WLA Bulletin | 12.10.2021
WLA Bulletin

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TODAY!  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, local non-profits, and 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).




All outgoing WLA volunteer leaders are asked to complete an exit survey by December 17.  Your responses will help the Nominating Committee recruit future volunteers.  You can take the survey here


Thank you!  Your leadership and volunteer spirit throughout your term has been invaluable - WLA remains strong because of you! 



Submitted by Deb Sadowski, Director, Plainfield Public Library


My first WLA conference was a whirlwind of classes over 3 days which excited, invigorated and recharged me for the upcoming year. The networking with librarians from all types of libraries was perhaps one of the most beneficial aspects of the conference.    Not only did I learn about Grant Writing and Using Census Data, I also learned what keeps a library going from Compassion Resilience to staff retention.    

The awards banquet was a real eye opener.  It showed me the dedication of my fellow librarians who were honored for taking their love of librarianship to the next level.   Thank you again for awarding me the Gloria Hoegh Memorial Fund Education for Rural Librarians Continuing Education Scholarship.  




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The winter 2021 issue of WLA News is now available.  Read it here


WLA News is a digital publication with in-depth news and feature articles, announcements, and more distributed quarterly via email to WLA members.    The next submission deadline for the WLA News is March 1, 2021.   Please email your articles for consideration to [email protected].



Old Phone Books Teach New Lessons in Digital Scholarship
Library of Congress, 11/30/2021
Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 58 seconds

Library of Congress innovation specialists examining the role of human expertise and experience in developing machine-powered research tools today released a report detailing their findings. The “Humans in the Loop” recommendation report from LC Labs details the potential and responsibility of the Library of Congress in its ongoing work to deepen access to its vast collections and share knowledge with other institutions.

The End-of-Year Grant Awards for 2021

Wisconsin Humanities

Estimated reading time:  11 minutes, 5 seconds


Seventeen organizations just got over $106,000 in Mini and Major Grant awards!  Congratulations to the Wisconsin libraries who were awarded grants.


Nairobi's new chapter: These women are restoring and reclaiming Kenya's dilapidated, colonial-era libraries

CNN.com, 11/29/2021

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 42 seconds


Libraries in Nairobi, Kenya, are getting a makeover thanks to two women who are hoping to turn the page on the past -- creating a new future both for the books inside the libraries and the communities around them.




South Asia in Wisconsin (Applications due 12/15/2021)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Estimated reading time:  40 seconds

The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to offer public libraries throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to enrich their collections with new titles. Libraries across the state are invited to submit proposals to purchase books and materials and/or facilitate programming that will enable Wisconsin readers to deepen their understanding of South Asia.


Apply Now: Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant (Applications due 2/01/2022)

Programming Librarian, 12/01/2021

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 11 seconds

ALA invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.


Grant Opportunity for Public and School Libraries (Applications due 1/28/2022)

Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone, 11/16/ 2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 14 seconds


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that applications for the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant competition are available for the 2022-23 school year. The 21st CCLC grant is a federal grant that funds before-school, after-school, and summer programs across the state of Wisconsin.




Library of Congress Celebrates Successful Literacy Practices with New Video and Four-Part Webinar Series
Library of Congress, 11/29/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 56 seconds

The 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners and Honorees are featured in a new video available on the Library’s website, and representatives from all of the selected organizations will participate in a four-part webinar series that will debut this winter.

NLM Collections Tour:  HIV/AIDS

National Library of Medicine, 12/09/2021

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes, 14 seconds

Welcome to a virtual tour of the historical collections and related resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This post commemorates the 40 years that the US has been responding to HIV/AIDS.

Librarians On: Working with Interns (So Everyone Wins)

Programming Librarian, 12/03/2021

Estimated reading time:  10 minutes, 14 seconds


“I was quite cynical about young people,” says Joy Robinson, senior adult services librarian at Piscataway Public Library in New Jersey. “But I was totally proven wrong. Interns bring a readiness to tackle the issues of the day — they gave me a sense of relief for the future of libraries and society.”


The books that made us think and act differently this year

Vox.com, 12/08/2021

Estimated reading time:  15 minutes, 20 seconds


The events of the last two years have left a lot in their wake, including despair and loss. Those feelings can cause a tunnel vision that’s hard to snap out of, but reading can help us find a way to escape. We can engage with new ideas, ones that cultivate hope, calm us, and help us to imagine the possibility of a different world.


Gifts For Book Lovers That AREN’T Books: 2021 Gift Guide

perpetualpageturner.com, 11/20/2021

Estimated reading time:  15 minutes, 48 seconds


Today’s gift guide is all about gifts for book lovers (that AREN’T books) — updated for 2021.  I know it can be intimidating to buy a great gift for a reader — what to get them besides another book?? (Which let’s be real — is intimidating to buy them a book in the first place). This is why this is the perfect gift guide for people who like to read — for Christmas, birthday or ANYTIME — as it is chock full of great gift ideas that aren’t books.


Old Time Radio
Looking for an alternative listening experience?   This station broadcasts Old Time Radio shows 24/7 for free.  All the audio that you hear is hosted by the non-profit Internet Archive.


Gingerbread House Heaven

This site offers free gingerbread house patterns you can customize to make your own literary-themed or library gingerbread house. 




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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].


WLA News is a digital publication with more in-depth news and feature articles, announcements, and more distributed quarterly via email to WLA members.  The next submission deadline for the WLA News is March 1, 2021.  Please email your articles for consideration to [email protected].



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