Monday, November 7, 2016

COLAND to meet November 11 in DeForest

The Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) will hold its next meeting Friday, November 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the DeForest Area School District offices, 520 East Holum Street, DeForest. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting in person or may listen remotely 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 http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/coland/pdf/Nov16.pdf .
Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin

Items on the agenda include an update on the work of the Public Library System Revision (PLSR) steering committee and workgroups, reports from the COLAND goals committees, a presentation on BadgerLink, a report on revisions to the ILL guidelines with a request for endorsement from COLAND, and a presentation about the DeForest School District library media centers.  Also on the agenda will be updates from the Division for Libraries and Technology and an update on library-related legislation.

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.

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 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 http://dpi.wi.gov/coland.

Written by:
Roslyn Wise, Division for Libraries and Technology