Kristin R. Eschenfelder Blog

Website of Kristin R. Eschenfelder.

Hello! I am a Professor  and Director at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I am also an affiliate of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and a founding board member of the Wisconsin Digital Studies program.

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Eschenfelder publications in Minds@UW profile

Current project Social Science Data Archives: History and Sustainability.

PhD recruiting: I’m interested in recruiting PHD students to conduct research in the following areas:

  • data archives/repositories
  • any aspects of scholarly or popular publishing (electronic or otherwise)
  • licensing of journals, ebooks, databases
  • open access
  • intellectual and cultural property issues

If you are interested in working in one of the above areas please send me an email. We have a highly competitive admissions process, but we fund everyone we admit!

See the links in the menu above for an overview of my major funded research projects.

Contact Information:

Professor Kristin R. Eschenfelder
4238 HC White Hall
600 N. Park Street
Madison, WI  53706
(608)338-8783 (fax)


Kristin R. Eschenfelder (PhD, Syracuse 2000) is a Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests focus on access and use regimes – or the complex, multi-level networks of laws, customs, technologies and expectations that shape what information we can access in our daily lives and how we can make of it.  Her recent work examines development of and changes to access and use regimes for digital scholarly works including electronic publications (journals, books, citation databases), digital cultural materials, (such as museum, archival or anthropological works) and data sets. Her past work explored web based government information and policy and management issues inherent in digital production of government information and records.  She has also published in the areas of public libraries and financial literacy.

Her work has been published in venues including The Information Society, First Monday, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, College and Research Libraries, the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Government Information Quarterly, and Library and Information Science Research.

She teaches courses in research methods, social informatics theories, electronic resource management, database design and introduction to organizing digital resources.