October 2023 Nicole Breed

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Nicole Breed | October 2023

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Chippewa Valley Technical College

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

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
I'm a fangirl for Jason Reynolds, so his keynote was amazing. WLA usually knocks it out of the park with keynote speakers. 

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
Quite unexpectedly, as I jumped right into serving on the WAAL Board as Vice Chair, now as Chair, and next year as Past Chair. This leadership experience has helped me to be very involved in WLA and connected to members around the state. I'm excited to see where my membership takes me next.

 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. 
He's not a librarian, but Rob Reid (professor at UWEC) was my inspiration for wanting to become a librarian. His passion for children's literature is contagious. Because of the values he helped instill in me, I am fervent in my support of diverse children's books and childrens' access to them.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Don't be afraid to volunteer for something that feels out of your comfort zone. Your voice is necessary!