Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The State Superintendent’s Office and the Division for Libraries and Technology invite nominations of library professionals to fill upcoming vacancies on the LSTA Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on matters pertaining to the administration of the Wisconsin’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program. The primary responsibilities of the committee are to provide the State Superintendent and the Division for Libraries and Technology advice and feedback on the LSTA program and budget, as well as monitor future library service needs. In addition, the committee advises on the development of the long-range plan for LSTA; establishment of the annual grant criteria, priorities, and categories; grant applications and grant awards; evaluation of the LSTA grant program; and resolution of policy matters arising from the administration of the program.
Members of the committee are appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve staggered 4-year terms. The committee meets at least twice each year, usually in spring and fall. In addition, online meetings may be scheduled when time-sensitive input is needed from the committee by the Division. As a part of each LSTA Advisory Committee meeting, time will be set aside for a public hearing where other persons interested in the LSTA program may make comments and suggestions. It is expected that committee members do their best to serve their complete terms, attend each meeting, and participate fully with respect for the role for which they are serving for the Division and the State of Wisconsin.
Membership on the 12 person advisory committee includes representatives of all types of libraries and public library systems and representatives from different sizes of libraries and different geographic areas of the state, with an emphasis on public libraries. Equity is a core value of the vision of the Department of Public Instruction, and the Division of Libraries and Technology strives for a inclusive representation of library professionals on the LSTA Advisory Committee. Applicants are encouraged to highlight personal identifiers and/or professional experiences that diversify the perspectives and voices on the committee. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for both full-term positions and to fill the remaining portion of unexpired terms. If you are interested in serving on the committee, wish to nominate, or have questions, please email Maria Ingraham, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request an application or to nominate a potential committee member.
By January 2019 the committee will need to add 8 new committee members* to bring the number to 12.
Term ending December 31, 2020 (two vacancies)
Two new members are needed for two-year appointments to join continuing member Brian Williams-Van Klooster
Term ending December 31, 2021 (three vacancies)
Three new members are needed for three-year appointments to fulfill unexpired vacancies.
Terms ending December 31, 2022 (three new appointments for full four-year terms)
Three new members for full four-year terms serving through 2022.
*As of today we have received three nomination applications submitted for these vacancies
Written by John DeBacher, Public Library Development