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Grand Opening: Prairie du Sac Public Library

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on Sunday, June 03, 2012 in Libraries in the News
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Join the Prairie du Sac Public Library in his new location and under its new name:  Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street.  The library plans a day long celebration with special activities on Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:  9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting & Dedication 10:00 a.m. Music by Bob and Marita Kelter 11:00 a.m. Little Miss Ann (Musical Children's Performer)Sponsored by Tracey and Patrick Taggart, II 12:30 p.m. Music by Matt Brennan and an ensemble of students 12:30 p.m. Meet Scoopie! 1:45 p.m. Music by Wrannock (Mike Mossman & Lisa Hartmann)  Congratulations to the Prairie du Sac library and community!...

ALA Urges Public Libraries to Fill Out Internet Use Survey

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on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging public libraries to participate in the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study online survey.The survey provides an important opportunity for libraries to share information on computer and Internet resources and infrastructure, as well as funding, technology training and other uses of public libraries, such as providing public access technology centers in their communities. The current year’s online survey, available at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org, will be available through Nov. 11, 2011."The record-high response rate for last year’s survey clearly demonstrates that library leaders recognize the impact this study provides for their advocacy efforts,” said ALA Associate Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. “The strength of the study rests on the level of participation. We encourage libraries to keep the momentum going to create the most current and complete snapshot of technology in U.S. public libraries.”Recent study findings have been cited in hundreds of media outlets, including USA Today,...

ALA Issues State Fact Sheets

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on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in American Library Association (ALA)
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The American Library Association has issued State Fact Sheets on LSTA funding, Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) and public library data. Formatted for printing and sharing, these handy fact sheets can be used for library users, elected officials and other stakeholders who may need help understanding the variety and importance of these library programs. Thanks, ALA!...

ICMA Releases Report on Public Library Innovations

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on Saturday, February 12, 2011 in Libraries in the News
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The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has just released a report entitled "Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library" as part of its Public Library Innovations Project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report details the results of nine grant projects that connected local public libraries with other local government and community partners. The report describes six themes that emerged from the grant projects:Library and local government leaders need to connect on community priorities.Building partnerships is the key to innovation.Leadership happens at all levels of an organization.Successful partnerships require commitment to the effort.Innovation occurs in communities of all sizes.Not every effort will be successful.The report suggests that "when libraries are actively involved in important and strategic issues, local governments have more assets and capabilities to address community concerns."...

WiFi Access in U.S. Public Libraries (Map)

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on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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From the American Library Association (ALA). Wisconsin looks pretty good, doesn't it? http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/2009_2010/wifimap0910.cfm...

Milwaukee Public Library Breaks Ground on New Neighborhood Library

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on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Groundbreaking for the new Milwaukee Public Library at Villard Square took place on September 17 at the corner of N. 35th St. and Villard Avenue.  The Villard Square project is a mixed-use development that will include the new MPL branch on the first floor of the building, with 47 apartment homes on three stories above for families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.  The grand opening of the new library is scheduled for Fall 2011.The new library will replace an aging, energy-inefficient building located 1-1/2 blocks away at 3310 W. Villard Ave.  The new Villard Square Library will cover 12,871 square feet, and will include 50 desktop and laptop computers for library customers, community meeting and study rooms, children’s and teen areas, and self-checkout stations.  An on-site parking lot for 32 cars is part of the plan.  Local architectural firm Engberg Anderson is the interior architect.MPL’s partners in...

New Location for Madison Public Library's South Madison Branch

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on Sunday, October 03, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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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...

WLA 2009: "Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin"

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on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin: Findings of a StudyTimothy Blomquist, UW-Milwaukee SOIS Sponsored by WLA Outreach Services Section Research for his Masters thesis Conducted survey April-May 2008 388 public libraries - sent survey 260 responses - 67% response rate, 1 invalid 16 questions questionnaire - had definitionsHe got the impression that people aren't aware of the issues Statistics2.5-3.5 million people homeless annually (in U.S.) - 39% children 700,000-2 million each night 12 million have experienced homelessness at some point (7%+ of population) 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness each year Definitions vary - without permanent or adequate shelter Really, it's not just lacking a place to sleep - lacking storage for belongings, pulled away from friends/ family/ school/ support WI ServicePoint Homeless Management Information System Causative factors: Veterans, roommate/family conflict, eviction, low/no income, domestic violence, criminal history, addiction, institutional discharge, physical/mental disabilities, can't find affordable housing,...