WLA Bulletin | 2.04.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              02.04.2022




WLA President Nyama Reed was interviewed twice this week on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "The Morning Show."  In case you missed them, you can download both interviews from their website:


Library leaders head to the Capitol

Wisconsin library leader keeping an eye on book banning efforts nationwide



"Open Minds, Open Doors, the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference will be held Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 22 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield.   This conference offers a variety of opportunities to share new ideas:


  • Deadline extended to 02/11/2022!  Session ProposalsThe Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops. 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 session proposal.


  • (Proposals due 02/25/2022) Poster Session and Lightning Talks:  Poster session proposals are welcome from all who have ideas to share with Wisconsin's academic library community.  All poster presentations MUST be in a digital format (i.e., an image, a set of slides, a video) when submitted. If desired, presenters may also print their poster and bring it to the conference to be displayed in the conference center.  Awards will be presented for Best Content and Best Visual Display. Submit a poster session proposal.

    Don’t think you have enough information for a poster or a presentation? The Planning Committee would like to give everyone the opportunity to present topics, no matter how small, through Lightning Talks! Each presenter should plan to speak for 5 minutes on their topic in a recorded video that will be posted to the WAAL conference website. Submit a lightning talk proposal,

    Questions?  Please contact Emylie Fossell at [email protected].

The planning committee looks forward to your submissions!


WAPL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS  - Proposals due 02/25/2022

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next in-person public library conference to be held May 11-13, 2022 at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI.


We hope to offer a broad range of content from all areas of the public library world, so we welcome all library and library system staff, as well as students, trustees, and those involved in friends and foundation groups to submit proposals.  Feedback suggests attendees are looking for programs on management, leadership, patron confidentiality, "boomer" awareness, patron apathy, technology, data-driven decision making, brand management and marketing, small library, genre and reader's advisory, and sessions for trustees and support staff. Other suggested topics include change management, grant writing, handling large donations, inclusivity, and dreaming big. 


Special Interest Groups are encouraged to submit proposals and meeting/social requests.


Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, demonstrations, participatory sessions, business meetings, and unit social events are welcome. Sessions will run 60 minutes in length with a maximum of four presenters - 45 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.  The deadline for submission is February 25, 2022. All submitters will be notified of their acceptance status by March 11, 2022. 


Submit a session proposal.


Monday, Feb 28
11:00 A.M.  - Noon

No registration required.   Meeting link is below:



Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 39 seconds


Voters depend upon libraries as a trusted source for impartial information about candidates, election dates and voter registration!


This update from the Library Development and Legislation Committee (LD & L) provides important information to share with your community members.  Read more




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!


Charlotte Zolotow Award and Honorees Announced, 01/28/2022

Virtual Variety: Teen Game Nights!, 01/27/2022

Hit Me With Your Best (Snap)Shot, 01/25/2022




Check this out: Wisconsinites borrowed 7.2M e-books and audiobooks last year

Wisconsin Public Radio, 01/31/2022

Estimated reading time:  6 minutes, 54 seconds


Wisconsin library patrons checked out 7.2 million e-books and audiobooks last year, an impressive feat for a state with just under 6 million people.

Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee Makes Endowment to Support the Library and Inspire Other Donors

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, 01/31/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 3 seconds

Mordecai Lee, UWM professor emeritus, has made a generous donation to the UWM Libraries to create a named fund to acquire books on the subjects of US history, American government, public administration, and Jewish studies. Lee made the gift not only to extend the Libraries’ collection funds, but also to inspire others to consider the Libraries in their financial plans.

La Crosse library to hire social worker to help people connect with community resources

WKBT-TV, 01/27/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 21 seconds

If you need help getting connected with community resources, the La Crosse Public Library can help.  The library is adding a social worker to its staff.


L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library launches new community outreach laundromat libraries

WEAU 13 News, 01/25/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 36 seconds


A new partnership is putting young minds to work in an unexpected place. The latest addition to some local laundromats is thanks to a collaboration between the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and UW-Madison Division of Extension Eau Claire County.

Madison unveils $16.1 million 'Imagination Center' with library, pavilion at Reindahl Park


Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 25 seconds

After years of study and community outreach, Madison has released initial concepts for a modernistic, $16.1 million, 16,000-square-foot “Imagination Center” at Reindahl Park that will combine a library, park pavilion and city services at the Far East Side park.

Alders support $19.9 million Sun Prairie Public Library expansion

Sun Prairie Star, 02/01/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 2 seconds


Sun Prairie alders signaled their support for the $19.9 million Sun Prairie Public Library expansion project to allow borrowing for the new project.


ALA releases new Libraries Build Business Playbook to encourage small business development in public libraries

American Library Association, 02/01/2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 1 second


The American Library Association (ALA) today released the Libraries Build Business Playbook, which showcases emerging models for small business programming in public libraries. Created by library professionals, the Playbook aims to support libraries in starting or growing small business and entrepreneurship programs, especially focusing on those in underserved communities. 


Note:  The Appleton Public Library served as one of 13 Libraries Build Business cohort libraries who helped develop this playbook!


The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its 2022 Award recipients (01/24/2022):

ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table has announced Best Graphic Novels for Adults, Children (01/24/2022):





 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.


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.



Deadline Extended to 02/11! Library Love Stories 

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, February4 February 11 for inclusion in the February 18 WLA Bulletin


Ojibwe Storytelling Series

Wisconsin Historical Society

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 22 seconds


In Ojibwe culture, winter is storytelling season. The Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating by featuring Ojibwe storytellers in a four-part virtual series every Tuesday evening from Jan. 25 - Feb. 15, 2022.

How 5 Famous Authors Dealt With Writer's Block

MentalFloss, 01/25/2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 48 seconds

Writer’s block can happen to anyone—even successful novelists. Everyone from Stephen King to Leo Tolstoy has fallen victim to the phenomenon, and some of them never conquer it: Ralph Ellison, for example, wrote thousands of pages of notes for a follow-up to 1952’s Invisible Man, but thanks to what he called “a natural writer’s block as big as the Ritz and as stubborn as a grease spot on a gabardine suit,” a second novel never appeared. Ellison died in 1994 without publishing another book.



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