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What is the Public Library System Redesign Project? Wisconsin library systems, as they exist now, have been part of Wisconsin state law for over forty years, though systems and the world in which services are delivered have evolved over the decades.

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 (PLSR) process is a community process to consider these changes and new models to provide system services to public libraries. For more details go to

Apply now to be a Core Recommendation Collaborator (CRC) or Model Development Summit participant. Both roles will help the PLSR Steering Committee with recommendations regarding the administrative, governance, and funding structure to support service model recommendations developed by project workgroups.  You can find details and expectations for each position in the full CRC and Summit Participant description. Please read the description carefully prior to applying. The work of the Steering Committee with the CRCs and summit participants will be facilitated by Russell Consulting, Inc. and will take place between March and August 2018.

Applications (here’s a direct link to the application form) are due by the end of the day on February 9, 2018. The Steering Committee will make its selections from the applicant pool on February 23, 2018 and applicants will be notified of those results shortly after that.

The Steering Committee welcomes members of the library community to apply and encourages people outside of the public library community who can add expertise and knowledge that will assist the Steering Committee to also apply.  Please share the description which includes a link to the application widely!