WLA Bulletin | 11.12.2021
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              11.12.2021


Happy Birthday to Tom Klement! 

Send your birthday wishes to Tom at [email protected]!


COUNTDOWN TO GREEN BAY - Download the Conference App!

Make your experience at the WLA Annual Conference even better! Download the conference app from Whova Mobile so you can:

  • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule.
  • Set up in-person/virtual meet-ups with other attendees to connect and network.
  • Create and converse through various discussion topics in the Community Board.
  • Receive any last-minute updates, such as session location changes, and
  • Get presentation documents and slides, if available.

Download the Whova Mobile App here or access it from the web platform on your desktop.  Please use the email address you used to register for the conference to sign up.

See you in Green Bay!




Partnering to Connect Library Patrons to Health Insurance 

Friday, December 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Courtney Harris, MSW

Outreach & Partner Relations Manager, Covering Wisconsin 

Learn how libraries and local, non-profit, health insurance enrollment assisters can work together to connect Wisconsinites to health insurance coverage—right now during the Healthcare.gov open enrollment period, and beyond. This free webinar for WLA members will cover health insurance basics to support library staff in answering questions and making referrals to local, unbiased experts in the community. It will also highlight the free outreach and educational resources available through Covering Wisconsin to help libraries spread the word. 


Register now.


Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 

Wednesday, December 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Presented by Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA  

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist 

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Region 6

Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Trusted institutions, public libraries are also often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities. This free webinar for WLA members will provide attendees with tips for health reference interactions and ideas for getting started with health outreach and programming in their communities. We will look at no-cost resources for evidence-based health information in multiple languages. Attendees will leave with at least one new thing that can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.


Register now. 


These webinars will be recorded. To receive a link to the recordings, please register (even if you cannot attend the live webinars).



ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative for Small/Rural Libraries Funds 100 New Projects Nationwide

American Library Association (ala.org)

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 7 seconds


The American Library Association (ALA) has announced 567 libraries to receive grants through Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small & Rural Libraries.  The libraries, selected through a competitive peer-reviewed application process, join a list of over 500 small and rural libraries representing 48 states who have previously received the community engagement grants this year. Approximately half of the libraries funded in the current round are repeat grantees, having previously participated in an earlier phase of the community engagement initiative. 

Congratulations to the Wisconsin libraries recognized through this initiative! 




American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries

American Library Association (ala.org)

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 4 seconds

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the American Library Association (ALA) will distribute $2 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the pandemic.



NNLM Fall 2021 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon
Network of the National Library of Medicine (nnlm.gov)
Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 3 seconds

The fall #CiteNLM campaign period will run from November 1-30, 2021. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving articles related to Preventative Health Care and Wellness.


NNLM Wellness in the Library Workplace Class
Network of the National Library of Medicine (nnlm.gov)

Estimated reading time:  57 seconds

You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being?

Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar

Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Estimated reading time:  13 seconds

Join senior legal reference librarian Margaret Wood for the Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar. This webinar is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress.



Immigrant Journeys Exhibit on Tour Now!

Wisconsin Humanities (wisconsinhumanities.org)

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 30 seconds

Wisconsin Humanities partnered with Centro Hispano of Dane County to produce Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! and inspire meaningful conversations about immigration in Wisconsin.  This exhibit features the eight personal stories from this website and reminds us of our shared humanity, no matter where our journey began. A statewide tour is bringing the exhibit to communities around the state through local libraries.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and New Resources from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes 15 seconds

The Library of Congress will mark Native American Heritage Month with a pair of programs featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and the launch of a new guide to help educators incorporate Harjo’s signature project as a resource in classrooms across the country.





20 of the Best History Podcasts to Help Us Actually Learn From the Past

Estimated reading time:  9 minutes, 58 seconds

Like Faulkner said: The past is never dead. It's not even past.

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month (picturebookmonth.com)

Estimated reading time:  47 seconds

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

Tell us how your library is celebrating!  Send photos, stories, and more to [email protected].

In honor of this special month, we’re taking an informal poll:   What is the most popular picture book checked out from your library over the past year?  Send replies to [email protected]




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Featuring quick reads for busy library professionals, WLA Bulletin is a curated collection of industry and member news, funding opportunities,  and other interesting tidbits emailed to WLA members every two weeks.   Content is accepted on an ongoing basis and can be submitted to [email protected].


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