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OITP Fellow Bob Bocher honored with Wisconsin Library Association’s Special Service Award

At OITP we know we are fortunate to have a staff of expert consultants and Fellows to turn to for opinions and advice on the myriad of issues that come across our plate.

It is doubly rewarding to see that those outside our relatively small world also recognize individual expertise.

This recently was the case with OITP Fellow Bob Bocher, Library Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (at the state library agency).  Bob is this year’s recipient of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Special Service Award.

Bob has been an outspoken champion for enhancing library service through technology, including advocating for high-speed Internet access before it was really in vogue.  Bob assisted Wisconsin libraries and library systems in getting connected to BadgerNet, the state’s broadband network through which most of Wisconsin’s libraries are able to secure the high-capacity Internet connection they need to provide the public with the services they have come to expect from their local library.

Most recently Wisconsin was awarded a $28 million federal grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) to bring fiber to all of the state’s libraries and schools on BadgerNet.

OITP has long appreciated Bob’s contributions.  In addition to his current position as OITP Fellow, Bob served as Chair to the E-rate Task Force, Chair of the Telecommunications Subcommittee and has contributed to numerous federal filings and OITP policy briefs.  We are extremely fortunate to have Bob on our side advocating for libraries across Wisconsin and across the nation through his work with OITP,.

Congratulations, Bob!

– ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

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