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View from Lester Public Library, November 1, 2011

I’m currently sitting in Wright Room C in the Hilton at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference, waiting for the next program to start, feeling pretty great about our presentation this morning.  We had something of a crowd; I’d say we had something like 40 people attend (I’ll have to count surveys to be sure), and a ton of great questions, suggestions, and a flurry of exchanged business cards for future partnerships.

Some great folks we’ve met so far:

Oshkosh Public Library Director, Jeff Gilderson-Duwe, who had great suggestions for how we can make the Library as Incubator Project sustainable, including registering for a 501.C and allowing folks to contribute funding to the project.  He’s also got at least one writer on staff, who is looking into establishing a writing contest for the community!  Jeff, great to meet you– and keep in touch!

Middleton Public Library Director, Pamela Westby, whose presentation on Community Art Projects, including the fantastic Origami Mural on permanent exhibit at Middleton, was nothing less than inspiring. Watch for more about Middleton’s arts partnerships and programs in the near future on the site soon!

Lester Public Library Director, Jeff Dawson, who is never without his camera, even at a conference, and who is debuting a new kind of electronic pop-up book technology at his library in the near future.  His photo stream (, includes tons of beautiful photos and documentation from various conferences, which are all free to share through a Creative Commons license!  We hope he’ll contribute to the site soon as well!

Oh!  and there is a new article about the Project on the Badger Herald website!  Check it out here:  Badger Herald article 11/4/2011

We’re just tickled by the new article, and to meet so many fun, creative librarians and to make so many contacts for the website– stay tuned to our Twitter stream for our tweets on the conference using the hashtag #WLA2011 for more!


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