WLA Bulletin | 5.27.2022
WLA Bulletin

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Submit Your Items for the Summer Issue of WLA News!

We want to hear from you!   Submit your news and feature articles, announcements, and more for the summer issue of WLA News, our quarterly digital newsletter.  Please email your items for consideration to [email protected].  Deadline for submission is June 1, 2022.  


The Nominating Committee Wants to Hear From You!

WLA’s Nomination Committee is in the “talent alignment” business. We want to connect you, a uniquely talented WLA member, with the perfect leadership opportunity in our organization. How to get started? It couldn’t be easier! 


Log into your MemberClicks profile, then simply fill in this questionnaire, and a member of the Nomination Committee will be in touch. Thank you! 


Nominations Requested for the 2022 Library Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee is accepting nominations for individuals to be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in 2022. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 9. Procedures and nomination form may be found at heritage.wisconsinlibraries.org/nominate.


Both the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center and the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame are programs of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. Induction into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame is granted to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the statewide improvement of library service in Wisconsin over a sustained period of time.  Individuals who have worked in and/or advocated for Wisconsin libraries will be considered.  Both living and deceased individuals are eligible. Final selection of inductees into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame will be made by the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Steering Committee and announced this fall at the Awards & Honors reception at the Wisconsin Library Association’s Annual Fall Conference. 


Nominations should be submitted to Annie Bahringer (Chair of the WLHC Steering Committee) as email attachments to [email protected] by Friday, September 9, 2022.


OSRT 2022 National Library Week Programming Award Winners

Congratulations to the staff at the Muskego Public Library and the Cofrin Library, UW-Green Bay for winning WLA’s 2022 National Library Week Programming Awards, sponsored by the Outreach Services Roundtable.  


The Muskego Public Library staff celebrated the 22nd birthday of their building with a birthday-themed event each day during National Library Week, featuring a variety of giveaways from balloons to gummy bears.  The UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library staff offered 5 different postcard styles for students to fill out telling their family and friends that they were at the library studying. The postcards were available for students to write a message and address the postcard, and then the Library paid the postage to mail them out - a fun way for students to connect with family and friends in a non-digital way for a change!


Larson Named SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year

Congratulations to Ann Larson, Assistant Director of the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library (Hayward), for being named the 2022 SSCS Paralibrarian of the Year.  Larson received her award at the SSCS conference on May 26.  


What's In a Name?  TSS Wants to Know!

The Technical Services Section is interested in learning what different libraries call the Technical Services department. Help us put together a list by filling out this form!   TSS Form


Get to Know Our May Member of the Month!

Learn more about Scott Silet, Librarian at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee at Waukesha.  


Leader to Leader Quarterly Chat

(Virtual) Thursday, June 23, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

WLA Leaders (unit/division/roundtable/special interest group chairs and committee members; standing committee members, board members, and any other leaders) are invited to attend the 2nd quarter WLA Leader-to-Leader Quarterly Chat!


This informal, “open mic” event is an opportunity for you to talk with other WLA leaders, share ideas, solve problems, and build relationships with your WLA colleagues.


Join us via the Zoom link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97338994320?pwd=Q0RqckNNbEQ5Y1R0V0F5eEFYNSsxUT09.


RASS Update

The Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS) has been inactive in recent years.  If there are members interested in re-forming this section as a WLA Special Interest Group, please contact WLA Executive Director Laura Sauser.  Click here to learn more about the process for starting a new  Special Interest Group and how to apply


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!  


Mark Your Calendar for the 2022 WLA Annual Conference

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.   We can confirm  Alison Macrina as another feature speaker.  Macrina is an activist librarian and the director of Library Freedom Project,


Click here to watch a video about the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. 


Announcing the 2023 Annual Conference Location!

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.   


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.


WLA Member Named a Library "Mover & Shaker"

Library Journal, 5/06/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 25 seconds

Congratulations to Barbara Alvarez, Associate Lecturer and Instructor at UW-Madison, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Clarion University for being named to Library Journal's list of "Movers & Shakers 2022."


Darlington Carnegie Free Library listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Wisconsin Historical Society, 5/10/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 40 seconds

The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the listing of the Darlington Carnegie Free Library in Darlington, Lafayette County, on the National Register of Historic Places.


Conservative Parents Take Aim at Library Apps Meant to Expand Access to Books

NBC News, 5/12/2022

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 36 seconds

E-reader apps that became lifelines for students during the pandemic are now in the crossfire of a culture war raging over books in schools and public libraries.


Rock County Provides Small Business Kits Through Local Libraries

Beloit Daily News, 5/20/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Small businesses trying to get started can find some help at their local library. Thanks to funding provided by the American Recovery Act, 48 small business kits are now available throughout the network of seven Rock County libraries.


Schmidt Named Next Director of UW–Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center

UW-Madison School of Education, 5/20/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 6 seconds

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt was recently named the next director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), a library of UW–Madison’s School of Education.


Oshkosh Public Library Helps Community Through Repurposed Antique

We Are Green Bay, 5/25/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 12 seconds

A local Wisconsin library is going beyond helping anyone in need of books and information. Now, they are repurposing an antique filing system to aid those who need essential everyday items.



Mental Health Resources for Library Staff and Patrons

NNLM- Region 6, 5/13/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 21 seconds

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people are experiencing increased stress and anxiety as we continue to battle COVID-19.  We've compiled a list of resources for library staff and their patrons. 


7 Tips for Building a Strong Board of Governance

Nonprofit Pro, 5/18/2022

Estimated reading time:  4 minutes, 28 seconds

Spring is here, and with it comes spring cleaning. Now could mark the perfect time for a little spring cleaning for nonprofit organizations — specifically sprucing up an organization’s board of governance.



Wisconsin Humanities Mini & Major Grants

Wisconsin Humanities

Estimated reading time:  5 minutes, 23 seconds

Wisconsin Humanities awards grants to support locally-initiated public humanities programs. Grants for humanities programs are awarded to encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, spark imagination, and promote thoughtful conversation across the state. We especially encourage you to apply with ideas for programs that engage underserved communities.


Letters Straight to Your Heart: The Library’s Centuries of Correspondence

Library of Congress, 5/11/2022

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 56 seconds


The letter, written on vellum, is more than 500 years old. It is one of the most consequential missives in world history. It is one of the top treasures of the Library, sealed away in a secure cocoon. Written in the wake of Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the west, the letter from Pope Alexander VI to the Spanish monarchy gives them papal authority to forever claim “all islands and lands, discovered and to be discovered, toward the west and south, that were not under the actual temporal rule of any Christian powers."

Many scholars believe it is the first written reference to the New World, and it lays out the deadly course of colonialism that Europeans were to inflict on the peoples of the Americas.


The Colorful History of Haribo Goldbears, the World’s First Gummy Bears

Smithsonian Magazine, 5/18/2022

Estimated reading time:  8 minutes, 18 seconds

Just over a century ago, in 1920, German confectioner Hans Riegel Sr. struck out on his own, establishing a new candy company called Haribo—an abbreviation derived from his name and hometown of Bonn (Hans Riegel Bonn).




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 


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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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