Faculty Associate Dorothea Salo has been awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant to digitize unique audiovisual materials from Wisconsin cultural institutions and community organizations. With the help of SLIS students Courtney Becks and Logan Rains, Salo will digitize VHS and U-Matic videotapes as well as reel-to-reel tapes and audiocassettes from: the Cedarburg Public Library; the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, WI; the Mineral Point Library and Archives; and community television station WYOU in Madison.
This will be SLIS's proof-of-concept project for RADD, "Recovering Analog and Digital Data," an audiovisual digitization and digital-media capture station in the SLIS Laboratory Library that Salo built in 2015 with help from SLIS students and generous equipment donations from the UW-Madison community. Salo hopes to use RADD to continue training students to handle at-risk audiovisual and digital materials while helping Wisconsin preserve its 20th-century heritage.
The Silver Man is a new book by SLIS Alum Pete Shrake ('10) and published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in April. The Silver Man chronicles the life and times of John H. Kinzie, Indian agent at Fort Winnebago - in what is now Portage - from 1828 through 1833. The book is a culmination of 5 years of research and writing utilizing original materials from the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, Georgetown University, and the National Archives. The project began with an invitation by Historic Indian Agency House to deliver a presentation on Kinzie’s career as Indian Agent. That lecture in turn led to an article published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History two years later. The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Chapter of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America (the organization that owns and administers the Historic Indian Agency House) raised the idea of expanding the article into a book and provided funding for publication. Shrake is the Archivist for Circus World and lives in Baraboo.
Jake Riehl and Molly McBride, both 2nd year SLIS archives students, inspect film at the Home Movie Day event at the Brookfield Public Library. They're preparing 8mm and super8 film that patrons brought to the library to be projected. Many of the patrons had not been able to view their films for 20+ years!
In partnership with the Bayfield Carnegie Library and the Barnes Are Historical Association, SLIS instructor Amy Sloper and SLIS students Catherine Hannula and Jennifer Barth have been awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant to bring personal archiving days to northern Wisconsin. Named the 'North Woods Tour,' the group will host three separate events to educate and empower local communities to preserve their personal archives and history in Bayfield, Barnes, and Eau Claire. Personal history is widely regarded by social historians, archivists, and scholars as a vital component of the cultural record and these events will help individuals to digitize or otherwise perverse photographs, letters, diaries, cassette tapes, super 8 film, and more. Through teaching preservation techniques and empowering people to save their personal histories, the project intends to more fully capture the history of Wisconsin and its diverse population.
2016 Jack A. Clarke Scholarship Winner:
SLIS Online Master's Degree Student
Congratulations to Shalini Ramachandran, resident of Boise, Idaho, on receiving the annual Jack A. Clarke Scholarship. Shalini holds a Mathematics bachelor's degree from the University of Bombay and English Literature master's and PhD degrees from Purdue University. With a background in teaching and libraries, she aspires to work in an academic library as either a subject specialist or a digital humanities librarian. Community outreach, bridging the digital access divide, and service to diverse students are also important to her. A strong student, Shalini earned praise from Michele Besant, her online LIS 450 instructor. Michele writes "[Shalini's posts] were the kind of questions that help move discussion forward and enriched the process for all of us."
Each spring, the Jack A. Clark Scholarship is awarded to a student who shows exceptional promise in pursuing a career in library and information studies. Please consider contributing to the Jake A. Clarke Scholarship Fund--make a difference in the life of a SLIS student.
Doug Mullin ('06), Digital Assets Manager for Oakley, Inc.
What was your career path that led you to becoming a Digital Assets Manager for Oakley, Inc?
I started my career wanting to be a History professor. I got into the History program at the UW-Madison, realized how bad the job market is, finished my MA and left. I didn’t have much of a plan, but I tripped into a Digital Asset Management (DAM) job at a consumer products company in Madison and eventually got my MA from SLIS with their support. I found Graphic Designers and Marketing people to be the most interesting and creative people in the corporate world. I am very visual so I enjoyed working with the assets they were creating. I found that I learned the technology side of the job quickly and enjoyed it. With this experience, I got the opportunity to move to Oakley, in Southern California.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Digital Assets Manager?
My role in my job is to bring together people, process, content and technology. I really enjoy all four of these. I heard a colleague at a conference describe people in roles like ours as “unicorns,” the rare people who love all these facets. There are lots of people who enjoy one or two of these things, but it is rare to find someone who really enjoys all of them.
How did your time at SLIS influence your career?
One of the key things I look for when hiring someone for a role like my own, is someone who really wants to do this work, and takes it on in a truly professional kind of way. Lots of people can draw pictures or take photos, but the difference between them and the graphic designers and photographers I work with is in the professionalism, and the level of skill brought to the job. Part of this is based on personality, but the MA from SLIS adds to the professionalism and training required to do this work.
Do you have any advice for current or future students?
There are always more things to learn! In my role, I get to learn about how so many other people in our company work - from graphic designers and photographers, to video, IT, Sales, Marketing, and many more. I also get to learn about technology, which is always changing. What students are learning at SLIS today is a foundation, but the learning never ends. Which, if you are like me, is perfect.