Janice Rice currently serves as Outreach Coordinator for the College Library, the undergraduate library, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a public service emphasis, she coordinates outreach to undergraduate students through diverse programs and learning communities on campus.
As a liaison librarian, she works with select departments and campus programs which serve all undergraduates and students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Reaching out provides learning opportunities for students and keeps the library relevant in their lives.
She has served on campus diversity committees and developed cultural programming for the 2008 Campus Diversity Forum. In April 2009, she received two awards as the Outstanding Woman of Color in Education for the University of Wisconsin System and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Rice began her career as a public librarian and has also served as a tribal archivist. She has been an Associate Lecture for a course called “Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums” at the School of Library and Information Studies, UW-Madison, in 2011.
Among her professional development activities, she has served as President of American Indian Library Association in 2007-2008. She has served on the Diversity Council, Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Round Table, as treasurer and member at large, ACRL Statistics Committee, and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Program Committee. She is a member of ACRL University Libraries Section, Distance Learning Section, REFORMA, and APALA. She has also been a member of RUSA, MARS and Office for Library Outreach Service, Subcommittee on Library Service to American Indians.
Ms. Rice is also community activist who has served on many diversity-related state, local, and tribal organizations and has devoted her life to serving the needs of American Indians and communities of color.