News from the Director
I am excited to announce that the firm of Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg has been selected to design our renovation project. The physical remodeling will begin early next year.
The key to a successful library building project is good strategic planning every step of the way. This is exactly what we are doing. We have launched our overall multi-year strategic planning to create a blueprint for our future. Not only is our library staff involved but we have invited students, faculty, administrators and community members to join us in our discussion. Both our strategic planning and our remodeling will be closely tied to the campus mission.
Based on results of our user surveys (e.g. LibQUAL+), focus groups and observation, our renovation objectives include creating collaborative study spaces and better integration of various campus and library services. We begin this process by asking how the Libraries can improve the educational experience for students and meet the faculty’s research needs. Because the social nature of learning cannot be dismissed, we are looking at how students’ engagement in library space can increase student retention and success.
We intend to create the following learning opportunities within the Libraries:
- Learning Commons with flexible workstations and study spaces in close proximity to our skilled reference librarians
- Several well-equipped group study rooms that will offer students the tools needed to create multimedia presentations for collaborative assignments
- Additional hi-tech classrooms to accommodate increasing needs for instruction in information literacy
- Greater collaboration between student support services, such as tutoring, and library services, creating more linkages to facilitate learning
- Integration of service points to provide single point access for users and to better utilize staff
- Upgrading entrance area in the west wing. This more inviting "atrium" will provide clearer directions into the Libraries and refocus the circulation functions
- Accommodation of physical collection's continuing growth by installing several bays of moveable double density storage shelves
You may be asking if there will be space for faculty and staff in our collaborative learning spaces. Absolutely—you are critical for student learning. The Libraries will continue to be a place to engage with students outside the classroom as well as a place to do research for everyone who is part of the learning community.
As a safe haven for exploring new ideas, the Libraries serve an integrative role between all campus disciplines. We will continue to collect, preserve, and make informational resources available and accessible to our users. But how they are used to support learning is our measure of success.
The last addition to the Libraries’ building was completed in 1987. We need to take the long view that we are remodeling for several decades, but we are designing flexibility into the plans so that we can adapt as user needs and technology change.
Questions we are asking as we begin the planning for the “revitalized” library:
How can this library project serve as model of environmental sensitivity?
How can the Libraries contribute to the sense of academic community?
How can the Libraries contribute to student success?
How can the Libraries become a partner in the learning experience?
Can this project be the catalyst for further change?
As the project moves along, we will be asking you formally and informally for input. As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Director of Libraries
The UWM Libraries recently received a gift of over 1000 Spanish-language books from Northwestern University Libraries. NU Libraries had purchased an Argentine professor's large personal library, and was looking for a constructive way to dispose of duplicate volumes. They contacted the UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), which coordinated the gift's transfer to the UWM Libraries.
The emphasis of the collection-assembled by Enrique Zuleta Alvarez, emeritus professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina-is general cultural studies, but mainly literature, history, politics, and religion. The books date from the early 1900s, but most are from the 1960s and later.
Janet Padway, UWM Assistant Director of Libraries for Collections & Technical Services, said, "We are grateful to Jeffrey Garrett, NU's Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development, and Julie Kline, UWM CLACS, for making these books available to us and the UWM community, thereby enriching our holdings in this area."
From left, Cesar Ferreira, UWM Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese; Kris Ruggiero, CLACS director and Dept. of History; and Julie Kline, CLACS Outreach and Academic Program Coordinator, with Spanish book donation
Libraries and SOIS Create New Course
Students matriculating in our so-called information century may be internet savvy, but many are, at the same time, information illiterate. To address this at UWM, the campus Access to Success initiative has awarded the UWM Libraries and the School of Information Studies a grant for a new course, "Information Literacy" (SOIS 210).
Collaboratively developed by instruction librarians from the Libraries and a SOIS faculty member, the course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and critically evaluate information from the most appropriate sources and to use this information in all educational contexts.
Major issues covered in the course will include the quality, quantity, and ethical use of information obtained through research. The skills learned will serve students well in their post-academic lives, enabling them to compete and succeed in an information-based workplace. A pilot section designed for Academic Opportunity Center students will be offered this fall.
Eventually the class may satisfy a GER competency requirement, with the core knowledge in a lecture format and laboratory sections defined by school, major, or specific course. Acknowledging the importance of information literacy may also lead to a program similar to "Writing across the Curriculum," with information access, evaluation and use being integrated into various departmental requirements or advising.
Slovenian pianists Alenka and Igor Dekleva, and the Consul General for the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Zvone Zigo, visited the Libraries November 8. The Deklevas were in Milwaukee to perform a recital of Igor's piano duets. At the Libraries they toured the American Geographical Society Library and the Music Library, which houses the largest collection of Slovenian music materials in North America, and to which the Deklevas added, with a donation of scores and CDs.
In December, a group of librarians from the National Library of Korea visited the UWM Libraries for a week and received hands-on experience in several divisions and departments including Automation, Government Information, Public Services, and Collections & Technical Services. Invited by the UWM School of Information Studies, they spent three weeks in Milwaukee. The group also visited Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress.
UWM Music Librarian Rebecca Littman (left) with Alenka and Igor Dekleva.
Nationally Recognized Book Artist in Special Collections
Clifton Meador, a nationally recognized book artist and a faculty member at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, will speak about his work on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in Special Collections, as part of the Ettinger Book Artist Series. The event is co-sponsored by the Ettinger Family Foundation and UWM Libraries. For more information, call 414-229-4345.
Videophone For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Now Available
A Hamilton videophone for deaf and hard of hearing students has been recently installed in the Libraries' Adaptive Technology Room (E191). Using this two-way video web cam and monitor, a student can sign a conversation in front of the videophone camera to an American Sign Language interpreter at one of Hamilton's call centers, who then speaks the message over the phone to the person the student is calling. The reply is relayed back to the student by signing over the video Web link. There are three other Hamilton videophones on campus: one in a privacy booth near the ballroom in the Union and two in the Student Accessibility Center.
UWM Authors Honored
One hundred and twenty UWM authors who have published books or recordings in the last two years were honored at a book signing and reception Nov. 17 in the UWM Libraries' Conference Center. It was the eighth such ceremony, which was initiated by the Libraries in 1992. The UWM Authors Collection was established in 1973 to bring together as complete a collection as possible of monographs and audio and visual recordings produced by UWM faculty and staff in order to better document the university's intellectual heritage. The collection, held in the Libraries' Special Collections, now numbers more than 2000 works.
Thank you to the following donors who gave significant monetary gifts to the Libraries from January 1 to December 31, 2006:
Wendy and Mark Alland
Ewa Barczyk and Neal Pease
Joanne and Michael Barndt
Mary and Michael Bartsch
Marlene and Bert Bilsky
E. J. Brumder
Kathleen and Robert Brumder
Polly Asmuth Bullock and Family
Carol and Alden Carter
Sinikka and Gilbert Church
Carol and Kenneth Collins
Deborah and Dennis Conta
Debra and Darshan Dhaliwal
Susan and Ronald Dix
Alexandra Drazniowsky-Curtis and Edward Curtis
Denise and Gary Elfe
Joy and David Erickson
Lyn and Bryan Eskra
Robin and William Evans
Cynthia and Gary Frank
Nancy and Robert Friebel
Paula and John Friedman
Anne and Mark Gleischman
Kathryn and Michael Gotthardt
Betsy and Michael Green
Mary Lynn Haasl
Joyce and Timothy Harrison
Virginia and Donald Higgins
Janice and Mark Hobler
Deborah and Matson Holbrook
Janet and Arthur Holzheimer
Stefanie Jacob and Scott Tisdel
Nancy and Richard Janson
Wanda and Joseph Johnson
Paula and David Johnson
Mary and Robert Jones
Donna and Alan Kindt
Debra and Patrick Kogutkiewicz
Janet and Wilfred Kraegel
Judith and Norman Lasca
Arthur and Nancy Laskin
Jack Le Veque
Karen Loebel and Mark Lacy
Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Suzanne and Robert McColl
Sandra and Robert Meldman
Kathleen Miller and Bruce Thompson
Phyllis and William Moritz
Julie and George Mosher
Leanne and Gary Mulry
Rosalie Neufeld and Thomas Bush
Patricia and Daniel Nistler
Ricki and Milo O'Dell
Ann and John Pesch
Anita and Robert Pietrykowski
Barbara and Timothy Poser
Dawn and Gene Reynolds
Martha Risser and Peter Tessner
Julia and Theodore Rolfs
Carolynne and Richard Rosenberger
Marion and David Schultz
Maureen and Robert Smith
Jody and Jeffrey Steren
Pat and Jack Tatzel
Nicole and L. William Teweles
Pat and Tom Van Alyea
Rebecca and Peter Watson-Boone
Pamela and James Weise
Susan and Leonard Weistrop
Diane and Adam Wene
Karen and Robert West
Ettinger Family Fund
Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Barbara Brumder Buzard Fund
J. Molin Norris Trust
Lipman Hearne, Inc.
Lucy and Jack Rosenberg Fund
Madelyn Co., Inc.
Map Society of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation
Wisconsin Library Services, Inc.
Thank you to the following donors who gave gifts-in-kind-books, maps, videos, and other library material-from July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006:
Arlene Hale Brachman
Alenka and Igor Dekleva
James J. Heinz
Rabbi Leonard J. Lewy
Harry John Manke
Ralph H. McClure
Ruth M. Mueller
Laura R. Owen
John L. Stebbins
Thomas S. Strini
Gregoria and Raymond Suchy
R. James Tobin
Pat and Tom Van Alyea
Doreena P. Wilson
Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Cranbrook Art Museum
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Hillel Foundation Milwaukee
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Public Administration Institute of New York State, Inc.
UWM American Indian Student Services
UWM Center for International Education
UWM Center on Age and Community
UWM LGBT Resource Center
Winifred L. Stevens Foundation
Wydawnictwo Arcana Publishers
If you wish to donate books or related materials, please contact Janet Padway, Collections Manager, at 414-229-6458. Please note that the Libraries reserve the right to decline donations that do not fall within our collecting scope or that duplicate existing holdings.