Monday, October 24, 2016

Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) at WLA

Logo for the WI Public Library System Redesign Project
Logo for the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Project

Guest Post:
John Thompson
PLSR Steering Committee Chair

The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) is one of the most significant reviews of library systems and their services to Wisconsin public libraries in the past two decades. With 30 plus years of public library service in Wisconsin with almost 25 years of receiving and then providing library system services as an administrator, I have seen numerous impacts on library service. The future for Wisconsin library service is bright thanks to the quality work of library staff and trustees. The PLSR process will help make the future even brighter. The dedication to this process by the PLSR Steering Committee; workgroup members; Division staff as well as the entire library community to date has been remarkable. As the process moves forward, continued input from the Wisconsin library community is crucial for a successful outcome. Be sure to check out PLSR at the WLA Conference and by visiting the PLSR website.


Join in any or all of the following to hear about what’s been accomplished so far and to offer your input. Questions welcome!

Tuesday, October 25th at 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. An in-person PLSR Steering Committee in the Prosperity Room at the Potawatomi Conference Center. The Agenda has been posted.

Wednesday, October 26th, starting at 10:00 a.m. – Thursday, October 27th, 5:00 p.m. Workgroups will be sharing their ideas about new service models and looking for your feedback throughout the conference. Just outside the exhibitor’s hall, find posters, presentations and workgroup members showing early ideas for new models of service. The area will be staffed by workgroup members at a minimum during no conflict times and your feedback, questions, ideas, and comments are welcome (and really wanted!).

Wednesday, October 26th at 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. A Conversation with the PLSR Steering Committee. Join members of the Steering Committee to hear about the progress of the PLSR project and to provide the committee with feedback and input to aid the committee as it guides this very important process.

Thursday, October 27th at 4:30 P.M. - 5:15 P.M. Notable Reports Panel: PLSR Edition
The Notable Reports Panel has wowed WAPL crowds with their overviews of the reports that are important to public library work. In this session, the panel will turn its summarizing powers to information that is being used in the Public Library System Redesign Process, giving attendees summaries of reports used in this process and how the information is being applied.

Not at WLA? No problem
We know that many of our library colleagues will not be able to be at WLA next week, but we still want them to see what the workgroups have been developing over the last several months. We will be making all of the posters and presentations available on the PLSR site, on the main Workgroups page, right after the conference. Please take a look and let the workgroups know what you think and what questions you have. You can use the Contact form to send feedback to a specific workgroup or share general feedback.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to serve on a survey panel. As the workgroups continue to develop their models, they will need to gather opinions and thoughts from the library community in a systematic way. We'll be using the PLSR Survey Panel for this purpose. If you join the panel, you'll receive surveys from the workgroups and project managers. You can respond to all of them or only respond to some. It'll be up to you! It's a great way to be part of the process and the workgroups will appreciate your input. You can also unsubscribe from the panel at any time. Sign up with this simple form.

And, don’t forget that you can hear from and talk with representatives of each of the workgroups at a Virtual Q and A session. Each month, a pair of workgroups will speak about how their work is progressing and will ask for community feedback. There will be ample time for questions from the community. And, no matter what workgroup is taking part in the discussion, your questions about any of the service areas are welcome. The upcoming sessions are:

  • November 18th, 9:30 AM Technology
  • December 13th, Noon CE/Consulting
  • January 13th, 9:30 AM ILL/ILS – Discovery
  • February 14th, Noon Delivery/Electronic Resources

As always, please contact John Thompson – PLSR Steering Chair ( or WiLS – PLSR Project Managers ( with any questions, concerns or ideas. Feedback and input from the library community is essential for this process to be successful.

Written by:
John Thompson
PLSR Steering Committee Chair
Director Indianhead Federated Library System

Posted by:  Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team