Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Library Division Seeks LSTA Advisory Committee Members

The LSTA Advisory Committee advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on matters pertaining to the administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program. The primary responsibilities of the committee are to advise the State Superintendent and the Division for Libraries and Technology on the development of the 2018-2022 Long-Range Plan for Wisconsin. This plan will include funding proposals for the public library system redesign, establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories, as well as reviewing proposed sub-award and DPI managed resource and project amounts.

Announcing the call for LSTA Advisory Committee Members
Call for New LSTA Advisory Members
New this year is that members of the LSTA Advisory Committee are appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve staggered three or four-year terms. Following the last LSTA Advisory committee meeting, one of the members proposed the possibility of serving a four-year rather than a three-year term on the committee. It was considered that by the third year members were more confident, understood expectations of committee member participation at meetings, and then their term ends. The State Superintendent approved the recommendation to serve four years, if members are willing. 

Membership includes representatives from libraries and library systems of various types and sizes and from different geographic areas of the state. Committee members usually meet twice a year, and possibly more via webinar when the need arises. Meetings in 2017 will take place Thursday, June 1st and Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Suggestions for membership or self-nomination forms are now being accepted (until March 20, 2017) for two new members to replace those persons whose term ended December 2016. Please complete an LSTA Advisory Committee nomination form located on the LSTA website under LSTA Advisory Committee, print and sign it. Scan the signed form, attach it to your email and send the form to Terrie Howe or FAX it to Terrie Howe’s attention at (608) 267-9207.

The LSTA Advisory Committee website is:

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team