Thursday, March 31, 2016

Public Library Administration Consultant: Shannon Schultz

Public Library Development Team Welcomes Latest Addition

The Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology is very pleased to announce that Shannon Schultz has joined the Public Library Development Team as the Public Library Administration Consultant. She will begin work on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Shannon has served as director of the Portage Public Library in Columbia County since late 2009. There she coordinated a fundraising campaign for the library's renovation and expansion, raising over a million dollars. Shannon helped establish Columbia County's first Memory Cafe for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, and coordinated the USDA summer food service program in Portage. As director, she served as the resource librarian for Columbia County's library board, helping to coordinate county payments and present the budget to the county board, as well as to provide support to other public libraries in the county. She served on the Wisconsin Library Association's Library Development & Legislation (LD&L) Committee, as well as on the 2015 WLA Conference Planning Committee, and as the Exhibits Chair for the fall conference (a role she will reprise at this fall's conference in Milwaukee).
image of Shannon Schultz
Shannon Schultz, Public Library
Administration Consultant,
Public Library Development Team

Prior to her work at the Portage Public Library, Shannon served as the Adult Services Librarian at the Ripon Public Library. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in New York, and worked as an assistant librarian at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shannon grew up in a small town outside of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at UW Eau Claire, and spent several years working as a microbiology specialist in medical labs around the state. Shannon has worked in sales and interior design, and even became a professional mixologist before receiving "the call" to librarianship. She lives with her husband, eleven-year-old daughter, two dogs, and two cats in rural Portage. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, gardening, kayaking, curling, golfing, and brewing beer.

Please join me and the Division for Libraries and Technology in welcoming Shannon to the Public Library Development Team. Shannon can be reached at 608-266-7270,

Written by
John DeBacher, Public Library Development Team