SLIS + The Bubbler help court-involved teens

Sept 2014

The Bubbler: Making Justice with Court-Involved Teens

-Drawing above by an anonymous Dane County Teen

A campus-community initiative led by the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies and the Madison Public Library has been awarded two grants to expand an innovative makerspace program for Dane County teens entangled in the justice system. Madison Public Library’s maker-focused program, the Bubbler, taps community resources to encourage hands-on, peer-supported learning and digital literacy. With generous funding from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and the Morgridge Center for Public Service, ‘The Bubbler: Making Justice with Court-Involved Teens’ initiative will address the educational opportunity gap for low-income youth of color in Madison. The program involves digital media and expressive art projects for teens in the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center, Shelter Home and Neighborhood Intervention Program. Through the Bubbler program, teens will create graphic and 3D art, photographic, spoken word, storytelling, performance and video projects documenting themselves, their communities, and the justice system. SLIS students enrolled in a community engagement class will participate in the service-learning Bubbler program as peer learners and makers. A broad coalition of community partners will help plan and facilitate Bubbler sessions, including local black makers, artists, activists, youth educators, and members of the JVN Project, a student-led organization that uses Hip-Hop as a tool for positive change

For more information, contact Nancy Buenger ( or Rebekah Willett (

Also visit, Madison Bubbler on Facebook, or @madisonbubbler on Twitter.


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!