LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

PURPOSE

The Library Development and Legislation Committee (LD&L) is responsible for recommending legislative policies and agendas to the WLA Board of Directors. No other entity within WLA may speak for the organization on matters of legislative policy; however, all units and leadership are strongly encouraged to stay abreast of legislative developments and communicate their opinions to LD&L and the Board.The Library Development & Legislative Committee meets bimonthly to discuss current legislative issues and goals. 

You can help build library legislative advocates by communicating key WLA legislative issues in ways that make sense to your unit's membership. For example, the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable can highlight bills that may have an impact on intellectual freedom, or WAAL can share information on bills affecting academic libraries.

Not every legislative issue will affect all types of libraries, but we need every member to advocate for all libraries!

ACTIVITIES

  • Hosts a program at the WLA Annual Conference where member concerns and opinions are sought.
  • Recommends an annual legislative agenda and positions on specific issues to the WLA Board.
  • Periodically schedules meetings of library stakeholder organizations in the state to help accomplish legislative goals.

If new issues arise unexpectedly, the WLA President, in consultation with the LD&L Chair and Executive Director, may take positions on behalf of the association.

2020 LD&L Co-Chairs:
Connie Meyer

Kathy Klager


RESOURCES

Positioning the Library for a Post-pandemic Sustainable Future

Budget Request Documents

  • Overview of WLA Priorities
    One-page summary document. 

  • Additional aid for Public Library Systems
    Requesting an additional $2.5 million in FY22 and $4 million in FY23, resulting in a total of $20,013,100 for library system aid in the second year to help local libraries innovate and increase their ability to respond to emerging community needs. 

  • Cost to continue funding for Library Service Contracts
    Requesting modest increases to maintain core library services for the four statewide library service contracts (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, and inter-library loan access to Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Madison collections). 

  • Requesting a new line item in the amount of $150,000 in FY22 and $300,000 in FY23 to ensure the state’s one-of-a-kind archival materials are preserved and made digitally accessible to anyone in the world. 

MEETING MINUTES

2020 | January 24 • March 20 • April 17 • May 15 • July 24 • September 25

2019 | January 25March 22 May 17 July 26 • September 27 • November 15

2018 | January 26 March 23 May 18 July 20 September 28 • November 30

2017 | January 27 March 24 May 19 July 28 September 29 • December 8

To access archival LD&L committee material, please contact the WLA Office at [email protected]