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 2nd 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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