popular with the user because it is based on a topicBenefits of DigitizationAccessovercomes geographic and time boundariesallows for access to rare collectionsenables access to inaccessible formats such as...

WLA 2008: Marketing as a Team Sport

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One of the conference featured speakers, Peggy Barber, presented the session "Marketing as a Team Sport". This well attended session provided a great deal of information that every library could and should use. Peggy was very kind to provide WLA with a PDF of her handout, so if you were unable to attend the session you can find a good deal of the information she presented to us online at: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2008/postconf/documents/BARBER_Marketing_TeamSport_11.6.08.pdfI will just provide a few of the added tips that she gave to those in attendance.One of the key items that was talked about in the session was the communication plan. This plan should be a couple of page long and should plan for no more than a year out. The plan should consist of the following:Introductionhow does the communication plan relate to the strategic plan?Goalsthe dream, this can just be one big goalObjectivesshould measurable/doable. Again start with a one...