WLA Bulletin | 10.29.2021
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              10.29.2021



The WLA Annual Conference will take place November 16 - 19 at the Hyatt Regency and KI Convention Center in Green Bay.  There’s still time to register,  so get signed up TODAY for this great opportunity to learn and network.*  


And there’s more . . . attend the conference with a friend & WIN!  When you invite a friend or colleague to join you at the 2021 WLA Annual Conference, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card package valued at $200!    Get back on track & moving forward with a friend!  To learn more, visit the conference webpage


*The Department of Public Instruction has made continuing education funds available that can be used for attending professional learning opportunities like the WLA Annual Conference.  Check with your library system for more information.  



A WLA membership is a great investment for your trustees, friends, and foundation board members!  Our conferences and other educational programs offer your trustees and volunteer leaders the chance to learn more about libraries, gain a broader perspective on their important role, and interact with others who share a passion for libraries.  We invite these key volunteers to join WLA and offer this tiered dues structure:

• Boards with 5 or fewer members - $100

• Boards with 6-8 members - $150

• Boards with 9-14 members - $200

• Boards with more than 14 members - $300

• Individual board members - $50


To learn more or to purchase board memberships, please contact [email protected] or call 608-245-3640.

As an added incentive, trustee/friends/foundation board members with a WLA membership will receive 20% off the registration price to attend the 2021 WLA Annual Conference!



Madison Public Library Welcomes First Native American Storyteller-in-Residence
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 53 seconds


Introduction:  The Ho-Chunk peoples' historical territory include Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. They originated outside of Green Bay in a place called Red Banks (Mogasuc). But, who are they? What does it mean to be Ho-Chunk? How do they survive in two worlds?  From October through December, join Ho-Chunk Nation storyteller and tribal member AJ (Andi) Cloud for a variety of interactive storytelling and creative learning opportunities for all ages.


2021 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize Winners Named

Library of Congress, 10/26/2021
Estimated reading time:  9 minutes, 56 seconds


Introduction:  The Better Angels Society, a non-profit dedicated to the exploration of American history through documentary film, today announced the documentary film “Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit,” directed by Sam Katz and James McGovern, is the winner of the 2021 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. The filmmakers will receive finishing funding of $200,000.


In Appreciation of Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

Library of Congress, National Book Festival Blog, 10/25/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 18 seconds


Introduction:  Our team was left saddened by news of the sudden passing of renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney last week. Pinkney, whose career spanned more than 50 years, was a gifted visual storyteller with a unique style that was quickly recognizable. He garnered many awards for his work, including the Caldecott Medal for his book “The Lion and the Mouse,” which he both wrote and illustrated, and multiple Coretta Scott King awards for illustration.


Imperiled Shores: What's happening to our Great Lakes shorelines?  Event on Nov. 4th

Wisconsin Humanities
Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 26 seconds

Introduction:  Lake Michigan water levels in the last decade have reached some of their highest and lowest levels in history. What does this bode for the future? Join us for an in-person or live-streamed panel discussion to learn more.



Penguin Random House and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Launch New Grant Program

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries,10/25/2021

Introduction:  Penguin Random House and The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) today announced a rolling grant program to recognize rural, small and tribal libraries that support underserved communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories.  The program will award grants of up to $2,500 to libraries that demonstrate a true need. Grants are not limited to literacy and may be used for everything from library programming and books to resources like hotspots that help community members access important information. In-kind donations will also be considered.


Funding Available for Native Cultural Institutions

Native News Online, 10.18.2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 46 seconds


Introduction:  The Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) is planning to make 175 awards to Native cultural institutions and their partners, in the $5,000-$50,000 range, to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is the result of $3.6 million in Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


Freedom to Read Foundation Offers Scholarship for Course on Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults

American Library Association, 10/22/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 18 seconds


Introduction:  The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), is excited to announce a scholarship for the Spring 2022 course, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).



ALA seeks applicants for national Policy Corps

American Library Association, 10/26/2021
Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 18 seconds

Introduction:  The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the fourth cohort of ALA Policy Corps members. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2021. The Corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas—ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding and privacy and cybersecurity.


Apply for Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School | Learning-Unlearning-Relearning Through Strategic Foresight

Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 15 seconds


Introduction:  The CT State Library is pleased to offer a 3-day virtual professional development opportunity. The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development's Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #RE-250063-OLS-21 in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.  Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer at IMLS, referred to the program as “a game changer for librarians."



“Eat Well, Live Well” Activity Books Available
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Blog, 10/04/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 43 seconds

Introduction:  NNLM Region 6 is pleased to share the success of the Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) project, led by Dr. Anna Wirta Kosobuski, at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth.   Learn more about the project and order FREE activity books for all ages!

UPDATED: NNLM  Guides & Resources for Hospital/Health Sciences Libraries
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 49 seconds


Introduction:  The Guides & Resources for Hospital/Health Sciences Libraries was recently edited and updated by NNLM staff. This concise list is intended to empower new and experienced hospital and health sciences librarians with the resources and skills necessary to offer robust biomedical and health information services.


ACRL, PLA partner launch Benchmark, a new digital data tool for libraries

American Library Association, 10/26/2021

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 33 seconds

Introduction: The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and Public Library Association (PLA) now offer Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends to power library data analysis and visualization. This new digital resource can help libraries plan, make informed decisions, and tell the story of their impact. 




Happy Halloween!


Haunted Libraries:  United States Haunted Libraries LibGuide

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library


Introduction:  Use this guide to learn more about haunted library lore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in Illinois, the United States, and the World.


Haunted Wisconsin: Historic Hotels With Ghoulish Guests

Travel Wisconsin

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes 58 seconds


Introduction:  There’s much more waiting for you than a good night’s sleep in these historic Wisconsin hotels. Of course, once you learn the stories behind these authentic haunted houses, you may feel a tad restless after nightfall. Are you brave enough to pillow your head at these inns with some especially spirited guests who never checked out?




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