UWM Libraries Staff Newsletter: Summer 2015, No. 152


Marcia with retirement cake

Marcia with her retirement cake. Photo by Kathi Jakubowski.

Marcia Anshus, Collection and Resource Management Department, has retired after over 40 years on the staff in the Libraries. She began as a student worker in 1969. A party was held for her on July 29, her last day. Before Marcia left, she sat down and talked about her career.

I started as a freshman and worked in the Bindery. We pulled issues from Current Periodicals to bind, typed bindery slips for things going out, then packed them and when they came back, we unpacked them to get them ready to go. We sent shipments every week of two to three hundred volumes. We were receiving 1800 titles and probably 50 daily newspapers.

I graduated in 1973 in education. I was applying for teaching jobs and in August (Assistant Libraries Director) Bill Moritz called me and said “Well if you don’t get a job teaching we have a job in your department” because Elese Colvin, who I had worked for, had gotten a fellowship to go to library school and they needed somebody doing the job that I had been doing for four years.

So for six months I was an LTE and then I took a civil service test and started actually as a typist. Then it evolved over the years, to library technician and different things. My current job, in essence, is the management of the electronic version of the serials that we did in print all those years. The vast majority of them have been converted to electronic.

I began working with carbon paper and manual typewriters and keeping files of indexes that needed to be bound in with periodicals. The bindery cards were ten-stapled thick because you had that many volumes.  You had to keep them straight on cards and when something new came in, you erased it and replaced it with the new one. If there was something missing, then you had to put a comma in. So much paperwork involved.

Things are much more efficient now. It used to take, when someone started cataloging a new serial, six months before it got to us downstairs where we would create the bindery card, which was the official record of it. Now that same process can be done in two hours.

Other things have changed. When I was a student here the main staircase was carpeted. The building was only three years old. They had a twenty-year guarantee on the carpeting and it was removed within five years because it was worn threadbare. So we no longer have the worst shade of orange you have ever seen on the main staircase.

I have worked with serials almost the entire time. Of my forty some years, probably 38 of them have included serials, including Reserve, which had current periodicals in it. There was a period of two or three years when it was just monographs.

I really enjoyed working with students. There was a time when I came back from break and someone said, “Guess what, you are going to get called by the US Supreme Court,” and I said, “Yeah, right,” and they said, “No, really,” and a Court representative did call me, for a reference for a former Reserve student! One morning I came in and there was somebody from the Department of Defense waiting to talk to me because a former Bindery student had used me as a reference and he was applying for a job in military intelligence.  Both of them got the jobs.

I have also enjoyed the opportunity to become involved with professional organizations, which for my first 25 years were not available in WLA for support staff. I was on a number of committees on the executive board for support staff within WLA, and we were involved with the original formation of them as a group in WLA in the 90’s.  I think I served six terms on the UWM Libraries Staff Association. The original holiday party, what is now the lunch we do, started out actually as a party that the library staff gave for students and was held in the Fireside Lounge of the Union.

For the next five months, while I’m on “vacation” (still officially on staff, but using up vacation time), I will probably not do much of anything other than organizing at my house, but I would love to get involved in things like maybe working for the Election Commission, or volunteering at the Humane Society. I would walk dogs, that would be something I would like to do.


Betsy Cutler (right) at her retirement party. Photo by Leigh Dorsey.

Betsy Cutler (right) at her retirement party. Photo by Leigh Dorsey.

After 16 years of service with the UWM Libraries, Betsy Cutler, Circulation Services, retired. Her last day was August 12.

Betsy made many contributions to the UWM Libraries throughout her career at the Libraries managing the Circulation Desk. Before coming to the Libraries, she worked in the library at UW-Waukesha.

Betsy participated in a wide variety of committees and initiatives. Some of these committees include the Libraries’ Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons renovation, Marketing and Publicity, and Open Access.

As a longtime member of the Exhibits committee, Betsy contributed her talents to the creation of many First Floor exhibitions, as curator, designer, installer and consultant.



Laura Pontillo, Interlibrary Loan, left the staff in June for a new job as the Head of Interlibrary Loan Borrowing at the University of Chicago. Laura had been at UWM Libraries since 2007. She managed the daily operations of ILL Borrowing and worked closely with students and faculty to fulfill their requests. In addition to her responsibilities in ILL, she was co-chair of the Libraries Staff Development Committee and participated in other libraries committees.

Caitlin Benellack, Instructional Design Assistant in User Services, accepted a new position at Baker College in Muskegan, MI. She spent the past two years in User Services as a member of the Teaching and Learning Team. Caitlin worked on the Online Student Support initiative which includes support of the FLEX degree program.



On June 4, the Libraries honored staff who had contributed to the months-long effort, in collaboration with other UW System libraries, in the implementation of the System’s new catalog, Alma. Certificates and stainless steel travel mugs (“I survived the Alma implementation”) were awarded, food and drink served, celebratory noises made, and Alma-related puzzles completed.

Ling Meng with party blowout

Ling Meng with party blowout.



Staff work on Alma puzzle

Puzzle solvers, clockwise, from top, Max Yela, Anna Martinez-Montavon, Marcia Anshus, Catherine Loomis, and Betsy Cutler.




NTNU interns.

NTNU interns at their farewell presentation and party. From left, Jocelyn Chiou (Fang-Yu Chiou), Sherry Lin (Shin-Yu Lin), Amy Wu (Shih-Hsuan Wu), Marisa Lin (Meng-Jung Lin). Photo by Dawn Lee-Vue.

This year’s interns from the National Taiwan Normal University gave presentations on their experiences this summer and on libraries in Taiwan at a farewell reception on August 10 in the 4th Floor Conference Center.

During their internship, they each worked in different Milwaukee libraries: Meng-Jung (Marisa) Lin in UWM Libraries’ User and Access Services Divisions, Fang-Yu (Jocelyn) Chiou in UWM Libraries’ Digital Collections and AGSL, Shin-Yu (Sherry) Lin at Milwaukee Public Library, and Shih-Hsuan (Amy) Wu at Marquette University Libraries.

They participated in the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, visited UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society, and, after leaving Milwaukee, traveled to New York and Boston before returning home to Taiwan.


Kate Ganski

Summer Instruction Camp 2015 focused on the newly published ACRL document Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Just like the previous three camps, 2015 camp consisted of three workshops:

Day 1: Understanding Threshold Concepts

Day 2: Teaching with Threshold Concepts

Day 3: Putting it all together: Lesson Plan Charrette

Summer Instruction Camp is open to all staff who have a desire to improve their instruction skills. This year staff from User Services, Archives, and Special Collections participated.

Campers engaged in thoughtful discussions, brainstorming, developing learning activities, and breaking down student research assignments in order to improve student learning outcomes. Feedback from campers revealed that they have a better understanding of the Framework and the value of threshold concepts as a teaching aid.

Campers also shared some ways that they plan to utilize the Framework for future instruction opportunities: initiate dialogue with faculty, review learning activities to identify student dispositions, and redesign lessons with the backward design methodology.



Leadership retreat montage

Photos and montage by Dawn Lee-Vue




The Libraries staff received a guided tour of the UWM Greenhouse, located on the fourth floor of NWQ West, on July 21.  The beautiful, informative and restorative tour was led by Greenhouse Manager Paul Engevold.

Libraries staff admiring plants

Orchids at UWM greenhouseStriped plantsRed flower in greenhouse




Mary Boulanger presented two sessions in May on consumer health information for the residents at St. John’s on the Lake, an assisted living community. This outreach was suggested by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library, and its goal is to provide occasional subject assistance via workshops and libguides, to the staff, residents and their families at St. John’s–many of whom are retired from UWM–who are looking for reliable, free health information on the internet.

Svetlana Korolev was recently elected a Councilor (2016) at the American Chemical Society CINF Executive Committee Meeting in Boston. Svetlana also has reviewed a manuscript for a special issue dedicated to chemical information of the Journal of Chemical Education (http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jceda8). This is the first time Svetlana has been invited offer a peer review by a prestigious ACS journal.

Beth Kucera is serving a second year on the WAAL Conference Planning Committee. The 2016 Conference will be held at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake.

Janet Padway co-presented a poster with John Jax, UW-La Crosse, “Ensuring the Crown Jewels are Shared: Building a Shared E-book Environment throughout the University of Wisconsin System,” at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, June 25-30, in San Francisco. In July, Janet participated in a Community Librarian Training program in Kigali, Rwanda, where she spoke to Rwandan librarians and Peace Corps volunteers, who work together to promote literacy and libraries in the rural communities around the country. She also met with other librarians and educators exploring possible opportunities for mentorship and professional education.

Brad Young has been appointed to the MLA/MOUG Search and Discovery Task Force, to investigate OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery and its implications for music searching.