The Public Library Development Team (PLDT) 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.
Ongoing Team Activities
- Administer the State Aid to Public Library Systems Program.
- Administer the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant Program.
- Administer the Public Librarian Certification Program.
- Provide consultation and assistance to public libraries and public library systems in the following areas:
- Services to special populations
- Services to youth
- Continuing education
- Coordinate and promote public libraries' role in literacy skill development
- Coordinate a statewide summer library program and encourage non-summer literacy offerings
- Collect, analyze, and disseminate public library statistics and directory information, and encourage libraries to conduct data analysis for planning and support
- Establish and promote voluntary public library standards
- Assist public libraries and library systems in providing broadband and Internet services
- Identify and communicate library best practices and trends to the public library community
- Participate in state and national library groups and associations as appropriate to carry out the team mission
- Provide accurate and timely information about PLDT processes, updates, materials and resources through a variety of commonly available information channels and platforms
- Monitor, analyze, and report on state and federal legislation that affects libraries.
- Cultivate and model leadership through professional development and conceptual frameworks such as New Director Boot Camp, Youth Services Institute, WiLead, and the Aspen materials
- Coordinate efforts with the DPI and other Division for Libraries and Technology teams to improve and develop library service in Wisconsin