Feature stories on individual libraries and library staff members to highlight the work that these groups and individuals do within the Libraries and for the university.
Announcements about internal and external library awards.
This January is a huge year for Memorial Library’s Grants Information Collection! 30 years ago, the Grants Information Collection (GIC) became a partner of the Foundation Center, a leading authority on philanthropic giving. The Grants Information Collection, a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, has big plans for 2014, including a celebration reception [...]
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: a 2010 survey revealed that less than 13% of Wikipedia contributors identify as female. The practical effect of this disparity is clear: with more articles on notable women missing when compared to Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia is clearly skewed. This represents a huge inequality in an increasingly important repository of [...]
Our staff spotlight this month is Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, Curator and History of Health Sciences Librarian and Head of Marketing and Communications at Ebling Library. Micaela’s passion and creativity are apparent in every aspect of her job—whether she is conducting student workshops, organizing art shows, or designing historical exhibits. Read on to learn more about Micaela [...]
Edith “Edie” Dixon, 62, senior academic librarian and an important part of the Library Technology Group at Memorial Library, was hit and killed by a delivery truck on Thursday morning. She was taking her usual morning break on Lake Street. This loss has been a great shock to the Libraries, UW–Madison campus, and the Madison [...]
The latest exhibit at Ebling Library provides a fascinating glimpse into the Civil War, through the lens of battlefield surgeries and amputations. More than three million soldiers fought in the war between the states from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled [...]
Mike Zirpolo spent 50 years fascinated with tragic and talented jazz trumpeter of the swing era, Bunny Berigan. In 2011, Zirpolo turned the fascination into a book about Berigan, who died at age 33 due to a savage combination of cirrhosis and alcoholism. While researching photos for the book at UW—Madison’s Mills Music Library, Zirpolo [...]
Go Big Read, UW–Madison’s Common Reading Program, has received lots of deserved attention in the past few years. The magic of the program is the small idea that the community can participate in a book club to get “thousands of people reading, talking and sharing their reactions and opinions.” The selection committee for the 2014-15 [...]
“Victorian Eyes” is an art exhibition created through a collaboration between Carrie Roy (coordinator for the Humanities Research Bridge), Catherine DeRose (PhD Candidate in English Literature), and Fred Boehm (PhD student in Statistics). The three combined their respective fields of art, literature, and statistics, by using research questions formulated by DeRose, exploring them through Boehm’s [...]
UW–Madison Libraries Vice Provost Ed Van Gemert is pleased to announce that Doug Way, currently Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan, has been selected as the new Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services. “I am excited to have Doug join our executive team at the [...]
The holiday season may be over, but the weather outside is still frightful—what better way to warm up than by catching up with the UW–Madison Libraries’ Charity Knitting & Crocheting group? We checked in with the group’s organizer, Ellen Jacks, to see what they’ve been up to this winter. Ellen was happy to report that [...]