WLA Bulletin | 2.18.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              02.18.2022




The annual Library Legislative Day took place Tuesday, February 8.   WLA members and guests representing over 70 Wisconsin libraries gathered at the Madison Concourse Hotel for a morning session featuring comments by Governor Tony Evers, Superintendent Jill Underly, and State Librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt.  Each group had the chance to have a photo take with Governor EversMany thanks to our photographer, Steve Platteter with the Arrowhead Library System!


State Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), both members of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, were named Library Legislative Champions for their ongoing support for Wisconsin libraries, particularly throughout the 2021-2023 budget process. Thanks to their efforts, Wisconsin public libraries will benefit from an additional investment of $4 million state aid dollars for enhanced services in the areas of technology, workforce development and lifelong learning.   A Special Recognition Award was presented to Senator Felzkowski’s legislative aide Stamena Ivanov. 


Click here to view a recording of the morning session.   Thank you to Mark Jochem and Vicki Teal Lovely from South Central Library System for making the recording possible! 


Special thanks to the Library Legislative Day committee:  Bruce Gay, Waukesha Public Library; Peter Loeffel, Wauwautosa Public Library; Nick Dimassis, Beloit Public Library; Jim Ramsey, Stoughton Public Library; Kris Adams Wendt, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Nyama Reed, Whitefish Bay Public Library; Sherry Machones, Northern Waters Library Service; Steve Conway, Conway Consulting; and Hannah Bunting, WLA. 



"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!


Poster Sessions:  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.

Lightning Talks:  Don’t think you have enough information for a poster? 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!



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:



All WLA members are invited to attend these upcoming presentations hosted by the Outreach Services Roundtable. Register to attend the presentations and/or to receive a link to the recordings. 


Community Reads 

Thursday, March 31, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m

Register here


Planning a community read event for your town or campus might sound like an overwhelming project that requires a grant, community buy-in, and more staff than you have. Join us to learn how public and academic libraries of various sizes have planned and funded community read events and how you can adapt their ideas to work for your library.   


Contact Jennie Fidler at [email protected] with questions. 


Let’s Share: Bite-Sized Outreach 

Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. - noon

Register here. 


Not all outreach needs to be big! Learn about and discuss how different libraries have provided outreach services that are low cost and easy to execute. Share your own ideas in this short form by May 2. Examples include: complimenting book displays with relevant community resources, setting up a booth at community events, providing summer reading logs to existing outreach patrons, etc. 


Contact Kelly Davis at [email protected] with questions. 




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!  



  • Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL):  Read the latest AWSL newsletter here.
  • Wisconsin Small Libraries (WISL):  Read the latest WISL Newsletter here
  • Youth Services Section:   Check out these recent posts from the YSS blog.




In Eau Claire, the Library is Always Close at Hand

VolumeOne, 02/14/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 41 seconds

About libraries, Albert Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Most residents of Eau Claire know where the London Square Mall was located. That’s where you go these days to find the Eau Claire public library. If you can’t walk, drive, or ride your bicycle, city Bus No. 6 will get you to the front door at 2725 Mall Drive.

From Unemployed to Deputy Director: A Library Success Story

The Journal Times, 02/11/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 8 seconds

When Nick Demske first began appearing at the Racine Public Library 15 years ago, he was unemployed and looking for a warm place to fill out job applications.  A staff member paid attention and added an application for a new circulation opening to Demske’s pile.


Dept. of Public Instruction: Library Community Engagement Projects Bring Communities Together During Pandemic


Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 24 seconds

A statewide community engagement training program provided a pathway for public libraries and local partners to work together to meet community needs. The Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities 2020-2021 Final Report and Evaluation released today shares the outcomes of the 18-month program developed in partnership with the American Library Association.


Comic Exhibit, Film Screening and Local Author Part of Community Events This Spring

UW-Stout, 02/08/2022

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes, 2 seconds

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Literature Committee is hosting free community events this spring, centered around this year’s Reading Across Campus selection, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel.




State Superintendent's Reading Advisory Council Seeking Applicants

Wi Libraries for Everyone, 02/09/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Applications are now being accepted to serve on the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Reading Advisory Council.  The council is a diverse group of Wisconsin community members committed to strengthening literacy learning in Wisconsin’s schools.


Health Information Outreach Award    (Due 03/12/2022)

Network of the National Library of Medicine

Estimated reading time:  14 minutes, 6 seconds

Region 6 is pleased to announce new funding opportunities for Year 2 of our cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The Health Information Outreach Award is to improve health literacy and increase health equity through engagement and training for health information.


Games and Gaming Round Table Announces the Opening of 2022 “Game On!” Grant Application Period  (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.



Library Love Stories - Thanks to this WLA member who shared her library love story!  


My name is Christine (Cricket) LaFond and I met my husband Allan LaFond at the Amery Public Library in 1996. We will celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary this April. I was shelving books and he asked for book recommendations. It turns out we liked the same type of books (Mysteries). We would discuss the books we were reading whenever he came in. I did not have a tv at the time and had worked at UW-River Falls as the Resident Hall Director for the Kansas City Chiefs. They were going to be on Monday Night Football. Allan asked me out and we have enjoyed reading and football together ever since.


I am the Director of the Clear Lake Public Library and knew two of my patrons would enjoy each other's company. I arranged for them to meet, they fell in love and got married.


We Love Our Member of the Month!

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 57 seconds


We are proud to highlight our members who commit their time and resources to helping Wisconsin libraries and librarians thrive through their work with the Wisconsin Library Association. Each month, we will be sharing their stories and hope you will be inspired to learn more about our programs or get involved!  This month, meet Ane Carriveau, UW Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus.


Quiz:  Pick Some Clearance Candy and We'll Tell You What Romance-Free Book to Read

Book Riot, 02/15/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 33 seconds

Whew, Valentine’s Day is finally over. As much as I love love, I’m definitely relieved to see the kitschy pink hearts and saccharine sweet romantic sayings return to h*ll for another year. Okay, maybe that’s a tad dramatic. But I think we can all agree that the best part of the commercialization of Valentine’s Day is the clearance candy, right?


The Story Behind “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Library of Congress, 02/03/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 24 seconds


In recognition of Black History Month, it is fitting to highlight one of the most powerful hymns in American history: “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The song’s lyricist, James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), was a writer and civil rights activist who held leadership in the NAACP.


The Soul of Black Identity: Artist Interviews of the Post-Soul Era

Library of Congress

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 15 seconds


This collection presents more than 75 interviews in which leading figures in music, theater, film and television, dance, literature, comedy, and the visual arts discuss their careers and identities as Black artists.



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