The Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology once again offered the New Wisconsin Public Library Director Boot Camp in 2019. This immersive training event took place from Wednesday evening, August 21, through Friday afternoon, August 23, 2019 at the Hotel Marshfield.

The Boot Camp acclimated participants to state laws and requirements, provided valuable connections to important agencies and other new directors, and offered advice on dealing with current challenges faced by public libraries. Developed and presented by library leaders throughout the state, directors left the Boot Camp with a “toolkit” to assist them in creating policies and procedures, managing staff, developing budgets, planning for the future, and much more.

The Boot Camp was made possible through a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant awarded to the DPI by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. As a result, the DPI covered fees, lodging, and meals — attendees were responsible only for travel expenses and incidentals.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Library Administration Consultant Shannon M. Schultz at or 608-266-7270.

The New Public Library Director Boot Camp project is supported by funds awarded to the WI Dept. of Public Instruction by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).