March 2022 | Steven Rice

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Steven Rice | March 2022

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Door County Historical Museum and Archives

How many year(s) have you been a member of Wisconsin Library Association?
Almost 1 year.

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
The annual conference in 2021. The library community is a motivated and inspiring group of people. The energy coming out of that conference was phenomenal. 

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
As a public history practitioner, I think that the library world has a lot to teach the historical world about service and innovation. WLA is the best networking and knowledge-sharing venue I've experienced so far in my career. The collaborative spirit of libraries is inspiring, and I hope to transplant some of that energy into my field as I get more involved in the organization.

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.
My first library director, Tina Kakuske, will always be my career role model. She has been a constant source of guidance, encouragement and mentorship throughout my time at the library. I have never met anyone who is more professional, or better exemplifies the library spirit. As long as I am working in this or any other cultural field, Tina will be the example I strive to live up to.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Get involved in as many subgroups and SIGs as possible! You'll get the opportunity to meet great practitioners with similar interests, and you'll learn how the wider mission of librarianship can be accomplished on a statewide scale. Many of these groups are looking for new officers and leaders; it's a tremendous opportunity for passionate individuals to make a difference in the profession and grow their careers.