And then there were six… We are LIS students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). In the fall of 2013 we all took LIS 644: Digital Tools, Trends, & Debates with Dorothea Salo. Our mission: conquer computers and build a functional book scanner to live in the SLIS library. This blog is meant to document our process through short updates and photographs.
Jenny McBurney (Project Manager) is a second year SLIS student focusing on academic libraries. She grew up in Apple Valley, MN, and became interested in librarianship during her years at St. Olaf College, where she enjoyed helping her friends use databases and got a job working at the reference desk in the library. Here at UW- Madison, she works at College Library as a Reference Student Assistant, and is also the project manager/editor of SLIS’s alumni newsletter, Jottings. Jenny is involved in the TLAM (Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums) student group as well. In her free time, she likes to scrapbook, watch movies, and attempt to cook edible food.
Holly Storck-Post is on the youth services track with a focus on public librarianship. She is especially interested in early literacy and teen programming. Holly is a member of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish-speaking. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and hopes to work in a public library providing services to Spanish speakers and immigrants. In addition to reading, Holly enjoys teaching kickboxing and exploring beginner photography. You can follow her on twitter @hollystorckpost.
Ryan Hellenbrand is a native of the Madison area and currently resides on the east side. After receiving his Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the spring of 2008, he moved back to the Madison area and was hired as Library Secretary at the Sun Prairie Public Library where he is still employed today. He officially joined the ranks of SLIS in the fall of 2012 as a part-time student, and intends to graduate in the spring of 2015. Public librarianship is his focus with an eye towards Adult Services, but open to all aspects of the public library as well. He is an avid science fiction/fantasy reader, is a gamer, and a board game enthusiast.
Sean Ottosen relocated to Madison in 2009 with the intent that he might eventually be accepted into UW’s Communication Arts program, but fortunately, he found a career path in librarianship instead. Sean holds a Page position, working in two departments at the Madison Public Library (Central) – Reference & User Services and Digital (Web) Services – and is currently enrolled in his third semester at SLIS. His volunteer work with downtown Madison music festivals has led to a recent appointment with the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s board of directors. He is a film enthusiast, a frequent concert-goer, and an enthusiastic reader.
Molly Dineen is a second year SLIS student specializing in youth services. Originally from Wauwatosa, WI, she lived in Chicago for four years while completing her undergrad degree before moving to Madison in September 2012. She works part time as a nanny for an adorable four-month-old baby and a library monitor at the Ruth Ketterer Harris Library in the School of Human Ecology. She loves reading, watching tv, and hanging out with her four year old brother and two week old niece in her free time.
Trevor Kuehl is a second-year SLIS student focusing in public libraries. He has an undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University in Technical Writing and two years of field experience working with the Michigan Department of Transportation. He ended up at SLIS because he got bored in the small town he was working in and wanted to do something that was helpful to people on a more personal level! Trevor enjoys tinkering with technology in his spare time, so he has some basic experience with a lot of web and publishing technology. He also grew up tinkering with tools in his father’s shop and through working as a theater technical in high-school. He is hoping to continue building on these skills through this project. It’s great to be applying some technical know-how to a practical library project. Trevor is also a big believer in open-access, so this project is a way for him to encourage the preservation and distribution of books in a more grassroots manner. Normally this kind of technology is reserved for big institutions, but we’re hoping to set an example and show small libraries that it isn’t impossible for them to scan their books for instruction and preservation.