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

Matt Blessing to Direct WHS Library & Archives

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The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the appointment of Matt Blessing, head of special collections and archives at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as the director of the Society's Library-Archives Division. Blessing, who formerly worked as an archivist at the Society from 1991 to 1999, will begin his new duties on Jan. 17.Blessing has worked as an archivist for Marquette since 1999, overseeing some of the university's most widely used collections, including the original manuscripts of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" as well as manuscript collections documenting Catholic social justice movements such as Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker Movement. Part of his role has been to digitize significant amounts of material in the university's archival collections for Internet access, something that is also a priority at the Society.--Bob Granflaten, Wisconsin Historical Society...

Amy Lutzke to Discuss Wisconsin Authors on WPR Friday, October 21

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Set your alarm extra early this Friday, October 21 to hear Amy Lutzke, co-chair of the WLA/READ Literary Awards Committee and librarian at Fort Atkinson Public Library, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin Show  from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. Cardin will interview Lutzke about Wisconsin's fabulous authors and their works. Join the conversation, coinciding with the the Wisconsin Book Festival, which continues through the weekend....

Library as Incubator Project Launched by SLIS Students

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The co-founders of the Library as Incubator Project have launched the project’s virtual “hub,” www.libraryasincubatorproject.org.  Three UW-Madison SLIS students are the project managers: Laura Damon-Moore, Erinn Batykefer, and Christina Endres. TheLibrary as Incubator Project seeks to learn how artists (writers, visualartists and performing artists) use libraries in the research, creation andpromotion of their artistic work. The presenters are in the process of creatinga web resource that highlights artists and projects that have been"incubated," in part, by library collections, spaces and/or staff. Itwill also serve as a resource for librarians who want to better serve artistspatrons through programming, collections, and partnerships.Damon-Moore, Batykefer and Endres are presenting a WLA Conference program about their project  November 4 in Milwaukee at Hilton MilwaukeeCity Center, 10:30 a.m.Learn more about the Library as Incubator Project at the conference, or subscribe online via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed on the website to getupdates and announcements. libraryasincubatorproject.orglibraryasincubatorproject@gmail.comFacebook:Library as Incubator ProjectTwitter:IArtLibraries ...

Jeff Dawson, Two Rivers Library Director, Presents at Gates Foundation Event

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The Lester Public Library's use of photography and social media were on stage at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative Peer Learning meeting in Seattle on September 20. According to Jeff Dawson, director of the library,  the project has "transcended technology to create an emotional bond between the library and the community it serves."To read more about the library's project and the Global Libraries initiative, see Jeff's October 5 article in the Herald Times Reporter....

Merrill School Board to Consider Ban of "Montana 1948"

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Merrill School Board will hold a hearing Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. to determine if the book "Montana 1948" should be banned from classrooms and libraries of Merrill Area Public Schools. The book, by Larry Watson, visiting professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, won the WLA's Literary Award in 1994. Watson's book "Orchard" won the award in 2004.Bill Jaeger, action school board president, was quoted as supporting the book as addressing appropriate themes for high school students. Read the entire story in the Wausau Daily Herald...NOTE: On Thursday, September 29, the Merrill School Board voted to retain "Montana 1948" in the school's high school library and as part of the 10th grade curriculum. Read the entire story......