University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alumni Webinars

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

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Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Trends and Insights from the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

April 12 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Charles Forrest (MA’79), 21st Century Libraries Consulting, LLC and Anders Dahlgren, Library Planning Associates

The Library Building Awards, established in 1963 as a joint endeavor by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Book Committee (NBC), is a regular, ongoing, juried award program that recognizes excellence in library architecture and design. During the nearly sixty years that awards have been given, some two hundred and fifty libraries of all types have been recognized. This presentation will review the history and development of the Library Building Awards program, and discuss a selection of award-winning libraries, as a way to document the transformation of library services as well as portray the evolution of library design.

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April 26 at 12 p.m. CST

What’s the Worst that Could Happen? A Practical Approach to STEM Librarianship without a STEM Degree

Erin Thomas (MA’15), Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian, Iowa State University Library

For those without a background in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields, STEM librarianship can seem like a daunting or even scary career prospect. This webinar will bust the myth that you can’t be a successful STEM librarian without a degree in a STEM field. This session will show you how to forge a strong liaison relationship with faculty in an engineering department that had been underserved for decades (with resulting resistance to library outreach), build a scaffolded information literacy instruction sequence for undergraduate students from the ground up, and take responsibility for some STEM-focused areas of the library’s collections and services… all without a degree in a STEM field. Presenter Erin Thomas will also discuss helpful approaches and how to address setbacks along the way—strategies that you can use, too.


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May 17 at 12 p.m. CST

Engaging Makers in a Zoom Environment
Tiffany Carlson (MA’18), Information Services and Technical Support Specialist, University of Minnesota

Making in libraries has become a valuable part of library programming, and since the Covid-19 pandemic, these maker workshops have taken on a new look. Learn methods, best practices, and lessons learned for hosting maker workshops online on a budget and how these tips and tricks can remain relevant even as we return to safe in-person operations. Applicable to all types of libraries – lessons learned will be drawn from an academic library – and most relevant to teen, young adult, and adult services though ideas may translate beyond these service areas.