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Team Application Materials

Organizational Commitment Letter

Self Test

Application (Google form)

An informational webinar was offered on Tuesday, December 17. Here's an archived version of that WLTC introductory webinar in case you missed it. (

1/3/2020 update: Application deadline extended. Applications for both Coaches and Teams are now due Friday, January 17 at 5 PM.

Team Training Program Description

WLTC is an 18-month initiative for public libraries in Wisconsin to work with their communities to identify and work toward a common goal. By doing so, participating libraries will learn how to reimagine and reconfigure their organizations, centering their work on community aspirations with the understanding that libraries can only be as strong as the communities they serve. This initiative requires significant commitment, dedication, and work.

Anyone interested in doing this work will be part of a two-person Team: a public library staff member and a community member. The community member may not be be a Library Trustee. Teams will receive training, support, and tools as they utilize community engagement strategies, applying what they learn as they go by identifying and implementing a collaborative, responsive community project.

This 18-month immersive learning experience covers project design, community engagement, systems thinking, change management, resource identification, and storytelling. WLTC Facilitators Erica and Amber will guide Teams through the process of identifying and completing a realistic, impactful project. The program is built to support Teams every step along the way through responsive training, access to facilitators, and a dedicated Coach. Both Teams and Coaches will be recruited through application materials found in the links below.

In considering which role is right for you, consider your learning goals. Both Teams and Coaches will learn about community engagement and develop new skills in awareness, compassion, and resilience, but the two roles focus on those learnings differently.

  • If your learning goals are currently externally oriented and you would like to focus on community engagement and relationships with your institution and the community it serves, we recommend you and a community member apply to be a Team.
  • If your learning goals are currently internally oriented and you would like to focus on cultivating self-awareness, compassion for yourself and others, and resilience in risk-taking and failure through nurturing relationships with other librarians, we recommend you apply to be a Coach.

The Department of Public Instruction's Public Library Development Team recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion impacts all aspects of work among public libraries, and within the communities served by libraries. This work includes addressing, dismantling, and transforming policies, structures, and biases in the field of librarianship and the communities they serve. A goal of the WLTC training program is to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society via the work of public libraries.

Team Overview

Teams will come together for one four-day and three two-day in-person workshops over the course of 18-months. 

In-person team training dates are set for:

  • April 18-21, 2020 in Madison, WI

    • WLTC pre-conference begins at 1 PM on 4/18/20 and runs through midday 4/19/20
    • The Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement starts the morning of Monday, 4/20 and runs through noon on Tuesday, 4/21.*
    • Both the pre-con and the conference itself are part of the WLTC training
  • September 10-11, 2020, (location TBD)
  • March 25-26, 2021 (location TBD)
  • July 15-16, 2021 (location TBD)

During months with no in-person training, Teams will participate in:

  • 1-hour team cohort call with WLTC facilitators
  • 1-hour instructional webinar providing a deeper dive into topics supporting the work of the cohort. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing outside of the scheduled time.
  • 3-30-minute calls with team Coach

Teams will work best for individuals who have or are interested in developing the following competencies and goals:



  • Time and project management skills
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment & follow-through
  • Change management
  • Listening & communication skills
  • Comfort talking to strangers, and a willingness to work with others to take action on community-identified issues.
  • Positively raise the library’s profile
  • Strengthen local social fabric
  • Build community partnerships
  • Create sustainable, resilient libraries and communities

If the Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities program sounds like something you’d love to be a part of, take the Self-Test to see how you match up.

Please apply by completing the Team application by 5:00 PM on January 10 17, 2020 (deadline extended). If selected, your organization will be asked to sign a letter of commitment that summarizes the time and travel necessary to complete the program.

All expenses incurred in Coach roles will be paid by DPI, such as mileage, meals, and lodging for training. There should be no direct financial costs to people serving in Team roles, other than their time.

*Lead the Way conference registration fees are covered for WLTC. If you are a Wisconsin librarian or community member who is interested in attending the conference and you also intend to apply to be part of the Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities cohort, we recommend that you register for the Lead the Way conference before the finalized WLTC cohort selection is made. If you are selected for the WLTC cohort, the iSchool will refund your registration fee. If you are not selected for the cohort, you will have a guaranteed conference registration. We anticipate that the Lead the Way conference will have high attendance and may fill. Questions about Lead the Way conference registration? Contact Anna Palmer,

For questions about this information, contact Cindy Fesemyer (608) 266-8053