Bonnie Shucha

Associate Dean, Library & Information Services; Director of the Law Library

Shucha, Bonnie

Room 6358, Law School

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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 UW Law Library.  She is responsible for all aspects of library operations.

Ms. Shucha has presented and published extensively on library and law-related technologies, including contributing several chapters to the seminal legal research treatise, Fundamentals of Legal Research and several articles to the Law Library Journal. 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.

Ms. Shucha received a J.D. from the UW Law School, both a M.L.I.S. and M.A. in History from UW-Milwaukee, as well as a B.A. in History from UW-Eau Claire. Her research interests focus on the history of prostitution and public policy in Wisconsin.

Ms. Shucha 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.

Ms. Shucha is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and is an active member of the Wisconsin State Bar. She is a member of the State Bar Communications Committee and serves on the editorial board for the Wisconsin Lawyer.

When she's not at work or school, Bonnie is mom to a busy 17 year old son and 14 year old daughter. Her husband is a lecturer at UW Richland and is pursuing a PhD from UW Madison. She enjoys reading classic and fantasy novels, playing with her two miniature dachshunds, and relaxing at the cabin with her family.

Scholarship & Publications

Law Repository

Research Interests

  • Legal research
  • Library and law-related technologies
  • History of prostitution & public policy


  • 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).

Teaching Areas

  • Legal Research and Analysis

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