University of Wisconsin–Madison

Announcing the Keun Y. and Sanok P. Kim Graduate Scholar in Library Studies Fund

The Information School received a significant donation to establish The Keun Y. and Sanok P. Kim Graduate Scholar in Library Studies Fund, which will provide scholarship support to students in perpetuity. Both Keun Young and Sanok Kim are graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was their wish to give back to the university that had made it possible for them to pursue their educations through generous scholarships.  

The Kims both came to America in the 1950s to escape the war in Korea. They arrived with next to nothing and felt the opportunities they had at UW-Madison were essential to their successful career paths. Keun Young Kim studied and worked in chemical engineering, conducting research that lead to the filing of many patents. Sanok Kim studied romance languages at the graduate level at UW-Madison and completed an additional degree at the University of Illinois before her long and productive career as a librarian.  She worked for 29 years at Washington University’s Olin Library, beginning as a part-time cataloger and rising to become a librarian supervisor responsible for the technical training of new staff. Her professional work impacted the field at a time when changes in information technology greatly reshaped and advanced the cataloging and technical services in libraries.

The Kims’ generous gift will strengthen the Information School’s ability to recruit talented future librarians. Generations of students, as well as the communities they serve, will benefit. The iSchool is very grateful to the Kim family and honored to be able to extend to others Keun and Sanok Kim’s legacy of learning and enthusiasm for education at UW-Madison.

Those who wish to make an additional contribution may visit for the Keun Y. and Sanok P. Kim Graduate Scholar in Library Studies Fund.

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