WLA Special Interest Group (SIG)

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Description and Purpose

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a vehicle for WLA members to share ideas, plans, news, and opinions related to a particular area of interest without the formal expectations and structure of a traditional association unit. 

Through participation in SIGs, members are able to:

  • Collect and disseminate information
  • Discuss and debate professional experiences and issues
  • Facilitate space for specific programs or events
  • Share their voice on matters pertaining to special interests that are not currently represented within existing units
  • Develop and implement strategies for change at the local and national levels

Members should consider participating in at least one group. Involvement in two groups is the recommended limit in order to gain the most from your experience. The SIGs provide an important basis for ongoing discussions throughout the year. The WLA conferences and live events also provide an opportunity for SIGs to meet on a personal basis. Members of each SIG can contribute to organizing conference related activities such as workshops, presentations, demonstrations and field trips.


 Alumni  Providing connections between and among retirees with a focus on fellowship, service to WLA and “keeping up” with the world of libraries. Peter Hamon
Community for Open Wisconsin This group advocates and collaborates for affordability of educational resources in Wisconsin through the use of open educational resources, library resources, collaboration for publisher cost reduction, and other related initiatives. Bob Butterfield
Government Information This special interest group will serve members with an interest in collecting, preserving, cataloging, or providing reference for government information. We will suggest and sponsor programs for annual conferences, and will plan and coordinate our own one-day annual conference, Government Information Day. Elizabeth Harper
Intellectual Freedom This special interest group will provide an opportunity for members to be involved with intellectual freedom principles and issues through programming and networking and to communicate and coordinate activities with the Intellectual Freedom Committe Kristina Gomez
Students The purpose of the WLA Student SIG is two-fold: 1) to increase communication, collaboration, and exchange between LIS students at each school, and 2) to establish a visible and sustainable presence for students in the Wisconsin Library Association.
Hannah Majeska
Melissa Juvinall


How to Indicate Interest in a SIG

Your WLA membership profile shows the SIGs for which you have indicated interest. If you want to remove or add a SIG, or if you are a new WLA member, please contact the WLA office or send an email to wla@wisconsinlibraries.org and indicate which SIG(s) you want to add or remove.

How to Start a New SIG

To start a new SIG is easy. The process requires 20 active, interested WLA members and the completion of an application. We recommend that you begin by organizing at least two separate meeting with your group to discuss a. the focus of the SIG, b. frequency of meetings and c. leadership. We also suggest that you check carefully to ensure that you are not replicating an existing SIG. For more information:

The contact person for questions and comments regarding SIGs is:

Plumer Lovelace
608 245-3640