Wisconsin Small Libraries

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Small libraries make up the majority of libraries in Wisconsin.

We may be small, but together we are BIG.

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WISL's purpose is to promote the common interests, activities, administration and services of all small libraries. WISL defines a small library as any public or non-public library staffed with 4 FTEs or less and serving a population less than 6,000, but we are happy to have any WLA member join our group. We learn best from each other.

Board Meeting Notes:  Official minutes will be posted soon.  We firmed up plans for the conference, and we talked about how to motiviate our members. 

Conference Notes:  Be sure and join us! (rooms will be posted when known.)

Wednesday -
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. WLA/WLAF Annual Business Meeting
This is the meeting where YOU help shape our organization. 

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Wisconsin Small Libraries Section (WISL) Board/Member Meeting  We are combining the board and membership meeting. 

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Cards Against Librarianship

Sherry Machones, Director, Edgerton Public Library
This get-together will pit librarians against each other in a battle to create the most outrageous sentences with cards related to libraries and librarianship.  Other more gentile games will also be available. 



4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.   At the Movies with Librarians III

Sherry Machones, Director, Edgerton Public Library; plus multiple speakers TBA
Back by popular demand! A group of speakers will talk about upcoming movies based on books, and how librarians might incorporate them into their programming. The presentation will include book reviews, movie trailers, witty commentary and free popcorn.



8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Dear Con-Anne: Prickly Questions Get Answered by Con-Anne the Librarian
Track: Leadership/Professional Development

Diana Skalitzky, Director, Marshall Community Library; and other speakers who haven't volunteered yet.
This program is based on a previous WLA program during which WISL members did their best to answer tough questions posed by the audience, and ran out of time! Topics include working with difficult board members, dealing with patron behaviors, issues with staff and more.

Handouts from WAPL 2014 programming:

Volunteer Application Form

Thank You postcard

Power Point "Getting them to go."

 We are pleased to announce the two WISL WLA conference scholarships receipients:

Julie Beloungy, Director of the Thorp Public Library and Gina Rae, Director of the Wilton Public Library. Congrats to these two leaders of small libraries. 


Upcoming Events:

WISL Board Meeting at WLA conference.