Monday, March 7, 2016

COLAND to meet March 11 in Altoona

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, March 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Altoona Public Library, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona. 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

Items on the agenda include the election of the Nominating Committee for COLAND executive officers for 2016-2017, reports from the COLAND goals committees, and an update on the work of the Public Library System Revision Workgroup, along with related discussion of a white paper on library software. Also on the agenda is a presentation and tour of the Altoona Public Library, a conference call with members of the Workforce Development Boards and Public Library Partnerships, a report on School Library Guidelines and the Common School Fund, a legislative update, and updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology.

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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 currently working as library professionals 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