December 2023 Steve Platteter

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Steve Platteter | December 2023

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Prairie Lakes Library System

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

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
The annual WLA conferences.

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?

Being a member of WLA has allowed me to meet colleagues who have become friends. Networking at conferences, committee meetings, and other WLA functions has been invaluable.

 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 started working in a public library and after four years accepted my first position in a public library system. I have worked in library systems since then and have relied on other system directors for their guidance and advice. The people who have most influenced my career are Walter Burkhalter, Peter Hamon, David Weinhold, and Jim Trojanowski. I have also served on the WiLS board for many years and have benefited from the expertise of Stef Morrill and Jen Chamberlain.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Get involved. WLA offers many opportunities that allow new and seasoned members to serve on committees and volunteer at conferences. Also look at your personal skill sets. I was a photojournalist before joining the library profession and those skills have allowed me to assist WLA in recording the history of the association by doing a lot of photography at the conferences and Legislative Day.