University of Wisconsin–Madison

Information School/SLIS Alumni! We need YOU to propose a spring 2020 webinar!

In order to showcase all the incredible work our alumni do, we will host our annual Alumni Webinar Series during the Spring 2020 semester. Webinars are presented by graduates from the iSchool’s Masters or PhD programs.

Webinars are 30-45 minutes long and you can be anywhere with an internet connection and microphone to present. You will receive a complimentary online professional development course for yourself or a colleague if your proposal is chosen.

All webinars are free to viewers. Here are examples of past webinars.

Submit your great idea by January 10, 2020.


Questions? Contact Anna Palmer.

Spring 2019 Alumni Webinars: Presented by Alumni of the UW-Madison iSchool
(free and open to all viewers!)

March 12 at 12 p.m. CST     |     View Recording     |     View Slides

Out of the Box Outreach for Public Libraries
Meg Schiebel (MA’13), Head of Children’s Services, Booth & Dimock Memorial Library

Getting out of the library and into your community is an important way for your Public Library to stay relevant and to reach members of your community that may not be current library users. You will learn about creative ways to get outside of library walls and into your community, including organizations, events, and community groups. After this webinar you will be able to create an outreach plan for your library including how to reach out to organizations, working together, and buy in for your library board and management. 

April 2  at 12 p.m. CST   |   View Recording   |   View Slides

What Is Net Neutrality And Why Is It Important To Libraries?
Bob Bocher (MA’79), Senior Fellow, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

Net Neutrality has been in the news the past several years primarily because of various decisions made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has statutory oversight of the Internet. Supporters and opponents of Net Neutrality have also initiated numerous legal actions in the federal courts. What exactly is “Net Neutrality” and why is it such a contentious issue? And more specifically, why should the library community be concerned about this issue? This presentation will address these questions and explain why libraries play a critical role in ensuring an open “neutral” Internet.

April 9 at 12 p.m. CST     |     View Recording    |     View Slides     |    

Leveraging e-Content for Libraries and Patrons
Andi Coffin (MA’07) & Sara Gold (MA’07), Consortium Management, WiLS

Libraries have long recognized the potential of e-content to be so much more than just an alternative to print. Multiple people can use one file and it doesn’t have to live in just one place on a shelf. Links are just a faster cross-reference mechanism. No one can see what you’re reading and you don’t have to get out of your jammies to get it. And, while copyright’s end and fair use’s beginning is still hotly debated, the developing options for delivering, finding, and accessing e-content are both promising and growing. Join iSchool alumni Andi Coffin and Sara Gold from WiLS for a discussion on the ways we are seeing e-content mature, including through community engagement initiatives provided by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and the challenges and successes trending in the world of e-content publishing.

April 23 at 12 p.m. CST     |     View Recording     |      Slides

Creating a Community of Readers: Academic Librarians Promoting Reading on Campus
Kayleen Jones (MA’16), Education & Human Service Professions Librarian
Kim Pittman (MA’11), Information Literacy & Assessment Librarian
University of Minnesota Duluth

How can academic librarians help the campus community build awareness of our leisure reading collections and connect to other readers on campus? Two academic librarians will share our successful programming strategies on a difficulty spectrum from easy to ambitious. Our past programs include silent reading parties, pop-up libraries, online book talks from campus community members, a Nerd Nite focused on books and reading, partnerships with public libraries and campus organizations, a community-wide reading program, and more! Attendees from all types of libraries will be able to adapt our approaches for their own contexts.

April 30 at 12 p.m. CST     |       View Recording     |      Slides

New Librarianship: Professional Evolution within a Team Environment
Kris Glodoski Wolf (MA’14), Engagement & Inclusion Librarian, Madison College

How do libraries stay relevant? This is a frequently asked question. We are confronted with this question in our day-to-day, throughout library school, and again as we navigate the professional space of librarianship. This webinar will share how a team of community college librarians re-imagined “what a librarian works like.” It will discuss an affirming process of re-envisioning ourselves as professionals, re-visiting methods of collaboration, and re-thinking outreach to better support our users in the evolving world of libraries and information services.

May 14 at 12 p.m. CST    |     View Recording     |     View Slides

Fake News, Real Talk: Engaging Your Patrons on Fake News and News Literacy
Cara Evanson (MA’11), Research Librarian for Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Davidson College

From politics to natural disasters, fake news is rampant and on patrons’ minds. Librarians can capitalize on this phenomenon and use their expertise to make a difference by engaging their patrons around issues of fake news and news literacy. At this webinar attendees will learn about ways they can lead educational outreach on this topic at their library, including pairing up with community partners, empowering patrons with strategies to spot fake news, and facilitating reflection on news consumption habits. I will share examples of ways my colleagues and I have worked to address the issue of fake news at my own institution and discuss tips for finding fake news story examples to use in programming.