Reception to Honor Loudenbeck with WLA Library Champion Award
July 31, 2019
BELOIT, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) will award State Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) with WLA’s Champion Award at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6 at Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Boulevard in Beloit, WI.
Thanks to Loudenbeck’s efforts, Wisconsin Public Library Systems have been able to invest $1.5 million additional state aid dollars to deliver enhanced services in the areas of technology, workforce development, and lifelong learning to residents in Wisconsin. Because of these additional state aid dollars, communities in Wisconsin now have free access to resources such as Gale Courses and Transparent Languages via public libraries. Loudenbeck also worked toward passing the Public Library Data and Technology Training Bill that opened technology grants to small and rural libraries for the first time.
This is the third time Loudenbeck has received WLA Library Champion Award.
“Rep. Loudenbeck continues to be a tireless leader in providing Wisconsin libraries with the workforce tools we need to broaden and deepen our engagement with the residents of our communities,” said Beloit Public Library Director Nick Dimassis. “She understands the important role libraries play, and we can’t thank her enough for going to bat for us.”
The public is invited to attend the August 6 award ceremony and reception, which will include remarks from WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace and Arrowhead Library System Director Steve Platteter. Cake will be served.
WLA is a professional organization whose membership includes nearly 1,500 librarians, library workers, public library trustees, friends of libraries and business vendors supporting academic, public, school and special libraries. It advocates for library workers and supporters to promote library services for the people of Wisconsin.