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:  We had a wonderful meeting in Tomah at Bernstadt's.  We talked politics, gaming, and how to increase membership.  They are, after all, related.  We are looking for better ways to reach you and involve you in the important goal of advocating for small libraries.  Please do reach out to us.  

Conference Notes: The upcoming WAPL Conference, held at the beautiful Blue Harbor resort, will be fun and interesting for "smalls".  WISL will present - Getting them to Go... Gracefully.  This program will address four scenarios; Poor performing staff, veteran staff with diminishing skills, disruptive volunteers, and working with library boards.  In addition, Mark Livingood from the Wisconsin Humanities Council will be showing us how to get some money!  We all need money right? 

The next WLA conference at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, will include something special at our booth.  WISL programming will (hopefully) include the Movies and Popcorn, a Surprise, and other things.  We are looking for two co-presenters to help at this conference.  Call Diana Skalitzky if you want to volunteer. 608-655-3123 or dianas@scls.lib.wi.us

We are especially pleased to note that our WLA budget request was approved and we will now offer two $200 scholarship to attend the WLA conference.  The application is on our WISL page and the deadline is August 11, 2014. 


Upcoming Events:

WISL Board again during the WAPL conference.  (May 7 - 9th, 2014) Thursday, 4-4:30.