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Thomas J. Hennen Jr. has been a practicing librarian for over 30 years.  He is presently the Director of Waukesha County Federated Library System in Wisconsin.  He previously directed library systems elsewhere in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Library periodicals such as Library Journal, American Libraries, and the Australian Library and Information Science Journal have published over 50 of his articles on topics ranging from childrenís literature to rural library service to library futures, standards, and accounting.   In 2004 Neal-Schuman published his book, Hennen's Public Library Planner: A Manual and Interactive CD-ROM.  It received rave reviews and is being used by many libraries across the country to plan for a better future.

Hennen has addressed professional library associations in 16 U.S. states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and Australia during his career.  The "Hennenís American Public Library Ratings"  (HAPLR) have gained media notice in hundreds of communities since their first publication in American Libraries magazine in January of 1999. 

Hennen developed the HAPLR rating system. The HAPLR system uses data provided by 9,000 public libraries in the United States to create comparative rankings. The comparisons are in broad population categories. HAPLR provides a comparative rating system that librarians, trustees and the public can use to improve and extend library services.

Waukesha County Federated Library System, of which the consultant is the director, has won nine National Association of Counties Achievement Awards in the last seven years. These awards were for innovative programs and long range planning efforts.  The consultant has the skills to identify cutting edge needs as well as the experience to balance those needs with political and economic realities. 

Tom's Complete resume 

Valerie Hennen is the editor and co-founder of HAPLR.  She has been an instructor at Gateway Technical College for over 20 years.  She received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction in 1978. She teaches Associate degree and diploma level general education courses including Written Communications, Oral Interpersonal Communications, Speech, Pre-College Writing, Pre-College Reading, and Technical Communication Skills.   She has published state-wide curriculum projects under grants supervised by the Wisconsin Technical College System:

  • Distance Learning Alternatives for Classes in Speech 1997;

  • Oral Interpersonal Communications. 1998.

  • Writing Fundamentals, a correspondence course, 1994

Valerie's Complete Resume

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Hennen's Library Consulting
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Racine, WI  53406

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