Joyce M. Latham has been appointed assistant professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will begin her appointment this fall semester, 2008, on the UWM campus.
Latham pursues research in the politics of public libraries, firmly rooted in her 27 years of professional library practice. She has served as the executive director of the Onondaga County Public Library system in New York state where she also served as chair of the Public Library Systems Directors Organization. As the Director of Information Technology for the Chicago Public Library, she managed the technical upgrade of the city-wide system, and as Assistant Director for the Southern Maryland Regional Library System she participated in the development of the state-wide SAILOR project.
“Joyce will bring her strong practical and academic experience to SOIS, which will contribute significantly to the educational opportunities in public librarianship offered through our degree programs,” said Dean Johannes Britz.
Latham earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also worked with the Mortenson Center for International Librarianship. She is the 2004 winner of the Justin Winsor prize in library history. Her most recent publication, based on her dissertation, "So Promising of Success: Local 88 and the Chicago Public Library", was included in the winter 2008 issue of Progressive Librarian. Her forthcoming publication, "Wheat and Chaff: Carl Roden, Abe Korman and the definitions of intellectual freedom" is scheduled for the fall, 2009 issue of Libraries and the Cultural Record.
This fall, Latham will teach L&I Sci 501: Foundations in Library and Information Science as well as L&I Sci 734: Library Services and Resources for Adults. This is the first time in several years SOIS has been able to offer Library Services and Resources for Adults. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Latham to SOIS and making this course available again to our graduate students,” said Assistant Dean Chad Zahrt. Along with onsite courses, Latham will begin teaching courses online in spring 2009.