SLIS Alumna, Sari Feldman, is ALA's President-Elect

July 2014

ALA has announced its new President-elect, Sari Feldman.  Feldman received her MA in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Library and Information Studies.  She will serve this year as President-elect, before assuming the role of President at the end of the 2015 ALA convention in San Francisco.


Feldman has held every job possible in the Public Library profession, and is currently serves as the executive director at the Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio).  Including her directorship, she has held numerous leadership positions including President of the Public Library Association (‘09-’10) and was appointed co-chair of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group in 2010, and is still currently serving.  


SLIS is proud of Sari!

Doctoral student, Kyle Jones, wins Eugene Garfield Fellowship

July 2014

Current SLIS PhD candidate Kyle Jones was selected Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.  This fellowship is awarded through Beta-Phi-Mu, a group founded on the principles of recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement in the field of Library and Information studies. Jones is also a Teaching Assistant for SLIS Distance Education, a Project Assistant for the DoIT Academic Technology- Evaluation Team, and has instructed courses at SLIS including a one-credit course earlier this summer entitled, “Social Media for Information Agencies.”


Congratulations Kyle Jones on this well-deserved fellowship!

SLIS Welcomes archivist Amy Sloper to faculty

July 2014


SLIS is excited to welcome Amy Sloper to the faculty. She accepted the position of Head Film Archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater in April. Part of her duties on campus will be to teach for SLIS and her first course will be Introduction to Archives (LIS 734) in April 2015. After earning her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison in Communication Arts, she moved on to UCLA to earn a degree in Moving Image Archive Studies. Most recently, Amy was the Assistant File Curator at the Harvard Film Archive. Welcome, Amy!

SLIS Staffer, Omar Poler, Honored at ALA Convention

June 2014

Omar Poler, Associate Outreach Specialist at SLIS and the Tribal Libraries, Archives, Museums (TLAM) Student Group adviser, was awarded second place for his poster at the Office of Literacy and Outreach Services' Diversity and Outreach Fair at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas. The poster highlighted Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project to incorporate Indigenous information issues in graduate LIS education by creating new continuing education opportunities for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators. Congratulations to Omar for his outstanding work and recognition at ALA!

SLIS Graduates Help Shape the Role of Libraries

April 2014

SLIS graduates, Laura Damon-Moore (MA ’12) and Erinn Batykefer (MA ’12), were recently featured in an article, “What Will Become of the Library?” in Slate Magazine. Their influential “Library as Incubator Project,” demonstrates ways that libraries will remain relevant in the digital age. The Library as Incubator Project website features different programs revolving around the creation and sharing of art; some of the most popular are mentioned in the Slate article.

Additionally, Damon-Moore and Batykefer have recently published a book entitled, The Artist’s Library, set to come out this May, which further outlines ways in which libraries can foster creativity and learning through art. There will be an event at Madison Public Library to celebrate the launch of the book on May 16th.

Through the “Library as Incubator Project” and new book The Artist’s Library, Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer continue to help shape the changing roles libraries and librarianship.

For more information on The Artist’s Library visit the event page.