Legislative findings and declaration of policy.
General duties of state superintendent.
General duties of the division.
Council on library and network development.
Certificates and standards.
County library planning committees.
County payment for library services.
Standards for public library systems.
Public library systems; general provisions.
Withdrawal, abolition and expulsion.
Federated public library systems.
Consolidated public library systems.
Distribution of materials from resources for libraries and lifelong learning collection to public library systems.
Public library records.
Municipal library board composition.
Consolidated county libraries and county library services.
County appointments to municipal and joint public library boards.
Common school fund.
Legislative findings and declaration of policy. 43.001(1)(a)
The importance of free access to knowledge, information and diversity of ideas by all residents of this state;
The critical role played by public, school, special and academic libraries in providing that access;
The major educational, cultural and economic asset that is represented in the collective knowledge and information resources of the state's libraries;
The importance of public libraries to the democratic process; and
That the most effective use of library resources in this state can occur only through interlibrary cooperation among all types of libraries and the effective use of technology.
The legislature declares that it is the policy of this state to provide laws for the development and improvement of public libraries, school libraries and interlibrary cooperation among all types of libraries.
History: 1985 a. 177
; 1997 a. 150
Municipal libraries are a matter of statewide concern. Accordingly, home rule provisions will not justify local departures from the provisions of ch. 43. 76 Atty. Gen. 203
In this chapter:
"Department" means the department of public instruction.
"Division" means the division for libraries and technology in the department.
"Municipality" means a city, village, town, tribal government or tribal association, or a school district that maintained and operated a public library facility prior to December 17, 1971.
"Network" means a formal arrangement between libraries or other informational service organizations whereby materials, information and services are exchanged and made available to potential users.
"Public library system" means a system established as either a federated public library system under s. 43.19
or a consolidated public library system under s. 43.21
"State superintendent" means the state superintendent of public instruction.
General duties of state superintendent.
The state superintendent shall:
Promote, assist and plan the organization, development and improvement of school library media services to provide the resources needed for teaching and learning in the schools.
Promote, assist, plan and coordinate the organization, development and improvement of public library services and public library systems to serve the needs of all citizens in the state.
Promote cooperation and resource sharing among public libraries, school libraries, other types of libraries and related agencies.
Plan, coordinate, evaluate and set statewide priorities for the development of networks to enable library cooperation and resource sharing within this state and between this state and resource providers in other states.
Submit to the council on library and network development a biennial report which describes the programs and policies carried out under pars. (a)
in the preceding biennium and the programs and policies to be carried out under pars. (a)
in the succeeding biennium.
Plan and coordinate the provision of library services to groups with special needs, including institutional residents, the physically and mentally handicapped, the socially and economically disadvantaged and racial and ethnic minorities.
Accept, on behalf of the state, grants from the federal government or any federal agency or gifts or grants from any other source to be used for the purposes designated under this chapter.
Enter into an annual contract with the public library in a 1st class city for the provision of library services to physically handicapped persons, including the blind and visually handicapped, certified by competent authority as unable to read or use conventional printed materials as a result of physical limitations. For the purpose of this subsection, "competent authority" means any member of the medical or allied professions, and professional persons in the fields of public health, education, library service, rehabilitation, social work and public welfare.
Contract for service with libraries and other resource providers in and outside of this state to serve as resources of specialized library materials and information not available from the resources for libraries and lifelong learning service under s. 43.05 (11)