Research at SLIS
SLIS is proud of its long-standing public good research ethos. Within this broad progressive mission, and a focus on information in all its cultural forms, SLIS faculty produce new knowledge in the following areas:
1. Print Culture, Library and Information Technology History
History of print and digital cultures; history of librarianship; history of information technologies and the information industries.
2. User Behavior and Social Aspects of Information Seeking
Online information seeking and evaluation behaviors; libraries in the life of everyday people; underrepresented populations; health information seeking behaviors; financial literacy; technological literacy; user vocabularies;
3. Social Informatics, or the social aspects of information and information & communications technologies
Information technology change in the information industries; privacy in the digital era; information technology and changes in genres and values in the arts; new technologies, information sharing and community building in patient communities;
4. Digital Youth
Children’s play in online and offline spaces, digital literacies, trans-media consumer cultures, children and young people’s participatory media cultures.
5. Information Policy & Ethics
Intellectual and cultural property; privacy concerns in the digital era; digital library, repository & e-publishing policy issues; information disparities -- especially health and financial information.
6. Digital Organization of Information
Cross-cultural organizational scheme analysis and the socio-cultural history of organizational tools
SLIS Faculty Associates lead the profession, and produce new knowledge in key areas including:
- Digital repositories, data curation, e-publishing and open access: Salo
- Cataloging & management of digital materials and new standards in the organization of information: Shapiro
- Early literacy, the history of board books, school library management and relationship with school administration: Kaplan
- Digital Humanities and book history: Masemann
- The Center for Print & Digital Culture (http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~printcul/)
- Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Living Environments Lab (http://wid.wisc.edu/research/lel/)
- Games, Learning and Society (http://gameslearningsociety.org/)
- The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies (http://www.sts.wisc.edu)
- the Center for the Humanities (http://humanities.wisc.edu/)
- The Digital Humanities Initiative (http://dighum.wisc.edu/)
- Research Data Services (http://researchdata.wisc.edu/)
Recent External Research Grants/Awards Won by SLIS Faculty
Catherine Arnott-Smith: 2013 Holtz Center Outreach Fellowship for "Wisconsin public libraries about electronic medical records,"; James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowship, UCLA Libraries and Collections (Los Angeles, CA). $1400; NIH R21 grant (National Institute for Stroke and Neurological Disorders) in collaboration with the University of Utah, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA), and PatientsLikeMe (Cambridge, MA). $296,000; Subcontract, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine $60,000; Electronic Records Fellowship (National Historic Preservation and Records Commission) $15,000; 2010 Co-PI “Public Libraries as Financial Literacy Providers” by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security (CFS) as part of the 2010-2011 UW-Madison CFS Financial Literacy Research Consortium Cooperative Agreement with the Social Security Administration, $76,091.
Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim: 2013 OCLC/ALISE Research Grant "Social Media as Information Sources: Use and Evaluation of Information from Social Media"; Association of College and Research Libraries Samuel Lazerow Fellowship – “Perception and use of information sources by undergraduate students”
Ethelene Whitmire: 2013 Faculty Visit Research Grant from The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Scholarly Fellowship for "The Regina Andrews Project"
Christine Pawley: Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award from the American Library Association for her book Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).
Jane Pearlmutter: 2 grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Archives Leadership Institute. Funds annual summer institutes from 2008-2012 ($ 197,201 and $260,842)
Jonathan Senchyne: awarded an NEH Fellowship to spend the Spring 2014 semester at the American Antiquarian Society in in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Kristin Eschenfelder: 2012 American Society for Information Science and Technology History Award; 2012 ASIST Social Informatics SIG Best Paper Award; (2010) Co-PI “Public Libraries as Financial Literacy Providers” by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security (CFS) as part of the UW-Madison CFS Financial Literacy Research Consortium Cooperative Agreement with the Social Security Administration, $76,091; (2006) Institute for Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Research Grant RE-04-06-0029-06 $246,718.