*University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies *

Updates, News & Events
September 11, 2012


SOIS Alumni Featured in /School Library Journal/

*Jill Lininger* (Graduate, 2003) and *Erin Kant *(Graduate, 2011) were 
featured in a story in the /School Library Journal /about their work 
helping children improve their reading skills using dogs in the Ruff 
Readers program. Read their story at

SOIS Faculty & Staff Updates

Dr. Michael Zimmer

*Assistant Professor Michael Zimmer* is a speaker at the International 
Internet Ethics Symposium <>  hosted by 
the Korea Internet & Security (KISA) and Korea Society of Internet 
Ethics (KSIE) in Seoul, Korea on September 12. Alongside other 
international representatives, Zimmer will be discussing “Internet 
Ethics Issues and Action in the United States 
during Session 1 of the conference.  Zimmer is the director of the 
Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR 
<>) at UW-Milwaukee.  With a background in new 
media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and 
information policy, Zimmer studies the ethical dimensions of new media 
and information technologies, with particular interest in privacy, 
social media, information ethics, access to knowledge, and 
value-conscious design.

Dr. Joyce Latham | Catherine Hansen, Senior Lecturer

*Assistant Professor Joyce Latham* and *Senior Lecturer Catherine 
Hansen* will be attending the annual Wisconsin Women Library Workers 
retreat in Door County, WI. The group is a feminist organization 
committed to improving the status of women in the library field and to 
the elimination of sex role stereotyping and sex bias. The "Out of the 
Attic and Into the Stacks : Feminism and LIS : the Unconference”, held 
in March of this year, came out of discussions from last year’s retreat. 
Dr. Latham, who came to SOIS after an extended career in libraries, 
coordinates the Public Library Leadership Concentration 
Latham's revisionary research focus is on the activist role of 
librarians in the development of culture.  Hansen, who is on the 
steering committee for the organization, has a background in both 
academic and public libraries and is currently working on her doctorate 
in Leadership in Higher Education.

Mary Wepking, Senior Lecturer

*Senior Lecturer* *Mary Wepking* will be attending the Association for 
Library Service to Children <> (ALSC) 
conference in Indianapolis, IN from September 20-22. Wepking joined SOIS 
in 2007, and she teaches and advises in all areas of youth services in 
school and public libraries. She is the School Library Media Coordinator 
<> , assisting 
and advising students in Wisconsin and other states in obtaining 
certification as k-12 library media specialists.

Dr. Dietmar Wolfram | PhD Students: Adriana McCleer, Jeannette Glover, 
Jennifer Thiele, Renee Kapusniak

*Professor Dietmar Wolfram* and PhD students *Adriana McCleer, Jeannette 
Glover, Jennifer Thiele, and Renee Kapusniak *will be presenting at the 
2^nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 
<>. The presentation, 
“Overcoming Barriers to Information Access 
will take place on September 22 from 10:45am-12pm. The objectives of the 
panel are to: 1) identify how selected services and systems in libraries 
(or lack thereof) may present barriers to information access, and; 2) 
provide recommendations for overcoming these barriers. These doctoral 
students are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians program entitled Overcoming Barriers 
to Information Access (B2A), will address different aspects of 
information access barriers and how they may be overcome.


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