Invitation to ALA Accreditation Team Visits

Sept 28 and 29

ALA Accreditation Team Visits SLIS

Public Receptions: Sept 28 and 29th, 4:30-6pm, SLIS Library

You are invited to meet and speak with members of the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation External Review Panel at two receptions at SLIS.  The panel is visiting SLIS as part of SLIS's re-accreditation process.  No RSVP is necessary.

Reception 1: Sunday Sept 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
SLIS Library, 4191 HC White Hall

Reception 2: Monday, Sept 29, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
SLIS Library, 4191 HC White Hall

A limited number of pay parking spots are available underneath HC White Hall.  More public pay parking is available on the Lake Street City of Madison parking ramp. 

Kristin Eschenfelder and Greg Downey Awarded Sloan Foundation Grant

Sept 2014


SLIS Professors Kristin Eschenfelder and Greg Downey have been awarded an $180,535 three year research grant with colleague Kalpana Shankar of University College Dublin to investigate the sustainability of social science data archives from a global information perspective.  The study will highlight changes in the social science data landscape from the 1960s through today (including open data initiatives), the shifting challenges confronting data archives stemming from changes in research practices, and the strategies employed by archives to manage change in both the United States and Europe.  This socio-technical study of information infrastructure will inform planning, development and management of data archives across many fields of science.   For more information about the study please contact PIs Kristin Eschenfelder or Kalpana Shankar (;

Omar Poler featured in Library Journal

Sept 2014


Library Journal interviewed Omar Poler in the latest issue of In-Depth Interviews. Poler was a 2014 Mover & Shaker and has a deep and personal connection to the American Indian community that has been enriched by his library work and has motivated him to form the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project, one of the few projects to incorporate American Indian topics into LIS education. Read the full interview here. More information about TLAM can be found at

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!