Position title: 4W Director of Information Science for Global Empowerment
Emilie Songolo is Senior Librarian for African, Global and Francophone Studies and Social Sciences. She is also the UW-Madison Coordinator of International and Area Studies for libraries. Emilie currently chairs the Africana Librarian’s Council Title 6 group and is the curator of a large collection of African commemorative fabrics; part of this collection can be viewed on the UW Digital Collection Center’s database of Images of Commemorative Fabrics from Africa. Her current research focuses on the acquisition, preservation and access of African ephemera and media. She has published on women in African cinema. In 2014, she launched the International Women’s Day Conference to examine and address gender disparity locally and globally. Emilie is the recipient of multiple awards including the UW-Madison Librarian of the Year, the UW-Madison Outstanding Woman of Color, the Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence and the UW-Madison Academic Staff Assembly Commendation for Outstanding Service in the Community. She is a graduate of the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Mount Holyoke College, and UCLA where she earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science.