November 2022 Angie Bodzislaw

We are proud to highlight our members who commit their time and resources to helping Wisconsin libraries and librarians thrive through their work with the Wisconsin Library Association. Each month, we will be sharing their stories and hope you will be inspired to learn more about our programs or get involved!

Fill out the Lead with WLA form and be connected with other change agents, leaders, and committees that can use what you have to offer.

Angie Bodzislaw | November 2022

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Spooner Memorial Library

How many year(s) have you been a member of Wisconsin Library Association?

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
WLA's Leadership Development Institute

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
Through the support of WLA, I have had easier access to conferences, including WAPL (Wisconsin Association for Public Libraries). I have also been able to be a part of WISL (Wisconsin Small Library Section of WLA) where I have developed relationships that have helped make me a better librarian.

Do you have a library role model (in Wisconsin or elsewhere) that has provided you with inspiration or guidance? Please share a little bit about it.
Katherine Elchert (McMillian Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids). Katherine is a fierce advocate for libraries and the role they play in a community. She understands the importance of partnerships and working together. She has always been a strong voice of support for other librarians and for vulnerable people.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Make the most out of your membership. Complete continuing education webinars, join sections so you can find "your people", sign up for the Leadership Development Institute, and prioritize attending conferences.