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As faculty in a student-centered teaching library, Library Department members strive to ensure that UWL students graduate as information literate citizens with the ability to recognize when information is needed, and with the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically. We set Murphy Library’s curriculum for teaching, which encompasses all aspects of librarianship. We are responsible for managing information by selecting, organizing, providing access to, and preserving physical and online information resources, and we take responsibility for assisting and educating others in the effective utilization of such resources. We contribute to the growth and progress of the discipline of library and information science through scholarship, and we serve our colleagues, peers, and community through professional service activities.

Department Chair

David Mindel  Profile of David Mindel

Associate Professor
118B Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Digital Conversion (Digitization) of Cultural Heritage materials, Digital Preservation, Color Management, Digital Content Management, Digital Photography, Digital Image Manipulation

Pam Cipkowski  Profile of Pam Cipkowski

Assistant Professor
106 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Library Collection Development

Michael Current  Profile of Michael Current  Michael Current saysMeet with me

Assistant Professor
124 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Special and Reference Collections Librarian

Laura Godden  Profile of Laura Godden

Assistant Professor
155 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Special Collections/Area Research Center (SC/ARC) archives

Teri Holford  Profile of Teri Holford

Associate Professor
269 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Children's Literature

Information Literacy

Integrated Librarianship

Local History & Historical Primary Sources



Amber Leibundgut-Peterson  Profile of Amber Leibundgut-Peterson

Assistant Professor
122 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Web design and physical space uses/improvements.

Madan Mohan  Profile of Madan Mohan

Assistant Professor
Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Electronic Resources, Budgeting, Classification, Cataloging, Music, Technology, Research,  Reference

Mike Olson  Profile of Mike Olson

Assistant Professor
113 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Cataloging & Discovery, Theses & Dissertations, Critical Visual Literacy, Zines

Scott Pfitzinger  Profile of Scott Pfitzinger

Assistant Professor
128 Murphy Library

Specialty areas:

Technology & Reference Services Librarian

Information Literacy, Reference, Technology, Circulation, Research, Music

Library Department Faculty/Staff Emeriti

Paul B. Beck (1998 – 2021)
William T. Doering (1994 – 2020)
Stefan A. Smith (1997 – 2018)
Karen S. Lange (1979 – 2016)
Anita K. Evans (1987 – 2012)
Cristine L. Prucha (1984 – 2011)
Randall W. Hoelzen (1988 – 2010)
Charles H. Marx (1980 – 2005)
Sandra L. Sechrest (1976 – 2003)
Edwin L. Hill (1968 – 1998)
Dale C. Gresseth (1965 – 1990)
Orin W. Thompson (1967 – 1988)
Eugene Millich (1957 – 1987)
Herbert L. Searcy (1964 – 1981)
Roy N. Van Note (1964 – 1981)

Faculty Emeriti Librarians

(recognized prior to the establishment of the Library Department)

Catherine F. Crail (1937 – 1966)
Martha Olea Skaar (1919 – 1964)
Florence S. Wing (1909 – 1950)