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Thomas J. Hennen Jr. has been a practicing librarian for almost 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 40 of his articles on topics ranging from childrenís literature to rural library service to library futures, standards, and accounting.

Hennen has addressed professional library associations in 15 U.S. states and in several Canadian Provinces during his career.  The Hennenís American Public Library Ratings XE "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.  The series of articles proved so popular that American Libraries took the unusual step of posting them in their entirety on their web site at: http://www.ala.org/alonline/news/special.html 

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 five National Association of Counties Achievement Awards in the last two 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. 




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