Call for Program Proposals

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Submit Your Proposal Here 

Libraries promote growth, education, diversity, and community and campus engagement; continuously striving to better their communities and all those they serve. The 2018 WLA conference, Excite.Invite.Ignite., is an opportunity for us to share our expertise, knowledge and ideas to enrich our libraries, communities and ourselves.

The 2018 WLA Conference Committee invites you to share your experience and creativity with the Wisconsin library community at our annual conference, to be held on October 23-26, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse and La Crosse Center. We are seeking an array of programs that will appeal to a wide library audience.

We already have a great lineup of speakers but we seek your help to provide a relevant, timely and intentional learning experience at this year’s conference. You can help by offering your knowledge and expertise for a conference session.

Consider sessions related to topics such as:

Building Collections
Engaging People
Information Literacy
Leadership/Professional Development
Library Issues and Challenges
New Professionals
Student Success and Outreach
Support Staff
Technology and Digital Services
Trustee and Friends

Don't let the above topics limit you! Feel free to suggest any program you'd like to present. Submit your proposal here.

Program submission deadline is May 1, 2018.

Please feel free to contact us with questions.


Steev Baker, Roxane Bartelt and Pamela O'Donnell
WLA 2018 Conference Program Co-Chairs



The Committee

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Radisson Hotel La Crosse and La Crosse Center
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

The committee is hard at work to create a great conference for you!  If you have any questions, please contact them directly or send an email to

Conference Committee Chair
Jennifer Haas Thiele
Marinette County Consolidated Library Service

Conference Committee Co-Chair 
Leah Langby
Indianhead Federated Library System  

Book Signing Chair/Major Speakers
Katharine Clark
E. D. Locke Public Library

Booklet Chair
Desiree Bongers
Ripon Public Library 

Exhibits Co-Chairs
Michelle Dennis
Hedberg Public Library

Shannon Schultz
Department of Public Instruction  

Exhibits Vendor Liaisons
Matthew Kopyar
Apple Books

Eric Shotwell
Ingram Content Group 

Local Arrangements Co-Chairs
Teri Holford
UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

Barry McKnight
La Crosse Public Library 

Partnership Chair
Jamie Matczak
Wiconsin Valley Library Service

Program Co-Chairs
Steev Baker
Sun Prairie Public Library  

Roxane Bartelt
Southwest Wisconsin Library System 

Pamela O'Donnell
UW-Madison College Library

Publicity Co-Chairs
Jill Fuller
Bridges Library System

Anne Hamland
Wisconsin Valley Library Association 

Registration Co-Chairs
Beth Kucera

Shawn Brommer
South Central Library System

Technology Chair
Craig Ellefson
South Central Library System 

WLA Conference Liaison
Brigitte Rupp Vacha 

Directory of Exhibitors

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La Crosse Center South Hall
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601 

Current La Crosse Center Exhibit Floor Plan 

Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. — Booth 80
30 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Representative: Dave Cameron
Our architects and interior designers will guide you through creating or improving your library, enhancing its position as an important and valued community asset.

Camera Corner/Connecting Point - Booth 52
529 N Monroe Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301
920.438.0389 (fax)
Representative: Beth Vander Loop

EBSCO Information Services* — Booth 57
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
205.995.1613 (fax)
Representatives: TBD
EBSCO provides a discovery service, full-text and secondary databases, e-books, e-journals and e-packages, print subscriptions and related services for all types of libraries.

Embury Ltd* — Booth 41                                     WLA Member
809 Burton Blvd., Unit E
DeForest, WI 53532
877.218.7678 (Fax)
Representatives: Bruce Deming, Mona Deming
Embury Ltd. offers design service for furniture and shelving. We sell furniture, shelving and installation services.

HGA Architects & Engineers — Booth 59             WLA Member
333 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6005
414.270.7754 (fax)
Representative: Jane Dedering; Jennifer McMaster
HGA Architects and Engineers is a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm. A nationally recognized, award-winning firm, HGA's comprehensive solutions correspond with each client.

The Penworthy Company — Booth 60
219 N Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5811
414.287.4602 (fax)
Representatives: Anne Broda, Laquen Koester, Holly Ritz
Penworthy offers new Penworthy Prebound Books monthly with no back orders and free shipping - for grades preK-6, with laminated covers and reinforced, side-sewn binding.

Playway Pre-Loaded Products — Booth 29
31999 Aurora Road
Solon, OH 44139
440.893.0809 (fax)
Representative: Peter Wuerl
Playaway Products bring you everything from audio to apps for use in libraries, schools or military installations.

Recorded Books — Booth 42
270 Skipjack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410.535.0257 (fax)
Representative: Bill Schwarting
Recorded Books provides e-books, audiobooks, language-learning programs, films and other products for public and university libraries. RBdigital from Recorded Books offers electronic resources and digital databases.

Yerges Moving and Storage - Booth 40
P. O. Box 339
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0339
920.563.5096 (fax)
Representative: Kevin Becker, Lori Becker 
Commercial movers with extensive experience in library relocation and remodeling projects. Also movers of medical equipment and household furniture. Onsite storage available.


*Thanks to those exhibitors for joining us in the Exhibit Hall every year for at least the last ten years.



Wisconsin Library Association
4610 S Biltmore Lane, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53718-2153
608.245.3646 (fax)
          Career Center — Exhibit Hall
          Youth Services Section — Booth TBD

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation
4610 S Biltmore Lane, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53718-2153
608.245.3646 (fax)
          Fundraiser — TBD
          Silent Auction — Exhibit Hall

For Exhibitors

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Radisson Hotel La Crosse 
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601


La Crosse Center South Hall
300 Harborview Plaza 
La Crosse, WI 54601 

Below is the various information needed to participate in this year's conference. Please forward completed contracts to

♦ Exhibitor Contract
♦ La Crosse Center South Hall Floor Plan {yellow highlights = booths sold} 
♦ Exhibit Categories
♦ Hotel Information
♦ Partnership Opportunities 
Booklet Advertising

Dear WLA Partners,

We invite you to join us for an outstanding WLA conference at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse and La Crosse Center South Hall, October 23-26, 2018, with exhibit days being October 24-25.

Excite.Invite.Ignite. That's the theme for the 2018 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference. Our focus is on helping libraries connect to their communities, creating innovative spaces, and using and re-using resources in new and exciting ways.

This year’s conference promises to offer a multitude of great programs and social events, all in an environment meant to engage everyone attending. There are several events planned for the Exhibit Hall, including the Makerspace, Career Center, the ever-popular WLA Foundation Silent Auction, and, for the second year, the Indie Author Garden. As always, there will be two no-conflict breaks each day, providing opportunities spend time with attendees of the library community.

Below is the information you need to enable you to fully participate in this year's conference. Booth space will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The floor plan will be updated as contracts are received in the WLA office and spaces sold will be highlighted in yellow; an updated floor plan will be posted on the exhibitor web page as changes are made.

Please forward completed contracts to

We appreciate the opportunity to work with your company to produce a great conference this year! Please contact the WLA office at 608.245.3640 or email any member of the Exhibits Team if you have any questions about these opportunities. We look forward to seeing you at the La Crosse Center!

Thank you,

Brigitte Rupp Vacha
WLA Conference Liaison
Wisconsin Library Association 

Shannon Schultz
2018 Exhibits Co-chair
Department of Public Instruction

Michelle Dennis
2018 Exhibits Co-chair
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville  

Vendor Representatives
Matthew Kopyar

Registration & Hotel

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Registration will open in late July.


      FULL         SINGLE     

      CONF          DAY

Early Bird

until 10/1

Early Bird 
until 10/1
















Exhibits only


*A guest is identified as a conference registrant's spouse, significant other or family member.



Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601


To make reservations, call 608.784.6680 and reference the WLA Conference 2018 Room Block. OR simply click the link: Click to Book - WLA Conference 2018 - Radisson Hotel La Crosse Room Reservations

Room Rate: $139.00 plus applicable state and local taxes (currently at 13.5%)

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: Noon

Deposit Policy: One night (plus tax) at the time reservation is made. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival. If you fail to cancel, you will incur the cost of one night’s room rate, plus applicable taxes.

Reservation Deadline: October 1, 2018