WLA Welcomes New Executive Director

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Executive Board is pleased to announce that Laura Sauser, has accepted the position of Executive Director. Sauser has more than 25 years of cross-industry experience in association management, philanthropy (both fundraising and grant making), marketing, public relations, community relations, and librarianship. She is a member-focused leader with a proven record of implementing successful initiatives and sustaining organizational growth. 

“Members of the Executive Search Committee and Board were impressed with Ms. Sauser’s wide range of association management and community relations experience which is essential to lead an association in today’s ever-changing and challenging environment,” said Sherry Machones, WLA President. “We are confident that she has the leadership skills to successfully step into the Executive Director position and are excited to welcome her to the Wisconsin library community.”

Sauser will be leaving her position as the Community Manager at the Urbandale Public Library in Iowa, where she is responsible for the library’s programming and outreach department and joining WLA in early August. Prior to moving into librarianship, Sauser served as President of the Iowa Council of Foundations, as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Drake University and held both marketing and community relations positions with the Principal Financial Group and the Principal Financial Group Foundation as well as other positions in the corporate sector. She currently serves on the Humanities Iowa Board of Directors and the Iowa Library Association Foundation Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Iowa Library Association Membership Committee. Sauser has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Drake University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.
"The Wisconsin Library Association has an impressive legacy and a positive vision for the future. Throughout the recruitment process, the dedication and enthusiasm of the Board of Directors has been infectious, and I'm eager to roll up my sleeves and get started!" said Sauser. "I'm looking forward to traveling around the state to meet our members working in all types of libraries and learn more about their needs. It will be an honor to work on their behalf to advance the library profession in Wisconsin."

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