Associate Director, Law Library
J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020
Masters, Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Secondary Teaching Certification, University of Michigan 2006
B.A., History and Political Science, University of Michigan, 2006
Kris Turner began working at the Law School Library in January 2012 as a Circulation Assistant and Daytime Supervisor, and also worked as the Reference and Technology Services Librarian and the Head of Reference before becoming the Associate Director of Public Services. Kris is responsible for managing the reference and circulation departments and enhancing the legal research services that the library offers or may offer in the future. Kris also works with emerging technology and with faculty in preserving their scholarship in the UW Law School Digital Repository. Kris also teaches Law Practice Technologies, a course focused on the use of tech in law firm offices.
Previously, Kris worked at Madison Public Library for three and a half years, and at the Forest Products Laboratory Library, located on UW-Madison's campus. He also worked in a busy bankruptcy and personal injury law firm in downtown Chicago and as a teacher in Evanston, Illinois and Novi, Michigan.
In his free time, Kris enjoys traveling, trivia, reading all kinds of books, and going to concerts.
Kris Turner and Carrie Doyle will both serve on the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) 2022 Board. Turner will serve as President-Elect and Doyle will serve as WLA Board Liaison representing the Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians (AWSL). The Wisconsin Library Association is a professional organization representing all types of libraries. Its membership comprises more than 1,400 librarians and support staff, library trustees, friends of libraries, and business vendors who advocate and work for the improvement of library services for all Wisconsin citizens.
Kris Turner published a chapter on Faculty Services in "Introduction to Law Librarianship," an open access textbook designed to educate and train law librarians as the profession changes and develops. The chapter was co-authored with Liz Manriquez and two other librarians – one from Georgia and one from the University of Denver.
Three articles written by students in Steph Tai's Contracts II class have been accepted for publication: Benjamin Eastman's "Amtrak and Freight Railroads: How Property Rights and Statuatory Mandates Control the Contractual Agreements Between Parties" in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy; Nicholas Enger's "Offers You Cannot Refuse: Post Hire Noncompete Agreement Insertions and Procedural Unconscionability Doctrine" in the Wisconsin Law Review; and Kris Turner's "Creating Contracts in a Vacuum: Space Mining and the Creation of Future Contract Law" in Natural Resources Journal.
Kris Turner visited Rice Lake, Wausau and Sparta, Wisconsin, to give a series of talks to public library staff on Nov. 6, 7 and 8. Topics included the digital divide, web user experience and productivity tools.
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.
News & Media
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023Are Wisconsin colleges worried about students using AI to cheat? Not really.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2022Kris Turner discusses libraries and the law
State Bar of Wisconsin
Friday, Feb 28, 2020Kris Turner offers data visualization tips for law firms
Friday, Dec 20, 2019Kris Turner discusses becoming a UW Law 'libyer' (librarian lawyer)
American Association of Law Libraries
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014Jenny Zook and Kris Turner recommend apps for law students
U.S. News & World Report