Monday, July 6, 2015

COLAND to meet July 10 in Madison

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, July 10, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, 975 Bascom Mall on the UW campus. The meeting will be in Room 7200 (Lubar Commons).

Items on the agenda include election of COLAND officers for 2015-16; progress reports from the COLAND goals committees, an update on the Prison Literacy Initiative, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology. The group will also hear a presentation on the UW Law Library and have a tour of the facility. The meeting is open to the public.

Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin
Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin
Created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1979, COLAND advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that all state citizens have access to library and information services. Council findings are communicated as advisory recommendations to the state superintendent, governor, and Legislature. The 19-member council functions as a forum through which librarians and members of the public identify, study, and collect public testimony on issues affecting Wisconsin libraries and other information services. Members serve three-year terms. Membership includes ten professional members who represent various public and private libraries as well as library educators. The remaining nine council positions are held by public members with a demonstrated interest in libraries or other types of information services.

Several vacancies currently exist on the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND). Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to COLAND should submit an application to the governor's office as soon as possible. The appointment application, which must be submitted online, can be found at http://walker.wi.gov/governor-office/apply-to-serve/boards-commissions/application. The vacant terms are both public and professional seats.

Additional information about COLAND can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/coland.

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology