Associate Dean, Library & Information Services; Director of the Law Library
J.D., UW Law School
Master of Library & Info. Science, UW-Milwaukee
M.A. History, UW-Milwaukee
B.A. History, UW-Eau Claire
Bonnie Shucha is the Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director of the Law Library at the UW Law School. She received her J.D. from the UW Law School, a Masters of Library & Information Science and M.A. in History from UW-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in History from UW-Eau Claire.
Dean Shucha has presented and published on numerous topics including legal research, legal technology, scholarly visibility and metrics, tribal law, and women’s history. She is also the creator and author of the UW Law Library blog, WisBlawg, which provides legal research news and advice with an emphasis on Wisconsin.
She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries where she served as chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section and co-chair of the Publishing Initiatives Caucus. She is also a past president of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. She currently serves as chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Communications Committee and Wisconsin Lawyer editorial board.
Dean Shucha teaches Advanced Legal Research, a 2-credit pass/fail course is offered every other spring. In this simulation course, students gain practical, hands-on experience in approaching, conducting, and presenting research in a practice setting.
When she's not at work or school, Bonnie is mom to a son, daughter, and two miniature dachshunds. Her husband is a professor at Ripon College. She enjoys reading classic and fantasy novels, traveling, and relaxing at the cabin with her family.
Scholarship & Publications
- Legal research
- Library and law-related technologies
- History of prostitution & public policy
Bonnie Shucha published "Representing Law Faculty Scholarly Impact: Strategies for Improving Citation Metrics Accuracy and Promoting Scholarly Visibility" in Legal Reference Services Quarterly. Read the paper.
Bonnie Shucha presented on "Sovereignty, Native America, and Legal Culture: Why Accessing and Understanding Tribal Law Just Became More Important" at the American Association of Law Libraries Virtual Conference July 22, 2021.
Bonnie Shucha presented "Law Faculty Scholarly Impact: Strategies for Improving Citation Metrics Accuracy and Promoting Scholarly Visibility" at the Yale Law School Virtual Symposium on Citation and the Law in April.
In May 2020, Bonnie Shucha co-presented "New Possibilities for Sociolegal Scholars: Hein, ORCID and Your Scholarly Profile" for the Law and Society Association's Annual Meeting. The presentation was part of a session titled "Getting Sociolegal Scholarship Cited and Recognized: New Possibilities and Perils Organized by the LSA Task Force on Sociolegal Metrics."
Bonnie Shucha participated on a panel at the January 2020 AALS Annual Meeting titled "Measuring Scholarly Impact: Are Citation Metrics the Right Fit for Law Schools?" Others on the panel included Shane Marmion, president of William S. Hein & Co., Gregory Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Law, and Gregory Sisk, University of St. Thomas School of Law.
In October, Bonnie Shucha and Kris Turner presented "Motivating Library Staff and Why It Matters," at the Wisconsin Library Association's annual meeting. Though the talk offered practical tips for managing library personnel of different generations and interests, it was useful for supervisors in any professional field.
Bonnie Shucha is co-author of “Inspiring Innovation: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating the Web 2.0 Challenge,” in the Law Library Journal (2009-19).
News & Media
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020Bonnie Shucha reports on UW Law Library's tribal law digitization project
Thursday, Sep 10, 2020Bonnie Shucha discusses UW Law Library's new project to increase access to tribal laws
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020Law Library, Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center win award to create a digital tribal law platform
Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Legal Research and Analysis