Sunday, April 22, 2012

SLIS Student Awards

Congratulations to this year's SLIS Student Awards winners!

Laura Farley - Valmai Fenster Award for Outstanding Promise of Exceptional Scholarly contribution to the Profession
This award was created in honor of Valmai Fenster, a former SLIS faculty member, to recognize exceptional scholarship of a SLIS student as evidenced in a scholarly paper.

Dawn Wing - Dianne McAfee Hopkins Diversity Award
This award was created in honor of Dianne McAfee Hopkins, the first African-American SLIS faculty member and committed leader in school library education, intellectual freedom, and diversity in the library profession.

Megan Schiebel - Penelope and Stephen Klein Scholarship Award
Penelope Klein earned an MA from SLIS in 1997. In thanks for her years at SLIS, she and her husband offer this scholarship to a SLIS student who is entering into the second year of study at SLIS, intends to have a career as a public librarian, and has a background in the humanities.

Jennifer Kirmer - Lawrence C. Zweizig Student Leadership Award 
This award, given in honor of late SLIS graduate Lawrence Zweizig, serves to recognize and nurture leadership in the first year master's students, thereby helping to sustain the School's commitment to graduating future leaders in the profession. 

Carissa Christner, Nicole Colburn, Kat McLarn, Angela Terrab, Jackie Zook - Award winners
Sara Cummins, Melissa Nicholas, Molly Khan - Honorable Mention
James Krikelas Award for Innovative Use of Information Technology
This award, in honor of Emeritus Professor James Krikelas, recognizes the work of SLIS students who have presented the innovative use of information technology through a SLIS course assignment.

Dawn Wing - Lawrence Jacobsen Innovations in Library Science Scholarship Award
This award was established by Larry Jacobsen to support a second year SLIS student who needs financial assistance in completing his or her second year, has a focus on academic and/or special libraries, and demonstrates skills as a potential difference make in librarianship.

Click here for full descriptions of each award.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the American Library Association. Each April, we celebrate the country's libraries and librarians and promote the use and support of all kinds of libraries, from public and academic to school and special. Other NLW events include National Library Workers Day (4/10), National Bookmobile Day (4/11), and Support Teen Literature Day (4/12).

This year, National Library Week is April 8-14, and the theme is "You Belong @ Your Library." Here at SLIS, we're celebrating by holding a Silent Auction, and setting up our very own Create-A-Button station. We will have a button maker, paper, and even a chart of Dewey numbers, so you can show some love to your favorite subject. Stop by and celebrate with us!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SLIS Teaching Slides Collection

Back when the cataloging ("cat") lab actually contained cataloging materials and slideshows actually used slides, SLIS faculty made use of a collection of 35mm slides of library superstars for their lectures. This collection, after several years of obscurity in the remember-when-slides-were-nifty? cabinet, has recently seen its star rise in the form of a new digital collection.

The collection, under the imposing name Historic Librarians and Benefactors, can be found here:

In the collection, the shining lights of librarianship spring to life. Have you ever wondered what Melvil Dewey looked like pre- and post-beard?

The visage of the man who created the 
Dewey Decimal System, was an original 
member of ALA, and co-founded 
Library Journal. No big deal, right?

University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies faculty and staff gathered this collection of teaching slides. It covers individuals from the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as some group shots of the American Library Association from 1887 and 1889. Which, like the one below, prove that librarians - then and now - are awesome.

American Library Association Excursion Party - Lookout Mt., May 1889