2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Library Department

Murphy Library
Department Chair: Michael Current

124 Murphy Library; 608.785.8739
Email: mcurrent@uwlax.edu


The faculty who comprise the Library Department endorse and embrace the framework for information literacy - the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. In managing the collections and services of Murphy Library, library faculty collaborate closely with other departments to ensure that students develop the skills to efficiently identify and effectively utilize high quality, relevant, and appropriate information resources. Information literate students learn to not only navigate but also participate in the realm of scholarly communication and discourse.

The Library Department's expanding array of teaching modalities include the management of collections of information resources selected specifically for their curricular relevance; direct classroom instruction for hands-on learning through lessons typically designed in support of specific course assignments; on-demand and by-appointment research consultation services offered directly to students; programming of learning events and activities outside of the traditional classroom; and the development and management of targeted guides and tutorials on superior information resources, tools, and strategies. Such teaching activities lead directly to student learning and success across academic disciplines, and they lay the groundwork for a lifetime as an educated and well-informed citizen.


Catherine Lavallée-Welch

Associate Professor

John Jax

Stefan Smith

Assistant Professor

Paul Beck

Michael Current

Katherine Fish

Teri Holford

Liz Humrickhouse

Amber Leibundgut-Peterson

David Mindel

Scott Pfitzinger

Distinguished Academic Librarian

William Doering

Associate Academic Librarian

Laura Godden

University Staff

Elizabeth Bass 

Mark Beckerjeck

Kevin Dinsmore

Ingrid Iverson

Marc Manke

Dirck Nagy

Michael Olson

Terrence Stika

Rebecca Strandlie

Dwayne Webb

Michael Westberry

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