April 24, 2014

Wisconsin: Appleton Public Library Director Colleen Rortvedt Explains the Library of the Future

The interview transcript appears on the Appleton Post-Crescent web site. The interview begins with Rortvedt mentioning some recent changes at the library including: We’ve also changed around some of our departments. Our reference department is now known as Community Partnerships, and that’s really to emphasize our increased collaboration with the community and the importance of […]

Wisconsin: $29.5 Million Reconstruction of the Madison's Central Library Gets Underway

From the Wisconsin State Journal: On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Soglin and others kicked off a $29.5 million reconstruction of the worn shell that will bring a glassy, modern facade, a third-floor, new technology, more natural light and public space to create a state-of-the-art facility at the corner of North Fairchild and West Mifflin streets. The […]

Reference: Money in Government: MapLight's Launches Topic Pages, Search for Bills by Issue Area

From a MapLight News Release: MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics, is pleased to announce the launch of its newest transparency tool, Topic Pages, during Sunshine Week. The new tool allows journalists and citizens to search for and track bills by issue area in the U.S. Congress and in the […]

Wisconsin: Libraries on the Front Lines of Advocating for Freedom of Information

From The Oshkosh Northwestern: The Forrest R. Polk Library at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh serves as a repository for state and federal documents, including papers on government funded research and records from legislative hearings.”One of the major battles being fought now is in the area of open access to research funded by the federal government […]

Roundup: New Databases/Data Sets from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin

1. Vermont: Common Cause Launches Campaign Finance Database (via Vermont Digger) Direct to Database 2. New Hampshire: Searchable Database Looks at 2.4 Million State Transactions (via NHOpenGov.org) Direct to Database 3. Wisconsin: New Database Allows People to Search Recall Petitions (via WUVM Radio) Direct to Database

Wisconsin Historical Society Makes 300 Civil War Maps Available Online

From the WHS Web Site: The Society’s online collection about Wisconsin in the Civil War recently added more than 350 Civil War maps. They join 20,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs already available. [Clip] About 50 of the maps published while the fighting was underway informed citizens on the homefront about the war’s […]

Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Little-Known Patron Leaves $1.1 Million to Oshkosh Library (Video)

From WBAY-TV: Christmas comes early at the Oshkosh Public Library after a late donor provided an unexpected gift. The $1.1 million is one of the largest monetary contributions ever for the library, from a donor only a few people knew. “Floored. Would that be a good word? I was really in awe, and very grateful […]

Wisconsin: State Libraries Join e-Book Buying Pool

From the Appleton Post-Crescent: The state’s public libraries have noticed the increasing popularity of iPods, iPads, Sony eReaders, Kindles, Nooks and MP3 players, and plan to play a big role in facilitating that experience. The libraries are part of a statewide e-book buying pool to purchase $1 million in new content in 2012 for a […]