Ebling Library Transformations


Transformation is the key to the Ebling Library’s success moving forward and in our ability to meet the evolving needs of the faculty, staff and students.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has made a number of important and strategic transformations and the Ebling Library is part of that overall understanding of the importance to constantly evaluate and transform services, resources and space.

For the last 90 years, the Ebling Library staff has provided innovative services and critical information resources to support research, teaching, learning and clinical practice. In the next three years, the library will be transformed in significant and lasting ways to strengthen our integration with the health sciences schools and in the management of knowledge.

As we work through the details of this transformation, you can find information about our process on this website. We welcome your comments and suggestions about changes to resources, space and services.

Julie Schneider
Director, Ebling Library


The mission of the Ebling Library is to advance and transform scholarship and the management of knowledge through dynamic technologies, innovative services and collaborative partnerships.


The Ebling Library will be fully integrated as partners and collaborators in the teaching, learning, research and clinical practice of the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. We will transform the Library over the next three to five years into a biomedical and clinical knowledge center focused on an innovative suite of services, mediated by valued professional staff and leveraging electronic, networked information resources and world-class rare and special collections.

Finalized & Approved: November 2014

Strategic Initiatives

Invest in user experiences and spaces that inspire the creation, discovery and sharing of knowledge

  1. Enhance user opportunities for the library space
  2. Reconfigure library physical space as part of the transformation of the Ebling Library
  3. Evaluate and revive the library virtual presence to engage users

Build on expertise, services and tools that support clinical practice and integrate the library into the life cycle of research, teaching and learning

  1. Measure and evaluate the value of established library services
  2. Expand the reach of library clinical and basic science services into Schools, departments and clinical units
  3. Build collaborative services with IT units and Schools to better support medical, pharmacy, nursing and veterinary medicine education
  4. Identify opportunities to increase library representation on SMPH, SoN, SoP, SVM, UWHC and campus committees
  5. Develop a library service focused on analytics for school and department administration and planning
  6. Lead campus in promoting and providing public access policy services and open publishing opportunities.
  7. Build proactive strategies for assisting researchers in data curation, preservation, management and long-term access

Evaluate and invigorate the library virtual presence to engage users

  1. Build on the current collections budget to meet the expanding information resource needs of users
  2. Review usage of library resources and link to changes in collection development and budget allocations to reflect the library's shift to electronic resources
  3. Improve access to online purchased resources and identified publicly accessible collections
  4. Build a strategy to further highlight and develop the rare and special collections

Cultivate our commitment to library development, collaborative partnerships and the Wisconsin Idea

  1. Review and redirect outreach and resource library responsibilities as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  2. Explore an expanded provision of information resources to the state
  3. Enhance marketing and communication strategies to promote library services and resources
  4. Maintain an effective organizational structure that emphasizes open communication and continuous quality improvement
  5. Implement an improved system of evaluation and assessment to identify gaps in skills and knowledge of the library staff and develop and invest in training & instruction opportunities

Finalized & Approved: November 2014

Transformation Phases

As Ebling Library prepares for future HSLC renovations, news will be placed here. If you have questions, please Contact Us.


The bulk of our print journals will be stored off site or in our historical vault.  Journals with an online version will be withdrawn, sent to a shared repository or sent to other libraries such as the National Library of Medicine.

As of January 2016, many of our print journals are being transferred to the Middleton Storage Facility (MSF) at the rate of about 150 boxes per week. These journals generally cover the period from the mid-1920s to the early 2000’s. The journals that are being stored generally do not have an online or digitized format so the journals are being retained for present and future research needs. All journals sent to the MSF will be available to users with a NetID by placing a request through the Library Catalog.

In addition, we are withdrawing duplicate books which may make room for study space within the book stacks.

Computers and Printers

The 3rd floor public computers were removed.  Public computers are available on the 2nd floor across from the Service Desk.

The 2nd floor collaboration iMacs will be moved to the 3rd floor bar across from the group study rooms.

The 3rd floor printers have been moved to the east end of the InfoCommons computers and the copy center by the books.


We apologize about the noise and disruption as we review our print journals.  The carpet on much of the 3rd floor is “bumpy” which makes noise as carts are rolled over it. Staff will minimize the noise as much as possible.

You may want to sit in a group study room or the Historical Reading Room for silent study during this transition.

Some of the 3rd floor tables and chairs may move to the 2nd floor InfoCommons area.


Fall 2015

  • Review print journals
  • Review print books
  • Relocate 3rd floor printing
  • Remove 3rd floor public computers

Spring 2016

  • Review print journals
  • Review print books

In the future, information will be available on:

  • Possible 2nd floor renovations
  • Accessing print journals that are being stored

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Page last updated: February 28, 2017
Questions or suggestions? Contact Julie Schneider