Friday, September 4, 2015

COLAND to meet September 11 in Milwaukee

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, September 11, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library's new East Branch, 2320 North Cramer Street, Milwaukee. The meeting is open to the public.

Items on the agenda include an update on the Public Library System Revision Steering Committee, a report from the Deputy Secretary of the Board on Commissioners of Public Lands on the Common School Fund, progress reports from the COLAND goals committees, a legislative update, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology. The group will also hear a presentation on the MPL East Branch and have a tour of the facility.

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 COLAND. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Council 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. Individuals from northern, central, and western parts of the state are especially encouraged to apply.

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

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology