WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS | WAAL

 

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PURPOSE

WAAL is dedicated to the improvement of library services to Wisconsin's academic and research community. Through its activities, committees and publications, WAAL provides opportunities for professional development and personal growth to all who work in Wisconsin's college, university and technical school libraries. Read about the history of WAALAs the academic library division of WLA, WAAL is also a state chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

GOALS

  • Formulate goals, objectives, policies, and practices for Wisconsin's academic libraries.
  • Exchange information on new technologies, services, resources, and research.
  • Support legislation of value to higher education and librarianship.
  • Contact other academic library employees who may share similar interests and concerns.
  • Strengthen educational programs in librarianship.
  • Promote the use of library services and collections.
  • Cooperate with other organizations and agencies, particularly those related to higher education and librarianship.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES


EVENTS 

WAAL Virtual Conference RFP for Breakout Sessions, Posters, Lightning Talks Now Open

Proposals due May 10 at midnight

The Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference Planning Committee invites session, poster and lightning talk proposals for the conference, "Alphabet Soup: Finding Meaning in Academic Library Work" to be held virtually on Wednesday, August 7.

 

Sessions, poster and lightning talks should engage with the theme "Alphabet Soup: Finding Meaning in Academic Library Work" in a broad way.  IL, IF, EDI, OE, AI…what does it all mean?! Focus topics include information literacy; intellectual freedom; community outreach; equity, diversity, and inclusion; open education; and artificial intelligence. 

Learn More

 

Watch your inbox for an announcement on our keynote speaker coming soon!  Contact [email protected] with questions. 

 

LEADERS

2024 CHAIR Sarah Bakken
2024 VICE-CHAIR

 

2024 PAST CHAIR/WAAL Board Liaison  Nicole Breed
SECRETARY Rachel Rabas
ACRL REPRESENTATIVE (position on hold)  
WAAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, CO-CHAIR
 Open

MEETING MINUTES

Meeting minutes are available to WLA members. Please sign in to see them. If you need assistance logging in, please contact [email protected] or call 608-245-3640.

WAAL Meeting Minutes (wisconsinlibraries.org)


COMMITTEES

WAAL INFORMATION LITERACY COMMITTEE

PURPOSE

The WAAL Information Literacy Committee exists to support library instruction programs in academic libraries throughout the state by facilitating the sharing of information, techniques, and materials and to facilitate the implementation of information literacy standards into academic library instruction programs and college curriculum throughout the state.

GOALS

  • Provide access to "Information Literacy Competencies and Criteria for Academic Libraries in Wisconsin" and ACRL's "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" as well as other information literacy resources by publishing a web site in coordination with the WAAL Publications Committee.
  • Provide academic librarians with learning opportunities and materials which will support the incorporation of information literacy into library instruction programs and the university curriculum.
  • Maintain a liaison with professional associations in Wisconsin, such as the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Association of School Librarians, and the Wisconsin Educational Media Association who are concerned with K-12 information literacy standards.
  • Maintain a liaison with other WLA sections and committees involved in information literacy.
  • Work with the WAAL and WLA Conference Planning Committees to suggest and promote information literacy programs at conferences.
  • Announce and/or promote Information Literacy Award, collect and review submissions, select winner, and present award.