The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center sponsors exhibits of Wisconsin library memorabilia and other library artifacts for display in Wisconsin libraries. The Center currently has an exhibit on display at the Mukwonago Community Library for the month of February. The Mukwonago Community Library which recently moved into a new building will be holding an open house on February 11.
After the Mukwonago exhibit, exhibits are planned for the following libraries through the end of 2012.
March, 2012 - Angie W. Cox Public Library, Pardeeville, WI
April, 2012 - Hales Corners Public Library (Special exhibit - Books for Soldiers and Sailors in World War I)
April-May, 2012 - Waupaca Area Public Library, Waupaca, WI
June, 2012 - Lone Rock Community Library, Lone Rock, WI
July, 2012 - Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn, WI
August, 2012 - DeForest Area Public Library, DeForest, WI
September, 2012 - Cedarburg Public Library
October–November, 2012 - Kimberly–Little Chute Public Library, Kimberly, WI
December, 2012 - Open
The legislation (AB 20) creating COLAND was controversial and divisive to the library community. In 1965 the former Wisconsin Free Library Commission was eliminated and this function was transferred to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The new entity became the Division for Library Services in DPI. The Secretary or administrative position of the Commission became a Division Administrator position in the Department of Public Instruction. Under the new arrangement the Division Administrator position was a non-political civil service appointment. In 1979 one faction of the Wisconsin library community wanted to create a new independent board to oversee state level library development and cooperation efforts and another faction wanted to preserve the Division for Library Services as a unit in DPI. The creation of COLAND was a compromise. As part of the COLAND legislation, the Administrator position for the Division for Library Services was removed from civil service and the appointment was to be made in the future at the pleasure of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
As part of my presentation I put together a small display similar to the one at the Wisconsin Library Association conference in Appleton. After my presentation COLAND went on record as endorsing the purposes of the WLHC and supporting efforts to digitize library history materials at the local and state levels.