Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Inform Wisconsin

Inform Wisconsin: A public library legislation and funding proposal

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, August 11, 2016
in WLA 125
inform-wi-72 wla125logo-small
Seeking increased funding and legislation in support of libraries has been a long standing priority for the Wisconsin Library Association.  One of the most ambitious such efforts occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The effort was titled “Inform Wisconsin” and was the result of the Final Report of the Task Force on Public Library Legislation and Funding to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction which was submitted in October, 1988.  Although the report addressed a large number of issues faced by Wisconsin public libraries and public library systems, the lack of adequate funding for public libraries was the most significant issue. To deal with this issue the Task Force recommended a “Public Library Foundation Program” which would ensure that every resident of the state had access to a basic level of public library service. The level of funding needed to accomplish this was deemed to be $12 per capita for a total of $73,000,000 with the funding coming from state aid.  However, up to $62,000,000 of that amount could have been used for property tax relief by local communities already funding libraries at $12 per capita.  The Inform Wisconsin report was widely discussed in the library community and endorsed by the Wisconsin Library Association.  Although a number of its legislative recommendations were accepted by the State Superintendent and ultimately enacted, the Foundation Program was never advanced as a budget proposal by the Department of Public Instruction. 


Popular Tags

Clarence Brown Lester WHCLIS Library Systems Library Trustees Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Increase A. Lapham Hall fo Fame 2012 School libraries Sarah Janice Kee Library Artifacts Pinback buttons National Library Week Bernard Schwab Louise S. Robbins UW-Milwaukee Libraries UW-Madison school of library and information studies Suring Area Public Library James Huff Stout Marketing-Publicity Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Manitowoc Public Library Wisconsin State Law Library James Duane Doty Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries American Library Association Hall of Fame 2009 Hall of Fame 2012 WLA 125 Eratus Swift Wilcox Library People Beaver Dam Public Library Hall of Fame 2014 Lutie Eugenia Stearns DeForest Area Public Library 21 Exhibits Katharine MacDonald Jones Hall of Fame 2015 Dorothea M. Krause Academic Libraries People Gertrude Thurow Irene W. Newman Anniversaries bed and breakfast Special libraries Elroy Public Library 22 Library celebrations 28 Zona Gale Tower Hill Wisconsin campaign Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Pewaukee Public Library Postcards John J. Jax Klaus Linderfelt Milwaukee Public Library Milwaukee Art Museum Peter G. Hamon Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Hall of Fame 2017 Hall of Fame 2012 Orrilla Blackshear Evansville Wisconsin Hall of Fame 2012 Capitol Fire 1904 McMillan Memorial Library Gilbert H. Doane Campaign T. B. Scott Free Public Library Ruth Ann Montgomery Brown Deer Public Library buil Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Carnegie libraries 20 Buttons caly film Campaign Postcards WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2015 Marjorie Sornson Malmberg William J. Wilson Brown Deer Public Library Hall of Fame 2016 State Law Library Historical Register Amer COLAND Academic Librarians anniversaries Jane K. Billings hall of 27 library legislation Cooperative Children's Book Center Edward Asahel Birge Digital Collections Hall Library people 23 Hall of Fame 2008 membership libraries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Beloit Public Library Superior Carnegie Libraries School of Library and Information Studies WLA 125 Library Buildings WAAL Hall of Fame 2013 Ripon Public Library WWI Library War Service 14 Public libraries caly film Woman's Congress UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Wayne A. Wiegand S. Janice Kee Library Buidlings Delia Ovitz Uncategorized Matthew S. Dudgeon Appleton Public Library Middleton Public Library Library people Postcards Larry T. Nix Library e Lowell W. Wilson Cornelia Marving Pierce I Love Libraries White House Conference on Library and Information Services 10 Jerome P. Daniels Events Library History Bookmobiles campaign Hall of Fame 2011 CCBC Ruby Roeder Soughton Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Portage Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Black River Falls library exhibit Dianne McAfee Hopkins Wisconsin Historical Society Wisconsin Library Association Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Wisconsin Free Library Commission traveling libraries caly film Sandra Friedman Dolnick cam state historical society Milwaukee Public Library Rusk County Community Library Hartford Public Library Clinton Public Library bookworm campaign library education Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame 2010 Gerald A. Somers John Miller Chancellor Cam Carl Spitzweg Anniversaries Public libraries library memorabilia background presentations Hall of Fame 2015 campa Publications Eager Free Public Library Meter mail slogans ca WLA 125 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries National Bookmobile Day books-by-mail 11 Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Madison Public Library Charles Bunge Centennial American Library Association Library War Service Events & Meetings Frank Avery Hutchins Inform Wisconsin J. D. Witter Brown County Library Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Free Library Commission Richard E. Krug Public library systems trav Hall of Fame 2015 World War I Parcel post 24 Nolan I. Neds Postcards Oshkosh Public Library Black River Falls Public Library Lutie Stearns Campaign Ice Storm archives Events & Meetings Wisconsin Rapids Council on Library and Network Development Wisconsin Library Bulletin

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo