Friday, February 25, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Whitefish Bay Public Library

Virtual: https://zoom.us/j/96447797536?pwd=dWllcVJRT1IzaWZzR3FvakhMTTNVdz09


 Mission Statement: WLA engages, inspires and advocates for library workers and supporters to improve and promote library services for the people of Wisconsin. 

Present:  Rachel Arndt, Desiree Bongers, Jennifer Cook (online), Carrie Doyle (online), Kristina Gómez, Linda Jerome (online), Sherry Machones (online), Gina Rae (arrived at 10:40 a.m.), Nyama Reed, Kris Turner (online), Tracy Vreeke (online), Laura Sauser, Tom Klement (online), Hannah Bunting (online).

Excused: Please note that WAAL and WLTF Liaisons positions are vacant.

Guests:  Elisabeth Kaune (online, left at 10:55 a.m.), Andrew Prellwitz (online, left at 10:45 a.m.).

Call to Order 

The meeting was called to order and a quorum was established at 10:03 a.m. by President Reed. 

Agenda and Minutes

Vreeke moved, Gómez seconded, to approve the January 2022 minutes.  Motion carried. The meeting agenda was accepted on a motion by Arndt, seconded by Doyle.  Passed on a unanimous board vote. 

Financial Report – Tom Klement

  • 2021 Year-End Financials
    • Virtual conferences went very well.
    • Lease runs through May 2023.
    • Membership numbers are encouraging.
    • Vreeke moved, Machones seconded, to accept the 2021 Year-End Financial Report.  Motion carried.

Literary Awards Proposal – Andrew Prellwitz, Committee Chair

President’s Report – Nyama Reed 

  • PLA Liaison – Request from Jen Gerber, the current liaison, to attend ALA instead of PLA.  Vreeke moved, Arndt seconded, that this request be denied and to not expend the funds this year, with the expectation that the PLA Liaison position will be revisited.  Motion carried.
  • Review of Conference Code of Conduct Policy  – Suggested that attendees be required to check a box stating they have read and agree to the policy when registering.
  • Intellectual Freedom – Discussed WLA’s position.

Appointments Committee Report – Kris Turner

WLA Membership Categories – Laura Sauser

  • Proposed Changes to Membership Categories
    • Vreeke moved, Machones seconded, to approve the changes to lifetime memberships.  Motion carried with one opposed.
    • Rae moved, Gómez seconded, to approve the changes to vendor memberships.  Motion carried.
    • Vreeke moved, Rae seconded, to approve the changes the Trustee/Friend/Advocate individual memberships.  Motion carried.

Opportunities for Partnerships – Laura Sauser

Unit Work In-Progress/Reports – All

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 12:43 p.m. with full consensus among those in attendance.

Respectfully submitted,

Desiree Bongers

WLA Secretary