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Friday, February 4, 2022

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Governor Evers to kick off 2022 WLA Library Legislative Day

Governor Tony Evers, Superintendent Jill Underly, and State Librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt are confirmed speakers at WLA's 2022 Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 8. Attendees will gather at the Madison Concourse Hotel at 9 a.m. for a morning session featuring comments by these distinguished guests. Senator Mary Felzkowski and Representative Amy Loudenbeck will be recognized as Wisconsin Library Champions for their ongoing support and give special recognition to Stamena Ivanov, a key member of Senator Felzkowski's staff. The morning session will be followed by appointments with state legislators in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

The presentations by guest speakers will be recorded and made available to WLA members after the event.

All WLA members are welcome to attend the morning session in person to help show their appreciation to state leaders and hear from our great lineup of speakers.  There is a $25 fee per attendee, payable at the door.

Learn more about WLA Library Legislative Day at

Submit program proposals to WAAL today


The Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference Planning Committee invites session proposals for the 2022 WAAL conference, “Open Minds, Open Doors.” The conference will be held Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 22 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield.

Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops are all welcome. Plan for presentations to last for 50 minutes, including Q&A. We look forward to proposals that will inspire change and highlight new opportunities, diverse experiences, and creative thinking. WAAL welcomes proposals from any area of libraries, archives, museums and cultural organizations, or higher education. Program proposals are due TODAY, February 4.

Submit your program proposal today.

The committee is also accepting proposals for posters and lightning talks (due February 25):

  • Poster presentations must be digital (i.e., an image, a set of slides, a video) when submitted. If desired, presenters may also print their poster and bring it to the conference to be displayed in the conference center. Awards will be presented for Best Content and Best Visual Display.
  • Lightning talks are for those who may not have enough information for a poster or a presentation. The committee would like to give everyone the opportunity to present topics, no matter how small! Each presenter should plan to speak for 5 minutes on their topic in a recorded video that will be posted to the WAAL conference website.
Submit a poster session or lightning talk proposal here.

Continuing Education

WEMTA: Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association

WEMTA Conference early bird registration extended to Feb. 11


The Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) annual conference is March 6-8 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.

Each session will be both live at the conference and virtual via Zoom so attendees can participate at the level they are able to and comfortable with.

Current WLA members can attend at WEMTA member prices. Early bird registration has been extended through Friday, February 11.

Get more information at

""Let's Talk About Race At Work

Webinar on February 15, 2022

Workplace conversations on race can be challenging. Even with the best intentions and sincere willingness to listen and understand, talking about racism can be uncomfortable. Rather than avoiding the necessary discussions and exchanges, we can learn how to productively talk about race. We can have conversations about race, racism, and racial equity. We can create brave, bold, and safe spaces to ask questions, share experiences, make commitments, co-create solutions, hold ourselves accountable, and create authentic, measurable, and lasting impact.

Participants in this session will:
  • Understand the importance of establishing guidelines for having conversations about race
  • Learn a framework for having organizational or one-on-one conversations about race
  • Learn about terminology to understand when talking about race
  • Learn about questions and discussion starters for conversations on race in the workplace
Register for the Let's Talk About Race At Work webinar.

Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework information session & comment period


The joint ALA/ARL task force seeks feedback from the library community on their initial draft of the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework. Library workers can submit feedback on the CommentPress site until the comment period deadline on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Central.

Public library workers are invited to learn more about this project in a virtual informational session on February 23, 2022, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Central. This session is free but registration is required.

Learn more at Feedback on Cultural Proficiencies Framework.

Upcoming CE, Deadlines & Celebrations

Items in red were added since the prior newsletter.
Remember to visit the NEWI website for the latest CE opportunities.

Library Legislative Day
February 8

Copyright for Librarians: What You Need to Know from Niche Academy
February 9

Psychology: How psychology can help people to follow the rules voluntarily with Ryan Dowd
February 10

WEMTA Conference early bird registration ends
February 11

Let's Talk About Race At Work from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
February 15

Love Library Data: Project Outcome 101 with PLA
February 16

Power Up Pop-ups: A (mini) Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers & Staff
February 21 – March 4

Data Storytelling: Advocating for the Library and Community with PLA
February 22

Summer Library Program Learning & Fun: Catch the Wave from NEWI
February 22

"Let's Talk Race" Toolkits from WebJunction
February 22

Creative Communities Project Grant Applications Due
February 24

WAPL 2022 Program Proposals Due
February 25

WiLS 2022 Annual Membership Meeting
February 25

Game On! Grant Applications Due
March 1

WEMTA Conference
March 6-8

Engaging in Sensitive Conversations & Handling Pushback from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
March 9

Taking Care of Self, Staff, and Community from WebJunction
March 10

De-escalation Skills: Practical tools and techniques with Ryan Dowd
March 10

PLA Conference & PLA Virtual Conference
March 23-25

CCBC Choices workshop
April 1

National Library Week
April 3-9

Understanding Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter in Majority White Spaces from Wisconsin Libraries Talk About Race
April 14

Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting
May 5-7

WAPL Annual Conference - Pewaukee
May 11-13

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) - Project Start Date
June 1

NHPRC Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives Grant Applications Due
June 8

NHPRC Archives Collaboratives (Planning Grant) Applications Due
June 8

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