State Legislative Agenda

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Legislative Policy Statements

The Wisconsin Library Association affirms that:

  • Wisconsin library services address essential informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs for Wisconsin residents and merit strong legislative support.
  • Wisconsin residents require high quality networks and inter-networking collaboration. 
  • Wisconsin residents require the stability of an affordable rate, which allows for anticipated growth in the consumption of broadband Internet services.
  • Wisconsin libraries make a significant contribution to the qualify of life for all Wisconsin residents by providing lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Wisconsin libraries play a key role in early literacy and school readiness for both classroom and home-based education.
  • Wiscosnin libraries provide essental information resources for the state's economic development, small business planning and job seekers via an efficient statewide knowledge network.
  • Wisconsin libraries have established collaborative agreements that serve as models for regional and statewide cooperation.
  • Wisconsin librarians provide Wisconsin residents with the essential information services they need to succeed at school, at work and in their personal lives.

The Wisconsin Library Association supports state legislative policy that:

  • Ensures that all the people of Wisconsin have the broadest possible access to information resources and materials.
  • Preserves the fundamental principle of publicly-funded free and open access to library materials and services.
  • Ensures privacy in the use of library materials and services.
  • Supports the development of collections and resources for libraries of all types.
  • Broadens the availability of communications technology for educational and information resources.
  • Promotes regional and statewide sharing of library and information resources.
  • Supports strong statewide leadership for library development and cooperation.
  • Supports the fair and equitable funding of public libraries and public library systems by local governments, counties and the state.
  • Provides incentives for library system collaboration and reduces constraints on the ability of systems to reorganize and consolidate to improve service and increase efficiency.

The Wisconsin Library Association opposes state legislative policy that:

  • Restricts access by Wisconsin residents to information resources and materials.
  • Affects local and state taxing options that could have an adverse affect on libraries.
  • Intrudes on the privacy of library users.
  • Interferes with the right of local public library boards to independently determine local library policy, staffing and services based on community standards and needs.
  • Mandates a specific percentage of funding for educational institutions be spent on classroom instruction.

The Wisconsin Library Association supports the following legislative priorities:

Legislative positions that enhance all Wisconsin’s libraries:

Legislative positions that enhance Wisconsin’s public libraries

  • Improved funding, as specified in Wisconsin statutes, for public library systems aids.
  • Funding that provides citizens access to electronically published materials on a wide range of subjects from home, work or school.
  • Increase allowable revenue limits and transportation aid for local governments to enable sustained and stable support for all Wisconsin public libraries, regardless of size or location.

Legislative positions that enhance Wisconsin’s publicly supported academic libraries:

  • Adequate funding for the UW System libraries to enable them to support research, teaching and learning on their campuses. 
  • Full funding for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
  • Additional funding for shared electronic library collections that support research and advanced study across the US System.

Legislative positions that enhance Wisconsin’s school and institutional libraries

  • Appropriate use of the Common School Fund for strong school library programs under the guidance of certified school library media professionals.
  • Updated recommendations for school library media center resources and physical design. 
  • Employment of at least one full-time certified school library media specialist and appropriate support staff in every school.
  • Employment of at least one full-time instructional technology professional and appropriate support staff in every school.
  • Protective status for librarians, social workers and teachers employed in correctional institutions.


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