Call for Program Proposals

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Libraries promote growth, education, diversity, and community and campus engagement; continuously striving to better their communities and all those they serve. The 2017 WLA conference, Recharge, is an opportunity for us to share our expertise, knowledge and ideas to enrich our libraries, communities and ourselves.

The 2017 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 17 – 20, 2017, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. 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
Leadership/Professional Development
Library Issues and Challenges
Student and New Professionals
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.

Final program submission deadline is April 28, 2017, with preference given to those received by April 14, 2017.

Please feel free to contact us with questions.


Steev Baker, Melody Clark and Bekky Vrabel
WLA 2017 Conference Program Co-Chairs



The Committee

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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
Joshua Cowles
Fond du Lac Public Library

Conference Committee Co-Chair 
Jennifer Haas Thiele
Marinette County Consolidated Library Service

Book Signing Chair/Major Speakers
Jill Fuller
Bridges Library System 

Booklet Chair
Desiree Bongers
Ripon Public Library 

Exhibits Co-Chairs
Shannon Schultz
Department of Public Instruction 

Cindy Fesemyer
Columbus Public Library 

Exhibits Vendor Liaisons
Matthew Kopyar
Quality Books

Eric Shotwell
Ingram Content Group 

Local Arrangements Co-Chairs
Jenna Assmus
Rio Community Library

Kristine Millard
Lodi Woman's Club Public Library 

Zoe Nissen
UW-Madison SLIS 

Partnership Chair
Karen Jander 
UW-Milwaukee Libraries 

Program Co-Chairs
Steev Baker
Sun Prairie Public Library  

Melody Clark

Bekky Vrabel
UW-Green Bay Library 

Publicity Chair
Jamie Matczak
Nicolet Federated Library System 

Angela Meyers
Bridges Library System 

Registration Co-Chairs
Beth Kucera

Amy Waldman
Milwaukee Public Library 

Technology Co-Chairs
Wyatt Ditzler
Beloit Public Library 

Kris Houtler
Reedsburg Public Library 

WLA Conference Liaison
Brigitte Rupp Vacha 

Registration & Hotel

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Information will be available the end of July!


Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


When making reservations, please reference the WLA Conference 2017 Room Block. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Room Rate: $99.00 plus applicable state and local taxes (currently at 11.5%)

Rate applies to Single, Double, Triple and Quad
$20 per person per night with more than four persons

The following group rates are also available:
2 Room Family Suite $169
Royal African Queen $199
Royal Hospitality Suite $ 99

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Express Check-in and Express Check-out

Deposit Policy: One night (plus tax) at the time reservation is made.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to arrival with $25.00 processing fee. If you fail to cancel, you will incur the cost of one night’s room rate, plus applicable taxes. If you have multiple room nights (two or more) and are planning on leaving early, again, inform the Registration Desk or you will incur the room charge.

Reservation Deadline: September 16, 2017 


For Exhibitors

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Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertising 
Opportunities Now Available! 

For your convenience, below are the individual links to all documents needed to fully participate in this year's conference. Please forward completed contracts to

Exhibitor Contract
Kalahari Exhibit Hall Floor Plan {sold booths will be highlighted in yellow}
Exhibit Categories
Hotel Information
Sponsorship Opportunities
Booklet Advertising


Dear WLA Partners,

Please join us for an outstanding WLA conference at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, October 17-20, 2017.

Recharge! That's our message for the 2017 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference. We’ll be focusing on helping library professionals find that first, second, third or fourth wind that will really help them supercharge their library and its role in the community.

This year we’re reenergizing the Exhibit Hall, too! We’ve listened to your suggestions over the years and are trying a bunch of new ideas to pull people into the Exhibit Hall more frequently throughout the day.

We’re locating an area of interest in each row of vendors, as well. So our “gold booths” that came at a premium in order to be closer to the action are no more. Now ALL of our booths are gold booths. Take a look at the map and decide if you want to be close to:

  • the Career Center & Information Station
  • the food and snack station
  • the Indy Author and Programming Garden
  • the Silent Auction
  • or near the tables that will feature activities throughout the two days

The individual links above provide the various contracts 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.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with your company to produce a great conference in 2017! 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 Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells!

Thank you,

Brigitte Rupp Vacha
WLA Conference Liaison
Wisconsin Library Association 

Shannon Schultz
2017 Exhibits Co-chair
Department of Public Instruction

Cindy Fesemyer
2017 Exhibits Co-chair
Columbus Public Library   

Vendor Representatives
Matthew Kopyar

Eric Shotwell

2017 WLA Conference

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October 17-20, 2017
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 


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