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The WLSRSC is comprised of a group of library leaders appointed by the Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the purpose of reviewing and guiding potential changes to Wisconsin’s Public Library Systems.  The committee will oversee the process endorsed and recommended by the Council on Libraries and Network Development (COLAND). 

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 17 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.

In the development of the biennial budget for 2014-15, the legislature's Committee on Joint Finance (JFC) proposed a study to be conducted by the Department of Administration in consultation with the Department of Public Instruction, using LEAN practices and looking for efficiencies and opportunities where technology might afford savings. That recommendation was vetoed by the governor, who stated that the DPI has the authority to conduct such a study. In 2013, the System and Resource Library Administrators' Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW) conducted a self-examination and report, and in 2014, the DPI's Public Library Development Team, working with a LEAN consultant and a volunteer steering committee, carried out a LEAN study as recommended by the JFC.


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Name Residence Title/System Library Type/Representation
John DeBacher Monona Director, Public Library Development DPI Liaison
John T. Thompson Menomonie Director, Indianhead Federated Library System (LS) Large System; LEAN team
Stephen R. Ohs Franklin Director, Lakeshores LS Small System
Paula Kiely Milwaukee Director, Milwaukee Public Library/Milwaukee County Federated LS Large Public & System Resource
Bridget C. Christenson Elroy Director, Hatch Public Library, Mauston/WRLS Small Public
Beth A. Carpenter Appleton Director, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library/Outagamie-Wauapca LS Small-to Mid Public (& Joint)
Kristie L. Hauer Shawano Director, Shawano City-County Library/Nicolet Federated LS County Joint Public (& Rural)
Kent A. Barnard Wild Rose Director, Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose/Winnefox LS Very Small Public
Jessamyn C. Lee-Jones Platteville Director, Platteville Public Library, Southwest LS Small to Mid Public (Small Resource)
Bryan J. McCormick Janesville Director, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville/Arrowhead LS Public (& Resource; & COLAND)
Jon M. Bolthouse Fond du Lac Director, Fond du Lac Public Library/ Winnefox LS Large Public, non-resource


Request For Proposal (Closed)

The Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS), on behalf of the Wisconsin Library System Redesign Steering Committee (WLSRSC), is seeking an experienced individual or organization to provide project management services with general responsibilities as outlined in the Project Scope, below. 

Request for Proposal

Received Proposals: