News from the Director
As many of you know, the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust has donated $1.75 million for creation of a new Learning Commons, which will be the centerpiece of the UWM Libraries' renovation of the west wing first floor of the Golda Meir Library building.
We are very grateful to the Soref Trust for this gift. The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons will become a focal point for the campus community, integrating technology, services and academics, and be an attractive, welcoming place for students.
The area will be comfortable and spacious, reflecting today's more collaborative learning styles. For example, students will be able to easily gather in group study rooms to work together on team-based projects. This space will provide an enhanced and supportive learning environment leading to an increase in our students' overall success at UWM.
- Almost double the public space now available on the West Wing's first floor, from 18,500 to 32,500 square feet, and an increase of seating from 172 to 400.
- Variously-sized group study rooms to accommodate collaborative learning.
- Relocated, upgraded, and expanded coffee shop.
During the last year we have worked closely with student, faculty, and staff focus groups, campus planners and The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. to produce the design. With the Board of Regents and the State Building Commission granting approval this month, we are on track for construction to begin late this fall and the project to be finished by the end of the 2009 fall semester.
Artist's rendering of Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons. � The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. 2007. All rights reserved.
Preliminary work in the library has already started. In March, we began the transfer offsite of rarely used books with call number ranges in R and Q, as well as bound periodicals which are available online. This will allow us to relocate our cataloging staff and our business office to the second floor, creating more room for the Learning Commons.
Let me assure you that the Libraries will remain open during the renovation although we will be moving some of our services (including circulation and reference) during the project. We will strive to continue to provide outstanding services.
We are very excited about this critically-needed project and the ways it will advance the campus mission for students, faculty and staff, and the community. For more information and updates about the renovation, please visit http://www.uwm.edu/Library/renovation/
Director of Libraries
New AGSL Photo Archive Featured by Scout Report
The new AGSL Digital Photo Archive, launched in February, was immediately noted and highlighted in The Scout Report (http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2008/scout-080229-re.php#1), a site that evaluates and recommends web resources for research.
Drawn from the vast photographic holdings of the American Geographical Society Library, the new collection currently offers 3,500 images and focuses on Asia and the Middle East, but more images will be added.
The AGS Library and UWM Libraries are grateful for continuing financial support for the Digital Photo Archive project from Suzanne and Dr. Robert McColl.
Staff and students who worked on the project include Krystyna Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian; Susan Peschel, AGSL Visual Resources Librarian; Eleanore Bednarek, Marilyn Antkowiak, Tim Blomquist, and Shauna Borger.
The AGSL Digital Photo Archive may be accessed from the UWM Libraries Digital Collections web page, http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/digilib/
Providing Visiting Scholars with Library Privileges
The Libraries and ID Office work together to provide visiting scholars with a UWM ID and the library access that they need for their research.
When your department has a visiting scholar with such a need, please have them come to the Libraries Main Circulation Desk with a letter from your department and ask for a UWM Libraries Courtesy Card.
The letter should state the department or office that is sponsoring the visiting scholar and the time period involved, including an end date. The Libraries will handle the paperwork and provide the visiting scholar with a form he or she can take to the ID Office to obtain a UWM ID.
Former Library Director Honored with Spaights Award
This past fall, former UWM Libraries Director William Roselle was honored with an Ernest Spaights Plaza award, given to individuals who have made significant, enduring, and campus-wide contributions to the growth and development of UWM.
A ceremony for Roselle and other Spaights awardees was held on October 2 on Spaights Plaza; the UWM Libraries also held a reception for Roselle in the Libraries' Conference Center.
During his tenure, 1971-1989, Roselle oversaw the rapid growth of the UWM Libraries as it transformed itself from a small, college library with a focus on undergraduate education to one that could successfully support UWM's growing list of advanced degrees and meet the University's ever increasing research needs.
Under his direction, the library increased from 750,000 items in 1971 to 3.5 million in 1989; expanded twice, with the East Wing in 1974, and the fourth floor and Hartford Ave. spaces in 1987; acquired the venerable library and map collection of the American Geographical Society of New York; and implemented an online public library catalog, as well as a host of auxiliary computerized applications which affected every department in the library.
William Roselle, second from left, with current library administrators who worked with him: Janet Padway (left), Christopher Baruth and Ewa Barczyk. Photo by Dawn Lee-Vue.
Archives Hosts Middle School Researchers
On December 17, the UWM Libraries were visited by over thirty seventh grade students from Richfield Elementary School conducting research for their National History Day projects.
National History Day is an academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students produce historical documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances and research papers based on an annual theme.
"We were thrilled to welcome these students to the UWM Libraries," said UWM Archives Department Head Michael Doylen. "They were excited by the opportunity to handle historical documents and photographs that spoke directly to their chosen topics."
To address the 2007-2008 theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History," students explored a wide range of topics, including Polish immigration to Milwaukee, anti-German sentiment in Milwaukee during World War II, the Oshkosh wood workers' strike of 1898, and the Bay View labor riot of 1886.
They utilized both primary and secondary source materials, making extensive use of the manuscript holdings of the Archives Department and the online databases of the Research and Instructional Support (RIS) Department. Archivists and librarians worked with teacher Mike Cirillo to identify relevant sources in advance of the students' visit.
Students in 6th through 12th grade may choose to participate in the national event cycle by presenting their research at a competitive series of local, regional, state and national events.
Richfield Middle School students participated in local competitions in February. Southeastern regional competitions take place in March, and the statewide competition on May 3. State winners advance to the national contest held each June at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Students from Richfield Middle School working with research materials in the Archives Dept. Photo by Will Dodds.
Two Polish groups visited the Libraries this past fall. One traveled from Warsaw to select photos from the Libraries' Kwasniewski Collection for an upcoming exhibit at a new museum focusing on Poles abroad, located in the Palace on the Water in Lazienki Park. The other group was comprised of a researcher from Poland who is preparing a book, Listing of Polish Book Collections Abroad, and the staff of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago. Unique Polish holdings at UWM will be included in the publication.
A researcher from Poland and the staff of the Polish Museum of America view Polish materials in the American Geographical Society Library
Thank you to the following donors who gave significant monetary gifts to the Libraries from January 1 to December 31, 2007:
Wendy and Mark Alland
Ewa Barczyk and Neal Pease
Joanne and Michael Barndt
Barbara B. and Robert C. Brumder
E. J. Brumder
Jeannie M. and George R. Brumder V
Kathleen T. and Robert B. Brumder
Valerie P. Brumder
William C. Brumder
Sinikka and Gilbert Church
Marcia and Elliot Coles
Catherine and Robert Collins
Deborah and Dennis Conta
Lea and Craig Culver
Debra and Darshan Singh Dhaliwal
Sheri Doniger and Robert Pollyea
Linda and Harry Drake
Mary and Dale Drewek
Lyn and Bryan Eskra
Joan and Robert Feitler
Florence and Harry Fishman
Anne and William Goldstein
Mary Lynn Haasl
Reena and Michael Hais
Janet and Arthur Holzheimer
Gary Samuel Johnson
Sarah Wright Kimball
Family of Linda J. Kopp
Janet and Wilfred Kraegel
Sandra Foellmer Laing
Judith and Norman Lasca
Nancy and Arthur Laskin
Lynn and John Lees
Tara Lynn Lotstein
Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Angelica and Markos Mamalakis
Suzanne and Robert McColl
Sandra and Robert Meldman
Martine Darmon Meyer
Julie and George Mosher
Natalie and Daniel Muchin
Janet and Nick Padway
Julie and Sherwin Peltin
Beverly and J. Lewis Perlson
Ann and John Pesch
Dianne and Michael Phillips
Susan and Stephen Ragatz
Dawn and Gene Reynolds
Martha Risser and Peter Tessner
Barbara and Paul Salsini
Betty and Russell Schallert
Marlene and Richard Schilffarth
Marion and David Schultz
Lynn Sprangers and Michael Gousha
Elinor Brumder Stark
Jody and Jeffrey Steren
Ailene and Herman Tuchman
Pat and Tom Van Alyea
Elisabeth Brumder Yewer
Diane and Randy Zaidel
Estate of Dr. David Hewitt Miller
Ettinger Family Fund
Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Johnson and Pabst LGBT Humanity Fund
Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Dr. Abraham B. and Irma F. Schwartz Fund
Heritage Research, Ltd.
Lubar Family Foundation, Inc.
Map Society of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Lucille and Jack Rosenberg Charitable Funds
Schoenleber Foundation, Inc.
Thank you to the following donors who gave gifts-in-kind-books, maps, videos, and other library material-from July 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007:
Robert and Lee Alvarez
Daniel and Carol Chew
Lane Hall and Lisa Moline
Ihab and Sally Hassan
Steve and Scarlett LaFroth
G. Richard Meadows
Martin Jack Rosenblum
John Palmer Smith
Cardi Toellner Smith
R. James Tobin
Pat and Tom Van Alyea
Centro Ramon Pineiro Para A Investi
Chinese Historical Society
Council on National Literatures
Japanese Literature Publishing Project
Language Lantern Publications
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library
Public Administration Institute of New York State, Inc.
Students for a Democratic Society
UWM Creative Writing Program
UWM Geography Dept.
UWM University Communications and Media Relations