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New Location for Madison Public Library's South Madison Branch

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The new Goodman South Madison Branch Library is scheduled to reopen on October 11 in its new location at 2222 S. Park Street on the first floor of the new Urban League of Greater Madison’s Center for Economic Development & Workforce Training.  The current location will close to the public on October 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm and is scheduled to reopen at the new location on Monday, October 11. For more information or photos of the new library, see www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/southmadison...

David Polodna, Winding Rivers Library System Director, Announces Retirement

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on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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David Polodna, director at Winding Rivers Library System, announced to his board on September 22 that he will be retiring on April 15, 2011. David provided his announcement well in advance to give the board adequate time to conduct its first-ever director search. David says "I'm approaching this retirement as an adventure and it is not being driven by problems but by opportunities.  That being said, I don't have specific plans for what I will do with my time, though I'm sure I'll have no difficulty filling it meaningfully.  I'm often reminded of a statement Morrie made, at one of those Tuesday meetings, that seems especially appropriate now: don't leave too soon, but don't stay too long. This seems like the right moment."Congratulations, David....
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Madison Elementary School Library Gets Facelift

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Ralph Waldo Elementary Library in Madison received 2,000 new books, new, eco-friendly technology, lighting, flooring and furniture, according to a Channel3000 report. An organization called Heart of America partnered with Target Stores and the Madison Public School District to do the renovation....

Barrett Seeks to Increase Hours at 4 Libraries, Hold Line on Property Taxes

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports today that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling for a small cut in property taxes and a boost in hours for four libraries in the 2011 city budget he will unveil Thursday.The $1.48 billion spending plan would shave $2,112, less than one-thousandth of 1%, off this year's $247.4 million property tax levy. Because the city's total assessed value has declined nearly 3%, the tax rate would rise 2.7%, from slightly less than $8.89 per $1,000 assessed value to slightly more than $9.12.Bay View, East, Washington Park and Zablocki libraries would be open 45 hours a week, up from 35 hours now. This year, hours were sliced at 11 of 12 neighborhood libraries, running afoul of state rules that limit library budget cuts....
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UW-Milwaukee SOIS Awarded IMLS Grant to Develop Library Leaders

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The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has recently been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to enhance library and information science education and to help develop library leaders. The SOIS grant program, entitled “Overcoming Barriers to Information Access (B2A): Educating the Next Generation of Library and Information Science Leaders,” addresses the need for new PhDs in SOIS’ three key areas of doctoral study: information organization, information policy and information retrieval. SOIS is currently seeking applications for six funded full-time doctoral positions under this grant program for fall 2011.  Participants in the B2A program will receive three or four years of funding to cover tuition, a generous annual stipend/scholarship, research and teaching opportunities, resources to support their research and travel, and mentoring from SOIS faculty members during their studies.For more information about the B2A program, please see...
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