WLA Bulletin | 4.1.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              04.01.2022



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.


Thank you to our sponsors (as of 3/31/2022):   Engberg Anderson Architects, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, EBSCO, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, UW-Madison Libraries, UW-Green Bay Libraries, UW-Madison iSchool, UW-Parkside Library, and Gale.


WAPL Conference to Feature Kao Kalia Yang

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.   Join us for keynote speaker Kao Kalia Yang, sponsored by NoveList, and luncheon speakers Zhanna Slor and Michael Schnitzka.


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.


Thank you to our sponsors (as of 3/31/2022):  Novelist, Celebrate Children Foundation, UW Madison iSchool, Arrowhead Library SystemMilwaukee County Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Northern Waters Library Service, Winding Rivers Library System, and Wisconsin Valley Library Service.


Submit Your Program Proposal for SSCS 2022! (Due April 15)


The Support Staff and Circulation Services (SSCS) Annual conference will be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Waunakee Public Library, with a virtual option also available for those unable to attend in-person.

Providing library service throughout the pandemic has left many library workers feeling sapped of enthusiasm for their work, while ever-changing guidelines and service models may have left others feeling burned out. With the goal of helping library staff regain their joy for library service while also taking care of themselves, our conference theme is "Live Well, Serve Well: Rediscovering Your Passion for Service."

We are looking for programs that will inspire your fellow library workers to serve our users in creative and fun ways, or ways that you've found to stay engaged and enthusiastic about library work. We also welcome presentations from current library students about things they have studied in class or in a practicum. Presentation formats can include:

  • Presentation: 60 minutes total; 45 minute presentation and 10-15 minutes for Q&A
  • Lightning round: 5-10 minute presentation
  • Panel presentation: serve on a panel of peers to discuss relevant library topics

Email Elizabeth Clauss at [email protected] with any questions and fill out the online application form to submit your proposal. Preference will be given to proposals received by April 15, 2022.


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


This year’s annual WLA conference will kick off Wednesday, November 2 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.



Nominate Someone Today for the SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year Award! (Due April 29)

Do you know someone who is excellent at their job in every way? Would you like to celebrate them for all they do? The SSCS sponsored paralibrarian award celebrates non-MLIS library team members who provide excellent library service and work to further the role of library support staff in the profession. If your colleague is an example of this excellence and support, please follow the link below to learn more about the award and nomination process.


Applications are due on Friday April 29, 2022.  Click here to submit a nomination.


Navigating Pushback and Challenges Webinar

April 5, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Free for WLA members, $25 for non-members

Brought to you by the Youth Services Section (YSS) and the Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group (SIG) of WLA


Unofficial and official challenges have been on the rise all over the country, but there are a lot of steps that library staff can take to be prepared to respond to these concerns.  Join WLA on Tuesday, April 5, at 2:00 p.m.  for a look into how to navigate these often tricky and emotional situations. Megan Schliesman from the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)  will kick the webinar off with an overview of what challenges are looking like and the services available from the CCBC to support library staff. Melissa Prentice from Mead Public Library will walk through a book challenge her library recently went through.  Finally, Kristina Gómez will cover how one library responded to pushback on a program, as well as an update on the work of the Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group.  Come ready to learn and ask questions!  Register here.


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.


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.  


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].


Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group Monthly Meeting

April 25, 11:00 a.m.


Meet with other WLA members interested in discussing issues and resources related to intellectual freedom.  No registration required!


To join the Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85740437324?pwd=UDFIZnQ4ZC9xMndySVZVYlVveU9tQT09


PBS Wisconsin's Reel to Real Program 

Free webinar for WLA Members

May 5, 1:00  p.m.


Spark conversation and explore issues that affect your community with PBS Wisconsin’s Reel to Real program. Poised to help libraries engage their patrons through curated PBS Wisconsin programs, Reel to Real is ready to roll with your input. Join PBS Wisconsin’s Carol Griskavich to learn about the program, how to use it in your library, and how you can help improve the experience – as well as clips of our popular shows!  

Register now


Virtual Presentation with the Outreach Services Roundtable 

All WLA members are invited to attend this virtual presentation  hosted by the Outreach Services Roundtable. Register to attend  and/or to receive a link to the recordings. 


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. 


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  


Libraries Transform! Poster Presentations

The WLA Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L) introduced the Libraries Transform! poster project in 2016 as part of the association’s 125th anniversary celebration. New elected officials are presented with a poster each year. 


Recently, Representatives Donna Rozar and Calvin Callahan were presented with their posters at their local libraries. It was a great opportunity for these libraries to show off their buildings and build relationships with elected officials!   Many thanks to Jill Porter, Director at the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library for hosting Rep. Rozar and Jessica Zellers, Library Director, and Laurie Ollhoff, Assistant Director, for hosting Rep. Calvin Callahan (and special thanks to canine ambassador Revvie.).


View the photos: 

Representative Rozar

Representative Callahan


Newsletters & Blogs

  • Youth Services Section:   Check out these recent posts from the YSS blog.


Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel Passes Away

Ripon Commonwealth Press, 03/27/2022

Fond du Lac County library directors were saddened to learn of the death of FDL County Executive Allen Buechel on Sunday, March 27. Mr. Buechel was an ardent library supporter and was continually looking for ways that the county could provide additional assistance.  


In 2014, Buechel received the WLA Citation of Merit, the award given to Wisconsin citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees and who have made outstanding contributions to quality library services.  The nomination cited Buechel’s unique level of support, which included reimbursing libraries at a minimum of 100% along with a pledge that no library would ever receive a reduction in funding.  After expressing a desire the past few years to increase capital improvement support for libraries, Buechel included $25,000 in the 2022 budget which was allocated to the Brandon Public Library for its expansion.  It was his intention to maintain this amount going forward and to rotate it among the libraries in the county.


His efforts on behalf of libraries were greatly appreciated and he will be sorely missed.  For more information, please visit here.


Library Law: Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and Governance

(By WLA Vice-President Kristopher Turner)

Wisconsin Lawyer, 3/10 2022

Do you want to read a new (or old) book, watch a movie, listen to music or an audiobook, meet with a student or friend, or learn a new skill? These products and services are all available at Wisconsin's public libraries; this article introduces their governance. 


AARP Wisconsin: Reeseville Library Plan to Develop Naturalist To Go Kits Wins AARP WI ‘Small Dollar, Big Impact’ Grant


Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 13 seconds

A proposal submitted by the Reeseville Public Library to purchase materials that will be packed into nearly a dozen “Naturalist To Go Kits” for families to check out from the library and utilize in various nature/science settings has been selected to receive this month’s AARP Wisconsin “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grant.


Keeping Communities Connected: New Report Spotlights Creative Library Broadband Services During the Pandemic

American Library Association, 03/22/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 45 seconds

A new report released today by the American Library Association shows the impact of broadband access through the nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries during the pandemic, as well as the need for continued long-term investments in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programming.


Man Returns Book to Brown Co. Library Two Decades Later

WeAreGreenBay, 03/24/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 1 second

Imagine the overdue fees for a book that was taken out back in 2000! Luckily, the man who returned the book doesn’t have to worry about it, because his father previously paid for the interlibrary loan book.


Dr. Tara Baillargeon Named Permanent Dean of University Libraries

Marquette Today, 03/23/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Provost Kimo Ah Yun today announced that Dr. Tara Baillargeon has been named permanent dean of university libraries. Baillargeon, who has served as acting dean since October 2021 following Janice Welburn’s retirement, was previously assistant dean for digital scholarship in the libraries.


Madison Public Library Welcomes Angela Trudell Vasquez as Newest Poet-in-Residence

The Badger Herald, 03/23/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 40 seconds

At the beginning of March, Madison Public Library announced that Madison Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez will serve as the library’s poet-in-residence until May.


Large Majorities of Voters Oppose Book Bans and Have Confidence in Libraries

American Library Association, 03/24/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 48 seconds

Amid the recent proliferation of efforts to ban books in every state across the country, a new national poll commissioned by the American Library Association (ALA) shows that seven in 10 voters oppose efforts to remove books from public libraries, including majorities of voters across party lines.



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!


5 Tips for STEAM Success

Programming Librarian, 3/10/2022

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 10 seconds

Staff at the St. Louis County Public Library in Missouri have incorporated STEAM into their library programming for years. Desiree Schumann, project coordinator, youth services, says that the library knew from early on that STEAM would be a priority.


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.



"After I Read It, It Took Me Two Weeks to Fully Recover": People Are Sharing Books That Have Genuinely Changed Their Lives

BuzzFeed, 03/16/2022   

If you love to read, you understand the power of books. Whether it's a frivolous, feel-good beach read, a haunting thriller, or an inspiring memoir, books serve lots of different functions.  And, of course, there are the rare books that genuinely change the way we look at the world or inspire us to make a change in our own life. So Redditor u/Vampclaw asked, "What is that one book that absolutely changed your life?" Here's what people said.


There’s A Castle in Wisconsin That’s Also A Library And It’s A Bookworm’s Happy Place

Only In Your State, 03/28/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 7 seconds

In Wisconsin’s small towns, you’ll find charming libraries that offer the latest good reads in a timeless setting. One of the state’s most beautiful and historic libraries can be found in Sparta – it’s a gorgeous library that’s worth seeking out. 



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