WLA Bulletin | 4.29.2022
WLA Bulletin

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Infinite Possibilities Await You at WAPL 2022!

The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference is May 11-13, 2022 at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Join us for keynote speaker Kao Kalia Yang (sponsored by NoveList), luncheon speakers Zhanna Slor and Michael Schnitzka, over 40 breakout sessions, the Waukesha Public Library open house, and more. Attendees will leave empowered to explore the INFINITE POSSIBILITIES for their libraries, communities, and beyond!


Online registration ends next Friday, May 6th. Register now.


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



Are YOU Registered for SSCS 2022?  

Register now for the 2022 Support Staff & Circulation Services (SSCS) Conference: Live Well, Serve Well: Rediscovering Your Passion for Service!  The conference will be held at Waunakee Public Library on Thursday, May 26. A virtual option is also available for those unable to attend in person.  See below for information about the Call for Proposals.  


We are excited to welcome Bob McGrath from UW-Madison as our keynote speaker to learn more about being resilient during stressful times. The conference will also feature sessions on home delivery services, compassionate customer service, and dealing with book challenges.

Join us in person or virtually to learn new ways to serve your community and support library staff! Registration is open until Friday, May 20. Questions about the conference or registration? Email Elizabeth Clauss at [email protected].


Register now.


Call for Proposals Extended to May 1:  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. Presentation formats can include a 45-minute presentation, participation in a lightning round, or a panel presentation with your peers. Possible topic ideas include:

  • Staff self-care programs or initiatives
  • Creative outreach to remain connected to patrons
  • Unique service models that you'll continue to use post-covid
  • Library students are encouraged to share research projects or things they have learned in a practicum

Email Elizabeth Clauss at [email protected] with any questions, and fill out the online application form to submit your proposal.

The proposal deadline has been extended to May 1, 2022.


Deadline Extended to May 9!  Submit Your Program Proposal for WLA 2022!  

We’re looking for library staff who are ready to rise to the challenge! The Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next conference to be held November 1-4, 2022 at the Grand Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva.  


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. We are especially interested in topics aimed at trustees/friends or academic audiences.


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 us shape this year’s conference by submitting your proposal via this link by Monday, May 9, 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



Connect with Your Colleagues - Use the WLA E-Lists

A benefit of your WLA membership is access to our exclusive E-lists (listserv). This tool allows you to distribute messages to all of the members subscribing to the list with a simple email to the list address. Communicate with the entire membership, or simply those belonging to a specific division, section, roundtable, SIG, or committee through a single email. Uses of the E-list benefit include:

  • Search the online archive for valuable information and resources
  • Ask your peers questions that are most important to you
  • Manage your subscription and preferences through your member profile

To get started*:

  • Login to your MemberClicks profile

  • Travel to the “My Profile” menu item, located about halfway down the page in the light gray menu.

  • Travel to the “E-lists” menu item located under the “My Features” menu item.

  • Click the Title of the E-list that you would like to send a message to. Note: you will only see the Units that you belong to. You chose units when you took either the Member Application form or the Member Renewal form.


  • The main message page for this E-list will appear. To write a new message, click the "Post a New Message" button.

  • Draft your message in the box the pops up. Click "Send Message" button in the bottom right hand corner.

  • To view past messages sent to this E-list, click the title of the message you want to view.

*Please note that messages posted to the E-lists must be approved by WLA staff before posting.


View more detailed instructions with photos here: https://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/member-to-member-communications 



Due Today!  Nominate Someone Today for the SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year Award!

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 TODAY, Friday April 29, 2022.  Click here to submit a nomination. 


TSS Virtual Meetup

May 4, 11:00 a.m.

The next virtual TSS (Technical Services Section) meeting will take place Wednesday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m.


Use the link below to join. 




Cancelled  - PBS Wisconsin's Reel to Real Program 

Free webinar for WLA Members

May 5, 1:00  p.m.


This webinar has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  Watch the  WLA Bulletin for more details. 


AWSL Virtual Town Hall Meeting

May 17, 11:30 a.m. 


The next Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL) Town Hall meeting will take place May 17 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! 


Use the link below to join:



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].


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
AWSL Vice-Chair  


Newsletters & Blogs

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


Black Child Book Fair Tour to Stop in Madison, Showcase African American Authors

Madison365, 04/14/2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

The Black Child Book Fair Tour travels across the United States looking to improve literacy in Black communities by promoting Black authors and their books. It’s also a unique chance for many Black and brown children to meet authors and to see characters in books that look like themselves.


New Seed Library Sprouts in Racine Public Library

The Journal Times, 4/15/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 9 seconds

Literature has always been known to plant seeds of creativity and wonder in the minds of readers of all ages, but now literal seeds can also be found at the Racine Public Library.


Californians Can Now Use Library Cards to Visit State Parks for Free

PetaPixel, 4/08/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 23 seconds

Californians can now use library cards to check out a Parks Pass that will provide free day-use — including a vehicle — to more than 200 state parks as part of a three-year pilot program starting this month.


New Bookstore Tailored for Children of Color

Urban Milwaukee, 4/14/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 36 seconds

Ashley Valentine told her graduate school adviser at UW-Milwaukee that she didn’t want to be a teacher. It was a confession that resulted in a puzzled look from the adviser — after all, it’s what she was studying.

“I felt like I could make more changes in kids’ lives if I just dealt with the root causes of the issues kids were facing in school,” Valentine said.


RCU Foundation of Eau Claire Donates $200,000 to Help Build New Mondovi Library

WKBT, 4/22/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 2 seconds

The RCU Foundation donated $200,000 to the Mondovi Public Library to help build a new library adjacent to its existing building.


Brooklyn Public Library Offers Free eCards to Teens Nationwide Facing Book Bans in Local Communities

Brooklyn Public Library, 04/13/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 14 seconds

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is launching a new campaign today, titled Books UnBanned, to help teens combat the negative impact of increased censorship and book bans in libraries across the country. For a limited time, young adults ages 13 to 21 nationwide, will be able to apply for a free eCard from BPL, unlocking access to the library’s extensive collection of eBooks.



Library Collections Enhancement Initiative (Round 2)

Research - University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Library Collections Enhancement Initiative strengthens campus research capacities by providing UW–Madison libraries with flexibility to address critical and emerging collections needs. The Library Collections Enhancement Initiative is supported by the OVCRGE with support from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).  Click here to view the list of 2022/2023 projects.



Rhinelander Library to Deliver May Day Baskets to Senior Residents

wjfw-12, 4/20/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 14 seconds

To Cathy Oelrich, May Day is something that should be celebrated. “Growing up, my grandparents celebrated May Day, where you would get–it’s kind of like Easter but for spring," said Oelrich. "You get some treats and a basket, celebrating the first of May.”


Check Out What It's Like to Move Appleton's Library

Spectrum News One, 4/21/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 1 second

Moving a library is something Chris Monroe has done before. Granted, he doesn’t do it frequently, but it’s in his wheelhouse with his job at Boulevard Relocation Services in Appleton, Wisconsin.




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