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Public Library Development Team

Our Mission

The Division for Libraries and Technology's Public Library Development Team supports public libraries and regional systems on behalf of Wisconsin residents to ensure equitable access to library services. We serve as stewards of state and federal funds and sustainers of statutory compliance. We strive to empower public library and regional system staff and stakeholders to aid in the fulfillment of community goals. 

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Our Service

The Wisconsin Statutes are the foundation of our team’s charge. We ensure that libraries operate effectively and legally. Our areas of service include:
 
  • Administering state aid and federal funding
  • Providing consultation and support
  • Creating and coordinating continuing education
  • Developing tools and resources

 

Our Team

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John DeBacher has worked in public libraries since 1987, and as a consultant, then director of the PLD team since 2012. Contact John about legislative issues, library system duties and services, technology, and E-Rate. 

(608) 267-9225

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Michael Dennison has supported government funded educational and library programs since 2012. Contact Michael about library and system data, funding, and compliance.

(608) 266-5196

Photo of Cindy Fesemyer
Cindy Fesemyer has worked in libraries since 2010 and has 14 years of experience working with nonprofits. Contact Cindy about adult services, community engagement, and state continuing education efforts for library workers.
(608) 266-8053
Photo of Tessa Schmidt
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt has worked in schools and libraries since 2000. She is a strong collaborator and is active in many networks. Contact Tessa about youth services and inclusive services.

(608) 267-5077

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Shannon Schultz has worked in public and academic libraries since 2002 and has 10 years of management experience in multiple industries. Contact Shannon about public library administration and governance, library law, and director certification.
(608) 266-7270

Additional Assistance

Our team can also connect you to DPI staff who assist with E-Rate, school libraries, and online library resources like WISCAT and BadgerLink, and to our K-12 public education colleagues.