September 2021 | Emily Rogers

We are proud to highlight our members who commit their time and resources to helping Wisconsin libraries and librarians thrive through their work with the Wisconsin Library Association. Each month, we will be sharing their stories and hope you will be inspired to learn more about our programs or get involved! 

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Emily Rogers  | September 2021

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Brown County Library 

How many year(s) have you been a member of Wisconsin Library Association?
Over 20 

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
Conference planning!  What a great experience.  You get to work with an engaged group of individuals to shape the entire conference for librarians across the state!  The process is very collaborative.  If you like working on a large team and seeing the execution of a big project, I encourage you to get involved in conference planning.  The experience is very rewarding!  And you will come away with many new friends!   

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
When I joined WLA I had no idea the impact it would have on my career. Getting involved in WLA was one of the best things I could have done as a new librarian.  I met so many new people and gained insights into their work lives.  Through WLA, I know that I have a network of people who can help answer questions and guide me when I run into issues

Do you have a library role model (in Wisconsin or elsewhere) that has provided you with inspiration or guidance? Please share a little bit about it.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful mentor early on in my library career.  Christine Drew at St. Norbert College took me under her wing and encouraged me to explore my library career options. She introduced me to my first WLA conference.  She encouraged me to apply for my first library job out of college. She was a great mentor and role model. While working at the Cofrin Library at UWGB, I was able to work closely with Paula Ganyard.  She had a huge impact on how I saw library leadership and a vision for what a library could be. And of course, Plumer Lovelace taught me a lot about the volunteer experience and how to pace out a project.  One of the best things about this field is the people who are always willing to step up and help you grow!  

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Get involved.  Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  Volunteer for a committee. The committee work has been one of my favorite aspects of WLA.  I have served on many committees and treasured each and every one!  Whatever your interest or skill level, there is always a way to contribute.  We are a profession of helpers so jumping into a new role, you will find a lot of support along the way.  People want to see you succeed and grow.