Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Announces 2021 Library Hall of Fame Inductees

(Madison, Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center has announced the names of the 2021 Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame inductees.

Carol L. Diehl (posthumous award) -  Carol Diehl was a school librarian, library administrator, and local, state, and national library advocate. Diehl was a “big picture” person who understood the significance of state and national policies and their impact on local libraries. As a tireless worker for school and public libraries, she made significant contributions to improving library service at all levels.

Thomas J Hennen, Jr. - Hennen is known for his significant contributions to the Wisconsin library community, as well as to the planning, evaluation, and development of public libraries throughout the United States during his 40-year career as a librarian.

Paul E. Nelson - Nelson’s contributions to Wisconsin librarianship include many years as a highly successful library administrator, dedicated Wisconsin Library Association leader, skilled legislative advocate, library educator and author. 

Alice A. Sturzl - Alice has lived many kinds of lives within the Wisconsin library community, devoting her time and talents to library service and leadership as a school librarian, a library trustee, an active member of numerous professional organizations, and a dedicated public servant. 

The official induction will take place Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Awards & Honors Ceremony held during the Wisconsin Library Association’s Annual Conference at the KI Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

For more information about these and past Hall of Fame honorees, please visit heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org


The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation (WLAF).  Established in 2009, the purpose of the WHC is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin by the general public and the Wisconsin library community; the preservation of artifacts and archives which contribute to an understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin’s library heritage; and research and publishing which contribute to an understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin’s library heritage.  For more information, visit heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org.

The Wisconsin Library Association is a professional organization representing all types of libraries – school, public, academic and special. Its membership comprises 1,500 librarians and support staff, library trustees, friends of libraries, and business vendors who advocate and work for the improvement of library services for all Wisconsin citizens.