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.

Robert (Bob) Bocher, 2018 Library Hall of Fame Inductee

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 in Hall of Fame
bob bocherRobert (Bob) Bocher dedicated his career to the use of technology to improve library service to the public, emerging as a state and national leader in this field.  He worked for decades to improve resource sharing throughout the state and saw the proliferation of library system and multi-system shared integrated library systems which helped make Wisconsin number one nationally in public library resource sharing per capita.
Bocher championed the development of library systems’ wide area networks through his tireless work with BadgerNet, WiscNet, TEACH and the federal e-rate programs to help bring fast and affordable advanced telecommunications to Wisconsin schools and libraries, including those in small and rural communities. Through this work, Bocher became both a state and national e-rate expert.
   
During his career with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and continuing on into retirement, Bocher lent his expertise to libraries nationally through his work with many information technology committees and as an ALA Fellow. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) which administers the federal E-rate program and the Universal Service Fund (USF).
Locally and statewide he was always available to answer questions and provide consultation with both library system and public library information technology projects. He always provided assistance with never ending patience and a smile. Bob Bocher actually gave a true and sincere meaning to the old cynical, bureaucratic line, “I’m from the State and I’m here to help.”

Comments

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

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Categories

Popular Tags

Wisconsin Library Bulletin Edward Asahel Birge National Bookmobile Day books-by-mail Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide WLA 125 traveling libraries Jerome P. Daniels Lowell W. Wilson Richard E. Krug Pewaukee Public Library Hall fo Fame 2012 Woman's Congress ca Bookmobiles Madison Public Library bookworm Campaign Academic Librarians Frank Avery Hutchins Middleton Public Library Parcel post Library Systems Bob Bochfer bed and breakfast Library Buidlings Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Postcards American Library Association WLA 125 Cornelia Marving Pierce Hall of Fame 2009 Capitol Fire 1904 Hall Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Rusk County Community Library Hall of Fame 2014 library exhibit Bernard Schwab caly film Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Portage Public Library UW-Milwaukee Libraries Katharine MacDonald Jones buil WWI Library War Service Hartford Public Library Exhibits Council on Library and Network Development WAAL Robert Bocher Nolan I. Neds Pinback buttons Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Library celebrations Wisconsin Historical Society Hall of Fame 2015 Ruth Ann Montgomery Hall of Fame 2011 Milwaukee Art Museum Charles Bunge Black River Falls Public Library WLA 125 campaign Wisconsin State Law Library COLAND WLA 125 Klaus Linderfelt DeForest Area Public Library Public libraries Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library History Black River Falls I Love Libraries Library people Public libraries WHCLIS Zona Gale Dorothea M. Krause T. B. Scott Free Public Library Hall of Fame 2008 Hall of Fame 2018 Matthew S. Dudgeon Library People Hall of Fame 2012 Gilbert H. Doane 20 Eratus Swift Wilcox presentations Brown Deer Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Amer 14 Evansville Wisconsin School libraries Irene W. Newman Hall of Fame 2015 Cam Beloit Public Library Clarence Brown Lester Hall of Fame 2018 Postcards 22 cam library legislation Hall of Fame 2016 Oshkosh Public Library Sarah Janice Kee Carnegie libraries Centennial Ice Storm Wayne A. Wiegand Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Louise S. Robbins Buttons Library people Postcards School of Library and Information Studies James Huff Stout Digital Collections Wisconsin Rapids Cooperative Children's Book Center caly film Jane K. Billings Orrilla Blackshear S. Janice Kee Milwaukee Public Library Lutie Eugenia Stearns Delia Ovitz Carl Spitzweg campa Wisconsin Free Library Commission Suring Area Public Library UW-Madison school of library and information studies Eager Free Public Library Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Wisconsin Free Library Commission Hall of Fame 2010 World War I Library Trustees Library e Hall of Fame 2012 Campaign campaign Hall of Fame 2013 Hall of Fame 2015 archives Academic Libraries White House Conference on Library and Information Services Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries William J. Wilson Events & Meetings McMillan Memorial Library Milwaukee Public Library Ruby Roeder Elroy Public Library UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Uncategorized Ripon Public Library campaign Sandra Friedman Dolnick library memorabilia John Miller Chancellor Historical Register Tower Hill Wisconsin American Library Association Library War Service Increase A. Lapham 21 People Brown Deer Public Library Library Artifacts J. D. Witter Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Beaver Dam Public Library Anniversaries Wisconsin Library Association Special libraries Larry T. Nix trav Wisconsin Library Heritage Center CCBC Gertrude Thurow 28 Brown County Library Lucy E. Smith Morris Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Peter G. Hamon 23 caly film Marketing-Publicity John J. Jax State Law Library Inform Wisconsin Dianne McAfee Hopkins 27 Events Campaign Manitowoc Public Library National Library Week Appleton Public Library Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs Superior Carnegie Libraries Gerald A. Somers Public library systems Hall of Fame 2015 Meter mail slogans Lutie Stearns James Duane Doty Anniversaries Library Buildings membership libraries state historical society anniversaries hall of Hall of Fame 2017 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends 10 11 Soughton Public Library Publications Clinton Public Library Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Hall of Fame 2012 Events & Meetings Postcards Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries 24 background library education Helen Adams

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo