WLA Bulletin | 6.24.2022
WLA Bulletin

TODAY'S TOOLBOX                                                                                              06.24.2022




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.


WAPL to Sponsor Virtual Library Hunt 
The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) unit of WLA wants to know about your library! We are planning a scavenger hunt of sorts for all Wisconsin Public Libraries and would love to have you and your library be part of the hunt.


We are looking for facts and information about your library that your fellow library workers would be able to track down via searching the internet, or by calling or chatting with your staff. Please use the form found at https://bit.ly/MyWisconsinLibrary to submit your library factoids. And thank you for participating!


Leadership Rosters Needed

Attention unit leaders, committee chairs, and more!  If you have not already done so, please send your Leadership Roster for 2022 to Hannah Bunting at [email protected].


Click here to download the roster form.


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 Statement on the Freedom to Read and Intellectual Freedom

The Wisconsin Library Association advocates for libraries and library workers across our state in a variety of ways - from direct lobbying of state government leaders to educating our members on important issues and providing a platform for peer-to-peer resource sharing.  An important part of our advocacy work is upholding intellectual freedom, protecting the freedom to read, and providing our members with resources to address local challenges.  The WLA Board of Directors has developed this statement to support Wisconsin libraries and library workers. Learn more


Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting

This special interest group will provide an opportunity for members to be more closely engaged with intellectual freedom principles and issues through programming and networking.   Meetings are virtual and open to all WLA members.   


Mark your calendar!  The next meeting will take place July 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.  To join, please use this Zoom link:




The Intellectual Freedom SIG Wants Your Input!

The WLA Intellectual Freedom Special Interest Group has put together a survey to get a better sense of the needs of the Wisconsin library community around the current climate in which libraries are facing increased challenges to and attacks on library materials and services.  Please complete the anonymous survey  by June 30.  


Contact Kristina Gómez at [email protected] with questions.


Conversation Cafés: Engagement Strategies to Encourage Dialog 

All WLA members are invited to attend this upcoming webinar hosted by the Outreach Services Roundtable. Register to attend and/or to receive a link to the recording. 


Libraries are the perfect place for communities to have meaningful discussions about important (and often controversial) topics. Learn how an academic library and a public library are using outreach programming to facilitate conversations and engage their communities in dialog.  

Wednesday, September 28 
11:00 a.m. - noon 
Register here

Contact Marc Boucher at [email protected] with questions. 


What’s in a Name?  TSS Survey Results

Thanks to those who participated in the Technical Services Section (TSS) poll to answer "What is Technical Services called in your library?"    Here are the results!


Technical Services – 50%

Database Maintenance – 25%

Collection and Resource Management – 12.5%

Cataloging – 12.5%


You can still participate in the survey by clicking here.

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!  


Welcome New Members!  (As of January 1, 2022)

Give a warm welcome to our newest members! Scroll to the bottom of the Bulletin to see the list. 


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 featured speaker.  Macrina is an activist librarian and the director of Library Freedom Project


Seeking Annual Conference Exhibits Co-Chair

We are seeking an additional volunteer to help with conference exhibits. This volunteer will be paired with an experienced Exhibits Chair who needs an enthusiastic co-chair to help with this year's conference. (Ideally, this volunteer will also be willing to consider taking on a greater leadership role with conference exhibits for 2023.)  You will help with planning and outreach to exhibitors leading up to the conference and help staff the exhibit hall during the conference.  This is a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your professional network!  

While all WLA members are encouraged to volunteer, the ideal candidate will represent an academic library or special library to help us secure more diverse exhibitors and help the conference committee be more representative of our membership.    


Click here to read the Exhibits Chair position description to learn more. 


Questions?  Ready to volunteer?  Please contact WLA Executive Director Laura Sauser via email at [email protected] or by phone at 515-865-6264.


Past Annual Conference Booklets Now Available Online

Take a walk down memory lane!  Annual conference booklets dating back to 2005 are now available online, making it easy for you to research past events, speakers, and programs.  Learn more


UW-Parkside Library Shows Its Pride with New Display and LGBTQ+ Collection

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 6/07/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 47 seconds

June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to recognizing the history, achievements and ongoing inequities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others within the LGBTQ+ community. In honor of Pride Month, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library invites the campus community to explore its LGBTQ+ collection.


Announcing the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Communities

National Endowment for the Arts, 6/15/2022

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 39 seconds

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, is announcing support for 62 nonprofit organizations to hold NEA Big Read programming in 2022-2023. In total, the NEA is investing $1,071,140 to support programming centered around one of 15 different contemporary books, with the aim of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in participating communities.  


Congratulations to the Kenosha Public Library and the Waukesha Public Library!


A Wild Rumpus Returns to Offer a Unique Play Experience in the Park

City of Madison, 6/17/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Madison Public Library and Madison Parks bring you A Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience at two parks June through August.




 Library Security: Training for Worst Case Scenarios and Everyday Conflicts

University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool

June 27 – Aug 7 (online)

Discounted rate:  $250 $125 for Wisconsin library staff with code iSchool50

Library managers and staff need to be prepared for ‘worst case scenarios’ like active shooter events, as well as having practical, effective responses to everyday behaviors. How can you get those wild kids to settle down? What do you say to the client with overpowering body odor? How ready are you for tornado, fire, earthquake or other disasters?  


After laying a groundwork of common sense, consistent responses, we will discuss policies, procedures, internal communications and ways of gaining community support


Learn more and register.


Beyond the Numbers 2022 - Call for Proposals

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 33 seconds

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis seeks submissions for its biennial conference on economic information. This conference will bring together librarians, information professionals, data researchers, and data managers to improve understanding of economic resources and how to find, use, and share them.


July Book Discussion at the CCBC

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 6/20/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 52 seconds

Since 1981 the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) has offered hands-on discussions of newly published trade books for children and young adults. CCBC discussions are for adults, including preservice and practicing teachers and librarians, and any others with an interest in literature for youth. Join us for our next discussion on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 4-5:30 p.m., in the Elizabeth Burr Room of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), Room 401 Teacher Education, 225 N. Mills Street, Madison.


Wisconsin Historical Society: Traveling Display Celebrating Wisconsin LGBTQ+ History Debuts

WisPolitics.com, 6/16/2022

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 22 seconds

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that a new display featuring the stories of some of the state’s LGBTQ+ history-makers has debuted at its headquarters. “We Will Always Be Here: Wisconsin’s LGBTQ+ Historymakers” centers on the stories of eight individuals across a wide spectrum of identities who helped to empower others to make a positive change in the world.  


National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grants

National Endowment for the Arts

Estimated reading time: 42 seconds

Our Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.


2022 Play Make Learn Conference

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Professional Learning and Community Education)

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 6 seconds

The Play Make Learn Conference promotes high-quality learning opportunities for educators, researchers, developers, designers, foundation leaders, policy makers, museum and library professionals, and school leaders who are dedicated to promoting making, gaming, and playful learning. 


FTRF Virtual Symposium "Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action"

Freedom to Read Foundation

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 18 seconds

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) invites all library workers, educators, authors, journalists, publishers, social justice workers and First Amendment advocates to attend and participate in its free virtual symposium, Where Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Meet: A Call to Action to be held on July 12 and 13, 2022. The symposium will take place from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Central Time on both days. 


Promoting Virtual Reality Experiences in Rural Libraries

Department of Public Instruction, 6/06/2022

Estimated reading time:  48 seconds

Want to bring the Arctic and Antarctic to life in your library? Want to give your patrons an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a penguin or experience what it’s like to work at a polar research site?


2022 LSTA Grant Guidelines Now Available

Department of Public Instruction, 5/26/2022

Estimated reading time:  1 minute, 6 seconds

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the final version of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant Information and Guidelines 2022. All Wisconsin regional public library systems are eligible to apply


Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

American Library Association

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. 


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.



What is Twitterature?  An Introduction to the Genre

Book Riot, 6/20/2022

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes, 4 seconds

The word Twitterature seems self-explanatory, right? It’s literature on Twitter. But, what does that mean, exactly? What counts as Twitterature and what doesn’t? Here’s a brief look at the genre with some examples for your reading pleasure, too!



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

Ready to get started?  View detailed instructions with photos here: https://www.wisconsinlibraries.org/member-to-member-communications .



We want to hear from you!  Share your press releases, photos, and points of pride with WLA for publication in the biweekly WLA Bulletin or in our quarterly digital newsletter, WLA News.


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].


WLA News is a digital publication with more in-depth news and feature articles, announcements, and more distributed quarterly via email to WLA members.  The next submission deadline for the WLA News is September 1, 2022.  Please email your articles for consideration to [email protected].


Welcome New 2022 WLA Members!

Shari Axelsen, John Bosshard Memorial Library
Annie Baumann, Viterbo University
Ashraf Ben Khalifa, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
James Berven II, Kaukauna Public Library
Cindy Borgen, Muehl Public Library
Anne Brasier, Middleton Public Library
Erik Braun
Samantha Carter, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Emily Ceithamer, Mukwonago Community Library
Hanna Collins, Slinger Community Library
Michaela Daly, UW-Madison iSchool
Melissa Ernst, UW-Madison iSchool
Mary Evers, St. Francis Public Library
Eric Huemmer, Mukwonago Community Library
Julie Irwin, Friday Memorial Library
Kristine Jaeger, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Christy Janczewski, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
Michelle Johnson, Hammond Community Library
Samantha Jones, UW-Madison iSchool
Abbie Joranger, Mount Mary University
Kristen Lagerstam, Beaver Dam Community Library
Brendan Lenzner, Marquette University - Raynor Memorial Libraries
Stephanie Lewin-Lane, Hales Corners Public Library
Anna Lian, University of Wisconsin Parkside
Mary Lopez, Milwaukee Public Library
Sarah Ludington, La Crosse Public Library
Kelly McKewin, University of Kentucky
Sarah Melendy, Brown County Library
Bethany Meyer, South Milwaukee Public Library
Martin Morante, Oscar Grady Public Library
Angela Morse, St Norbert College
Jenny Nelson, Oregon Public Library

Rachel Nelson, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Medora Nelson-Ferris, La Crosse Public Library
Cheryl Nessman, Mead Public Library
Katelyn Noack, IFLS Library System
Mike Olson, Valdosta
Judith Peterson, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
Elizabeth Pickhard, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Lisa Ponto, Pauline Haass Public Library
Tracy Raasch, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Carli Reinecke, UW Green Bay
Margaret Reuland
Molly Schroeder, Brown County Library
Sharon Schwichtenberg, Iron Ridge Public Library
Carolyn Seaver, Albertson Memorial Library
Delanie Sharpe, Clintonville Public Library
Delanie Sharpe, Clintonville Public Library
Trish Skofronick, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
David Snyder, Brown County Library
Samantha Spottek, Plymouth Public Library
Anita Streich, Beaver Dam Community Library
Helena Sumbulla, UW - Eau Claire
Dawn Tevis, La Crosse County Library
Rachel Thomas, Amery Area Public Library
Roxanne Velazquez, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Deidre Vergeer, Burlington Public Library
Brenda Walenton, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
Ellen Ward-Packard, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Krystal Watkins, Monticello Public Library
Cindy Wendt, Minocqua Public Library
DeAnza Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison Information School
Kimberly Williams, UW-Milwaukee SOIS
Allison Wray, Germantown Community Library



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