Librarian at Large
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Professional Experience:

UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, 2009. Adjunct Instructor
  • Taught graduate-level course, "Corporate and Specialized Information Services"
  • Topics included management, core competencies, reference, research, knowledge management, technology and marketing in corporate or specialized information settings
  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times, 1978-2008. Library Director
  • Managed an archive consisting of nearly 500,000 images and two-million articles
  • Developed and provided training programs in the use of online services, Internet and database use to over 100 journalists
  • Negotiated license agreements with online vendors, creating solid, on-going relationships
  • Project and team leader in the selection and installation of a text archive and image archive resulting in a library resource offering efficient retrieval of information to both newsrooms
  • Supervised a staff of three and responsible for the library’s annual planning and budget
  • Created a newsroom-wide intranet available to 52 Lee newspapers around the country
  • Assisted journalists with various requests, ranging from quick-reference to technical
  • Developed guidelines, policies and procedures for the library’s operations
  • Developed an online Web resource (wiki) for use by all journalists at Lee newspapers
  • Negotiated rights and fees for copyright permission for commercial use of newspapers’ photographs

    Additional Experience:

    Chair, News Division of SLA
  • Planned 2008 SLA/News Division conference programs
  • Leader of the 500-member organization, providing plans and goals

    Local Historian
  • Board member of the McFarland Historical Society for 15 years, nine as president
  • Set policies and procedures for collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and images

    Managing Editor, News Library News
  • Edited quarterly bulletin for News Division of SLA, 2002 to 2004

    International Library Program, Freedom Forum
  • One of four librarians in the country chosen in 2001 to participate in the program
  • Developed a training workshop for journalists in the Republic of Georgia and refugee journalists

    Education Director, News Division of SLA
  • Developed continuing education courses for national conferences in 1996 and 1997
  • Member of the managing board of the News Division, setting policies and goals

    Web Master, Wisconsin History Day by Day
  • Created Web site ( featuring daily Wisconsin historical facts
  • Used by schools and public libraries across the state

    Chair, McFarland Sesquicentennial
  • Planned and directed year-long celebration for McFarland’s 150th anniversary in 2006
  • Raised funds from local businesses, organizations and residents covering all expenses


    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies
  • MLS, 1978

    Luther College
  • BA, 1976


  • ”McFarland Then & Now,” 2006. A photo exhibit of McFarland through the years, comparing scenes from the past to the same location today
  • ”Wisconsin History Day by Day.” A desk calendar containing historical facts for each day. It has been expanded into a Web site,
  • ”Little Visits of a Journal Reporter” A compilation of State Journal columns from the 1930’s focusing on Dane County history and events
  • ”McFarland Ice Age Interpretive Trail” A walking tour through woodland and marsh, highlighting natural and Native American history in the McFarland area
  • ”McFarland’s Norwegian Heritage” A historical overview of the history of Norwegians in the McFarland area, focusing on immigration, early settlers and community leaders
  • ”Historic McFarland: A Walking Tour” A walking tour of historic McFarland, highlighting the architectural style and history of sixty properties


  • Special Libraries Association, annual conference, “Web archiving,” 2008
  • Wisconsin Educators Association Council, “Newspapers: A Primary Resource for Social Studies/History” 2005
  • Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians conference, “Newspaper indexing methods,”
  • Wisconsin Libraries Association, annual conference, “Newspaper archives on the Web”
  • Special Libraries Association, annual conference, moderator for News Division presentation
  • Great Lakes Regional Library conference, “Budgeting process in a news library”
  • Special Libraries Association, annual conference, “Technology in newspaper libraries”

    Awards and Honors:

  • McFarland Citizen of the Year, 2006
  • Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award, 2005, News Division of SLA
  • Lee President's Award for Excellence in News in 2004, member of Allied Drive project
  • James K. Batten award in 2002 for civic journalism team project
  • Milwaukee Press Club, 2003, Best single background, analytical or interpretive story, team project
  • Milwaukee Press Club, best story or series requiring investigative skills, team project
  • Local History Award of Merit, Wisconsin Historical Society

  • Whether it is for reference, research, archiving, managing information resources or special projects, I can offer a level of service that will allow your business or library to operate efficiently and effectively when you need immediate help.

    Align your information needs with my knowledge and experience.

  • Does your business need the expert assistance of an information professional?

  • Do you have special projects in your library but are unable to make progress because of limited staff size?

  • Is your reference desk under-staffed at times due to vacations and absences?

  • Are your business archives stored in boxes without any index or catalog?

  • Is increased workload preventing you and your staff from accomplishing daily or weekly information goals and tasks?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then give me a call, the Librarian at Large.

    I can assist during vacations, personal leaves, emergency absences, or illnesses, for any length of time.

    Call on me to help you by putting my extensive information professional experience to work for you. I can assist your business or library in a variety of areas - research, reference, archiving, special projects, and information resources management.

    My knowledge is extensive, providing a stable and sturdy bridge between information and your business/library’s needs.

    Ron Larson 608-838-4279