Governor Jim Doyle’s office recently announced one new appointment and six reappointments to the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND). Created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1979, COLAND advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure that all state citizens have access to library and information services. Council findings are communicated as advisory recommendations to the state superintendent, governor, and Legislature.
New member Ewa Barczyk of Milwaukee was appointed to a term expiring July 1, 2013. Michael Bahr of Germantown, Nita Burke of Darlington, Bob Koechley of Fitchburg, Sandra Melcher of Milwaukee, Annette Smith of Milton, and Kristi Williams were reappointed to terms also expiring July 1, 2013. Other members of COLAND are Barbara Arnold, Madison; Mary Bayorgeon, Appleton; Francis Cherney, Milladore; Miriam Erickson, Fish Creek; Catherine Hansen, Shorewood; Lisa Jewell, Madison; Douglas Lay, Suamico; Jessica MacPhail, Racine; Calvin Potter, Sheboygan Falls; Susan Reynolds, Cable; Lisa Sterrett, Viroqua, and Kris Adams Wendt, Rhinelander.
The 19-member council functions as 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. Members serve three-year terms. Membership includes ten professional members who represent various public and private libraries as well as library educators. The remaining nine council positions are held by public members with a demonstrated interest in libraries or other types of information services.
At their July meeting in Wausau, COLAND members approved a new slate of officers for the 2010- 2011 year. New officers are Miriam Erickson, Chair; Sandra Melcher, Vice Chair; and Annette Smith, Secretary.
Additional information about COLAND can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/coland/index.html.
(Channel, Summer 2010)