Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Library Legislative Day 1895

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 in WLA 125

WLA's Library Legislative Day for 2016 will occur next week on February 9th. Library legislation like everything else connected to Wisconsin libraries also has a heritage. In his 1966 history of the Wisconsin Library Association Benton H. Wilcox wrote about WLA's first legislative victory. Lutie Stearns attended the American Library Association meeting in Lake Placid New York in 1894 where she was introduced to the idea of a state library commission. Stearns brought back copies of legislation establishing such commissions in New Hampshire and Massachuttes and was enthusiastic about establishing such a commission in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's first library legislative champion Senator James Huff Stout introduced the necessary legislation early in the 1895 legislative session. According to Wilcox this legislation was the principal subject of discussion at WLA's conference in Madison on February 13 and 14, 1895. At that conference, WLA enorsed the legislation and appointed a committee to work for its enactment.  Wilcox writes: "The legislature was less than enthusiastic but by holding the requested appropriation to only $500 per annum for expenses, Senator Stout was able to bring it through, and it became law late in April, 1895. The Association had achieved its first notable victory." So WLA has been involved in library legislation for 121 years. The result of that early success was the creation of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission which is now the Division for Libraries and Technology. Both Stearns and Stout were inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2008.

Information about this year's legislative day can be found HERE. An important feature of this year's legislative day will be the kickoff of WLA's 125th Anniversary Celebration in the rotunda of the State Capitol at 12:00 noon.

wla125logo-small

Comments

Larry Nix Thursday, February 04, 2016

This is a test.

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, August 17, 2018

Categories

Popular Tags

Library people Postcards Richard E. Krug library legislation WLA 125 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Cam Black River Falls Carl Spitzweg World War I Black River Falls Public Library Klaus Linderfelt COLAND Beaver Dam Public Library Council on Library and Network Development Hall of Fame 2009 Clinton Public Library John J. Jax library education Oshkosh Public Library Special libraries Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Carnegie libraries Soughton Public Library Library people caly film Ruby Roeder WAAL Publications Pewaukee Public Library Louise S. Robbins Uncategorized Edward Asahel Birge Delia Ovitz Milwaukee Public Library McMillan Memorial Library Brown Deer Public Library campaign J. D. Witter trav UW-Milwaukee Libraries presentations background Academic Libraries Parcel post buil Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Appleton Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Public libraries archives Clarence Brown Lester Sandra Friedman Dolnick 20 Campaign Wisconsin Free Library Commission Nolan I. Neds Suring Area Public Library Beloit Public Library Lutie Stearns Library Buildings campa Inform Wisconsin Hall of Fame 2017 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin Historical Society Sarah Janice Kee Marjorie Sornson Malmberg 14 Hartford Public Library Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries cam Dianne McAfee Hopkins Amer Events & Meetings National Bookmobile Day Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign Bookmobiles DeForest Area Public Library Anniversaries Public libraries White House Conference on Library and Information Services Madison Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2015 Library People Wisconsin Library Bulletin state historical society Matthew S. Dudgeon Wisconsin Library Association 22 Hall of Fame 2008 Library celebrations Wilbur Lyle Eberhart 10 Hall of Fame 2012 23 Hall of Fame 2010 Larry T. Nix Milwaukee Art Museum ca Postcards WHCLIS membership libraries Evansville Wisconsin Gerald A. Somers 24 books-by-mail 27 Capitol Fire 1904 Charles Bunge Zona Gale Campaign Lutie Eugenia Stearns Hall of Fame 2015 Meter mail slogans Library Buidlings William J. Wilson Hall of Fame 2013 Wisconsin Rapids Rusk County Community Library Exhibits Library Trustees UW-Madison school of library and information studies Academic Librarians National Library Week Milwaukee Public Library Postcards campaign Ruth Ann Montgomery Library Artifacts Historical Register Woman's Congress Hall of Fame 2012 Superior Carnegie Libraries Ripon Public Library School libraries WWI Library War Service Increase A. Lapham Eager Free Public Library Postcards School of Library and Information Studies Tower Hill Wisconsin caly film Wisconsin Free Library Commission Jerome P. Daniels library memorabilia CCBC UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies caly film State Law Library Hall of Fame 2014 James Duane Doty Digital Collections Library e Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Hall of Fame 2012 Public library systems People Cooperative Children's Book Center WLA 125 Elroy Public Library Ice Storm Library Systems Events Dorothea M. Krause 21 Buttons Portage Public Library hall of Hall Gertrude Thurow James Huff Stout Brown County Library Library History Irene W. Newman Wayne A. Wiegand Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Events & Meetings John Miller Chancellor Jane K. Billings American Library Association campaign Marketing-Publicity Gilbert H. Doane WLA 125 Cornelia Marving Pierce 28 bookworm Middleton Public Library Orrilla Blackshear Brown Deer Public Library Frank Avery Hutchins Anniversaries Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Centennial 11 Wisconsin State Law Library anniversaries Katharine MacDonald Jones Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries WLA 125 Manitowoc Public Library library exhibit American Library Association Library War Service S. Janice Kee Bernard Schwab traveling libraries T. B. Scott Free Public Library Hall of Fame 2016 Eratus Swift Wilcox Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Hall fo Fame 2012 I Love Libraries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Hall of Fame 2011 bed and breakfast Pinback buttons Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Lowell W. Wilson Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Peter G. Hamon

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo