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The opening day keynote is Joan Frye Williams, a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, trainer, evaluator, and user of library services. Since 1996, she has been an independent consultant specializing in innovation, technology, and the service needs and preferences of non-library "civilians." Her many clients include libraries of all types and sizes, library consortia, state library agencies, professional library associations, library boards, library vendors, and architects. Joan is best known as an acute—and sometimes irreverent—observer of emerging library trends, issues, and practices. She is an internationally recognized library futurist and designer of innovative library services.
Our second day keynote is Karen Schneider, Community Librarian at Equinox, the support and development company for Evergreen open-source library software. She is a writer and librarian who has published over 100 articles and two books. Schneider's technology writing has been recognized in a variety of venues for being both lively and learned. From 2005 through 2007 she contributed to ALA Techsource. From 1995 to 2001, as the Internet Librarian columnist for American Libraries, Schneider consistently ranked in magazine surveys as AL's most popular author. Schneider is an enthusiastic speaker, presenter, and educator who in 2000 was named by PUBLIB as one of the top ten speakers in librarianship.
Other speakers include Andrew Nagy, Senior Discovery Services Engineer for Serials Solution and the Lead Developer of VuFind; Dorothea Salo, Digital Repository Librarian at the UW-Madison; Tasha Saecker, director of Menasha Public Library.
According to ALA, DEMCO provided book carts for the event as well as prizes. Award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems (The Elephant and Piggie books) and Jon Scieszka (“The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales”) served as Color Commentators for the event.
Friday, July 10, 2009
This will be the first year that living individuals will be considered for the Hall of Fame. In lieu of multiple testimonials, the WLHC Steering Committee seeks documentation and supporting information of :
1) An individual's record of leadership in the Wisconsin Library Association and/or other statewide library organizations/institutions.
2) The overall importance and impact of an individual's contribution to the improvement of library service in Wisconsin.
3) An individual's contributions to the improvement of library service at the national level.
Once an individual has been nominated, he or she will continue to be considered in future years even if not selected for induction in 2009.
Induction of those individuals selected for 2009 will take place at the WLA Awards Banquet at the WLA Conference on October 22.
Please send your completed nomination forms (or questions about the process) to Larry T. Nix, Chair, Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee, 608-836-5616, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Milwaukee Public Library remains committed to providing the best service for the City of Milwaukee that its citizens can afford," said Library Director Paula Kiely. The meetings will help MPL determine customer priorities for services, products and facilities.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The 2009 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference is quickly approaching. Reclaim the Magic will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, October 20-23. The registration form is now available in pdf format at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2009 under General Information. You will also be able to access the form via MemberClicks for easy registration at http://my.memberclicks.com/wla.
At the conference link, you will also find some of the early highlights of the conference, such as keynote speaker and details on the preconferences that will be held. Here are some brief details about the two preconferences:
Make a Splash – Read! focuses on the 2010 Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The day will be filled with great speakers and a visit to A Building for Kids, the Appleton Children’s Museum.
The Ethical Fitness Workshop, presented by Nancy Zimmerman and Veanna Baxter, will explore the issues and challenges to acting ethically. Participants will receive the Ethical Fitness workbook as part of their attendance.
You can also join in the fun with the 2nd Annual Book Cart Drill Team event which will be planned on a day with no conflicts so that we can all enjoy the skill and grace of the teams together and the laughter too.
Please join us in celebrating the magic that still resides in libraries across our state and register for the conference using either of the links above.