Conference Committee

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Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
920.230.1900

 

Conference Chair
Angela Meyers
Bridges Library System
ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org

Conference Co-Chair
Teresa Schmidt
Mercer Public Library
director@mercerpubliclibrary.org

Local Arrangements Chair
Mark Arend
mwarend@gmail.com

Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Brendan Faherty
Middleton Public Library
faherty@midlibrary.org

Programming Chair
Eva Kozerski
Black Creek Public Library
ekozerski@blackcreeklibrary.org

Programming Co-Chairs
Angie Bodzislaw
Spooner Public Library
spoonerlibrarydirector@gmail.com 

Kaushalya Iyengar
Waukesha Public Library
kiyengar@waukesha-wi.gov

Publicity Chair
Tracy Vreeke
Nicolet Federated Library System
tvreeke@nflsoffice.org

Publicity Co-Chair
Leah Gentry
Menomonee Falls Public Library
lgentry@menomonee-falls.org

Technology Chair
Wyatt Ditzler
Beloit Public Library
wditzler@beloitlibrary.org

Technology Co-Chair
James Berger
Menomonee Falls Public Library
JBerger@menomonee-falls.org

WAPL Chair
Barry McKnight
La Crosse Public Library
bmcknight@lacrosselibrary.org

WAPL Chair-Elect
Dave Kranz
Southwest Wisconsin Library System
dkranz@swls.org

WLA Conference Liaison
Brigitte Rupp Vacha
ruppvacha@wisconsinlibraries.org

Call for Proposals

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Program Proposal Form - Deadline: December 31, 2019

Now is the time to look past impossibilities and obstacles and focus on possibilities…

We’re looking for library staff who believe in infinite possibilities! The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next public library conference to be held April 29 – May 1, 2020 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Oshkosh.

With a theme of Infinite Possibilities, the goal of this year’s conference is that attendees will leave believing that there are infinite possibilities when they are given guidance, encouragement and wisdom. Rather than focusing on impossibilities and weaknesses, we want this conference to be all about possibilities, strengths and strategies to make the most of our work as library staff. We want you to think big picture, but we also want to hear practical and effective strategies, ideas and projects from your corner of the library world that at one time were only “possibilities.”

We encourage small librarians and staff to step up and share how they have led their library by considering possibilities instead of obstacles. We encourage youth and adult services staff to step up and share stories of collaboration and techniques that have led to possibilities in their community. We encourage library directors, trustees, system and support staff, and managers to step up and share how they have turned impossible situations into possibilities despite budget issues, feeling unheard when advocating, building projects, times of uncertainty, and more. We encourage topics such as technology, inclusivity, staffing, fundraising and outreach. We want to continue the important conversation about diversity in staffing, serving, programming and cultivating connections. We encourage library staff and leaders of color to lead these conversations and other programs as well.

Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and business meetings are welcome. Sessions will run either 45 or 60 minutes in length with a maximum of four presenters.

Please use the Program Proposal Form to submit a program.

Submission deadline is December 31, 2019!

Acceptance or rejection notifications will take place no later than February 14, 2020.

Please contact us with any questions. We're looking forward to an excellent conference!

WAPL Conference Programming Co-Chairs -
Eva Kozerski, Black Creek Village Library
Angie Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library

WAPL Annual Conference

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Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center, Oshkosh

1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
920.230.1900


Submit your Program Proposal using this form and look at the Call for Proposal web page for details.


Please join us for a public library conference filled with possibilities at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Oshkosh. The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference will be held April 29-May 1, 2020. Oshkosh is home to the world’s largest aviation event, EAA AirVenture and country music festival, Country USA. Located on the shore of Lake Winnebago, it offers museums, unique dining, and shopping.

Check out the hotel accommodation page and make your plans to join us at WAPL 2020 in Oshkosh!



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Hotel Accommodations

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Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
920.230.1900 or 888.230.1900

Directions

Room Rate: $99.99 single/double (plus $3/night municipal service fee, 10% occupancy tax and 5% sales tax; total approximately $119). 

To make reservations, call either of the two phone numbers listed above and refer to the WAPL Conference room block.

All rooms must be guaranteed by an organization with direct bill approval or a credit card with an advance deposit of one night stay per guest room at time of making a room reservation.

Reservation cut-off date: April 8, 2020

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