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Light Green Circle = Steering Committee Member
Dark Green Circle = Workgroup Member
Dark Green Drop  = Workgroup Lead or Facilitator
Black = Survey Panel Volunteer
Gray = Blog Subscriber

This is a community-based project to consider how to best provide public library system services in Wisconsin.  Building on the work of many, its goal is to develop a plan for implementation of new models of service.  The process, led by the Steering Committee and managed by WiLS, will include nine workgroups to consider new models for services.  The outcome of the process will be recommendations for new models of service and how to implement these new models.

The process relies on transparency and communication.  This website is the primary place where you can find information about the project. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Wisconsin’s library system law, providing funding for coordinated regional library services, officially went into effect in 1971 when Senate Bill 47 was signed into law (1971 Act 152). The creation of public library systems fostered the establishment of a strong network of resource sharing and mutually beneficial interdependence. The actual creation and development of public library systems in Wisconsin was a voluntary and gradual process. No county or public library is required to be a member of a library system; yet, as of this writing, all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and more than 380 public libraries are library system members. Wisconsin’s 16 public library systems developed in distinct ways in response to the needs of their member libraries and area residents.

While changes in society, resources, and technologies have created new demands and opportunities for systems, the law and services required of them as well as many of their practices are still relatively unchanged from the original law. The library community—the systems, libraries, and the legislature—has recognized the need to update what is required of library systems as well as to redesign the services in a manner that is more efficient and effective. The Public Library System Redesign project, facilitated by DPI and led by a Steering Committee representing the public library landscape, hopes to explore and determine the best ways to deliver the best services to Wisconsin public library patrons.