“Inside a branch of the Milwaukee Public Library on the city’s upper east side, Rachel Collins is giving a demonstration of how to use one of the facility’s kiosks — one that dispenses neither books nor periodicals, but laptop computers. The branch manager lets a reader scan her library card, and soon after, the machine ejects one of the computers. “(They’re) a little heavier than you would think,” she said.” (via Wisconsin Public Radio)
“The redeveloped Central Library in downtown Madison will be a resource for homeless people when it reopens its doors on Sept. 21, but it’s no substitute for a day shelter, says library director Greg Mickells. “The library does want to be part of the solution for that population in the downtown area, and we’ve been meeting with a variety of social service agencies,” Mickells says. “But I don’t see the library as a replacement for a day shelter.” (via The Capital Times)
“The Kilbourn Public Library Board of Trustees approved a public behavior policy and billing by the South Central Library System of four counties for $22,269 for use of the library at its monthly meeting May 9. The public behavior policy is to “preserve a reasonably quiet atmosphere where library patrons may use library services and materials without disturbance.” The policy provides that if someone is disturbing others and not responding to the needs of others, that person will be asked to leave and can be restricted from using the library.” (via Wisconsin Dells Events)
“A new controversy regarding the future of a nonprofit cooperative that provides high-speed Internet services to most public schools and libraries in Wisconsin stems from an old debate about the public and private sectors competing with each other. While a recent state audit showed WiscNet offers Internet services to its public clients at a much lower cost than what is available from the private sector, critics contend that’s only true because the tax-exempt cooperative benefits from public subsidies that give it a competitive edge.”
“When the Whitefish Bay Village Board decided not to allow Little Free Libraries on front lawns, a number of concerns were raised about vandalism, size regulations and a potential for the devices to turn into vessels for propaganda. Although the majority of Patch readers voted that the Whitefish Bay board should’ve allowed Little Free Libraries, it appears at least one of the Whitefish Bay board’s concerns has come true in South Milwaukee, where a Little Free Library has been filled with pamphlets spreading religious-based fear.”
WEAU – “History was made in Eau Claire on Wednesday, as the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library became the first public library in the country to check out Apple iPads.”
The Daily Page – “Under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, Wisconsin libraries would see their funding requests cut by more than $18.9 million in 2012 alone, threatening a wide variety of services, including those for job-seekers and the blind.
Here in the capital, “My goal is to keep all the libraries open with the same hours,” says Barb Dimick, director of the Madison Public Library. “We’re going to all be hurt.”
AliceBakerBlog – “Today is the day when Wisconsin Libraries Say Cheese!”
University of Wisconsin News – “[T]he Bone Folders’ Guild, a Madison-based book arts group, created 60 blank journals and distributed them to each of the 60 libraries in Wisconsin’s South Central Library System. The project drew a wide range of participants-from farmers and bankers to children and the elderly-who contributed their own unique flavor to the journals.