Speakers

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP, CSBA) is a passionate advocate for public libraries because she knows that libraries are empowerment engines in the communities that they serve. Rebekkah currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY), a cooperative library system with 66 public libraries. Rebekkah is the sustainability columnist for Library Journal, co-founder of the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI), a founding member of the American Library Association's (ALA) Sustainability Round Table and an advisory board member for ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Rebekkah is a frequent national presenter on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical and effective ways. Rebekkah is the author of two titles from ALA Editions: Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain Worldand Resilience (2018); in addition,she has authored the Handbook for New Library Directors in New York State and co-authored the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State .

Shauna Koszegi

Shauna is the Adult Services Librarian at Sun Prairie Public Library and is a co-author of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide. She received her MLIS at UW-Madison’s iSchool in 2015, and enjoys finding new ways to connect with her community and spark conversations on topics of social justice. Previously a librarian at Dodge Correctional Institution, she spends her free time as an organizer of a non-profit collective in Madison called LGBT Books to Prisoners, which sends books and other resources free of charge to folks who are incarcerated.

Connie Meyer

Connie is currently the co-chair of Wisconsin Library Association’s Library Development & Legislation Committee (LD&L) and the director of the Bridges Library System, a state regional library system that exists to provide services and programs to the 24 public libraries of Waukesha and Jefferson Counties.  

Connie has been with the library system since 2013 when she left the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson after many years in various roles including 22 years as the director. During her career, she’s experienced the joy of reaching a multi-million dollar capital campaign goal followed shortly thereafter by the low of a sewer backup in the newly expanded library. Since taking on the position at the Bridges Library System (formerly the Waukesha County Federated Library System), she’s spearheaded significant changes to the organization based on strategic goals and outcome-based planning. 

A member of LD&L since 2015, she has had a role in the past two state biennial budget requests including many meetings with legislators in leadership positions and has testified on a number of library-related pieces of legislation.

Kathy Pletcher

Kathy served in a variety of management and leadership roles at UW-Green Bay for more than three decades.  Her last fifteen years she was the Associate Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer with responsibilities for library services, instructional technology, enterprise systems, networking and telecommunications, help desk and web services.  Throughout her career Kathy has been a strong advocate for all types of libraries and served on many councils and governing boards.  She currently serves on COLAND, the Brown County Library Board and the Nicolet Federated Library System Board.  She is co-chair of the WLA Library and Legislative Development Committee. 

Dawn Wacek

With more than fifteen years in librarianship, Dawn Wacek has eliminated barriers to access in urban and rural libraries. She has helped create fine reduction programs and developed free and open access policies in each library she has worked in.

Dawn currently manages Youth Services at the La Crosse Public Library in Wisconsin, where she is working on increasing community relationships and collaborations to better connect all users to their library.

Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner has been a library trainer and consultant since 1978. She focuses on the skills that support library success, from personnel and management to politics, strategic planning, and leadership. She works with libraries of all types and sizes as well as being a frequent speaker at state and national library conferences. Pat is known for her practical and good-humored programs.  She lived in Wisconsin for seven years and still visits every year for work and pleasure. Pat currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two pushy cats.