WLA Bulletin | 1.7.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              01.07.2022



The WLA Office will be closed Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



The WAAL, WAPL, and WLA Annual Conference committees are each seeking volunteer committee members.  Gain valuable leadership experience, build relationship with other WLA members, and have fun planning our spring and fall conferences.  To learn more and volunteer, contact:





Join your library colleagues at the annual WLA Legislative Day Event on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  


We are thrilled to be returning to the State's Capitol for this important & energizing event. The day will start out with a morning session at the Madison Concourse Hotel, followed by appointments with state legislators in the Capitol building. Start gathering your photos & preparing your library stories to share with your legislators.

Register now.  Deadline for registration is Friday, January 14 at 5 PM.




RESCHEDULED!  Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 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 they can do immediately to improve their health services in their communities.


Register now.


This webinar will be recorded. To receive a link to the recording, please register (even if you cannot attend the live event).




We’re pleased to bring back the popular “Be a Member, Get a Member” campaign for 2022.   Starting January 1, 2022, when you refer a new member to join the Wisconsin Library Association, both you and the new member will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a cash prize ($250 each).   Learn more


Thanks for helping to grow WLA in 2022!  




Check out these recent posts from the YSS blog!



Waukesha Public Library offers compassion kits for grief, anxiety following Christmas parade tragedy
TMJ4-TV Milwaukee, 12/27/2021
Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 48 seconds


When you think of a library, row and rows of books are often what comes to mind. But it doesn't take much reading between the lines to realize libraries often offer so much more.


Efforts to help young teens in SE Wisconsin struggling with stress, relationships and other life pressures

TMJ4-TV Milwaukee, 12/28/2021
Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 36 seconds

In our Two America’s series, we take a look at the struggles young teenagers are facing in both urban and rural settings.  We will first take you to Whitewater, where a library hopes to grab the attention of young people. Then to Milwaukee, where a local organization has been changing young girls' lives for decades.

The Impact of Big Data Research

University of Wisconsin Libraries, 12/09/2021

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 40 seconds

What’s the best way to create better research methods? Well, it seems to be through research.  Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, in conjunction with the Research Cyberinfrastructure Initiative in the Division of IT (DoIT), conducted a study on the practices of UW-Madison researchers, with a focus on those using big data or data science methods. This study was intended to understand the workflows and practices of researchers better.

UWM Libraries Support Change of Library of Congress Subject Headings

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, 12/16/2021

Estimated reading time:  36 seconds


The UWM Libraries strongly support the decision by the Library of Congress to replace the Library of Congress subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” with “Noncitizens” and “Illegal immigration.”

YALSA announces 2022 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists

American Library Association, 12/16/2021

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 58 seconds


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2022 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which awards the best in nonfiction published for young adults ranging from 12 through ages 18 highlighting excellence in writing, research, presentation, and readability for young adults. 



The 2nd Annual Wisconsin Sijo Competition (Applications due 1/17/2022)

Sejong Cultural Society

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 20 seconds


The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Sejong Cultural Society are delighted to announce the introduction of a new sijo competition.  This competition is only open to residents of Wisconsin.



Apply Now: Peggy Barber Tribute Grant (Applications due 2/01/2022)

Programming Librarian, 12/1/2021

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 34 seconds

ALA invites library workers to apply for the second annual Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.



The Wisconsin Arts Board is currently accepting Phase 1 applications for Creative Communities project grants (Applications due 2/24/2022)
Wisconsin Arts Board

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 9 seconds


The Creative Communities (CC) grants program encourages arts education, cultural understanding, and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Board’s goals in the following three areas: Arts Education, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Local Arts. Through direct financial support of specific art​s projects, the Arts Board sustains the vitality of Wisconsin culturally, educationally and economically.


Now accepting applications: NEA Big Read

Arts Midwest

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 45 seconds

Are you looking for support to bring your community together to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, new discoveries, and connections? Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Organizations can access up to $20,000 in support for community-wide reading programs. Applications are due January 26, 2022.


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.



New Toolkit on Addressing Health Misinformation from the Office of the Surgeon General

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 36 seconds

The Surgeon General’s Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation provides specific guidance and resources for health care providers, educators, librarians, faith leaders, and trusted community members to understand, identify, and stop the spread of health misinformation in their communities.


Reaching Black Audiences in a Digital World (webinar)

Network of the National Library of Medicine

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 18 seconds

Learning how to connect your brand with diverse populations through digital platforms can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be. Targeting audiences of different multicultural backgrounds or socio-economic status is all based on your "understanding" of the target populations. Hence, what are the needs and interests of the population you are hoping to connect to? Once you figure this out you can begin to not only connect but increase engagement with your target audience.

Virtual Business Research Orientation (webinar)

Library of Congress

Estimated reading time:  35 seconds

Join us for the Virtual Business Research Orientation that provides an overview of resources and services for business research, with an emphasis on Library of Congress tools and search strategies that can be used from home.  January 12, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EST

Orientation to Legal Research on U.S. Case Law (webinar)

Library of Congress

Estimated reading time:  14 seconds

This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research series provides participants with information about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs. January 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m. EST


Training Videos Demonstrate Inclusivity

Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone, 12/21 2021

Estimated reading time:  59 seconds

Three inclusivity training videos are available for public library staff. The videos, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, serve as an enhancement to the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Public Libraries. Covering real life scenarios pertaining to public library governance, funding, and collections, the DPI developed the videos to assist public library boards and staff in the understanding of how inclusivity applies to these areas. In addition, the Guide has been broken down into individual surveys for ease of use by individuals and groups as part of a library’s assessment process.



Betty White's Guide to Life, in 20 Quotes

Mental Floss, 01/17/2017

Estimated reading time:  6 minutes, 20 seconds

Hollywood lost one of its most beloved icons on December 31, 2021, with the death of Betty White. In addition to her work as an actor, White was known for using language to masterful (and often surprising) effect. As such, it seems only fitting that we pay tribute to the show business legend by sharing some of her wisest words and one-liners.

Winnie the Pooh to Enter the Public Domain in 2022

Comicbook, 12/31/2021
Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 6 seconds


A new year is almost upon us, which means a number of milestones and new changes in the pop culture landscape. Among them is the updates to the United States public domain, which often gets new intellectual properties due to the specifics of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. The current rules will allow for works from 1926 to enter the public domain after a 96-year extension in 2022 — and that will include some significant names.


31 Reasons to Celebrate in January

The Spruce, 12/02/2021


Estimated reading time:  9 minutes, 36 seconds

As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, we could all use a few extra reasons to celebrate in January. From holidays like New Year's Day to National Cheese Lovers Day and National Pie Day, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some warmth and cheer.



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