May 2024 Katie Kiekhaefer

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Katie Kiekhaefer | May 2024

Photo of Katie KiekhaeferFor which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Whitefish Bay Public Library 

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

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
There have been countless favorite WLA moments. I was lucky enough to serve as the Chair of YSS in 2019, which was a huge honor. In 2018, I attended the Leadership Development Institute and the lessons I learned there are still relevant to me. I also love the chance to connect with colleagues and friends at conference.

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
I've been a librarian in Wisconsin for almost 17 years, and in every stage of my career, I've found something relevant within WLA, whether it was presenting at conference, learning something new at a YSS webinar, joining a committee, or being a mentor to a new 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. 
 There are so many. I've been especially inspired by my current and past coworkers, my public library friends from grad school at UW and my colleagues in YSS.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Conferences are a great way to start getting involved in WLA. Then find your own particular niche and volunteer if you have the time and bandwidth.