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Areas mandated for school libraries include:

bulletRoles of the Department of Public Instruction relating to libraries (Sections of Chapter 43.03-.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes),
bullet43.03 The state superintendent shall:
bullet43.03(1) Promote, assist and plan the organization, development and improvement of school library media services to provide the resources needed for teaching and learning in the schools.
bullet43.03(2) Promote, assist, plan and coordinate the organization, development and improvement of public library services and public library systems to serve the needs of all citizens in the state.
bullet(a)  Promote cooperation and resource sharing among public libraries, school libraries, other types of libraries and related agencies.
bullet(b)  Plan, coordinate, evaluate and set statewide priorities for the development of networks to enable library cooperation and resource sharing within this state and between this state and resource providers in other states. ...
bullet43.03 (5) Accept, on behalf of the state, grants from the federal government or any federal agency or gifts or grants from any other source to be used for the purposes designated under this chapter....
bullet43.03(7) Contract for service with libraries and other resource providers in and outside of this state to serve as resources of specialized library materials and information not available in the reference and loan library under s. 43.05 (11)....
bullet43.03(9) Develop and maintain a computer database containing bibliographic and library holding information for all types of library materials owned by libraries throughout the state to serve as a resource sharing tool and assist libraries in developing computerized bibliographic databases. 
bullet43.03(10) Disseminate information regarding appropriate continuing education activities available to librarians, library board members, library support staff and other related professionals.
bullet43.05 The division shall:
bullet43.05(1) Coordinate and conduct continuing education programs for librarians of school library media programs, public libraries, public library systems and institutional library programs.
bullet43.05(2) As it deems appropriate, assist libraries in the identification and recruitment of qualified personnel.
bullet43.05(3) Provide professional and technical advisory, consulting and informational services to assist:
bullet(a)  School districts establishing, maintaining or expanding school library media programs and facilities; ...
bullet43.05(4) Collect library statistics and conduct studies and surveys of library needs throughout the state and report and publish the findings.  The research shall be coordinated with statewide library planning. ...
bullet43.05(6) Recommend and distribute standards for school library programs and facilities to school library media programs, standards for public libraries to public library governing bodies and standards for institutional library programs to governing bodies and administrators of institutional library programs and to heads of departments, as defined under s. 15.01 (8), which administer institutional libraries.
bulletCommon School Fund (Chapter 43.70),
bullet(1) No later than October 15 of each year, each school district administrator shall certify to the state superintendent, on forms provided by the state superintendent, a report of the number of persons residing in the school district on the preceding June 30, as reported under s. 120.18 (1) (a).
bullet(2) Annually by January 10, the state superintendent shall apportion the amount that is estimated to be appropriated under s. 20.255 (2) (s) in the current school year to the school districts in proportion to the number of persons resident therein, as shown by the report certified under sub. (1).
bullet(3) Immediately upon making such apportionment, the state superintendent shall certify to the department of administration the estimated amount that each school district is entitled to receive under this section and shall notify each school district administrator of the estimated amount so certified for his or her school district.  The department of administration shall issue its warrants upon which the state treasurer shall distribute each school district's aid entitlement in one payment on or before May 1.  The amount paid to each school district shall be based upon the amount in the appropriation account under s. 20.255 (2) (s) on April 15.  All moneys distributed under this section shall be expended for the purchase of instructional materials from the state historical society for use in teaching Wisconsin history and for the purchase of library books and other instructional materials for school libraries, but not for public library facilities operated by school districts under s. 43.52, in accordance with rules promulgated by the state superintendent.  Appropriate records of such purchases shall be kept and necessary reports thereon shall be made to the state superintendent.
bulletConfidentiality of circulation records,
bullet43.30 Public library records. 
bullet43.30(1) Records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records or to libraries as authorized under subs. (2) and (3).
bullet43.30(2) A library supported in whole or in part by public funds may disclose an individual's identity to another library for the purpose of borrowing materials for the individual only if the library to which the individual's identity is being disclosed meets at least one of the following requirements:
bullet(a)  The library is supported in whole or in part by public funds.
bullet(b)  The library has a written policy prohibiting the disclosure of the identity of the individual except as authorized under sub. (3).
bullet(c)  The library agrees not to disclose the identity of the individual except as authorized under sub. (3).

bullet(3) A library to which an individual's identity is disclosed under sub. (2) and that is not supported in whole or in part by public funds may disclose that individual's identity to another library for the purpose of borrowing materials for that individual only if the library to which the identity is being disclosed meets at least one of the requirements specified under sub. (2) (a) to (c).

bulletInterlibrary loan (Chapter 43.72),
bullet(1) School library books and other instructional material belonging to one school district may be loaned to another school district for use in any school library of that school district.
bullet(2) Any public library board and school board may make such exchanges and loans of books and other instructional material as are agreed upon for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of both libraries and ensuring the best service to the schools and all citizens.
bullet(3) Any school district that borrows materials through a public library system shall reciprocate by sharing with other participating libraries materials that are not in immediate or constant demand by the school library's primary clientele, as determined by the school district.
bulletDistrict standards for school libraries (Administrative Rule PI8.01 (h):
bulletthe requirement to provide a collection of adequate materials reflecting diversity,
bulletproviding service at the elementary level under the direction of certified personnel ,
bulletrequiring a secondary library media specialist,
bulletdesignating a district coordinator,
bulletsubmitting a long-range plan for library services.

Each school district board shall:

  1. Have on file a written, long-range plan for library services development which has been formulated by teachers, library and audiovisual personnel and administrators, and approved by the school district board.
  2. Designate a licensed library media person to direct and coordinate the district's library media program.
  3. Provide library facilities within the school building and make available to all pupils a current, balanced collection of books, basic reference materials, texts, periodicals, and audiovisual materials which depicts in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.
  4. Provide library media services to all pupils as follows: to pupils in grades kindergarten through 6, library media services which are performed by or under the direction of licensed library and audiovisual personnel; and to pupils in grades 7 through 12, library media services which are performed by licensed library and audiovisual personnel.

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