Wisconsin Public Library Development Team Publications

Below are publications authored by the Public Library Development Team or publications that team staff contribute to. These publications are copyrighted by the Department of Public Instruction but most information can be used with proper attribution. Please review our copyright page for more information.

Administrative Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Directors This handbook provides some of the information essential to succeeding as a Wisconsin public library director. It can be useful to public library trustees and public library system staff responsible for assisting and supporting public library directors. With it, public library trustees can better understand how complex and challenging director positions can be.
Adults with Special Needs: A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin's Public Libraries This publication will assist the state's public libraries and library systems in providing service to adults with special needs throughout Wisconsin.

This publication was developed in 2002 to assist the state's public libraries and library systems in providing service to adults with special needs throughout Wisconsin. The text was updated in 2013 and is available through the online resource Serving Special Populations.

Certification Manual for Wisconsin Public Library Directors This manual is intended to serve as a guide for public library directors and boards in meeting the requirements of Wisconsin's public librarian certification law.
Channel and Channel Weekly These are the two major periodicals published by the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT). Channel is published quarterly and is available in both print and PDF formats. Channel Weekly is a weekly email newsletter also available on the Web.
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA): An FAQ This FAQ is designed to answer many of the common questions related CIPA, including the need—under certain circumstances—for libraries and schools to install Internet filters.
Combined School and Public Libraries: Guidelines for Decision Makers This guide is designed to help communities determine whether combining public and school libraries is the best way to provide effective library services to the public and students.
Early Learning Initiative for Wisconsin Public Libraries This guide is intended to help public librarians understand the value of the many things they do for young children, within the context of recent educational and infant brain development research.

This guide was developed in 2005 to help public librarians understand the value of serving young children within the context of educational and infant brain development research. These concepts were updated in 2013 and enveloped in the Growing Wisconsin Readers early literacy initiative.

Guidelines for Collection of Public Library Nonresident Usage Statistics This guide will help libraries in collecting data on nonresident use of the library. Many Wisconsin libraries already collect some nonresident usage statistics.
Library Technology Strategic Plan This plan serves as the framework for the technology-related programs and services supported by the Division.
Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline This outline is intended to help librarians and trustees determine whether to initiate a facilities planning process. By completing it, librarians and trustees can obtain an estimate of their library's space needs.
Trustee Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Trustees This publication comprises a number of Trustee Essentials, along with additional appendices. As the name implies, these Essentials cover the basic information needed by trustees to serve their library and community effectively.
Wisconsin Public Library Standards These standards define a basic level of library service that should be available to all residents of Wisconsin and also provide a pathway to excellence in library service.
Youth with Special Needs: A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries This resource and planning guide provides guidance and practical suggestions to public librarians to ensure that all youth with special needs have appropriate, convenient, and equitable access to materials and technology at public libraries to meet their informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs.

This resource and planning guide was developed in 2007 to provide guidance and practical suggestions to public librarians serving youth with special needs. The text was updated in 2013 and is available through the online resource Serving Special Populations.

For questions about this information, contact Jamie McCanless (608) 266-3939