The Technical Service Section of the WLA contributes to the professional welfare of its membership and to librarianship generally as the Section of WLA responsible for activities related to the acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, reproduction and preservation of library materials in all types of institutions, and to the development and coordination of Wisconsin's library resources. TSS is affliated with the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.


Join us May 1 for Prevention First: Book Protection/Repair Workshop facilitated by Kary Barth of Book Kare with Kary.

$55 for WLA Members/$75 for Nonmembers

Limited to 25 participants. Must have 25 registered participants by April 15 to hold the workshop. 

This event is now full.  Please call 608-245-3640 to be placed on a cancellation list. 

 This 3-hour workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will address specific, common repairs: re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages. This event is sponsored by the WLA Support Staff & Circulation Service Section (SSCS) and the Technical Service Section (TSS).  

Each participant is asked to bring:

  • One paperback book, preferably new or new-like to demonstrate covering techniques;
  • A hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers;
  • A stapled book or magazine;
  • One hardbound book that needs repair and a "naked" hardbound book, i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket; and
  • A hardbound book with a book jacket.

Each participant will be provided with a sample pack of materials. 




WiTS: Wisconsin Technical Services listserv

This listserv is for Technical Services staff or those interested in Technical Services topics. The goal is to provide a community of support and easy communication for TS folks across the state. It’s a place to ask questions (there are no dumb questions!) and share ideas. You’ll be treated with respect and receive support from TS library workers crossing boundaries of all library types.

WiTS: Wisconsin Technical Services listserv

ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services 

ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.  In 2021, ALCTS became a part of CORE. Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, metadata and collections, and technology.  You can still access the historical ALCTS site using the linkage below. 


A collected assortment of trainings and conferences to help you stay current in the field.




2019 Technical Services Forum | PDF
2020 Technical Services Forum | PDF


Meeting minutes are available to WLA members. Please sign in to see them. If you need assistance logging in, please contact [email protected] or call 608-245-3640.

TSS Meeting Minutes (


Bloomer Public Library | Link 
IFLS Shared Services | Link
Shorewood Public Library | Link
River Falls Public Library | Link
Superior Public Library | Link


2024 CHAIR Leah Gentry, E-Resources Cataloging Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
VICE-CHAIR  Rosa Moore, Cataloger, Southwest Wisconsin Library System
PAST CHAIR Cheryl Nessman, Support Services Manager, Mead Public Library 

 Emylie Fossell, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Marquette University