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.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Jane K. Billings

Jane K. Billings ((1916-2004) 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
in Hall of Fame
jane  bob billings-2-72Jane K. Billings was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, June 10, 1916 and died in Clintonville June 26, 2004.  She received a bachelor’s degree in library science in 1939 and an M.A. in library science in 1962 from the University of Wisconsin Library School.  She served as Librarian of the Clintonville Public Library from 1939 to 1949.  From 1949 until her retirement in 1982, she was high school librarian and later coordinator of library media services for Clintonville Public Schools.
Billings had an outstanding record of leadership in the Wisconsin Library Association, for which her colleagues in WLA recognized her by naming her Wisconsin Librarian of the Year in 1963.  She was President in 1947-49, after serving as Secretary in 1946-47.  She had a particular interest in library personnel issues, reflected in her service on the WLA Certification and Civil Service Committee in the 1940s, when WLA worked closely with the Free Library Commission on the certification of public librarians.  In 1958-60, she served on the WLA Professional and Personnel Problems Committee.  Billings contributed to WLA’s legislative program throughout her career, always to be counted on to contact legislators on behalf of library legislation.  In 1948, she represented WLA on the Joint Extension Committee with the Wisconsin Library Free Library Commission, which produced The Wisconsin-Wide Library Idea, an important basis for subsequent WLA legislative efforts.  In 1970 and 1971, she had influential roles in WLA’s work toward Wisconsin’s first public library systems law. In 1972-74, Jane served on the Library Development and Legislation Committee.  Other WLA committee work included the 1960-61 Special Committee on School Librarians’ Participation in WLA, which resulted in the establishment of the School Library Section of WLA.
The impact of Billings on the improvement of library service in Wisconsin was great, especially through her work on state-wide library development and interlibrary cooperation.  Starting with her work on the WLA/WFLC Joint Extension Committee in 1948, mentioned above, which promulgated foundational ideas that were implemented through public library systems in later decades, her work in this area continued into the 1970s with service on the Wisconsin Task Force on Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing.  In between, she served on the Division for Library Services Advisory Council on Library Development from 1965 to 1971 (chairing it in 1969-70) and was a member of the Wisconsin Legislative Council Advisory Committee on Library Laws Revision that wrote Wisconsin’s first public library systems law in 1970.  She was an active part of the legislative network that worked to get this law enacted.
Billings was an outstanding school librarian, and she was generous in sharing her knowledge with others.  She was a frequent presenter in conferences, workshops, and panels on school media center administration, standards, and materials selection.  She was a popular teacher in courses on services and materials for young adults at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library School in the 1960s and 1970s.
This Hall of Fame biography written by Charles Bunge.
wla125logo-small

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo