November 2023 Teresa Weber

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Teresa Weber | November 2023

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

 How many year(s) have you been a member of Wisconsin Library Association?
2 years as a member with many additional years as a support person 

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
I attended the 2022 WLA Conference. There I met old friends and made new. I took inspiration home and applied it to my work in a public library.


How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
Being a member of WLA has helped to build a network of support. I have found a peer group that understands the passion for helping others in a public library setting. 

 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. 
I have many role models that have helped me develop as a librarian beginning with my co-workers Heidi, Susan, Lindy and Laura. Together we form a team of diverse interests, talents, and styles with a love of public libraries at our core.

 My Northern Waters team of public library directors is a tremendous support group. Those librarians that have been there for many years and have reached out in support- Darrell Pendergrass, Molly Lank-Jones, and Kristine Lendved are particularly powerful mentors for me.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
My advice to new WLA members would be to keep moving forward. We are all allowed to stumble. If this happens, get up, take a deep breath, and begin again.