South Milwaukee Public Library Names New Director; Welcome Tristan Marshall!

Please join me in welcoming the South Milwaukee Public Library’s new director: Tristan Marshall.

Tristan joins us from Wauwatosa, where she has proven to be an innovator and someone focused on building community relationships. I’m excited to see that experience come to life here, as she leads this important institution forward.

I also want to thank Interim Director Shirley Langbartels for her leadership during these incredibly challenging times. Your hard work during the pandemic has been much appreciated, Shirley.

Learn more in the following press release.


New South Milwaukee Public Library Director Tristan Marshall Lauded as an Innovator, Able to Build Community Relationships

Tristan Marshall has been appointed the new Library Director for the South Milwaukee Public Library. The city’s Library Board unanimously named Marshall to the position at its February 2 meeting. Marshall becomes only the fourth Library Director in South Milwaukee since the 1970s.

The Circulation Supervisor at the Wauwatosa Public Library since 2013, Marshall is scheduled to start at South Milwaukee March 8.

“We are extremely pleased and excited that Tristan will be leading our great South Milwaukee Public Library,” said Dan Reszel, Library Board President. “She is an innovator, believes in relationship building throughout the community, has an engaging personality, and realizes the funding and public health challenges we are facing in the era of limited budgets and the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Reszel said Marshall’s deep library experience coupled with strong people skills impressed the Library Board.

“She said, ‘I have a [library] job because of the patrons’ during the interview,” Reszel said. “That simple but powerful message is so truly fundamental, and it resonated.”

At the Wauwatosa Public Library Marshall is responsible for the circulation of some 800,000 items per year, a volume second only to the Milwaukee Public Library system. She supervises 27 full- and part-time staff at Wauwatosa. In 2019 Marshall received the Wauwatosa “Mayor’s Award for Customer Service,” an award that all of the city’s many hundreds of public employees are eligible for.

Marshall lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

Also at the February 2 meeting the Library Board thanked Interim/Acting Director Shirley Langbartels for her valued leadership.

In 2019 the South Milwaukee Public Library had 78,409 patron visits and nearly 7,000 active library users, about one-third of the city’s population. It also delivered 284 programs for children, young adults and adults that were attended by 7,681 people. Find out more at

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