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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Submit your proposal for 2022! All alumni are eligible.

Submit Webinar Proposal

Webinars are 30 minutes long and take place at noon CST on a weekday. You will receive a complimentary online professional development course for you or a colleague if your proposal is chosen.

Proposals due by January 10, 2022.

See below for examples of past webinars.  |  Questions? Contact Anna Palmer,

March 30 at 12:00 p.m. CST | Recording | Slides

Qualitative Data Analysis with Taguette 
Jessica Hagman (MA’08), Social Sciences Research Librarian & Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Qualitative research is a powerful tool both for those working libraries and researchers in their patron communities. Qualitative data analysis software can facilitate this research, but major tools such as Atlas.ti, NVivo, and MAXQDA require major investments of time and financial resources, putting such tools out of the reach of many libraries developing infrastructure to support qualitative research. In this webinar, I’ll introduce and demonstrate a new and open source tool for qualitative data analysis, Taguette. With Taguette, researchers can collaboratively code text data and export coded data for further analysis in spreadsheets or other software. The webinar will be hands-on for attendees who would like to test out Taguette as we collaboratively code and analyze a demonstration data set and discuss how we can report the results of our analysis in research and reports.

April 13 at 12:00 p.m. CST | Recording | Slides

Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons
Jennifer Flake (MA’18), Museum Education Manager, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

The pandemic has emphasized the need for our organizations to work with partners to reach patrons. Furthermore, 2020 has highlighted the ability to develop partnerships beyond our traditional communities and introduce patrons to resources across the globe. During the last year, in my role as the Education Coordinator of a children’s museum, I have used traditional library skills to increase museum partnerships over 200% and network with libraries and cultural institutions well beyond my state. These relationships have moved beyond professional networking and have allowed me to fill in gaps left by virtual programming. This webinar will offer a helpful guide to other institutions with similar needs.


April 27 at 12:00 p.m. CST | Recording | Slides

Digital Backpack Workshops: Adapting to students’ needs
Rachel Becker (MA’15), Copyright and Open Educational Resources Librarian, and Rachel Carroll, Metro Campuses Librarian, Madison Area Technical College Libraries

Moving library and student technology services online quickly and effectively in Spring 2020 presented an opportunity to reimagine traditional service models. A small team developed the Digital Backpack Workshop Series around the concept of free, timely, and open access to high quality online content. The workshop format allows anyone to join; both within and outside the college so all can benefit. Flexible and adaptable, this series has evolved along with the our students’ needs. With attendees from across the United States, the workshops demonstrate how creativity and ingenuity can reshape conventional approaches to library services.