July 2022 | Kaushalya Iyengar

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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Kaushalya Iyengar | July 2022

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Town Hall Library in North Lake Wisconsin

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

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
WLA & WAPL conferences' presenters and keynote speakers who do inspirational work in their communities, networking with peers from all across the state. I look forward to some of these events every year to learn and share ideas.

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
Excellent workshops and presentations of innovative ideas that have been shared were encouraging not only in the growth of my library career, but also direct application of some of the ideas that works for other libraries. I feel very proud to be a part of WLA, which is such an awesome organization for the growth of individuals as well as libraries. I am very thankful for the tremendous opportunities to learn together at conferences (virtually/in-person), networking and support that WLA provides all year long. 

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.
Yes, throughout my career from my very first position as a library assistant in a rural library to current position as a library director, I had many colleagues and supervisors who were encouraging and helped in my career growth. I would like to give a shout out to Bridges Library System librarians who are doing great work in their communities and are a huge role model and support to me. 

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Please get involved early in your career, and get into mentorship program. This is a place where great networking happens. With the support of peers and encouragement, your career may bloom! Explore and seek various opportunities to grow.