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.

Library System Anniversaries 2009

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 in Public libraries

Significant anniversaries are opportunities for libraries and library organizations to acknowledge their heritage and at the same time put the spotlight on their library or organization. I generally encourage the idea of celebrating anniversaries as often as every five years and definitely every ten years. This year a number of Wisconsin public library systems have significant anniversaries.  The Southwest Wisconsin Library System is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Library Services Act multi-county library cooperation project that evolved into the Southwest Wisconsin Library System. The April 7, 2009 SWLS blog entry reviews some of the history leading up to the formal formation of the system in 1974. Thus the system is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the creation of the system. SWLS will have a celebration and awards dinner on June 19 to celebrate. The Eastern Shores Library System was formally created in 1979 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. This will also be the 30th anniversary for the ESLS bookmobile and the 25th anniversary of the ESLS delivery service.  A variety of events to celebrate these anniversaries are described in the May issue of "The Connection", the ESLS newsletter. Other library systems are having significant anniversaries but I am as yet unaware of any events acknowledging these anniversaries. A Library Services Act multi-county cooperative project was also initiated in 1959 in Northwest Wisconsin which eventually led to the creation of what is now the Northern Waters Library System in 1973. Library systems created in 1974 and celebrating their 35th anniversaries also include the Arrowhead Library System, the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, and the Mid-Wisconsin Library System. The Lakeshores Library System was  created in 1979 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  The November-December 2001 issue of Channel contained extensive coverage of the history of Wisconsin's public library systems to highlight the 30th anniversary of the passage of the public library system law in December 1971. Congratulations to all of these library systems on these significant anniversaries.


Jean Célibataire Endurci Tuesday, June 23, 2009

You did not mention in your post if celebrating anniversaries every 5 or 10 years will bring in more readers, how many and for how long. I would be curious to see a statistic of how many readers have entered the public libraries in Wisconsin over the past 50 years.

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, June 17, 2018


Popular Tags

Katharine MacDonald Jones Campaign UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Council on Library and Network Development Events DeForest Area Public Library Rusk County Community Library UW-Madison school of library and information studies library exhibit WHCLIS Frank Avery Hutchins Middleton Public Library Eager Free Public Library Library celebrations campaign Parcel post Public library systems Charles Bunge Sandra Friedman Dolnick National Library Week Special libraries Library Systems Meter mail slogans James Huff Stout Wisconsin State Law Library CCBC Edward Asahel Birge Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Wayne A. Wiegand bed and breakfast Hall Lutie Stearns presentations Larry T. Nix Richard E. Krug Clinton Public Library caly film caly film Ripon Public Library Zona Gale Jerome P. Daniels Academic Librarians 11 Digital Collections Hall of Fame 2015 COLAND Jane K. Billings School of Library and Information Studies background Sarah Janice Kee membership libraries Hall of Fame 2016 Anniversaries Eratus Swift Wilcox State Law Library Ruth Ann Montgomery WLA 125 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Inform Wisconsin Woman's Congress traveling libraries UW-Milwaukee Libraries John Miller Chancellor WWI Library War Service Exhibits Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Pinback buttons Hall of Fame 2017 John J. Jax Academic Libraries School libraries Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Cooperative Children's Book Center Madison Public Library Library Artifacts Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall fo Fame 2012 Postcards Library People Louise S. Robbins Appleton Public Library Black River Falls campaign Historical Register Milwaukee Art Museum Suring Area Public Library Library e Public libraries American Library Association Library War Service World War I Hall of Fame 2015 Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends campaign Wisconsin Library Bulletin Klaus Linderfelt Beaver Dam Public Library books-by-mail Soughton Public Library McMillan Memorial Library Buttons 27 Matthew S. Dudgeon bookworm Library History Bernard Schwab Orrilla Blackshear Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Campaign Clarence Brown Lester Lowell W. Wilson Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services ca Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Evansville Wisconsin James Duane Doty caly film Pewaukee Public Library Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Wisconsin Historical Society campa WLA 125 Ice Storm Hall of Fame 2008 22 Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2012 Public libraries state historical society Brown Deer Public Library Hartford Public Library Centennial Portage Public Library Peter G. Hamon Hall of Fame 2010 T. B. Scott Free Public Library Capitol Fire 1904 21 Library Buidlings Hall of Fame 2015 20 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Hall of Fame 2009 Milwaukee Public Library Dorothea M. Krause WLA 125 Brown Deer Public Library Hall of Fame 2011 buil 23 Irene W. Newman Dianne McAfee Hopkins Gertrude Thurow Wisconsin Library Association Postcards American Library Association Library Trustees Events & Meetings Anniversaries S. Janice Kee Black River Falls Public Library Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2012 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Carnegie libraries Hall of Fame 2012 Amer Lutie Eugenia Stearns library memorabilia WAAL William J. Wilson Ruby Roeder People Hall of Fame 2015 Elroy Public Library Oshkosh Public Library Campaign White House Conference on Library and Information Services trav 24 Wisconsin Rapids archives National Bookmobile Day Milwaukee Public Library Beloit Public Library Events & Meetings Library people Postcards Marjorie Sornson Malmberg library legislation Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Marketing-Publicity hall of library education cam 28 Nolan I. Neds Library people Library Buildings Cam J. D. Witter Delia Ovitz Cornelia Marving Pierce Gilbert H. Doane Manitowoc Public Library 14 Uncategorized Carl Spitzweg Bookmobiles anniversaries I Love Libraries Tower Hill Wisconsin Wisconsin Free Library Commission Postcards Superior Carnegie Libraries Publications Hall of Fame 2013 Increase A. Lapham Gerald A. Somers Hall of Fame 2014 Brown County Library 10 Wisconsin Free Library Commission

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo