Public Library System Redesign Listening Session

Public Library System Redesign Listening Session to be held at Spring Green Community Library
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6 pm -

The Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Steering Committee recently submitted their final Recommendation Report to the State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor. In response to the report, Ms. Stanford Taylor requested a final opportunity for community input. To fulfill this request the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) has scheduled four listening sessions throughout the state. Anyone with comments about the report is encouraged to attend; COLAND will compile the feedback offered at these sessions and share the feedback with the State Superintendent.

The Listening Session for the Southwest Region will be held at the Spring Green Community Library on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6 pm 

I'd like to give feedback - what is COLAND looking for?

  • What are the strengths of this report?
  • Are there any gaps?
  • How will these recommendations help your library or library system?
  • What are the biggest opportunities?
  • What are the biggest challenges?
  • Looking to the future, how will this report impact library services?
  • What advice can you offer the State Superintendent regarding the implementation of these recommendations?
  • Should any of these recommendations receive priority over others? Why?

Two COLAND members will be present at each listening session, supported by staff from the DPI who will record the feedback presented. The COLAND members are there to listen, not answer questions. Please keep in mind that, while they have followed the development of the PLSR report throughout the three and a half-year process, they were not appointed to the steering committee (with the exception of COLAND chair, Bryan McCormick), or involved in drafting the report. The Council members will expect that members of audience members have read the final report and are in attendance to speak informally on how the report resonates with them. COLAND members will then be in a better position to give context to the recommendations in their biennial report to the State Superintendent, as required under Wis Stats § 43.07 (5). COLAND will next convene on May 10, 2019 in Tomahawk, WI to discuss the PLSR report, the listening sessions, and its report to the Superintendent.

To review the PLSR Steering Committee Recommendation Report, the topic of the listening sessions, see https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/pld/pdf/PLSR-Steering-Committee-Recommendation-Report-2.pdf. A somewhat more concise overview is available in the PDF copy of the slides presented by PLSR Chair John Thompson.