Friday, July 27, 2012

Carol Stream Library Director Has No Doubts Her Firing was Personal


Carol Stream library director: 'No doubt this was personal'. (The Daily Herald, 7/27/2012)

Excerpt: In 2009, Wade ran on a slate with DeRango and Jeffrey in opposition to what they said were high library taxes and improper spending by Kennedy. Wade got elected that year, and DeRango and Jeffrey two years later.

“Once Mike Wade got on the board and when Jeffrey and DeRango got on the board, I knew this board would have different dynamics and there would be challenges ahead,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes I would say the sky was blue and they'd argue with me.”

Still, Kennedy said board President Rob Douglas served as a unifying force among the differing views until he stepped down this year to become a DuPage County circuit court judge.

I knew my job was in jeopardy when Rob left,” Kennedy said. “I saw the writing on the wall when he stepped down.

Board President Mike Wade praised at Conservatively Speaking blog.

Related posts:
Do-over:  Library board votes again to fire library director officially, legally.  (7/26/2012)
Philosophical realignment of the Carol Stream Public Library Board of Trustees.  (7/19/2012)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Do-Over: Carol Stream Library Board Votes Again to Fire Director Officially, Legally


Carol Stream fires library director in 4-2 vote. (The Daily Herald, 7/26/2012)

I suspect Ann Kennedy could have told him this had he asked.  Talk about "failure to communicate"! Board President Mike Wade called a revote after learning the board's original 3-1 vote that he was short a vote to fire Kennedy.

The action took place with the room packed with supporters of Ann Kennedy.

Interim Director and Head of Youth Services Mary Clemens makes her feelings clear.


Certainly doesn't sound like a vote of confidence for the library board's action.  What will Mike say?

One of the article comments notes that [a] grass roots organization is already at work to unseat the Board members who show open contempt for the library and who have already done such damage to the reputation and the daily operations of the library.

Related post:
Philosophical realignment of the Carol Stream Public Library Board of Trustees.  (7/19/2012)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Urban Libraries Council's 2012 Top Innovators, Operations: Brooklyn Public Library's Open Libraries Initiative




Related posts:

Urban Libraries Council's 2012 Top Innovators/Health, Wellness & Safety: San Antonio's Public Library's Building a Teen Nutrition Program




Related posts:

Urban Libraries Council's 2012 Top Innovators/Education, Literacy & Lifelong Learning: San Jose Public Library's Work Wise


San Jose Public Library news release


Related posts:

Urban Libraries Council 2012 Top Innovators, Economic & Workforce Development: Workforce1 Career Centers (New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library)


More information here.






Related posts:

Urban Libraries Council 2012 Top Innovators, Collections: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Virtual Information Center


Related post:

Urban Libraries Council 2012 Top Innovators, Civic & Community Engagement: Sacramento Public Library's 1 Street Press







Dillinger Movie @ the St. Joseph County Public Library










"Life of Pi", the Trailer



Opens in theaters on November 21, 2012.

First Look at Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ Movie: Man & Tiger on a Boat. (Screenrant)

Book Review:  "Taming the Tiger".  (The New York Times, 7/7/2002)


I'm probably in the 3-to-4-star range.  I listened to a Playaway audio version, more than four year ago since I was still working at Middleton, and thought the book seemed much longer than its 326 pages.

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 80th Assembly District

The old 80th


Public libraries in the 80th Assembly District

Due to redistricting, the current representative of the 80th District, Janis Ringhand, is running in the 45th.

Strict speaking then, an open seat.

However, the new boundaries of the 80th District contain a good chunk of the territory in the old 79th, which Sondy Pope-Roberts currently represents.  

For this reason, she is considered....

The de facto Democratic Incumbent

Biography Born Madison, April 27, 1950; widowed; one child. 

Graduate River Valley H.S.; attended Madison Area Technical College and Edgewood College. 

Former Associate Director of the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools

Member: Wis. Women in Government (bd. of dir.); Education Comn. of the States (commissioner); Natl. Caucus of Environmental Legislators; Honorary Life Member, Wis. Congress of Parents and Teachers. Fellow, Bowhay Institute, La Follette School, UW-Madison. Fellow, Flemming Institute, Center of Policy Alternatives. Oakhill Correctional Institute Advisory Bd.; State Superintendent’s Entrepreneurship Task Force (co-chp.). 

Elected to Assembly 2002; reelected since 2004.  Won in 2010 with 59% of vote.

The Republican Challenger


Lamberson owns a home building business, according to a press release from his campaign Monday.

Lowering his sights.

The Democratic Challengers

Charles Uphoff

About. I have three children, five grandchildren and have had the opportunity to serve my community as a member and president of the Fitchburg City Council and a member of the Oregon School Board for nine years. 

I also served as a member of the Dane County Ethics Board and was coordinator of the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Children and Families.

Also serves on The Madison Institute Board of Directors.

Joe Wineke

About.  [Note the old campaign photo.  Bold added.  Dates are from Wikipedia.] Joe’s roots run deep in the 80th Assembly District. Raised in a single parent family, Joe and his brothers attended a one-room school house in Fitchburg. From an early age Joe learned the value of hardwork – starting at the Mobil gas station in Verona when he was 14, he paid his way to earn a degree at UW-Madison. Joe, and his wife Debbie reside in Verona. They have three wonderful children and a golden retriever. 

Joe Wineke brings over 30 years of public and private sector experience to the race for the open 80th District. He served on the Verona City Council [1980-1983], was a member of the State Assembly for 10 years [1982-1993], won the election to replace Russ Feingold for the State Senate, where he served for six years [1993-1998], and was appointed by Governor Doyle to serve as the state’s chief labor negotiator in 2009. His private sector experience includes time as the political director for the Operating Engineers Local 139, executive director of the Construction Labor-Management Council, a realtor with First Weber Realtors and was the successful Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin from 2005-2009.

Wisconsin Eye interview.


Related posts:
Assembly District 1.
Assembly District 2.
Assembly District 3.
Assembly District 4.
Assembly District 5.
Assembly District 6.
Assembly District 7.
Assembly District 8.
Assembly District 9.
Assembly District 10.
Assembly District 11.
Assembly District 12.
Assembly District 13.
Assembly District 14.
Assembly District 15.
Assembly District 16.
Assembly District 17.
Assembly District 18.
Assembly District 19.
Assembly District 20.
Assembly District 21.
Assembly District 22.
Assembly District 23.
Assembly District 24.
Assembly District 25.
Assembly District 26.
Assembly District 27.
Assembly District 28.
Assembly District 29.
Assembly District 30.
Assembly District 31.
Assembly District 32.
Assembly District 33.
Assembly District 34.
Assembly District 37.
Assembly District 39.
Assembly District 44.
Assembly District 45.
Assembly District 47.
Assembly District 49.
Assembly District 51.
Assembly District 53.
Assembly District 55.
Assembly District 56.
Assembly District 62.
Assembly District 65.
Assembly District 69.
Assembly District 70.
Assembly District 71.
Assembly District 78.
Assembly District 79.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Who Loves Eric Hovde? Gannett Wisconsin Media, I'm Guessin'

Gannett Wisconsin Media publishes the Manitowoc Herald-Times-Reporter, from a large section of the July 14, 2012, front page is reproduced below.



My home printer scans an area of 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches at a time, so I had to create two screenshots before transferring the total image to this blogpost.

The banner headline, seemingly life-size photo, and first few paragraphs of the article take up nearly half the front page..  How many candidates get this much space the day after winning an election?

Needless to say, JoAnna and I reacted with jaw-dropping, eye-rolling amazement.

Musta been a slow-news Saturday.  (But it also makes me wonder if the front page is for sale.)

Jack Kerouac on U.S. Highway 6


I'd been poring over maps of the United States in Paterson for months, even reading books about the pioneers and savoring names like Platte and Cimarron and so on, and on the road-map was one long red line called Rout 6 that led from the tip of Cape Cod clear to Ely, Nevada, and there dipped down to Los Angeles.  I'll just stay on 6 all the way to Ely, Nevada, I said to myself and confidently started. 


U.S. 6:  The Grand Army of the  Republic Highway 

Having grown up in Warren, Pennsylvania, I admit to a certain bias here, but you're not likely to find a more beautiful stretch of highway in the U.S. than U.S. 6 across northern Pennsylvania.

U.S. 6 follows the Allegheny River as it cuts through Warren.



I have slides from trips I made along this stretch of highway in the mid-1970s, traveling between Warren, Pennsylvania, and Springfield, Massachusetts, but they need to be digitized. 

Related posts:
Dean Moriarty, library regular.  (7/21/2012)

Not Having Your Meeting Room Policy in Compliance with the Law Could Be Expensive


Seaside Library changing policy following lawsuit. (Seaside Signal, 7/18/2012)

Excerpt: [with emphasis added]  Religious ceremonies may soon be held at the Seaside Public Library following a ruling by a federal court judge over the library’s policy prohibiting use of the library room’s for religious meetings. 

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman ordered the Seaside Library to pay $10,500 to the Florida-based nonprofit Library Counsel as well as court and attorney fees following his June 6 decision over a lawsuit filed in February by the Florida-based non-profit Liberty Council Counsel.


Among other activities, the Liberty Counsel takes a watchdog interest in publicly funded libraries that prohibit the use of their meeting rooms for religious meetings.  (As does the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund.)

Some other examples:

August 30, 2005.  Liberty Counsel filed suit against the Newton Falls Library Board of Trustees after its application to use the Newton Falls Public Library Meeting Room was denied when library officials deemed the subject of traditional marriage to be "controversial."

June 16, 2005 .  Liberty Counsel filed suit against the Rampart Library District Board of Trustees after its application to use the Woodland Park Library Community Room was denied.

April 10, 2000.  Christopher A. PFEIFER, Plaintiff,v.CITY OF WEST ALLIS, Defendant.  United States District Court, E.D. Wisconsin.  Plaintiff Christopher A. Pfeifer brings this action under 42 U.S.C. � 1983 to challenge the refusal of defendant City of West Allis to permit him to use a meeting room in the public library ("Library") to present a program on creationism.


Wisconsin Public Library Policy Resources


In the March 2011 issue of Trustee Tale, Winnefox Library System Assistant Director Mark Arend provides specific examples of "reasonable time, place, and manner regulations" regarding meeting room use.



Related posts/articles:
Court strikes down Contra Costa's worship ban.  (American Libraries, 6/24/2009)

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 79th Assembly District



Public libraries in the 79th District
Verona Public Library (service area)

An open seat,  Sondy Pope-Roberts, who currently represents the 79th, is running in the 80th.  The patchwork of green you see northeast of Lake Mendota is the remnants of the Town of Burke.

The Democratic Candidates

Dianne Hesselbein

About    [with bold added]  Dianne, 41, has been elected to three terms on the Dane County Board of Supervisors and currently serves as a member of the budget committee and as the Board's representative on the Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center Board.  

Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, she served on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board (2005-2008). 

Born and raised in Dane County, Hesselbein attended LaFollette High School and graduated from UW-Oshkosh before earning a Master's in religious studies at Edgewood College. She and her husband Bob, an airline pilot and retired Wisconsin National Guard veteran, and their family – Will, Annika and Katie –live in Middleton.

Wisconsin Eye interview


Ellen Lindgren

About:  [with bold added]  Ellen has lived in Wisconsin for 35 years, mostly in the City of Middleton. She has three adult children who all attended and graduated from Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools. She owns a home in Middleton where she lives with her dog, Mosi. 

Ellen has a passion for excellent public education and has served for 18 years on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Board of Education.  [Yes, that Dianne's husband who currently serves on the Board.]  She has served as president of the board for seven years. She has been involved with many statewide groups advocating for quality, well-funded public education. 

 After college, she worked as a VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) volunteer in Denver, CO, working side by side with neighbors in a depressed area to create a community center. Humboldt House became a vibrant place for after school programs, tutoring, public health outreach, and an adult education center.  

After working in the hospital setting as a nursing assistant, she became convinced healthcare was the area she wanted to pursue. Ellen received her nursing degree at Columbia University in NYC, and went to work in Columbia’s Neonatal Intensive Care.  

Ellen continued her career in Wisconsin as head nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Madison General (now Meriter). She has also held positions at Red Cross and done LTE work at UW student health.

Wisconsin Eye interview

The Libertarian Candidate
Carl Skalitzky
No current information about Skalitzky, though I found this 2008 profile.  At this point, he listed his party affiliation as Republican.

Skalitzky lost to Tom Clauder in the 2010 Republican primary for the 79th District seat. Sondy Pope-Roberts won the general election with 59% of the vote.


A personal note.  JoAnna and I are good friends with both Democratic candidates.  How to choose?  Dianne announced her candidacy well before Ellen and quickly asked us for our support.  We immediately said "yes", as we've been big supporters of her county board campaigns.  Once Ellen decided to run, she asked us for her support, which, of course, we had to decline, explaining that we had already committed our support to Dianne.  No hard feelings, fortunately.

It's interesting to note that the Middleton Education Association has endorsed Dianne.

Related posts:
Assembly District 1.
Assembly District 2.
Assembly District 3.
Assembly District 4.
Assembly District 5.
Assembly District 6.
Assembly District 7.
Assembly District 8.
Assembly District 9.
Assembly District 10.
Assembly District 11.
Assembly District 12.
Assembly District 13.
Assembly District 14.
Assembly District 15.
Assembly District 16.
Assembly District 17.
Assembly District 18.
Assembly District 19.
Assembly District 20.
Assembly District 21.
Assembly District 22.
Assembly District 23.
Assembly District 24.
Assembly District 25.
Assembly District 26.
Assembly District 27.
Assembly District 28.
Assembly District 29.
Assembly District 30.
Assembly District 31.
Assembly District 32.
Assembly District 33.
Assembly District 34.
Assembly District 37.
Assembly District 39.
Assembly District 44.
Assembly District 45.
Assembly District 47.
Assembly District 49.
Assembly District 51.
Assembly District 53.
Assembly District 55.
Assembly District 56.
Assembly District 62.
Assembly District 65.
Assembly District 69.
Assembly District 70.
Assembly District 71.
Assembly District 78.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Climate Change Results in Coast Guard's "Unprecedented" Deployment to North Shore of Alaska

-

Page ES-1.   The melting sea ice has resulted in the opening of new navigable waterways and uses for these waterways, as well as the increased desire to explore further below the seabed for natural resources. The increased levels of human activity in the Arctic will result in a substantial increase in maritime activities during the summer of 2012. To fulfill its mandated missions in the Arctic, the Coast Guard needs to plan for and respond to these anticipated changes.

Page 1-1.Vessel activity in the Arctic has increased with the retreating sea ice and includes a broad range of vessels including 
  • icebreakers, 
  • research, 
  • oil industry, 
  • ore carriers, 
  • coastal resupply, 
  • cruise ships, 
  • recreational/adventurer vessels, and 
  • state commercial fishing. 
With increased traffic comes an increased potential for