Bolthouse named new FDLPL director

Jon Mark Bolthouse has accepted the position of director of the Fond du Lac Public Library, effective July 23. He will replace Ken Hall, who retires on July 27.

Bolthouse, of Fond du Lac, has served for more than two years as technology projects manager for the South Central Library System based in Madison, managing a staff that provides technology support to 54 public libraries in seven Wisconsin counties.

According to Fond du Lac Public Library Board President Lori Pain, Bolthouse was chosen following a national search because "he possessed all the qualities we were looking for. We chose him for his enthusiasm and desire to continue making the library a growing presence in the community."

Bolthouse holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He has worked in libraries for more than 12 years. Prior to joining South Central, Bolthouse was automation librarian for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and held the systems coordinator position for the libraries of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore colleges located outside Philadelphia.

"I am delighted by this opportunity to serve my own community," said Bolthouse. "I intend to continue the excellent service Ken and his staff have provided over the years, expanding on their good work by utilizing my technological background to the library's best advantage."

Along with raising daughter, Ivy, 11, with his wife, Monica Walk, Bolthouse is an accomplished musician who has played in Japan and the Midwest and currently performs regularly in the Madison area.

Hall has been director in Fond du Lac for 10 years and has worked for more than 34 years in public libraries in Appleton, Wisconsin Rapids and Two Rivers. He was brought to Fond du Lac in 2002 to oversee the library's massive expansion and renovation project.

"I am confident that the community will be well-served by Jon Mark," said Hall. "He brings to the position a lifelong passion for public libraries, along with an absolutely cutting-edge perspective on sharing information."

Bolthouse was the featured speaker at the Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library Annual Meeting in April, presenting, "More Than Just Books: How Technology is Transforming Today's Libraries." Among his many achievements, Bolthouse is co-creator of The MacGyver Librarians, a duo presenting cutting-edge technology to librarians throughout Wisconsin, "one roll of duct tape at a time."

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