CIPR Research Lunch on “GrandFamily Housing with a Branch Library” (April 12, 2012)

Please join the Center for Information Policy Research for a CIPR Brown Bag Research Lunch on Thursday, April 12, 2012 featuring SOIS PhD student Liza Barry-Kessler, who will present:

“GrandFamily Housing with a Branch Library: A Case Study in Mixed-Use Development at the Milwaukee Public Library”

On October 15, 2011, the Milwaukee Public Library, in partnership with Gorman & Company and the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, officially opened the new Villard Square Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. Although only a block from the previous Villard Avenue Branch library, the new space could not be more different from the old. The new library building is based on an innovative model of mixed use facilities: the building houses a library on the ground floor, and 47 apartments on three stories above for families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. This case study will explain how the Milwaukee Public Library came to create this unusual space, how critical decisions launching the project were made, who made them, and how the shared space and proximity to this very distinct community of families, is working for the library staff, as well as leadership and the Board of Trustees.

Thursday April 12, 2012, 12:30pm

Northwest Quadrant, Building B, Room 3511

We intend to hold informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress.

If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at