Jane Cavanaugh, UWM at Waukesha Public Services Librarian, to Retire After 37 Years

Jane Cavanaugh, public services librarian at UWM at Waukesha, has announced her retirement on June 14.

Jane began her career at UW-Waukesha (as it was known until it merged with UWM) in fall 1984 after receiving her MLS from UWM’s School of Information Studies. Her initial responsibilities included reference and interlibrary loan. Over time, they grew to include marketing and exhibits.

As the campus expanded its academic advising services in the mid-2000s, Jane used her real-life experience with two kids in college to help Waukesha students for several years. When the UW Colleges developed the forward-thinking Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in 2009, she met the research needs of the students in that program.

Throughout her career, Jane was actively involved in campus governance, representing the library on numerous committees. She also served multiple terms on the Executive Committee of the UW College Library Council.

Jane leaves the UWM at Waukesha Library in a better position than when she arrived. She took an active role in renovating the library classroom, group study room, and open study areas. The library benefited from her thoughtful and pragmatic approach to problem-solving. She asked tough questions and sought answers, as well. She will be remembered as the “library’s mom” for her nurturing spirit.

We wish Jane well as she turns the page on a new chapter in her life.