The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) has selected Marla Sepnafski as its 2019 WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year. Sepnafski will be honored on October 10 at the Awards and Honors Reception during the WLA Annual Conference at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
This annual award is given to a Wisconsin librarian in recognition of outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library service.
“I am honored and flattered to win this award,” Marla said. “I couldn’t do the work that I love without supportive staff, board members and colleagues.”
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in physical education, Sepnafski joined the Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) staff in a part-time role in 1981. Over the last 38 years, she took on professional and fiscal responsibilities within the organization. She earned her MLS from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Science in 1991. Sepnafski became WVLS executive director in 2007, following a national search.
Under Marla’s leadership, WVLS has evolved and responded as changes in society, digital resources, and information technology created new demands and opportunities.
“Marla’s nomination and testimonial letters cited her leadership, innovation, collaboration and high standards of exceptional service,” said Anna Palmer, chair of the WLA Awards and Honors Committee. “The impressions from Marla’s staff, colleagues and local library directors strongly echoed her accomplishments over a long career in the library profession.”