Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT)
Staff at the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) welcome you to our web page. We are here to serve the life-long learning and information needs of all Wisconsin citizens from preschoolers to senior citizens.
Listed on the left are some key programs of the division. Division teams and service areas are listed below. We look forward to serving you. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.
Barbara Van Haren, PhD
Interim Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Libraries and Technology
Application Development Team
The Application Development Team provides centralized professional automated information system planning, development, and implementation; empower department staff to query, report, and analyze department data; and ensure effective use of technology.
Our IT projects utilize an agile development framework known as Scrum that increases collaboration with our customers. Scrum is a simple yet incredibly powerful set of principles and practices thawww.scrumalliance.org.t help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change. For more in depth descriptions and examples of Scrum go to the Scrum Alliance website at
Our mission is to facilitate the secure collection of accurate information about schools, public libraries, students and education in Wisconsin. DPI uses online data applications to gather limited and timely data from public school districts, private schools, and non-district charter schools to meet the reporting requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The overarching goal of the Data Warehouse and Decision Support Team is to provide tools to facilitate data-driven decision-making for school and district improvement and to assist educators looking to better understand and improve educational outcomes for Wisconsin students. The Data Warehouse and Decision Support team is charged with building, maintaining, and providing user support around the Wisconsin Information System for Education (WISE), a cutting edge decision support environment for internal staff, education practitioners, and the public at large. The team also supports any mandatory federal or state reporting requirements. Leveraging the unique philosophy of data warehouse concepts and technologies, the focus is placed on data integration and easy-to-use interfaces for data analysis. Metadata development and data stewardship programs are crucial to the team's success in achieving these goals.
The Instructional Technology Services Team provides technology leadership, and support for DPI’s mission to provide equitable services to all schools and libraries.
The Information Systems, Security, and Infrastructure (ISSI) and Help Desk teams support the Agency’s work by managing the local and wide area network technology, security, and infrastructure. As the need to protect and secure the infrastructure and data across multiple systems increases the two teams work to provide leadership and guidance that can also be applied to schools and libraries.
Additional team members support the Agency’s webpage, WISELearn, forms and surveys, E-Rate, broadband, and library technology support. These positions provide both direct and indirect support to schools, libraries, students and families.
Library Services Team
BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s Online Library, a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction, providing a foundational collection of licensed trustworthy resources serving all Wisconsin residents, augmenting those available through K-12 schools, public libraries, public and private universities and technical collections, medical and health-care facilities and practitioners, and state agencies.
Public Library Development Consultants provide leadership, advocacy, expert assistance, planning, coordination, and funding for the improvement of library systems and public libraries so that Wisconsin residents will have convenient and equitable access to knowledge and information resources.
School Libraries pages provide essential information about district library planning, Common School Funds, evaluation tools, and essential resources for library media specialists, as well as connections to the school library media education consultant for assistance and leadership.
WISCAT/ILL is a resource sharing tool that can be used by Wisconsin libraries of all types and sizes to locate materials for interlibrary loan, as well as a cost effective method by which libraries can convert their collections to the MARC bibliographic standard for use as the basis of local automation projects.
The Wisconsin Digital Archives and Wisconsin Document Depository Program is a growing collection of documents published by state government from 2001-current. These full-text documents provide a record of major state government programs and cover current, newsworthy topics about life in Wisconsin.