Brief info

Michele Besant is Associate Director at the iSchool, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest areas include community engagement and LIS education. She teaches a foundations course as well as courses in management and instruction; she also co-teaches (with Omar Poler) a summer Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums course that is as part of an IMLS funded project in partnership with tribal librarians and other cultural workers.

She is the longtime advisor for the Jail Library Project, a collaboration of the Jail Library Group (an iSchool student organization), the Dane County Library Service, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. She also serves on a task force working with UW Archives to build a campus-community LGBT archival collection.

Besant has degrees in English (AB, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MA University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Library and Information Studies (MA and PhD, University of Wisconsin).