Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Calvin (Cal) Potter (1945- )

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in Hall of Fame

potter-recent-72.jpgCalvin (Cal) Potter was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on November 4 at the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference in Wisconsin Dells. Potter was a consistent and effective legislative supporter for Wisconsin libraries of all types during his 23 year career as a member of the State legislature and during his almost five years of service as Assistant State Superintendent, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning (DLTCL). Potter was a member of the Wisconsin Assembly from 1975-90 and a member of the Senate from January 1991 to May 1998. He served on the Assembly Education Committee and the Senate Education Committee and served as Chair of both committees. He served as Chair of the 1977 Legislative Council Committee on Library Laws which resulted in major revision to state legislation on libraries. He also served as Chair of the Legislative Council Committee on Public Libraries (1997) which resulted in favorable changes to library public library legislation. Potter was a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Science. Potter served as Assistant State Superintendent and administrator of DLTCL from May, 1998 to January, 2003. During this period extensive technology planning and implementation took place for both public and school libraries. The transition from federal to state funding for BadgerLink also took place during this period. He chaired the State Superintendent's Task Force on Public Library Funding and Legislation. For his advocacy for libraries, Potter received WLA’s Citation of Merit in 1981 and again in 1985. Based on nominations from WLA and the Wisconsin Educational Media Association, Potter was selected in 2000 for the American Library Association's National Advocacy Honor Roll which included those individuals and organizations who had most actively advocated for libraries in the United States over the last 100 years. Potter is currently a member of the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND). 
Potter was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Lakeland College and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. He taught Social Studies at Plymouth High School (1968-1975) before his legislative career. In May 1998, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lakeland College in "recognition of his many contributions to quality education as a State Senator and State Representative". He has received more than 50 other awards for his legislative efforts in behalf of education, libraries, and environmental protection. He is listed in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History
Potter and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Potter, a former instructor at Silver Lake College, currently reside in the Town of Sheboygan Falls.


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Popular Tags

People Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Inform Wisconsin Cam Ripon Public Library 20 caly film Lutie Stearns WLA 125 Library celebrations 27 Campaign Wisconsin Rapids Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services 14 state historical society Tower Hill Wisconsin American Library Association Library War Service Woman's Congress Hall of Fame 2008 cam Zona Gale Sarah Janice Kee World War I Campaign traveling libraries Oshkosh Public Library Frank Avery Hutchins ca Wisconsin Free Library Commission Hall of Fame 2009 Digital Collections Bookmobiles campaign Library Buidlings Pinback buttons White House Conference on Library and Information Services Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Library Trustees Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Hall fo Fame 2012 Wayne A. Wiegand caly film Postcards Hall Clarence Brown Lester Centennial Suring Area Public Library William J. Wilson Anniversaries hall of Wisconsin Historical Society I Love Libraries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee trav Library e books-by-mail Library People McMillan Memorial Library Amer campaign Special libraries COLAND CCBC Appleton Public Library Milwaukee Public Library library exhibit State Law Library Katharine MacDonald Jones Beloit Public Library James Huff Stout bookworm Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Marketing-Publicity Hall of Fame 2012 Library Buildings Richard E. Krug J. D. Witter Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Pewaukee Public Library Larry T. Nix Exhibits WAAL Meter mail slogans 23 Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Brown Deer Public Library Eager Free Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission library memorabilia Jane K. Billings 28 library education campa Ruth Ann Montgomery Postcards Anniversaries Nolan I. Neds Bernard Schwab Hartford Public Library Gilbert H. Doane Public libraries Jerome P. Daniels WLA 125 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Campaign Events Black River Falls Public Library 11 Gertrude Thurow Clinton Public Library Parcel post Milwaukee Art Museum Carl Spitzweg American Library Association Ice Storm Library History Hall of Fame 2011 Hall of Fame 2015 21 Library Artifacts Rusk County Community Library UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies UW-Milwaukee Libraries Klaus Linderfelt Milwaukee Public Library Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries National Bookmobile Day membership libraries Historical Register caly film Delia Ovitz Cooperative Children's Book Center Events & Meetings Cornelia Marving Pierce UW-Madison school of library and information studies Hall of Fame 2016 presentations Hall of Fame 2010 Library people Postcards Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Beaver Dam Public Library Edward Asahel Birge Peter G. Hamon Hall of Fame 2013 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries archives Carnegie libraries Brown Deer Public Library S. Janice Kee Orrilla Blackshear anniversaries Evansville Wisconsin Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Public libraries School libraries James Duane Doty WWI Library War Service Library Systems Eratus Swift Wilcox National Library Week Black River Falls Matthew S. Dudgeon bed and breakfast Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2015 School of Library and Information Studies T. B. Scott Free Public Library Brown County Library Manitowoc Public Library Events & Meetings Increase A. Lapham campaign Irene W. Newman 10 library legislation 22 Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Hall of Fame 2015 Lutie Eugenia Stearns Portage Public Library 24 Wisconsin Library Association Charles Bunge Hall of Fame 2012 Library people John Miller Chancellor Council on Library and Network Development Academic Libraries Gerald A. Somers Buttons Superior Carnegie Libraries Dorothea M. Krause Wisconsin State Law Library Hall of Fame 2012 Capitol Fire 1904 Hall of Fame 2015 Postcards Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall of Fame 2014 Elroy Public Library Public library systems DeForest Area Public Library background Wisconsin Library Bulletin Publications WLA 125 Madison Public Library WHCLIS Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Uncategorized buil Middleton Public Library Dianne McAfee Hopkins Academic Librarians Soughton Public Library WLA 125

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo