2009-10 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award Winners
Michael Stoneman, a PhD candidate in Physics, and Carrie Wadman, pursuing a PhD in English, are the recipients of the 2009-10 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award.
Stoneman's research aims to provide a comprehensive comparison of the properties of two kinds of yeast cells in order to determine the effectiveness of dielectric spectroscopy to monitor the presence or interaction of proteins within them. He has published, as co-author, seven articles in journals that include Nature Photonics and Lab on a Chip, and has presented at a number of conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Wadman's dissertation critically engages representations of the Victorian spinster within Victorian literature and the contemporary press. Her research examines how constructions of single women became entangled with issues of gender norms, politics, same-sex orientation and female autonomy and independence. She presented a paper based on her early research at the 2008 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference.
Wadman and Stoneman will present a report of their work in the "The Scholar and the Library" lecture series sponsored by the UWM Libraries.
The $5,000 award, which supports the research of outstanding UWM graduate students, also includes special assistance from the Libraries for the completion of their doctoral research
There were 42 applicants this year, distributed across a range of disciplines. A subcommittee of the University Libraries Committee reviewed the applicants and submitted its selections to the Chancellor. The Provost's office provided the funding for the award.
Carrie Wadman and Michael Stoneman; Photo by Dawn Lee-Vue
Libraries Acquire Artwork of Major Wisconsin Artists
Papers representing an important aspect of Milwaukee's cultural history have arrived at the UWM Libraries, but you won't find them on the shelves, in the rare room, or on the Libraries' web site. Instead, they will be in plain sight, flashing their wit and exuberance from the walls.
Twenty-two paintings and drawings on paper, as well as another sixteen works on board, canvas, and ceramic by the noted Milwaukee artists Schomer Lichtner (1905-2006) and Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) were donated to the Libraries this spring by the Kohler Foundation, which had been entrusted to place the art in public institutions.
Lichtner and Grotenrath, who were married to each other, are considered major Wisconsin artists. Their work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Charles Allis Art Museum, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and many other regional museums and galleries.
Lichtner's signature motifs, including flowers, ballerinas and cows boldly painted in flat colors, inhabit much of his work acquired by the Libraries. Grotenrath created many rich and complicated still lives, and several of these are part of the gift.
The paintings will be hung this fall. Plans are being made for a more formal exhibit and a publication on the work in the near future.
Koeppen-Gerlach Foundation Supports Framing of Works
The Koeppen-Gerlach Foundation has awarded the Libraries a $9,000 grant to mat and frame the newly acquired Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath artworks with museum quality materials.
Milwaukee artist and philanthropist Frederick "Fritz" Gerlach (1903-1998), who established the foundation in memory of his wife, Phyllis Koeppen, was a contemporary of Lichtner and Grotenrath.
Gerlach's passion for Milwaukee's culture and history is evident in the watercolors he made of the city's landmarks (some of them appearing in the 1987 book "Fritz Gerlach's Milwaukee") and in the many tours and lectures he and his wife presented on Milwaukee's history.
Schomer Lichtner. Untitled, acrylic on paper, 1980.
Access to Electronic Resources Expanded
The UWM Libraries are now offering an expanded package of databases and newspapers thanks to additions made to the BadgerLink program, which is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
A number of databases previously available have been replaced by larger, more comprehensive ones, such as Newspaper Source Plus, which contains full-text for major newspapers such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and others.
Other extensive databases now available include Business Source Premier, which indexes over 5,000 academic journals, trade journals, and business magazines, and offers full-text for 2,300 journals; and the multi-disciplinary Academic Search Complete, with more than 7,000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed journals.
Several new large education resources have been added as well: Education Research Complete and Education Administration Abstracts. The Libraries also now provide SPORTDiscus, a database covering sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, and more.
More information about the specific databases is available at: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/databases/new.html
New Staff and New Positions
The Libraries have two new staff members and several other staff in new positions this fall:
Susanna Pathak is the new Associate Director of the Libraries. Previous to accepting her position at UW-Milwaukee, Susanna was Planning and Assessment Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, and before that, Head of Collection Management Services. She also served as Resource Services Librarian at Johns Hopkins University, and Humanities Librarian at the University of Tennessee.
Theresa Beaulieu has joined the Research and Instructional Support (RIS) Dept. Theresa was previously Initial Teacher Certification Program Manager at Arizona State University. She has also taught children's literature courses at the university level and been a youth services librarian. She worked in Wisconsin before as Director of Education and Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
Molly Mathias has been appointed as the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons Coordinator. Molly has worked as Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator in RIS for the last five years.
Ahmed Kraima is now the permanent Multicultural Studies Librarian, after serving as interim at that position for the past year, as well as RIS Outreach Librarian. Ahmed has worked at the Libraries for 19 years.
Kate Ganski is the new Library Instruction Coordinator in RIS. Kate joined the UWM Libraries staff as an Instruction Services Librarian in 2007.
Jeannette Robinson has been appointed Cataloger/Metadata Librarian in Technical Services. Previously, Jeannette held a post-graduate position for two years in Technical Services, moving into that position after an internship in the Monographs Dept.
From left, Jeannette Robinson, Molly Mathias, Kate Ganski, Ahmed Kraima
Thank you to the following donors who gave gifts-in-kind-books, maps, DVDs, and other library materials-from January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2009:
Mohammed Khalid Al-Jassar
Lester E. Fuhrmann & Carol A. Pollock
Pam Koehler & Rick Schabowski
John & Phoebe Lewis
Carlos Luis Pavia Molina
First Unitarian Society
Plymouth Church, UCC
Resort Maps Franchise Inc.
Seeger Map Co., Inc.
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
UWM Cultures & Communities Program
UWM School of Business
UWM SOIS Tech
The Libraries welcome gifts of academic books and journals to augment our collections. These donations are retained at the Libraries' discretion. Other items are given to the Friends of the Golda Meir Library for its book sales. The proceeds from the sales supplement the Libraries' acquisition funds. For more information, visit: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/Tech/Gifts-in-Kind.html