Professor Florence Hsia Leads Initiative to Build UW-Library Collections

Florence HsiaThe Library Collections Enhancement Initiative is a pilot program of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to strengthen campus research capacities by providing UW-Madison libraries with flexibility to address critical and emerging collection needs. Professor Florence Hsia, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Arts and Humanities, says of the project: “As rising journal and database subscription costs put increased pressure on academic research library collections budgets, demand for a wide range of library materials —historic and contemporary — by faculty and students alike remains high…we are excited to support campus libraries and fill significant gaps in scholarship and diversity by supplementing existing library holdings.” Funding from the project will also extend scholars the ability to access hard-to-find periodicals and ephemera, as well as rare works held in Special Collections. One of the projects that the program has funded so far is for Creating an Indigenous Pedagogy Collection. This project will help engage with ongoing activities across-campus to promote deeper understanding of the Ho-Chunk Nation and other regional indigenous histories and cultures. To read more, see UW-Madison News.