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In the 1920’s Scottish documentarian John Grierson understood documentaries to be “cinema's potential for observing life” Similarly, Soviet film-maker Dziga Vertov saw documentary film as capturing "life as it is.” From our present day obsession with reality television to a genre of film that has become a contender for our box office dollars, documentaries help us connect with what is happening ... Read More »

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As the American Library Association anticipated, many Americans have turned to their local libraries for assistance in accessing enrollment information and the recently rolled out Health Insurance Marketplace component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the ALA, “Our research shows that Americans regularly turn to their local libraries as a trusted resource for information regarding government initiatives ... Read More »

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It was In the 90’s that the popular Stuart Smalley spoof on Saturday Night Live brought “Deep Thoughts” to viewers to ponder.  A jest at the self-help movement, we could all chuckle at the mantra…“You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!”  The last few decades have seen a huge growth in the digital world. Information technology is evolving ... Read More »

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Last week, our library's Deputy Director Melissa Binder and I attended a WCFLS (Waukesha County Federated Library System) Special Needs Committee meeting at our system office in Waukesha.  Moderated by the system's new Public Relations & Special Needs Librarian, Angela Meyers, we gathered to meet with librarians from various Waukesha County member libraries ... Read More »

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