Associate Professor Ethelene Whitmire was recently awarded a Public Works grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for the Humanities. The grant is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designed to "support faculty who wish to rethink their research in order to reach a broader public."
The workshop will bring together experts in children's books to review Ethelene's manuscript and to offer feedback. The goal is to publish a children's book about the subject of her scholarly book, Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (University of Illinois Press, 2014), and to introduce her story to a whole new audience.
You can learn more about Dr. Ethelene Whitmire form her Academic website.
Congratuations to Dr.Allison Kaplan for her successful IMLS grant with the College of the Menominee Nation. The partnership Demonstration Grant award will fund a project to promote early childhood literacy family programs. The collaborative project combines SLIS's expertise in early learning research and the College's expertise in Native cultures and programming for lower income and low literacy family audiences. As partners, SLIS and the College will develop a model for early literacy programs, especially for rural, Native American communities.
Read more about it in the Grant Announcement
Gretchen Farwell's half-century old letters were among the others 200 chosen to be included into a 2010 book titled, “Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation.” Bill Couturié's documentary film “Letters to Jackie” focuses on only 20 pieces from the book and Farwell’s letter again will be in the film.
Documentary "Letters to Jackie” will be shown on October 14 and 15 in Madison at the Eastgate and Point Cinemas.
Read more about the story in this article.
Ms. Sari Feldman, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library systems is in the race for the 2013 ALA Presidential election!
Feldman also won the 2013 Charles Robinson Award from the Public Library Association (PLA), honoring her community impact and innovation work in the Cuyahoga County system. Feldman was past president of PLA. While a student at UW-Madison, Feldman worked in jail libraries. She also worked for many years in the Onondaga County library systems in Syracuse, NY.
More information available in the ALA press release.
MA student Megan Costello completed a practicum placement at the University Archives in the summer of 2013 that combined social media marketing and archives. Megan created a series of blog posts for the Archives blog, Found in the University Archives, relating the lives of two women students in the early 1900s with their contemporary counterparts. Costello's work is featured in the Madison Capital Times. Nice job, Megan!
The Council on Library and Information Resources and worked
Former Directors Christine Pawley and Louise Robbins edit new book, Libraries and the Reading PublicAugust 28, 2013
Former SLIS directors Christine Pawley and Louise Robbins are editors of a newly released book in the series “Print Culture in Modern America” from the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture and the University of Wisconsin Press: Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America.
In sections on Methods and Evidence, Public Libraries, Readers, and Localities, Intellectual Freedom, and Librarians and the Alternative Press, the book presents new research on libraries and the history of reading, including chapters by former SLIS professor Wayne A. Wiegand and Janice A. Radway.
“The focus on libraries not as cold, impersonal institutions engaged in promulgating top-down policies but rather as spaces populated by people with diverse backgrounds, needs, and values is what makes this volume valuable,” comments leading print culture scholar Professor Joan Shelley Rubin.
See the University of Wisconsin Press page for more information.
August 10, 2013
We are proud of SLIS alumna Christina Johnson, featured in the Globe University blog. Christina has been a librarian at Green Bay Globe University since the campus opened in July 2010. Together with SLIS TLAM chapter co-authors Catherine Phan and Omar Polerthey developed a graduate course with service learning and wrote “TLAM: Creating Student-Driven Indigenous LIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison” published in the book "Tribal libraries, archives, and museums : preserving our language, memory, and lifeways" with editors Loriene Roy, Anjali Bhasin, and Sarah K. Arriaga.
You can read full blog post here.
Downey articulates why we should all be concerned with the Wisconsin legislature's threat to intellectual freedom in trying to end the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) and UW School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) collaboration. To listen, visit the Wisconsin Public Radio archives and locate the link to Downey's interview under under Tuesday, June 11:
For continuing updates see: http://blog.journalism.wisc.edu/
Read about awards and honors dating back to April 2013.
Dr. Downey raises important issues in response to the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin state legislature adopting a motion that would end a productive collaboration between the Center for Investigative Journalism and the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. See Downey's reponse:
For more information, see: http://blog.journalism.wisc.edu/
March 20, 2013
With fond memories, we share these pictures from Dr. Boll’s career at SLIS, spanning 1956-1992. Dr. Boll taught generations of SLIS students, some of whom claim they “majored in John Boll” because they took as many classes from him as possible. Dr. Boll asserted that the dry sense of humor he used in class was only a device to keep his students awake, but former students appreciated his sharp and exacting nature and demanding classes as well as his quick wit.
Always the gentleman, he was a generous and supportive colleague, who brought many smiles to faculty and staff as well.
Dr. Boll speaking at Barbara Arnold's retirement in 2008