Libraries in the News

News about specific Wisconsin libraries or library staff and their supporters making news about libraries.

Appleton Public Library Director Discusses Library Trends Via Videostreaming Hosted by Appleton Post-Crescent

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on Thursday, September 16, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Terry Dawson, directory of Appleton Public Library, participated in an interview via videostreaming with an Appleton Post-Crescent reporter about the past, present and future of libraries as he prepares to retire. He discusses e-books and other trends related to digital media, as well as other matters related to libraries in general and the Appleton Public Library. Not to mention what it's like to transition to retirement and what his personal plans look like....
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"Public Libraries Daring to Be Different" in PM Magazine

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on Friday, September 03, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Libraries are strategic partners when it comes to solving community challenges, not discretionary services. That's the upshot of an article in the current issue of PM Magazine, a publication of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), entitled "Public Libraries Daring to Be Different." Arising from a partnership between ICMA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that challenges city and county managers to be "champions of public libraries," the article showcases nine success stories. A sidebar also describes essential skills and activities for a public library director, such as participation in community planning, sharing the mission of local government, the ability to build partnerships and communicate with the larger community. The case studies in the article include libraries responding to natural disasters, using sustainable energy sources, engaging at-risk teens and more....
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Governing.com: Despite Cuts, Urban Libraries "America's Knowledge Center"

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on Monday, August 30, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Here's hoping local and state officials are reading Governing.com, where the editor recently wrote about cuts to library budgets at a time when use has been rising dramatically. Calling urban libraries "America's knowledge centers" as well as "islands of public safety," the article also points out how libraries have successfully anchored mixed use developments or redevelopments. Share widely!...
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Stoughton Public Library Presents Film Featuring Local Library Stories

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on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Stoughton Public Library will present a community based film including interviews of local residents telling their library stories on Thursday, September 9.  This event celebrates September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. The film features community members, including local celebrities, using the library and sharing what the library means to them. The movie was filmed and edited by WSTO cable TV. Library staff also acknowledges the support of the South Central Library System....
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Terry Dawson, Appleton Public Library Director, to retire

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on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Terry Dawson, director of Appleton Public Library since 1996, will retire in January 2011 after 32 years with the library. Terry, who was WLA President in 2005, has seen the library through tremendous change during his tenure. Recently, he's engaged the community in discussion about building a new library, a project that he leaves well positioned to progress under a new director.Quoted in the Appleton Post-Crescent, Terry said, "I've had so many opportunities to work with good people on the library staff, the library board, the Friends of the Library. This is just a great place to work," Dawson, 62, said. "It's actually a hard place to leave even after 32 years."Congratulations, Terry, and best wishes for an enjoyable retirement!...
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