WLA Bulletin | 1.21.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              01.21.2022




Last Friday’s training for incoming WLA leaders was a great success!  More than 30 WLA colleagues came together virtually to learn about how their roles fit within the overall organization, share ideas for events and activities, and build relationships.  

A recording of the training, a copy of the slides, and other useful resources can be found here, or under the "For Members" menu of the website.  Note: You must log in to the members-only section of the website to access this page. 



The Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference Planning Committee invites session proposals for the 2022 WAAL conference, “Open Minds, Open Doors.” The conference will be held Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 22 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield.

Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops are all welcome. Plan for presentations to last for 50 minutes, including Q & A. We look forward to proposals that will inspire change and highlight new opportunities, diverse experiences, and creative thinking. WAAL welcomes proposals from any area of libraries, archives, museums and cultural organizations, or higher education. Submit A Proposal.





RESCHEDULED!  Public Libraries & Healthier Communities 

01/27/2022, 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!


Watch Live - ALA Big Youth Awards Announcements!, 01/17/2022

Just Wondering - Tracking Authenticity, 01/13/2022



10 Winners Receive Prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for Outstanding Public Service

American Library Association, 01/07/2022

Estimated reading time:  6 minutes, 19 seconds


The American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 winners of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities.


Filling the Gap: Wi-Fi Hotspots for a Rural Community

Programming Librarian, 01/03/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 40 seconds


The COVID-19 pandemic uncovered the realities of the digital divide in communities across the United States. As schools and jobs went online, libraries became an increasingly important destination for patrons who needed to connect to the internet. Libraries offered Wi-Fi hotspots and, in some instances, parking lots became offices.  Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, an initiative of ALA and Capital One Bank, offered grants and resources to help support digital access in rural communities nationwide.

Are Libraries a Thing of the Past? Milwaukee's Talking Book Library Proves as Vital as Ever


Viewing time:  5 minutes, 8 seconds

Books are vehicles of exploration. Some take us to mystical places, others teach us about the history of the world, but not everyone experiences literacy in the same way.  On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Kim Shine took viewers inside a valuable resource in Milwaukee for people who are unable to use standard printed materials because of a visual, physical or reading disability.

Dane Co. Libraries Hope to Recruit Youth of Color in New Internship Program

WMTV, 01/13/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 15 seconds


Dane County is writing a new chapter for its libraries, and its soon-to-be main characters are youth of color.  A pilot for the Ripple Intern Program, run by the county’s Library Service department, is set to launch in the fall. Director Tracy Herold said students in their late teens and early twenties would get hands-on library experience, as well as exposure to a field not widely considered.

Record Number of Library Systems Surpass 1 Million Ebook Circulation for 2021

PRNewswire, 01/12/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 51 seconds

A total of 121 public libraries and consortia based in seven countries and from 37 U.S. states each loaned more than one million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in 2021. This milestone was achieved in partnership with OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the award-winning Libby reading app. Twenty-two library systems joined the Million+ Circulation status for the first time in 2021. The 121 Million+ Circulation libraries are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany.




New! Call for Proposals:  Community for Open Wisconsin “E”ffordability Summit (Proposals due 02/04/2022)

Community for Open Wisconsin

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 30 seconds


The 4th annual “E”ffordability Summit will be held virtually from February 22-24, 2022.  This year’s theme is READI (Reaching Equity, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion), Set, Open! The Summit is open to all educational professionals who are dedicated to improving course resources and reducing student cost through open education and other means.  This event provides a venue to share knowledge, dismantle barriers, and identify ways to work together for our students.  The Summit brings together students, faculty, technologists, librarians, and administrators from K-12, public libraries, college stores and two and four-year colleges and universities to concentrate on one thing…providing quality, cost effective education.


New! Games and Gaming Round Table Announces the Opening of 2022 “Game On!” Grant Application Period  (Applications due  03/01/2022)

American Library Association, 1/18/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 41 seconds


The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the “Game On!” grants, $500.00 will be available to be awarded to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.


The Wisconsin Arts Board is Currently Accepting Phase 1 Applications for Creative Communities Project Grants (Applications due 02/24/2022)
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 01/28/2022)

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.



Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race-- New Professional Development Series


Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 40 seconds


The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity in Action) Team invites public library staff from throughout Wisconsin to participate in the 2022 LSTA-funded project, Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race. This project is a continuing education series for Wisconsin library staff members interested in devoting more time to learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion and ways to bring DEI to their libraries and communities.


Great Lakes Science (Virtual) Boot Camp for Librarians

Great Lakes Science Boot Camp

Estimated reading time:  44 seconds


The 2022 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be held from June 14th to the 16th and will be hosted by the University of Rochester. The Boot Camp is being planned by members from Miami University in Ohio, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Cortland, University at Buffalo, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati and University of Rochester.


Library Love Stories (Submission deadline 2/04/2022)

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Did you meet your sweetheart in the stacks?   Whether it was a chance meeting at the reference desk or an encounter in library school, we want to hear your stories of love found at the library, in library school, or even through your involvement with WLA!  


Submit your (G-rated) stories to [email protected] by Friday, February 4 for inclusion in the February 18 WLA Bulletin.


Watch Ask a Scientist … About How Our Brains  Are Changing During a Pandemic

The Science & Entertainment Exchange

Viewing time: 1 hour, 54 minutes 


Screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet has a conversation with neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist Heather Berlin about how the pandemic is changing our brains.


Menasha Creates ‘Little Free Sled Library’ at Two Parks

WFRV-TV 5, 01/18/2022

Estimated reading time:  48 seconds


We’ve all heard and perhaps noticed little pantries or libraries throughout several communities in Northeast Wisconsin, well this Fox Valley town is taking it in a different direction during the winter months.



We want to hear from you!  Share your press releases, photos, and points of pride with WLA for publication in the biweekly WLA Bulletin or in our quarterly digital newsletter, WLA News.


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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