WLA Bulletin | 4.15.2022
WLA Bulletin

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Online Registration Closes Today at Noon!  2022 WAAL Conference - April 20 - 22

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 next week!  Online registration closes today, April 15.  If you wish to register after this date, you can do so onsite at the conference. 

Other conference highlights include a free networking lunch; 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.  Current students and alumni of the University of Wisconsin (UW)- Madison iSchool and the UW -Milwaukee School of Information Studies are invited to meet up during Happy Hour on Thursday evening.  


Register today! Visit the conference webpage to learn more.


To listen to a recent interview with Keynote Speaker Dasha Kelly Hamilton, scroll down to the For Fun section below. 


Read about the hotel's Commitment to Clean. In addition to these steps, the hotel will also use an electrostatic sprayer to clean our meeting spaces during the conference.


Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers:  Engberg Anderson Architects, Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, EBSCO, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, UW-Madison Libraries, UW-Green Bay Libraries, UW-Madison iSchool, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, UW-Parkside Library, WiLs, and Gale.


Register Today! WAPL 2022:  Infinite Possibilities

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.  See below for information on the chance to apply for a free conference registration!  


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


Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers:  Novelist, Celebrate Children Foundation, UW Madison iSchool, Arrowhead Library SystemMilwaukee County Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Northern Waters Library Service, Winding Rivers Library SystemWisconsin Valley Library Service, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, and Wisconsin Free Legal Answers


Applications due today!  Free WAPL Conference Registration

Arrowhead Library System, a generous sponsor of the WAPL conference, is offering one free registration for the conference (meals included) for a WLA member working full or part-time in a library that may not have the budget to send someone to the conference.   

Applicants must be a WLA member in good standing. Note that you will be responsible for your own lodging costs.


To apply, please send an email to [email protected] by 5 p.m., TODAY ( Friday, April 15).  Your email should include:

  • Your contact information (phone, email, library name, position)
  • A brief statement of need (1 -2 paragraphs)
  • A brief statement of how you plan to use what you learn from the conference (1 - 2 paragraphs)

The recipient will be notified Monday, April 19.* 


*The hotel block at the Ingleside closes on Monday, April 19.  However, we cannot guarantee room availability at the host hotel.  Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.


If you have already registered for the conference and are selected, you will be issued a refund.


Thank you to the Arrowhead Library System for their generous sponsorship!


Registration Opens Monday for SSCS 2022!


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, the conference theme is "Live Well, Serve Well: Rediscovering Your Passion for Service."


Watch your inbox for registration information on Monday, April 18!  


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.


Mark Your Calendar for the 2023 WLA Annual Conference! 

We're pleased to announce that the Madison Marriott West in Middleton has been chosen as the site for the 2023 annual conference.   The conference will take place Tuesday, October 25 - Friday, October 27, 2023.  Newly renovated in 2020, this site boasts an expansive exhibit hall, beautiful guest rooms, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.   This conference is supported by a grant from the Middleton Tourism Commission



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.


National Library Week Interview

WLA President Nyama Reed was a guest on AARP's weekly "Thursdays with AARP" livestream show on  Thursday, April 7 at noon.   In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.  



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!  


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

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


The Largest Sikh Book Collection in Wisconsin, and Possibly the Nation, Now Resides in Oak Creek

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 04/10/2022

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 6 seconds

A collection of books about the Sikh faith and traditions is now available at the Oak Creek Public Library in a first-of-its-kind collection.  About 120 books, movies and other items available for checkout are on display in Oak Creek, making the largest collection in the state, and possibly the country.


Spooner Chosen for Participation in Wisconsin Humanities’ New Community Resilience Initiative

Spooner Advocate, 04/02/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 48 seconds

Throughout the past two years of pandemic challenges, the community in Spooner has proven its resilience. Now, Spooner has an opportunity to explore the sources of that resilience through Wisconsin Humanities’ new Community Powered initiative.


Bedtime Stories with Calvin Callahan and Mary Felzkowski

Antigo Times, 04/07/2022

Estimated reading time:  42 seconds


On March 28 the Antigo Public Library were visited by Mary Felzkowski, State Senator for District 12 and Calvin Callahan who serves on the State Assembly representing District 35. They each recorded stories for our virtual bedtime story program.


Clintonville Library Receives Grant

Waupaca County News, 04/08/2022

Estimated reading time:  57 seconds

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) awarded the Clintonville Public Library a $1,000 grant as part of its East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.

Clintonville is one of 29 libraries to be awarded across Wisconsin, totaling over $24,000 in grants.


Evaluating Diverse Texts in Morse Library

Beloit College, 04/04/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 30 seconds

Library and Information Technology Services piloted a program to assess its print materials for diverse subjects and authors, making a more welcoming library for all Beloiters.


NEH Announces $33.17 Million for 245 Humanities Projects Nationwide

National Endowment for the Humanities, 04/13/2022

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

Grant awards support historic collections, exhibitions and documentaries, humanities infrastructure, scholarly research, and curriculum projects.



An Ivory Tower? Connecting Theory and Practice — A Practitioner-Informed Approach to the MLIS Curriculum

April 13, 12:30 p.m.

Presented By Jacques du Plessis, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Join the Virtual Event


For the past two semesters, Dr du Plessis did interviews with library directors in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. This presentation will offer his findings about two key aspects — what are some of the cutting-edge trends in public librarianship, and what do library directors expect from an MLIS degree?


State of America's Libraries Report 2022

American Library Association

In 2021, libraries of all types stepped up to meet the needs of their communities as they responded to the impacts of a second year of the global pandemic. Library staff in every state faced an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons. Read more about the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2021 and libraries' response to the pandemic in the State of America's Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two. 


Click here to read the report. 


Free Download: Diverse and Inclusive Financial Literacy Books for Young People

Programming Librarian, 04/01/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minutes, 3 seconds

ALA, in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), has released Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money, a free resource for library workers.


Free Preservation Week Webinars - April 24 - 30, 2022

Preservation Week

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 42 seconds

Sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, Preservation Week inspires action to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information.


April 26: How to Implement Sustainability in Your Facility

April 28: Digital Preservation's Impact on the Environment


Learn more about Preservation Week 2022.



2 Missing Charles Darwin Notebooks Are Mysteriously Returned More Than 20 Years Later

National Public Radio, 04/05/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 3 seconds

More than two decades after they were first reported missing, an anonymous person has returned two of Charles Darwin's historic notebooks to the Cambridge University Library.


Dasha Kelly Hamilton: What Makes a Spoken Word Archive Special?

Holding History Podcast, 03/30/2022

Estimated listening time:  29 minutes

This episode features a conversation with WAAL keynote speaker and  Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton. Dasha is a poet, performance artist, and creative change agent. Author of two novels, three poetry collections, and four spoken word albums, her impact as a creative change agent has taken her beyond the stage and the classroom and includes serving as a member of the Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy. Whatever form her work takes, it uniquely engages communities in a forward dialogue on race, class, and equity.


'Pure, delicious, colorful fun': Peeps Art Show in Stevens Point Celebrates Artwork Made in a Marshmallow Medium

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, 04/08/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 54 seconds

Whether you love them, hate them or simply enjoy brightly-colored nostalgia, Peeps – a marshmallow candy shaped like chicks and bunnies and covered in colorful sugar – have become an Easter tradition.


UW-Madison Project Turns Little Free Library Into Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Wisconsin State Journal, 04/11/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 51 seconds


The Little Free Library in Madison’s Lisa Link Peace Park on State Street has gone solar.


What Kind of Bookstore Browser Are You?

Slate, 04/09/2022

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes, 24 seconds

The good bookstore sells books, but its primary product, if you will, is the browsing experience. Until 1870, when the poet and essayist James Russell Lowell used the word in reference to John Dryden’s reading habits, “browse” meant, primarily, to chew cud, to ruminate.



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