After much consideration, the WLA Board at its June 12th meeting made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual conference. A workgroup is being created to explore alternative ways to provide professional development opportunities to members yet this year. Click here for more details about the decision.
ORIGINAL POST: 3/11/2020
Please see the below a copy of the email delivered on March 11, 2020, by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) regarding WLA conferences and COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019):
Dear WLA members,
The Wisconsin Library Association Board of Directors, Executive Director and WLA staff are all taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees at our spring and fall conferences. We are fully aware of concerns about COVID-19. In response we have combined our effort to gather information from many difference sources in order to put together our COVID-19 Response checklist. The activities initiated as part of our response include reviewing hotel COVID-19 procedures, ensuring appropriate hospital support at conference locations, developing attendee information tools, and monitoring state and regional COVID-19 cases in order to respond accordingly. Based on current health information, our WLA spring and fall conferences schedules are proceeding as planned. We are paying close attention to new developments and following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These sites include daily updates, recommendations, and tips on travel. The safety and well-being of conference attendees is our top priority. We will continue our emphasis on monitoring all relevant information and making decisions that are in the best interest of our members. All conference attendees with be notified of our plans regarding COVID-19 as we get closer to those events. Please forward any concerns, questions or suggestions to me or the WLA Executive Director.
Sherry Machones, WLA President
Plumer Lovelace, WLA Executive Director