WLA Bulletin | 3.18.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              03.18.2022



Registration Open!  2022 WAAL Conference to Feature State Poet Laureate

Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Creative Change Agent, Wisconsin and Milwaukee Poet Laureate will help kick off “Open Minds, Open Doors” the 2022 Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Conference at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield April 20 - 22.  

Other conference highlights include sessions on social media strategies, applying marketing principles to your library, cultivating a culturally diverse library, lightning talks, poster sessions and opportunities to network with your peers.

Registration is now open! Visit the conference webpage to learn more and register


Mark Your Calendar!  2022 WAPL Conference

Please mark your calendars for the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference on May 11-13, 2022 at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.


The goal of the 2022 WAPL conference is to empower attendees to explore the INFINITE POSSIBILITIES for their libraries, communities, and beyond!


Stay tuned for future conference announcements via email; by following #WAPL2022, the WAPL 2022 Annual Conference Event, and the Wisconsin Library Association on Facebook; and by visiting the WAPL Annual Conference website.


Submit Your Program Proposal for WLA 2022!  (Proposals Due April 25) 


This year’s annual WLA conference will kick off Wednesday, November 1 at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa with Keynote Speaker Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose award-winning book Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks was a National Book Award Finalist, Carnegie Medal winner, and named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR, School Library Journal, and many more. He's currently serving as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. For more information on this Speaker, please visit www.simonspeakers.com.


The theme for this year’s conference is “Rising to the Challenge'' and we would like you to share your stories of how you’ve overcome obstacles, collaborated with your communities and how you’ve not just survived but thrived despite the challenges of the past few years and how you’re preparing for future challenges. We’d also like to continue the important conversations around diversity and inclusivity, staffing, fundraising, advocacy and cultivating connections. We’d like you to consider the big picture but also encourage you to share your practical and effective strategies and inspiring projects from your corner of the library world.

Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops are welcome. Sessions will run 45 minutes in length (with a limited number of 90 minutes sessions available) and with a maximum of four presenters.


Help shape this year’s conference by submitting your proposal via this link by Monday, April 25, 2022.


Intellectual Freedom SIG Monthly Meeting

March 28, 11:00 a.m. 


At this month’s meeting we will explore ways to support Intellectual Freedom at the 2022 WLA Annual Conference (Nov 1-4, 2022 in Lake Geneva). With a theme of “Rising to the Challenge,” the annual conference gives an opportunity to support staff from around the state with in-depth workshops on a variety of topics. Help us craft an Intellectual Freedom track for this year’s conference! SIG  meeting attendees will have the option to join one of five breakout rooms to brainstorm possible conference workshops: Policy Development, Staff Training & Support, Trustee Relations, Media Relations / Shaping the Narrative, and  “None of those but I have a cool idea!”


Join Zoom Meeting:



Mark Your Calendar!  Upcoming Intellectual Freedom SIG/YSS Webinar

The Intellectual Freedom SIG and Youth Services Section are collaborating on a webinar for WLA members.  More details to come.  Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 5 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  


Virtual Presentations with the Outreach Services Roundtable 

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. 



AWSL Virtual Town Hall Meeting

April 19, 11:30 a.m. 

The next Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Town Hall meeting will take place April 19 at 11:30 a.m.   All WLA members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the AWSL community and their new Town Hall sessions! 


Steve Rice, Museum and Archives Manager at the Door County Historical Museum, will talk about the Museum, his collaboration with the Door County Library System and the resulting oral history project.  (Steve is our March Member of the Month!)


To join, https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/96012237156?pwd=Y3VrUitDdHFNR3dFN0syTWdDMlZEdz09.


AWSL is looking for a 2022 Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect.  If you are interested, please contact AWSL Chair Anne Moser via email at [email protected]


A New Face at WLA

Welcome Cindy Foley!  A warm WLA welcome to Cindy Foley, our new event planner.  Cindy will assist be assisting with our 2022 conferences and assist with securing locations for WLA and WAAL 2023.  She can be reached at [email protected]



Be a Member, Get a Member Campaign 2022! 

Refer a new member to join the Wisconsin Library Association and 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!  


National Library Week Interview

Mark Your Calendar!  WLA President Nyama Reed will be a guest on AARP's weekly "Thursdays with AARP" livestream show on their Facebook page and YouTube Channel, Thursday, April 7 at noon.  This interview will take place during National Library Week and will focus on the strong relationship between libraries and seniors.


Leadership Opportunities Available

The following leadership positions are available.  Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

SSCS Vice Chair
SSCS Director-at-Large (Academic)
WLTF Vice-Chair
WLTF Board Liaison
WAAL Board Liaison
AWSL Vice-Chair  


Newsletters & Blogs

  • 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.


Stoughton Library Seeks Student Trustee For 1-Year Term

Stoughton Courier Hub, March 10, 2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 2 seconds

The Stoughton Public Library Board is accepting applications for a Student Trustee to serve a one- year term beginning in June. 


IEEE Milwaukee 2021 Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant

Digital Journal, March 11, 2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 24 seconds

The Milwaukee section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented their 2021 “Science Kits For Public Libraries” (SKPL) grant to the Oak Creek Public Library.


Ukraine's Libraries Are Offering Bomb Shelters, Camouflage Classes And, Yes, Books

Wisconsin Public Radio, March 9, 2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 20 seconds

Libraries are playing vital roles in supporting Ukraine's war effort from giving families shelters during Russian bombing raids to making camouflage nets for the military and countering disinformation.


How Museums and Libraries Are Fostering Civic Engagement Through Voting

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 11 seconds


Museums and libraries have long been involved in engaging their communities around civic participation by acting as polling places, assisting residents with voter registration, and featuring exhibits and programs related to voting.

Looking Ahead: IMLS Presents New Strategic Plan for FY 2022–2026

Institute of Museum and Library Services, March 8, 2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 29 seconds

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today released a new plan to guide the agency’s programs and services over the next five years. The IMLS FY 2022–2026 Strategic Plan, encompassing the current year and culminating in the celebration of the U.S. Semiquincentennial, frames how IMLS will advance, support, and empower America’s libraries, museums, and the communities they serve.



Wisconsin’s “Remake Learning Days Festival” Is On! (April 22 - 30, 2022)

Remake Learning Days

Estimated reading time: 59 seconds

Explore hands-on educational experiences for youth and families across southern Wisconsin!  From Greater Madison to Stateline and beyond, a community of arts, education and cultural organizations are coming together to provide exciting in-person, live-stream and online learning experiences for youth and families.


Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race-- Large Group Discussion Sessions


Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 25 seconds

This session is an opportunity to “debrief” on the content of the recent "Let's Talk about Race at Work" webinar (View Archived Webinar Here) in a safe and respectful environment with colleagues.  Choose a time that works for you and sign up!


April 5 Spring 2022 Election Resources 

Voters depend upon libraries as a trusted source for impartial information about candidates, election dates and voter registration! Below are links to resources about the April 5 spring election to share with your patrons:


Wisconsin League of Women Voters

Vote 411

Wisconsin Elections Commission



2022 Play Make Learn Conference (August 8-9, 2022)

UW Madison - PLACE

Estimated reading time: 54 seconds

The Play Make Learn Conference promotes high-quality learning opportunities for educators, researchers, developers, designers, foundation leaders, policy makers, museum and library professionals, and school leaders who are dedicated to promoting making, gaming, and playful learning.

Grant Program Update: Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants (Applications due April 1, 2022)

Institute of Museum and Library Services, January 5, 2022

To better meet the needs of the Native communities we serve, IMLS recently updated the requirements for the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants. The updates take effect in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and include modifications to the eligibility criteria and a new application due date, April 1, 2022.



15 Beautiful Libraries From Around The World


Estimated reading time: 5 minutes, 43 seconds

Libraries are almost as ancient as the written word. The oldest-known library, the Library of Ashurbanipal, dates back to the 7th-century BCE. Belonging to an Assyrian king and housed in two buildings in his palace in Nineveh (located in present-day Iraq), the library contained some 30,000 cuniform tablets, as well as diptychs and parchments, on subjects ranging from administrative government topics to religion, medicine, history, and even several epics and myths.


People Are Sharing Heartwarming Stories Of Libraries Being Safe Spaces And It's So Wholesome

Upworthy, March 10, 2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Human civilization has its upsides and its downsides. On the one hand, we've built incredible cities filled with amazing buildings where people work and play and are entertained, we have infrastructure that connects people and places, and we enjoy conveniences that previous generations could only dream about. On the other, we have environment-destroying excess and capitalistic greed pushing us toward widespread inequities and injustices.  And then we have libraries.


Quiz: Can You Match The Literary Animal To Its Book?
Book Riot, March 10, 2022

Estimated Reading Time:  2 minutes, 21 seconds

From children’s classics to whimsical fantasy to thought-provoking award winners, animals are some of the most memorable characters in the literary world’s beloved books. If you love books and animals, you can probably name plenty of classic books featuring lovable critters. But can you match the animal character to the book in which it appeared? Take this literary animal quiz to find out!



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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].


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