April 2022 | Monica LaVold

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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Monica LaVold | April 2022

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond

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

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
I attended the first ever Leadership Development Institute, and it was wonderful. I met incredible people and got inspired by others in my cohort. I would also say that my very first WLA conference, in 2012 was impactful because I made connections that last up to this day. People reached out to me and drew me in to be a part of their groups and it meant the world to me.

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
WLA has been one of the BEST ways to meet other librarians and make connections. I am forever grateful to be a part of this organization and to grow my social network. I also have been a part of YSS for close to a decade now, and believe that the work they do and the positive energy they put out has been instrumental in making me a better librarian. 

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 am SO lucky to have the role models and mentors that I have had. I am in the IFLS system, and I have to say that they have been amazing from the very first day. I have been fortunate to have people in YSS, IFLS, and my home libraries all step up to help me and mentor me. I recently moved from Youth Services to Director, and I believe that I would never have been brave enough to make that change without the inspiration and guidance from the many people who have helped me along the way.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Step outside your comfort zone. Be brave. Be patient. Try something new. Be good to yourself and take the time for what you need.