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Andrea Bisordi | July 2024

Photo of Andrea BisordiFor which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
Delafield Public Library

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 really enjoy hearing from the authors who come and share. Kao Kalia Yang and Kevin Henkes come to mind as recent favorites.

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
I have changed, stopped or started programming based on what I have learned at WLA events. Libraries are a second career for me, and I feel like attending WLA events has helped me to step into my position with confidence.

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. 
There are many! Joyce Valenza and Leslie Burger were two of the professors that made a big impact on me. They were both so enthusiastic, and I learned so much in their classes. In Wisconsin I have appreciated Betsy Bleck and Jenny Wegener for their insights and sharing of experiences. There are many other "hallway conversations" that have been impactful as well.

Do you have any advice for new WLA members?
Be a part whenever you can! Even if you just do something small like being a room monitor at a conference, you're helping our association stay strong. Set aside some intentional time to work on your professional development and work on meeting that goal. Talk to everybody! You never know who can share just the thing you need to hear.