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UW Digital Collections Reaches Out with Twitter

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on Sunday, August 22, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Librarians Vicki Tobias and Melissa McLimans have noticed an uptick in interest in UW Digital Collections since they started using Twitter to highlight the unusual and sometimes bizarre items that lurk in the collection.  The Isthmus, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Madison, reported:"The UW Digital Collections Twitter feed is also, according to Melissa, an amazing representation of the Wisconsin Idea; they are using university resources to provide people around the world with these historical images, newspapers and other documents. "There are 70,000 images in our online collections," Melissa says. "I remind myself daily about the amazing things that are in there." Read more......
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Study Shows Investment in University Libraries Increases Grant Awards

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on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Elsevier, a publisher of technical, medical and scientific information, announced results of a major study that show a correlation between investment in university library collections and the institution's ability to attract grant income. The results of the study, lead by Dr. Carol Tenopir of the University of Tennessee, is available as a white paper published by Elsevier.  Tenopir said that though the exact monetary results vary, it's clear that a university's library plays a key role in helping faculty research and write better grants proposals....
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Omro library expansion plan moves forward

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on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Two properties for the expansion of the Carter Memorial Library in Omro were recently purchased, according to a news report quoting library director Theo Knigge. The expansion, estimated to cost $2.5 million, is expected to be completed within the next five years, depending upon fund raising efforts.The original library was built in 1968 and was to last 20 years. The architectural drawing of the expansion is available at the library....
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Foodshare Outreach Network Welcomes Library Partnerships

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on Thursday, August 05, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Libraries have become one of the most important resource centers for patrons who are looking for help meeting their basic needs including food. On September 17, join the network of public and private community partners throughout the state who are committed to increasing FoodShare enrollment by integrating outreach activities into their daily business without taking on extra projects. Many of us interact with potentially eligible families and individuals every day. We can make them aware of FoodShare, help them access benefits, and break the stigma long associated with "getting food stamps!Join community leaders and partners who are dedicated to ending hunger in Wisconsin at the first annual FoodShare Outreach Network Conference! Swipe Out Hunger: Putting food on your table and money in your community through FoodShareFriday, September 17, 2010Radisson's Paper Valley Hotel, 333 West College Avenue, Appleton, WI8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Conference adjourns by 3:30...
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John DeBacher Named New Director of Library Developoment at DPI

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The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announces the appointment of John DeBacher as the new Director of the Library Development Team in the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning (DLTCL).  John will begin his new role effective January 15, replacing Mike Cross who retired in September.  For the past seven years John has served as the Public Library Administration Consultant for DPI, providing significant support to libraries and library systems across the state on many different and complex regulatory, fiscal, and programming matters.  Since early 2009 he has also served as the data collection liaison for various state and federal collections and surveys.Prior to joining DPI, John was a public library director for fifteen years, including ten years as the director of the Monona Public Library where he led a successful library expansion project and made technology an integral component of the library program.  John also served as a librarian...