Friday, September 10, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Virtual: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/392669629


Mission Statement: WLA engages, inspires and advocates for library workers and supporters to improve and promote library services for the people of Wisconsin. 

Present:  Desiree Bongers, Katharine Clark, Jennifer Cook, Michael Doylen, Kristina Gomez, Sherry Machones, Kathy Michaelis, Gina Rae, Nyama Reed, Tracy Vreeke, Laura Sauser, Tom Klement.

Excused:  Linda Jerome, Kris Turner.

Call to Order 

The meeting was called to order and a quorum was established at 10:02 a.m. by President Machones. 

Consent Agenda 

The consent agenda, which contained the minutes of the 8/6/2021 meetings and the current agenda, was accepted on a motion by Rae, seconded by Vreeke.  Passed on a unanimous board vote. 

Finance Report – Tom Klement

  • July 2021 Monthly Financial Report
    • Behind on dues, hoping to catch up by Fall Conference.
    • Goal is to eventually have 2,000 members; currently at approximately 1,450.
    • Investigated conference cancellation policies and there are too many exclusions to make it worthwhile

President’s Report – Sherry Machones 

  • WLA Fall Conference – Desiree Bongers
    • 84 programs accepted, with presenter agreements currently being submitted.  Program information will be out by the end of the month.
    • 26 booths sold, $1,500 in sponsorships received (in addition to WLAF and NFLS, plus two in-kind donations) and $825 in ads sold.
    • 58 registrants, at least 44 paid.
    • WLA Board Retreat Project List
      • Kristina will help Laura with social media and marketing.
      • Nyama and Kathy will review the membership rate for Friend and Trustee Boards and suggest ways to publicize it.
      • Sherry will assist Laura with a virtual conference workgroup.
      • Laura discussed the need to connect with members on a regular basis, such as a weekly newsletter; Tracy suggested an annual virtual fundraiser.
      • Membership – market to new hires; reach out to SRLAAW; membership campaigns; Nyama will assist with developing a plan.

Executive Director Report – Laura Sauser

  • Report
    • Would like to provide webinars for members, as a small cost, targeting special and academic library staff.
    • Working on partnerships, including Covering Wisconsin, Alliant Energy, and PBS.
    • LDI being planned for 2022.

ALA Councilor’s Report – Kristina Gomez

  • Report
  • Kristina has been appointed to the Branding Workgroup.
  • Kristina is working on the State of the Chapter report.

Unit Work-in-Progress

  • WISL – concerns about low morale and high turnover in small libraries.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m. with full consensus among those in attendance.

Respectfully submitted,

Desiree Bongers

WLA Secretary