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MONTELLO - Public libraries were a large resource for job seekers last year, according to those in charge of each of the six in Marquette County.

Librarians from the Endeavor, Montello, Neshkoro, Oxford and Packwaukee libraries and Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield spoke Tuesday at the Marquette County Board of Supervisors meeting about increases in Internet usage over the last year. Supervisors also were given statistics of library usage by county residents.

The librarians said county libraries have become resources for job seekers because Marquette County no longer has a state job center. The closest state job center is in Baraboo and serves Columbia, Marquette and Sauk counties.

"The No. 1 increase over last year is Wi-Fi usage for job searches," said Marie Boleman of Ethel Everhard Memorial Library.

Libraries also provide assistance using computers to write resumes and letters of application, proofread resumes for errors, assist in finding job listings online and help in finding maps and directions for job interviews and job fairs.

"Every day, people are using (our) computers for job searching," said Jim Walker, library director at Oxford Public Library.

According to statistics given by the county's librarians, residents visited their libraries an estimated 33,676 times in 2009. This is an increase of about 6 percent over 2008 usage. Since 2000, library use by county residents has doubled, the report said.

In other business:

• Jack Cummings of Endeavor introduced himself to the County Board as a Republican running for Wisconsin Assembly District 42.

• State Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, presented the County Board with a plaque of 2009 Senate Joint Resolution 55. The resolution, passed jointly by the state Senate and Assembly in January, designates 2010 as the "Year of John Muir" in Wisconsin.

• The County Board passed a resolution changing the name of Mulhern Lake in the town of Buffalo to Knights Lake.

• The County Board appointed James E. Schurk, a Korean War-era veteran of the U.S. Army, as a member of the Marquette County Veterans Service Commission for three years. Schurk is a resident of Crystal Lake Township.

• The board appointed Elsa Russell to the county Human Services Board. Russell was appointed to complete Daniel Klawitter's term on the board. Klawitter was serving on the board as a citizen representative until he was elected as a District 11 county supervisor in April.

• The board reappointed Robert Bonneville, of the town of Neshkoro, as a member of the county's Board of Adjustment.

• George Lekas, who was on the agenda to speak about the future of Moose Fest in Montello, did not attend.

Library usage

In 2009, Marquette County residents:

• Checked out 31,885 books.

• Checked out 29,814 videos.

• Checked out 1,063 magazines.

• Used the libraries' Internet computers for 7,844 hours.

• Borrowed 13,716 items belonging to other libraries.

• Received answers to 4,235 reference questions at their libraries.

kkirkpatrick@capitalnewspapers.com

745-3509

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