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

SLIS and UW-Madison to Host 2015 Information Ethics Roundtable

SLIS Professor Alan Rubel is the organizer for 2015 Information Ethics Roundtable that will be held at Union South, April 9-10, 2015. The call for papers is currently open. Please submit an abstract of about 500 words to by January 5, 2015. For more information, please visit the conference website,

SAA Student Chapters Wins Governor's Award for Archival Advocacy

Oct 2014


The Madison Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists has been awarded the Wisconsin Historical Society's 2014 Governor's Award for Archival Advocacy. The Society and the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board recommended the chapter for for its promotion of Archives Month in Wisconsin and for fundraising initiatives to support student attendance at professional conferences. Over the past ten years, the Chapter has been active in promoting Archives Month each October. The chapter raised enough funding for 21 of its members to attend the 2014 Midwest Archives Conference in Kansas City. Impressively, many of those students presented original research at the conference. The Chapter also helped fellow future archivists by developing a series of workshops to prepare them for an increasingly competitive job market. Congratulations to all SLIS students involved in this effort!