Friday, January 15, 2016

COLAND to meet by teleconference on January 22, 2016

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, January 22, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. by teleconference originating from the headquarters of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Conference Room 325, 125 South Webster Street, Madison. Members of the public are invited to participate either in person or by calling in to conference call bridge at 1-877-820-7831, pass code 709486. The meeting agenda is available from the COLAND web page at

Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin
Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin
Items on the agenda include a vote on a revision to the COLAND bylaws related to the Nominating Committee selection date in Article III, Section 2; an update on the Public Library System Revision Steering Committee, final review and vote on the approval of COLAND's Biennial Report to the State Superintendent on the Condition and Progress of Wisconsin Libraries 2013-2015, discussion and approval of COLAND's goals for 2015-16, a legislative update, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology.

At its November 13, 2015, meeting, COLAND held a public hearing to discuss and hear testimony regarding the State Superintendent’s Biennial Report to COLAND on interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing each biennium. Section 43.03(3)(d), Wis. Stats., requires the state superintendent to submit to the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) a biennial report which describes the programs and policies to promote cooperation and resource sharing among all types of libraries and to plan, coordinate, evaluate and set statewide priorities for the development of networks to enable interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing carried out in the preceding biennium and the programs and policies to be carried out in the succeeding biennium. The final version of the report is available at Biennial Report on Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing 2013-2017.

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 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

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology