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What is this all about?

PLA logo on left with picture of Angela Meyers center and WAPL logo on right. Arrow arches from PLA to WAPL to convey liaising information from one organization to another
This is my attempt at using Canva to create an image that explains the WAPL PLA Chapter Liaison

I was named the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) – Public Library Association (PLA) Chapter Liaison. Say that 10x fast. ūüôā I am here to report back on my experiences as a PLA liaison while attending the PLA Conference in Philadelphia¬†in March 2018. But it’s more than just attending a conference one time, it’s about keeping my eyes and ears open for anything related to public libraries that the Wisconsin public library community might find interesting or helpful. This is a two-year term so I’ll be blogging here until the end of 2019. If you would like to read more about this liaison position, check out this post. If you would like to learn more about me, head on over to my introduction. If there is something PLA related you would like me to keep an eye on, shoot me a note via the contact form linked above in the header.

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New WAPL PLA Chapter Liaison

 

winning-1529402_640.jpgOn January 18, 2018, I received notification from this year’s WAPL Chair, Rochelle H., that I was selected as the WAPL PLA Liaison. Woo hoo!

What does this entail? Here’s the position description:

WAPL/ PLA Liaison (Term: Two years)

  • Responsible for bringing program ideas and presenter recommendations from the PLA Conference for the¬†WAPL and WLA Conference.
  • Serves as an active member of the¬†WAPL Conference Planning Committee.
  • Serves as a voting member of the¬†WAPL Board.
  • Reports to the¬†WAPL Chair any items requiring action by¬†WAPL.
  • Keeps¬†WAPL Chair informed of changes in PLA procedures, policies, etc.
  • Reports¬†WAPL activities to PLA Publications (e.g. Public Libraries)
  • Reports to the¬†WAPL Board and general membership any information concerning PLA that may be of interest and benefit to them (Board Meetings, Facebook, newsletters, email lists etc.)
  • Provides a report to the WLA Board upon request.
  • Attends the PLA Biennial Conference. Attendance at this conference will be¬†partially subsidized by¬†WAPL¬†project money¬†to the extent possible; the actual amount of funding will be determined annually, as part of the budgetary process.
  • Attends¬†WAPL Board and Executive Committee meetings, conferences etc.
  • Attends the WLA Board meeting upon request.

 

 

 

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You can’t win if you don’t play

What? What kind of blog subject line is that? Well, it’s what I tell myself when I’m not quite sure if I’ll be successful but I’ll never know unless I try. So here it goes. An email came through from the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Chair, Katherine E., with the subject line “You! At PLA 2018!” I was instantly drawn in as I’ve always wanted to attend the Public Library Association conference, which is held biannually.

The email was received on 11/29/17 and it was about sending one lucky WAPL member to the PLA conference in Philidelphia. Read the original message below:

“The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries-a division of WLA, has funding available to partially support sending¬†one lucky¬†WAPL¬†member to¬†PLA in Philadelphia.

What’s the catch?¬† As the appointee, you become a voting member of the¬†WAPL¬†Board, acting as the PLA/¬†WAPL¬†Liaison.¬† Duties / expectations are described below.

WAPL/ PLA Liaison (Term: Two years)

  • Responsible for bringing program ideas and presenter recommendations from the PLA Conference for the¬†WAPL and WLA Conference.
  • Serves as an active member of the¬†WAPLConference Planning Committee.
  • Serves as a voting member of the¬†WAPL Board.
  • Reports to the¬†WAPLChair any items requiring action by¬†WAPL.
  • Keeps¬†WAPLChair informed of changes in PLA procedures, policies, etc.
  • Reports¬†WAPLactivities to PLA Publications (e.g. Public Libraries)
  • Reports to the¬†WAPL Board and general membership any information concerning PLA that may be of interest and benefit to them(Board Meetings, Facebook, newsletters, email lists etc.)
  • Provides a report to the WLA Board upon request.
  • Attends the PLA Biennial Conference. Attendance at this conference will be¬†partially subsidized by¬†WAPLproject money¬†to the extent possible; the actual amount of funding will be determined annually, as part of the budgetary process.
  • Attends¬†WAPLBoard and Executive Committee meetings, conferences etc.
  • Attends the WLA Board meeting upon request.

To apply, send a brief (2 paragraph) explanation of why you would be a great choice for the position and what value you could bring back to WAPL and WLA as a whole if you were able to attend this fabulous national conference to: Katherine [email] by Dec 11, 2017.

You MUST be a current WLA member, so, if need be, get that renewal in!

Interested but have questions?¬† You can still contact¬†WAPL¬†Chair, Katherine E. for more information.”

Naturally, I was interested so I sent an email to my boss letting her know I was thinking about applying for this and you know what she said? She said, “Go for it!”

I put WAPL-PLA Liaison application on my to-do list and by 12/11 I had submitted my letter of interest to Katherine E.

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Introduction

 

professional photo of Angela Meyers
This picture was taken at the 2017 WLA Conference in the Career Center. Provided free of charge by StickPeopleProductions.com

Hello, my name is Angela Meyers and I work for the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, WI. I am the Coordinator of Youth and Inclusive Services for both Jefferson and Waukesha County¬†public libraries. My day to day work varies, which I love. Sometimes I’m in the office all day and other times I’m out visiting libraries working with library staff.

I have been an active member of the Wisconsin Library Association for a number of years. I first attended a Wisconsin Library Association conference when I was in library school in the late 2000s. It was a great professional experience and I couldn’t wait to go back for me.

When I landed my first paid librarian position I became a member of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA). I wanted to be a part of something bigger and WLA fit the bill.

A few years into my career as a librarian, I volunteered to help with the 2013 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries annual conference in Lake Geneva. I was tasked with local arrangements. At the time, I was living and working in nearby Elkhorn so it was a good fit geographically.

A few years later in 2016 while I was attending the WLA conference in Milwaukee, I was approached by incoming Conference Committee Chair Josh C. to ask if I would consider serving on the WLA conference in 2017 to be held in Wisconsin Dells. After some discussion of options, I was assigned publicity for the conference. I went on to ask my colleague, Jamie M., if she would work on publicity with me for the 2017 WLA conference. She said yes and we became a publicity team. Jamie and I worked tirelessly on marketing the conference and feel we did a good job getting the word out to folks who had never attended or hadn’t attended in a long time.

I am a fan of the Wisconsin Library Association and am proud to be a member.