Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning (RL&LL) staff work with libraries of all types, including public library systems and public, school, academic, and special libraries. We provide resource sharing services, online resources, and school library consulting. Additionally, designated libraries throughout the state participate in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program.
Milwaukee Public Library
RL&LL contracts with the Milwaukee Public Library to allow Wisconsin residents to borrow items through interlibrary loan. The contract funding is approved by the Governor and Legislature as part of the DPI biennial budget request.
RL&LL staff work to ensure that library media specialists and other educators are knowledgeable and confident about using the library services we manage or support, including BadgerLink, WISCAT, the Wisconsin Digital Archives, and WISELearn. The School Library Media Education Consultant, who supports school libraries through working with library media specialists and administrators on using Common School Funds, developing library plans, and providing tools for Educator Effectiveness, as well as collaborating with other teams to create positive pathways to licensure and integrate technology, is also a part of our team.
State Government Agency Libraries & Employees
Staff of all Wisconsin state agencies can rely on the RL&LL staff for assistance borrowing items through interlibrary loan and for assistance with research. All state government agencies are encouraged to fulfill their obligation to provide state government publications for inclusion in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program and the Wisconsin Digital Archives.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
RL&LL contracts with the UW-Madison libraries to allow Wisconsin residents to borrow items through interlibrary loan. The contract funding is approved by the Governor and Legislature as part of the DPI biennial budget request.
Wisconsin Historical Society, State Law Library, and Legislative Reference Bureau
Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
The Department of Public Instruction contracts with the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) to act as the Wisconsin service partner to deliver the Newsline for the Blind (NFB) service, provided by the National Federation of the Blind. The contract funding is approved by the Governor and Legislature as part of the DPI biennial budget request.
RL&LL staff participates in the following committees and councils.
Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND)
COLAND, the 19-member council appointed by the Governor, is a forum through which librarians and members of the public identify, study, and collect public testimony on issues affecting Wisconsin libraries and other information services. COLAND advises the Governor, Legislators and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (DPI) on issues impacting library services.
Institute for Museum and Library services (IMLS) and Wisconsin Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Counsil
DPI’s Division for Libraries and Technology implements the LSTA Grants to the States program, which is provided by the IMLS. Department staff work with the Wisconsin LSTA Advisory Council to award grants within Wisconsin, and to provide input and feedback on the LSTA plan and activities..
Blind and Visual Impairment Education Council
RL&LL collaborates with the following organizations to provide and support library services.
Cooperative Children's Book Center
The Department of Public Instruction contracts with the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) to provide a collection of examination copies of children and young adult literature for use by educators, librarians, and students. The contract funding is approved by the Governor and Legislature as part of the DPI biennial budget request.
Child Care Information Center
The Child Care Information Center (CCIC) lends childcare-specific library materials to childcare providers and families. The Department of Children and Families contracts with the Department of Public Instruction to support the CCIC library and staff.
Digital Public Library of America
RL&LL staff collaborate with partners from other Wisconsin libraries and Recollection Wisconsin to support the Wisconsin Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America, which brings together digital collections from libraries and cultural heritage institutions statewide in a searchable platform alongside collections from across the country.