WLA Bulletin | 5.13.2022
WLA Bulletin

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Time is Running Out!  Register Today for the SSCS Conference

Has pandemic-era library work sapped your enthusiasm and passion for your job?  We can help!


It's your last chance to register for the 2022 SSCS Conference--Live Well, Serve Well: Rediscovering Your Passion for Service! The conference will be held in a hybrid format, with in-person presentations taking place at the Waunakee Public Library, on Thursday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Our keynote speaker, Bob McGrath, Psy D, ABPP, UW-Madison, will focus on Living with Vitality in Times of Stress. Other presentations will discuss handling book challenges, starting a library home delivery service, and building a compassion resilience toolkit. The SSCS Board will also hold a panel discussion about programs or services that have grown out of libraries' pandemic service models. See the complete schedule and more on the conference webpage.


Join us for this one-day conference to find inspiration to refresh your passion for serving your community! Registration closes on Friday, May 20. 


Don't wait!  Click here to register today. 


Mark Your Calendar for the 2022 WLA Annual Conference

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.   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.   



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 



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].


Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group Monthly Meeting

May 23, 11:00 a.m.

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


Join Zoom Meeting:



Reminder to fill out the short interest form by May 14 (tomorrow!) if you are interested in joining one of three IF SIG work groups!

Feel free to reach out to Kristina Gómez at i[email protected] with questions.


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. 


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!  


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  


Congratulations to Cathryn Miller, Adjunct Librarian, Harper College Library, for her appointment as WAAL Board Liaison. 


Newsletters & Blogs

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


DPI Awards ARPA Grants to Library Systems

WiscNews, 5/09/2022

Estimated reading time: 48 seconds

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will award 33 projects, totaling more than $3 million, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to help libraries meet the needs of their communities in the wake of the pandemic.


Wisconsin Libraries Unshelve  Creative Uses for Federal Relief Funds

Wisconsin Public Radio, 5/11/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 43 seconds


Storytelling Event Encourages Essential Workers to Share Their Experiences on the Mic

City of Madison, 5/02/2022

Estimated reading time:  3 minutes, 23 seconds

Madison Public Library’s Library Takeover program will launch its final event of the 2021-2022 class on Saturday, May 14 at Lisa Link Peace Park (425 State St.) from 4-6 p.m. (Rain location is Central Library, third floor (201 W Mifflin). The event, Essential: True Stories of Unseen Work, is an opportunity for people to share their stories from the pandemic and beyond. People from all walks of life are invited to attend and share a 5-minute story open-mic style.


Hudson Council OKs Library Funding Agreement

Hudson Star-Observer, 5/03/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Hudson Common Council approved moving forward with a new structure regarding the ongoing funding crisis at the Hudson Area Public Library (HAPL) at its Monday, May 2 meeting.


Port Library to Hit the Road with Outreach Van

Ozaukee Press, 5/04/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 27 seconds

The Niederkorn Library is about to hit the streets. On Tuesday, the Common Council approved buying a used van to serve as an outreach vehicle that will allow the library staff and volunteers to deliver materials and services to patrons who can’t physically access the building.


Carnegie Whitney Grant 2022 Award Winners

American Library Association, 4/29/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 13 seconds

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. 


Nashville Library Offers ‘I Read Banned Books’ Library Cards

620WTMJ, 5/06/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 17 seconds

Nashville Public Library is responding to library scrutiny in Tennessee with a goal to distribute 5,000 “I read banned books” library cards this month.


Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Expands Commitment to Rural America with In-Person Events This Spring

Library of Congress, 4/26/2022

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 44 seconds

Jason Reynolds continues his work to empower students in rural and underserved communities in 2022 — his third year as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In May, Reynolds will kick off the first in-person leg of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” tour in Montana.


Reynolds is the keynote speaker for the WLA Annual Conference scheduled for November 1 - 4 in Lake Geneva. 




Historical Documentaries are the Key to Understanding Our Common History as Americans

Library of Congress Blog, 5/09/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 52 seconds

There’s never been a greater need for historical documentaries. They are essential to examining our past, understanding ourselves, and building a national discourse on what defines us as Americans. They have the power to educate, inform, and provoke thoughtful discussion with friends and family, making us wiser and our democracy stronger.




Applications Open for Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Programming Grants - Books Unite Us: Censorship Divides Us

American Library Association, 4/29/2022

Estimated reading time1 minute, 18 seconds

Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants for organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (Sept. 18 - 24, 2022).


COLAND Seeks Applicants

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 5/02/2022

Estimated reading time:  55 seconds

Are you looking for an opportunity to advocate for Wisconsin libraries at a statewide level? Would you like to be part of the conversation to work toward building equity through Wisconsin libraries and their partner organizations?  Do you want to learn about innovations and projects being done at libraries across the state and hear about the creative solutions library staff are developing to address challenges they've faced over the past couple years?


Meme History 2022: Have You Ever Wondered What The First Meme Is?

Tech Times, 5/02/2022

Estimated reading time:  2 minutes, 50 seconds

A Tumblr user may have discovered the first-ever meme in history, and it is from a 1921 cartoon strip.


Hospital Postcards from the American Hospital Association

National Library of Medicine, 5/05/2022

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds

This National Postcard Week, celebrated May 1-7 2022, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of a second collection of hospital postcards.


Boston Public Library Launching One-Hour, $200 Wedding Ceremonies

Boston.com, 5/02/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 7 seconds

The Boston Public Library is expanding wedding opportunities at its historic building in Copley Square, making the city location more accessible for couples looking to tie the knot.



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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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