SLIS Instructor, Dorothea Salo, nominated for WISE Instructor of the Year Award

Jan 2015


Congratulations to Dorothea Salo! Through a student-nomination process, Salo has been named as one of the 2014 WISE Instructors of the Year for her Summer 2014 course, Publishing, Knowledge Institutions & Society: E - Revolutions? Students appreciate her "funny and engaging screencasts, as well as the useful and thoughtfully design assignments." WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) is a consortium of schools in the information field focused on broadening the online course topics available to their students. Says Salo of her teaching practices:


I plan every course I teach, face-to-face or online, with a divided eye: half my attention on what students need to KNOW when we're done, half on what they should be able to DO when we're done. Their new knowledge should at minimum empower them to make smart, grounded professional decisions; the new skills they gain through work they complete in class should ideally be directly relevant to their workplace and their eventual research and service contributions to their chosen professions.

When teaching online, I rely heavily on humor and activist passion. Humor makes me human even to students who may never be in the same room with me; it also, I find, leads students to communicate more freely with each other, as my humanity in their eyes reminds them that their classmates too are human. Passion, too, communicates surprisingly effectively online. Activist passion is particularly important because the issues and challenges I teach about are anything but frozen in time; they are loci of active professional decision-making and debate. As students become professionals, they must not be afraid to form and express strong opinions, to take sides, to work for cultural survival and social justice. I do my best to model an information-activist spirit for them, and it thrills me when they respond with excitement, curiosity -- and yes, awakened activist spirits of their own.

SLIS mourns the loss of Diana Bobb

Jan 2015

We are sad to report that Diana Bobb, emeritus student records manager, passed away on January 18. She was a fixture in the front office for years, always willing to help and work hard.  Bobb started at SLIS in 1987 as a faculty secretary and ended her career in 2009 as a Student Status Examiner. She earned the distinguished 'emeritus' status upon retirement. In the emeritus recommendation letter, she is described as 'the proverbial mother hen' to students and complimented for her 'strong body of knowledge about campus policies and wide network of colleagues.' Her sense of humor and years of service to SLIS will be remembered fondly.

An obituary will be available here: Schneider Funeral Home

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m. with a final prayer at 3 p.m.

Schneider Funeral Home
1800 East Racine Street
Janesville, WI

People are also invited to join the family to toast Diana at Fast Eddy's immediately following.

Fast Eddy's
1704 Rockport Road
Janesville, WI


Distance Master's Students Share Their Experiences

Dec 2014

Students in SLIS's online master's degree program gave virtual presentations for LIS 620: Field Project in Library and Information Agencies, better knows as 'the practicum.' To learn more about their experiences, click on the names below. All SLIS students complete a 120-hour practicum under the supervision of a practicing librarian or archivist. The experiences give students the valuable opportunity to gain professional skills in a setting consistent with their career interests.

Courtney Mongiat
Davenport Public Library

Kristi Helmkamp
Kimberly-Little Chute PL

Laura Wood
UW Stevens Point 
Iowa City Public Library

Anders Tobiason
Portland State University

Jillian Fuller
UW Archives Oral History Program



Prof. Senchyne invited to Futures of American Studies Institute

Dec 2014


Professor Jonathan Senchyne has been invited to join the plenary faculty of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. The Institute, now in its eighteenth year, brings together faculty and grad students from around the world to present and debate innovative research in the disciplinary formations of the field of American Studies. Senchyne will deliver a plenary lecture and visit small group discussions during the 2015 Institute.

Grand Opening of the Charles Bunge Room

Nov 2014

On November 14, SLIS friends, staff, and alumni gathered to celebrate the opening of the Charles Bunge Room (formerly the SLIS Commons). Thank you to all who attended for making it a memorable evening! The Bunge Room is now equipped with all new teaching technology, flexible furniture, and diffusional blinds to show off the lake view! The remodeling was funded by the Charles Bunge SLIS Facilities Fund, which will continue to fund improvements in the SLIS Library and computer lab over the new few years.




Charles Bunge, Gene Dewey and Larry Jacobsen


Five Generations of Directors! Kristin Eschenfelder, Louise Robbins, Jane Robbins, Charles Bunge, and James Krikelas


Pat Losinski and Charles Bunge


Diane and Dale Hopkins


Louise Robbins gave remarks, honoring Dr. Bunge


Student Services Duo! Tanya Cobb and Barbara Arnold