Submit Your Proposal for the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference! Deadline: May 12, 2023

IFLS Libraries do some awesome stuff. You’re encouraged to share your insights and ideas at this conference! If you need a little support there are a number of librarians and IFLS staff that have presented before and would be delighted to chat.

The WLA Conference will bring together library professionals to explore new ideas, learn from each other, and build lasting connections. The conference will be held at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wisconsin on October 24-27.

This year’s theme is “Don’t Stop Believing” and we are looking for presentations that explore new and innovative ways to support library professionals and the communities we serve. We welcome proposals that focus on topics such as technology, literacy, collections, and outreach. As a presenter, you will have the opportunity to share your expertise and engage with other library professionals.

To submit your proposal, please complete this online form by May 12, 2023. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Go Team IFLS!

Thanks to everyone that showed up for the Legislative Budget Hearing! In attendance were: Jill Markgraf, Director of Libraries, UW-Eau Claire, and Board Member L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and IFLS Library System, Heather Johnson, River Falls Public Library, John Thompson, Director, IFLS Library System, Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator, IFLS Library System, Kathy Setter, MORE Project Manager, IFLS Library System, Sue Duerkop, Board President, IFLS Library System, Rita Magno, Director, Baldwin Public Library, Monica LaVold, Director, Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond,  Joe Niese, Director, Chippewa Falls Public Library, Linda Thompson, Board Member, Rice Lake Public Library, Paula Lugar, IFLS Board Member, Su Leslie, Director, St. Croix Falls Public Library

Jill’s presentation is on Youtube.


New on the website

Material Reconsideration Form/Record Guidance has been added to the Challenge Support and Intellectual Freedom page.

Recommended resource

The Bias Inside Us Educator Toolkit Designed for educators, the toolkit includes 10 posters that help guide students through discussions on implicit bias.

Based in scientific research on bias, this toolkit sparks conversations about the meaning and real-world impacts of implicit bias. The toolkit not only includes 10 beautifully designed posters, but also offers an educator guide that provides additional context around bias, starter questions, links to activities, and articles expanding on the research of bias.

The Bias Inside Us is a community engagement project to raise awareness about the science and history of bias and what people can do to change their own biases and the biases in their communities. It includes a nationally traveling exhibition, an online exhibition, and now an educator’s toolkit.

Printed copies of the toolkit materials are FREE but produced in limited quantities. If you would like to reserve a printed set of the 10 posters, with digital files of the educator’s guide provided via email, please use the link below. Select “Request Materials,” then fill out the form to reserve your set. We expect the materials to be mailed in September of 2023. Request the toolkit.Digital files are available for free and can be downloaded now. Use the above link and request your materials as downloadable digital copies, to print your own. If you request a printed copy, you will also be provided with the link to download the digital files.

To learn more about The Bias Inside Us project, please visit the online exhibition.


Coming up on the calendar


Why we do what we do

Jill Markgraf’s inspirational presentation at the Legislative Budget Hearing. It’s a master class in communicating the value of public libraries. Share with your trustees and local funding bodies!